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York Theatre Company to Mark 45th Anniversary With '45 AT 54' Concerts

The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving musical gems from the past, in celebration of its milestone 45th anniversary season will travel across town for to two special concerts, "45 at 54." The concerts are presented in association with 54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, and Broadway producer/York Board Member Jim Kierstead. Discover what makes the York Theatre unique, or introduce a new musical theater lover to all that is happening at the York Theatre. The evening will feature a stellar cast and some very special guests.

The first concert is set for Monday, October 13, 2015 at 9:30 p.m., with the second scheduled on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 9:30 p.m. at 54 Below (254 West 54th Street).

In celebration of the York Theatre Company's milestone year, the evening's program will be a sampler of songs from Main Stage productions presented over the past 45 years, including The Golden Apple, Enter Laughing, Closer Than Ever, Yank!, Storyville, and 9 Stephen Sondheim musicals - more than any other theater company in New York City.

York alumni being assembled for the first concert evening on October 13 will include by Klea Blackhurst (Happy Hunting), Liam Forde (Big), Josh Grisetti (Enter Laughing), Mark Nadler (I'm a Stranger Here Myself), Debra Walton (Jack), Zakiya Young (Storyville), and an ensemble of Marymount Manhattan College students and alumni.

The "45 at 54" Concerts plays at 54 BELOW (254 West 54th Street) on Monday, October 13, 2014 and Monday January 19, 2015. There is a $40 cover charge and $25 food and beverage minimum. Cover charge additional $5 at door. Doors open at 8:45 p.m. Tickets and information are available at www.54Below.com. Tickets on the day of performance after 4:00 p.m. are only available by calling (646) 476-3551. For additional information, visit the website at www.yorktheatre.org.

54 Below, Broadway's Supper Club, is the new performance venue in the grand tradition of New York City nightlife. A few blocks from the heart of Times Square and just below the legendary Studio 54, 54 BELOW is a classically designed state-of-the art nightclub in the theatre district that hosts audiences with warmth and style. The venue provides a food and beverage menu from early evening through the wee hours of the morning that is worthy of the world-class entertainment on the stage. Located at 254 West 54th Street, 54 BELOW features up to three shows nightly with cover charges ranging from $15-$95.

The York Theatre Company is the only theater 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 neglected 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 primarily 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. Some 40 cast recordings from The York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, and commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir, Jolson & Company, and its acclaimed revivals of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off- Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival), Sweeney Todd and Pacific Overtures have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs.


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