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45 Minutes from Coontown
Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 7:30PM

Theatre at Saint Peter's
619 Lexington Avenue
(Enter on 54th St. between Lexington/3rd Ave)
New York, NY 10022
The Theatre at Saint Peter's is located inside Saint Peter’s Church - enter via glass façade on south side of 54th St. just east of Lexington and directly across from 641 Lexington. Take elevator down to Floor LL2.
SUBWAY: E or M train to 53rd St./Lexington Ave or 6 train to 51st St. PARKING: Special discounted rate offered with York validation through Icon Metropolitan 51 garage on E 51st St. btwn Lexington/3rd Ave. ($17 Mon. thru Sat. - up to 5 hours)

An UnsungMusicalsCo. Production
at The York Theatre Company


A limited number of $20 tickets are available in advance to individuals age 30 and under, with valid photo ID. Limit of two tickets per valid ID. Must purchase in person at the box office during business hours (Monday-Friday 12pm-6pm) or 1 hour prior to curtain. Subject to availability.

A new documentary musical, 45 Minutes from Coontown is a celebration of black musical theatre, tracing its history from the late-1800s through 1999, and featuring more than 30 songs almost exclusively by black writers. Coontown documents the story of an art form that grew amidst a nation's racial prejudice, and the many African American authors who not only furthered the form itself, but were also instrumental in the development of the American popular song.

Developed over more than four years, with more than 20 archives in more than 10 states, 45 Minutes from Coontown is the second installment in The Show Time! Trilogy, a trio of documentary musicals charting the evolution and cultural impact of the American musical.

45 Minutes from Coontown is created, written, and performed by Ben West, with musical continuity and arrangements by Fran Minarik, direction and musical staging by Parker Esse, and music direction by Evan Zavada.

90 minutes, no intermission.

This documentary musical contains mature, historically accurate themes.

Visit for the digital interactive Musicals Timeline: 1866-1999 and Black Writers Timeline: 1866-1999, as well as a timeline tracing the Trilogy’s Journey to the Stage.

45 Minutes from Coontown was developed and is produced by UnsungMusicalsCo., a 501c3 nonprofit giving new voice to the past, present, and future of the American musical. For more information, please visit