The York Theatre Company has announced the line-up for its 47th anniversary season. Included in the slate will be the Off-Broadway premieres of two new musicals, A Taste of Things to Come and Emma, as well as revivals of Milk and Honey and Dear World as part of the Musicals in Mufti series.
In November, the first mainstage production of the season will inaugurate the newly renovated York Theatre space with the New York premiere of the musical A Taste of Things to Come. The new work features a book, music and lyrics by Debra Barsha (Radiant Baby) and Hollye Levin (Funny Business), with an original concept by Levin, and direction and choreography by Lorin Latarro (Waitress). Performances will run November 9-December 11.
The winter season will continue with the return of the Musicals in Mufti series, which presents staged concert readings of older musicals. The line-up includes Milk and Honey, with book by Don Appell (A Girl Could Get Lucky) and music and lyrics by Jerry Herman (January 28-February 5, 2017); Dear World, with book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee (Mame) and music and lyrics by Herman (February 25, 2017-March 5); and a third production to be announced shortly.
The second mainstage production, slated for next spring, will be Emma, a musical romance, with music, lyrics and book by Paul Gordon (Jane Eyre), adapted from the novel by Jane Austen. Performances are set to run April 25-May 28.
The 2016-17 season will officially kick off in September with the return of the York’s New2NY series, which stages concert presentations of new musicals. The series will begin September 17 with How to Be an American!, a political cabaret by T. Cat Ford, with direction by Bill Castellino (Cagney) and music direction by Satomi Hoffman. In January 2017, the series will continue with Mark Felt, Superstar with book, music and lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum.
Special events throughout the season will also include The 25th Annual Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala; the second annual Winter Intensive for College Students, part of The York’s Musical Theatre Training Program that trains and inspires young performers; and a benefit Spring Concert Celebration honoring James Morgan, commemorating his 20th anniversary as York producing artistic director, among other events.
York memberships can be purchased online at yorktheatre.org/membership, or by visiting the York Theatre Company Box Office, located in the Citicorp Building, entrance on East 54th Street, New York, or by calling the Box Office at (212) 935-5820. For additional information, visit www.yorktheatre.org.