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Monday, 24 June 2013 17:14

York Theatre Company Announces Full Cast for STORYVILLE - Performances Begin July 15

FULL CAST ANNOUNCED
THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
PRESENTS
THE NEW YORK PREMIERE
OF

S T O R Y V I L L E

BOOK BY ED BULLINS

MUSIC AND LYRICS BY MILDRED KAYDEN

DIRECTION BY BILL CASTELLINO

CHOREOGRAPHY BY MERCEDES ELLINGTON

MUSIC DIRECTION BY WILLIAM FOSTER MCDANIEL

CAST FEATURES TWO-TIME TONY AWARD NOMINEE ERNESTINE JACKSON
WITH D.C. ANDERSON, CORY BRETSCH, KAREN BURTHWRIGHT,
KYLE ROBERT CARTER, DEMEKA HAYES, MICHAEL LEONARD JAMES,
LEAJATO ROBINSON, CLIFTON SAMUELS, CHRISTOPHER SPAULDING, CARL WALLNAU, DEBRA WALTON, NATASHA YVETTE WILLIAMS, AND ZAKIYA YOUNG

PERFORMANCES BEGIN JULY 15, 2013
AT THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY AT SAINT PETER’S
OPENING NIGHT SET FOR JULY 23, 2013

TICKETS NOW ON SALE

New York, NY – (June 24, 2013) – The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director) has announced the full cast for the New York premiere of Storyville, a New Orleans musical, with book by Ed Bullins, music and lyrics by Mildred Kayden, direction by Bill Castellino, choreography by Mercedes Ellington and music direction by William Foster McDaniel.

The cast will feature two-time Tony Award nominee Ernestine Jackson, with D.C. Anderson, Cory Bretsch, Karen Burthwright, Kyle Robert Carter, Demeka Hayes, Michael Leonard James, Leajato Robinson, Clifton Samuels, Christopher Spaulding, Carl Wallnau, Debra Walton, NaTasha Yvette Williams, and Zakiya Young.

Performances are set to begin Monday, July 15, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. for a limited engagement through Saturday, August 17, 2013 at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (Entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).  Opening Night is set for Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 

New Orleans, 1917: Something happened that changed the American Songbook forever. The time, Mardi Gras; the place, Storyville—two blocks from the French Quarter. Saloons, gambling joints and brothels set the scene for a new kind of music. Some say it was the beginning of jazz. People fell in love, a world disappeared, and the music moved upriver. 

Directed by Bill Castellino with choreography by Mercedes Ellington, Storyville is the tale of what happened in that red light district, allowing jazz to become one of America’s gifts to the world. Written by playwright Ed Bullins (The Taking of Miss Janie—Obie, Drama Desk Award; What the Winesellers Buy) with music and lyrics by Mildred Kayden (Ionescopade, Call the Children Home) and musical direction by William Foster McDaniel.

The Storyville creative team includes James Morgan (set), Nicole Wee (costumes), Michael Gottlieb (lights) and Janie Bullard (sound). The Production Stage Manager is Elis Arroyo.

Storyville will play the following performance schedule: 

July 15 – July 22Monday  - Friday at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00pm

Beginning July 24 through August 17: MondayWednesday at 7:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 8:00 p.m., and Saturday at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

Tickets are priced at $67.50 and are available by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue), Monday through Friday (12:00 -6:00 p.m.). 

For additional information, please visit the website at www.yorktheatre.org

Photo Captions:

STORYVILLE Meet & Greet 1

The Cast (clockwise from left): Leajato Robinson, Christopher Spaulding, Carl Wallnau, Kyle Robert Carter, Ernestine Jackson, D.C. Anderson, Michael James Leonard, Cory Bretsch, Zakiya Young, NaTasha Yvette Williams, Debra Walton, Karen Burthwright, Demeka Hayes and Clifton Samuels from the York Theatre Company NY Premiere of the musical, “Storyville,”  with book by Ed Bullins, music & lyrics by Mildred Kayden, direction by Bill Castellino, choreography by Mercedes Ellington and music direction by William Foster McDaniel. Performances begin July 15 at York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s.  Photo credit:  David Loughner/York Theatre Company.

STORYVILLE Meet & Greet 2

The creative team:  William Foster McDaniel (music director), Mercedes Ellington (choreography) and Bill Castellino (director) from the York Theatre Company NY Premiere of the musical, “Storyville,”  with book by Ed Bullins, music & lyrics by Mildred Kayden. Performances begin July 15 at York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s.  Photo credit:  David Loughner/York Theatre Company.

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