VIDEO: San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon Presents DAMES AT SEA

By: Nov. 29, 2018
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San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon (Daren A.C. Carollo and Daniel Thomas, Co-Executive Directors) presents 2018 Holiday production, the hilarious 1930s pastiche musical DAMES AT SEA. DAMES AT SEA features a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller, and music by Jim Wise. 42nd Street Moon's production runs from November 28 - December 16, 2018 and will perform at San Francisco's Gateway Theatre (formerly the Eureka Theatre). The press opening will take place on Saturday, December 1 at 6:00 p.m. Tickets range from $30 - $75 and can be purchased through the Box Office at (415) 255-8207 or online at

42nd Street Moon's production of DAMES AT SEA will be directed and choreographed by Nicole Helfer, with Music Direction by Dave Dobrusky. The score will be performed in its original two-piano arrangement by Mr. Dobrusky and Ken Brill.

The cast of DAMES AT SEA will feature Isaiah Boyd* as "Lucky," Ashley Cowl* as "Mona," Lauren Meyer as "Ruby," Jeffrey Scott Parsons* as "Dick," Keith Pinto* as "The Captain/Hennesy" and Melissa WolfKlain* as "Joan."

In addition to Ms. Helfer and Mr. Dobrusky, the creative team will include Brian Watson as Scenic Designer, Ashley Garlick as Costume Designer, Michael Palumbo as Lighting Designer, Lauren Howry* as Assistant Stage Manager and Alicia Lerner* as Stage Manager.

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers.

"Sometimes, when the world faces so many challenges," said Co-Executive Directors Daren A.C. Carollo and Daniel Thomas, "we need time to decompress, to relax and enjoy ourselves. An evening of delightful, funny, romantic escapism can be a great tonic for stress and worry. DAMES AT SEA is the perfect musical for audiences of all ages to enjoy, whether it's the incredible tap-dancing, the light-hearted comedy, the bright and peppy score, or the loving homage to musicals of the 1920s and '30s, and we couldn't have asked for a better cast and team to bring this show to the Gateway stage. We know our audiences will leave smiling, humming, and dancing after they see DAMES AT SEA."

"I am honored to be a part of this tap-happy production," added DAMES AT SEA Director/Choreographer Nicole Helfer. "I'm a longtime lover of the classic Broadway musicals, and I'm excited to work with such a talented team and cast. Filled with iconic songs and dynamic tap breaks, this show is a classic tale of following your dreams and trusting your heart, but it's also a hilarious parody about show business and putting on a Broadway show. The small but mighty cast of six is packed with some of the most talented actors in the Bay Area. I'm sure this wonderful, nostalgic piece will provide an evening's entertainment and a delightful reminder of the joy classic musical theatre can bring."

It's 42ND STREET meets ANYTHING GOES meets Busby Berkeley in Hollywood in DAMES AT SEA, the 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.

DAMES AT SEA runs two hours, including one intermission.

42nd Street Moon's 2018-2019 season will continue in with 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). Subscriptions and more information about 42nd Street Moon are available online at to DAMES AT SEA may be purchased online at 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:


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