2023 SEASON ANNOUNCEMENT
We have so much to be grateful for!
After 18 months of shutdown, we were grateful and relieved to once again bring wonderful musicals to the Bay Area. Whether it was the high-energy rock concert of CHESS, the lush romanticism of Stephen Sondheim’s A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC, the timeless melodies of Rodgers and Hammerstein in A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING, or the beautiful, heart-breaking drama of FUN HOME, Moon celebrates the joy and magic of musical theatre and all the artists who give of their time, talent, and passion. As you read this, we’re in rehearsals for our season closer: one of the greatest scores of Broadway’s Golden Age, THE PAJAMA GAME. We hope you’ve been able to join us this season and recapture the magic of live theatre.
We are especially grateful to announce to you – our subscribers, our great supporters – our 2023 mainstage Season! Once again, Moon celebrates the entire breadth of the musical theatre canon and the diverse stories it tells – from the tap-dancing, hit-filled ANYTHING GOES to the heart-rending racial drama of THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS; the genius of Sondheim on full display in MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG to what many call the perfect romantic musical – SHE LOVES ME.
On the back of this letter you’ll find your season renewal information – including series, seats, and pricing (including any credits you might have from previously purchased shows). If you’re ready to renew, simply complete the information and call, e-mail, or mail us. Otherwise, we’ll be reaching out to each of you over the next few weeks to answer any questions you might have and help make sure you’ve secured your seats for this fantastic season!
We also hope you’ll consider a donation above and beyond your ticket price. As with many arts organizations, the shutdown put Moon in a precarious position; and although we weathered the worst of the storm, we have some ground to make up to get us back to “full strength.” We’re grateful for any tax-deductible donation you’re able to make.
We’re also grateful for all our patrons’ support and understanding as we continue to prioritize the health and safety of our artists and audiences. While many theatre companies have canceled performances (or whole runs) due to COVID outbreaks, our adherence to safe and prudent protocols has ensured that we have not had to cancel so much as a rehearsal this season (knock on wood!). That said, each show brings us closer to the light at the end of the tunnel.
We offer our heartfelt thanks to you for your support and dedication to Moon and to live theatre in the Bay Area. The arts makes a difference in people’s lives, and you make a difference in ours.
Spectacular dance and soaring music burst onto the stage in Cole Porter’s award-winning musical, ANYTHING GOES, launching 42nd Street Moon’s 2023 Mainstage Season. Farcical hijinks abound in this theatrical romp across the Atlantic, in which a young ocean-liner stowaway, Billy Crocker, sets out to win the affections of Hope Harcourt, with plenty of elaborate disguises, tap-dancing sailors, and good old-fashioned blackmail along the way. A hilarious, heart-warming romantic comedy, featuring such classics as “I Get a Kick Out of You”, “You’re the Top”, and “It’s De-Lovely”, this musical “exists to put a daffy grin on your face” (The Washington Post) offering an evening of “sheer escape” into a world of side-splitting laughter, toe-tapping music, and plenty of heart.
Merrily We Roll Along
“Glorious” and “Heartbreaking”, with songs rich in melody and brilliant, witty lyrics, Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along is an emotional rollercoaster, a fable about friendship told in reverse. With an ingenious, heart-rousing score, and plenty of classical Broadway flair, Merilly follows three middle-aged best friends, Mary, Frank, and Charley, on their wayward search to recapture the hope and idealism of their youth. Featuring such musical gems as “Not a Day Goes By”, “Our Time”, and “Like It Was”, Merrily explores the cost of success, and the sacrifices we make along the way.
Merrily We Roll Along continues Moon’s Sondheim Sweep, our multi-year mission to produce the entire stage repertoire of the late, great composer and lyricist.
The Scottsboro Boys
With a score of exhilarating up-tempos and heart-wrenching ballads, The Scottsboro Boys portrays the haunting history of the infamous 1930’s Scottsboro case, in which a group of nine black teenagers were arrested, charged, and convicted of the rape of two white women, without evidence, proof, or due process. In this breathtaking musical critique of racism in America, the legendary songwriting team of Kander & Ebb (Cabaret, Chicago) craft a remarkable piece of musical theater, with songs and dance inspired by the period, to share a profound story of nine men in Alabama whose bravery in the face of adversity helped spark the American Civil Rights movement and changed the course of history.
She Loves Me
From the songwriting team who brought you “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Fiorello” comes an “evening of sheer enchantment” (The New York Times) in the Award Winning romantic comedy SHE LOVES ME, one of the most endearing musicals ever written. Set in a 1930s perfumery, we meet shop clerks Amalia and Georg who are constantly at odds, but when they both unwittingly respond to the other’s “lonely hearts advertisement”, they set out to discover the identity of their secret admirer. Featuring such delightful songs as “Vanilla Ice Cream”, “Will He Like Me”, and the show-stopping “She Loves Me”, this celebrated musical promises an evening of singular wit, irrepressible charm, and some of the most sensational music to have ever graced a Broadway stage.