DEVELOPMENTAL READING SERIES
Each year, The York makes a home for 30 to 40 readings of new musicals a year through its Developmental Reading Series. Our strong commitment to developing new work is an important part of what makes The York unique in the musical theatre community. We make it possible for writers to avail themselves of the opportunity to do a developmental reading and to be able to share it with an ever-growing, enthusiastic audience.
In 1875, the Tsar’s newest courier gets a perilous mission: warn His Majesty’s brother in Siberia and save him from an assassin. Young Michael Strogoff must traverse Russia incognito, avoid an invading Tartar army, deceive a pair of ubiquitous foreign correspondents, and ultimately deal with the murderous Ivan Ogareff, himself a master of disguise. He must also deal with his growing attraction to the beautiful Nadia Fedor, a girl from Riga traveling to join her father. Might romance be the greatest hazard of all?
Based on the legendary novel by Jules Verne, and directed by Broadway’s own Robert Cuccioli (Jekyll & Hyde), Michael Strogoff, Courier of the Tsar offers, not science fiction this time, but a suspenseful travelogue of 19th Century Russia, involving many threats and colorful modes of travel.
Kacie Sheik (Hair), Michael Hunsaker (Ragtime), Michael Padgett, Tina Stafford (Cagney), Mark Montague, Rob Richardson (Tale of Two Cities), Elanna White (Bully), Clair Rachel Howell, Taylor Pardell, Blaine Boyd, and Andrew Howard.
thursday, october 18th, at 7 p.m.
friday, october 19th, at 1 p.m.
Book, Music and Lyrics by
Tristan J. Shuler
Oh My God...Broadway!! is an over-the-top satirical farce exploring the craziness of the musical theatre industry from the perspective of a team of actors who may be close to the edge of insanity. This irreverent and referential riot of a show is strictly done with affection for all things musical theatre and is set for staged reading presentations at The York Theatre Company.
When four frustrated actors have had enough of the ins and outs of show-biz knocking them down, they enlist the help of their mentor and agent, Gladys Mayweather (Sally Struthers) and hatch a plan to kidnap Marge (Thorgy Thor), the producer who's decided to recast them with celebrity talent after a wildly successful Broadway workshop. Gladys is willing to do anything to help her "angels" make their Broadway debut and get out of the seemingly endless purgatory that is her day job at the Times Square Diner. When this quintet takes control of the producing office, the power goes to their heads. We discover who's in it for the right reasons, and who's in it only to avenge a dark grudge against the evil producer Marge Masterson! Oh My God...Broadway!! is a dark comedy that asks the eternal question: how far would you go to make your dreams come true?
Sally Struthers (Gilmore Girls, All in the Family), Thorgy Thor (RuPaul's Drag Race, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars), Bonnie Milligan (Head Over Heels, Kinky Boots National Tour), Nicholas Barnes (Skippyjon Jones, Bolin Schmolin), Cartreze Tucker (Motown the Musical National Tour, Hair National Tour), Michael Evan Williams (Cruel Intentions: The Musical, Bullets Over Broadway National Tour)
monday, october 29th, at 2:30 and 7 p.m.
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