York Theatre Company: Cagney replaces Harold & Maude

The York Theatre Company has announced a change in the schedule of its current 40th Anniversary Season. Due to a scheduling conflict, the New York premiere of Harold and Maude has been replaced by another New York premiere: Cagney, starring Broadway veteran Robert Creighton. The new musical will play at the Theatre at Saint Peter's for a limited engagement from 19 May to 21 June 2015.

Cagney features a book by Peter Colley, with music and lyrics by Robert Creighton and Christopher McGovern.

Synopsis: "Cagney is a new musical about legendary star and the screen’s greatest tough-guy, James Cagney. It follows the actor from his humble beginnings in New York City's Lower East Side through his rise as a vaudeville song-and-dance man, to his superstardom in Hollywood. In this insightful and surprising musical journey, a brand new original score filled with song and dance numbers is augmented by George M. Cohan songs from the classic film Yankee Doodle Dandy and others. James Cagney was the consummate performer who could do it all - sing, dance, play the bad guy, the good guy, the patriot, and the gangster."

Bill Castellino is set to direct the piece which also features choreography by Joshua Bergasse.

Robert Creighton leads the cast of six as James Cagney. Further casting will be announced at a later date.

Mr Creighton's Broadway credits include 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood,' 'Anything Goes,' Disney's 'The Little Mermaid,' 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,' 'Jackie Mason's Laughing Room Only,' Disney's 'The Lion King,' and 'Chicago.' He also appeared in the Public Theater's Shakespeare in the Park production of 'The Comedy of Errors.'

- by Tom Millward