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The New York Musical Theatre Festival, now in its sixth year, has premiered more than 175 new musicals since 2004. The largest musical theatre event in America, NYMF has been hailed as "the Sundance of Musical Theatre," and is widely regarded as the key source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2009 is presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, Production Resource Group and TheaterMania.com, and is supported by Back Stage, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com, Broadway.TV, Clear Channel Spectacolor, DFD-TV, Frank & Camille's Fine Pianos, King Displays, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, New World Stages, NASDAQ OMX, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions, Queerty.com, Reuters, Sweet Caroline's, Tekserve, TheMenEvent.com, The Tank, and Times Square Squared. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The Broadway League, The BWF Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Mayer, The Charlie & Jane Fink Charitable Fund, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. NYMF's programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events are available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org.


Schedule of Upcoming Productions

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Production History

Behind the Limelight  | Open: 09/19/06 Close: 09/30/06
BEHIND THE LIMELIGHT explores the life and art of Charlie Chaplin, one of the world's most beloved performers, who had one of Hollywood's most turbulent careers. The musical examines Chaplin's upbringing and the effect it had on his groundbreaking work behind and in front of the camera; and follows his rise from humble beginnings to one of the richest and most famous artists of his time. Also following his forced exile due to Hollywood's gossip mill and the House Un-American Activities Committee, BEHIND THE LIMELIGHT shows how Chaplin, through the love of his dear Oona O'Neill, is able, in the end, to realize the gifts in the hardship of his past which have allowed him to leave a better story to his children than the story that was left to him.

BEHIND THE LIMELIGHT has music direction by Bryan Perri and Brian Cimmet.
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Chocolate Soup - The Musical  | Open: 09/21/08 Close: 09/21/08
Nominated for the esteemed New England Theater Conference Moss Hart Award (the TONY of New England), Chocolate Soup is a modern day fairytale with all the right ingredients in place – from clever, comedy-laced dialogue and a delightful musical score by Matt Corriel to the masterfully woven mix of thought provoking messages about life, choices and kids' ability to make a difference in the world. Chocolate Soup deals with the familiar challenges of being a tween - or teen for that matter - when feelings about who you are and what you believe in are on shaky ground already. It's a drama that's played out every day in school cafeterias and hallways across the country, and between the lines it also tackles some real-life issues middle schoolers deal with daily, such as cliques, parents that don't get along, and rampant materialism. Jaysen hits home with a masterful storyline that speaks to middle school but will undoubtedly strike a chord with all who see it. www.chocolatesoupthemusical.com
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Count To Ten  | Open: 10/15/09 Close: 10/17/09
A tap-dancing writer’s Broadway ambitions are thwarted because his new musical lacks a real love story. Forced to develop the show at a performing arts camp full of spoiled, rich, and in some cases neglected stars of tomorrow, he finds he can no longer tap-dance around his issues and succumbs to the true call of his heart. Count to Ten is a cross-generational, dance-filled, upbeat musical everyone can “tap” into! 

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Emerald Man  | Open: 09/12/06 Close: 09/27/06
Murder, Intrigue, and Comic books all set to a contemporary pop-rock score - EMERALD MAN, the modern-day Don Quixote tale based on a true story, centers around comic-obsessed Duncan who accidentally witnesses a murder by his stepfather and then flees his hometown. Realizing quickly that no one is coming to his rescue, he dons an emerald ring, his one legacy from the father he never knew, and dubs himself "Emerald Man," righter of the world's evils!

Directed and Choreographed by Josh Prince
Part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival

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Gutenberg! The Musical  | Open: 09/22/06 Close: 09/30/06
In the two-man musical spoof, a pair of aspiring playwrights, Bud Davenport and Doug Simon, perform a backers' audition for their new project - a great big musical about printing press inventor Johann Gutenberg. They hope that one of the producers in the audience will give them a Broadway contract - fulfilling their ill-advised dreams. With an unending supply of charm, enthusiasm and idiocy, and accompanied by Larry, their pianist, Bud and Doug sing all the songs and play all the parts in their crass historical epic, using only baseball caps to differentiate between the show's 30 characters.

Musical Direction: Matt Castle

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Have A Nice Life  | Open: 09/11/06 Close: 09/17/06
The members of a group therapy session, now meeting for the 23rd time, are shaken by the arrival of a newcomer whose revelations force the others to examine their own dark secrets. This new musical comedy explores the emotional walls we erect and the consequences of one's honesty.

