2010-2011 Season

2010-2011 Season

Stephen Sondheim's A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum


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October 6 – 24, 2010

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1962)
starring Megan Cavanagh

Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart
Directed by Greg MacKellan

Fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest shows ever written, it’s the perfect escape from life’s troubles.

Forum takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from the comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville. We celebrate composerlyricist Stephen Sondheim’s 80th birthday year with a special production of Broadway’s greatest musical farce.

Our special “Moon” twist will bring Megan Cavanagh (star of TV’s Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius and our own Jubilee and High Spirits) back to our stage as the wily slave, Pseudolus!

 

Jerome Kern Salon


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Thursday, October 28, 2010 – 7 PM

The Jerome Kern Salon
starring Rebecca Luker

Broadway star Rebecca Luker joins us as our multi-year celebration of composer Jerome Kern continues.

The Tony-nominated star of Jerome Kern's ShowBoat is one of the foremost contemporary interpreters of Kern's songs.  Moon performers join Ms. Luker to sing songs from Kern's forty-year stage and screen career, including classics like All the Things You Are, The Song is You, Why Was I Born?, Pick Yourself Up, and I Won't Dance, as well as rarely-heard gems.

 

Kinosian and Blair's Murder for Two

 

 

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November 3 – 21, 2010

Murder for Two, A Killer Musical (2010)
West Coast Premiere

Music by Joe Kinosian
Lyrics by Kellen Blair
Book by Kellen Blair & Joe Kinosian
Directed by Scott Weinstein

Take two parts Agatha Christie, mix with one part old-fashioned musical comedy, add a dash of 21st century flair, and you’ve got Murder for Two.

An inspector arrives at an old, dark house to solve a murder and encounters a host of eccentric and clever suspects. The twist? One man plays the inspector, the other plays all the suspects, and they both play the piano! Writers Joe Kinosian and Kellen Blair are remarkable young talents (Kinosian also co-stars as the various suspects) that you’ll be hearing much more of in years to come.

 

Rodger and Hart's Babes In Arms

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December 1 – 19 , 2010
Babes in Arms (1937)
Original 1937 Book

Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Book by Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart
Directed by Dyan McBride

Hey, kids — let’s put on a show! We’ve got the barn, and we’ve got the songs:

My Funny Valentine, The Lady is a Tramp, Johnny One-Note, Where or When?, I Wish I Were in Love Again, All at Once, and more.

The script to this original 1937 version of the classic musical will surprise and delight you as it weaves its way through one of the greatest scores ever written for a Broadway musical.

 

The John Kander Salon


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Thursday, January 27, 2011 – 7 PM 

The John Kander Salon

Our acclaimed salon evenings continue with a salute to composer John Kander.  Kander's career began in the 1960's and continues to the present day. 

With lyricist Fred Ebb, Kander composed two iconic and wildly successful musicals, Cabaret  and Chicago, as well as brilliant scores for Zorba, The Happy Time, Flora the Red Menace, Woman of the Year, The Rink, Steel Pier, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Visit, and CurtainsCurtains, and his most recent musical The Scotsboro Boys, feature lyrics by Ebb as well as Kander himself!

 

The Gershwins' Strike Up the Band


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April 6 – 24, 2011

Strike Up The Band (1927)
Our Ira Gershwin Celebration continues!

Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Book by George S. Kaufman
Directed by Zack Thomas Wilde

Skulking villains! Unrequited love! A merrily madcap treatise on the follies of love, war and business!

Our Ira Gershwin celebration continues with this smash hit from 1930. Complete with logical insanity worthy of the Marx Brothers (for whom Kaufman wrote Broadway libretti as well as movie scripts), Strike Up The Band is a tongue-in-cheek tale of an American businessman who leads the US into war with Switzerland over... cheese.

The show received rave reviews when revived by New York’s Encores! series in 1998 — the New York Times declared it “a show that remains remarkably vital, with a score as sweet and varied as a chocolate sampler. It reminds us that Broadway musicals once had sass, wit and sex appeal.”

 

Cole Porter's Silk Stockingsmore info

May 4 – 22, 2011

Silk Stockings (1955)
Cole Porter's final Broadway Score

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by George S. Kaufman, Leueen MacGrath & Abe Burrows
Directed by Greg MacKellan

The Cold War turns hot in Cole Porter’s final Broadway musical, a sly and sophisticated version of the classic film Ninotchka.

Ninotchka, a stern Russian commissar, is seduced by the joys of Paris and the charms of an American film agent, Steve Canfield. Wacky Hollywood star Janice Dayton, a Russian composer and three errant commissars add to the merrymaking. Porter’s legendary wit is in top form in a dazzling collection of comic songs — Stereophonic Sound, Satin and Silk, Josephine, Siberia, and beautiful ballads — the classic All of You, Paris Loves Lovers, As On Through the Seasons We Sail.

“Everything about Silk Stockings is the best Broadway has to offer — songs and script are the most memorable we’ve seen and heard since Guys and Dolls.”

— Brooks Atkinson, NY Times