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York Theatre Company Announces Developmental Reading Series Beginning Mar 20


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“G U E S S   W H O’S   C O M I N G  T O  S E D E R?”
“D I R T Y   L I T T L E   S E C R E T”


New York, NY – (March 7, 2012) – York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) has announced casting for the next three offerings in its acclaimed Developmental Reading SeriesStranger, Guess Who’s Coming to Seder? and Dirty Little Secret

{module ad_left_body}All readings  are free  to the public and will take place at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s on 54th St, just east of Lexington Avenue with the exception of Stranger that will be presented at The Griffin Theatre (480 West 42nd Street).  For additional information on the Series and to make reservations for any of the upcoming free presentations, visit the readings page at


The Development Reading Series schedule is, as follows:

Tuesday, March 20 at 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
at The Griffin Theatre (480 West 42nd street, The Pershing Square Signature Center)


Music and Lyrics by three-time Grammy winner Bruce Hornsby

Lyrics by Chip deMatteo

Book by Clay McLeod Chapman

Directed by John Rando

Musical Staging by Scott Wise

Musical Direction by Kimberly Grigsby

The cast features Terence Archie (Ragtime), Eugene Barry-Hill (The Magdalene), Lisa Brescia (The Times They Are-a-Changin’), Ken Cavett (Taking Pictures), John Ellison Conlee (The Constant Wife), Riley Costello (Everyday Rapture), Rosa Curry (The Rocky Horror Show), Charles Franklin, Lance Guest (Million Dollar Quartet), Ron Holgate (Kiss Me, Kate), Rachel Bay Jones (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Garrett Long (Bonnie and Clyde) and Karl Warden (La Cage aux Follies).

The reading is directed by Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown) with musical staging by Tony winner Scott Wise (Movin’ Out) and music direction by Kimberly Grigsby (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark).

Jon Pareles of The New York Times has said, “The America in [Bruce Hornsby's] music is one of countless connections and intersections.”  Stranger takes place at one of those intersections.  It features a family in turmoil that reaches a tipping point when their small town is shaken by the presence of a stranger cruising the streets in an old car.

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Wednesday, March 21 at 3:00 p.m.

at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s on 54th St, just east of Lexington Avenue 

Guess Who’s Coming to Seder?

A Delicious New Musical 
Book, Music and Lyrics by Randi Michaels Block
Music Direction by Bryan L. Wade
Directed by Ted Swindley

Casting will be announced shortly.

What do you get when you mix nine neurotic people from seven different religions with twenty bottles of wine, some matzo, Gefilte fish and a few Passover prayers that no one can actually read? You get Guess Who's Coming To Seder? -- the story of Sarah Friedman, who decides to hold her first Passover Seder dinner in her small New York City apartment for eight of her friends:  none of whom are Jewish. As the Seder progresses and the wine flows, their hilarious, irreverent and poignant confessions reveal personal truths and conflicts about faith, love, money, friendship and the pursuit of freedom... and by the end of the Seder, no one remains the same.

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Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s on 54th St, just east of Lexington Avenue

Dirty Little Secret

The Secret Life of Loretta Young
By Joan Ross Sorkin   
Directed by David Glenn Armstrong

The cast features Josh Adam Davis (Les Misérables), Jenn Gambatese (Tarzan), Carly Rose Sonenclar (Wonderland) and  Lynne Wintersteller (Closer Than Ever)

Picture Loretta Young in a glamorous gown, walking through that door on her television show, making her signature twirl, and you have entered the world of Dirty Little Secret, a play that explores one of the most unbelievable of all unbelievable Hollywood stories. To the public Loretta was “Miss Goody-Two Shoes,” but scratch the surface and you will find a shocking private life in which her adopted daughter was used as a pawn to protect the careers of two towering Hollywood icons. Prepare to have your heart broken.

The York Theatre Company is the only theater in New York City—and one of very few in the world—dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. Over the past two seasons, York productions and artists have been nominated for a combined 19 Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Off-Broadway Alliance, AUDELCO and Callaway Awards (and its productions of Yank! A WWII Love Story and Enter Laughing, The Musical have both been announced for Broadway). For over four decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and neglected classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, the York has focused exclusively on new musicals in its Mainstage Series—most of them world, American, or New York premieres—by some of the field’s most esteemed creators, and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Over 35 cast recordings from York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, and commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir, Jolson & Company, and its acclaimed revivals of Sweeney Todd and Pacific Overtures have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs.  

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