Casting Announced for York's Buddy's Tavern and Jack: A Musical Drama on the Life of John F. Kennedy

By Andrew Gans
October 29, 2013

Casting has been announced for The York Theatre Company's upcoming presentations of the New York premiere of two musicals: a “New2NY” concert production of Jack: A Musical Drama on the Life of John F. Kennedy and a Developmental Lab offering of Buddy's Tavern.



Both works will be presented at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue).

Details of the two musicals follow:

"New2NY" Concert Presentation
Nov. 1-3

Jack: A Musical Drama on the Life of John F. Kennedy
Books and lyrics by Tom Sawyer and Will Holt
Music by Will Holt
Based on an original concept by Tom Sawyer
Directed by Igor Goldin
Music direction by Matt Castle

Featuring Frank Anderson, Andrew Boyer, Wilson Bridges, Stephen Lee Anderson, Patrick Cummings, Jessica Grové, Julia Johanos, Anne Kanengeiser, Erick Pinnick, Lauren Sterling, Debra Walton and William Zeffiro. The production stage manager is Lori Amondson.

Jack: A Musical Drama on the Life of John F. Kennedy, press notes state, "begins with JFK’s days at Harvard through his assassination in Dallas, Jack dramatizes the life and career of JFK, while focusing on a central conflict– Jack’s fight to become his own man despite a difficult relationship with his power-obsessed father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. Jack examines the triumphs as well as the shadows of the Kennedy legacy leading to the tragic event which continues to resonate with all of us 5o years later."

Jack: A Musical Drama on the Life of John F. Kennedy will be presented Nov. 1 at 8 PM, Nov. 2 at 2:30 PM and 8 PM and Nov. 3 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM; tickets are $45.

Development Lab Presentation
Nov. 13-15

Buddy's Tavern
Book by Raymond De Felitta
Music by Kim Oler
Lyrics by Alison Hubbard
Directed by Peter Flynn
Choreography by Devanand Janki
Music direction by Mark Fifer

The seven-member cast features Andrea Bianchi, Andrea Burns, Wally Dunn, Darius De Hass, Alexander Gemignani, Jessica Grové and Joe Ricci. The production stage manager is Niki Armato.

Buddy's Tavern is based on the film "Two Family House" (Sundance Award), written and directed by Raymond De Felitta. Winner of the Richard Rodgers Development Award, this new romantic musical, according to the York, is the "story of an Italian-American factory worker on Staten Island in 1956. Buddy has always wanted his own business- a bar where he can sing his heart out to his customers. Family pressures, race relations, unexpected love, and the struggle to achieve one's dreams, all come alive in this New York premiere musical."

Buddy's Tavern will be presented Nov. 13 at 8 PM, Nov. 14 at 8 PM and Nov. 15 at 2:30 PM; tickets are $15.

Tickets for both presentations are now on sale and may be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org or by calling the York Theatre Company Box Office at (212) 935-5820.