And All That Jazz: A John Kander Salon Evening

And All That Jazz: A John Kander Salon presented by 42nd Street Moon

January 27, 2011 -
One Night Only!

The Alcazar Theatre

Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb, Rupert Holmes, and John Kander
Written & Directed by Greg MacKellan

Watch Karen sing
"Nowadays / Hot Honey Rag"

with Bebe Neuwirth

A B O U T

Tony-winning Broadway star Karen Ziemba and her Curtains co-star Noah Racey join us as we celebrate composer John Kander. Kander and Ebb’s Steel Pier was written for Karen Ziemba, who has also starred in And the World Goes Round, Chicago, Crazy for You, Contact, and opposite Noah Racey in Curtains and Never Gonna Dance. John Kander created two iconic and wildly successful musicals with Fred Ebb, Cabaret and Chicago. His other brilliant scores include Zorba, The Happy Time, Steel Pier, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Curtains, and The Scottsboro Boys. His great songs include “New York, New York,” “Cabaret,” “All That Jazz,” “A Quiet Thing,” “How Lucky Can You Get?,” “Ring Them Bells” “Tough Act to Follow.”
 

C A S T  
Tony Winner Karen Ziemba, star of Steel Pier, Curtains, And the World Goes Round Karen Ziemba* (Guest Star) received the TONY, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her portrayal of The Wife in Contact at Lincoln Center Theatre. For her performance as Georgia Hendricks in the Kander and Ebb musical Curtains, she received the Outer Critics Circle Award and was nominated for the TONY, Drama Desk and L.A.’s Ovation Award. Other appearances on and off-Broadway include, Never Gonna Dance (TONY nomination, Outer Critics Circle Award); Kander and Ebb’s Steel Pier (TONY, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations); And the World Goes 'Round (Drama Desk Award), I Do! I Do! (Drama Desk nomination), Chicago, A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Crazy for You, and leading roles at the New York City Opera in 11O in the Shade and The Most Happy Fella. For Encores! at City Center she starred in Bye Bye Birdie, The Pajama Game, Ziegfeld Follies of 1936, and Allegro.

Regionally she has appeared in The Threepenny Opera (Williamstown Theatre Festival), Six Degrees of Separation, The First Wives Club, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Broadway Bound (San Diego’s Old Globe), Much Ado About Nothing (The Shakespeare Theatre Company, D.C. and Hartford Stage), Sylvia (New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre) and in Shooting Star (Penguin Rep).

Her film and TV appearances include The Producers, Once More With Feeling, Scrubs, all three Law and Order series, The Kennedy Center Honors, in tributes to Angela Lansbury and Julie Harris, and for PBS’ Great Performances, “My Favorite Broadway: The Leading Ladies”, “Gershwin at 100”, and “Stephen Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall.” Karen has sung on many recordings including several original cast albums and received an Honorary Doctorate in Fine Arts from Niagara University.

Noah Racey, star of Curtains and Let's Face the Music Noah Racey* (Guest Star) is an award winning performer, choreographer, and director. On Broadway: debuted in the revival of Follies, original casts of Thoroughly Modern Millie (associate Choreographer), Never Gonna Dance and most recently Curtains, starring David Hyde Pierce and Debra Monk. Other New York credits include multiple appearances at Carnegie Hall, City Center Encore's, and the Apollo Theatre.   Recently he celebrated a 10-year association with the critically acclaimed Broadway By the Year series at Town Hall. Noah has shared the creative side of the table with such greats as Tony Walton, Jerry Mitchell, David Parsons, Jeff Calhoun, Rob Ashford, and Tommy Tune, who directed the world premier of Turn of the Century (Chicago’s Goodman Theatre starring Jeff Daniels and Rachel York), choreographed by Noah. Noah also choreographed the 2008 National Tour of White Christmas and Associate Directed Shenandoah, High School Musical and High School Musical 2, with Jeff Calhoun. Most recently Noah reprised the role of Artie in the Broadway Bound new musical Yank!  He is a two time recipient of the Connecticut Critic’s Circle award for Performance in a Musical - Charley in Where's Charley, and outstanding choreography - Annie Get Your Gun, both at Goodspeed Operahouse. Look for Noah’s choreography in this season’s Guys & Dolls at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. Noah is the Founding Artistic Director of the New York Song & Dance Company, appearing next month in Bahrain. He is also a proud product of – and strong proponent for – arts funding in public schools.
Rob Hatzenbeller Rob Hatzenbeller* (Performer) returns to Moon having recently appeared as Miles Gloriosus in Sondheim's Forum, Cosmo in Call Me Madam and Joe Dynamite in Wildcat.  Favorite credits include Bob Baker in Wonderful Town (Marin Theatre Company) - SF Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award, Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls (American Musical Theatre of San Jose), the Baron in Grand Hotel (Circle Theatre) and Lenny in the world premiere of Kander and Ebb's The Visit (Goodman Theatre).
Alex Kaprielian Alexandra Kaprielian* (Performer) Credits include - National: 25th Anniversary Tour of Nunsense with Sally Struthers. Regional Theatre: Nunsense 1, 2, and 3 (Sister Mary Amnesia) Willows Theatre Company and Meadowbrook Theatre, Michigan; Babes in Arms (Billie Smith), Very Warm For May (Miss Wasserman), Plain and Fancy (Katie Yoder), Golden Apple (Helen of Troy), Can-Can (Claudine) for 42nd Street Moon. Regional Concert Series: All the Things You Are and Once in a Million Moons, both with Rebecca Luker, Trip to the Moon on Gossamer Wings with Brent Barrett, and sang back-up for Jason Graae. Debut album, Born Too Late, due this winter.
Anil Margsahayam Anil Margsahayam* (Performer) is back for his sixth show with 42nd Street Moon.  Other regional credits include: Our Town, The Clay Cart, The Comedy of Errors, The Music Man, Quixote with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Twelfth Night with New Theatre House; Very Warm for May, Hooray for What, The Boys from Syracuse, One Touch of Venus, and Minnie's Boys with 42nd Street Moon, and Slow Falling Bird with Crowded Fire.  He was also in the national Broadway Tour of Bombay Dreams.  Anil is a graduate of the University of San Francisco.
 
