On Friday, June 26th at 2:00 pm, the York Theatre Company and its acclaimed Developmental Reading Series is presenting the new work Grounded for Life with book by Pat Hazell and Bill Habeeb, lyrics by Lawrence Goldberg and Mr. Hazell, and music by Mr. Goldberg at The York Theatre Company at Saint Peter’s (619 Lexington Avenue, entrance on East 54th Street, just east of Lexington Avenue). The reading is open to the public with a suggested donation of $5.00.
Grounded for Life: The Musical, with book by Pat Hazell and Bill Habeeb, lyrics by Lawrence Goldberg and Mr. Hazell, and music by Mr. Goldberg, is a “staying-of-age” comedy about Mitchell Mulligan, a thirty-something guy serving a life sentence in his childhood bedroom for throwing a snowball at a school bus when he was twelve. Twenty years later, in a literal case of arrested development, he is still doing his time. Secret visits from his best friends via a toy box tunnel have been keeping him going. But that is all about to come to an end. Mitch will have to face his own worst enemy: Himself. An absurd and relatable metaphor, Grounded for Life explores the ways people get stuck, hold themselves back, and allow their live to be limited by their own fears. Directed by Patrick O’Neill and with music direction by Matt Perri (Cagney), the cast will feature Klea Blackhurst as Mom, Michael Keyloun as Ernest McKeever (Rocket to the Moon), Garth Kravits as Mitch Mulligan (The Drowsy Chaperone), Eloise Kropp as Wendy Wheeler, Maxine Linehan as Tina Truesdale and Aaron Ramey as Mike Hardy/Death (The Visit). The Stage Manager is Melanie J. Lisby.
Reservations can be made by visiting www.yorktheatre.org.
The Developmental Reading Series presents some 40 readings and workshops of new musicals by emerging and established authors throughout the year, a vital part of the writing process. The series serves as an incubator for shows to be considered for Mainstage productions, thus serving the York’s unique mission of taking new musicals through the complete development process to full production.
The York Theatre Company offers the 54th Street Membership Program, an exclusive membership package for as low as $54.00 – with elite benefits that includes a 30% discount on tickets to York Theatre Productions (2 per membership), exclusive member pre-sale opportunities, 50% off on all lobby concessions, 20% off on all lobby merchandise, in addition to special member only receptions.
York Memberships may be purchased online at www.yorktheatre.org/membership, or by calling the York Theatre Company Box Office.
Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington and Roscoe Orman. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.
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