Du Barry Was a Lady

Du Barry Was a Lady

April 30 - May 18, 2014
The Eureka Theatre

Music & Lyrics by Cole Porter
Book by Herbert Fields & B.G. De Sylva
Directed and Choreographed by Zack Thomas Wilde

Run Time: Two hours and 15 minutes

 

A B O U T

The Grand Finale of our 21st season stars TV, nightclub and
Broadway comic BRUCE VILANCH as a hapless nightclub washroom attendant who wins the Irish Sweepstakes. A misdirected dose of knock-out drops sends him into a dream world where he imagines himself King Louis XV in pursuit of his lovely, lively, and troublesome mistress, Madame Du Barry. The dynamite Cole Porter score includes Friendship; Well, Did You Evah?; Do I Love You?; When Love Beckoned on
52nd Street
; Katie Went to Haiti; and But in the Morning, No.


C A S T      
Bruce Vilanch Bruce Vilanch* (Louie/King Louis) is a Hollywood Square who is delighted to be in San Francisco. A six-time Emmy winner, he starred on Broadway and on tour (including a three month run at the Golden Gate...Theatre, not Bridge) as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray. He recently donned his gay apparel -- pantyhose, wig, Wonderbra -- again to appear as the Widow Twankey in the U.S. premiere of the legendary British panto Aladdin & His Winter Wish (sounds like a porno, but isn't) at the Pasadena Playhouse, co-starring with Ben Vereen as the genie of the lamp. He has toured extensively in his one-man extravaganza, including stops at the Plush Room, the Rrazz Room, Feinstein's, and the San Francisco Jewish Community Center, where he basked in guilt and gelt. He has written every award show known to man (including 23 Oscar telecasts) and appeared on every benefit known to woman. He has some gold records courtesy of the goddess Eartha Kitt, who recorded his disco ditty, “Where Is My Man?,” a question to which he has yet to find the answer. The role he is playing tonight was written for Bert Lahr, a performer he worships, as has every fat little kid who has ever found his life transformed by a Cowardly Lion.  
     
Ashley Rae Little Ashley Rae Little* (May Daly/Du Barry) is a professional musical theatre actress, born and raised in the Bay Area. Ms. Little has been trained in dance, stage, and voice since age three, and is a proud alumni of Perry-Mansfield, Company One (San Jose State University), and TAI & TSA at American Musical Theatre San Jose, where she received the triple threat award for outstanding performance. Ms. Little most recently completed the successful run of the world premiere of LUNCH by Rick Hawkins, Steve Dorff and John Bettis with Cabrillo Stage. Ashley's return marks her fifth production with 42nd Street Moon, where she was most recently seen as Peppermint Patty in Snoopy!!! Other past credits include: Cindy Lou (The Marvelous Wonderettes), Doralee (9 to 5), Penny (Hairspray), Dorothy (The Wizard of Oz & The Wiz), Luisa (The Fantasticks), Mary Magdalene (Jesus Christ Superstar), Fantine (Les Misèrables), and Amneris (AIDA). www.ashleyraelittle.weebly.com  
     
Nicole Renee Chapman Nicole Renée Chapman (Alice Barton/Alisande) is thrilled to be back at 42nd Street Moon after appearing in …Superman last year! A graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC, Nicole holds a BA in English Writing from St. Mary's of Notre Dame, where she played the title role in Cinderella. Most recently, Nicole performed in the Welk Theatre's A Welk Family Christmas and played Almah in the NY reading of new musical Song of Solomon. Favorite roles: Amber Von Tussle (Hairspray), Kim McAfee (Bye Bye Birdie), and Eliza Doolittle (My Fair Lady).  
     
Ryan Drummond Ryan Drummond* (Kelly/Docteur/Paingrillé) A graduate of Eastern Michigan University, Mr. Drummond has called the Bay Area his home for the last six years. A proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and AGVA, he has been making a living as a stage actor, on-camera actor, mime/clown/buffoon, and voiceover artist for 20 years and counting. This marks his fourth show with Moon, having appeared in Pal Joey, Carnival!, and most recently, Painting the Clouds with Sunshine. Please visit www.RyanDrummond.com or Google him for minutes of fun.  
     
Roy Eikleberry Roy Eikleberry (Doctor/Zamore) A graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM), has been working throughout the Bay Area as an actor, director, and producer. He recently worked with Mojo Theatre as a writer and actor for Partyiac Arrest: A Post Valentine’s Day Cabaret. Other credits: She Loves Me, Cinnabar Theater (Georg), Lost Love, Mojo Theatre (French Art Film Guy); Susanna, Parlor Opera (Elder McLean), The Great Gatsby, Opera Parallèle (Minister). Upcoming engagements: Threepenny Opera, Waffle Opera (Tiger Brown).  
     
