Theater and Concert Reviews.
THE YORK THEATRE COMPANY
WELCOMES ALANA GRABER
AND GERRY McINTYRE
TO ITS ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
New York, NY (September 29, 2020) – The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, is pleased to announce two additions to its organization: Gerry McIntyre, York's new Associate Artistic Director, and Alana Graber, who is the company's new Director of Development. They join James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director, Evans Haile, Executive Director, and Aaron Simms, General Manager, on the York's administrative team.
James Morgan said, "Finding two such perfect additions to our superb staff is exciting. The personalities and outlook have to mesh, and they do. Alana Graber came to us through an extensive search over the summer headed by Evans, and I have known Gerry McIntyre for over thirty years; he has done many projects at The York wearing many creative hats. We welcome them both."
Alana Graber, Director of Development, is a performing arts administrator and producer. Her non-profit beginnings at Broadway at Music Circus and Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival eventually took her to New York City. As an assistant at NAMCO, she was proud to work on the Broadway productions of Waitress and Chicago, as well as the Finding Neverland first national tour. Most recently, she was the East Coast booking agent at CAMI Music, representing artists including Lang Lang and Chick Corea. Alana is thrilled to be joining the York team.
Gerry McIntyre, Associate Artistic Director, won widespread acclaim for his most recent choreographic credit: the Berkshire Theatre Group's production of Godspell -- sold out, twice-extended, with rave reviews. He made his directing debut at The York with the 2018 Musicals in Mufti presentation of Hallelujah, Baby! He also choreographed Maury Yeston's Anything Can Happen in the Theater and Forbidden Broadway's Next Generation, and appeared in Enter Laughing (2008), Subways are for Sleeping, and such special events as I Do! I Do!, The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), and Joan of Arc at the Stake, starring Glenn Close and William Hurt. As a performer, his credits elsewhere are numerous, on Broadway and across the country, including Hallelujah, Baby! directed by Arthur Laurents at Arena Stage and George Street Playhouse and Once on This Island (Broadway/Booth Theatre). His credits as director and choreographer include Once on This Island (Virginia Stage Company, Actors Theatre of Louisville, and TheatreWorks (TBA Award, Best Director/Choreographer; Robby Award, Best Director; Ovation Nomination, Best Choreography), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Ogunquit Playhouse), Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Chicago (Reagle Players, Ogunquit Playhouse, Broadway World Award), and Hairspray (Connecticut Critics Circle Award). Gerry is the director/choreographer of the documentary After the Storm. gerrymcintyre.net
Evans Haile shared, “Gerry McIntyre is great friend, a wonderful artist, and a creative and excitingly imaginative Director/Choreographer. We feel very fortunate to have him join us in this new chapter at The York.” He went on to add, “Alana Graber brings a wealth of experience encompassing many aspects of the Arts Business to The York. Her enthusiasm for the theatre is wonderfully contagious.”
Together we can create. Together we can cheer. Together we can sing. Together we can bring musicals to life. Help The York continue through this “intermission.” Please donate by visiting www.yorktheatre.org/support/donate.
For additional information, please visitwww.yorktheatre.org.
The York Theatre Company is the only theatre in New York City—and one of very few in the world—dedicated to developing and fully producing new musicals and preserving neglected, notable shows from the past. For over four decades, York’s intimate, imaginative style of producing both original and classic musicals has resulted in critical acclaim and recognition from artists and audiences alike. Under the guidance of Producing Artistic Director James Morgan since 1997, The York has focused on new musicals in its Mainstage Series—most of them world, American, or New York premieres—by some of the field’s most esteemed creators and has also helped launch the careers of many talented new writers. Well over 40 cast recordings from The York Theatre Company productions are now available on CD, including its acclaimed revival of Closer Than Ever (2013 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Revival); commercial transfers of such York premieres as The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), Souvenir (Tony Award Nomination for actress Judy Kaye), and Jolson & Company, and revivals of Pacific Overtures _ and Sweeney Todd (four Tony Nominations including Best Revival) have all showcased the importance of The York and its programs. Recent New York premieres have included Marry Harry, A Taste of Things to Come and Rothschild & Sons. The critically acclaimed musical Yank! received its Off-Broadway debut at The York in 2010, and subsequently to rave reviews in London-- as did York’s Rothschild & Sons. The hit musical Cagney received its York premiere in 2015, transferring to the Westside Theatre for over 15 months. In 2017, Desperate Measures received a total of 15 award nominations (and three wins) that included “Best Musical” from the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, and Off-Broadway Alliance and subsequently transferred across town to New World Stages. Unexpected Joy premiered Off-Broadway at The York, and later had a run at London’s Southwark Playhouse. The acclaimed new musical Midnight at The Never Get (Fall 2018) received a Collective total of 7 nominations from the Lucille Lortel, Drama Desk, Outer Critics and Off-Broadway Alliance Awards. The 2019 Winter Musicals in Mufti series celebrated the centennial of lyricist/librettist Alan Jay Lerner, with the 1979 musical Carmelina, followed by the musical The Day Before Spring (1945), closing with the New York premiere of Lolita, My Love (1971). Launching the York’s 50th Anniversary year last spring was the acclaimed revival of the hit musical Enter Laughing. The Fall 2019 Musicals in Mufti series celebrated the legendary Cole Porter with Fifty Million Frenchmen (1929), followed by The Decline and Fall of the Entire World as Seen Through the Eyes of Cole Porter (1965), and concluding with Panama Hattie (1940). Most recently, The York presented the world premiere of the new musical revue Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston and a transfer of Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation_, the newest installment of Gerard Alessandrini’s beloved satirical revue. The York is the recipient of a special Drama Desk Award for “Developing and Producing New Musicals” and, more recently, a special Outer Critics Circle Award for “50 Years of Producing New and Classic Musicals.”
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