York Theatre Company Readings to Feature Applegate, Nostrand, White and More

News   York Theatre Company Readings to Feature Applegate, Nostrand, White and More
The York Theatre Company has announced casting for Rogues to Riches and Scandalous Behavior, two upcoming new musicals offered in the company's Developmental Reading Series.
Fred Applegate
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Rogues to Riches, to be performed at Saint Peter's Church June 3 at 3 and 7 PM, will feature Anna Bergman, Renee Brna, Michael Brian Dunn, Brittney Lee Hamilton, Matt Leisy, Michael Nostrand, Steve Watts, Kimberly Whalen, Richard White and William Zeffiro.

Robert Serva, who will direct the reading, wrote the book and lyrics to Lynn Crigler's music; the show is inspired by George Farquhar's Restoration comedy, The Beaux Strategem.

The new musical, according to press notes, "tells the tale of two impoverished gentlemen on the road in search of a wealthy lady, whose heart (and riches!) could enable them to once more lead the uninhibited life they remember so fondly. Along the way, they meet two ladies (one unhappily married, one unhappily unmarried), an evil landlord, scheming servants, romantic maidens, and the dreaded highwaymen! Get ready for a whirlwind of romance, disguise and improbable fun."

Scandalous Behavior, "the new 18th century musical" based on Richard Brinsley Sheridan's The School for Scandal, will be presented June 4 at 3 PM. The cast will feature Fred Applegate, William J. Brooke, Mandy Bruno, Xander Chauncey, Brian Childers, Bill Galarno, Charles E. Gerber, Steven Hauck, Charles Karel, Ashley Fox Linton, Christopher Hudson Meyers, Terry Palasz, Verna Pierce, Jeff Raab, Nicholas Sattinger, Kristen Lee Sergeant and Barry Shafrin.

Jeffrey Lyle Segal wrote music and lyrics and will direct the reading with music direction by J. Oconor Navarro. Press notes describe the show as revolving around "sex, lies, greed, love, gossip...nothing has changed! Will old Sir Peter Teazle find happiness with a spirited young wife half his age? Will scheming Joseph Surface seduce Lady Teazle into an indiscretion she will regret? Will Sir Peter's pretty ward, Maria, be able to reform Joseph's decadent brother, Charles? Come listen to their juicy stories and enroll in this new School for Scandal."
 As previously reported, La Llarona – The Mexican Medea will also be presented as part of the series June 2 at 7 PM. Described as a "musical drama," the Hector Alienta piece will feature Venuz Delmar, Leilah Dione Ezra, Lina Gallegos, Anna Katherine Montgomery and Tamra Paselk, and will be directed by J. Esquea. The musical is based on Euripedes' Greek tragedy Medea as filtered through the Hispanic legend of La Llarona ("The Weeping Woman"). La Llarona is a Xochil Indian who falls madly in love with a man of Spanish heritage and who is driven to madness and murder by the Xochil River.

Saint Peter's Church is located at 54th Street and Lexington Avenue. For more information, visit yorktheatre.org.

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