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York Theatre Company Announces Upcoming 2013-2014 Season

 

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THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES UPCOMING 2013-2014 SEASON

MAINSTAGE PRODUCTIONS INCLUDE THE
OFF-BROADWAY PREMIERE OF "LOVE, LINDA: THE LIFE OF MRS. COLE PORTER"
AND THE WORLD PREMIERE OF "INVENTING MARY MARTIN"
"MUSICALS IN MUFTI" HONORS THE LEGENDARY SHELDON HARNICK,
FEATURING THE NEW REVUE, "A WORLD TO WIN"
AND BROADWAY’S, "TENDERLOIN"

PLUS A DEVELOPMENTAL LAB, READINGS, A “NEW2NY” AND MORE!
MEMBERSHIPS ARE NOW AVAILABLE…

New York, NY – (September 27, 2013) – The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Andrew Levine, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and preserving neglected shows from the past, has announced its upcoming 2013-2014 season that includes the world premiere of Inventing Mary Martin and the Off-Broadway premiere of Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter, in addition to the highly acclaimed Musicals in Mufti Series that will highlight the works of the legendary Sheldon Harnick. Highlights of the fall schedule will be a Developmental Lab presentation of Buddy’s Tavern, a "New2NY" staged concert of Jack: A Musical Drama on the Life of John F. Kennedy,and a one night concert of Six Wives by Joe Masteroff and Edward Thomas.

 

The 2013-2014 season launches in October with a special one-night only performance of the musical, Six Wives, followed by five performances of a “New2NY” staged concert of Jack: A Musical Drama on the Life of John F. Kennedy, with the Developmental Lab of the award-winning Buddy's Tavern rounding out the fall. December brings jazz vocalist Stevie Holland in the off-Broadway premiere Love, Linda:  The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter, a Mainstage production by Holland and Gary William Friedman, using Porter’s inimitable songs.  2014 begins with The Sheldon Harnick Musicals in Mufti Series featuring a world premiere revue, Sheldon Harnick: A World to Win and the Broadway classic, Tenderloin.  The spring Mainstage production, opening in April, is the world premiere musical, Inventing Mary Martin.

“We are excited to announce a wide ranging season covering musical premieres as well as classics from the past,” said York Theatre Company's Producing Artistic Director, James Morgan. “To have it anchored by a five-show series celebrating the legendary Sheldon Harnick makes it just about perfect. We can’t wait to share this non-stop musical theatre celebration with everyone.”

Now on sale, The York Theatre Company offers the 54th Street Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $54.00 - with elite benefits that includes a 30% discount on tickets to York Theatre Productions (2 per membership),  exclusive member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special member only receptions.

York Memberships can be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership, or by calling the York Theatre Company Box Office at (212) 935-5820 during regular business hours (Monday through Friday; 12pm to 6pm).

Single tickets to each event will be available to all new and current York Members on September 30, 2013.  General tickets for each event will go on sale to the public  on October 7, 2013.

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

The 2013-2014 York Theatre Company Season

SPECIAL ONE NIGHT ONLY EVENT

Monday, October 28, 2013

Six Wives

Book & Lyrics by Joe Masteroff
Music by Edward Thomas
Directed by David Green
Music Direction by Dennis Buck

Six Wives tells the story of Henry VIII, the larger-than-life English monarch, and the six extraordinary women he married: Anne Boleyn, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, Katherine of Aragon, Jane Seymour, and Katherine Parr. This five-person musical reexamines Henry VIII's historical image from a modern day perspective—with two women playing all six wives. York produced the world premiere in 1992, and now this chamber musical returns for a one night only concert. 

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“NEW2NY” STAGED CONCERT PRESENTATION

November 1-3, 2013

Jack: A Musical Drama on the Life of John F. Kennedy

A New York Premiere!
Book and Lyrics by Will Holt & Tom Sawyer

Music by Will Holt

Beginning with John F. Kennedy’s days at Harvard through his assassination in Dallas,  Jack dramatizes the life and career of JFK, while focusing on a central conflict–  Jack’s fight to become his own man despite a difficult relationship with his power-obsessed father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. Jack examines the triumphs as well as the shadows of the Kennedy legacy leading to the tragic event which continues to resonate with all of us 5o years later.

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DEVELOPMENT LAB PRESENTATION

November 13-15, 2013

Buddy’s Tavern
New York Premiere!
Book by Raymond De Felitta
Music by Kim Oler
Lyrics by Alison Hubbard

Directed by Peter Flynn

Choreography by Devanand Janki
Music Direction by Mark Fifer

Buddy's Tavern is based on the film Two Family House (Sundance Award), written and directed by Raymond De Felitta. Winner of the Richard Rodgers Development Award, this new romantic musical is the story of an Italian-American factory worker on Staten Island in 1956. Buddy has always wanted his own business- a bar where he can sing his heart out to his customers.  Family pressures, race relations, unexpected love, and the struggle to achieve one's dreams, all come alive in this New York premiere musical.

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MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

December 3, 2013 - January 5, 2014

Off-Broadway Premiere!

Love, Linda: The Life of Mrs. Cole Porter

Book by Stevie Holland with Gary William Friedman
Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Arrangements and Orchestrations by Gary William Friedman
Music Direction by Christopher McGovern
Directed by Richard Maltby, Jr.

Starring Stevie Holland


Love, Linda is a tour de force musical and theatrical journey, starring acclaimed jazz vocalist Stevie Holland. This musical explores the life of Linda Lee Thomas, the Southern beauty who, at the dawn of the Roaring Twenties, married and was a driving force behind legendary songwriter Cole Porter. Though Porter was gay, their companionship lasted through a 35 year marriage. Love, Linda celebrates the deep love shared by Linda and Cole, while examining the darker sides of their life.

