Babes in Arms (1937)

 

December 1 - 19, 2010
The Eureka Theatre

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Book by Rodgers & Hart
Adapted by John Guare
Directed by Dyan McBride

Run Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes

A B O U T

Hey, kids — let’s put on a show! We’ve got the barn, and we’ve got the songs:

My Funny Valentine, The Lady is a Tramp, Johnny One-Note, Where or When?, I Wish I Were in Love Again, All at Once, and more.

The folks are away, and a group of clever young people decide to avoid a work camp sentence by writing their own musical. The script to the original 1937 version of this musical hit will surprise and delight you as it waves its way through one of the greatest scores ever written for the Broadway stage.

C A S T  
 Michael Scott Wells Michael Scott Wells (Val LaMar) recently made his 42nd Street Moon debut in Once in a Million Moons: A Jerome Kern Salon with the amazing Rebecca Luker. Michael recently completed the 1st National Tour of Strega Nona: The Musical!, where he originated the role of Big Anthony. Other recent credits include Man #2 in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra (Tri-Valley Repertory Theater), Kenny Franks in Laughter on the 23rd Floor (Diablo Actors Ensemble), and Snoopy in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (Willows Theater, Shellie Nomination - Supporting Actor). Catch him again at Moon later this season as Jim Townsend in Strike Up the Band.

 

Alexandra Kaprielian Alexandra Kaprielian* (Billie Smith) 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; 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 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.

 

Sophia Rose Morris Sophia Rose Morris (Baby Rose) still laughing from the fun of Forum, has joined this crazy bunch of kids, portraying a has-been child star.  As a Bay Area performer, some of her favored roles have been Sarah in Guys and Dolls, Janet in The Rocky Horror Show, Rizzo in Grease, Carrie in Carousel, Ariel in Footloose, Carmen in Fame, Peggy in 42nd Street, Antonia in Man of La Mancha, and Crissy in Hair.  Now, come follow the gang with some beautiful inspiring music, especially “Johnny-One-Note” ~ ahhhhhhh…

 

Isaiah Boyd Isaiah Boyd (Irving DeQuincy) has performed across the greater Bay Area in dozens of productions; recently portraying Gary Coleman in Avenue Q at the Willows Theatre Company.  He made his 42nd Street Moon debut earlier this season in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.  Favorite roles include: Ren in Footloose, Chip in 25th Annual... Spelling Bee, Travis in A Raisin in the Sun, and Horton in Seussical.  During the day Isaiah is a student at Benicia High.

 

Danny Cozart Danny Cozart (Gus Fielding) Credits include:  Cinderella’s Prince in Into the Woods, Franz Libkind in The Producers, Man 2 in Songs for a New World (Diablo Theatre Company); Nick in Baby (Ray of Light); Mr. Bumble in Oliver! (Contra Costa Musical Theatre) Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Willows Theatre Company); Jamie in The Last 5 Years (Masquers); John Wilkes Booth in Assassins (Solono College Theatre); The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Bobby Strong in Urinetown (Tri-Valley Rep); Pseudolus in A Funny Thing… (Ohlone Summerfest); Sparkey in Forever Plaid (Chanticleers Theatre); Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Las Positas College).

 

Annie Donahey Annie Donahey (Maizie Green) previously appeared in The Roar of the Greasepaint, the Smell of the Crowd (The Kid), and Finian's Rainbow (Honeylou) with 42nd Street Moon.  Other credits include Little Sally in Urinetown (Sunnyvale Community Players); Anybodys in West Side Story (Sunnyvale Community Players); Leah/Gabe in Elijah’s Hope: Staged Reading (Pear Avenue Theatre); Shereee in Families in the Fifties: Staged Reading (Virago Theatre Company); Amy March in Little Women and Madame Thenardier in Les Misérables (Archbishop Mitty High School).

 

Ben Euphrat Ben Euphrat (Sam Reynolds) counts his roles as Radames in Aida, Balladeer in Assassins, Dan in Closer, and Oedipus in Oedipus among his more notable performances. He has also shot a variety of films, web-series and commercials and has performed as an improviser for years, studying with The Groundlings and IO West. Ben also writes for stage and screen, produces films and plays with his company Opentab Productions, plays the drums, guitar and piano and even has studied to be a corporeal mime.

