Little Me

Little Me

May 1 - 19, 2013
The Eureka Theatre

Book by Neil Simon
Music by Cy Coleman
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Based on the novel by Patrick Dennis
Directed by Eric Inman
Music Direction by Brandon Adams
Choreography by Staci Arriaga

Run Time: TBD

 

A B O U T

Jason Graae stars in the final show of the season LITTLE ME, the outrageously funny musical that NY critic Walter Kerr called “a blockbuster so genial it looks like a breeze.” A bright and effervescent Cy Coleman-Carolyn Leigh score highlights Patrick Dennis’ rags-­to-­riches tale of Belle Poitrine, who moves from the wrong side of the tracks in Venezuela, Illinois, to Hollywood fame and Southampton luxury. The hit songs include Real Live Girl, I’ve Got Your Number, On the Other Side of the Tracks, and To Be a Performer. Sharon Rietkerk is featured opposite Graae as Belle Poitrine.

C A S T      
Jason Graae Jason Graae* (Noble Eggelston, Mr. Pinchley, Val Du Val, Fred Poitrine, Otto Schmitzler, Prince Cherney, Noble Junior) has been featured on Broadway in A Grand Night For Singing, Falsettos, Stardust, Snoopy!!! and of course, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..? His many Off-Broadway shows include Forever Plaid (Original Sparky), Hello, Muddah, Hello, Fadduh (Drama Desk Award nomination-Best Actor), Olympus on My Mind, All in the Timing, etc. He made his Metropolitan Opera House debut as vocal soloist in Twyla Tharp's Everlast with ABT. A Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award winner, he hung upside down for a year as Houdini in the L.A. company of Ragtime, was featured in Forbidden Broadway Y2KLA! (Ovation Award), and at the Hollywood Bowl he played Benny in Guys and Dolls and Marcellus in The Music Man. Numerous TV shows include 6 Feet Under, Friends, Frasier, Rude Awakening and for five years he was the voice of “Lucky” for Lucky Charms Cereal. He has recorded over 45 CDs, including three solo albums. In San Francisco, he has performed his cabaret show at The Plush Room, The Rrazz Room, and with the San Francisco Opera he played the drunken Frosch in Die Fledermaus.  
     
Sharon Rietkerk Sharon Rietkerk* (Belle Poitrine) has performed with 42nd Street Moon in Strike Up the Band and Nymph Errant. Work at other Bay Area companies include TheatreWorks, CenterRepertory Theater, Berkeley Playhouse, and Diablo Theater Company in such shows as The Sound of Music (Maria), My Fair Lady (Eliza), The Drowsy Chaperone (Janet), and The Secret Garden (Rose) and Rumors (Cassie). Next up, Sharon will be performing at San Jose Repertory in the West Coast premiere of A Minister’s Wife as Candida. Member of Actors’ Equity. www.sharonrietkerk.com.  
     
Kelly Brandeburg Kelly Brandeburg (Ensemble) is a Sonoma County native and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from The New School University in New York City. She is also a graduate of The American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Favorite roles include: Lucy in Jekyll & Hyde, Martha in The Secret Garden, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Philia in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream. www.kellybrandeburg.com  
 
Janine Burgener Janine Burgener (Ensemble) returns to 42nd Street Moon after playing Flo Braddock/Signora Bernardi in last year’s Carmelina. Credits include: Female Swing/Understudy (performed) for My Fair Lady (SF Playhouse); Athena/Bellydancer in Zorba, Zenida Grundy/Mrs. Wickham in Three Sisters, and Tintinabula in A Funny Thing... Forum (42nd Street Moon); Christmas Eve in Avenue Q (Willows Theatre Company); and Strega Nona in Strega Nona: The Musical!, first national tour (Maximum Entertainment/Active Arts). www.janineburgener.com.
   
Teressa Byrne Teressa Byrne* (Older Belle Poitrine) was previously seen at 42nd Street Moon in Oh, Kay! (Kay, *BATCC nomination) and Zorba (The Widow).  Recent Bay Area theatre includes Rags (Rebecca Hershkowitz) and Light in the Piazza (Sra. Naccarelli) at Willows Theatre; Lucia di Lammermoor, Norma and Madama Butterfly (all title roles) at Verismo Opera; Taming of the Shrew (Bianca)/Virago Theatre; Hairspray (Velma)/Woodminster.  Regional credits include Berkeley Rep, PCPA, Fullerton Civic Light Opera, Boston Court, Reprise!, Lambs Players, Phoenix Theatre, GeVa, Ensemble Theatre Santa Barbara, Hollywood Bowl.  www.teressabyrne.com and www.youtube.com/teressabyrne.
   