Directed by Pip Pickering

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He's Not Himself  | Open: 07/09/12 Close: 07/16/12
Ruthless criminal mastermind or hapless traffic cop? Gene is leading a double life. The trouble is nobody knows it, not even him.  On the eve of a daring jewelry heist, Gene is trapped in a whirlwind adventure that pits him against his other half: Lowlife gangster or honest citizen? A Ladies' Man or one lady's man? If only he could just stay one of his selves long enough to do the other in.  Marc Silverberg's playful new musical comedy comes to the 2012 New York Musical Theatre Festival full of farce, fast-paced physical action, and an exuberant musical score. A journey of self-discovery as whimsical as it is endearing, He’s Not Himself, explores the alter-egos, gangster or otherwise, that we've all secretly longed to be.


About the Company: New York Musical Theater Festival

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, now in its sixth year, has premiered more than 175 new musicals since 2004. The largest musical theatre event in America, NYMF has been hailed as "the Sundance of Musical Theatre," and is widely regarded as the key source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2009 is presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, Production Resource Group and TheaterMania.com, and is supported by Back Stage, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com, Broadway.TV, Clear Channel Spectacolor, DFD-TV, Frank & Camille's Fine Pianos, King Displays, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, New World Stages, NASDAQ OMX, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions, Queerty.com, Reuters, Sweet Caroline's, Tekserve, TheMenEvent.com, The Tank, and Times Square Squared. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The Broadway League, The BWF Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Mayer, The Charlie & Jane Fink Charitable Fund, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. NYMF's programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events are available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org.

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J.O.B. The Hip-Hopera  | Open: 09/25/06 Close: 10/01/06
J.O.B. THE HIP-HOPERA spins around Hoover Records, the producer of the biggest, baddest hip-hop in the west. Here label president J. Hoover is pitted against his right hand man Job in a test of loyalty and friendship. Meanwhile in the jingle department, it's MC Cain against his brother and fellow rapper MC Abel in their struggle for success. It's the Old (School) Testament retold as an allegory of contemporary corporate life in the music biz. Two stories. Two turntables. Ready? Remix...

Co-directed by Stefan Novinski and Hassan Christopher.

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Lunch  | Open: 09/13/06 Close: 09/24/06
LUNCH is a musical about love in the eighth grade. At Benjamin Franklin Middle School, lunch is everyone's favorite subject. First crushes and first kisses; best friends growing jealous of girlfriends and the all-important battle for Queen of the eighth grade formal dance.
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Marrying Meg  | Open: 09/29/09 Close: 10/06/09
The locals in a Scottish pub take us back to 1603 where renowned minstrel Thomas The Rhymer has set out to write his masterpiece—a heroic ballad of mortal derring-do. But when he is cursed by the Queen of Elfland with a tongue (and a quill) that cannot lie and confronted with a world that refuses to play by storybook rules, Thomas’s heroic masterpiece seems determined to remain unwritten in this rollicking Scottish musical comedy.


Marrying Meg follows Thomas The Rhymer who chronicles the fate of 22-year-old Meg, still unmarried due to one of his rhymes about her admittedly large mouth. Meg’s father, Sir Gideon, finds a solution in a young 16-year-old captured in battle. Will he marry Meg? Or be hanged for treason? All ingredients for the kind of “true story” Thomas The Rhymer has been looking for.
 

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Monica! The Musical  | Open: 09/21/05 Close: 10/02/05
Music by Adam Blau
Musical direction by Nadia DiGallonardo
Directed by Casey Hushion
Presented by P73 Productions

In the face of the national scandal that was the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, Moncia! The Musical dares to ask one crucial question: "Exactly how did something this ridiculous happen?" And it answers this question in song – with a generous helping of irreverent absurdity, libelous implications and insight that only time can bring.

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No Boundaries  | Open: 09/15/05 Close: 09/21/05
No Boundaries centers around Ali, an idealistic and free-spirited young white girl who is set to attend Julliard in the Fall. When Ali auditions for an up-and-coming all-black rap group, it triggers a series of events rife with racial tension. It also strains her relationship with her best friend Joshua – 18, black, and with his own ambitions. As they passionately pursue their dreams, Joshua and Ali are forced to confront painful issues of identity, loyalty and race that threaten to alter their friendship forever.
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Nymf And Prison Dancer Live, Llc Present: Prison Dancer, The Musical  | Open: 07/20/12 Close: 07/28/12
 

The lives of eight Filipino maximum-security prisoners are changed forever when a video of their
dance-based rehabilitation program becomes a viral Internet sensation on YouTube. As the dark
prison suddenly finds itself in the worldwide spotlight, these hardcore criminals are given a second
chance to find love and happiness in the most challenging circumstances. A modern inspired-by-a-
true-story about how fears can hold us captive – and dreams can set us free to dance!

