York Theatre Company Presents MIDNIGHT AT THE NEVER GET
The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, presents the Off-Broadway premiere of the acclaimed new musical Midnight at The Never Get, with book, music, and lyrics by Mark Sonnenblick, co-conceived by Sam Bolen, by arrangement with Visceral Entertainment and Mark Cortale Productions. Directed by Max Friedman, with choreography by Andrew Palermo, and music direction/arrangements by Adam Podd, the cast will feature Sam Bolen, Jeremy Cohen, and Jon J. Peterson. Performances begin Tuesday, October 2, 2018 for a limited engagement through Sunday afternoon, November 4, 2018 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). Opening Night is Thursday evening, October 11, 2018 at 6:45 p.m.
A brand new musical by York NEO writer and 2018 Jonathan Larson Award winner Mark Sonnenblick, Midnight at The Never Get tells the story of singer Trevor Copeland and songwriter Arthur Brightman, who have the perfect New York romance. That's swell. In 1965, it's also against the law. So, in the back room of The Never Get, an illegal Greenwich Village gay bar, they put together a show called Midnight-a nightclub act where Trevor sings Arthur's love songs with their male pronouns intact. But as the lovers hurtle toward the end of the decade, they find themselves caught in a passion they can't control and a political revolution they don't understand.
Featuring a seductive score inspired by the Great American Songbook, Midnight at The Never Get is a sultry meditation on identity, memory, and enduring romance.
After an initial developmental run at Don't Tell Mama, Midnight at The Never Get was produced in a sold-out run in the 2016 New York Musical Festival and received a 2017 Bistro Award for "Book Musical," and a 2017 MAC Award nomination for "Show of the Year," followed in 2017 by a critically-acclaimed six-week engagement in Provincetown, Massachusetts, with The Never Get created as a fully immersive club venue.
The creative team includes Christopher Swader and Justin Swader (Set Design), Vanessa Leuck (Costume Design), Jamie Roderick (Lighting Design), Kevin Heard (Sound Design), Addison Heeren (Prop Design), and Kevin Maloof (Production Manager). The Production Stage Manager is Julianne Menassian. The Assistant Stage Manager is Shanna Allison. The Casting Director is Jason Styres, CSA.
Tickets for Midnight at The Never Get are priced at $67.50* - $72.50* and may be purchased by calling (212) 935-5820 online at www.yorktheatre.org, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.). Senior Rush tickets are available in-person beginning one hour prior to performances for $20 cash only. Student rush tickets can be purchased anytime in advance at the box office during regular box office business hours. Limit one ticket per valid student ID and tickets are subject to availability. Student Rush tickets are $20.00 cash or credit. The York Theatre also offers $25 tickets for guests aged 35 years and under. Groups of 10 or more, contact Great White Way at 212-757-9117, or GreatWhiteWay.com. (*York Members receive Priority Seating and Discounted Tickets.)
Special $19.65 tickets available on October 1, 2018 from 12:00am - 1:00am (Eastern) ONLY using code MIDNIGHT1965 - Commemorating the momentous year (1965) in which Trevor and Arthur begin their act at The Never Get, and in celebration of the month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender history, as well as the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements, The York is offering a special ticket price of $19.65 for ONE HOUR ONLY starting at Midnight on Monday, October 1st for select performances October 2 - 14 using code MIDNIGHT1965. Available online only at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/997593/prm/MIDNIGHT1965 *Offer only valid from 12 a.m. through 1 a.m. (Eastern).
The York Theatre Company offers the York! Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $75.00-with elite benefits that include up to 35% off tickets to York Theatre Productions, exclusive Member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special Member-only receptions. The York also offers a York Plus! Membership Program with additional perks, including complimentary tickets to Mainstage productions and invites to several VIP-only presentations throughout the season.
York Memberships can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership, or by visiting The York Theatre Company Box Office (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.).
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Mark Sonnenblick York Theatre NEO writer and 2018 Jonathan Larson Award winner, is a composer, lyricist, and scriptwriter, although not always at the same time. Collaborations include Independents ("Best Production" FringeNYC, "Critics' Pick" New York Times, Huffington Post's Top Ten Shows of 2012), Ship Show (Yale Institute for Music Theatre, dir. Mark Brokaw), Stompcat in Lawndale (Ars Nova's Ant Fest), Wheel of Misfortune (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), The Dinosaur Hunters (touring children's show), Rodman in North Korea (Houghton Lyric Theater), and Bunkerville (Yale DRAMAT, BSU Discovery Festival). Kleban Prize finalist, MAC Award nominee, special merit award winner (New Musicals, Inc.). Composer fellow at the John Duffy Institute (Virginia Arts Festival), alumnus of the Johnny Mercer Songwriting Project and Writers Colony, librettist fellow with Composers and the Voice (American Opera Projects), commissioned by the American Opera Initiative (Washington National Opera, Kennedy Center) and Lincoln Center Originals.
