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The York Theatre Company, dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, presented the world premiere of Penelope, or How the Odyssey Was Really Written, a new musical comedy with book & lyrics by Peter Kellogg (York’s Desperate Measures), music by two-time Richard Rodgers Award winner Stephen Weiner (The Rivals), directed and choreographed by Emily Maltby (York’s Lolita, My Love), music direction and orchestrations by David Hancock Turner (York’s Cheek to Cheek, Desperate Measures) and vocal arrangements by David Hancock Turner, Steve Delehanty, and Stephen Weiner.

Penelope is married to Odysseus, the rightful King of Ithaca. For the last twenty years, she’s been waiting for him to return from the Trojan War. Meanwhile, a bevy of suitors have gathered, each wanting to marry her and take over the kingdom. Since they have little else to do but eat and drink, they decide to form an a capella group. (The acoustics in the great hall are terrific.)

To stall them, Penelope writes letters to herself and pretends they’re from Odysseus saying he’s on his way. Little does she know, her letters gathered together are creating the story of The Odyssey. (Since no one knows who really wrote The Odyssey, this theory is as good as any other.) It's funny, it’s fierce and, above all, it's epic!

A look into The york's production of Penelope

philippe arroyo

Philippe Arroyo
(Aladdin)

Bebe Browning
(The Evolution of Henry Mann)

Leah Hocking
(Billy Elliot)

Cooper Howell
(Emojiland)

Ben Jacoby
(Beautiful)

David LaMarr
(Jersey Boys)

Constantine Pappas
(The Phantom of the Opera)

Jacob Simon
(A Chorus Line)

Britney Nicole Simpson
(Beauty and the Beast)

George Slotin 
(High Button Shoes)

Sean Thompson 
(Sunset Boulevard)

Maria Wirries 
(Dear Evan Hansen)

creative team

Book & Lyrics Peter Kellogg

Music Stephen Weiner

Directed & Choreographed by Emily Maltby

Music Direction & Orchestrations David Hancock Turner

Scenic Design James Morgan

Costume Design Lex Liang

Lighting Design David A. Sexton

Sound Design Bradlee Ward for Auerbach Pollock Friedlander

Properties Designer Kate Field

Vocal Arrangements David Hancock Turner, Steve Delehanty, & Stephen Weiner

Casting Director Michael Cassara, CSA

Press Representative Richard Hillman PR: Philip Carrubba

Production Coordination Intuitive Production Management

Company Manager Austin Tracy

Managing Director Aaron Simms

Production Stage Manager Chris Steckel

Production made possible with the support of Mary Cossette, Richard Epro and Kitty Chen Dean, Sarah Feingold, & Willette Klausner.