York to Present Staged Concerts of Three Musicals in NEW2NY Series

News   York to Present Staged Concerts of Three Musicals in NEW2NY Series
In July the York Theatre Company will launch its NEW2NY concert series, which presents staged concerts of musicals making their New York debuts.

The three concerts that will kick off the series include Compose Yourself (July 11-13), The Lady in Penthouse B (July 25-27) and In Transit (Aug. 8-10).

All shows will be presented at the Theatre at Saint Peters, and each show will play five performances: Friday at 8 PM, Saturday at 2:30 and 8 PM, and Sunday at 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Discussions will follow the matinee performances.

Casts and creative teams will be announced at a later date.

Details about each show follow:

Compose Yourself!
Music by Larry Grossman; lyrics by Hal Hackady, Ellen Fitzhugh, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, Buz Kohan, Carol Hall, Fred Ebb, Amanda Green, Drey Shepperd and Michael Korie
"This new revue, with music by Larry Grossman and lyrics by a stellar lineup of collaborators, features the composer himself at the piano. Mr. Grossman is reaching into his trunk for songs he created for Broadway musicals, television, revues, cabaret acts and even a presidential inauguration." Stuart Ross directs. The Lady in Penthouse B
Music by Matthew Ward, book and lyrics by Peter Napolitano
"What happens when a good-natured, struggling actress is forced to work for a bitchy, egotistical female gossip columnist? . . . The fun begins when Lady Susan, the aging, raging boss from hell, and Mel (Melanie) Mitchell, her downtrodden assistant, engage in a war of wills surrounded by a friendly choreographer, a vicious male columnist, an evil cat, a faithful dog and Mel's dead Aunt Maida."

In Transit
By Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russell M. Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth; additional material by Greg Christopher & Karla Momberger
"Stand clear of the closing doors, please! Set aboard the New York subway, this a cappella show captures intimate, touching —and often hilarious — musical snapshots of eight very different young city dwellers, all 'between stations' in their lives. An aspiring actress thinking of making her temp job permanent; a perpetually single 'nice guy;' a gay man whose mother refuses to let him out of the closet; and a parade of other quirky characters come to life through an eclectic all-vocal score that draws on pop, jazz, hip-hop, country and even reggae."

The Theatre at Saint Peters is located at 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue. Tickets, priced $35, are available by visiting www.yorktheatre.org or by calling (212) 935-5820.

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