The Best of Times: A Jerry Herman Salon

The Best of Times: The Jerry Herman Salon

January 26, 2011 -
One Night Only!

The Alcazar Theatre

Music & Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Written by Joe Mader
Directed by Greg MacKellan

Cost: $70 ¤

Watch Jason Graae and Moon Vet
Rebecca Luker sing "Tea for Two"
Watch Faith Prince sing one of her
Tony winning number
"Adelaide's Lament"

A B O U T           

Tony-award winning artist Faith Prince (Broadway: Guys and Dolls - Tony Award, A Catered Affair - Tony Nomination, Jerome Robbin's Broadway - Tony Nomination, Bells Are Ringing - Tony Nomination, Showtime's Huff) and multi-award winning artist Jason Graae (Forever Plaid, Ragtime, Forbidden Hollywood) join a cast of exceptional Moonies for an 80th Birthday salute to Jerry Herman, the beloved, Tony-winning Broadway composer/lyricist whose shows lit up Broadway through the 1960s, 70s, 80s and into the 90s.

Through the Bottom of the Glass, a little known song from Dear World, typifies the Jerry Herman world view: you just have to know where to aim your gaze and life as it should be reveals itself.  Open a New Window, Hello, Dolly!, It Only Takes a Moment, Mame, If He Walked Into My Life, Shalom, Time Heals Everything, Before the Parade Passes By - these great songs and more will ring from the Alcazar stage for one special evening.

