Nancy Anderson (Wonderful Town, A Class Act), Jeffry Denman (The Producers, How to Succeed…) and Bobby Steggert (The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island, 110 in the Shade) — who were featured in the Gallery Players production of Yank! — will also be part of the upcoming readings, part of the York's Developmental Reading Series.
The trio will be joined onstage by Leo Ash Evens, Chad Harlow, Ivan Hernandez, Curtis Holbrook, Matt Loehr, Tally Sessions, Doug Shapiro, Dennis Stowe and Kevin Worley. Igor Goldin again directs with musical direction by Dan Feyer.
Yank takes its title from the World War II publication Yank Magazine. The musical is described as such: "Yank! tells the story of a war reporter named Stu and an army private named Mitch, who fall in love and struggle to survive in a time and place where the odds are stacked against them. Intelligent and impassioned, suffused with songs in swing, big band and boogie-woogie styles, the show explores the stories that don't get told in wartime, and how WWII became a great catalyst in bringing gay men and women together."
In a recent interview with Playbill.com actress Nancy Anderson spoke about the new musical Yank!: "[David and Joseph Zellnik] set out to write an entire show of standards, and they really succeeded. . . . When I say standards, these songs sound like the best of the standards. They don't sound like some hackneyed, old-fashioned music. It's really sort of sweepingly romantic. In a beautiful way, it treats the central love story as a real love story. It's not a love story of gay people or straight people — it's just honest and unexpected. The show has a really wry sense of humor and quick pace. . . . It's truly a work of art that show."
Yank! was previously seen as apart of the 2005 New York Musical Theatre Festival. The Zipper Factory Theatre is located in Manhattan at 336 West 37th Street. The March 10 reading is free and open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. (The March 11 reading at the York is full.)