42nd Street Moon presents our 2019-2020 Season

Each season seems to bring us more excitement, more fun, and more great theatre than the last—and our 27th Season is no exception! Whether it’s a sultry and swinging take on Gilbert and Sullivan, a hilarious farce hot off of Broadway, one of the Golden Age’s greatest musicals, the return of San Francisco’s newest Christmas tradition, or the launching of two incredible new mainstage programs, Moon’s 2019-2020 season is out of this world, and we want you to come along for the ride!

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The Musical in Concert
September 7 and 8, 2019, Alcazar Theatre
Sat. 8:00, Sun. 3:00

Story and Book by Peter Stone
Music and Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Director Daren A.C. Carollo
Music Director/Conductor Daniel Thomas
Choreographer Rick Wallace

Moon kicks off our 27th Season with the third annual musical in concert event – the gorgeous, Tony Award-winning score comes lushly to life with a 25-piece onstage orchestra and the Bay Area’s best vocal talent! Epic and grand, yet surprisingly intimate, TITANIC presents the true story of the ‘unsinkable’ Ship of Dreams as its hopeful passengers sail to America.

Hot Mikado


September 25-October 13, 2019, Gateway Theatre
Wed.-Thu. 7:00; Fri. 8:00; Sat. 6:00; Sun. 3:00; Sat. Mat. Oct. 5 at 1:00

Book and Lyrics Adapted by David H. Bell
Music Adapted and Arranged by Rob Bowman
Based on “The Mikado” by W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan
Director/Choreographer Jeffrey Polk
Music Director Dave Dobrusky

HOT MIKADO takes the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta masterpiece and amps it up with a killer jazz interpretation of the score performed by a multicultural cast who will have you dancing in the aisles! Welcome to Titipu, a town turned upside down by the arrival of Nanki-Poo, a roving trumpet player looking for his lost love, Yum Yum. Before long, he’s embroiled in the topsy-turvy machinations of Titipu’s powers-that-be, with hilarious results.

Scrooge in Love


Back by Popular Demand!
December 4-22, 2019, Gateway Theatre
Wed.-Thu. 7:00; Fri. 8:00; Sat. 6:00; Sun. 3:00; Sat. Mat. Dec. 14 at 1:00

Music by Larry Grossman
Lyrics by Kellen Blair
Book by Duane Poole
Director Dyan McBride
Music Director Ken Brill
Choreographer Staci Arriaga

SCROOGE IN LOVE! had its world premiere at Moon in 2015, and our 2016 reprise was a smash hit. Set a year after the events of the Dickens tale, we find a reformed Scrooge looking for his lost love, Belle, and revisiting past, present, and future with hilarious, ghostly friends! Both side-splitting and hopelessly romantic, SCROOGE IN LOVE! is the per-fect holiday show for the whole family—and now a cherished San Francisco tradition!

Gentleman's Guide


February 26-March 15, 2020, Gateway Theatre
Wed.-Thu. 7:00; Fri. 8:00; Sat. 6:00; Sun. 3:00; Sat. Mat. Mar. 7 at 1:00

Book and Lyrics by Robert L. Freedman
Music and Lyrics by Steven Lutvak
Based on a Novel by Roy Horniman
Director Daren A.C. Carollo
Music Director Daniel Thomas
Choreographer Christina Lazo

A perfect blend of farce, romance, and treachery, GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE… won the Tony for Best Musical in 2014, and we’re proud to host the Bay Area professional premiere! When a commoner finds he’s eighth in line for an Earldom, he begins fiendishly plotting to move to the top of the heap. With a sparkling score and a crack ensemble cast, this Guide is part comedy of manners and part music hall romp—you’ll be dying of laughter.

Merrily - Musical


The 1981 MusicalPresented in Repertory with the 1934 Play

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by George Furth
Based on the Original Play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Director Dennis Lickteig
Music Director David Möschler
Choreographer Rick Wallace

A nakedly emotional cautionary tale of friendship told in reverse, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is legendary. We follow three best friends from their wayward middle age back to their idealistic youth as they find out where they took a wrong turn. At its heart is a rousing, ingeniously backward Sondheim score—his most classically “Broadway” in feel. Merrily is a heartbreaking and exhilarating journey to recapture the hope of our youth.

Merrily - Play


The 1934 PlayPresented in Repertory with the 1981 Musical

By George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart
Director Daren A.C. Carollo

Playwright Richard Niles is in crisis: he’s sold his soul, his integrity, and his dearest friendships for comfort and material success. One of the most ambitious undertakings of the writing team that brought the world YOU CAN’T TAKE IT WITH YOU, THE MAN WHO CAME TO DINNER, and OF THEE I SING, MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG is told in reverse, examining the motives and mores of the glittering art world between the Great War and the Great Depression.

The Pajama Game


August 19 – September 6, 2020, Gateway Theatre
Wed.-Thu. 7:00; Fri. 8:00; Sat. 6:00; Sun. 3:00; Sat. Mat. Aug. 29 at 1:00

Please note that due to COVID-19, this run has been moved from starting in May to August.

Music and Lyrics by Richard Adler and Jerry Ross
Book by George Abbott and Richard Bissell
Based on a Novel by Richard Bissell
Director Ryan Weible
Music Director Dave Dobrusky
Choreographer Maggie Connard

One of the greatest scores of Broadway’s Golden Age, THE PAJAMA GAME is full of immortal standards, plus a story that continues to resonate with audiences: workplace romance, clashes between management and labor, and the great middle-class struggle to do more than just get by. Add to that the early choreographic genius of Bob Fosse, and you’re in for an evening of love, laughter, and some of musical theatre’s greatest songs.

Back to Back
Since the beginning of the American musical theatre, composers and librettists have looked to great plays for their source material. In our two most recent seasons alone, Moon has presented shows adapted from classics like Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie (New Girl in Town) and N. Richard Nash’s The Rainmaker (110 in the Shade).
Beginning with MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, 42nd Street Moon’s BACK TO BACK SERIES will present classic musicals in repertory with the plays they’re based on. Audiences will be able to compare the language and structure of the original to its musical descendant and hear the monologues and dialogues that were transformed into song. We’re excited to give our audiences this one-of-a-kind experience!

Sondheim Sweep
In what may be the most ambitious venture in our history, 42nd Street Moon is announcing our commitment to be the first theatre company ever to produce every single professional stage show by legendary composer Stephen Sondheim.
THE SONDHEIM SWEEP will present his works, both lauded and obscure, either in production or in concert, for every season henceforward, from his first musical out of college (last season’s Saturday Night), to his most recent (Road Show), to whatever he comes up with next…
We look forward to honoring the reigning master of the musical form for many years to come!

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