Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Readings Feature Stephen Bogardus, Carter Calvert, Stephanie Umoh | Playbill

News Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Readings Feature Stephen Bogardus, Carter Calvert, Stephanie Umoh
The York Theatre Company presents free readings of the jazz musical comedy Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Sept. 23 at 7:30 PM and Sept. 24 at 3 PM.

Stephen Bogardus
Stephen Bogardus

Directed by Miram Fond, the cast features Tony nominee Stephen Bogardus (Falsettos, White Christmas), Carter Calvert (It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues), Lawrence Clayton (Bells are Ringing), newcomer Delius Doherty, Harriet D. Foy (The American Plan), Max Quinlan (Musicals in Mufti: Grind), James Stovall (Finian’s Rainbow) and Stephanie Umoh (Ragtime and York’s Falling for Eve).

Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda features music by Hal Schaefer and book and lyrics by Bob Larimer. Randy Redd is musical director.

In Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda, press notes state, "Jack loves Rosa and Rosa loves Jack, so what’s the problem? The problem is: Jack is white and Rosa is black and the year is 1980. Attracted by a mutual enthusiasm for jazz, their romance blossoms, and the couple fall into a secret love affair. When they decide to get married, they break the news to their conservative middle class parents with great trepidation.  A charismatic black minister intervenes, and the ensuing tumult finds poignant comedy in both the black pride and white backlash of the era."

The readings will be held at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s, located at 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. Reservations for the free event are currently on wait-list only and can be made by visiting http://wcsworkshop.eventbrite.com.

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