PHOTO CALL: Christine Ebersole, Phil Donahue, Chita Rivera Attend York's Road to Qatar! Opening

News   PHOTO CALL: Christine Ebersole, Phil Donahue, Chita Rivera Attend York's Road to Qatar! Opening The York Theatre Company's production of the new musical comedy The Road to Qatar! officially opened Feb. 3. Christine Ebersole, Phil Donahue and Chita Rivera were among those in attendance.

The Road to Qatar!, according to the York, is a "new true musical comedy about two American musical theatre writers commissioned to write a larger-than-life Broadway-style musical for the Emir of Qatar. Surprises abound as the self-professed 'short Jewish writers' soon find themselves traveling the globe in their own version of a madcap Bob Hope/Bing Crosby adventure."

Here is the company and guests on opening night:

Phillip George (Forbidden Broadway) directs with choreography by Bob Richard (Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!) and musical direction by David Caldwell (Children of Eden). The five-member cast comprises James Beaman (Spamalot, national tour) as Michael, Keith Gerchak (Finding Nemo, The Musical) as Jeffrey, Bill Nolte (La Cage aux Folles) as Mansour, Sarah Stiles (Avenue Q) as Nazirah and Bruce Warren (The Wizard of Oz) as Farid.

Performances of the new musical, which features book and lyrics by Stephen Cole and music by David Krane, based on an actual adventure, will continue through Feb. 27 at The Theatre at Saint Peter's.

Tickets are $67.50 and are available online at www.yorktheatre.org, by calling (212) 935-5820, or in person at the box office at the York Theatre at Saint Peter's (enter on 54th Street, just east of Lexington).

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