SEPT. 25-OCT. 13, 2019


September 25-October 13, 2019
Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson Street, San Francisco 94111
Wednesday-Thursday 7:00; Friday 8:00; Saturday 6:00; Sunday 3:00
Saturday Matinee October 5 at 1:00 PM

Book and Lyrics 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
Scenic Designer Mark Mendelson • Lighting Designer Michael Palumbo • Costume Designer Marisely Cortes
Associate Vocal Director Jon Gallo • Associate Costume Designer Bethany Deal
Stage Manager Alicia Lerner* • Assistant Stage Manager Lauren Howry*
Key Art Design by DC Scarpelli

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.

HOT MIKADO is a TBA Award Recommended production! This means that a significant number of TBA members (made up of professional theatre artists from throughout the Bay Area) think this show is exceptional!

<p style=” text-align:=”” center;”=””>HOT MIKADO runs about two hours fifteen minutes, including one intermission.



Christine is thrilled to share the 42nd Street Moon stage! A multi-faceted performing artist and teacher in the world of opera, musical theater, dance and acting, Mrs. Shulman’s work faces no boundaries. A few regional credits include: Mamma Mia! (Tanya), Jekyll & Hyde (Emma), Bridges of Madison County (Chiara), Hot Rhythm Nights (Gloria Estefan), Chicago (Velma), A Little Night Music (Mrs. Nordstrom), Aladdin: A Musical Spectacular! at the Disneyland Resort (Jasmine), The Light in The Piazza (Franca), Le nozze di Figaro (Contessa), Carmen (Frasquita/Micaëla cover), Rigoletto (Gilda), La bohéme (Musetta), and Die Zauberflöte (Queen of the Night). She is also an esteemed concert soloist and runs her own princess party company. Mrs. Shulman earned her degrees from AMDA and SJSU (Cum Laude). Offstage, she loves to teach, cook, laugh, spoil her dog, fix/design things, choreograph, direct, photograph, and not take life too seriously. This past October, Mrs. Shulman married her best friend, Todd.


Kelly is happy to be back with 42nd Street Moon where he was previously seen in Fanny, Paint Your Wagon (Dean Goodman Award), and Finian’s Rainbow as well as several Moon salons and galas. He has appeared in over fifty productions at various venues including Woodminster Summer Musicals (A Funny Thing…Forum, Kiss Me, Kate, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Singin’ in the Rain), Contra Costa Musical Theatre (Little Shop of Horrors), TheatreWorks Silicon Valley (Ragtime), American Musical Theatre of San Jose (Anything Goes, Rags, The Most Happy Fella, Kismet, Annie, Dreamgirls, Evita), Opera San Jose (Die Fledermaus), Symphony Silicon Valley (Man of La Mancah), and the Muny in St. Louis (Jesus Christ Superstar). He is a much-in-demand voice actor and lives in Chico, California with his husband of 45 years, Victor Robin.


Michelle is thrilled to be back at 42nd Street Moon in Hot Mikado and working with this talented group of performers. When not performing, Michelle is a playwright, director and producer. She also loves spending time at Casa Ianiro with her husband and two furry children. #Live.Love.Laugh.


Jean-Paul resides in San Francisco where he works primarily as a singer and music educator. While living in his native Los Angeles he had the pleasure of performing with groups such as The Al McNeal Jubilee Singers, Los Angeles Master Chorale and L.A. Opera Chorus. Since moving up north he has appeared as Texas/Emcee in Cabaret with SF Playhouse, Sam in Crazy for You Bay Area Musicals, Vadime in Mata Hari with West Edge Opera, Victor in Cabaret with Cinnabar Theater, Jamie in The Last Five Years with Moonlet Theater and Ensemble in No, No, Nanette with 42nd Street Moon. JP sings countertenor with musical ensembles such as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorus, Pacific Collegium, Berkeley Symphony Chorus, Pacific Mozart Ensemble, Grace Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys and the Cathedral of Christ the Light. He currently teaches K-12 music and leads several youth choruses in San Francisco.


