MY FAVORITE YEAR was the first original American musical to play at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. It was also the first to use the brand-new orchestra pit. The musical takes place in 1954 during the golden age of live television. Set against a background of TV studios and glamorous New York hotspots, the show (like the popular film on which it is based) tells the story of a young man's coming of age. 1954 is the year Benjy Stone (played by Evan Pappas) becomes a writer, falls in love and comes to terms with his family. It's also the year he meets his childhood hero: the famous swashbuckling, but now over-the-hill movie star, Alan Swann (Tim Curry). MY FAVORITE YEAR creates a memory of an earlier time in New York and it's populated with characters you care about: comedy writers, show girls, Jewish mothers, prize fighters, nightclubbers, second bananas, love interests, and a gallant young man who learns a lesson in life from his gallant, older idol. What we loved about this show was that it reminded us of all the wonderful musicals we saw as a kid growing up in New York. It has a funny, smart book by Joseph Dougherty and a fresh melodic score by the talented team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Once on This Island).