Nancy Dussault Set for INVENTING CHAMPAGNE Lerner Tribute at Eurkea Theatre, 5/11-12
42nd Street Moon presents INVENTING CHAMPAGNE, a two-night-only engagement celebrating legendary film and Broadway lyricist Alan Jay Lerner, starring two-time Tony-nominated actress Nancy Dussault (The Sound of Music, Do Re Mi). This effervescent evening will focus on songs by Lerner, who collaborated with composer Frederick Loewe on the iconic hits My Fair Lady, Brigadoon, Camelot, Gigi, and Paint Your Wagon. Ms. Dussault will be joined by a stellar cast of 42nd Street Moon singers including Kelly Britt, Ryan Drummond, Anil Margsahayam, Darlene Popovic, and Allison F. Rich. The evening will be directed and narrated by Artistic Director Greg MacKellan, and musical direction will be provided by Dave Dobrusky. INVENTING CHAMPAGNE will be presented 7pm, May 11 and May 12, 2015 at the Eureka Theatre, 215 Jackson St., San Francisco. For tickets ($50-$70) and information the public may call (415) 255-8207 or visit 42ndStMoon.org.
Nancy Dussault made her New York City debut with NYC Opera and her Broadway debut in Do Re Mi opposite Phil Silver, for which she received a Tony nomination. She then appeared as Maria in The Sound of Music, and received a second Tony nomination for her role in Bajour. Other stage credits include the original Broadway productions of Into the Woods and Side By Side by Sondheim. Ms. Dussault has also enjoyed a successful Hollywood career, making television history with David Hartman as the first co-hosts of Good Morning America! in 1975. She also starred in popular series such as Too Close for Comfort and The New Dick Van Dyke Show. She received an Emmy Award for Cabaret Tonight. Ms. Dussault started the musical theater program at UCLA and appeared in ACT's The Imaginary Invalid and The Threepenny Opera. Called "adorably funny" by Broadway World and commended for her "infectious can-do verve" by The New York Times, Ms. Dussault continues to bring her special brand of heartfelt Broadway spunk to audiences throughout the country, as well as teach and perform cabaret.
In addition to his famous collaborations with Frederick Loewe, Alan Jay Lerner also worked with many other brilliant creative minds of Broadway and Hollywood, including Leonard Bernstein, Burton Lane, Charles Strouse, and Kurt Weill. He penned dozens of iconic songs for stage and screen including "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On a Clear Day," and "Almost Like Being in Love." Throughout his storied career, Lerner was honored with great critical acclaim and numerous awards, winning three Tony Awards and three Academy Awards, and leaving an indelible mark on American musical theatre.
For 21 years, 42nd Street Moon has celebrated and preserved the art and spirit of the American Musical Theatre. To contribute to the evolution and continuing vitality of the art form, 42nd Street Moon presents intimately produced performances of classic and rarely performed musical works. Through its 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.