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SUNDAY, APRIL 18 AT 7PM!
The York Theatre Company, in association with Tom D'Angora, Michael D'Angora and Tim Guinee, present an All-Singing, All-Talking, All-Virtual presentation of the off-Broadway hit THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!): Sometimes One Musical Star Just Isn't Enough!
With music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart and book by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell, this special benefit performance is directed by Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora, with music direction and arrangements by Deniz Cordell and original director Pamela Hunt serving as artistic supervisor. This event will raise funds to help The York recover and rebuild after the devastating damage from a water main break on January 4, 2021.
The all-star roster of cast members include Christy Altomare, Colleen Ballinger, Alexandra Billings, Betty Buckley, Charles Busch, Robert Creighton, André De Shields, Ana Gasteyer,Richard Kind, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Beth Leavel, Lauren Molina, Brad Oscar, Christine Pedi, Randy Rainbow, Jelani Remy, Chita Rivera, Soara-Joye Ross, Jackie Sanders, Ethan Slater, Sarah Stiles, Michael West, and Lillias White.
The star-studded evening includes special appearances by Iain Armitage, Matthew Broderick, Lewis Black, Giancarlo Esposito, Joel Grey, Perez Hilton, Megan Hilty, Jane Krakowski, Amanda Lopez, Darlene Love, Audra McDonald, Debra Messing, Isaac Mizrahi, Julianne Moore, Mandy Patinkin, Bernadette Peters, Martha Plimpton, Anthony Rapp, Mercedes Ruehl, George Salazar, Brooke Shields, Renée Taylor, John Tartaglia, Ben Vereen, and writers Gerard Alessandrini, Sara Bareilles, Debra Barsha, Nell Benjamin, Douglas J. Cohen, Gretchen Cryer, Nancy Ford, Amanda Green, Sheldon Harnick, Erik Haagensen, Joe Iconis, Tom Jones, Peter Kellogg, Richard Maltby, Jr., Alan Menken, Laurence O’Keefe, Stephen Schwartz, Marc Shaiman,David Shire, Charles Strouse, Stephen Temperley, John Weidman, David Yazbek, and Maury Yeston. The evening will conclude with remarks from Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Bogart and Rockwell’s The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) is structured in five acts, each of which is a mini-musical parodying (and paying homage to) the style of a legendary musical theater writers: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Kander & Ebb. Each act is based on the same classic melodrama plot: "I can't pay the rent ... You must pay the rent ... I can’t pay the rent ... Then I’LL pay the rent!" The Musical of Musicals, which The York helped develop and create, received its off-Broadway premiere there in 2003 with an extended run. It was transferred by Melanie Herman and The York to New World Stages in 2005 for a 500-performance commercial run. The original cast album is on JAY Records.
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"So hand in hand we stand and join
The universe in mourning
Straining our vision for a glimpse
Of a new world aborning, a brand new world aborning."
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