The York Theatre Company, which is dedicated to the development of new musicals and the rediscovery of musical gems, has announced its 49th season at The York Theatre at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue). On the slate are two new musicals: Midnight at the Never Get and Christmas in Hell.
Launching the 2018–2019 season October 2 is the Off-Broadway premiere of Midnight at the Never Get, with a book and score by Mark Sonnenblick. Co-conceived by Sam Bolen and presented by arrangement with Visceral Entertainment and Mark Cortale Productions, the limited run will be directed by Max Friedman. Casting will be announced shortly.
Performances will continue through November 4 with an official opening set for October 11.
The new musical by 2018 Jonathan Larson Award winner Sonnenblick tells the story of singer Trevor Copeland and songwriter Arthur Brightman, who have the perfect New York romance—but in 1965, it’s also against the law. In the back room of The Never Get, an illegal Greenwich Village gay bar, they put together a show called Midnight, a nightclub act where Trevor sings Arthur’s love songs with their male pronouns intact.
Ringing in the holiday season will be the Off-Broadway premiere of the new musical Christmas in Hell by Gary Apple. Directed and choreographed by Bill Castellino, performances will begin December 4 prior to an official opening December 9 for a limited run through December 30.
Set on Christmas Eve, the musical concerns six-year-old Davin, who is mistakenly taken down to Hell. When he returns, not only has he missed Christmas, but he is devilishly changed. To set things right, his father embarks on a bizarre odyssey that eventually leads him down to Hell, where he makes a wager with Lucifer he can’t possibly win.
The winter season also includes the acclaimed Musicals in Mufti series, this year celebrating the centennial of librettist and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, one of the creators behind such classics as Brigadoon, Camelot, Love Life, and My Fair Lady. The book-in-hand concert series will feature three Lerner musicals: Carmelina (January 26–February 3, 2019) and two lesser-known Lerner gems to be announced.
On November 12, as previously announced, The York Theatre Company will honor five-time Tony-winning musical theatre director/choreographer Susan Stroman with the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theatre at the 27th Award Gala.
For additional information, visit YorkTheatre.org.