New Girl


March 29-April 16, 2017, Eureka Theatre
Wednesday-Thursday 7:00; Friday 8:00; Saturday 6:00; Sunday 3:00
Family Matinee Saturday, April 8 at 1:00 PM

Music and Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Book by George Abbott

Director Daren A.C. Carollo
Music Director Dave Dobrusky
Choreographer Kelly Cooper

A woman with a secret past tries to re-build her life by returning to her hometown. This Tony-winning musical is based on Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie. Written as a vehicle for Gwen Verdon, who shared the Tony Award for Best Actress with co-star Thelma Ritter. The score contains the songs “Sunshine Girl,” “It’s Good to Be Alive,” Did You Close Your Eyes?” and “If That Was Love.”

NEW GIRL IN TOWN runs 95 minutes with no intermission.


Broadway World
Talkin’ Broadway
Theatre Eddys

The New Girl In Town set designed by Mark Mendelson

Photo by Ben Krantz Studio

Allison F. Rich as Anna and Chris Vettel as Chris

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Judith Miller as Marthy

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The ensemble of New Girl In Town

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Joshua Marx as Matt

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(L to R) Lauren Meyer, Elise Youssef, Ashely Garlick, and Judith Miller

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Allison F. Rich as Anna

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Chris Vettel as Chris

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Joshua Marx as Matt and Allison F. Rich as Anna

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Allison is thrilled to return to 42nd Street Moon where she was last seen as Mimi Paragon in Sail Away (for which she received the Theatre Bay Area Award for Outstanding Performance by Female Actor in a Principal Role in a Musical), Tracy Gardner in Nick and Nora, Iris Langston in Painting the Clouds with Sunshine, and Peggy Palaffi in I Married an Angel. She was most recently seen as Emily in Disgraced at San Jose Stage Company. Other regional credits: San Jose Stage Company (The Night Alive; Andrew Lippa’s The Wild Party; Boeing Boeing; The 39 Steps; The Addams Family; Venus in Fur; The Rainmaker; Bonnie and Clyde; The Threepenny Opera; Reefer Madness; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; Cabaret; The Great American Trailer Park Musical), Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre (The Little Mermaid), Capital Stage (Reasons to Be Pretty), PCPA Theaterfest (Hairspray), Oregon Cabaret Theatre (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change), and Santa Rosa’s Summer Repertory Theatre (The Producers; Kiss Me, Kate).

Joshua is excited to make his 42nd Street Moon debut. Favorite credits include Good (Roy) at the Abingdon Theatre in NYC, Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio), and Timon of Athens (Titus) at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Over the River… (Nick), The Importance of Being Earnest (Jack), and A Christmas Carol (Fred) at Flatrock Playhouse in NC, One Man Two Guvnors (Stanley) at TheatreSquared in AR, and Finian’s Rainbow (Buzz) at the Berkshire Theatre Group in MA. In the Bay Area he most recently was seen in Crimes of the Heart (Barnette) at Theatreworks, Bridges (Bobby) at Berkeley Playhouse, and Cyrano de Bergerac (Christian) at City Lights. MFA in Acting from Rutgers University. Find out more at

Excited to be making his 42nd Street Moon debut, Chris’ credits include – Broadway/National Tours: Annie – 30th Anniversary Tour (Bert Healy), Sunset Boulevard – 2nd National Tour (Cliff, Joe u/s). Bay Area: Little Women – Theatreworks (Bhaer), A Minister’s Wife – San Jose Rep (Morrell – BATCC Award Nominee), Shrek – Diablo Theatre Company (Farquaad) and Les Misérables – Sierra Rep (Thenardier). Regional: Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Santa Claus), State Fair – Stages St. Louis (Abel) and 1776 – Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival (Lee). He’s also appeared, with the Opera Company of Boston, Opera Cleveland, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. For more info, visit, or Chris Vettel-Fan Page on Facebook.

New Girl In Town is Judith’s first project working with the award-winning team at 42nd Street Moon. During her acting career she has had the privilege of working at many Bay Area theaters including San Jose Repertory Company, San Jose Stage, Marin Theater Company, Los Altos Stage, Palo Alto Players, The Pear Theatre, Dragon Productions and the Jewel Theater in Santa Cruz. Here are some of her favorite roles: Yellow Face (Announcer/NWOAC), Circle, Mirror, Transformation (Marty), Dead Man’s Cell Phone (Harriet Gottlieb), Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike (Masha), When the Rain Stops Falling (Elizabeth Law), Guys and Dolls (General Cartwright), The Other Place (Juliana Smithton), Buried Child (Haley), Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider), and Dirty Blonde (Jo/Mae West).