Janelle is delighted to be making her debut at 42nd Street Moon in Hot Mikado. Credits include Jesus Christ Superstar (Jesus) with Ray of Light Theatre (TBA and SFBATCC Best Actress Nominee), Beauty and the Beast (Belle) with Berkeley Playhouse, Chicago (Velma Kelly) with Palo Alto Players, Dreamgirls (Deena Jones) with Broadway by the Bay, Avenue Q (Gary Coleman) with New Conservatory Theatre Center, the world premiere of Bridges: A New Musical (Francine), and Memphis (Felicia) with The Tabard Theatre (Best Actress TBA Award nominee). As a professional recording artist, Janelle had produced two original albums and her music has been featured on national radio and television. This performance is dedicated to her favorite person, her daughter Camilla – “You are the only person who knows what my heart sounds like on the inside. I love you my precious baby girl. Thank you for making me strive for more every day.”


Lindsey is delighted to be returning to 42nd Street Moon in Hot Mikado after performing in Titanic the Musical in Concert as Kate Mullins. Some of her favorite performances include Princess Celeste with RWS Entertainment, Janet Van de Graaff in The Drowsy Chaperone, Dainty June in Gypsy, Amber in Hairspray, Zaneeta in The Music Man, Kira in Xanadu, and Brooke in Legally Blonde. Lindsey has performed with various theater companies including San Jose Rep, American Musical Theater of San Jose, Broadway by the Bay, Hillbarn Theatre, and Contra Costa Musical Theatre. She graduated with a BA in Interior Design from Seattle Pacific University.


Michael is thrilled to be making the his 42nd Street Moon debut. As a stand-up he has performed at Cobb’s, The Comedy Store, and The Punch Line to name a few. TV/film: ”Powder Blue” (New Line Cinema), “Looking” (HBO), “Grip and Electric” (pilot). Theater: For The Record: Baz Luhrmann, The Rocky Horror Show (FTR), Miss Saigon (TUTS), Kiss Me, Kate (Reprise!), Kiss Of The Spider Woman (Havok Theater), Chicago (SDMT), The Full Monty, Oklahoma! , Jesus Christ Superstar, Seussical (SBCLO), Into the Woods, Assassins (SRT), The Secret Garden (Hillbarn), La Ronde (directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden), and A Happening At The Ford: Shoshana Bean (directed by Tony winner Billy Porter). When he isn’t on stage you can catch him bartending at Myriad Gastropub in the Mission or in a Bikram Yoga class. Namaste-sorbet!


Vinh is excited to make his 42nd Street Moon debut. Some of his favorite performing credits include: Allegiance (Sammy, Bay Area premiere/CCCT), Rent (Angel/Cabrillo Stage), Company (Harry/SDSU), Seussical (Cat in the Hat/BAM), and The Full Monty (Malcolm/SDSU). He recently assistant directed and performed in Flower Drum Song at Palo Alto Players. Vinh is a creative staff at Bay Area Children’s Theatre where he has worked on mainstage productions such as: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, Gold: The Midas Musical (world premiere), and Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure. He is the artistic director of Theatre in the Mountains in Los Gatos. Vinh holds an MFA in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University. He is passionate about arts education, diversity and inclusion, and Harry Potter.


Jon just made his Moon debut in Titanic the Musical in Concert. Originally a native of Wasington, D.C., Jon is a local actor/singer who has been living in the Bay Area for the past three years and enjoys everything that this theatre community has to offer. Most notably he was last seen playing the role of Flick in Violet (Bay Area Musicals). Theatre: West Side Story (6th Street Playhouse) Dreamgirls, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, The Wiz, The Pirates of Penzance (Toby’s Dinner Theatre), Next to Normal (ArtsCentric), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (The African-American Shakespeare Co.) National Tour: Memphis (Prather Entertainment) Film/TV: “House of Cards.”


