Courtesy PhotoBroadway’s Emily Skinner makes her San Francisco debut in a concert of Frank Loesser songs.

Loesser will be more in 42nd Street Moon concert

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.

“I’ve been there a couple times on vacation,” she says, “but the national tours I’ve done didn’t hit San Francisco when I was on them, so I’ve never performed there.” She’s also never performed in a musical by Loesser, whose hits include “Guys and Dolls,” “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and the Napa-loving “The Most Happy Fella.”

“It’s true,” she says. “I’ve never been in any Loesser shows, so I’m kinda excited to do this. His scores are divine.”
“Beautifully crafted and so emotional. I also like the stuff he wrote when he was slumming in Hollywood,” she laughs.

In fact, she’s rehearsing a personal favorite from just that period. “I always wanted to sing ‘I Wish I Didn’t Love You So’ [sung by Betty Hutton in 1947’s ‘The Perils of Pauline’]. It’s a sublime little ballad!”

Skinner also thinks Graae, with whom she has sung several times, is pretty sublime. “Nobody makes me laugh like Jason.  We don’t have many performers like him. He’s a true entertainer in the best possible way.”

If You Go

“Once in Love With Loesser: The Frank Loesser Salon”

Where: Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., S.F.
When: 7 p.m. May 13-14
Tickets: $21 to $75
Contact: (415) 255-8207, www.42ndstreetmoon.org

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