Garbo and Me, which features book and lyrics by Joanne Sydney Lessner and music and lyrics by Joshua Rosenblum, will be presented Sept. 17 at 3 PM. The new musical, according to the York, "traces the elusive film icon as she conquers the studio system, negotiates the tabloid minefield, and juggles a string of lovers, both male and female, while struggling to protect her cherished privacy."
On Sept. 24 at 3 PM Joe DiPietro (book), Bret Simmons (music) and David Howard's (lyrics) Paradise Tossed will be offered. Based on Howard's play Adam Alone, the new musical is described as such: "Creation is going exactly according to plan. Eve, curious about what lies beyond the Garden of Eden, and positively obsessed with the idea of something that's forbidden, eats the apple. Then Adam...doesn't. How exactly God is going to get his children together so they can create the human race is anybody's guess. . . . an unconventional retelling of the world's first love story filled with unexpected twists and turns."
"A serio-comic retelling of [the myth] 'Pygmalion & Galatea,' set in ancient Cyprus, but filtered through a skewed, contemporary lens," reads a description of Falling to Earth, which will be presented at the York Sept. 29 at 3 PM. The new musical features book by Tom Gualtieri and David Sisco, lyrics by Gualtieri and music by Sisco.
That's Andy, which was conceived by Bobby Cronin and features book and lyrics by Crystal Skillman and music and additional lyrics by Kevin Carter, will be offered Oct. 6 at 3 PM. The new work is described as a "a comedic, family-friendly musical about a 10-year-old boy named Andy who dreams of playing the lead in Annie. When Andy shows up to the audition in a red dress, everyone goes haywire. His story takes the nation by storm, sending a confused Andy into the twisted world of reality television in search of the answer to his simple question: 'What did I do wrong?'"
The readings will be presented at the York's home at The Theatre at Saint Peter's on 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. Although the readings are free, reservations are required by emailing Jeff Landsman at Jlandsman@yorktheatre.org (include name, phone number, the show's title and the number of tickets) or by calling (212) 935-5824, ext. 24. For more information visit www.yorktheatre.org.