Caleb Haven Draper Caleb Haven Draper (Ensemble) has a BA in Musical Theatre from University of the Pacific.  This is his third show with 42nd Street Moon, having appeared previously in Sugar and Lady, be Good! He's worked with theater companies throughout the Bay Area including Altarena Playhouse, Berkeley Playhouse, Diablo Theatre Company and Tri Valley Rep. Past shows include Singin' in the Rain (Diction Coach), Spring Awakening (Hanschen), Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose), Ragtime (Younger Brother), Hair (Walter/Electric Blues), Gypsy (Tulsa).
   
Nicole Frydman Nicole Frydman (Ensemble) has been performing for over 30 years. She studied at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and some favorite performances include Reno in Anything Goes at the Willows, Maureen in RENT at Palo Alto Players, Velma in Chicago at Pacific Coast Repertory Theatre, singing at Carnegie Hall, literally dancing circles around Julia Roberts in the movie Mona Lisa Smile, and playing Pericles at the Stella Adler Conservatory. Nicole is also a professional swing dancer - teaching, competing, judging, choreographing, and performing all over the world. 920special.com.
   
Stewart Kramar Stewart Kramar (Ensemble) is appearing in his fourth show at 42nd Street Moon, having performed in Zorba, Of Thee I Sing (French Ambassador), and most recently, Carmelina (Roberto). With a Bachelor’s Degree in drama from San Francisco State University, he has also studied at the Flying Actor’s Studio and Notre Dame de Namur’s Music Conservatory. Other Bay Area theater credits include shows with Broadway by the Bay, Palo Alto Players, Coastal Rep Theatre, Hillbarn, Woodside Community Theatre, and the San Francisco Olympians Festival.
   
Darlene Popovic Darlene Popovic* (Mama, Bernie, et al) has appeared in numerous shows, Galas and Salons for 42nd Street Moon. In 2012 she was Sweet Sue in Sugar and Rosa, the Italian maid, in Carmelina. She also completed filming a webseries called Back of the House. She has presented one-woman shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. Other acting work includes standardized patient simulation for medical schools. She studied Opera Theatre Arts and Classical Voice at Indiana University, American Conservatory Theatre and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
   
Zac Schuman Zac Schuman (Ensemble) is making his debut at 42nd Street Moon. He was last seen onstage in Smokey Joe's Cafe with 6th Street Playhouse in Santa Rosa. His favorite roles include: Yankee Pot Roast in ...and Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi (Cutting Ball Theatre), Jeff in I Love You Because (Lucky Penny Productions), Tim O'Reilly in Vaudeville (Willows Theatre Company), and Timms in The History Boys (New Conservatory Theatre Center). Zac is also an accomplished magician and hypnotist. www.zacschuman.com
   
David Visini David Visini (Ensemble) Previous 42nd Street Moon shows include Pal Joey (Louis) and Sugar (Blackie). Other credits include Dora the Explorer Live! (Swiper) with the Fox Theater, A Chorus Line (Mark) at Broadway by the Bay, and ensemble roles in White Christmas, Gypsy, Curtains, The Music Man, The Wedding Singer, Singin’ in the Rain and Brigadoon. He has choreographed for Pied Piper Players, San Mateo High School Dance Ensemble, and served as an assistant choreographer for 42nd Street Moon and Hillbarn Theater Company. 
   
Zack Thomas Wilde Zack Thomas Wilde* (George, Benny, et al) danced with ballet companies in New York, Holland, Italy, and South Africa after studying Theater at UCSB. He played The Palace and worked with Diana Rigg, Shirley MacLaine, Joe Namath, Howard McGillin, Jerry Mitchell, Woody Allen, and Franco Zeffirelli, to name drop a few. He is a portrait painter, and has won several national bridge awards (2002 and 2003). He directed Pal Joey and Strike Up the Band at 42nd Street Moon, and choreographed and performed in several shows here as well.
 
Skye Violet Wilson Skye Violet Wilson (Ensemble) returns to 42nd Street Moon for her fifth production after appearing in Pal Joey, Of Thee I Sing, Sugar, and Oh, Kay! Other recent credits: Singin' in the Rain, Diablo Theatre Company; Cabaret (Fritzie), Scrooge (Dance Captain, Gypsy Robe), The Wizard of Oz, Cabrillo Stage; Into the Woods (Witch), Scotts Valley Performing Arts; Follies (Young Sally), The Tabard Theatre Company. Skye holds a BA in Music and Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University. Proud EMC. www.skyevioletwilson.com.
   
