The York Theatre Company Announces Donor Matching Challenge As Part of ‘Rebuild The York’ Campaign

An anonymous donor will match all donations this week up to $50,000 as part of The York Theatre Company’s “Rebuild The York” campaign leading up to the Gala Benefit performance of THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)…AND MORE!, set to stream on demand on Sunday, April 18, 2021 at 7:00PM. The $50,000 gift is from a longtime supporter of The York who wants to encourage patrons to continue the generous support of The York following a water main break that devastated its longtime home at Saint Peter’s Church on January 4. The All-Star, All-Singing, All-Talking, All-Virtual special benefit presentation of the Off-Broadway hit THE MUSICAL OF MUSICALS (THE MUSICAL!)…AND MORE! is presented in association with Tom D’Angora, Michael D’Angora, and Tim Guinee, who have generously volunteered their services and have stepped in to help raise funds to rebuild The York. Donations may be made by visiting the GoFundMe link to help meet the donor challenge to match the generous $50,000 gift.

With music by Eric Rockwell, lyrics by Joanne Bogart, and book by Joanne Bogart and Eric Rockwell, this special presentation is directed by Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora, with music direction and arrangements by Deniz Cordell and original director Pamela Hunt serving as artistic supervisor.

This all-star musical comedy event will feature performances and appearances by Christy Altomare, Colleen Ballenger, Betty Buckley, André De Shields, Richard Kind, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Telly Leung, Jose Llana, Kelvin Moon Loh, Patti LuPone, Lesli Margherita, Andrea McArdle, Donna Murphy, Brad Oscar, Christine Pedi, Randy Rainbow, Jelani Remy, Chita Rivera, Soara-Joye Ross, Jackie Sanders, Ethan Slater, Michael West,and Lillias White.

The star-studded evening will also feature special appearances by Matthew Broderick, Lewis Black, Giancarlo Esposito, Jane Krakowski, Audra McDonald, Debra Messing, Isaac Mizrahi, Mandy Patinkin, Martha Plimpton, and Mercedes Ruehl, and remarks from Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

After a Lexington Avenue water main break in early January caused a massive flood in their space, The York Theatre Company has been forced to temporarily relocate for the first time in nearly 30 years while their home undergoes major remediation. The York is spread among various storage facilities across the tri-state area, and their plight caught the attention of producing trio Tom D’Angora, Michael D’Angora, and Tim Guinee, who had recently stepped in to raise funds to save the West Bank Cafe and Birdland Jazz Club. The trio wanted to help and, donating their time, have taken on The York as their next project.

Rockwell and Bogart’s The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) was chosen by Tom and Michael as the perfect show for this event. A loving parody and homage to Broadway’s Golden Age, it is made up of five hilarious mini-musicals each telling the same story in the style of legendary musical theatre writers: Rodgers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, Jerry Herman, Andrew Lloyd Webber, and Kander & Ebb. The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), which The York helped develop and create, received its Off-Broadway premiere there in 2003, where it enjoyed an extended run. Melanie Herman and The York transferred it to New World Stages in 2005 for a 500-performance commercial run. The original cast album is on JAY Records.

The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)…and More! premieres on Sunday evening, April 18, 2021 at 7:00PM and will be available to view on demand through April 21, 2021. Free stream at Donations may be made by visiting the GoFundMe link. This event is presented through The Theatre Authority, Inc.

James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director at The York, stated, “The incredible outpouring of support over the past several months is impressive and very touching. To have Tom & Michael and Tim step forward at this point to bring us to the next level is truly exciting. We cannot wait for this show which we originally helped bring to life to be seen in this whole new way-and with this spectacular cast.”

Evans Haile, Executive Director, said, “We are so appreciative of these amazing artists and thrilled to share this snappy and laugh-filled celebration of musical theatre and its legendary composers and lyricists.”

Tom D’Angora and Michael D’Angora shared, “The York has been near and dear to our hearts since the moment we moved to NYC two decades ago. Jim Morgan and The York helped us, as they have for so many in our community, to get our start in this industry and we are honored and humbled to be able to help this iconic theater get through this puddle in the road so they can continue to do what they do best: bring musicals to life!”

To help with the recovery, please visit the GoFundMe link.

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