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My Favorite Year

Bishopsgate Institute is delighted to announce its 2017 production of My Favorite Year

Directed by Toby Hine (Ragtime): Tuesday 19 – Saturday 30 September 2017.

**We are also delighted to announce the show's Musical Director will be Rickey Long.**

Rickey Long is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music’s Musical Theatre department, where he completed his post-graduate studies as a Musical Director in 2016, following his undergraduate training in Music at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. He is a skilled conductor, arranger, and composer, and has worked as Musical Director on numerous productions, including Rags at Theatre Royal Stratford East, Into the Woods at the Rose Theatre and West Side Story at the Princess Royal PAC. Rickey is a regular Assistant Musical Director for the London Musical Theatre Orchestra play-throughs and also joined both the UK & Ireland and the Hong Kong tours of Avenue Q as Assistant Musical Director.

Book by Joseph Dougherty

Music by Stephen Flaherty

Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens

Based on the Motion Picture My Favorite Year, courtesy of Turner Entertainment Co.

Screenplay by Norman Steinberg and Dennis Palumbo
Story by Dennis Palumbo

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe).

The show

Based on the hit Peter O'Toole film of the same name, My Favorite Year is an uproarious comedy with the soul of vaudeville and old Hollywood, and features a lush Ahrens and Flaherty score, featuring the musical theatre favourite Larger Than Life.

The show had a short run on Broadway in 1993, which won Andrea Martin her first Tony Award for her show-stopping turn.

It's 1954, and Benjy Stone, writers' assistant on TV's King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade, is assigned the daunting task of baby-sitting veteran Hollywood swashbuckler Alan Swann. Swann is in town making a live guest appearance, and as a result of his antics Benjy is in danger of being fired. As Benjy develops an unlikely alliance with Swann, we encounter stage fright, payback, a reconciliation, a love story, and a climactic sword fight.

Listen to the original Broadway cast recording here [Source: Spotify].

The writers

This score is a love letter to vaudeville, Broadway, and old Hollywood, contrasting with our June 2016 production Ragtime, which also had a score by Ahrens and Flaherty.
The show is based on the 1982 movie of the same name, and has a riotous book by Joseph Dougherty, Emmy award winner for thirty-something, and contributing writer and director on Judging Amy, Saving Grace and Pretty Little Liars.


Auditions will take place at Bishopsgate Institute on Saturday 3, Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 June 2017 and recalls by invitation on Monday 12 and Wednesday 14 June 2017.

The audition notice will be released shortly. 

Pre-audition workshops

To introduce potential auditionees, musicians and audiences to the music of My Favorite Year, we are running three open, free evening sessions in late April and early May to sing through some of the numbers.

You do not have to attend, and casting decisions will be made independently of attendance at the workshops. Of course, if you do attend and are then cast, you will have a head-start in learning the material. You may attend one, several, none or all of the sessions as we will cover a different number in each workshop. As these sessions are free and open to anyone who wants to participate, please bring friends. Booking details are below.  

The workshop sessions are:

Thursday 27 April 19:00 – 21:00 Book your place

Thursday 4 May 19:00 – 21:00 Book your place

Thursday 11 May 19:00 – 21:00 Book your place

For more information on the show, rehearsals, availability etc. please download the Audition Notice HERE.

Booking for audition slots opens soon.