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A.C.T. to Present the World-Premiere Musical A WALK ON THE MOON

A.C.T. to Present the World-Premiere Musical A WALK ON THE MOON

Closing out the 2017-18 season, A.C.T. will present the world-premiere musical, A Walk on the Moon (June 6-July 1, 2018),based on the Miramax and Village Roadshow Pictures motion picture of the same name. In the summer of '69, America is on the brink of change. In the cities, crowds are protesting the Vietnam War. In the skies, Apollo 11 is speeding towards the first moon landing. And at a Catskills resort near Woodstock, NY, Jewish housewife Pearl Kantrowitz is busy balancing her rebellious teenage daughter, her overworked television repairman husband, and her daily mah-jongg game. But when Pearl meets a free-thinking traveling salesman, she undergoes a unique transformation, awakening a newfound spirit of exploration and sexuality. A Walk on the Moon-under the direction of Tony Award nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall)-features a book and additional lyrics by Pamela Gray (screenwriter of the 1999 movie), music and lyrics by composer Paul Scott Goodman (Bright Lights, Big City) and choreography by Josh Prince (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical). Fusing the spirit of '60s folk and rock with today's singer-songwriter sound, this stunning new musical captures a moving journey of self-discovery and the thrill of a generation in revolution. Press night for A Walk on the Moon will be held on Friday, June 15, 2018. Single tickets (ranging from $15-$110) are available at the A.C.T. Box Office at 415-749-2228 or online at www.act-sf.org. Ticket prices are subject to change without notice.

Says A.C.T. Artistic Director Carey Perloff: "As we recently discovered with both A Night with Janis Joplin and Vietgone, it's eye-opening and illuminating to explore where America was culturally and politically 50 years ago. A Walk on the Moon is the gorgeous musical version of Pamela Gray's film about the moment in 1969 when Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, and the hopes and dreams of so many Americans walked with him. We have been developing the piece with the creative team for over a year, bringing together many of our favorite artists and introducing A.C.T. to some major new talents. The piece is about the pain and thrill of change, both personally and politically, and features original music, complex characters, and the indelible setting of a Jewish bungalow colony in upstate New York. I know it's going to be a joyful and epic way to end our season!"

A Walk on the Moon features (in alphabetical order): Olivier Award winner Katie Brayben (Beautiful - The Carole King Musical), Brigid O'Brien (A Little Night Musicat A.C.T.) Kerry O'Malley (Into the Woods and Billy Elliot on Broadway), Jonah Platt (Wicked on Broadway; NBC's Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert), Zak Resnick (Mamma Mia! on Broadway; The Last Five Years at A.C.T.), and Nick Sacks (Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway). Rounding out the cast are: Jeffrey Brian Adams, Monique Hafen, Molly Hager, Nina Kissinger, and Ariela Morgenstern. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

The creative team for A Walk on the Moon includes Pamela Gray (Book and Additional Lyrics), Paul Scott Goodman (Music and Lyrics), Sheryl Kaller(Director), Josh Prince (Choreographer), Donyale Werle (Scenic Designer), Linda Cho (Costume Designer), Robert Wierzel (Lighting Designer), Leon Rothenberg(Sound Designer), Tal Yarden (Projection Designer), Greg Kenna (Music Director),Michael Starobin (Orchestrations), AnnMarie Milazzo (Vocal Arrangements), andMatt DiCarlo (Production Stage Manager).

In connection with A Walk on the Moon, A.C.T. will offer numerous InterACT events-many of which are presented free of charge-that will give patrons opportunities to get closer to the action while having an entire night out at the theater. Visit act-sf.org/interact to learn more about subscribing to these events throughout the season.


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