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The award-winning York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director) announces six new titles as the next offerings in its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series. As always, these readings are open to the general public and admission is free, but reservations are required and can be obtained by e-mailing Reading Series Coordinator Jeff Landsman at [email protected] or calling 212-935-5824 x24.

Based on a story by Isaac Bashevis Singer
Book and Lyrics by Mark Waldrop, Music by Bradford Ross
Thursday, July 9, 2009 • 3 PM
The cast of Luck will feature Renee Allen (Company), Stanley Bahorek (…Spelling Bee), Jane Blass (Glimpses of the Moon), Scott Davidson (Hairspray), Jeff Essex (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, National Tour), Tony-Award nominee John Herrera (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Off-Broadway’s In the Heights), Christine Pedi (Talk Radio), Tony-Award winner Faith Prince (Guys and Dolls, The Little Mermaid, A Catered Affair), Christina Sivrich (Grease), Gordon Stanley (Cabaret), Stephanie Umoh (Hair, Connecticut Repertory) and Darryl Winslow (Avenue Q).

In this fractured folktale, Mazil and Shlimazel, the spirits of Good Luck and Bad Luck, make a bet to determine who is the most powerful. Along the way, matters become complicated by a hapless young man, the princess he loves, a crafty prime minister, a superstitious nurse and a lion on the loose.

Book by Reyn Guyer and Jeff Harrington
Music by Jeff Harrington; Lyrics by Reyn Guyer
Tuesday, July 14, 2009 • 3 PM

A violent crime affects more than just the victim in the original musical drama Spirits, where six people are drawn together one night to try and break a cycle of violence and revenge.

Breath and Imagination
The Story of Roland Hayes
Book by Daniel Beaty
Thursday, July 16, 2009 • 7:30 PM

Before there was Marian Anderson, there was Roland Hayes –the first world-renowned African-American classical vocalist. Breath and Imagination is a play with music that chronicles the inspirational journey of how this pioneer started by singing spirituals in church and ended up singing before kings and queens in Europe.

Exit Music
Music by James Merillat; Lyrics by Dick Pasqual
Book by Dick Pasqual & James Merillat
Based on the short story, “Me and the Girls” by No√´l Coward
Thursday, July 23, 2009 • 3 PM

In the years before World War II, a fictional song-and-dance troupe, “George Banks and the Bombshells,” toured throughout Western Europe. George reflects upon his time with the group and with his one long-term lover while staying at a hospice in the Alps. Based on one of the only Coward stories to feature an openly gay protagonist, Exit Music examines the complicated life of a performer in this witty and heartfelt original musical.

One of Us
A Musical Based on the Life of Post-impressionist Artist, Suzanne Valadon
Book by C.F. Balducci
Music and Lyrics by Carmel Owen
Monday, July 27, 2009 • 7:30 PM

Infused with the spirit of the Gay Nineties, One of Us is tempered by the melancholy of a young woman’s heartbreak and her struggle to achieve recognition in a highly competitive man’s world. The story explores how Marie-Clementine Valadon beat all odds and transformed herself into the internationally acclaimed artist now known as Suzanne Valadon.

For reservations e-mail [email protected] or call 212-935-5824 x24.
THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY in Saint Peter’s Church
54th Street Just East of Lexington
E or V train to Lexington Avenue or 6 train to 51st Street