greetings from yorkville

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greetings from yorkville

Vocals Anya Turner & Robert Grusecki
Piano Robert Grusecki
Bass Tod Hedrick
Drums/Percussion Mark Dodge

Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Danny Lawrence at Manhattan Beach Studios, NYC

SYNOPSIS

As the show opens, ANYA is discovered writing a letter to ROBERT. She has just signed the lease on an apartment in a neighborhood of Manhattan called Yorkville and is urging him to join her soon (GREETINGS FROM YORKVILLE). After making a commitment to live together as lovers, collaborators, and partners in all things, the songwriting pair from the Midwest settles into the new apartment and gets to work (SECRET SONG). The songwriting is going well but it isn’t paying the bills. ANYA turns to working temp jobs in order to survive. That’s reality. But of course, as she tells the audience, we don’t live for reality; we live for our dreams (ORDINARY PEOPLE). Meanwhile ROBERT is also trying to balance the demands of earning a living as a pianist and finding the time to write (ROBERT’S SONG). After a period of time spent writing special material for other performers (SHOWCASES, IT’S CALLED A PIANO, THE FARMER AND HIS WIFE, SHOWCASES Reprise), the two decide to write songs of a more personal nature and perform them in their own cabaret act. Launching a cabaret career, building an audience, and introducing all original material prove to be a tall order (SO YOU’RE NOT FROM NEW YORK). When they find out there are only a few reservations for their cabaret show, a new idea is born: “Why don’t we make a CD?” (WHAT A LOVELY THING). After a rather rocky live television interview on a New Jersey morning show, during which they are forced to defend their idea of a new style of original cabaret act that does not include singing all the old chestnuts, the duo open their engagement at Sammy’s Hideaway on NYC’s Restaurant Row with a CD release party. The opening number of the cabaret act (DESTINY) spins off into a story about the prejudice against being different. The song that follows is a portrait of ANYA’s Native American great-grandmother (CLARA DRUM). End of Act I.

Act II opens with the two songwriters reading their glowing review from the New York Times. Although their cabaret show is a critical success, they fail to attract an audience. But when one door closes, very often another door opens (MUSICAL COMEDY DREAM). When the team commits to writing their first musical, they settle on devising a contemporary version of the classic Shakespearean comedy Much Ado About Nothing. Personally identifying with the two warring lovers at the center of this story (Beatrice & Benedick), they develop a two-act, seven-character extravaganza entitled AFTER ALL, a musical much ado (I KNOW YOU TOO WELL, NOT AS I WAS/ALL OUT OF TUNE, HAPPY). After finishing the script and score, they make a CD demo, contact dozens of potential producers, and wait for the offers to come pouring in (JUST LUCKY I GUESS). Just when it looks like the dream of a fully realized production is going to come true, events outside of their control conspire to derail all of their plans. In the aftermath of the events of 9/11, ANYA is forced to take a job on the road while ROBERT stays home in Yorkville (THE ROAD). The separation is not good for their songwriting. Still, a living has to be made somehow. When ROBERT travels to Peoria to pitch yet another scheme – the idea of writing a two-character musical about a couple of songwriters living in Yorkville – and asks ANYA to come back to NYC with him to get started on it, she is skeptical (HOLE-IN-THE-HEAD BLUES). After a horrendous fight that appears to end the relationship, ROBERT returns alone to NYC (HANDLE ME WITH CARE) and ANYA stays in the Midwest and tries to remember why she ever wanted to do this “songwriting thing” in the first place (IOWA SUMMER). At last ANYA decides to “go home” and that means going back to Yorkville, and songwriting, and trying again. As the show closes the reunited songwriters begin work on their two-character musical entitled GREETINGS FROM YORKVILLE (GREETINGS FROM YORKVILLE Reprise). The journey, despite all the ups and downs, has taught them that LIFE IS GOOD.

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Our musical AFTER ALL, a musical much ado has been recorded and features Anya Turner, Guy Stroman, John Herrera, Sara Inbar, Michael Philip O'Brien, Kristen Lee Kelly, Chris Ghelf and musical direction by Robert Grusecki as presented at the York Theatre Company in NYC. Demo available on request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Original Cast Album includes all twenty-three songs featured in the Off-Broadway production.

To hear a sample of each song, click on the arrows below. Click again to stop any selection.

Greetings From Yorkville  
Secret Song  
Ordinary People
 
Robert's Song
 
Showcases
 
It's Called A Piano
 
The Farmer And His Wife
 
Showcases Reprise
 
So You're Not From New York
 
What A Lovely Thing
 
Destiny
 
Clara Drum
 
Musical Comedy Dream
 
I Know You Too Well
 
Not As I Was/All Out Of Tune
 
Happy
 
Just Lucky I Guess
 
The Road
 
Hole-In-The-Head-Blues  
Handle Me With Care
 
Iowa Summer
 
Greetings From Yorkville Reprise
 
Life Is Good  

 

 

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