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42ND STREET MOON’S 2020-2021 SEASON

A season of Broadway greats – Rodgers and Hammerstein, Leonard Bernstein, Kander & Ebb, Jerry Herman, and Stephen Sondheim.



A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC

September 24 – October 11, 2020
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Hugh Wheeler
Directed by Tom Ross
Music Direction by Daniel Thomas

“Heady, civilized, sophisticated and enchanting.” – The New York Times

A romantic farce par excellence. Based on the Ingmar Bergman film “Smiles of a Summer Night,” couples meet, part, and reunite during a glorious “Weekend in the Country” – all under the watchful eyes of the wry family matriarch and a harmonizing Greek chorus. The beautiful Sondheim score contains his biggest hit, “Send in the Clowns.”
Part of 42nd Street Moon’s SONDHEIM SWEEP.
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RAGTIME IN CONCERT

October 24 – 25, 2020
Music and Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Terrence McNally
Directed by Daren A.C. Carollo
Music Direction by Daniel Thomas

“Usually we can only dream of a musical that brings as much realism and poetry to the picture as Ragtime.” – USA Today

This brilliant musical of early 20th Century America tells the story of an African American couple, a Jewish immigrant and his daughter, and a wealthy suburban family. Based on the 1975 novel by E.L. Doctorow, this tale portrays their struggle with discrimination, inequality and three distinct pursuits of the American Dream. RAGTIME continues Moon’s annual Musical in Concert series, featuring a 25-piece onstage orchestra and 40 of the Bay Area’s best actor/singers.
Not part of the mainstage season. Tickets go on sale March 1.


MAME

December 3 – 20, 2020
Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee
Directed and Choreographed by Christina Lazo
Music Direction by Sheela Ramesh

“Splendidly splashy.” – The New York Times

“Life is a banquet, and most poor sons of bitches are starving to death!” This is the motto of the irrepressible and eccentric Mame Dennis – whose madcap adventures through the 1920s and ‘30s are chronicled in this fabulous and Tony-winning musical. The classic Jerry Herman score includes “We Need A Little Christmas,” “Bosom Buddies,” and much more.
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THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS

February 11 – 29, 2021
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Book by David Thompson
Directed and Choreographed by Brendan Simon
Music Direction by Daniel Alley

“A masterwork, both daring and highly entertaining.” – New York Post

This haunting true story of nine African-American teenagers is told in one of the final collaborations of Kander and Ebb (Chicago, Cabaret). Falsely accused of a terrible crime in 1930s Alabama, the men face a corrupt and discriminatory justice system with varying degrees of defiance and hope.
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A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING

April 15 – May 2, 2021
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Walter Bobbie
Directed by Daren A.C. Carollo
Music Direction by Dave Dobrusky

“Leaves you begging for more.” – New York Magazine

OklahomaThe King and IState Fair…One of the greatest Broadway partnerships and 32 of the greatest Broadway songs – with a twist! Featuring hits from Rodgers and Hammerstein classics as well as their lesser known gems like Pipe Dream and Allegro. You won’t want to miss one of the greatest Broadway revues ever written!
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WONDERFUL TOWN

May 13 – June 13, 2021
Music by Leonard Bernstein
Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green
Book by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov
Based upon the play My Sister Eileen by Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov and the stories by Ruth McKenney
Directed and Choreographed by Lee Ann Payne
Music Direction by Nick Perez

“A superb musical…an immortal score.” – New York Magazine

Our Back-to-Back Series continues with the 1953 musical and the 1940 play that inspired it. Two sisters from Ohio arrive in New York with big dreams and get caught up with the colorful denizens of Greenwich Village. WONDERFUL TOWN won the Tony for Best Musical and features a jazzy Bernstein score, including “A Little Bit in Love,” “My Darlin’ Eileen,” and “Conga.”
Part of Moon’s BACK TO BACK Series. Presented in repertory with the 1940 play MY SISTER EILEEN.
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MY SISTER EILEEN

May 20 – June 5, 2021
By Joseph Fields and Jerome Chodorov
Based upon the stories by Ruth McKenney
Directed by Daren A.C. Carollo

“A fine and generous farce.” – The New Yorker

This hilarious 1940s play is based on the autobiographical stories of Ruth McKenney, which also spawned a radio play, two films, and a television series. Aspiring writer Ruth and aspiring actress Eileen arrive in New York and find friendship and love with a variety of oddball characters while struggling to achieve their dreams from their dingy basement apartment.
Part of Moon’s BACK TO BACK Series. Presented in repertory with the 1953 musical WONDERFUL TOWN.
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Back to Back
Since the beginning of the American musical theatre, composers and librettists have looked to great plays for their source material.
42nd Street Moon’s BACK TO BACK SERIES presents classic musicals in repertory with the plays they are based on. Audiences will be able to compare the language and structure of the original to its musical descendant and hear the monologues and dialogues that were transformed into song. We’re excited to give our audiences this one-of-a-kind experience!

Sondheim Sweep
In what may be the most ambitious venture in our history, 42nd Street Moon aims to be the first theatre company ever to produce every single professional stage show by legendary composer Stephen Sondheim.
THE SONDHEIM SWEEP is presenting his works, both lauded and obscure, either in production or in concert, honoring the reigning master of the American musical.

Key Art Design by DC Scarpelli