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 of professional theatre, utilizing professional actors and simple production values.
42nd Street Moon productions are performed in an intimate setting, with solo piano and occasional additional musicians, expertly performed and arranged, and no amplification. The material itself is the star, not the sets or elaborate costumes. This format allows our audience to hear the work with remarkable clarity, to understand the craft that goes into the score and book of a musical, and to experience afresh the joys of this almost 100-year-old art form.
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, including work by the Gershwins, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, Jerome Kern, and many others. We do so in part to ensure the survival of the origins of the American musical theatre as an art form.
We work to foster interest among new generations of potential theatergoers and theater makers, as well as to groups that are not traditionally involved in American Musical Theatre. We strive for diversity in our audiences as well as on our stages.
Affinity for Classic Art Forms
We acknowledge a connection with and admire classic forms of Western and American artistic performance, including dramatic theater, ballet, opera, and jazz. We believe the American musical is on a par with these other disciplines.
We strive to present work that is uplifting to the spirit, inspirational, enlightening, and fun. The perspectives on American culture as presented in early American musicals are of important historical and academic interest.
We strive to educate our audiences about the cultural, historical, and artistic worth of the material we produce. We dedicate ourselves to local arts education by enlightening people of all ages and backgrounds about musical theatre. MoonSchool, our musical theatre training program, serves to train young people in musical theatre performance as well as foster enjoyment of this art form in a new generation.