Free Readings of Brighter Side and Oliver's Idea Musicals Set for September

News   Free Readings of Brighter Side and Oliver's Idea Musicals Set for September In addition to the previously announced The Island, the York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series will present free readings of two other new musicals in September.

On Sept. 19 the series will offer The Brighter Side, which was written by Napua Davoy, who will perform the musical at 7:30 PM. Davoy's work is told through monologue, movement and song and, according to press notes, is "a complex and uplifting musical autobiography that distills a family's turbulent history into a potent evening of theatre. [It is] the story of a daughter forced to reevaluate her contentious relationship with her mother."

The series will continue Sept. 21 at 3 PM with Oliver's Idea. The musical, which features a score by Corinna Manetto and a book by Ronald Bazarini, is described thusly: "Oliver Sinclair and Noel Normand shared a harrowing war experience, but Oliver's unexpected presence in New Orleans disrupts Noel's work and budding romance with his Parisian cousin, Manila. It also affects Noel's loyal friend, Claudette, a cheerful fellow who wears high heels."

The York Theatre Company is located at Saint Peter's Theatre in Citigroup Center at 619 Lexington Avenue. Call (212) 935-5824, ext. 24 for reservations. Visit www.yorktheatre.org for more information.

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A 7:30 PM reading of Island will be presented Sept. 26. The musical — music and lyrics by Peter Link and a book by Larry Rosler and Joe Bravaco — concerns a "married couple who flees Manhattan and flies to beautiful Jamaica hoping that a touch of paradise will solve their marital difficulties. With the help of a Jamaican couple, with difficulties of their own, and an old magic man, everyone learns that problems can only be solved when faced head on — which they eventually do with some surprising and uplifting results."

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