MIKE BIRR (Ensemble)
Mike is excited to be making his 42nd Street Moon debut! He’s acted at theatres across both coasts and his most recent credits include The Wild Party (Eddie), West Side Story (Action), The 39 Steps, and Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Ferdinand). Mike has been a resident actor and/or choreographer at theatres including The San Jose Stage Company, The Northern Sky Theatre, The Muse Theatre, and Berkeley Playhouse. Mike graduated from Viterbo University with a B.F.A. in Acting.

MARK J. ENEA (Ensemble)
Mark is super thrilled to be returning to the 42nd Street Moon family! Mark was last seen on the 42nd Street Moon stage in Roberta (Alan Rourke) with Kathryn Crosby in 2003. Most recent roles include Sierra Repertory Theatre’s productions of State Fair (Hank Munson) and The Robber Bridegroom (Musgrove). Past favorite roles include: The Wild Party (Burrs), The Addams Family (Gomez) (Bay Area premiere), The Drowsy Chaperone (Feldzieg), Johnny Guitar the Musical (Bart/Tom/Carl), and The World Goes ‘Round to name a few. Mark likes to ride his bicycle everywhere, eat burritos and spend time with his friends and family.

Ashley is honored to be back at 42nd Street Moon, where she was last seen in The Boys from Syracuse (Fatima/Artemis) and Sail Away (Mrs. Lush). Now a Bay Area local, she is thrilled to be closer to the art she loves. Other local credits: Spring Awakening (Adult Women) at YMTC, Red Velvet (Halina/Betty/Margaret u/s) at SF Playhouse, and Death of a Salesman (Miss Forsythe) and Bonnie and Clyde (Eleanore) at San Jose Stage Company.

John-Elliott’s past productions with 42nd St. Moon include Where’s Charley? (Sir Francis Chesney), Painting the Clouds With Sunshine (Adrian Gilbert “Gil”), Call Me Madam (Sen. Gallagher/Otto), Sitting Pretty (Roper), On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (Sir Hubert Insdale), Dear World (Sewerman), Out of This World (Jupiter), I Married An Angel (Harry). Hillbarn Theatre: Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), TheatreWorks: Memphis (Ensemble), Ragtime (Willie Conklin), Violet (Various) and New Works Festivals; SF Shakespeare Festival: Cinderella (Wicked King/Elf), San Francisco Opera Extra Chorus and Philharmonia Baroque Chorale. He is a proud member of both Actors’ Equity Association and the American Guild of Musical Artists.

Lauren is excited to be making her debut at 42nd Street Moon. Lauren works full time as a director and choreographer teaching artist for organizations such as Starting Arts, Stage Kids, Audacity Performing Arts Project, and Tada Theater in NYC. Lauren holds a degree in Theater from Azusa Pacific University. She is also a proud alum of the apprenticeship programs at New York Theater Workshop and New Victory Theater. Favorite roles include: Millie (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Wendy (Peter Pan), Peggy Sawyer (42nd Street), and Violet Hilton (Side Show).

Elise is thrilled to be back at Moon, having just reprised the role of the Ghost of Christmas Past in Scrooge in Love! Other recent roles were Sherrie in Rock of Ages at Center Repertory and Luciana in The Boys from Syracuse. She was also seen as Alice Beineke in The Addams Family at San Jose Stage Company, Mom in the world premiere of Max Understood at the Cowell Theater in San Francisco, and Miss Dorothy in Prism Theatrics production of Thoroughly Modern Millie in Fort Worth! She is a recent graduate of CAP21’s 2 Year Professional Musical Theater program in NYC. She also received her B.A. at UC Santa Cruz in Theater Arts. She has performed extensively in the Bay Area with several companies including 42nd Street Moon, Diablo Theater Company, CCMT, Center Repertory, and Shakespeare Santa Cruz.
*Member of Actors' Equity Association


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 New Girl in Town: April 1

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 New Girl in Town: April 2 & 9