Sam Bolen pitched the idea that became Midnight at The Never Get to Mark Sonnenblick in Mark's old kitchen, and then originated the role of Trevor at Don't Tell Mama (2017 Bistro Award), NYMF, and Provincetown. Credits include: Me & My Girl, Irma La Douce, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and more at Encores!, Pope! An Epic Musical (NYMF Award), STREEPSHOW (The Tank). He graduated from Yale, where he was a Whiffenpoof and a Spizzwink(?). Follow @wafflehouses. TBIYTB!
Jeremy Cohen Broadway/West End: Master Class with Tyne Daly. Off-Broadway: Old Jews Telling Jokes. City Center Encores!: On Your Toes. Other New York credits: Roundabout, Prospect Theatre Company, La MaMa, and Alain Boublil's Manhattan Parisienne (59E59). Regional: Kennedy Center, Berkeley Rep, ALLIANCE THEATRE, Milwaukee Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, and Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre. Film: Supporting Characters (Tribeca Film Festival). TV: "Blue Bloods" (CBS), "Shades of Blue" (NBC). Proud Northwestern graduate.
Jon J. Peterson Broadway & Off-Broadway: Cabaret, George M. Cohan Tonight, Have a Heart, The George M. Cohan Revue, Half a Sixpence. Regional: Anything Goes (Westchester Broadway), Annie (John Engeman), Peter and the Starcatcher (Theatre Aspen), He Wrote Good Songs (writer/actor, Seven Angels Theatre), Song Man Dance Man (Milwaukee Rep), Cabaret (John Engeman), Singin' in the Rain (Ogunquit Playhouse), Sophisticated Ladies (Gateway Playhouse), Half a Sixpence (Goodspeed), And the World Goes 'Round, The Rocky Horror Show (Foothills), A Chorus Line (MUNY). London West End: The Sound of Music, A Chorus Line, Dames at Sea, She Loves Me, "Y," Sophisticated Ladies, Cavalcade, Whoop-Dee-Doo!, Definitely Doris, Cats, On Your Toes, Blitz! Films include Looks That Kill, Late Night, Then, Sketch, Coffee and Cabbage, A Moment, Track, The Lost City of Tomorrow, My Life Sucks, Rick's Pawn Shop, Death's Waiting Room, Like the Spider, The Color of War, Human After All, Face to Face, Penny Saver, Proverbia, Anna Ballerina, Mail Order Wife, Surviving Picasso. Albums: Skidoo!, George M. Cohan Tonight, The Johnny Mercer Jamboree, Irving Berlin Revisited.
Max Friedman (Director) received a 2017 Bistro Award for his contributions to Midnight at The Never Get, which he previously staged at Don't Tell Mama, NYMF, and The Provincetown Inn. This production marks his Off-Broadway directing debut. Cabaret credits include Charlie Rosen's Broadway Big Band, Love Letter: Joe Iconis & Lauren Marcus Do Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash, Will Roland's LoserSongs, Ruby Manger Live: The Farewell Engagement, and Noel & Julia's Wayward Brainchildren. Off-Broadway assistant directing credits include Be More Chill, Jasper in Deadland, The Other Josh Cohen, and many projects with Joe Iconis & Family. Upcoming: Be More Chill on Broadway! Follow @maxbfriedman
Andrew Palermo (Choreographer) Stage direction and/or choreography credits include Allegiance (Broadway/Old Globe), The Other Josh Cohen (NYMF/Paper Mill/Soho Playhouse), Kristin Chenoweth at Carnegie Hall, The Frank Loesser Songbook (New York Philharmonic at Lincoln Center), The Mikado (Carnegie Hall), Ace (Old Globe/Cincinnati Playhouse/St. Louis Rep), Miss Julie (Geffen Playhouse), Lyrics and Lyricists (92nd St. Y), Bright Lights Big City (Prince Music Theater), Vices (Theatre Aspen), The Aluminum Show (international tour), For the Record: Paul Thomas Anderson (Rockwell, LA), 125th Teachers College Gala (Apollo Theatre), Aida (Music Theater Wichita), Man of La Mancha (Sacramento Music Circus), Two Gentlemen of Verona (CCM), Hair and The Wild Party (Wichita State), She Loves Me (Westminster Choir College), Spring Awakening and Sweet Smell of Success (UCI). Also: industrials for Toyota, episodes of Comedy Central's "Stella," promos for Tracey Ullman's "State of the Union," and commercials for Showtime Network and G-Shock watches. Co-Founding Artistic Director (with Taye Diggs) of contemporary dance company dre.dance, Founding Artistic Director of the forthcoming SpringSpace: Broadband Theatre Lab, and Assistant Professor of Drama, UC Irvine.
