42nd Street Moon

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42nd Street Moon is a professional theatre company in San Francisco, California.[1] The company specializes in the preservation and presentation of early and lesser-known works[2] by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Rodgers & Hart, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Kurt Weill, George and Ira Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, Kander and Ebb, Jule Styne and Comden and Green.

History[edit]

The company was founded by Greg MacKellan and Stephanie Rhoads in 1993.[2] It has presented the American premiere of musical scores by Jerome Kern (Three Sisters and The Cabaret Girl) and Johnny Mercer (The Good Companions). 42nd Street Moon also produced the first American revivals of Rodgers & Hart’s 1926 musical Peggy-Ann and André Previn's Coco.[citation needed] For its first 15 seasons, the company presented its productions as staged concerts.[3] In 2008, it began to produce "fully staged" musicals, with costumes and choreography.[4] For example, the production of Strike Up the Band in 2011 had choreography by Alex Hsu and costumes reviewed as "to-die-for 1920s attire" by Scarlett Kellum.[5]

Two of 42nd Street Moon's productions have been recorded as Cast albums: Cole Porter's Something for the Boys and Leave it to Me. Both represent the first full English language records for either of these two musicals, with Leave It to Me being sponsored in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.[citation needed] Videos of most of 42nd Street Moon's productions are available for viewing at the Museum of Performance and Design (MoAD) in San Francisco.

Notable actors and actress who have worked with 42nd Street Moon include: Darren Criss (Fanny – 1997, Do I Hear a Waltz – 1998, Babes in Arms – 1999); Andrea Marcovicci (On a Clear Day – 1999, Coco – 2007–08); Ann Morrison (Can-Can – 2004–05); Lea DeLaria (Once Upon a Mattress – 2004–05); Klea Blackhurst (Red Hot and Blue – 2005–06, Call Me Madam – 2009–10); and Jason Graae (Little Me - 2012-13).[citation needed] Brent Barrett, Leslie Caron, Emily Skinner, Cady Huffman, Rebecca Luker, Andrea McArdle, Donna McKechnie, Marni Nixon, Charles Strouse, and Karen Ziemba have also performed in concerts or galas with the company.[citation needed]

Productions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Actors Equity and Bay Area Theatres". Actorsequity.org, accessed August 2011
  2. ^ a b "Unearthing rare musical gems (summary of article)" Stage Directions, December 1, 2001
  3. ^ Chavez, Adele. "Student Gypsy – A Charming Find". Sfbaytimes.com, April 3, 2008
  4. ^ "History" 42ndstmoon.org, accessed August 8, 2011
  5. ^ Katz, Leslie. "All’s fair in war and cheese in Strike Up the Band". San Francisco Examiner, April 13, 2011
  6. ^ Connema, Richard. "42nd Street Moon Presents Rodgers and Hart's 'By Jupiter'". Talkinbroadway.com, April 26, 2002
  7. ^ Rickwald, Bethany."42nd Street Moon Announces Casting for 'Silk Stockings' theatermania.com, April 1, 2011
  8. ^ Peter, Thomas.42nd Street Moon's 2010-2011 Season to Include Forum, Murder for Two, Babes in Arms and More" playbill.com, March 3, 2010

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