York Theatre

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For the theatre in Montreal, Canada, see York Theatre (Montreal).

Coordinates: 40°45′32″N 73°58′14″W / 40.758908°N 73.97054°W / 40.758908; -73.97054

York Theatre
Address 619 Lexington Avenue
New York City
United States
Type Off-Broadway
Capacity 178 Seats
Opened 1969
Years active 45
Website
http://www.yorktheatre.org

York Theatre is an Off-Broadway theatre company base in East Midtown Manhattan, New York City. In its 45th year, York Theatre is dedicated to the production of new musicals and concert productions of forgotten musicals from the past. Each season consists of three or four mainstage productions, six or more concert presentations and dozens of developmental readings. It has had several transfers of its work to larger off-Broadway theatres and to Broadway. The company was awarded a special Drama Desk Award in 1996 to its artistic director Janet Hayes Walker and in 2006 for its "vital contributions to theater by developing and presenting new musicals".[1]

Since 1993 the company has performed in an intimate theatre that is part of St. Peter's Church, in the Citigroup Center Complex at 619 Lexington Avenue at the corner of East 54th Street.[2]

The Oscar Hammerstein Award is named in honor of the legendary lyricist and librettist who helped shape American musical theatre through his collaborations with a number of different composers and writers. The award was created in 1988 by Janet Hayes Walker, the Founding Artistic Director of The York Theatre Company, and is presented with the endorsement of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization and the Hammerstein family. The Oscar Hammerstein Award Gala is the major annual fundraising event of The York, a mainstay of the Off-Broadway scene for more than 45 years.

Past recipients include Stephen Sondheim, Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Harold Prince, Cy Coleman, Charles Strouse, Arthur Laurents, Jerry Herman, Stephen Schwartz, Peter Stone, David Merrick, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Terrence McNally, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, Carol Channing, Tony Walton, Joseph Stein, Thomas Meehan, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Barbara Cook, Paul Gemignani, Lynn Ahrens & Stephen Flaherty. In November, 2015, the 24th Oscar Hammerstein Award was presented to Angela Lansbury in a star-studded tribute evening.

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