York Readings to Feature Sutton Foster, Nancy Opel, Christopher Sieber and More

News   York Readings to Feature Sutton Foster, Nancy Opel, Christopher Sieber and More
The York Theatre Company has announced casting for readings of four new musicals, The Green Heart, Mr. & Mrs. Broadway, 9 Day Wonder and Amazing Sex, the next offerings in its Developmental Reading Series. Green Heart is a special closed reading.

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The Green Heart, which is based on the short story by Jack Ritchie and features a book by Charles Busch and music and lyrics by the late Rusty Magee, will be presented Dec. 2 at 3 PM. Carl Andress will direct the reading with music direction by John McDaniel, and the cast will feature Ken Barnett, Heidi Blickenstaff, Wade Elkins, Tony winner Sutton Foster, Daniel Marcus, Peter Marinos, Marcy McGuigan, Beth Johnson Nicely, Tony nominee Nancy Opel, Tony nominee Christopher Sieber and Steven Strafford.

In The Green Heart, press notes state, "William Graham, a selfish, egotistical millionaire, discovers that he has run through his entire inheritance. After learning this, he decides to marry an older, wealthy woman who will unwittingly support both himself and his glamorous mistress. Bill subsequently latches onto Henrietta, a hopelessly eccentric professor of botany (and heiress to a large fortune) who he marries, and to his amazement, actually falls in love with."

Michael E. Dansicker's Mr. & Mrs. Broadway will be presented Dec. 7 at 3 PM featuring Tony nominee Nancy Opel, Mark Price and Tom Alan Robbins. Directed by Tony winner David Zippel with music direction by Henry Aronson, the new musical is described as such:  "In October 2000, a pair of award winning lyricists (now in their eighties) dream of one more 'day in the sun' and a final validation of their work - winning one more Tony!  However, all of their collaborators are gone; so they decide to team up with a brilliant, young composer (a graduate of NYU’s Musical Theatre writing program)."

9 Day Wonder, by Stephen Temperley, will be offered Dec. 14 at 3 PM and 7 PM. Billed as "a new comedy by the creative team responsible for Souvenir," the readings will be directed by Vivian Metalon; casting for the production will be announced at a later date. The musical, according to the York, "begins in modern day New York City, where William, an academic specializing in Shakespeare's clowns, finds himself lying face down on the carpet, overwhelmed by a massive stroke. In his last moments of consciousness, he seems to become the famous clown, Will Kemp, who danced from Norwich to London in a final act of defiance when Shakespeare dropped him from his company in 1600. Their two lives comes together as Kemp tries to dance his way into immortality and William tries to come to terms with the end of his life."

Amazing Sex will be presented Dec. 16 at 7 PM. The cast of the musical, which features lyrics by Barry Harman, who also directs, and music by Keith Herrmann, will include Danette Holden, Howard Kaye, Michael Marcotte and Laiona Michelle. The musical revue explores adult human sexuality. For more information visit www.yorktheatre.org.

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