programming at The York: Summer 2022

it's all virtual!

Tuesdays with Troy spans the month of July, with York Theatre favorite Charles Troy giving four virtual programs exploring American musical theatre subjects from the 20th century.

Member Tickets are available now for $10/episode or $30 for the entire series. General Public Tickets are $15/episode or $50 for the entire series.

Following their premiere dates, all episodes will be available to stream at your convenience until August 9, 2022.

Cohan!

The immortal 1942 film Yankee Doodle Dandy only hinted at the complexity of George M. Cohan, the first great figure of the American musical. By examining the movie, we'll get to the truth of Cohan's life — and then follow the amazing, dramatic tale of how the movie got made.

Jerome Kern and the Birth of the American Musical

Starting in 1915, a series of innovative shows at the tiny Princess Theatre in Manhattan, all with music by Jerome Kern, gave birth to the American Musical. The influence of these shows at the time was huge, and due to their badly dated scripts, are unproducible today. But the delightful, melodious songs written by Kern and his collaborators recreate an entire era. 

The Creation of Show Boat

Show Boat has been unanimously acclaimed the first great American musical, so far ahead of its time that there would be no comparable achievement for nearly two decades. This presentation examines how composer Jerome Kern and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II created their monumental 1927 masterpiece from Edna Ferber's sprawling contemporary novel. It will also touch upon early musical comedy and operetta — and not so incidentally, America’s tortured racial history in the twentieth century.

The Creation of The Music Man

This musical theatre classic was written by a single person — Meredith Willson, a fellow with a most unusual background before his monster hit show first opened in 1957, when he was 55. This presentation examines the range of Willson’s many talents, and follows his five-year struggle to write a musical about his beloved Iowa hometown, to find a producer for it, and finally a star.

The following free programs are available to watch at your convenience following the premiere dates.

This series from Associate Artistic Director Gerry McIntyre began last spring and has featured interviews with a number of BIPOC theater artists, including Michael R. JacksonSarafina Bush, E. Clayton Cornelious, and Salisha Thomas.

Upcoming:

June 14 & August 16 7PM ET

This series, hosted by York’s Literary Manager Seth Christenfeld, features writers and composers discussing their musicals in progress, accompanied by selections from the shows.

Upcoming:

June 21 & August 2 7PM ET

In this virtual streaming series, Producing Artistic Director Jim Morgan interviews notable figures from the world of musical theater—many of them part of York's history.

Upcoming:

June 28 & August 30 at 7pm ET

The York’s Jim Morgan—with co-host Charles Wright—explores notable productions from The York's first 50 years with their casts and creative teams.

Upcoming:

AUGUST 23 at 7pm ET