FEBURARY 27-MARCH 17, 2019

February 27-March 17, 2019
Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco 94111
Wednesday-Thursday 7:00; Friday 8:00; Saturday 6:00; Sunday 3:00
Saturday Matinee March 9 at 1:00 PM

Book by Jerome Weidman & George Abbott
Music by Jerry Bock • Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Director Karen Altree Piemme
Music Director Daniel Thomas
Choreographer Jayne Zaban
Scenic Designer/Artist Brian Watson • Lighting Designer Wesley Rou
Stage Manager Alicia Lerner* • Assistant Stage Manager Lauren Howry*

Considered one of the greatest mayors in American history, Fiorello H. La Guardia successfully rose from a crusading lawyer to Congress to running New York City, fighting the corrupt forces of Tammany Hall while never losing his upbeat spirit or pledge to help those less fortunate than him. The story of the larger-than-life, eternally optimistic FIORELLO won the Tony Award for Best Musical as well as the Pulitzer Prize and was the first major hit for Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock, who went on to write the immortal FIDDLER ON THE ROOF.

FIORELLO runs about two hours fifteen minutes, including one intermission.

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AMY PIERCE ALVINO
Ensemble

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Amy makes her 42nd Street Moon debut with Fiorello! Originally from North Carolina, Amy previously lived in New York and Washington, D.C. before moving to the Bay Area in 2018. She was recently seen as a Priest in Ray of Light Theatre’s Jesus Christ Superstar. NYC credits include Dream Street (Original Off-Broadway Cast, Laura/Cassie) and Urinetown (Hope Cladwell: NYC Innovative Theatre Award Nomination). Regional favorites include Titanic (Ensemble/Signature: five Helen Hayes Nominations), South Pacific (Nellie/Chalice Theatre), Once Upon Bedtime (Mother/Capital Fringe), Song Reader (Ensemble/Capital Fringe), The Addams Family (Morticia/Temple Theatre Company), All Shook Up (Matilda Hyde/Yorktown Stage), A Christmas Carol (Sally/Yorktown Stage), Annie (Grace/Paramount Theatre) and Noises Off (Brooke/Paramount Theatre). Amy studied at Elon University and T. Schreiber Studio Acting Conservatory.

JOHN BROWN
Ensemble

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John previously appeared in last season’s Saturday Night and in our concerts of Follies (Roscoe), South Pacific (Luther Billis), and Kismet. He has been performing with companies around the Bay Area since he moved from Oregon to San Francisco in 2001, most frequently with Lamplighters Music Theatre and Contra Costa Civic Theatre. Some of his favorite past roles include The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), Assassins (Samuel Byck – TBA Award Finalist), The Little Mermaid (Chef Louis), Avenue Q (Nicky/Trekkie), Carousel (Enoch Snow), Forever Plaid (Jinx), Lucky Stiff (Harry Witherspoon), and The Mikado (Nanki Poo). Performing has brought about many memorable experiences in his life, including singing with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, acting in productions with the San Francisco Opera, and appearing in The Bracebridge Dinner in Yosemite. John is especially proud to perform the role of the Prince each holiday season in Sing You a Merry Christmas at Grace Cathedral. His regular gig is as a clinical psychologist.

DANIELLE CHEIKEN
Ensemble

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Danielle is thrilled to be back on the Moon stage! Praised for being “magnificent, playful, and nimble” (San Francisco Classical Voice) as well as “terrifically funny and feisty” (Talkin’ Broadway), Danielle was last seen with Moon as Winnie Winslow in No, No, Nanette and Frieda Bauer in the staged reading of Pardon My English. Recent engagements include Tess and Co-Choreographer in Bay Area Musicals’ Crazy For You, Rosalia and “Somewhere” Soloist in Hillbarn Theatre’s West Side Story, Frenchy in Berkeley Playhouse’s Grease, and Ethel Toffelmier in Broadway by the Bay’s The Music Man. Her favorite operatic roles include those with a comedic touch, such as Carolina in Il matrimonio segreto, Just Jeanette in Too Many Sopranos, and Fräulein Silberklang in Der Schauspieldirektor. www.daniellecheiken.com

MARISA COZART
Dora

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SEAN FENTON*
Neal

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Sean makes his 42nd Street Moon debut with Fiorello! He was most recently seen in the world premiere of Leah Nanako Winkler’s Two Mile Hollow at Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company. At TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, he performed in The Bridges of Madison CountyA Little Night Music, and the world premiere of Min Kahng’s The Four Immigrants: An American Musical Manga. Sean’s work at Bay Area Children’s Theatre includes the world premiere musical Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (TBA Award winner, featured actor) and the Shanghai tour of Pasek and Paul’s James and the Giant Peach. At Custom Made Theatre, he appeared as Song in M. Butterfly (SFBATCC Award finalist, principal actor); he is excited to reprise this role at the Nevada Theatre this April/May. Sean is a graduate of Stanford University, a board member for Crowded Fire Theater, and a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

