As if Jason Graae isn’t busy enough in “Little Me,” he’s taking two of his nights off to perform in a concert of Frank Loesser tunes with 42nd Street Moon company members and Tony nominee Emily Skinner (“Side Show”), who is making her San Francisco debut. Read More
Those not familiar with “Little Me,” the final show in 42nd Street Moon’s current season, could be surprised to discover that the title character is a lady named Belle Poitrine who, much like Lorelei Lee, comes from “the other side of the tracks” in search of a little fame, a lotta fortune and, of course, true love. Read More
People of a certain age in the Eureka Theatre’s audience may experience deja vu when watching Ashley Jarrett as Lili sing “Love Makes the World Go ’Round” to a puppet.
The scene from 42nd Street Moon’s new production of Bob Merrill’s 1961 “Carnival!” is right out of a heartwarming picture on a black-and-white TV, reminiscent of Fran Allison singing to puppets on the “Kukla, Fran and Ollie” show. Read More
Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s “Pal Joey” is an unusual 1940 musical with an antihero who changes not a whit and a quiet, inconclusive ending featuring protagonist Joey alone onstage, quite lost.
Unlike many shows presented by San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon — whose mission is to revive forgotten Broadway productions — “Pal Joey” has a recognizable title and well-known song, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered.” Read More
With the presidential election just days away, San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon hits the jackpot with its 20th season opener “Of Thee I Sing.”
George and Ira Gershwin’s 1931 gem, a semi-forgotten glory of American musical theater, is hilarious, supremely melodic and particularly timely: It’s about the cockeyed adventures of a political campaign. Read More
Based on a 1946 novel by Nikos Kazantzakis and filmed in 1964 as “Zorba the Greek” with Anthony Quinn, the 1968 musical “Zorba,” onstage in a revival at the Eureka Theatre, has excellent credentials. Songs are by John Kander and Fred Ebb, then basking in “Cabaret” glow. The book is by Joseph Stein, lauded for adapting Sholom Aleichem’s stories into “Fiddler on the Roof.” If you squint, you just might imagine you are seeing a mish-mashup of those two better shows in “Zorba.” Read More
The Laramie Project: 10 Years LaterThrough April 29. $24-$45. Members of the Tectonic Theatre Project return to the town of Laramie, Wyo., to explore the effects of the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard. [New Conservatory Theatre Center, 25 Van Ness Ave., S.F., (415) 861-8972, www.nctcsf.org]Sugar Read More
Some fine performances — particularly by the leads — boost 42nd Street Moon’s production of “Silk Stockings,” a musical based on the 1939 film classic “Ninotchka,” which showcased Greta Garbo in one of her few comic roles. Read More
The actress and educator appears in 42nd Street Moon’s production of Cole Porter’s Cold War-era “Silk Stockings” and heads up the troupe’s new school for musical theater training. How long has the school been in existence? We built the studio in August 2010; it’s on Van Ness and Grove, near the symphony hall. It’s a big, noisy wonderful place. Read More
Americans waging war against the Swiss for slapping a tax on imported cheese is the topic of George and Ira Gershwins’ 1927 musical “Strike Up the Band.”
In the 21st century, the notion remains amusing, thanks to the Marx Brothers-inspired book by George S. Kaufman, played broadly and to perfection by 42nd Street Moon, the San Francisco troupe dedicated to reviving lost and little-known musicals. Read More