42nd Street Moon, the second-oldest musical theatre concert revival series in the world, will take San Francisco on a European Holiday in the its 2000 season, traversing the globe from the British Isles to Athens to Hungary and France.
First, however, there will be a brief stay in...Atlantic City, New Jersey. With special arrangements from the Gershwin estate, 42nd Street Moon will present the first production of George and Ira's Funny Face in 20 years, running March 17-21 at the Gershwin Theatre. Originally a Fred Astaire vehicle and later somewhat revised as the Tommy Tune starrer, My One And Only, Face features some classic Gershwin tunes including "'S Wonderful," "Funny Face," "My One & Only," "He Loves & She Loves" and "High Hat."
Then it's off to Europe. First destination: modern-day Athens, where the Greek gods have decided to make a visit to humanity. Out of This World, a 1951 comedy by Cole Porter, offers "From This Moment," "Cherry Pies Ought To Be You," "Nobody's Chasing Me," "I Am Loved" and "They Couldn't Compare To You." Steven Rhyne, Stephanie Rhoads and Caroline Altman star in the musical, running July 12-30 at the Eureka Theatre.
In August, the British Isles serve as the stop for Johnny Mercer and Andre Previn's 1974 musical, The Good Companions adapted from the J.B. Priestly novel. Set during the Great Depression, Companions follows a troupe of musical hall performers across Britain as they fall in and out of love with each other. It features the songs "Stagestruck," "The Pleasure of Your Company" and "The Dance of Life." Good Companions runs Aug. 9-27.
France was home to Jean Giraudoux's Mad Woman of Chaillot, the inspiration for Jerry Herman's 1969 musical Dear World. A flop when it opened at Broadway's Mark Hellinger, World is one of Jerry Herman's least-heard scores, which includes the title tune, "Kiss Her Now," "I Don't Want To Know," "I've Never Said I Love You" and "Through the Bottom of the Glass." Angela Lansbury starred in the original; 42nd Street Moon regular Meg Mackay will take her role as the madwoman in this revival, running Sept. 6-24. The "European Holiday's" final stop will be Hungary in the Rodgers & Hart show I Married An Angel. A repeat revival for the Moon, Angel's upbeat 1938 musical comedy features "Spring is Here," "I Married An Angel," "I'll Tell the Man in the Street" and "At the Roxy Music Hall." Lesley Hamilton returns as Peggy Palaffi, the angel sent to a Budapest banker who swears he will marry no one but a heavenly creature.
Subscriptions are $120; individual tickets run from $25-$13. The Gershwin Theatre, the home for Funny Face, is located at 2350 Turk Street. The Eureka Theatre, where the rest of the season will rest, is located at 215 Jackson Street at Battery. For reservations, call (415) 281-5868.
-- By Christine Ehren