Playbill.com learned that the Drama Desk Award winner known for Broadway's City of Angels, Victor/Victoria and Sly Fox started rehearsals with Jonathan Pryce the week of Dec. 5. As previously announced, Pryce takes on the role of suave French Riviera con man Lawrence Jameson in January, after John Lithgow exits the Imperial Theatre.
York, respected for her deft comic timing and her powerful, sensuous singing voice, is stepping into the pumps of Sherie Rene Scott in the musical comedy by songwriter David Yazbek and librettist Jeffrey Lane. She is expected to start Feb. 5, 2006, and continue through early summer, during Scott's absence to appear in Signature Theatre Company's Landscape of the Body.
In 2004-05, York starred in Lincoln Center Theater's Dessa Rose, for which she was nominated for a 2005 Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actress in a Musical. She will be heard on Dessa's forthcoming cast album.
York's most recent Broadway appearance was as Miss Fancy and later Mrs. Truckle in the revival of Larry Gelbart's Sly Fox in 2004. In 1996, she was a Drama Desk Award winner as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for her daffy, sexy turn as a mobster's moll in Victor/Victoria. In 1993 she was Drama Desk Award nominated as Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical for the New York premiere of Putting It Together She toured in Kiss Me, Kate, as Lilli/Katharine, and played the role(s) in London, where the Michael Blakemore production was filmed for broadcast and home release.
She is also a veteran of Broadway's The Scarlet Pimpernel and Les Miserables, and the tour of Ragtime, among other stage productions. York's film credits include "One Fine Day," "Billy Bathgate," "Killer Instinct," "Second Honeymoon," "Au Pair II" and as Lucille Ball in the CBS movie, "Lucy."
York's debut solo album, "Let's Fall in Love," was released in January 2005. She will also be heard on the upcoming recording of the musical, Summer of '42.
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Two-time Tony Award-winner, Jonathan Pryce, succeeds John Lithgow as one of the two title characters on Jan. 17, 2006.
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels won the 2005 Drama League Award as Best Musical, and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards.
The production features John Lithgow, Norbert Leo Butz, Joanna Gleason, Gregory Jbara and Sara Gettelfinger, and is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien and choreographed by Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell.