Mission & Values
42nd Street Moon celebrates and preserves the art and spirit of the American Musical Theatre. We contribute to its evolution and continuing vitality by presenting intimately produced performances of classic and rarely performed musical works. Through our productions, educational programs, and community outreach, we are committed to increasing the awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage and cultural perspective of the musical theatre and its vast influence on the world stage.
42nd Street Moon addresses, reflects, and represents this mission through the following guiding values:
We are committed to the highest quality, within our capability, of professional theatre and production values and strive for artistic growth based on a repetitive and circular process of risk-taking and evaluation.
Preservation of the Art Form
We are committed to preserving and presenting lesser-known, rarely-produced musical theatre works of the early to mid-20th century. We do so in part to ensure the survival of the origins of the American musical theatre as an art form.
We achieve diversity in our audiences and base of support by fostering interest among new generations of potential theatergoers. We strive to involve the younger constituents who will become the audience base of the future. We are also outreaching to communities of color and other groups that do not traditionally attend American Musical Theatre to introduce them to this wonderful genre.
Classic Art Forms
We hold an affinity for classic art forms of Western and American performance art, e.g., ballet, opera, and jazz. We believe the American musical is also a classic art form with a specific history and evolution.
Our work is uplifting to the spirit, inspirational, and fun. Perspectives on contemporary culture as presented in early American musicals are now retrospective to us, and therefore enlightening and of academic interest.
Our material and mode of presentation is educational to our audiences. To further both preservation and diversity, we dedicate ourselves to local arts education by enlightening people of all ages about musical theatre, especially young people. Our dedication to education is also apparent in our new high-quality musical theatre training program, MoonSchool.
Our intimate performance format requires a different approach to American musicals. The material itself is the star, not the sets or elaborate costumes. This format allows our audience to hear the work with remarkable clarity and to engage the imagination.