C A S T  
Faith Prince Faith Prince* (Guest Star) has been dazzling Broadway audiences since she swept the theatre awards winning the Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for her performance as Ms. Adelaide in the critically-acclaimed revival of Guys and Dolls. In 2008, she was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards for A Catered Affair. Other Broadway credits include The Little Mermaid, Bells Are Ringing (Tony, DD, OCC noms), Nick & Nora (OCC Award), Jerome Robbins' Broadway (Tony, DD noms), Little Me, The Dead, Noises Off. She also starred in the world premiere of Terrence McNally's Unusual Acts of Devotion. In television, Faith was a series regular on Showtime's Huff starring as "Kelly Knipers", the lovable and quirky love interest of Oliver Platt and recurred for five seasons on Spin City.  This past year she has guest starred on Lifetime's new hit series Drop Dead Diva, as well as Ugly Betty, Medium and CSI. Other television credits include the self-titled series Faith, Sweet Potato Queens, Grey's Anatomy, House, Monk, Now and Again, Welcome To New York and Law and Order. Film credits include: Our Very Own with Allison Janney and Cheryl Hines, Picture Perfect, Dave, and My Father the Hero.
Jason Graae Jason Graae* (Guest Star) has starred on and off- Broadway in "A Grand Night For Singing","Falsettos", "Stardust","Snoopy!","Forever Plaid","Olympus on My Mind","Hello,Muddah,Hello Fadduh("Drama Desk Nomination),etc. A Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award winner, he originated Houdini in the L.A. production of "Ragtime" and won an Ovation Award for "Forbidden BroadwayY2KLA!" With San Francisco Opera, Jason appeared as Frosch in "Die Fledermaus".Jason toured  the U.S. with Mr. Herman in"Hello, Jerry!", played Jacobowsky in the West Coast revival of The Grand Tour", and was on "Words and Music by Jerry Herman"(PBS) He has recorded more than 40 CDs including "Perfect Hermany- Jason Graae sings Jerry Herman".
Debbie De Coudreaux Debbie de Coudreaux* (Performer) was last seen in 42nd Street Moon’s  “What a Swell Party: A Cole Porter Salon.” Previously, she appeared as Woman of the World in “Blues in the Night” at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek. She was the star of the Moulin Rouge for eight years and has performed featured roles in the Broadway productions of Grand Hotel and Show Boat. She headlined San Francisco’s wildly popular Teatro Zinzanni and has appeared in benefit and symphonic concerts across the country.
Greg MacKellan Greg MacKellan* (Host) During his 18 years as Artistic Director of 42nd Street Moon, Greg has directed more than 60 musicals and revues.  Some of his favorite projects include Do I Hear a Waltz?, Li’l Abner, I Married an Angel, The Student Gypsy, Pipe Dream, Roberta, Paint Your Wagon, Oh, Captain!, and a Cole Porter trio, Gay Divorce, Can-Can and Something for the Boys. Greg’s award-winning revision of the Cole Porter musical Out of This World was presented to critical acclaim at the Chichester Festival in England, and has since been produced in Seattle, Los Angeles, and twice by Moon.   A graduate of San Diego State University and UCLA’s Musical Theatre Workshop, Greg co-founded Moon in 1993.  He spearheaded Moon’s three NEA-sponsored projects:  a restoration of the Arlen-Harburg of Hooray for What!, and the recording of Leave it to Me, and the restoration and American Premiere of Kern and Hammerstein, II's Three Sisters.  He wrote the revues Something Sort of Grandish, Once in a Blue Moon, I’d Like to Hide It and Peddling Rainbows, and three evenings for the Osher Marin JCC celebrating Hart and Hammerstein, Yip Harburg and Disney songs.  Greg’s other non-Moon credits include productions of The Baker’s Wife (on which he worked with Stephen Schwartz and Joseph Stein), Mack & Mabel, Once in a Blue Moon, Tintypes and Broadway by the Bay’s The Sound of Music, a production that was second to nun.   In LA and New York, he was responsible for the acclaimed six-CD “Shadowland” series of CDs devoted to rare American musical theatre songs.
Tyler McKenna Tyler McKenna* recently made his 42nd Street Moon debut as Jimmy Winter in Oh, Kay. Other recent credits include Brian Ogden in the premiere of Dead Man’s Wake with West Cost Arts Foundation, and Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls at The Mountain Play, where other roles include Claude in Hair, Motel in Fiddler on the Roof, andFreddy Eynsford-Hill in MyFair Lady. Other work includes productions with American Conservatory Theater, Marin Shakespeare Company, and Shakespeare at Stinson. Tyler is a graduate of the American Conservatory Theater MFA program.
Sharon Rietkerk Sharon Rietkerk* (Performer) Credits include The Secret Garden, TheatreWorks (Rose); She Loves Me, CenterREP; Nymph Errant (Evangeline) and Strike Up the Band (Anne), 42nd Street Moon; Evil Dead the Musical (Annie), Willows Theatre Company; The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet Van De Graaff), White Christmas (Judy Haynes), and Curtains (Niki) with Diablo Theatre Company;and My Fair Lady (Eliza Doolittle), Lamplighters Music Theater. Ms. Rietkerk has performed with the South Coast Symphony (The Music Man, Marian), the Napa Valley Opera House, and Bear Valley Festival Orchestra.
Michael Scott Wells Kelly Sanchez (Performer) graduated from San Francisco State University in 2010 with a degree in theater. You may have seen him recently as the cantankerous Town Clerk in Hurly Burly's production of Caligari last Fall. Or, you might have seen him more recently as Chiffon, one of the three sassy trio members, in Boxcar Theatre's Little Shop of Horrors. He was also a chorus member in The Lamplighters’ production of Trial by Jury. Most recently Kelly performed with 42nd Street Moon as Ben, the oblivious plumber, in Nymph Errant.
C R E A T I V E  
  Greg MacKellan (Director)
  Joe Mader (Writer) has written on theater and film for a variety of publications, including, the San Francisco Weekly, the San Francisco Examiner, the Hollywood Reporter, and for his own blog Scene 2. He served as managing director and producer for a Worcester, Massachusetts theater company for two years. For 42nd Street Moon, he recently stage managed Silk Stockings and And All That Jazz: A John Kander Salon, as well as Peddling Rainbows, Girl Crazy, and Very Warm for May, three annual fundraising galas, and the first entries in Moon’s Salon Series: Nice Work If You Can Get It: An Ira Gershwin Salon and I Feel a Song Coming On: A Dorothy Fields Salon.
  Dave Dobrusky (Musical Director) is celebrating his 73rd production at 42nd Street Moon!  Favorites include Lady, Be Good!, Call Me Madam, High Spirits, Paint Your Wagon (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), and Leave It To Me! (recorded).  Other Bay Area credits include Marry Me a Little, Tick, Tick…Boom! (Theatre Rhino); I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Ray of Light); Man of LaMancha (SF Playhouse/BATCC Award); and Connie Champagne as Judy Garland at the Rrazz Room.  Dave has appeared with Karen Ziemba, Rebecca Luker, Donna McKechnie, Andrea McArdle, and Celeste Holm, all thanks to 42nd Street Moon.
  Tanya Telson (Stage Manager)* recently stage managed 42nd Street Moon’s productions of Oh, Kay!, Strike Up the Band and Babes in Arms.  Other theater credits include stage management for Jerry Springer: The Opera and Baby for Ray of Light Theatre. She was also Stage Manager for foolsFURY’s production of Monster in the Dark. Other shows include Assistant Stage Management for the American Conservatory Theater’s productions of The Importance of Being Earnest, Middle Class, Luminescence Dating, Red Scare on Sunset and Cider House Rules.
  * Member Actor's Equity Association(AEA), founded in 1913, represents more than 49,000 actors and stage managers in the United States. Equity seeks to advance, promote and foster the art of live theatre as an essential component of our society.  Equity negotiates wages and working conditions, providing a wide range of benefits, including health and pension plans.  AEA is a member of the AFL-CIO, and is affiliated with FIA, an international organization of performing arts unions. The Equity emblem is our mark of excellence.



¤ Many patrons inquire as to why the Salon ticket prices are more than our normal ticket prices.  The cost of the Salon is directly related to the increased cost of having a one-night concert in a historic and beautiful larger theatre (the Alcazar) with Broadway stars.  We have brought three Tony Award winners, and three more Tony Award nominees to San Francisco, as part of this new program. As a non-profit, our model is to present our shows with a ticket price that will cover our costs, and not more.