Nick is an Orange County native who graduated from Santa Clara University with degrees in Accounting and Theatre Arts with minors in Mathematics and Musical Theatre. He has been seen performing in San Francisco as Princeton in Avenue Q and Wes in The View Upstairs (New Conservatory Theater Center), William Barfee in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Bay Area Musicals), and most recently as Johnny/Favorite Son in American Idiot at Left Hand Theater Company. Favorite roles include Lumière in Beauty and the Beast (Cabrillo Stage), Hunter in [title of show] (Los Altos Stage Company), Bernardo in West Side Story and Piragua Guy in In the Heights (City Lights Theatre Company), Frank Suzuki in Allegiance (Contra Costa Civic Theater) and Steven Kodaly in She Loves Me (Foothill Music Theatre). He is excited to be making his Moon debut with an incredibly talented cast. Instagram: Nickrodreegs.


This is Amie’s fourth show with 42nd Street Moon, where she was last seen as Helen in Saturday Night. Amie has been a member of the Bay Area theatre community for the past decade after relocating from Southern California, where she performed at regional theaters and Disneyland. Past favorite roles include Kate in Kiss Me, Kate, Sally in Cabaret, and Missy in The Marvelous Wonderettes at Broadway by the Bay, and Roxie in Chicago at Contra Costa Civic Theatre. A project manager by day, when she is not working on theatre, you might find Amie on the slopes at Squaw Alpine, or hiking the East Bay hills with her dog.


Branden Noel returns to Moon, having last appeared in Ain’t Misbehavin’. He began singing in 11th grade after he was admitted into Oakland School for the Arts and its award-winning concert choir and bass singer/award-winning choreographer of vocal rush. He progressed as a vocalist in high school and started to perform in musical theater. Credits include Seussical (Sour Kangaroo), Avenue Q (Gary Coleman), and Hairspray (Motormouth Maybelle). He aspires to inspire.


Lucca is making her 42nd Street Moon debut with Hot Mikado. She is an electro-acoustic composer, director and performer originally from Hartford, Connecticut. She holds a BA in Psychology and Music from Smith College and an MA in Music Composition from Mills College in Oakland. Her most recent productions include Pippin at Berkeley Playhouse and Khora at ODC in San Francisco. Outside of performing, Lucca teaches throughout the Bay Area, creates multi-disciplinary work and spends quality time with her affable hound dog, Ama.


Jaron just made his Moon debut in Titanic the Musical in Concert. Bay Area theatre credits include Sweeney Todd (Hillbarn Theater) and Ragtime (Berkeley Playhouse). New York credits: Awesome ‘80s Prom, Fabulous Pink Flamingos: Live at the Luau Lounge! (Bistro Award Winner) and bare (Associate Director). Regional: Crazy for You (Ogunquit Playhouse), Meet John Doe (Goodspeed Opera House), The Buddy Holly Story (Foothills Theater). TV/Film: “Gossip Girl”. Original Recording: Coming to My Senses (available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify). NYU Grad. Endless thanks to Josh – without his support I’d never have the courage to follow my dream.

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association

Photos by Ben Krantz Studio • Click on thumbnails for full-size image

Jaron Vesely (center) as Ko-Ko with the Gentlemen of Japan (L to R: Vinh Nguyen, Jon-David Randle, Nick Rodrigues, Michael Motroni)

(L to R) Christine Capsuto-Shulman* as Peep-Bo, Lucca Troutman as Yum-Yum, and Amie Shapiro* as Pitti-Sing

(L to R) Kelly Houston* as Pooh-Bah, Jaron Vesely as Ko-Ko, Jon-David Randle as Pish-Tush

(L to R) Lucca Troutman as Yum-Yum and Jean-Paul Jones* as Nanki-Poo

Amie Shapiro* (L) as Pitti-Sing, Michelle Ianiro (R) as Katisha, and the company of HOT MIKADO

(L to R) Jon-David Randle as Pish-Tush, Jean-Paul Jones* as Nanki-Poo, Lucca Troutman as Yum-Yum, and Amie Shapiro* as Pitti-Sing

Jaron Vesely as Ko-Ko and Michelle Ianiro as Katisha

Branden Noel Thomas* as the Mikado

Jean-Paul Jones* as Nanki-Poo

Michelle Ianiro as Katisha


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 HOT MIKADO: Saturday, September 28, 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 HOT MIKADO: September 29 & October 6, 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 HOT MIKADO: October 5, 1:00 PM


The Gateway Theatre is also BARTable! Just a five-minute walk from the Embarcadero Station.