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GREETINGS FROM YORKVILLE
A new Musical love story, written and performed by Anya Turner and Robert Grusecki and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Thommie Walsh, is about trying again, and again, and never giving up. Lovers, coworkers, partners in everything, it is about a couple of songwriters from the Midwest who arrive in the Big City. From their fifth-floor walkup in Yorkville, they set out to find the way through the chaotic world of showbiz. This musical is about the duo's desperate attempts to get their songs some recognition, whether by means of writing special material, recording CD's, or creating full-length musicals.Who Knows Productions will present GREETINGS FROM YORKVILLE with music and lyrics by Robert Grusecki, lyrics and book by Anya Turner. Turner and Grusecki will both perform. ?Who Knows' Productions has already given confirmation for the Design Team for this forthcoming off-Broadway musical. Baayork Lee, who worked closely with the late Thommie Walsh, was hand picked by him to work on this project. He will be assisted by Scenic Designer Jesse Poleshuck, Costume Designer Dona Granata, Tony Award- winning Lighting Designer Natasha Katz, Sound Designer David Stollings, and celebrated illustrator Robert Risko.
The production, directed by Thommie Walsh, will run Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse with previews starting Tuesday, September 25th. The official opening is Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 7 p.m.Thommie Walsh worked closely and actively with the writers over the past three years in the development of the show, not to mention being involved in the planning of this production, up until the time of his death in June 2007. Before his death, Thommie Walsh asked his old friend and associate Baayork Lee, whose credits include A Chorus Line, My One And Only, and Promises, Promises, to carry out his dream for GREETINGS FROM YORKVILLE. Rehearsals begin Sept 10 and the production will run Off-Broadway at the SoHo Playhouse with previews beginning Tuesday, September 25th. The official opening is Thursday, October 4, 2007 at 7 p.m.
Originally, this musical was presented as a one-act version at the Woodstock (NY) Fringe Festival in September 2004 which afterwards, was changed into a two-act musical at the 78th Street Theatre Lab (NYC) in June 2005. Both the productions were carried out by Thommie Walsh and performed by the writers. In March 2006 Greetings From Yorkville was regarded finalist for the 2006 Richard Rodgers Award by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In January 2007 the York Theatre Company (NYC) presented two performances of an improved adaptation of the show as part of their Developmental Reading Series.
About the team:
Thommie Walsh had contributions in the original Broadway production, by creating the role of Bobby. He choreographed Broadway's The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, Nine, and My Favorite Year among others. He received the Tony and Drama Desk Awards for his choreography in A Day In Hollywood/A Night In The Ukraine and My One And Only, which he co-directed with Tommy Tune.Turner and Grusecki's songs have been performed by artists such as Karen Akers, Donna McKechnie, and Steve Ross at NYC's Avery Fisher Hall, Town Hall, Symphony Space, and the 92nd Street Y. The team recorded two CD's for Original Cast Records: Anya & Robert: Ordinary People and Anya & Robert: You Loved Me. Anya Turner appeared Off-Broadway in Cut The Ribbons and One Damn Thing After Another. Her regional credits comprise of Annie in Annie Get Your Gun and the revue Nice Faces of 1943; A native of Iowa, she studied acting and directing with Michael Shurtleff in Los Angeles. Anya is a contributing collaborator in the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop.
Robert Grusecki gave his serves as a pianist for the Broadway musicals Grand Hotel and TheMadwoman of Central Park West. He carried out new musicals for NYC's Manhattan Theatre Club, Musical Theatre Works, and Soho Rep. being a native from Chicago, Robert studied composition with Dominick Argento and songwriting with BMI's Lehman Engel and Maury Yeston. Performances of GREETINGS FROM YORKVILLE take place on Tuesdays through Sundays: Tuesdays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in $60 and $40 by contacting the SoHo Playhouse at 212.691.1555. Student rush tickets cost $25 which can be purchased at the Box Office, one hour before each performance.The SoHo Playhouse is situated at 15 Vandam Street, between 6th Avenue and Varick, 3 blocks south of Houston. You may order online at sohoplayhouse.com, or visit the Box Office.