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News War Brides Kicks off York's Reading Series Aug. 23 War Brides, which concerns the lives of World War II British war brides and their struggles to be reunited with the soldiers they love, kicks off the York Theatre Company's Developmental Reading Series Aug. 23.

Directed by Bick Goss, the romantic musical will be presented at 7:30 PM with a cast that includes Kristin Maloney, Julie Reyburn, Christina Morrell, Raissa Katona Bennett and Vanessa June Marshall as the war brides and Jeff Scot Carey, Steve Sterner and Matt Citron as the men in their lives. Mark Janas is the show's musical director.

War Brides features a book by Ron Sproat, music by Christopher Berg and lyrics by Frank Evans. The musical was previously seen at the Spirit of Broadway Theatre in Norwich, CT, in 2002 and at the New Hope Performing Arts Festival in Bucks County, PA, in 1994.

The Developmental Reading Series will continue with Friends Like These — featuring music by John McMahon, lyrics by Jay Jeffries and a book by McMahon and Jeffries — on Sept. 15 at 2 PM. In that new musical, a young woman named Holly arrives in New York City and becomes friends with "an over-sexed soap opera star, a wisecracking author and an eccentric socialite."

Featuring book, music and lyrics by Tyler M. Phillips, a reading of Fairest of Them All will be presented Sept. 20 at 7:30 PM. Fairest, according to production notes, is a storybook musical "built from some of the most-told fables is gradually slipping into a crack in the world leaving the characters armed with only their strongest traits. These strengths are also their greatest weaknesses."

The series concludes Sept. 22 at 3 PM with Murder on Broadway. The musical, which features music by James Campodonico and book and lyrics by Bryan D. Leys, concerns "the madness and murder [that] stalk the set of the musical extravaganza Princess of the Pyramids." There is no admission charge for the reading series. Call (212) 935-5824, ext. 24 for more information or visit www.yorktheatre.org. The York Theatre Company is located at The Theatre at Saint Peter's in Citigroup Center, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th Street.

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