The Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala Silent Auction is starting early this year! Beginning on October 1st, auction items will populate our online auction portal, and everyone is welcome to partake in the fun. Be sure to check back often as we continue to update our item list.
The online auction CLOSES on October 31st at NOON, but the silent auction will remain open to Gala attendees as a LIVE SILENT auction on Monday, November 1st at The Edison Ballroom. That means all the last action and final bids will be happening IN PERSON after the online portion of our auction has already closed. If you’d like to ensure an item WIN and join us in a fabulous evening of cocktails, dinner and entertainment, be sure to reserve your ticket for the Gala. For more information on the Gala, CLICK HERE.
A Message from our Producing Artistic Director, Jim Morgan
This celebration of two favorite people—of mine and The York’s—was put on hold several times over the past year and a half. We are so excited that we can schedule it now in the beautiful venue for many of our OH Galas, The Edison Ballroom. We can’t wait to share this spectacular evening with everyone and to witness this incredible line-up of performers honor one of the longest collaborations in musical theater history. That we are honoring another wonderful friend, Elisa Loti Stein, with the York Theatre Founders’ Award, puts the icing on the cake. (All three honorees are members of The York’s Honorary Board.) We hope you can join us!
THE OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN AWARDis named in honor of the legendary lyricist and librettist who helped shape American musical theatre through his collaborations with a number of different composers and writers; it is presented with the endorsement of the Hammerstein family and the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization.
RICHARD MALTBY, JR. & DAVID SHIREhave been writing together since 1958, making theirs the longest-running collaboration in musical theater history. They’ve written the scores for more than a dozen musicals, including Broadway’s Baby (Best Musical and Score Tony nominations) and Big (Tony nomination for Best Score.) Two landmark revues played off-Broadway: 1977’s Starting Here, Starting Now (Grammy nomination) and 1989’s Closer Than Ever (Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Musical and Score; The York’s five-month 2012 revival won the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival). Other musicals include The Sap of Life, Love Match, How Do You Do? I Love You!, Take Flight, Sousatzka, and the forthcoming The Country Wife and Dancers at a Waterfall. Their songs have been recorded by artists ranging from Barbra Streisand and Melissa Manchester to Billy Preston and Syreeta. Maltby conceived and directed two Tony-winning Best Musicals, Ain’t Misbehavin’ (also Tony for Best Director) and Fosse, as well as Ring of Fire. He cowrote the lyrics for both Miss Saigon (Tony nomination for Best Score) and The Pirate Queen and the lyrics for Nick and Nora (Tony Nomination for Best Score). Shire’s more than 150 film and television scores include Norma Rae (Oscar for the song “It Goes Like It Goes”), The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, All the President’s Men, The Conversation, Zodiac, Return to Oz, Farewell, My Lovely, and Saturday Night Fever (two Grammy nominations.) His television scores have earned five Emmy nominations.
THE YORK THEATRE FOUNDERS' AWARD recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the sustainability of the company.
ELISA LOTI STEIN(stage name Elisa Loti) won a Theatre World Award and an Obie Award for her performance in Come Share My House. Raised in Romania and Ecuador, she became fluent in four languages and performed around the world. Her career ranged from British television to singing in a French cabaret to making films in Germany and Spain to starring in films, TV, and theatre in Mexico. Favorite credits include Rhinoceros (Broadway); Hemingway’s Fifth Column (CBS) (co-star with Richard Burton); From These Roots (NBC) (recurring); and Claudine with Dianne Carroll and James Earl Jones. Her happiest collaboration was directing and acting in her husband Joseph Stein’s play Enter Laughing, which later became the musical. She is currently a practicing psychotherapist, a doting mom and grandma, and a devoted member of the York Theatre’s honorary board.
The York Theatre Company has occupied a unique spot in New York’s theatrical landscape for 52 years. It is the only theater in the city, and one of very few in the world, with a two-fold mission to produce new musical works and rediscover musical gems from the past. Founded in 1969 by Janet Hayes Walker, The York has presented more than 140 full-scale productions, from classic plays to musicals. Since 1997, Producing Artistic Director James Morgan has focused exclusively on musical theater: newer musicals in the Mainstage Series (many of them world, American, or New York premieres) and revivals in the popular Musicals in Mufti series of staged concert presentations.
Notable recent mainstage productions include Anything Can Happen in the Theater, Enter Laughing, Midnight at the Never Get, Desperate Measures, Rothschild and Sons,Cagney, and Yank!. The Musicals in Mufti series, now in its 27th year, explores a catalogue of rarely produced musicals, some of them under-appreciated in their initial productions, but all worthy of re-examination. Recent seasons have been devoted to the work of Cole Porter, Alan Jay Lerner, July Styne, Sheldon Harnick, and Tom Jones, and other shows that have been featured include My Favorite Year, Big, Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope, Tomfoolery, and I’m Getting My Act Together and Taking It on the Road. York productions that have transferred commercially include Desperate Measures, Cagney, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir, Jolson & Company, Sweeney Todd, and Pacific Overtures. Cast recordings are available for some 45 York productions.
A regular NEO Concert recognizes New/Emerging/Outstanding musical theater writers, and The York also partners with various colleges and universities. The York’s Musical Theater Training Program is currently in its sixth year, offering summer programs for high school students and winter intensives for college students and recent graduates. Each year, The York presents some 30 readings of new musicals in its Developmental Reading Series, which have included Avenue Q, Summer of ‘42, Harold and Maude, Yank!, In Transit, Souvenir, and many more. For 33 years, The York has been the proud administrator of the Oscar Hammerstein Award for Lifetime Achievement in Musical Theater. The most recent recipient was Broadway’s André De Shields, and in November 2021, musical theater legends Richard Maltby, Jr. and David Shire will receive the award.
The York’s next mainstage production is is the world premiere of Cheek to Cheek: Irving Berlin in Hollywood. Conceived directed and choreographed by Broadway’s Randy Skinner, it is produced in association with Riki Kane Larimer and runs November 24, 2021 - January 2, 2022.
The company is currently producing at The Theatre at St. Jean’s (150 East 76th Street & Lexington Avenue) due to a January 2021 flood from a city water main break that destroyed their home of 30 years at Saint Peter’s Church.
What's Happening at The York Theatre (January 2021)
What are we all about? Check out these testimonials to find out!