York Theatre Company Readings to Feature Brent Barrett, Michael Urie, Len Cariou, Sarah Stiles

News   York Theatre Company Readings to Feature Brent Barrett, Michael Urie, Len Cariou, Sarah Stiles
The award-winning York Theatre Company has announced casting for Setup and Punch, Once Upon a Pastime and Give a Man a Mask, the next three musical offerings in its Developmental Reading Series.

Michael Urie
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Setup and Punch, which features a book by Mark Saltzman, music by Berton Averee and lyrics by Rob Meurer, will be presented Oct. 13 at 7 PM. The cast will feature P.J. Griffith, Sarah Stiles and Michael Urie; Daniel Henning will direct with music direction by Berton Averre. "She writes the lyrics," according to Setup and Punch press notes. "He writes the music. A clever musical theater writing team’s promising relationship is blown to bits when they must collaborate with the sex-god-singer-composer of a cutting edge rock band."

Librettist Lee Robert Schreiber and composer-lyricist Terry Cashman Once Upon a Pastime will be offered Oct. 14 at 3 PM and 7 PM with a cast featuring Melissa Bohon, Tony winner Len Cariou, Clark Carmichael, David Green, Marva Hicks, Ikuma Isaac, Jerry Lazar, Adam Monley, Paul Murphy and newcomer Benjamin Perry. James Glossman will direct with music direction by Joseph Baker. In Once Upon a Pastime, press notes state, "Mac, a widowed ex-ballplayer, now a bar owner in a shabby Southern town, is having a bad day.  Before the show is over, Mac will be confronted with ghosts from his past, an unhappy daughter, a dying best friend, an African-American singer named Whitey, and three travelers who may or may not be baseball gods."

Give a Man a Mask, which was inspired by quotations from the writings of Oscar Wilde, features book, music and lyrics by Richard Isen, and will be presented Oct. 18 at 7 PM. Robert Kalfin will direct a cast that features Brent Barrett, Michael Mahany and famed impersonator Randy Roberts. Milton Granger is the musical director. Give a Man a Mask, according to the York, "begins on a foggy night in San Francisco. Gregory (a 50-year old gay, semi-retired, psychology consultant with a life-long passion for the romantic and glamorous leading ladies of Hollywood’s golden age) has a near-death experience and is intruded upon by a mysterious figure, The Lady. Guided by this unlikely master, Gregory is pushed out of his safe, solitary reality and soon finds himself in a turbulent, dangerous relationship with a young escort named 'Chance' which unexpectedly leads him to a deeper understanding of what it means to love."

Reservations for all three readings are fully booked and only available via wait list.

All readings take place at the York Theatre Company's home at Saint Peter’s on 54th Street, just east of Lexington. Visit www.yorktheatre.org.

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