MATT HAMMONS
Morris

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Matt is honored to be part of Fiorello!, his second show at Moon. You may have caught his debut as The Bandleader in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Other recent Bay Area roles include Paul in When We Were Young and Unafraid (Custom Made Theatre), Mr. Fusco/Jay in Saturday Night Fever (Broadway by the Bay), Jack/Jesus in Reefer Madness and Papa Shtarling/Crawford in Silence! The Musical (both with Ray of Light). Matt is also proud to use his skills as a performer during his many day jobs, focusing on roleplaying for the purposes of developing interpersonal skills in the classroom and workplace.

ELLIOTT HANSON
Ensemble

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Elliott is thrilled to be making his 42nd Street Moon debut in this fabulous show! Some fun previous credits include Parade (Huntington Theatre Company), Sunday in the Park with George (San Francisco Playhouse), Charlie Cox Runs with Scissors (Edinburgh Fringe), the world premieres of Seeds (Utopia Theatre Project) and You Are My Sunshine (Alma Theatre Company), and a staged reading of The Soap Myth (Marin Theatre Company). He recently stretched his bilingual muscles by organizing and performing in a traveling musical theatre showcase throughout Spain. Elliott is a Bay Area native and a graduate of Boston University. In his spare time, he is likely to be found playing tennis, watching people play tennis, or telling people how to play tennis. Catch him next right here at the Gateway playing Jimmy Curry in 110 in the Shade!

AMANDA JOHNSON*
Thea

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Amanda is elated to be returning to 42nd Street Moon in Fiorello! and honored to be a part of reviving this Pulitzer Prize-winning musical. Moon credits include The Most Happy Fella (Rosabella), The Secret Garden (Rose/Dreamer), Follies in Concert (Young Heidi/Margie), Call Me Madam – Reading Series (Princess Maria) and Kismet in Concert. Off-Broadway: Music in the Air (City Center Encores!). Tour: The Sound of Music. Additional credits include South Pacific (Nellie Forbush/Woodminster Summer Musicals), The Music Man (Marian Paroo/Virginia Rep), Sweeney Todd (Johanna/Barter Theatre), White Christmas (Betty Haynes/Virginia Musical Theatre), Evita (Eva Peron/Open Circle Theatre). BFA, Shenandoah Conservatory of Music (magna cum laude). 

CAMERON LA BRIE
Ensemble

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CATRINA MANAHAN
Mitzi/Ensemble

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MARIO MAZZETTI
Ensemble

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KATRINA MCGRAW*
Marie

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CHRISTOPHER M. NELSON
Ensemble

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LEE ANN PAYNE*
Ensemble

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COLIN THOMSON*
Fiorello LaGuardia

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CHRIS VETTEL*
Ben Marino

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*Member of Actors’ Equity Association



EXPERIENCE A FULLER MOON

Opening Night Receptions

Join the cast and crew as we celebrate the opening of each new production. Savor champagne, wine, and delectable delights from our Opening Night sponsor. The best part? It’s on us!

Opening Night date for FIORELLO: Saturday, March 2, 6:00 PM

Discussion Sundays

Get all your burning questions answered about the show you’ve just seen during our fun and informative post-performance discussions with the audience, cast, and crew. Hosted by Executive Directors Daren A.C. Carollo and Daniel Thomas, who will share the history of the original production as well as our current incarnation! Learn more about the composers, lyricists, and book writers, as well as your favorite Moonie cast members. Discussion Sundays happen on the first and second Sunday of each show in our regular season offerings.

Discussion Sunday dates for FIORELLO: March 3 & 10, 3:00 PM

Family & Student Matinees

The best deal in town for kids, parents, and students of all ages. Young people under 18 and college students with a valid student ID can see the show for just $10! Younger students receive a family activity guide, get to participate in an intermission contest (with prizes!), and can join in on a post-show discussion and visit with the actors that includes autographs and pictures. This is a great way to introduce the next generation to the heritage of American musical theatre. This is also a great idea for a kid’s birthday party. Please contact Education Director Dyan McBride for further details or if you have a large group wishing to attend.

42nd Street Moon created the Family Matinee to make musical theatre affordable and accessible for young people along with their parents and to provide families the opportunity to experience classic Broadway. Relevant, fun activities and fascinating discussion guides enable families to rediscover how theatre has served an important function in our nation’s cultural landscape and been a way for families to come together. We have expanded the matinee to be a Family and Student Matinee, so that college-aged students can also take advantage of the generous discount.

Family and Student Matinee date for FIORELLO: March 9, 1:00 PM

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