Friday, December 26, 2008

Grace's "Goodbye and Good Luck" Adapted for Theater

York's Free Reading Series to Feature Goodbye and Good Luck
By Andrew Gans 26 Dec 2008
Free readings of several new musicals will be presented at the York Theatre Company in February 2009 as part of the Off-Broadway company's Developmental Reading Series.

The month will kick off Feb. 2, 2009, at 3 PM with Goodbye and Good Luck, which is based on the short story by Grace Paley. Featuring a book by Melba Thomas, music by David Friedman and lyrics by Muriel Robinson, the musical, according to the York, is "set on Manhattan's lower east side during the era of the Yiddish theatre . . . [and] tells the story of Rosie Lieber, whose life is upended and set on a new track when she loses her job in a sweatshop because she wants to sit by a window. Her search for her 'window' leads to a job as a cashier at a famous Second Avenue theatre and a lifelong involvement with its charismatic and considerably older star." An encore presentation will be offered Feb. 5 at 3 PM.

The readings will be presented at the York's home at The Theatre at Saint Peter's on 54th Street, east of Lexington Avenue. Although the readings are free, reservations are required by emailing Jeff Landsman at (include name, phone number, the show's title and the number of tickets) or by calling (212) 935-5824, ext. 24.

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