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York to Present David Spencer and Alan Menken's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

The developmental reading will be directed by Evan Pappas.

A new musical cowritten by Alan Menken will have a developmental reading at The York.
A new musical cowritten by Alan Menken will have a developmental reading at the York Theatre Company.
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The York Theatre Company will present a staged reading of the new musical The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, with book and lyrics by David Spencer (The Fabulist) and music Alan Menken (Little Shop of Horrors), as part of its acclaimed developmental reading series. The reading will be presented for two performances only on December 11 at 2 and 7pm at the York Theatre Company at Saint Peter's.

Based on the novel by Mordecai Richler, which also inspired the 1974 film starring Richard Dreyfuss, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz is set on the streets of 1950s Montreal and in the countryside of St. Agathe. Ambitious, spiky, and relentlessly driven, Duddy Kravitz is on the cusp of adulthood and hustling to climb the social ladder. Obsessed with his grandfather's maxim that "a man without land is nobody" and desperate to prove himself, he risks making his name at the expense of those he loves.

Directed by Evan Pappas and with music direction by Annbritt DuChateau, the cast will feature Marie-Pierre de Brienne as Yvette Durelle, Sam Rosenthal as Mr. Cohen, and Michael Esposito II as Irwin Shubert, with Lincoln Clauss as Duddy Kravitz, Daniel Marcus as his father, Max Kravitz, James Judy as his uncle Benjy Kravitz, Gerry Vichi as his grandfather Simcha Kravitz, Brennan Caldwell as his brother Lenny Kravitz, Jim Brochu as Peter John Friar, Ray Bokhour as Jerry Dingleman, Jeff Irving as Virgil Roseboro, Savannah Frazier as Linda Rubin, George Merrick as Moe/Hugh/Thomaz/Calder/Mickey, and Tracy Sallows as Mrs. Cohen/Mother.

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