The York Theatre Company present NEO7, a benefit concert celebrating New, Emerging, Outstanding musical theatre writers, last night Monday, May 16 at its home at the Theatre at Saint Peter's. "NEO" (an acronym for "New, Emerging, Outstanding") celebrates songwriters primed to pen the next generation of musicals. Since the first NEO concert 6 years ago -- recorded by England's JAY Records-- musical theatre fans and York supporters eagerly anticipate each incarnation. NEO7 included songs by the following new musical theatre writers: Will Aronson & Bill Nelson; Andre Catrini; Adam David Cohen & Patrick Gallagher; Jonathan Matthew Gilbert & John Andrew Tarbet; Tom Gualtieri & David Sisco; Richard Isen; Steven Jamail; Mark McDaniels & Donald Garverick; Mary Liz McNamara; Michael Mitnick; Jonathan Monro; Benjamin Velez; and Derrick Wang. BroadwayWorld was on hand and brings you photo coverage below.
Sirius XM host Julie James ("Broadway Names with Julie James," "Sirius XM Live on Broadway") and Tony winner Michael Rupert (Sweet Charity, Legally Blonde, Elegies: A Song Cycle) hosted the annual concert event.
Performers included Kate Anderson, Tony nominee Christine Andreas (La Cage Aux Folles, The Scarlet Pimpernel), Mick Bonde, Steven Brinberg (Simply Barbara), Jennifer Cody ("The Princess and the Frog," Shrek, Urinetown), Autumn Hurlbert (Tomorrow Morning, Legally Blonde), Danny McNie, Lauren Molina (Rock of Ages, Sweeney Todd), Jonathan Monro, Jill Paice (Curtains, The Woman in White), A.J. Shively (La Cage Aux Folles, Things to Ruin), Emily Shoolin (Enter Laughing, The Musical), Tanner Tompkins (York Mufti: I Remember Mama) and Teal Wicks (Wicked). More performers will be announced shortly. The evening was directed by Jennifer Paulson Lee (Enter Laughing, The Musical) with music direction by Matt Castle (Company; Enter Laughing, The Musical).
For more information, visit www.yorktheatre.org.
Photo Credit: Genevieve Rafter Keddy