42nd Street Moon to Host JUBILATE! 25th Anniversary Gala
San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon (Daren A.C. Carollo and Daniel Thomas, Co-Executive Directors), currently celebrating its 25th Anniversary in continuous operation, has announced that the company's 2018 Gala, JUBILATE!, will be headlined by Moon favorite Klea Blackhurst (42nd Street Moon's RED, HOT AND BLUE and CALL ME MADAM) and will feature special guest star Liz Callaway (Broadway's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, BABY and MISS SAIGON).
The gala, celebrating 42nd Street Moon's landmark 25th Anniversary, will be held at the Palace of Fine Arts on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. The festivities will commence at 6:00 p.m. with arrivals and aperitifs, followed at 7:00 p.m. with dinner and an auction. At 8:00 p.m., the Gala Performance will begin in the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre. The evening will conclude with dessert and afterglow at 9:15 p.m. All funds raised by the evening's events will benefit Moon's Capital Campaign to renovate the Gateway Theatre, as well as the expansion of MoonSchool's education and outreach programs, which share the joy and magic of live theatre with hundreds of schoolchildren each year. Tickets to this one-night-only event range from $75 to $2,500 and are available now online at www.42ndstmoon.org/jubilate/ or by calling the Box Office at (415) 255-8207.
"For any non-profit to make it 25 years - let alone a theatre company - is no small feat, and we wish to honor and celebrate all of the incredible artists who got Moon to this point," said Co-Executive Directors Daren A.C. Carollo and Daniel Thomas. "At the same time, we'll be looking ahead to the next 25 years and all of the exciting opportunities that lay before us. We can't wait to expand our education and outreach programs to touch the lives of even more students, and we're truly exhilarated to transform the Gateway Theatre into a jewel of a performing arts space and a cultural anchor for the Financial District. We cannot be more grateful for all of the wonderful support we've received from our artists, audiences, donors and volunteers as Moon enters this new and exciting era."
Pat and Susie McBaine are the Chairs of the Gala Host Committee, which also includes Barry and Connie Baron, John and Gretchen Berggruen, Chris and Michael Boskin, Hunt and Betsy Burdick, Tim and Virginia Foo, Pat and Tod Gregory, Richard and Judy Guggenhime, Mike and Connie Hooker, Cristina Morgan, Peter Musto, Joanna and Neil Nevesny, Suzy and Wulfrin Oberlin, Robert Anthony Podesta, Katie Vogelheim and John Hansen, Bruce and Fran Walker, Patti and Tim Warner, Greg Wimmer and Michelle Younkin, & Dean and Jane Woodman. The Corporate Sponsors for JUBLIATE! include Berggruen Gallery, First Republic Bank, The Gateway, Grosvenor Americas, Koret Foundation, Langendorf Foundation and The Townsend Group. About Klea Blackhurst
Klea Blackhurst has delighted 42nd Street Moon audiences as "Nails O'Reilly Duquesne " in RED, HOT AND BLUE and "Sally Adams" in CALL ME MADAM. She is best known for EVERYTHING THE TRAFFIC WILL ALLOW, her tribute to Ethel Merman that debuted in New York in 2001. Among many accolades, this production earned her the inaugural Special Achievement Award from Time Out New York Magazine. The recording of EVERYTHING THE TRAFFIC WILL ALLOW was named one of the top ten show albums of 2002 by Talkin' Broadway.com. She recently starred in The Goodspeed Opera's 50th Anniversary production of HELLO, DOLLY!.
Prior to that, she created the role of "Miss Lemon" in the Marvin Hamlisch/Rupert Holmes musical THE NUTTY PROFESSOR, directed by Jerry Lewis. Theatre credits include: NY - A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, BINGO, BY JUPITER, RADIO GALS, OIL CITY SYMPHONY; Regional - CALL ME MADAM, CHICAGO, RED, HOT AND BLUE, ANYTHING GOES and the 2012 critically-acclaimed Drury Lane production of GYPSY in Chicago. TV/radio: "Onion News Network," "L&O: SVU," "Sesame Street," "A Prairie Home Companion." Concert appearances include The London Palladium (Jerry Herman's Broadway with Angela Lansbury,) The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's tribute to Leonard Bernstein, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the BBC Proms concert of OKLAHOMA! in London's Royal Albert Hall. Klea's recordings of Dreaming of a Song: The Music of Hoagy Carmichael, Autumn in New York: Vernon Duke's Broadway, and Everything the Traffic Will Allow are on the Ghostlight Records label are available at www.ghostlightrecords.com.
Other recordings on which she is featured include Jule Styne in Hollywood on the PS Classics label; the original cast recordings of Bingo and Radio Gals; Lost in Boston IV, Unsung Irving Berlin, and The Best of Off Broadway. Klea is a Distinguished Alumna of The University of Utah and a member of Trinity Boxing Club NYC.
Liz Callaway is a Tony nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim's MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in BABY, and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in CATS. She has also starred in the original casts of MISS SAIGON, THE THREE MUSKETEERS, and THE LOOK OF LOVE. Off-Broadway she received a Drama Desk nomination for her performance in THE SPITFIRE GRILL (Playwrights Horizons), and also appeared in BROWNSTONE (Roundabout), NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY, MARRY ME A LITTLE and GODSPELL. Other New York appearances include the legendary FOLLIES in Concert at Lincoln Center, A Stephen Sondheim EVENING, FIORELLO! (Encores!), and HAIR in Concert. Regionally, she starred as Venus in the Chicago Ovations! production of ONE TOUCH OF VENUS, in ELEGIES at Reprise! in Los Angeles, and FASCINATING RHYTHM at Hartford Stage. She also played Norma Desmond in SUNSET BOULEVARD at Pittsburgh CLO.
Ms. Callaway has also established a major career as a concert and recording artist. She had the pleasure of singing "Chances Are" with singing legend Johnny Mathis, co-starred with Jimmy Webb & Paul Williams in their critically acclaimed engagement at Feinstein's in New York and joined Burt Bacharach, Dionne Warwick, and Stevie Wonder at Hal David's 90th Birthday Celebration Concert at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles. Her extensive US symphony work includes appearances at The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Ravinia, and The Hollywood Bowl. Worldwide, she has performed in China, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam, Iceland, Estonia, France, South Korea, and Barcelona. Liz sang the Academy Award nominated song
"Journey to the Past" in the animated feature Anastasia and is also the singing voice of Princess Jasmine in Disney's Aladdin and the King of Thieves and The Return of Jafar. Other film work includes the singing voice of the title character in The Swan Princess, The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride, Beauty and the Beast, Lyle, Lyle the Crocodile and The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars.
She received an Emmy Award for hosting "Ready to Go," a daily, live children's program on CBS in Boston. Other TV credits include "In Performance at the White House," "Inside the Actor's Studio: Stephen Sondheim," "Christmas with the Boston Pops," "The David Letterman Show," and "Senior Trip" (CBS Movie of the Week).
Liz has released six solo recordings: Passage of Time, The Beat Goes On, The Story Goes On: Liz Callaway On and Off-Broadway, Anywhere I Wander: Liz Callaway Sings Frank Loesser, Merry and Bright and her newest album The Essential Liz Callaway. She is also featured on numerous other recordings including the original cast album of A Christmas Story and the complete recording of Allegro produced by the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization. For more information, visit her website www.lizcallaway.com.
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.
42nd Street Moon's upcoming 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). For more information, visit: www.42ndstmoon.org.