About the Company: New York Musical Theater Festival

The New York Musical Theatre Festival, now in its sixth year, has premiered more than 175 new musicals since 2004. The largest musical theatre event in America, NYMF has been hailed as "the Sundance of Musical Theatre," and is widely regarded as the key source for new material and talent discovery. NYMF is the flagship program of National Music Theater Network, Inc., a 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization. NYMF 2009 is presented in association with BroadwayWorld.com, Production Resource Group and TheaterMania.com, and is supported by Back Stage, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, BroadwayBox.com, BroadwayInsider.com, Broadway.TV, Clear Channel Spectacolor, DFD-TV, Frank & Camille's Fine Pianos, King Displays, Manhattan Movement & Arts Center, New World Stages, NASDAQ OMX, Next Magazine, PMD Promotions, Queerty.com, Reuters, Sweet Caroline's, Tekserve, TheMenEvent.com, The Tank, and Times Square Squared. Major supporters include The ASCAP Foundation, BMI Foundation, Inc., The Broadway League, The BWF Foundation, The Nathan Cummings Foundation with the support and encouragement of Jamie Mayer, The Charlie & Jane Fink Charitable Fund, The Rodgers & Hammerstein Foundation, The Shubert Foundation, and The Theater League. NYMF is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. NYMF's programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency. NYMF Memberships, which combine charitable contributions with valuable, flexible ticket packages and perks like early seating, and tickets to individual events are available for purchase at (212) 352-3101 or www.nymf.org.

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Punk Princess  | Open: 10/14/09 Close: 10/14/09

When rebellious blue blood Venetia can't get accepted into the early ‘80s London post-punk music scene, she escapes to Manhattan with American hustler Andy. Together, they reinvent her past as a “Watford slumdog” and launch her into musical stardom. But as things spiral out of control, she risks losing everything
 

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Reluctant Pilgrim  | Open: 09/25/05 Close: 09/28/05
An Evening Celebrating the Lesser-Known Songs of Stephen Schwartz
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Richard Cory  | Open: 09/14/05 Close: 09/24/05
"RICHARD CORY" is based on the famous poem by E.A. Robinson. It tells the story of a man who has "everything" and yet simply cannot fit in. Each scene is performed in a different musical style. However, in every interaction, Richard fails to find his own voice. In a startlingly original construction the devastating story unfolds with wit and humor that ultimately delivers the audience and Richard to his inevitable conclusion. "RICHARD CORY" was originally commissioned by PLAYWRIGHTS HORIZONS with a grant from Harold and Mimi Steinberg. It was also developed in the Eugene O'Neill Conference's 20th Anniversary Season. Its premiere at the Dallas Lyric Stage received a Leon Rabin Award Nomination for Best New Work.
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River's End  | Open: 09/21/06 Close: 10/01/06
Based on the real-life disappearance of Glen and Bessie Hyde who vanished on their daredevil river-rafting honeymoon to the Grand Canyon in 1928, RIVER'S END weaves together two completely different versions of their journey, with two pairs of actors playing the Hydes-and two surprising theories of what might have happened to them.


directed by Rick DesRochers with musical direction by Laura Bergquist

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Soon of a Mornin  | Open: 09/13/05 Close: 09/24/05
Produced by Robert A. Carreon and inspired by the Gee's Bend quilters and Library of Congress 1941 Field recordings of their Alabama community, the musical follows an African-American family of tenant farmers beginning in 1934 as they struggle to re-build their lives. Originally commissioned by Musical Theatre Works in 2004, the musical won the 2004 Library of Congress Parsons Fund Award in Ethnographic Research. An excerpt from SOON OF A MORNIN' was performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the ‘Page to the Stage Theatre Festival.'
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Street Lights  | Open: 10/13/09 Close: 10/18/09
From the creators of the Broadway-bound White Noise, which was a hit at NYMF in 2006, Street Lights features a groundbreaking score that uses modern hip hop, R&B and pop to tell a timeless story in the musical language of today's youth, while creating a bridge to earlier generations by incorporating samples of old civil rights anthems within the modern songs and beats.

