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HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN! – A Political Cabaret

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The York Theatre Company

The York Theatre Company welcomed the return of its New2NY Series with the New York Premiere of the new musical HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN!, based on Plunkitt of Tammany Hall — A Series of Very Plain Talks on Very Practical Politics, adapted by T. Cat Ford and directed by Bill Castellino (Cagney).

The year is 1905. One week before the next election. New York City. Tammany Hall politician George Washington Plunkitt has gathered a group of new immigrants for the purpose of educating them on the subtleties of the American political system.  Join the party and experience a real-life lesson on honest graft, dishonest graft and the American way that’s as relevant now as it was over 100 years ago!

Creative Team Sept. 2016

Creative team:  Bill Castellino, Director; T. Cat Ford, Playwright; Ryan Touhey, Music Director; James Morgan, Artistic Director

CLIPS FROM THE SHOW!

Opening Night at The York!

Opening Night

BACKGROUND AND PROCESS

DEVELOPMENTAL WORKSHOPS AND READINGS:

In Creede Colorado at the 2016 National Winter Playwright’s Retreat – Had a great reading of HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN, A Political Cabaret based on Plunkitt of Tammany Hall and songs from the early 20th Century American Songbook with Manuel Zarate, Tim Jerome, Ann Pittman, Logan Ernsthall and Christian Pederson. Many thanks to The Human Stage, HBMG Foundation and Creede Repertory Theatre for sponsoring this wonderful retreat.

On May 26th there was a reading of HOW TO BE AN AMERICAN at The Players Club.

Director:  Bill Castellino  Musical Director:  Satomi Hofmann Dramaturge:  Cate Cammarata

Actors:  Tim Jerome, Dan Manjovi, Gannon McHale and Frank J. Paul

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