42nd Street Moon

Colin Thomson, with a lively ensemble, appears in the title role of 42nd Street Moon’s “Fiorello!” at the Gateway Theatre. (Courtesy Ben Krantz Studio)

‘Fiorello!’ a singing New York history lesson

The 1959 musical “Fiorello!” is by no means a knockout. But 42nd…

 

Melissa WolfKlain and Keith Pinto are charming in “Me and My Girl.” (Courtesy Ben Krantz Studio)

‘Me and My Girl’ offers light taste of 1930s London

The Lambeth Walk hasn’t quite stood the test of time, but the…

 

From left, Mike Birr, Nathaniel Rothrock, Jesse Cortez and Jack O’Reilly sing the title tune in “Saturday Night.” (Courtesy Ben Krantz Studio)

42nd Street Moon stages Sondheim’s ‘Saturday Night’

Stephen Sondheim completists will get a kick out of 42nd Street Moon’s…

 

Weightless, a world-premiere rock opera by The Kilbanes (Bay Area couple Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses) , opens at Z Space in February. [Courtesy Emily Sevin)

Winter 2018 Arts Preview: Theater

The theater season serves up major tours, offbeat experiments, musicals, comedy and…

Weightless, a world-premiere rock opera by The Kilbanes (Bay Area couple Kate Kilbane and Dan Moses) , opens at Z Space in February. [Courtesy Emily Sevin)
From left, Nathaniel Rothrock, Jean-Paul Jones, Lee Ann Payne, Juan Castro and Derrick Contreras appear in “No, No Nanette.” (Courtesy Ben Krantz Studios)

42nd Street Moon’s ‘Nanette’ taps into fun

The furniture gets moved out of the way in the New York…

From left, Nathaniel Rothrock, Jean-Paul Jones, Lee Ann Payne, Juan Castro and Derrick Contreras appear in “No, No Nanette.” (Courtesy Ben Krantz Studios)
Joshua Marx and Allison F. Rich appear in 42nd Street Moon’s “New Girl in Town.” (Courtesy Ben Krantz Studio)

O’Neill resonates in 42nd Street Moon’s ‘New Girl’

“New Girl in Town” is an often chipper 95-minute musical based on…

Joshua Marx and Allison F. Rich appear in 42nd Street Moon’s “New Girl in Town.” (Courtesy Ben Krantz Studio)
Martin Rojas Dietrich and Amanda Johnson sound fantastic in 42nd Street Moon’s tuneful production of  “The Most Happy Fella.” (Courtesy David Allen)

42nd Street Moon shines bright in Loesser’s ‘Happy Fella’

Perhaps the reason Frank Loesser’s 1956 musical “The Most Happy Fella” isn’t…

Martin Rojas Dietrich and Amanda Johnson sound fantastic in 42nd Street Moon’s tuneful production of  “The Most Happy Fella.” (Courtesy David Allen)
From left, David Naughton, Abby Haug and Lucas Coleman appear in 42nd Street Moon’s production of “The Boys from Syracuse.” (Courtesy David Allen)

Greg MacKellan takes final bow with Moon’s ‘Syracuse’

When the curtain goes down on 42nd Street Moon’s new production of…

From left, David Naughton, Abby Haug and Lucas Coleman appear in 42nd Street Moon’s production of “The Boys from Syracuse.” (Courtesy David Allen)
Broadway favorite Emily Skinner appears in a Bay Area Cabaret show in the Venetian Room. (Courtesy photo)

Emily Skinner celebrates Sondheim and more

Tony Award-nominee Emily Skinner is becoming a very welcome presence on The…

Broadway favorite Emily Skinner appears in a Bay Area Cabaret show in the Venetian Room. (Courtesy photo)
COURTESY PATRICK O’CONNORFrom left

Guys and dolls hit right notes in ‘Where’s Charley'

A lively pace and pleasing vocals make the 42nd Street Moon revival…

COURTESY PATRICK O’CONNORFrom left
COURTESY DAVD ALLENRyan Drummond and Brittany Danielle play the title characters in 42nd Street Moon’s production of “Nick & Nora.”

‘Thin Man’ musical gets rare revival

Bay Area audiences have the opportunity to gather the clues and form…

COURTESY DAVD ALLENRyan Drummond and Brittany Danielle play the title characters in 42nd Street Moon’s production of “Nick & Nora.”
COURTESY DAVID ALLENFrom left

Cole Porter goes down easy in 42nd Street Moon's 'Something for the Boys’

Cole Porter’s 1943 "Something for the Boys" was a big hit on…

COURTESY DAVID ALLENFrom left
COURTESY DAVID ALLENEmily Skinner plays the lead in “Do I Hear a Waltz?” onstage at the Eureka Theatre.

42nd Street Moon dances to a new ‘Waltz’

Aficionados of lesser-known musicals get a rare treat this week as 42nd…

COURTESY DAVID ALLENEmily Skinner plays the lead in “Do I Hear a Waltz?” onstage at the Eureka Theatre.
COURTESY PATRICK O’CONNORBruce Vilanch Ashley Rae Little sing and dance in 42nd Street Moon's “Du Barry Was a Lady.”

42nd Street Moon’s good-time ‘Du Barry’

Crafted for comedy king Bert Lahr and brassy belter Ethel Merman, Broadway’s…

COURTESY PATRICK O’CONNORBruce Vilanch Ashley Rae Little sing and dance in 42nd Street Moon's “Du Barry Was a Lady.”
courtesy photoAllison Rich

42nd Street Moon gives wings to ‘I Married an Angel’

The robust revival by 42nd Street Moon at the Eureka Theatre breathes…

courtesy photoAllison Rich
courtesy photoLucas Coleman

‘It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane’ makes Superman a hoot

With the invigorating “It’s a Bird … It’s a Plane … It’s…

courtesy photoLucas Coleman
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…

Courtesy PhotoBroadway’s Emily Skinner makes her San Francisco debut in a concert of Frank Loesser songs.
Courtesy PhotoJason Graae portrays all of the male characters in 42nd Street Moon’s production of “Little Me.”

Quantity counts for Jason Graae, man of many characters

Those not familiar with “Little Me,” the final show in 42nd Street…

Courtesy PhotoJason Graae portrays all of the male characters in 42nd Street Moon’s production of “Little Me.”
Courtesy PhotoRyan Drummond and Ashley Jarrett play characters whose connection comes via puppets in 42nd Street Moon’s “Carnival!”

‘Carnival!’ ancestry: puppets, novels, Hollywood

People of a certain age in the Eureka Theatre’s audience may experience…

Courtesy PhotoRyan Drummond and Ashley Jarrett play characters whose connection comes via puppets in 42nd Street Moon’s “Carnival!”
Courtesy PhotoTaking the lead: Deborah Del Mastro and Johnny Orenberg are excellent in 42nd Street Moon’s production of the 1940 musical “Pal Joey.”

Extraordinary ‘Pal Joey’ in 42nd Street Moon spotlight

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart’s “Pal Joey” is an unusual 1940 musical…

Courtesy PhotoTaking the lead: Deborah Del Mastro and Johnny Orenberg are excellent in 42nd Street Moon’s production of the 1940 musical “Pal Joey.”