Asylum, a Musical About Mary Todd Lincoln, Opens at the York Sept. 14

News   Asylum, a Musical About Mary Todd Lincoln, Opens at the York Sept. 14 Asylum: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln, the final offering of the York Theatre Company's 2005-2006 season, officially opens at the East Side venue Sept. 14. Previews for the new musical began Sept. 5.
Edwin Cahill (as Robert Lincoln) and Carolann Page (as Mary Lincoln).
Edwin Cahill (as Robert Lincoln) and Carolann Page (as Mary Lincoln). Photo by Carol Rosegg

Carolann Page stars in the title role of Asylum, which will play the York through Oct. 1. Her co-stars include Bertilla Baker, Edwin Cahill, John Jellison, Joy Lynn Matthews and Daniel Spiotta. Fabrizio Melano directs with musical direction by Bob Goldstone. The creative team also includes James Morgan (set design), Terese Wadden (costume design) and Chris Robinson (lighting design).

"Ten years after the assassination of her husband and the death of three of her sons," reads press notes for the musical, "Mary Todd Lincoln battles for her freedom as she is judged insane and committed to an asylum by her only living son and some of Lincoln's former political allies. Witness her struggle to survive, as she fights to keep alive the eternal love that she and Lincoln shared."

Asylum: The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln features a book by June Bingham and a score by Carmel Owen. Barbara Walsh starred in a workshop version of the musical in 2001 for the Women's Project. The York also presented the musical as part of its Developmental Reading Series.

The York Theatre Company is located at Saint Peter's Theatre in Citigroup Center at 619 Lexington Avenue. For tickets log on to www.smarttix.com or call (212) 868-4444. Visit www.yorktheatre.org for more information.

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