Storyville, Musical about Birth of Jazz, to Receive New York Premiere at York Theatre Company

The York Theatre Company has announced its full cast for the New York premiere of Storyville, which begins performances July 15, prior to an official opening July 23. The production runs through Aug. 17.

William Foster McDaniel, Mercedes Ellington and Bill Castellino
William Foster McDaniel, Mercedes Ellington and Bill Castellino (Photo by David Loughner/York Theatre Company)

Storyville features a book by Ed Bullins and music and lyrics by Mildred Kayden. Directed by Bill Castellino, the cast will feature two-time Tony Award nominee Ernestine Jackson, D.C. Anderson, Cory Bretsch, Karen Burthwright, Kyle Robert Carter, Demeka Hayes, Michael Leonard James, Leajato Robinson, Clifton Samuels, Christopher Spaulding, Carl Wallnau, Debra Walton, NaTasha Yvette Williams and Zakiya Young.

"New Orleans, 1917: Something happened that changed the American Songbook forever," press notes state. "The time, Mardi Gras; the place, Storyville — two blocks from the French Quarter. Saloons, gambling joints and brothels set the scene for a new kind of music. Some say it was the beginning of jazz. People fell in love, a world disappeared and the music moved upriver."

The Storyville creative team includes James Morgan (set), Nicole Wee (costumes), Michael Gottlieb (lights) and Janie Bullard (sound). The production will feature choreography by Mercedes Ellington and music direction by William Foster McDaniel, and the production stage manager is Elis Arroyo.

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