Adam Podd (Music Director/Arrangements) is a Brooklyn-based music director, pianist, organist, composer, and arranger. He is currently Music Director at First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn, NY. Recent projects include original works commissioned and performed by The Young People's Chorus of New York City (under Francisco Nuñez), as well as musical arrangements and orchestrations for theatrical productions at Carnegie Hall, New World Stages, and The York Theatre. Music Director/Arranger credits include Pope! An Epic Musical at the 2016 New York Musical Theatre Festival and 2010 NYC Fringe Festival & NYC Fringe Encore Series, Fiction in Photographs at New World Stages and The York Theatre Co., and Swing Wings at Amy Dee Music and The York. Composer/Music Director credits include The Spidey Project at The PIT and Nightfall on Miranga Island at the NYC Fringe Festival & NYC Fringe Encore Series. Adam is also keyboardist and Music Director for singer/songwriter Dan Mills, and a composer and studio musician for New York Noise. He studied classical and jazz piano, organ, orchestration, and music production at The Hartt School of Music in West Hartford, CT where he received his Bachelor of Music.
Visceral Entertainment (Associate Producer). This newly formed theatre, film, and television Production Company brings together the talents of its two principals, Michael Chase Gosselin and Tim Sulka. In addition to Midnight at The Never Get, Visceral Entertainment produced the original musicals Money Talks and Endangered! The Musical Off-Broadway at the Davenport Theatre. Other projects in development include the holiday musical The Most Miserable Christmas Tree, the new Broadway musical comedy Pope! An Epic Musical, an immersive musical stage adaptation of the Jonathan Lethem novel You Don't Love Me Yet, and a stage adaptation of the novel The Black Ledger by D. G. Allen. Film and television projects include "Urbn FaeryTales," a musical television series of familiar fairy tales set and filmed in modern day Brooklyn, and Prime Cuts, a film of the darkly comic graphic novel, a teen version of the Sweeney Todd legend.
Mark Cortale Productions (Associate Producer) produced Deconstructing Patti on Broadway last September at the Nederlander Theatre with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS starring Patti LuPone and Seth Rudetsky. He created the Broadway @ concert series in 2011 at The Art House in Provincetown where he serves as Producing Artistic Director. The series, featuring creative partner Seth Rudetsky as music director and host, had its eighth season this past summer and guest artists over the years have included Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Sutton Foster, Megan Mullally, Christine Ebersole, and Jessie Mueller. The Broadway @ series also premiered in 2013 in New Orleans, in Australia (Sydney & Melbourne) with Megan Mullally, and in London's West End with Patti LuPone at the Leicester Square Theater. The series has since travelled to cities that include Chicago @ The Steppenwolf, Beverly Hills @ The Wallis, Fort Lauderdale @ The Parker Playhouse, San Francisco @ The Herbst Theatre, and Scottsdale @ Scottsdale Center for the Arts. In 2018/19, the series will launch in NYC at Town Hall with three separate concerts by Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara, and Jeremy Jordan, with Seth Rudetsky as music director and host. Mark produced the feature film Varla Jean and the Mushroomheads and also produces the singing string quartet Well-Strung, which he co-founded. Info at www.markcortalepresents.com
The York Theatre Company is the only theatre in New York City-and one of very few in the world-dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York's intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, The York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series-most of them world, American, or New York premieres-by some of the field's most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Almost 40 cast recordings from The York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of The York and its programs. Recent New York premieres have included Marry Harry, A Taste of Things to Come, and Rothschild & Sons. The critically acclaimed musical Yank!, which received its Off-Broadway debut at The York in 2010, recently opened to rave reviews in London as did York's Rothschild & Sons. The hit musical Cagney, received its York premiere in 2015 and subsequently transferred to The Westside Theatre for over 15 months. Desperate Measures, the hit new musical from 2017, received a total of 14 award nominations that included "Best Musical" from the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics, Drama Desk and Off-Broadway Alliance and, subsequently, transferred across town to New World Stages, where performances began May 30, 2018. Unexpected Joy, which recently finished its run at the York, has just begun performances at London's Southwark Playhouse on September 6, 2018.