A group of inner city teenagers who fight to save their high school music program from being shut down; in the process, they discover the power of music to unite their community and bring new hope to the residents of their troubled housing projects. The talented singer and songwriter Monique, her academically gifted brother Rocky and their beat-making DJ friend X-Ray all use organizing techniques pioneered during the civil rights movement to help rally the people around them to protect the neighborhood music that has helped sustain the community through thick and thin. When Monique begins to fall in love with Damon, a local drug dealer with a Robin Hood streak, she must choose between accepting the hard realities of the world she lives in or trying to change her neighborhood for the better.  

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That Other Woman's Child  | Open: 09/29/08 Close: 10/05/08
THE NEW YORK MUSICAL THEATRE FESTIVAL (NYMF), REX KNOWLES and WILL STURTEVANT are pleased to announce the New York premiere production of THAT OTHER WOMAN'S CHILD, directed by Sherry Landrum. THAT OTHER WOMAN'S CHILD, will play a limited engagement at Off-Broadway's 37 Arts Theatre C (450 West 37th Street, NYC). Performances begin Monday, September 29 and continue through to Sunday, October 5.

Dawn Hanover, a professional woman from Los Angeles, returns home to her Kentucky roots to claim her birthright. When the folks on the Hanover farm hear their long-lost big-city half-sister – "that other woman's child" – is coming to Kentucky to claim her share of the farm, all hell breaks loose. They have dreaded this moment for years, and they "ain't gonna" let no city woman take what is rightfully theirs. Little do they know, that Dawn is actually coming to connect with her unknown family. THAT OTHER WOMAN'S CHILD is a joyful, bluegrass-laced look at the trials and tribulations of the ties that bind.

THAT OTHER WOMAN'S CHILD was written by Sherry Landrum and George S. Clinton. Sherry is the recipient of two Los Angeles Drama Critic's awards for her directing and has been awarded a Gold Record. She is Artistic Director of the Chattanooga State Repertory Theatre and of the Professional Actor Training Program at Chattanooga State Technical Community College. George has composed numerous Hollywood film scores including the Austin Powers movies and the EMMY award winning Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. George serves as an advisor at the Sundance Composers Lab. Awards include a Grammy nomination, an EMMY nomination, and 8 BMI Film Music Awards, including their highest honor, the Richard Kirk Career Achievement Award.

The production stars Andrea A. McCullough (National Tours: Grease, Nunsense!, Urintown) as Granny Loomis Hanover, Mary Mossberg (Mamma Mia! National Tour) as Dawn Hanover, Tina Marie Casamento (Kiss Me Kate National Tour) as Aurora, Allan Ledford as Matthew Mark, Don Noble (Off Broadway's Perfect Crime) as Luke John, Canedy Knowles as Corinthianne, Quinn VanAntwerp as Jimmy John, Dave Schoonover (Cats National Tour) as Leviticus Numbers, Erin Parker (Ring of Fire National Tour) as Song of Solomon, Whit Baldwin as Peter Hale and Christian Mansfield as Deuteronomy.

The production features scenic design by Lino Toyos, costume design by Brenda Schwab, and lighting design by Annmarie Duggan. David Libby is Musical Director and Mark Knowles is Choreographer. Michael Cassara is the casting director, and Shani Murfin is the stage manager.

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The Banger's Flopera - A Musical Perversion  | Open: 09/13/05 Close: 09/25/05
"The Banger's Flopera is the quintessential counter-culture acid rock and rap musical that would render Max Bialystock of Broadway's The Producers or even Brecht and Weill's own version of MacHeath as wimps by comparison." - CurtainUp.com

Part of the New York Musical Theatre Festival

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The Screams of Kitty Genovese  | Open: 09/26/06 Close: 10/01/06
Inspired by a crime that shocked the nation. Kitty Genovese fights for her life in the dark of the street while thirty-eight neighbors watch from their windows - silent, afraid, paralyzed. Why do decent people look away? THE SCREAMS OF KITTY GENOVESE explores the events of that fateful night.
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The Toymaker  | Open: 10/05/09 Close: 10/18/09
A tale of enduring passion and hope, The ToyMaker tells the story of Sarah, a young woman who is struggling in her marriage after two failed pregnancies. Rumors of a childless toy maker of the past set her on a desperate search for the last toy made by this man. Thus begins a journey that spans the globe and time itself. Sarah's quest to find the 'childless toy' and solve the mysteries of a village destroyed by war lead her to a destiny of fulfillment she once thought impossible.

