By Andrew Gans
08 May 2014
The readings of the musicals, which include Republic, Feral and The Danger Year, are by invitation only and are presented at The York Theatre Company in Saint Peter’s.
NEO (an acronym for “New, Emerging, Outstanding”) is a yearly York benefit, which celebrates songwriters primed to pen the next generation of musicals. The York recently embarked on this new reading series, which focuses on full-length works by that year’s NEO writers; it also includes a year-long mentoring program that brings together established writers and upcoming producing partners.
For additional information on the series, visit the readings page at www.yorktheatre.org.
Details on the readings follow:
By Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk
Music Direction by Paul Staroba
Casting by Michael Cassara
Producing Mentors: Alan and Barbara Marks
The cast features Zach Altman, Colin Anderson, Eric Anderson, Michael Arden, Kevin Earley, Brad Frenette, Greg Hildreth, Laura Michelle Kelly, Mark Jacoby, Andy Mientus, Bonnie Milligan, William Parry, CJ Pawlikowski, Dan Rosales, Bill Youmans and Michael Zegarski.
Republic is a "sung-through musical based on Shakespeare's Henry IV set against the political backdrop of Northern Ireland in the 1970s. It begins on Bloody Sunday and chronicles the struggles of an idealistic local politician named Henry Patrick O'Byrne and the unlikely political rise of O'Byrne's rebellious son Hal, who is rumored to have ties to the IRA. As O'Byrne attempts to distance himself from the increasingly violent face-offs between the IRA and the British Army, Hal leverages it for his own gain. Republic tells a story of unlikely allegiances, political ambition and a deeply embedded love of country."
Book by Victor Lesniewski
Music by Jacob Yandura
Lyrics by Rebekah Greer Melocik
Directed by Mike Donahue
Music Direction by Matt Gallagher
Producing Mentor: Deborah Taylor
"Charlie is a young marketing executive who thinks he has it all, but when he witnesses a double murder near his safe suburban home, he launches into a manic search for something more."
The Danger Year
Music and Lyrics by Georgia Stitt
Book by Jamie Pachino
Directed by Kent Nicholson
Producing Mentor: Janet Brenner
Featuring Kate Baldwin, Charlotte Maltby, Pearl Sun, Clark Thorell and Nik Walker
"In Japan, certain ages are believed to be 'Danger Years'—twelve months of calamity, upheaval … and rebirth. The ground shifts, lives are upended, and things that were clear suddenly become blurry. It’s upon this precipice The Danger Year is set. This revue brings together five characters at this explosive and pivotal moment of their lives, as they confront the choices they’ve made, the relationships they’ve built (or destroyed), the worlds they yearn for, and the worlds they can no longer sustain."