The new musical, with a book and lyrics by Anne Berlin and music by Andrew Bleckner, is described as such: "The Pigeon Boys tells the story of the forgotten pigeoneers of World War II and explores the lives of three soldiers -- an American, a Brit, and a German. As the boys face the harsh realities of war and one life-or-death mission, they reveal the mysteries of the 50,000 pigeons used to save the lives of soldiers and airmen. Their intertwined stories of love, hope and fear look at the struggles of becoming a man."
The musical director for the 3 PM reading is Cathy Venable. Elements of puppetry will be explored and introduced, with puppets designed, built and puppeteered by Fergus J. Walsh.
The reading of Jonestown, which features a book by Carl Kelsch, lyrics by Stephen Thompson with Kelsch and music by Thompson, will be offered April 19. Casting and creative team will be announced shortly.
"In 1978, the unthinkable happened," according to press notes. "Jonestown charts the last three years of Peoples Temple and the events that led to the group's tragic end in November of '78. The gospel-influenced score gives a voice to the members' hopes and ideals beyond the shadow of their leader Jim Jones."
Both readings are free to the public at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). For additional information on the Series and to make reservations for any of the upcoming presentations, visit the readings page at www.yorktheatre.org.