 
C R E A T I V E  
  Eric Inman (Director) is making his 42nd Street Moon debut directing Little Me. Mr. Inman served as the Artistic Director for the Willows Theatre Company from 2010 to 2012. Directing credits include: A Doll’s House, 9 to 5: The Musical, The Light in the Piazza, Chess: The Musical, Chicago (SFBATCC and Shellie nomination, Best Director), Once on This Island, Rags, The Laramie Project and The Normal Heart. As a playwright, he saw the World Premiere Production of his play Bound by Blood produced in the City this past October. Eric will be directing and producing the feature film version of Bound by Blood this fall. He is also the founder and president of Maxed Out Productions, LLC, a video and film production company. For more information visit: www.ericjpinman.com.
   
  Brandon Adams (Music Director) is thrilled to be back at 42nd Street Moon. His last production here was Oh, Kay! A recipient of numerous Bay Area awards for Music Direction, Brandon has MD'ed three Bay Area premiers: Last Five Years at Playhouse West, the revised version of Flower Drum Song at Woodminster, and Musical of Musicals, the Musical! at Center Rep. Favorite credits include: Funny Girl, Girl Crazy, Me and My Girl, Too Many Girls, and Something for the Boys. Recent productions include Lucky Stiff, Old Wicked Songs, and Xanadu at Center Rep.
   
  Staci Arriaga (Choreographer) choreographed Zorba and Oh, Kay! for 42nd Street Moon last season. You might also remember her choreography for Moon’s productions of Mack & MabelThe Student Gypsy, or Girl Crazy. She has been teaching dance for over 20 years and choreographing musical theatre for the last 17 years. Ms. Arriaga’s choreography has been seen in Solano, Contra Costa, and Sonoma Counties as well as around the San Francisco Bay Area. She has earned two Dean Goodman Awards, one Elly Award and several Arty Awards.
   
  Tanya Telson* (Stage Manager) is a Bay Area native and recently stage managed the 3 Girls Theater production of The Couch as well as 42nd Street Moon’s productions of Sugar, Oh, Kay!Strike Up the Band and Babes in Arms. Other credits include stage management for Jerry Springer: the Opera and Baby (Ray of Light Theatre) and assistant stage management for the American Conservatory Theater’s productions of The Importance of Being EarnestLuminescence Dating, and Red Scare on Sunset. She is a member of Actors’ Equity Association.
   
  Christian Mejia (Lighting Designer) is a resident designer with New Conservatory Theatre Center where he has lit and created projections for many shows. Some of his favorite projects at New Conservatory include A Perfect Ganesh, Waiting for Giovanni, and Rights of Passage. A graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, he has received gracious recognition for his work, including a Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award (Into the Clear Blue Sky, Sleepwalkers Theatre) and a Lighting Artists in Dance Award (PunkkiCo Dance Company).
   
  Hector Zavala (Production Manager, Set Designer, Assistant Stage Manager) Some of Hector’s recent work includes designing the set for The Sound of Music at Notre Dame de Namur University and designing costumes for Ching Chong Chinaman at City Lights. He also recently served as choreographer for Stalking Christopher Walken (SF Fringe Festival). For 42nd Street Moon, his design work includes the costumes and sets for Carnival!, Pal Joey, Carmelina, Of Thee I Sing and Zorba. Also a performer, look for Hector’s solo show at the SF Fringe Festival later this year. In his spare time, Hector also designs bags. Check out his latest "love Mi Bag" designs in a few San Francisco stores or visit his website, www.hectorzavala.com.
   
  Stephanie Suarez (Costume Designer) is a senior at San Francisco State University getting her BA in Latino/a Studies and Theatre. One of her many goals is to combine Latino/a Studies and Theatre, bringing culture to life. She has worked on 42nd Street Moon’s productions of Carnival! and Of Thee I Sing. She has also worked with Rainbow Theatre as a costume designer for, Oh Pachamama, Oh Mother! and the Serpent and the Four Seasons.
   
  Sean McStravick (Prop Master) has had his designs seen in theatres all over the West Coast. Favorite designs include: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry V, Macbeth, Vemigoths (world premiere), CHESS, Cabaret, The Who's Tommy, Metamorphoses, A Lie of the Mind, Harold and Maude, and A Life in the Theatre.
   
  Annie Yang (Costume Intern) was born and raised in Taiwan. She lived and studied in Tokyo for four years before coming to the States. She received her AA from the Bunka Fashion College and currently majors in Fashion Technical Design at the Academy of Art University. An enthusiastic and passionate person, she likes to infuse her diverse cultural and travel experiences into her designs. Her inspirations are derived from a variety of aspects, including movies, architecture, interior design and life experiences. She likes to experiment with different textures of fabric multiplications that help her create some interesting shapes and patterns in her work.  Annie helped design some of the costumes for our productions of Carnival! and Pal Joey this season.
   
 

* 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