“Putnam takes his audience on a journey that transcends time and place, wrestling issues of genocide and parental grief. The music is manipulated through the slightest of tweaks and the subtlest of sounds, demonstrating a thorough understanding of emotion through music…Putnam plucks a town, a culture, a moment from the historic archives and dresses it with bold characters and romantic twists, careful not to exploit the dark truths and the harsh realities beset in the period. " - Daniel Burke, Currents Magazine (The ToyMaker, Original Reading)

The ToyMaker was inspired by the true events of June 10, 1942, when the small mining and farming village of Lidice, Czechoslovakia was destroyed by German forces as a reprisal for the assassination of SS Leader Reinhard Heydrich. One of many 'pawn towns', this peaceful Christian village saw the murder of its men and boys, while the women and children were taken to nearby camps where most of them faced certain death. The town was burned, fields were planted, the river rerouted and the village was then removed from all German maps. Ordered to disappear "into the night and fog", a memorial now stands in remembrance of this once peaceful and joyful town and those who lost their lives. The ToyMaker weaves together this tragic slice of history and the humanity of those who perished, with a contemporary personal journey, creating a deeply moving portrait of love, family, and friendship.

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The Unknown  | Open: 09/23/05 Close: 10/01/05
Music and musical director: Shane Rettig
Presented by P73 Productions

At the center of the sleazy sideshow world of THE UNKNOWN stands Alonzo the Armless Wonder, a carnival knife thrower who is madly in love with Joan, his luscious and mysterious target. Alonzo's love gives birth to an obsession so powerful that it tests the limits of sanity and drives him to the brink of madness and murder. Twists and turns come flying at full speed in this freak show of dreams, where nothing is what it seems and where love and be twisted by hatred in an instant. A thrilling carnival ride about that madness that can ensure when love comes your way. Based on the 1927 cult film Freaks by Todd Browning and starring Lon Chaney, Sr. and Joan Crawford.

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Uncle Jed's Barbarershop  | Open: 09/20/05 Close: 10/02/05
Inspired by Margeree King Mitchell's award-winning 1993 book. A a new family musical created by David B. Wohl (Composer/Co-lyricist), Kenneth Grimes (Bookwriter, co-lyricist) and Susan Einhorn (Director, co-creator).

Its cast, which contains seven Broadway veterans, is headed by Ken Prymus ("The Wiz" and "Ain't Misbehavin'," seven years as Old Deuteronomy in "Cats") as the title character. Choreography is by Tanya Gibson-Clark.

The musical was inspired by the Coretta Scott King award-winning book by the same name, written by Margaree King Mitchell and illustrated by James Ransome. The musical is steeped in the atmosphere, language and music of the late 1920's through the 1960's, evoking rural Arkansas near the Mississippi Delta.

The book begins in 1928 with Jedediah Johnson, the only black barber in Monroe County Arkansas, dreaming of building his own his own barbershop. Each time he makes headway, something happens, such as the near death of his favorite niece, Sarah Jean, that requires his personal or financial sacrifice. His dream is deferred over and over again until finally, as a much older man, he succeeds after accepting the help of his niece and their community.


In the musical, Sarah Jean (now a 50-year-old woman) returns home from Detroit in the early 1970s in conflict with herself. Her city life and marriage are unfulfilling and she misses the hopeful quest for something "more", which growing up with her great uncle represented. When she inherits her deceased uncle's shop during the early 1970's, it is initially not as meaningful to her as it was to him. Nonetheless, the power of his dream inspires her to fulfill one of her own. She convinces the community to take on the challenge of building a "Center For Dreams" on the same site as the shop. "Uncle Jed's Barbershop" concludes as an exuberant celebration of the human spirit.

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Yank!  | Open: 09/14/05 Close: 09/21/05
Doug Kreeger (who made a splash last spring playing a child-murderer in the York Theatre's Leopold & Loeb musical Thrill Me ) has just signed on to play Stu, a war photographer for Yank magazine – yes, it was a real WWII-era publication, written by army servicemen themselves and distributed among the troops – and the central character of the musical YANK! (the character is in every scene and never leaves the stage!) The show takes the form of a memory play, as an elderly Stu in a nursing home remembers his experiences during the WW2 in the Pacific, most especially his romance with fellow soldier Mitch.

YANK! takes a look at the often overlooked gay men who fought and loved in the ranks during WWII. The show pays loving homage to both Hollywood's "it takes one of every kind to make a platoon" war flicks as well as the 1940's Broadway lyricism of Rodgers and Hammerstein (the show even features a Dream Ballet). In addition to being suffused with songs (swing, big band, boogie-woogie) YANK! explores what stories get told in wartime, what gets remembered, and how WWII became the great catalyst in bringing gay men and women together.

Musical Director: Rob Berman
Choreographer Chase Brock
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