Burt Bacharach and Tony Winner Steven Sater Team Up for Premiere of New York Animals | Playbill

News Burt Bacharach and Tony Winner Steven Sater Team Up for Premiere of New York Animals Following workshops in New York and Los Angeles over five years ago, two-time Tony winner Steven Sater's play New York Animals will at last have its world premiere staging Off-Broadway. The new work by the Spring Awakening writer features music by six-time Grammy Award winner and three-time Academy Award winner Burt Bacharach.

Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach

Helmed by Bedlam artistic director Eric Tucker, New York Animals uses a cast of four to tell the story of 21 New Yorkers as their lives intersect during a rain day in Manhattan. 

The production is set to begin previews at the New Ohio Theatre Nov. 14 and play through Dec. 20. An official opening night is slated for Nov. 29.

L.A.'s Rougue Machine staged the last workshop production of New York Animals in 2010. In the lead-up to that staging, Sater told Playbill.com, "It's a play in which four actors play 21 characters whose lives collide over the course of a dark rainy New York day [and explores] the desperate dark comic edge of New York. It's about people trying to get somewhere and never getting anywhere, but getting somewhere nonetheless. You begin in an Upper West Side apartment with a woman (who is having fears about confronting her housekeeper) and her own baby who has jaundice. And you end at 3:30 in the morning in an emergency room with that same woman who is touched by a homeless guy who's in the emergency room with her and helping her save this child."

New York Animals will kick off Bedlam's new season, to be followed by a return engagement of their sold-out production of Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility. Adapted for the stage by Kate Hamill, the work will begin previews Jan. 24, 2016, at the Gym at Judson for a six-week run. Visit TheatreBedlam for more information.

To purchase tickets, priced from $30, to New York Animals, visit NewOhio. The New Ohio is located at 154 Christopher St., Manhattan.

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