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When you can’t stand the clamor of the noisy town, sail away! In our season of Uncommon Musicals with uncommon settings, the period and place are integral to the stories told. The Eureka Theatre is your portal to eras and locations that are exotic, glamorous, exciting and even … dangerous.
San Francisco is our departure point as we start with Cole Porter’s light-as-champagne grand tour of Europe (Nymph Errant), and finish with Stein, Kander and Ebb’s earthy and life-affirming tale of Athens and Crete (ZORBÁ).
Twice we visit the “Roaring 20s” in America, from the vantage points of 1926 and 1972. Your itinerary: Chicago, Miami, Long Island. We also take you “over the pond” with Continental visits to Oxford, Switzerland, Neauville, Athens, Smyrna, Turkey, the Arabian Desert, Paris, London, Flanders and Crete. In addition to the 1920s, we’ll time travel to the 1930s, the late 1960s and the World War I era.
We also briefly check in at the Alcazar Theatre, where our popular salon series celebrates Cole Porter and Jerry Herman.
We don’t want to leave without you – so please join us in this captivating journey to great musical theatre!
May 2 – 20, 2012
Book by Joseph Stein
Destination: Athens, 1960s, Crete, 1920s
A RICH, UNCOMPROMISING MUSICAL SALUTE TO GREECE – AND THE SPIRIT OF LIFE!
ZORBÁ celebrates life – the sound of a bouzouki, the taste of an olive, the scent of a woman – but also lost love, heartbreak and death. “Live life to the fullest until it’s time to leave!” Featuring the songs: Life Is; The Butterfly; Only Love; Why Can’t I Speak?; and I Am Free.
|Previously This Season|
September 15, 2011 - 7 PM*
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter
Broadway’s dapper party boy and one of its most beloved songwriters, Porter wrote standards that are still the backdrop of our lives: Night and Day, You’re the Top, Just One of Those Things, What is This Thing Called Love?, It’s All Right With Me, C’est Magnifique, Let’s Do It, At Long Last Love … the list is endless. Join us for an evening of standards as well as surprises like Pets, You Irritate Me So, Fish, But in the Morning, No! and I’m Throwin’ a Ball Tonight!
*This show will be performed at the Alcazar Theatre
October 5 – 23, 2011
Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Destination: 1930s Oxford, Lausanne, Neauville, Venice, Athens, Istanbul and Paris
COLE PORTER’S OWN FAVORITE OF HIS SHOWS – A SEXY, MADCAP TOUR OF 1930s EUROPE!
A newly graduated English schoolgirl sets off to experiment with life. She travels the continent in search of adventure, romance and sex – but even in the most exotic locales, a torrid affair eludes her. Featuring the songs: The Physician, Experiment, How Could We Be Wrong?, It’s Bad for Me, Solomon.
November 2 – 20, 2011
Music & Lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin
Destination: Prohibition-Era Long Island
HI-JINKS AND ROMANCE AMONG THE POSH LONG ISLAND SET AT THE HEIGHT OF PROHIBITION!
A trio of English bootleggers land smack in the middle of romantic intrigue at a Long Island estate in 1926. The champagne, laughs and dazzling Gershwin tunes flow freely as the merrymaking skyrockets! Featuring the songs: Someone to Watch Over Me; Fidgety Feet; Clap Yo’ Hands; Do, Do, Do; and Maybe.
November 30 - December 18, 2011
Music by Jerome Kern
Destination: World War I Era England
OUR NEA-SPONSORED RESTORATION OF KERN AND HAMMERSTEIN’S LOST LONDON MUSICAL!
A photographer and his spirited daughters travel the world of derbys and carnivals. The youngest daughter falls in love with a roving street singer who is lured back to the wandering life – and World War I. Featuring the songs: I Won’t Dance; Lonely Feet; Hand in Hand; Roll On, Rolling Road; and My Beautiful Circus Girl.
Thursday, January 26, 2012 – 7 PM*
Guest Starring Faith Prince and Jason Graae!
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
An 80th Birthday salute to another beloved Broadway tunesmith! Jerry Herman’s career began as Cole Porter’s was ending, and his shows lit up Broadway through the 1960s, 70s, 80s and into the 90s. Through the Bottom of the Glass, a little known song from Dear World, typifies the Jerry Herman world view: you just have to know where to aim your gaze and life as it should be reveals itself. Open a New Window, Hello, Dolly!, It Only Takes a Moment, Mame, World, Take Me Back, It’s Today!, Milk and Honey, Shalom, Time Heals Everything, I’ll Be Here Tomorrow, I Am What I Am – these great songs and more will radiate from the Alcazar stage for one special evening.
*This show will be performed at the Alcazar Theatre.
April 4 – 22, 2012
Music by Jule Styne
Destination: Chicago and Miami, 1929
SOME LIKE IT HOT! THE CLASSIC MOVIE SINGS AND SIZZLES TO A JAZZY STYNE-MERRILL BEAT!
Two Chicago musicians witness a gangland massacre and hit the road to Florida – disguised as ladies. A farcical delight, Sugar is outrageous, zany and touching – but mostly Sugar is sweet! Featuring the songs: Doin’ It for Sugar; Penniless Bums; Sun on My Face; Hey, Why Not?; and November Song.