“It was clear from my very first encounter with director Barrie Gelles: Gallery Players truly loves theater artists. I was honored to receive a reading in the inaugural year of Overtures, and I am thrilled to be back with Emma this fall. Gallery Players deftly handles all the logistics so the writers can focus on the work. A generosity of spirit abounds, from the directors to the cast, and I am immensely grateful for the time, talent, space, and support to develop this new musical; it is a rare gift.” – Sarah Taylor Ellis, composer – EMMA (2015)


“…having the Gallery Players and the type of support they are giving us allows us to focus entirely on the writing. Gallery Players has been fantastic about building a supportive infrastructure and for simply creating this opportunity. They’ve been so welcoming and fantastic working with all the new writers.” – Jonathon Lynch, composer – LUNACY (2014)


Crazytown interview with the composer of 2014’s Lunacy: A Lunatic Speaks


After an overwhelmingly successful inaugural season, Gallery is pleased to announce, OVERTURES: A New Musical Reading Series: Season 3. The Gallery Players has often successfully produced new musicals as part of their season, such as Yank (2007) and Like You Like It (2008).  To further this idea, Gallery Players has created a new program in order to directly support the development of new musicals. OVERTURES will offer staged readings of six new musicals, thereby fostering the creation of new musical theatre and supporting the talented composers and writers as they refine their work.  The series is helmed by theatre director and scholar, Barrie Gelles and will feature the talents of a roster of exceptional up-and-coming performers and directors.

Each musical will run for two consecutive nights.  One may buy individual tickets for each show or purchase a season pass to the OVERTURES series.

Individual tickets are $10. Tickets may be purchased through OvationTix online, by calling 212-352-3101, or at the door (cash only).

Program Director: OVERTURES – Barrie Gelles

OVERTURES: A New Musical Reading Series
2018 – 2019

Season to be announced shortly. Stay tuned!

2017 – 2018

The Giant Hoax
Paired with The Elephant Man
Monday, Nov. 6 at 7pm
Tuesday, Nov. 7 at 7pm

Peter and the Pied Piper, a special presentation for young audiences
Paired with It Shoulda Been You
Tuesday, Dec. 5 – school matinee
Tuesday, Dec. 19 – school matinee
Sunday, Dec. 17 at 12pm
Wednesday, Dec. 27 at 2pm
Thursday, Dec. 28 at 2pm

Manuel vs. the Statue of Liberty
Paired with A New Brain
Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 7pm
Wednesday, Feb 7 at 7pm

The Holy Cows of Credence, South Dakota
Paired with Plaza Suite
Monday, March 19 at 7pm
Tuesday, March 20 at 7pm

The Turing Test, a workshop production of a new musical
Thursday, May 17 at 8pm
Friday, May 18 at 8pm
Saturday, May 19 at 2pm & 8pm
Sunday, May 20 at 3pm