Greg MacKellan Greg MacKellan* (Host) One of Greg’s first Broadway memories is of seeing the original 1975 production of Chicago – first with Liza Minnelli and then with the magnificent Gwen Verdon.  He takes special delight in saluting Mr. Kander all these years later. A graduate of the Musical Theatre Workshop Program at UCLA, Greg’s own career in musical theatre extends back more than 30 years. His producing credits in New York and Los Angeles include The Baker’s Wife, a musical on which he worked extensively with Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein. Greg was responsible for the acclaimed six-CD “Shadowland” series of recordings devoted to uncommon theatre songs featuring performers including Judy Kaye, Rebecca Luker, Jason Graae, Patricia Morison, Susan Watson and Sheldon Harnick. Greg was hired by the Yip Harburg Foundation in 1994 to provide a revised script for the forgotten Harburg/Styne musical Darling of the Day, and performed similar duties for 42nd Street Moon’s 2004 NEA-sponsored restoration of the Harburg/Arlen Hooray for What! Also in 2004, Greg’s award-winning revision of the Cole Porter musical Out of This World was presented to critical acclaimed at the Chichester Festival in England, and has since been produced in Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.   During his seventeen-plus years as Artistic Director of 42nd Street Moon, Greg has directed more than fifty musicals.  He has written and directed more than fifteen revues for various Bay Area groups, including I’d Like to Hide It, which explored gay subtext in the lyrics of Cole Porter and Lorenz Hart.   He has produced three CDs for Moon: original cast albums of Porter’s Something for the Boys and Leave It to Me!, and a Jerome Kern anthology, The First Rose of Summer. The 2004 TheatreMania Guide to Musical Theatre recordings lists Leave It To Me! as one of the top show CDs of 2002, and singles out the work of MacKellan and Dave Dobrusky on this CD for special acclaim.
Stephanie Rhoads Stephanie Rhoads* (Performer) says that "founding 42nd Street Moon in 1993 with Greg has resulted in the realization of a dream. Giving new life to forgotten and under-presented works of musical theatre has provided a source of joy and pride."  As an actor, she graced our stage as Madam La Comtesse Diane de Vobrillac in Ben Franklin in Paris. Included among her favorite Moon roles: Helen Vance in our smash production of Out of This World, Adriana in Boys From Syracuse, Ninotchka in Silk Stockings, Venus in One Touch of..., Elvira in High Spirits, Thea in Fiorello!, and Adeline in Sweet Adeline.  She will appear in April, 2011's Strike Up the Band.  Stephanie has received Dean Goodman Choice Awards for Hello Dolly!, Out of This World, and Once Touch of Venus as well as Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Awards.  She appears often with many regional companies, has performed around the world, and is a concert soloist and a voice-over artist.
 
 
C R E A T I V E  
  Greg MacKellan* (Director/Writer)
  Dave Dobrusky (Musical Director) is celebrating his 15th season with 42nd Street Moon! Favorite productions include Lady, Be Good!, Jubilee, Call Me Madam, High Spirits, Girl Crazy, The Student Gypsy, Plain and Fancy, Mack & Mabel, Minnie’s Boys, Can-Can, Finian’s Rainbow, Paint Your Wagon (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), By Jupiter, Leave It to Me! (recorded), Dear World, and Louisiana Purchase.  He has appeared with Donna McKechnie, Rebecca Luker, Cady Huffman, Nancy Dussault, Andrea McArdle, Marni Nixon, and Leslie Caron.  Other Bay Area credits include:  tick, tick…Boom! (Theatre Rhinoceros), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Ray of Light), Man of LaMancha (BATCC Award-San Francisco Playhouse); The Fantasticks (Shakespeare at Stinson); Passion, and Chess (New Conservatory Theatre).
  Joe Mader (Stage Manager) has written on theater and film for a variety of publications, including Salon.com, the San Francisco Weekly, the San Francisco Examiner, and the Hollywood Reporter. He served as managing director and producer for a Worcester, Massachusetts theater company for two years.  For 42nd Street Moon, he previously stage managed Peddling Rainbows, Girl Crazy, and Very Warm For May, the company's last three annual fundraising galas, and our first entries in Moon’s Salon Series:  Nice Work If You Can Get It: An Ira Gershwin Salon and I Feel a Song Coming On: A Dorothy Fields Salon.
  Ellen Brooks (Lighting Designer) has designed countless productions for 42nd Street Moon at the Alcazar, Herbst, Eureka, and New Conservatory Theaters - including our recent Salons and annual fundraisers.  She is Resident Lighting Director at the Marin Shakespeare Company and this summer designed Anthony and Cleopatra and Travesties for that company.  Other recent work includes Lucia di Lammermoor, Eugene Onegin and Macbeth  for North Bay Opera, Bittersweet for Lamplighters/Opera West, The Middle Ages, Last Night of Ballyhoo and The Miracle Worker  for Ross Valley Players and the World Premiere of Dogsbody at the Yerba Buena Forum.  As a performer, Ms. Brooks recently returned from a tour of Turkey with Innovations in Noh, directed by Yuriko Doi.
 

* Member Actor's Equity Association(AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.  Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans.  AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence. www.actorsequity.org