Rudy Guerrero Rudy Guerrero* (Jones/Choiseul) has performed in numerous 42nd Street Moon productions, the most recent being Carnival! Other regional theater credits include performances at Alcazar Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theater, Foothill Music Theater, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Magic Theatre, Marin Shakespeare Company, Marin Theatre Company, Pacific Alliance Stage Company, SF Playhouse, Theatre Rhinoceros, TheatreWorks, Willows Theatre Company, and Word for Word. Rudy has a BFA in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory and a MFA in Acting from the American Conservatory Theater.  
     
Kathryn Han Kathryn Han (Gemze/Gruyere) is thrilled to return to 42nd Street Moon where she was last seen in Oh, Kay! She has studied musical theatre at A.C.T. and dance at Stanford University. Favorite credits include Avenue Q (Christmas Eve), A Chorus Line (Sheila u/s, performed), The Music Man (Alma Hix), The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Jennifer), and Anything Goes (Joan). Offstage, she practices internet law and dances ballroom and Argentine tango.  
 
Adrienne Herro Adrienne Herro (Betty/De Verney) This is Adrienne's second show with 42nd Street Moon, after being seen in last season's, Carnival! She has been performing on Bay Area stages for many years. Recent credits include: Mame (Mame U/S; Madame Branislowski), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Mrs. Potiphar), Hillbarn Theatre; Oliver! (Strawberry Seller), Broadway By the Bay. Favorite past shows: The Will Rogers Follies, Ragtime, City of Angels, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, George M!, Singin' In the Rain, Sugar, Bye Bye Birdie, and Grease.
   
Katherine Leyva Katherine Leyva (Mitzi/Roquefort) graduated from USC with a BA in Music (Vocal Arts) and a Musical Theatre minor. She has recently appeared in The Rocky Horror Show (Columbia) at City Lights Theatre Company, and Carnival! (Gloria) at 42nd Street Moon. Other shows include It’s A Wonderful Life… (Lana Sherwood) at Bus Barn Theatre Company, Nine (Ilse), also at City Lights, and Of Thee I Sing (Chambermaid), also at 42nd Street Moon. Additionally, she has appeared as a featured dancer in Guys and Dolls at Broadway By the Bay, and Will Rogers Follies at Hillbarn Theatre.
 
 
Jack Mosbacher Jack Mosbacher (Alex Barton/Alexandre) is excited to be making his 42nd Street Moon debut! Previous credits include Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, Cliff Bradshaw in Cabaret, and The Rum Tum Tugger in CATS with Broadway By the Bay; Henrik in A Little Night Music with Hillbarn; Turandot, La Bohème, and Otello with San Francisco Opera, St. Matthew’s Passion and Persephone with San Francisco Symphony, and Curlew River with Chanticleer. Jack is a graduate of Stanford University, where he played on the varsity baseball team.
 
Anthony Rollins-Mullens Anthony Rollins-Mullens (Reporter/Fondue) is happy to back on the Moon! His theatrical credits include: Toad in A Year With Frog and Toad, Louis Armstrong in Ella, the Musical, Tom Collins in Rent, Fred in Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Willie in Master Harold...and the Boys, Jafar in Disney’s Aladdin, Aslan in Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, The Pimp/Big Bad Wolf in Rent Boy Avenue: A Fairy’s Tale, Waymon as Hunter Priestess in the West Coast Premiere of Good Goods, Eddie Mackrel in the West Coast Premiere of Michael LaChuisa’s The Wild Party, and Belize in the 20th Anniversary production of Angels in America. Visit Anthony’s website: http://www.wix.com/ARollinsMullens/ARM
   
Nathaniel Rothrock Nathaniel Rothrock (Harry Norton/Lebel) is returning for his third show with 42nd Street Moon. He graduated last year from Middlebury College with degrees in Theatre and Music. Currently, he teaches voice lessons, dances ballroom, and performs with his band, Up and to the Right. Past show credits with 42nd Street Moon include Carnival! (Ensemble, Grobert), I Married an Angel (Peter). Other show credits: The Rocky Horror Show (Dr. Frank N Furter) with City Lights; Little Women (Laurie Understudy/John Brooke Understudy) with TheatreWorks. actor.rothrockfamily.com
   
Abby Sammons Abby Sammons (Vi/Mme De Villardell) is thrilled to be returning to the 42nd Street Moon stage this season. She recently performed in I Married an Angel and is happy to be back with the Moon family. In Abby's short time in the Bay Area, she has had the privilege to work with some wonderful companies including Marin Shakespeare. She is from the Midwest, where she worked with companies like Lifeline Theatre and Bailiwick Chicago. Abby graduated with Honors from Webster University's Conservatory of Theatre Arts with a BFA in Musical Theatre.
   
