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Anthony Rapp Joins York Theatre Company for Developmental Readings Series This May

Author Samuel Bernstein will offer a musical adaptation of his novel Mr. Confidential.

Anthony Rapp
Anthony Rapp
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The York Theatre Company has announced three new musical works to join its developmental reading series this May. The readings will take place at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s. It offers free admission with a reservation to the general public.

On Monday, May 6 at 7pm the company will present Analog & Vinyl. With music and lyrics by Paul Gordon, the musical follows a man named Harrison who is desperate to keep his vintage record store from falling into bankruptcy. Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt and with music direction by Jodie Moore, the cast will include Jessy Knudsen, Anthony Rapp (Rent), Sarah Stiles (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever), and David Turner (On a Clear Day You Can See Forever) with a special guest performance by Christina Sajous (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark).

License to Marry is next, with a presentation scheduled for Wednesday, May 8 at 3pm. With a book, lyrics, and music by Seymour Barab, License to Marry is set on the day of Helena and Ramon’s wedding, when Ramon discovers that he is mistakenly married to Helena’s mother, Minerva, instead. The cast includes Millinee Barrister, David Barron, Frank Basile, Josh Kohl, Michael Marcotte, Melissa Parks, Alexandra Pappas, Mark Womack, and Lars Woodhul, with direction by Dorothy Danner and music direction by James Besser.

Mr. Confidential, adapted from a 2007 novel by Samuel Bernstein, will be the final reading, held on Monday, May 13 at 7pm. The work will feature a book and lyrics by Bernstein to accompany music by David Snyder. Based on true events, Mr. Confidential is set in glamorous old New York and Hollywood and tells the story of the man who created “Confidential Magazine” in the 1950s. Ben Davis (A Little Night Music) will lead the cast.

For more information about the reading series, click here.