All readings are free and open to the public (with a reservation) and take place at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). For additional information or to make reservations, visit www.yorktheatre.org.
Details about the readings follow:
May 8 at 3 PM
License to Marry
Book, lyrics & music by Seymour Barab
Directed by Dorothy Danner
Music direction by James Besser
The cast includes Millinee Barrister, David Barron, Frank Basile, Josh Kohl, Michael Marcotte, Melissa Parks, Alexandra Pappas, Mark Womack and Lars Woodhul.
"License to Marry takes place on the day of Helena and Ramon's wedding, Mayor Vega receives the news that he is to be elevated to a post in the king's cabinet. It is his reward for having conducted the town's affairs without a single error. On this festive day, however, an error comes to light of monumental dimensions. Ramon, expecting Helena to be his bride, is married to her mother, Minerva, instead. What complicates matters is that it is to everyone's advantage to keep this misfortune from coming to the attention of the king's courier. To add to the complexities of the situation, Minerva's husband, having been given up for dead, returns and demand's his conjugal rights."
May 13 at 7 PM
Book and lyrics by Samuel Bernstein (based on his award-winning book)
Music by David Snyder
Directed by Stephen Nacahmie
Ben Davis heads the cast.
"Based on a true story. The story of the man who created 'Confidential Magazine' in the 1950s, Mr. Confidential is fast, fluid and sexy—a touch of burlesque mixed with the modern joy and peril of idol worship. It’s a giddy, vibrant show, set in New York and Hollywood at their most glamorous and dangerous. But look beyond the tabloid scandals, beneath the whipped cream and diamonds, and you find something truly shocking: Heart, family, and innocence. Go figure."