Jordan Sidfield Jordan Sidfield (Charley/The Dauphin) is excited for his 42nd Street Moon debut. His previous roles include Will Parker in Oklahoma! (Cabrillo Stage), Moritz in Spring Awakening (All About Theatre), Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show (Flat Rock Playhouse), Laurie in Little Women: The Musical (CSU Fullerton), and Robbie Hart in The Wedding Singer (CSU Fullerton). Sidfield has a BFA in Musical Theatre from CSU Fullerton and is an Equity Membership Candidate. Thank you for supporting live theatre. www.jordansidfield.com
   
C R E A T I V E  
  Zack Thomas Wilde (Director/Choreographer) has directed and choreographed 42nd St Moon's hits Pal Joey and Strike Up the Band. He has also choreographed numerous other shows for the Moon, and played roles in Little Me, Sugar, Oh, Kay!, and Jubilee. He has provided stage direction for the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus at Davies Symphony Hall, the Regency Ballroom, and Theater Rhinoceros locally, and in Miami at the Ziff Music Hall. He directed and choreographyed various musical productions in New York City, Florence, and Arezzo, and coached Natalia Makarova and Alessandro Molin in London. He has shared the stage with Shirley MacLaine, Woody Allen, Robert Redford, Franco Zeffirelli, Dick Cavett, Diana Rigg, Sir Robert Helpman, Joe Namath, Howard McGillin, and Jerry Mitchell. He's played The Palace with Les Ballets Trockadero, and also danced principal roles with the Cape Town Ballet and Nederlands Dance Theater.
   
  Ben Prince (Musical Director) Credits include: For Ray of Light Theatre, Carrie, Songs for a New World, Bat Boy, The Full Monty, The Who’s Tommy (Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award), Jerry Springer: The Opera. Additional Credits: Avenue Q (New Conservatory Theatre Center), Show Me Yours (New Musical Theater of SF), Lucky Duck (Berkeley Playhouse), Richmond-Ermet AIDS Foundation Help is on the Way concerts; House pianist at Martuni’s Piano Bar and the occasional cruise ship. http://www.benprincemusic.com
   
  Josh Anderson (Stage Manager) is happy to rejoin 42nd Street Moon having made his debut with It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman. A Sacramento native, he currently works as the production stage manager for the Sacramento Shakespeare Festival. He interned at California Musical Theatre’s Music Circus (Evita, Hairspray, Sweeney Todd) and also with the American Conservatory Theater (A Christmas Carol). He has also stage managed for San Francisco’s Killing My Lobster and Sacramento’s City Theatre (Cannery Row, Guys and Dolls).
   
  Felicia Lilienthal (Costume Designer) is returning to 42nd Street Moon to costume her fifth show having just finished work on the World Premiere of Painting the Clouds with Sunshine. Her other Moon credits include Snoopy!!!, It's a Bird…It's a Plane…It's Superman, and Sugar. Felicia frequently designs costumes for Bay Area Children's Theatre and just wrapped up costuming their production of Mercy Watson which opened in January. Felicia has worked for the LA Opera's Costume Department as their shopper and is a graduate of California State University East Bay with a minor in Theatre Arts.
   
  Danny Maher (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be working with 42nd Street Moon again. He most recently designed the lights for Painting the Clouds with Sunshine. Other Moon credits include Snoopy!!!, I Married an Angel, …It’s Superman, and Pal Joey. He was the resident lighting designer for the Willows Theater Company where he lit many shows including the national regional premieres of Avenue Q and 9 to 5. Also during his tenure with the Willows he won a Shellie Award for his lighting design for Chicago and was nominated for his work on The Light in the Piazza and Vaudeville. Since then he has worked with various theater companies around the Bay Area.
   
  Hector Zavala (Sets/Production Manager) wears many hats as a performer, producer, teacher, and designer. His work on sets and costumes has been seen throughout the Bay Area including Diablo Theatre Company, City Lights, and Notre Dame de Namur University. He has traveled with his work to Mexico, Latin America, and Spain. He is currently working on a collaboration among artists in San Francisco, Mexico, and Spain: www.transborderartist.com
   
  Samantha Young (Props) is a prop designer, stage manager, and production manager. She works all around San Francisco and the Bay Area with the likes of New Conservatory Theater Center, Ragged Wing Ensemble, Thunderbird Theater Company, and OpenTab Productions. She is also the Memberships Department Supervisor for SHN.
   
  Arael Domínguez (Scenic Design Assistant) was born in Chula Vista, California, and raised in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. She received her Studio Art B.A. degree at San Francisco State University. She also was intern in the photo lab and darkroom in SF State and teacher assistant. Arael has participated in selected exhibitions in Tijuana, San Diego and San Francisco, and in volunteer programs at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. Currently, she is working as a photo instructor in the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
   
 

* Member, Actor's Equity Association (AEA). 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. www.actorsequity.org