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Lillias White and Scott Wakefield Begin Rehearsals for York Theatre's Texas in Paris

Alan Govenar's play with music is directed by Akin Babatundé.

Lillias White and Scott Wakefield star in the new musical play Texas in Paris at the York Theatre Company.
(photo courtesy of York Theatre Company)

Lillias White and Scott Wakefield began rehearsals on January 6 for Texas in Paris, a new musical play by Alan Govenar that will be performed at the York Theatre Company from January 27-March 1.

Directed by Akin Babatundé, the two-character work is based on true events and tells the story of a white man and a black woman, neither of whom has any singing experience, who are invited to perform at the Maison des Cultures du Monde in France. Apprehensive of each other, they struggle with preconceptions but forge a surprising spiritual bond that transforms their onstage performance and their lives. Govenar's piece includes spirituals, cowboy songs, and country hymns.

Musical director Amy Jones, Lillias White, playwright Alan Govenar (on computer), Scott Wakefield, and director Akin Babatundé toast their first day of rehearsal.
(photo courtesy of York Theatre Company)

White won a Tony for her performance in The Life, and has also been seen in Barnum, Once on This Island, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Wakefield's Broadway credits include Hands on a Hardbody, Ring of Fire, and It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues.

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