42nd Street Moon Announces 2018-2019 Season; ONCE, DAMES AT SEA, FIORELLO!, and More

42nd Street Moon Announces 2018-2019 Season; ONCE, DAMES AT SEA, FIORELLO!, and More

San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon (Daren A.C. Carollo and Daniel Thomas, Co-Executive Directors), currently celebrating its 25thAnniversary in continuous operation, has announced the show titles for its upcoming 2018-2019 season. The 2018-2019 season will include THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS (October 3 - 21, 2018), DAMES AT SEA (November 28 - December 16, 2018), FIORELLO! (February 27 - March 17, 2019), 110 IN THE SHADE(April 24 - May 12, 2019), ONCE (June 12 - 30, 2019) and THE OLDEST LIVING CATER WAITER (performances begin June 23, 2019).

"We have been tremendously pleased with the response from audiences and artists alike as we continue to honor the mission of 42nd Street Moon while celebrating the breadth of the musical theatre catalogue," said Co-Executive-Directors Daren A.C. Carollo and Daniel Thomas. "FIORELLO! and 110 IN THE SHADE are both beautiful Golden Age-era musicals that rarely see the light of day anymore; DAMES AT SEA is a perfect pastiche of 1930s musicals that Moon has always excelled at producing;THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS is folksy, high-energy fun; and we are honored and excited at the opportunity to produce the regional premiere of ONCE, whose intimate setting and gorgeous folk-pop score are a perfect fit for the Gateway Theatre."

42nd Street Moon's 2018-2019 season features:

THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS
Book by Larry L. King and Peter Masterson
Music and Lyrics by Carol Hall
Directed and Choreographed by Christina Lazo
Music Direction by Dave Dobrusky

October 3 - 21, 2018

Irreverent, fun, and surprisingly sentimental, the true story of Texas' Chicken Ranch brothel comes to life in this 1979 country and western musical. Miss Mona's "establishment" has operated for decades with a turned eye from the local Sheriff, entertaining politicians, celebrities and even the local college football teams. But when a television moral crusader sets his sights on shutting down the Ranch, chaos ensues all the way up to the Governor's office! Nominated for seven Tony Awards including Best Musical, THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS is a down-home treat!

DAMES AT SEA
Book and Lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller

Music by Jim Wise
Directed and Choreographed by Alex Rodriguez
Music Direction by Dave Dobrusky
November 28 - December 16, 2018

It's 42ND STREET meets ANYTHING GOES meets Busby Berkeley in Hollywood in this gem of a show which opened Off-Broadway in 1968 and helped launch the career of Bernadette Peters. Sweet, innocent Ruby arrives in New York with big dreams and lands in the chorus of a new show - but the theatre is about to be torn down! Can sailor-turned-songwriter Dick find a new venue for the show while juggling temperamental diva Mona, frazzled producer Hennesy and starry-eyed ingénue Ruby? Full of vim, verve, and tap-dancing, DAMES AT SEA will charm its way into your heart.

FIORELLO!
Book by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott

Music by Jerry Bock

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Karen Altree Piemme
Choreographed by Jayne Zaban
Music Direction by Daniel Thomas
February 27 - March 17, 2019

Considered one of the greatest mayors in American history, Fiorello H. La Guardia successfully rose from a crusading lawyer to Congress to running New York City, fighting the corrupt forces of Tammany Hall while never losing his upbeat spirit or pledge to help those less fortunate than him. The story of the larger-than-life, eternally optimistic FIORELLO! won the Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize and was the first major hit for Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, who went on to write the immortal FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

110 IN THE SHADE
Book by N. Richard Nash

Music by Harvey Schmidt

Lyrics by Tom Jones

Based on a play by N. Richard Nash
Directed by Josh Marx
Choreographed by Scottie Watson
Music Direction by Dave Dobrusky
April 24 - May 12, 2019

At turns introspective, romantic, and joyously hopeful, 110 IN THE SHADE is a poignant look at romance in a drought-stricken Depression-era town. Sharp-witted but insecure, rancher's daughter Lizzie is resolving herself to live out life as a spinster until charming stranger Starbuck comes to town with the promise to make it rain, encouraging Lizzie to dream beyond her own view of herself. Meanwhile, the

town Sheriff must deal with the con man as well as coming to terms with his own past. This beautiful show boasts a score by Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones (best known for the longest-running musical in history, THE FANTASTICKS).

ONCE
Book by Enda Walsh

Music and Lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

Based on the Motion Picture Written and Directed by John Carney
Directed by Cindy Goldfield

Choreographed by Keith Pinto

June 12 - 30, 2019

42nd Street Moon is honored to bring the Bay Area regional premiere of the Tony winner for Best Musical in 2013, ONCE. Based on the 2007 movie, ONCE tells of an Irish musician who learns to love and dream again through a fateful week with a Czech immigrant. Heart-breakingly romantic but also bursting with joy and humor, ONCEfeatures a lively folk score - the only one to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Olivier Award - and demonstrates the power that music has to connect us all.


THE OLDEST LIVING CATER WAITER
Written and Performed by Michael Patrick Gaffney

Directed by Ken Sonkin
Performances Begin June 23, 2019

Hungry for some great theater? Michael Patrick Gaffney's original one-man show, THE OLDEST LIVING CATER WAITER, offers up delicious insights into his complicated and hilarious careers as both a professional actor and a high-end waiter to the stars. One of Moon's most beloved performers, Gaffney cooks up numerous characters from his past with just the right amount of sauciness, Shakespeare, and a soupçon of self-discovery. Come celebrate one man's journey of a life in the theater. VOTED BEST OF SF FRINGE 2016! For All Events TOP TEN SOLO PERFORMANCES 2016! Jumping Clapping Man's Top 10 Picks of 2016!

Subscriptions will go on sale beginning March 19, 2018 and will be available for purchase online at www.42ndstmoon.org or by calling the Box Office at (415) 255-8207(Tues. - Fri., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.).

42nd Street Moon celebrates and preserves the art and spirit of the American Musical Theatre. The organization contributes to its evolution and continuing vitality by presenting intimately produced performances of classic and rarely performed musical works. Through productions, educational programs, and community outreach, 42nd Street Moon is committed to increasing the awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage and cultural perspective of the musical theatre and its vast influence on the world stage. For more information, visit: www.42ndstmoon.org.

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