 

Zak Franczak Zak Franczak (Lee Calhoun/Flambeau) is a local of the San Francisco Bay Area who has been performing on a stage since the age of 12.  Most recently, he was seen as Curly McLain in Contra Costa Musical Theatre’s production of Oklahoma! (Shellie Award Nomination for Outstanding Actor), Tommy in Ray of Light Theatre Company’s production of The Who’s Tommy (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award for Male Principal Performance), and here at 42nd Street Moon as Smoothy Watson in Very Warm for May.

 

Joshua James Joshua James (Marshall Blackstone) is making his 42nd Street Moon debut. Hailing from Sacramento, when he’s not performing or choreographing, he spends his time as a behavioral therapist for special needs children. Regional credits: Tom Sawyer in Big River, Emcee in Cabaret,  Harry the Horse in Guys and Dolls, Chad in All Shook Up, Lucas in Bare, Leon Czolgosz in Assassins, Thief/Reporter in See What I Wanna See, Rocky in Damn Yankees, Billy in Anything Goes. Choreography credits: Big River, Little Women, Evita.

 

Dirk Leatherman Dirk Leatherman* (Sheriff Reynolds/Dan LaMar) has toured extensively, performing in 20 states of the U.S. and three provinces of Northern Italy. On the East Coast, Dirk has performed on the stages of the Paper Mill Playhouse, the McCarter Theatre, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Locally, he’s worked with Bus Barn, Calaveras Rep, California Theatre Center, City Lights, Tabard, and TheatreWorks. Recent musical performances include Captain Orton/Sir Edward Ramsey in The King and I and Lt. Brannigan in Guys and Dolls at American Music Theatre.

 

Corinne Procter Corinne Proctor (Penny Nichols) is making her 42nd Street Moon debut. She was last seen as St. Monica in The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Custom Made Theatre. Other Bay Area appearances include Teresa Phillips in How the Other Half Loves with Off Broadway West, Boochie in Den of Thieves at SF Playhouse and the shortest of “twenty lovesick maidens” in Lamplighters’ Patience. Corinne moved to the Bay Area last year, and graduated from Ithaca College with a BFA in Acting in 2008.

 

Tyner Rushing Tyner Rushing (Dolores Reynolds) is from a little town outside Mobile, Alabama and a graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, where she received her BA in Music.  Since then, she has worked with Broadway by the Bay (La Cage aux Folles), Cabrillo Stage (Swing!), California Theatre Center, and Birmingham Children's Theater. Favorite productions include The Little Dog Laughed (Ellen), West Side Story (Anita), Hansel and Gretel (Hansel), The Consul (Secretary), Quills (Madeleine), Reefer Madness!, Promises, Promises, and Urinetown.

 

Jonathan Shue Jonathan Shue (Peter) is an actor, singer and musician who grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. Local credits include Chester in A Civil War Christmas (TheatreWorks), Simon in Hay Fever (The Pear Avenue Theatre), various roles including musician in As You Like It (San Jose Repertory Theatre), Scripps in The History Boys (New Conservatory Theatre Center) and 16 productions, including international tours, with California Theatre Center. He is a graduate of UCLA’s School of Theatre, Film and Television. www.jonathanshue.com.

 

Gabriel Stephens Gabriel Stephens (Beauregard Calhoun) has been acting since joining California Revels at age 6.  Since then he has performed with Marin Shakespeare’s teen touring company as Ferdinand in The Tempest, Richard III in Richard III, and Banquo in Macbeth.  Gabriel played James in Berkeley Rep’s To the Lighthouse, Francois in TheatreWorks’ St Ex, and Nathan in the Summer Repertory Theater’s Full Monty.  Other roles include Beadle in Roustabout’s Sweeney Todd, and the Ghost of Christmas Past in Sonoma County Repertory Theater’s A Christmas Carol.

