York Theatre Putting On Online Performance To Help Rebuild After Devastating Water Main Break

When the York Theatre on Lexington Avenue and 54th Street got flooded back in January, staff rushed to salvage what they could, including lighting, props, costumes and scripts. CBS2's Natalie Duddridge reports.

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- The stars align to help keep a historic theater in Midtown from closing for good. The Yorktown Theater-- the York Theater, already reeling from pandemic losses, suffered severe damage after a water main break three months ago. CBS 2's Natalie Duddridge reports.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: This is what the York Theater on Lexington Avenue and 54th Street looked like when it flooded back in January. Staff rushed to salvage what they could, lighting, props, costumes, and scripts.

GERRY MCINTYRE: It was heartbreaking. You know, there was a letter from Stephen Sondheim that was just soaked, and we were trying to, like, peel it away from the paper.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: The theater's plight caught the attention of directors Tom and Michael D'Angora.

TOM D'ANGORA: We were devastated, because the York has played such a huge role in the landscape of New York musical theater.

MICHAEL D'ANGORA: We put on our thinking caps and one of the biggest shows to come out of the York Theater is the musical of musicals, "The Musical." And we thought, why don't we do an all-star gala virtual benefit?

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: They launched the Rebuild the York campaign, pulling together top talent to produce the virtual show Sunday night.

TOM D'ANGORA: Patti LuPone, Audra McDonald, Andre De Shields, Betty Buckley, Lillias White.

MICHAEL D'ANGORA: We have over, like, 30 actors in the show, and not one of them was ever in the same room with one another. And we are playing up just that kind of ridiculous green screen, you know, Zoom theater.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: The D'Angoras also set up a GoFundMe page for the York Theater that has now reached over $200,000. An anonymous donor even stepped up to match donations up to $50,000.

GERRY MCINTYRE: I always say that we're homeless, but hopeful we're going to make it through.

NATALIE DUDDRIDGE: We can't go inside because there's still months of repairs to go, but management is hoping they'll be back by the fall, just in time for the reopening of Broadway and Off-Broadway. On the Upper East Side, Natalie Duddridge, CBS 2 News.

- There is a way you can help support the York Theater Company. The online show is free. It airs Sunday at 7:00. We have a link with all of the information on our website, CBSNewYork.com.