TNC’s New City, New Blood Reading Series: Newport

By Richard Byrne and Stephen Baranski
Directed by Richard Byrne
May 6 – May 6
Monday, May 6, 2024 at 7:00 PM

Theater for the New City

Executive Director, Crystal Field


TNC’s New City, New Blood Reading Series:


Written and Directed by Richard Byrne

Co-writer – Stephen Baranski

Monday, May 6, 2024 at 7:00 PM


$5 Suggested Donation

Theater for the New City
155 First Avenue (between 9th & 10th Street)
New York, NY 10003

Newport is a new musical based on the extraordinary real-life events of 1919 Newport, Rhode Island. One year before the country would be facing prohibition and lockdown, a handful of specially selected sailors would become embroiled in deceit, intrigue, and betrayal. Before it was over many people (including a future president and a prominent clergy member) would be vilified across the conservative town paper’s front page by an editor who later died under mysterious circumstances. Newport uses this backdrop to create a compelling interpretation of America’s lesser-known and most intriguing scandals.

Richard Byrne
Matthias Cassar
Melina Frodella
Sean Hoagland
Jeanna Schweppe
Neal Matarazzo
Gavin Matthias
Victoria Matthies

Stephen M. Baranski Ph.D.-Composer: Steve’s experience as a Musical Director spans regional, summer stock, and university theaters. He accompanied the New York City-based ensemble the West Side Singers and served as a pianist on Broadway for Phantom of the Opera and Off-Broadway for the Sullivan Street production of The Fantasticks. He received his Ph.D. from New York University and holds a M.M. from the Manhattan School of Music.

Richard Byrne-Book & Lyrics: A veteran of stand-up comedy for over 30 years, Mr. Byrne’s resume’ sports a string of A-list comedy venues in America and abroad. He also has had the honor of performing on the legendary stages of Carnegie Hall and Radio City Music Hall.His acting credits include “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”. Rich has also been in theater since he was 15 and has worked in summer-stock and regional theaters throughout the country.


COVID Protocol:
As of September 26th, 2022, we are no longer requiring proof of COVID-19 vaccination for our audience upon entry.
Wearing of masks is suggested in the lobby, restrooms and performance spaces at Theater for the New City, but they are not required.