The York Theatre Company, which is dedicated to the development of new musicals and the preservation of musical gems, will present staged readings of two new musicals as part of its Developmental Reading Series.
Dutch Master, with music and lyrics by Jeffrey Stock (Triumph of Love) and a book by Marc Acito (Allegiance), will be offered March 8 at 1 PM, and The White Witch of Rosehall, with music by Balint Varga (Houdini the Musical) and book and lyrics by Bryan D. Leys (Hell’s Belles), will be presented March 9 at 2 PM. Both performances will be held at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street).
Michael Montel will direct Dutch Master with musical direction by Matthew Liu. Stephen Bogardus, Tony winner Len Cariou, Matt Castle, and Storm Large will star in the true story of Han van Meegeren, an unsuccessful artist who turned to forgery and duped the greatest art lovers of Europe into believing that his Vermeers were the real deal.
The White Witch of Rosehall, which is based on the novel by H.G. de Lisser, will be directed by lyricist-librettist Leys with music direction by composer Varga. Bringing to life the story of a young Englishman who finds adventure in Jamaica with a voodoo-practicing widow will be Richard Binder, Patrice Bell, Amy Bodnar, Kaylee Bugg, Adam Daveline, Aja Downing, Kenny M. Green, Michael Kirk Lane, Carl-Michael Ogle, Christopher Pitman, and Charles Valentino.
The readings are open to the public with a $10 advance reservation fee for each reading (complimentary for York Theatre's Plus Members; $5 for York Theatre Members). Reservations can also be made on the day of the reading (pending availability) for a suggested $5 donation in person at the box office.
For additional information visit yorktheatre.org.