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Road to Qatar Opens Off-Broadway January 25

From a release - sounds like fun:

The Road to Qatar

The York Theatre Company
Presents by special arrangement with Paul F. Burchett
In association with Coltrane, LLC
Book and Lyrics Stephen Cole • Music David Krane
Choreographer Bob Richard • Music Director David Caldwell • Director Phillip George

Featuring
James Beaman • Keith Gerchak • Bill Nolte • Sarah Stiles • Bruce Warren

January 25 to February 27

Use code BEST47 for $47 tickets (regular price $67.50)

THE ROAD TO QATAR! is a new true musical comedy about two American musical theatre writers commissioned to do the impossible - write a larger-than-life Broadway-style mega-musical for the Emir of Qatar including 100 actors, 40 camels, 17 fire-eating jugglers and Muhammad Ali. Surprises abound as the quirky self-professed "short Jewish writers" leave New York and begin trotting the globe.

Performances Begin January 25th!
• The York Theatre Company ∙ 619 Lexington Avenue (Corner of 54th St.) ∙ New York, NY 10022
• Box Office: (212) 935-5820 ∙ Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday 12-6pm
Online here 

What happens when two American musical theatre writers are commissioned by the Emir of Qatar to create the first American musical to premiere in the Middle East? Five years ago, Stephen Cole & David Krane each received an email that read: "We want you write musical. How much?"

Thus began a truly unbelievable journey that introduced the two "short Jews" to an alien world of camels, "safari" rides in the desert, and Middle Eastern theatrical producers. During the course of this madcap adventure, Stephen & David starred in their own personal Bob Hope-Bing Crosby road picture that took them to Dubai, London, Bratislava, and ultimately to Qatar, where they presented an epic original musical for the Emir and 1000 of his closest friends. (The premiere is pictured.)

When they returned, they had no other choice but to write their story in the only way they knew how: AS A MUSICAL!! The names have been changed to protect the innocent...but the story is TOTALLY TRUE!!!

Cast & Creative Team:

JAMES BEAMAN (Michael) is thrilled to make his York debut! Recent credits include Annie Get Your Gun and How to Succeed... at Goodspeed Opera House. James played Sir Robin for two years in the First National Tour of Monty Python's Spamalot. Visit James, and his popular blog, at www.jamesbeaman.com.

KEITH GERCHAK (Jeffrey) The great-grandson of Russian Jewish vaudevillians, Keith started performing in 2nd grade, standing on a milk crate during recess and singing two songs his mother taught him, "High Hopes" and "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight?" TV: "The Middle" and "House MD."

BILL NOLTE (Mansour) On Broadway, he's appeared in La Cage aux Folles, The Producers, Amour, Jane Eyre, 1776, A Christmas Carol, King David, Joseph… Dreamcoat, The Secret Garden, Me and My Girl and Cats. OTHER: Paper Mill, Goodspeed, La Jolla, the Alley, Pittsburgh Public, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the NYC Ballet.

SARAH STILES (Nazirah) comes directly from New World Stages where she reprised the Kate/Lucy role in Avenue Q, after playing the role in the Broadway company in 2008 and 2009. Broadway/First National Tour: Logainne in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

BRUCE WARREN (Farid) is pumped to reprise the roles he originated in the Lyric Stage world premiere of The Road to Qatar! NYC: The Wizard of Oz at MSG, Crazy Head Space, Treasure Island, Civil War Voices. National Tours: The Wizard of Oz, Cats (25th Anniversary), Oklahoma! (First National) and A Christmas Carol.

STEPHEN COLE (Book and Lyrics) Produced musicals include After the Fair (CD; Lyric Stage: 5 Dallas Theatre Awards; York Theatre Company: nominated for the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical; produced in London). The Night of the Hunter (CD; World Premiere San Francisco; NYMF 2006; Lyric Stage 2010 with full orchestra), Saturday Night at Grossinger' (Dallas starring Gavin McLeod; Long Island; LA and Florida). Stephen is the recipient of the Edward Kleban Award and a Gilman-Gonzales Falla Commendation for musical theatre

DAVID KRANE (Music) created the dance music and additional score adaptation for the Oscar-winning movie Chicago, and wrote all new music arrangements and additional score adaptation for the film version of Nine.

PHILLIP GEORGE (Director) Off-Broadway: Shout, Forbidden Broadway: Rude Awakening (Drama Desk Award), Forbidden Broadway SVU (Drama Desk), Forbidden Hollywood, Whoop-Dee-Doo (Drama Desk Award, Best Musical Revue), Forbidden Broadway Cleans Up Its Act, Forbidden Broadway Strikes Back, Forbidden Broadway 2001: A Spoof Odyssey (Drama Desk). In 2006, Forbidden Broadway won a special Tony Honor.

BOB RICHARD (Choreographer) Broadway/International: Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. TV: "The Tonight Show," "Today" and "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade." Other credits: Resident choreographer for 13 years at Sacramento Music Circus (staging over 28 productions).

MARTIN E. VREELAND (Lighting Design)
CHRIS KATEFF (Projection Designer)
PAUL BURCHETT (Coltrane, LLC)



The York Theatre Box Office Information
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Telephone: (212) 935-5820
Fax: (212) 758-4380
Address: 619 Lexington Avenue (at 54th), New York, NY 10022
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The York loves its students and seniors! For students, we offer rush prices without the rush. Student tickets are only $20 to all weekday performances and $30 to all weekend performances‚ regardless of purchase date. For seniors‚ we offer “senior rush.” Simply show up one hour before the performance you wish to see, and as long as there are tickets available‚ we’ll sell you a ticket for just $20.

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