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MUSICALS IN MUFTI SERIES:  CELEBRATING SHELDON HARNICK

 

January 17-19, 2014

World Premiere!
Sheldon Harnick: A World to Win

Book & Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Music by Jerry Bock plus  David Baker, Larry Hochman,
Michel Legrand, Richard
Rodgers, Sheldon Harnick

Directed by Robert Brink

A World to Win is a sampling of Sheldon Harnick’s wide-ranging career as a musical theatre writer. It covers everything from shows on and off Broadway, revues to book musicals, and well-known gems as well as hidden treasures that have never been performed publicly. Most of the music was written by his long-time collaborator Jerry Bock; other songs were composed by Richard Rodgers, Michel Legrand, David Baker, Larry Hochman and even Harnick himself.

January 31- February 2, 2014

Dragons

Book, Music, & Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Dragons features book, music, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and is based on Yevgeny Schwartz’s play, The Dragon. After suffering through the siege of Leningrad in WWII, Schwartz felt that the Russian people deserved something better than life under the tyrant Stalin. He couldn’t very well write a play about that and hope to have it produced in Soviet Russia, so he wrote a charming fantasy about a knight who rescues a damsel in distress from a dragon and what happens thereafter.  Harnick’s musical adaption preserves the charm, humor and romance of Schwartz’s play while making the tale applicable to life under any form of government (including ours).

February 14-16, 2014

Malpractice Makes Perfect
Book, Music, & Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Directed by David Glenn Armstrong

Malpractice Makes Perfect, with book, music and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, is based on the Moliere’s classic comedy of manners, The Doctor in Spite of Himself. A musical comedy whose classic plot devices lead to hilarious ends, Harnick’s adaptation tells the story of a woodcutter manipulated by his spiteful wife to impersonate a brilliant doctor. Called to an emergency case-- a lovely young woman who feigns sickness to avoid her impending marriage-- the “doctor” prescribes a perfect remedy for an uproarious situation.  Mix in a cast of eccentrics, and the comic antics build to the climactic resolution.

February 21-23, 2014

Smiling, The Boy Fell Dead

Book by Ira Wallach
Music by David Baker
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Jim Glossman

Smiling, The Boy Fell Dead is a musical comedy from Off-Broadway’s 1960 season that tells a classic success story—with great humor, the boy overcomes extraordinary obstacles to gain a girl, fortune, and family honor). Set in the Midwest at the turn of the last century, it spoofs Horatio Alger rags-to-riches tales.

March 7-9, 2014

Tenderloin
Book by George Abbott and Jerome Weidman
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Directed by Carl Andress

Tenderloin, based on a novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams, was produced on Broadway in 1960 by Harold Prince and Robert Griffith. It tells the tale of Dr. Brock, a crusading Minister who has dedicated himself to cleaning up that section of New York devoted to vice, the area known as the “Tenderloin”. Naturally, those whose livelihoods depended on that vice dedicated themselves to seeing that Dr. Brock didn’t succeed.

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MAINSTAGE PRODUCTION

April 15 - May 18, 2014

World Premiere!
Inventing Mary Martin
Conceived, Written and Directed by Stephen Cole

Music Arranged by David Krane
Co-Directed and Choreographed by Bob Richard

Inventing Mary Martin is a new four person musical revue celebrating the centennial of one of the legendary leading ladies of American musical theatre. This delightful multi-media evening takes us back to the golden age of musical theatre when Mary reigned over Broadway and delighted audiences with songs by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerry Herman, Kurt Weill, Vernon Duke, Deitz and Schwartz, Jones and Schmidt, Jule Styne and Comden and Green. The show explores how an ambitious girl from Weatherford, Texas invented herself and became one of the most glamorous stars to grace the Broadway stage. Inventing Mary Martin takes us on Mary’s journey flying through stage, film, and television.

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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. 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 The York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, and commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)SouvenirJolson & Company, and its acclaimed revivals of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival), Sweeney Todd and Pacific Overtures have all showcased the importance of the York and its programs.

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Andrew C. McGibbon

 

 

Andrew C. McGibbon has spent the past thirty years working in live theatre as a stage manager, general manager, producer and leader in the convergence of Broadway and online.

Mr. McGibbon worked as a stage manager and general manager for ten years. In 1994 he created a website devoted to live theatre, BroadwayWorld-Wide.com. The site was subsequently bought by, and became Playbill.com. He continued to manage the site for Playbill for four years. In 2000 he became the website manager for TonyAwards.com. With the 2008-09 season he finished his ninth year on the show. He has also worked as a webmaster for the Broadway LeagueJazz at Lincoln Center, and as the Director of Digital Media for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Since 2015, Andrew has been working as an architectural photographer and virtual tour photographer known for his photography of theatres such as the Kimmel Center, Tanglewood, Signature Theatre Company, Roundabout Theatre Company, Arena Stage and the Goodspeed Opera House. His photography work can be previewed at https://andrewmcgibbonphotography.com.

Mr. McGibbon is a member of the American Theatre Critics Association, the Independent Theatre Bloggers AssociationActors' Equity Association and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, as well as the American Society of Media Photographers

In addition to his work in the theatrical industry, Mr. McGibbon is also a partner in Simple Solutions Distributing, a manufacturer of filtration equipment for the waste-water industry.

Photo: Elizabeth Leitzell

 

 

 

Website: www.facebook.com/andrewmcgibbon