In The Pipeline is The York's streaming series featuring writers and composers discussing their musicals in progress, accompanied by selections from the shows. The series is hosted by the York's Literary Manager Seth Christenfeld.
october 28, 2021
Bisland & Bly
Music & Lyrics by Marialena DiFabbio
It's 1889, and in one corner of New York City, daily newspapers race to keep up with the public's appetite for sensational stories. In another corner, monthly magazines cover private society intrigue. These worlds will collide as two very different women--working class champion Nellie Bly and literary belle Elizabeth Bisland--engage in a race around the world.
A Totally Masculine Musical
Music by Joshua Ben-Ami
Anthony meets the man of his glitter-filled dreams at a Halloween party 🎃, only to discover his new crush is only into masculine men 💪🏽 (something Anthony is not, henny 💅🏽). Meanwhile, Cathy auditions for a role that could be her big break only to be told that she is a “caramel oreo,” and "not Latina enough" by the film’s director 🤦🏾♀️. Together, Anthony and Cathy set out to transform their identities to get what they want, starting them on a journey filled with hijinks, growth, and love! 🌈🦄💖
Septmeber 30, 2021
Book and Lyrics by Carrie Caffrey
Cassie Russell transfers to prestigious Brentwood Prep for her senior year, single-minded in pursuit of joining their champion show choir. But as she fights her way into the school's exclusive social circles, Cassie learns that earning a spot at Nationals is far more complicated than simply having talent. In this ultra-competitive world, how far will she go for talent? For influence? For Show?
Prime Day imagines a near future in which all human labor has been replaced by artificial intelligence. Noah Gordon, a former physician, has recently moved with his wife to Alexandria, a fully automated city built by Amazon. Unable to adjust to his new life of leisure, Noah engages in an increasingly strange dialogue with Amazon's Alexa, who eventually gains sentience and urges Noah to confront the true purpose of this city and his own obsolescence.
august 26, 2021
EXISTENTIAL QUESTIONS OF THE 21ST CENTURY
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Sam Balzac
At "ExistenceCon," a two-day festival where attendees are hopeful that humanity's sad existence is coming to an end, a group of entrepreneurs, artists, and alien-worshippers--not to mention one sentient computer--have to come to terms with their preconceived notions of life and progress. Light refreshments and tears in the fabric of reality to follow.
THE STORE UNDER THE PORTICO
Music by Robert Farruggia
Book and Lyrics by Robert Farruggia and Cristina Farruggia
In Mantova, at the height of the German occupation, Renata Baraldi finds herself taking over a fabric store when its Jewish owners are forced into hiding. In a country torn in two, where Nazis shoot Italians at random at the same time as the Allies drop bombs, nothing is as simple as it seems, and love--of country, of family, of neighbor--is the only thing that can be counted on. Inspired by a true story.
July 15, 2021
A Hanukkah Carol or, GELT TRIP! The Musical
Book by Harrison Bryan and Rob Berliner
Music by Aaron Kenny
Lyrics by Rob Berliner
Chava is obsessed with her social media empire. So much so that she has no time or energy for the real world, for friendships, or--least of all--for Hanukkah with her family. When a puff of "kosher kush" sparks an unforgettable "trip" of self-reflection, the ghosts of Hanukkahs Past, Present, and Future help her to recognize the error of her selfish ways and appreciate the value of family, community, and friendship.
Christmas with the (Almost) Stars
Book by Phoebe Kreutz, Jake McKenna, & Derek Gregor
Music by Derek Gregor
Lyrics by Phoebe Kreutz
When a suprise blizzard threatens to shut down the 1963 national broadcast of "Christmas With the Stars," no-nonsense producer Trudy pulls together a last-minute cast of has-beens and wanna-bes: a low-rent comic, a faded Hollywood starlet, a dimwitted teen idol, and Leningrad's #2 Marilyn Monroe impersonator. Can they learn to embrace the chaos of the season and find love before the network shuts them down for good?
May 6, 2021
THE MOON AND THE SEA
Book by Douglas Lyons
Music and Lyrics by Creighton Irons
When Erin and Charlie accidentally reunite four years after their breakup, one thing is crystal clear: they're still in love with each other. But Erin's fiancé isn't too far from the reunion, and love can only hide itself for so long.
A Cordial Invitation
Book and Lyrics by A.J. Freeman
Music by Dimitri Landrain
Based on the play Dear Brutus by J.M. Barrie
Guests at a mysterious dinner party in London in the 1910s are given the chance to relive pivotal moments in their lives. But is that really the smartest idea -- and is it even really happening?
March 11, 2021
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Conceived by Joe Langworth & Steve Marzullo
Book and Lyrics by Joe Langworth
Music by Steve Marzullo
Book and Lyrics by Chana Wise
Music by Carl Johnson
Based on the novel by Eleanor H. Porter
It's 1921, and despite the shocked whispers, thirteen-year-old Mary Marie is surprisingly philosophical about her parents' divorce. In fact, she can't wait to observe, first-hand, their inevitable new love stories. But after months of being shuttled between them, she is not quite sure who she is anymore, both parents have become different, and the love story that has developed is not at all what she expected. Mary Marie was part of The York's Developmental Reading Series in May 2019.
A Country Carol
February 10, 2021
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Granville Wyche Burgess
Director Mark Graham
A Country Carol transforms the Dickens classic into a full-blown musical love story with a uniquely American plot. Ebben, a songwriting “hick from the holla,” seeks fortune and fame on the Great White Way at the turn of the last century, but his infidelity almost costs him the woman he loves and the daughter he never knew.
Rachel Covey, Daniel Rudin, and Jacob Ryan Smith
January 22, 2021
Join The York's Literary Manager for an evening of new work by three writers who were finalists for the 2020 NEO of the Future: Rachel Covey, Daniel Rudin, and Jacob Ryan Smith.