New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) 2015
Saturday, July 18 at 8pm & Sunday, July 19 at 12pm
PTC Performance Space, 555 West 42nd St., New York, NY
Where All The Rivers Go To Sleep will be performed in concert as part of the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), with a 12 person cast and a 12 piece orchestra. The production team will include director Randal Myler (Tony nominee, It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues), musical director Dan Lipton (The Last Ship), and general manager Dan Whitten (producer: Jacques Brel, Jersey Boys). Casting to be announced soon. Tickets will be available starting June 15. Visit the NYMF website for a full festival guide and further information.
Where All The Rivers Go To Sleep follows Cora Covington, a young prostitute in Storyville, the fabled New Orleans red-light district, who falls in love with Apolline Albert, a beautiful Creole woman. Cora draws Apolline into a life of prostitution at one of the district’s most extravagant brothels, servicing the city’s wealthiest and most powerful men, and run by the notoriously cold Madame and voodoo priestess Marie Snow. When Apolline’s husband Joe returns from up North and wants her back, a desperate Cora will do anything to keep her from leaving. She commits a terrible crime, for which she then seeks redemption. In a world where love is a transaction, can it ever be given freely?
Jesse won the ASCAP Foundation -- Morton Gould Young Composer Award for his Opera, Broad Stripes and Bright Stars, which was showcased at La MaMa theater. He has arranged for PBS, Itzak Perlman, Springfield Symphony, and was the musical director for the 50th Anniversary of Israel Concert at Boston’s Symphony Hall. Additionally, he has an active performance career as a stride pianist. Jesse holds a BA in jazz performance and composition from New England Conservatory of Music and a MA in jazz history and research from Rutgers University.
As an actress, Kate’s work has included A Year with Frog and Toad (Broadway), Evita (National Tour), and several touring productions of The Wizard of Oz. She received the Best Actress award at the 2010 New York Television Festival for her performance in the web series Gintown. Kate holds a BFA in musical theatre from Cincinnati Conservatory and a MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Brooklyn College.
Gelber & Manning are a Brooklyn-based musical duo specializing in early jazz styles and original music. They are regulars at popular vintage events (The Jazz Age Lawn Party, The Liberty Belle Extravaganza), and have performed in some of New York’s most well-known clubs (Iridium, 54 Below, Webster Hall, Edison Ballroom). Music from their first album, Gelber & Manning Goes Public, is featured in the Alvin Ailey ballet, Uptown. They co-produced and wrote the music for the musical event Vaudeville at the Gin Mill and for the web series Gintown, which was featured at The New York Television Festival, The Hollywood Film Festival, and The Coney Island Film Festival.