Six Musicals to Be Part of York’s Free Developmental Reading Series

News   Six Musicals to Be Part of York’s Free Developmental Reading Series The York Theatre Company’s Developmental Reading Series will offer six musicals in February and March.

The series kicks off Feb. 7 at 7:30 PM with an encore performance of the newly revised musical Green Gables. Based on the classic novel “Anne of Green Gables,” the musical features book, music and lyrics by Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman.

Cyclone and the Pig-Faced Lady, a new musical by Dana Goldstein (book and lyrics) and Rima Fand (music) follows, playing Feb. 24 at 3 PM. The musical concerns the intertwining of a comic book writer and her hit comic book, “Cyclone.”

“A journey from bitterness to forgiveness, from self-hatred to acceptance, from anguish to joy” is how The Enchanted Cottage is described. The Thomas Edward West (book), Kim Oler (music) and Allison Hubbard (lyrics) musical will be presented Feb. 28 at 2 PM and examines the life of Oliver Bashforth, who has recently returned home from the battlefields of World War I.

Book writer Michael Milton, composer Margaret Dorn and lyricist Janie Barnett’s Faraway Bayou will be offered Feb. 28 at 7:30 PM. Set in the Louisiana bayou, circa 1900, the musical “shows what one girl will risk to find the special wonder inside herself.”

Mary Lincoln’s battles for freedom are explored in The Strange Case of Mary Lincoln, set for March 7 at 3 PM at the York. The musical, which follows Lincoln’s confinement to an asylum, was penned by June Bingham (book) and Carmel Owen (music and lyrics). Bad Ideas will conclude the reading series on March 13 at 3 PM. With book, music and lyrics by Joshua Z. Kant and additional lyrics by Stephen Tomac, the musical concerns a farewell concert performed by members of the fictitious Words Plus Music Writing Lab.

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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