Intro to Musical Theatre History
Mark York (Producer/Composer/Lyricist/Pianist/Arranger) most recently was seen in Just Jim Dale at Roundabout Theatre. He is the Executive Producer and Founder of The Ziegfeld Society, Music Coordinator for Jerry Herman and Jim Dale’s personal pianist. Mark is also the Arranger/Pianist and Musical Director for the award winning I’ve Got A Little Twist, the new hit Gilbert & Sullivan revue. He was Music Assistant to Cy Coleman. NY credits: Arranger/Pianist – Busker Alley starring Jim Dale and Glenn Close directed by Tony Walton, Arranger/MD – Conversation Piece and The Happy Hypocrite directed by Tony Walton, Directed/MD – George White Scandals starring Julie Wilson, Helen Gallagher, Penny Fuller, Joel Higgins, Jane Summerhays, Sarah Rice, Meg Bussert and Martin Vidnovic and Producer/Director – Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2007 and Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2008 starring Helen Gallagher, Jane Summerhays and Anita Gillette, Ziegfeld’s Midnight Frolic of 2010 starring Anita Gillette and Sarah Rice, The First Marilyn….Marilyn Miller starring Merrill Grant and 2005 Revival of Sweet Charity starring Christina Applegate. He directed and Musically Directed 90 Years of Broadway starring Carol Lawrence, Jim Dale, Tonya Pinkins, Lee Roy Reams, Marni Nixon, Sarah Rice, Heather McRae, Walter Willison, Jane Summerhays, Jana Robbins and Anna Bergman. Not Just Mark York – The Songs of Mark York played at 54 Below this past June featuring Broadway performers and starring Klea Blackhurst.
Mark started playing the piano in his father’s church in Oklahoma at age 9. His own musicals include: Rest In Peace directed-choreographed by Baayork Lee; A Midsummer Night, The Odd Ducklings, Apple Annie, a musical version of Damon Runyon’s short story Madame La Gimp with lyricist/librettist Don Loftus and Lillian Lorraine, a musical about the Life of Lillian Lorraine, the Ziegfeld Follies Star and 11 children’s musicals including Alice In Wonderland, Sleeping Beauty, Matchgirl, The Toy Shoppe, Treasure Island, Puff’s Magic Tail, Pinocchio and Heidi. His newest musical, Galveston! opened for a sold out run July 2003 in Galveston, Texas at The Strand Theatre and again sold out in Sept. 2011 at the Hobby Center in downtown Houston, TX. Mark is a native New Yorker from Oklahoma.