York Theatre Production History
Founded in 1969
SUNDAY, APRIL 18, 2021
In association with Tom D'Angora, Michael D'Angora & Tim Guinee
Music by Eric Rockwell
Lyrics by Joanne Bogart
Book by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell
Artistic Supervision by Pamela Hunt
Music Direction & Arrangements by Deniz Cordell
Directed by Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora
The York Theatre Company presented 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!
Joining the all-star of cast members are Christy Altomare, Colleen Ballinger, Alexandra Billings, Betty Buckley, Charles Busch, Victoria Clark, André De Shields, Ana Gasteyer, Jackie Hoffman, Beth Leavel, Richard Kind, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Telly Leung, Jose Llana, Kelvin Moon Loh, Patti LuPone, Lesli Margherita, Andrea McArdle, 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.
Joining the star-studded evening of special appearances are Iain Armitage, Joel Grey, Perez Hilton, Megan Hilty, Amanda Lopez, Darlene Love, Julianne Moore, Bernadette Peters, Anthony Rapp, George Salazar, Brooke Shields, Renée Taylor, John Tartaglia, Ben Vereen, and writers Gerard Alessandrini, Sara Bareilles, Debra Barsha, Robert Creighton, Douglas J. Cohen, Gretchen Cryer, Nancy Ford, Amanda Green, Sheldon Harnick, Erik Haggensen, 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. They join previously announced special guests Matthew Broderick, Lewis Black, Giancarlo Esposito, Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald, Debra Messing, Isaac Mizrahi, Mandy Patinkin, Martha Plimpton, and Mercedes Ruehl. The evening will also include remarks from Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
After a Lexington Avenue water main break in early January 2021 caused a massive flood in their space, The York Theatre Company was forced to temporarily relocate for the first time in nearly 30 years while their home undergoes major remediation. The York is currently spread among various storage facilities across the tri-state area, and their plight caught the attention of producing trio Tom D'Angora, Michael D'Angora, and Tim Guinee, who had recently stepped in to raise funds to save the West Bank Cafe and Birdland Jazz Club. The trio wanted to help and donated their time to take on The York as their next project.
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.