 

   
   
C R E A T I V E  
Dyan McBride Dyan McBride* (Director) has proudly worked with 42nd Street Moon for over 15 years as an actress, director and most recently added education director to her list. Other companies include:  Sacramento Theatre Company, Marin Theatre Company, Ray of Light, Laguna Playhouse, Napa Rep, Broadway by the Bay, Golden State Theatre, Willows Theatre, New Conservatory, CTA Crossroads, Mondavi Center, Solano College Theatre and Performance Riverside to name a few. She is on the Acting faculty at New Conservatory and Solano College.  BA-Cal State Fullerton-Musical Theatre.  MFA-UC Davis-Acting.  Proud member of Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and Actors’ Equity Association.  Represented by Boom Models and Talent. www.dyanmcbride.com
 

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 and 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 also appeared with Donna McKechnie, Cady Huffman, Nancy Dussault, Andrea McArdle, Marni Nixon, Rebecca Luker 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).

  Zack Thomas Wilde (Choreographer) choreographed Lady, Be Good! and Very Warm For May at 42nd Street Moon earlier this year. A nephew of Marion Rice (Denishawn) and Carolyn Brown (Merce Cunningham), he studied performing arts at UC Santa Barbara before touring internationally with Les Ballets Trockadero. He has shared the stage with Shirley MacLaine, Dick Cavett, Diana Rigg, Sir Robert Helpman, Joe Namath, Eddie Bracken, Irene Cara, and Howard McGillin. He's danced principal roles with the Cape Town Ballet, Nederlands Dance Theater, coached Natalia Makarova and Alessandro Molin in London, and danced and choreographed in NYC, Tuscany, and for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus.
 
  Tanya Telson (Stage Manager) has been an active stage manager for over a decade. This is her first show with 42nd Street Moon. Other credits include stage management for Jerry Springer the Opera and Baby (Ray of Light).  Previously, she was a stage manager for foolsFURY’s production of Monster in the Dark. Other shows include assistant stage management for the American Conservatory Theater’s productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, Middle Class, Luminescence Dating, Red Scare on Sunset and Cider House Rules.
 
  Cathie Anderson (Lighting Designer) designs lights for dance, theater and special events in the Bay Area and Honolulu.  Recent events include the Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation’s benefit events at the Herbst and Marines Memorial Theatres (2008-2010), Murder for Two, A Killer Musical (42nd Street Moon), The Beebo Brinker Chronicles, Scalpel! and Fou Fou Ha at Brava Theater (2010), Silk Road at the Mexican Cultural Plaza and Keep Her Safe Please at the Cowell Theater (2010).
 
 

Louise Jarmilowicz (Costumesr) is in her fifth season as costumer for 42nd Street Moon.  She has been costuming around San Francisco for many years.  Other groups with whom she has worked, designing and constructing costumes, include Crowded Fire, the Thrillpeddlers, Handful Players, the African-American Shakespeare Co., Children's Fairyland, Stage Door Conservatory, The Lamplighters, the Dark Room Theater, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and many other local artists. www.jarmodesigns.com

 

Sarah Phykitt (Set Designer) Credits include: Our Body Remembers (Scenic and Lighting Designer) with Levy Dance, The Last Days of Judas Iscariot (Scenic Design and Production Manager) with Custom Made Theatre, The Jewish Theatre San Francisco (Production Manager), the Duke on 42nd Street (Technical Manager).  Other recent SF productions include Sketchfest 2010, Stateless: A Hip Hop Vaudeville Experience, The Sisters Rosensweig, and The Floating Light Bulb.  NYC productions include Black Nativity, My Dead Mother Is Funnier than You, Altar Boyz, Slava’s Snow Show, Anton: Scenes from the Family Life of Anton Chekhov, Trailerville, and several pieces for the Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theater. 

 

Christian Jusinksi (Prop Designer) most recently designed props for 42nd Street Moon’s production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as well as last season’s Jubilee and Destry Rides Again last season.  He is a freelance designer/sculptor/metal fabricator and massage therapist who recently said goodbye to his position of five years as a theater technician at Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon.  He is also a devoted studio assistant to Oakland artist Trevor Southey.

 

* 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