Barbour, Grove, Palmer, Kissel and More Set for Free Conversation Piece Reading

News   Barbour, Grove, Palmer, Kissel and More Set for Free Conversation Piece Reading The York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series will continue Dec. 2 with a free reading of the new musical Conversation Piece.
James Barbour
James Barbour

The 3 PM reading of the romantic comedy will boast the talents of James Barbour (Beau Brummel), Georgia Warner (Rose, Melanie's Cockney maid), Maxime de Toledo (Paul, Duc de Chaucigny-Varennes), Jessica Grove (Melanie, Paul's ward), Sean Palmer (Edward, Marquis of Sheere), Jennifer Evans (Sophie Otford), Elizabeth Inghram (Martha James), Delphi Harrington (Duchess of Beneden, Edward's mother), Howard Kissel (Duke of Beneden, Edward's father), Mary Illes (Lady Julia Charteris, an old flame of Paul's) and Mark York (Mr. Jones, Melanie's accompanist). Conversation Piece features music by Noel Coward and an adaptation by Barry Day (aided by Tony Walton). The musical, according to press notes, concerns "an exiled French Duke in Regency Brighton [who] is attempting to arrange a rich marriage for a young Parisian gamin he is passing off as his ward. She spoils the scheme by falling in love with him…and singing one of Coward's most magical and enduring songs, 'I'll Follow My Secret Heart.'"

The reading will be presented at the York's home at The Theatre at Saint Peter's on 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. Although the reading is free, reservations are required by emailing Jeff Landsman at Jlandsman@yorktheatre.org (include name, phone number, the show's title and the number of tickets) or by calling (212) 935-5824, ext. 24.

For more information visit www.yorktheatre.org.