42nd Street Moon's Ben Franklin in Paris Begins Performances Nov. 28

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The 42nd Street Moon's production of the 1964 musical Ben Franklin in Paris begins performances at the Eureka Theatre Nov. 28.
Jackson Davis and Stephanie Rhoads in Ben Franklin in Paris
Jackson Davis and Stephanie Rhoads in Ben Franklin in Paris Photo by David Allen

Directed by Todd Nielsen, the production will officially open at the San Francisco venue Nov. 29 at 6 PM and play through Dec. 14. The cast features Jackson Davis in the title role with Stephanie Rhoads as La Comtesse, Tony Panighetti as Beaumarchais, Andrew Willis-Woodward as Temple Franklin and Benjamin Knoll as the King. The ensemble comprises Jennifer Ekman, David Kahawaii, Rob Hatzenbeller, Michael Cassidy, Tom Orr, Victor-Alexander Tapia, Buzz Halsing, Christopher Nelson, Gianna DeGeiso and Chelsea Nenni.

Ben Franklin in Paris, according to press notes, "chronicles Franklin's efforts to get King Louis of France to recognize the United States as a sovereign nation. . . The story is a somewhat fictionalized account of Franklin's adventures in the French capital, where he seeks support for the Colonies' war against England and recognition of the country as an independent nation. To this end he enlists the aid of an old friend Madame La Comtesse Diane de Vobrillac, a confidante to King Louis XVI."

The score, penned by Sidney Michaels and Mark Sandrich Jr., includes "Half the Battle," "I Invented Myself" and "We Sail the Seas," as well as two additional songs by Jerry Herman: "Too Charming" and "To Be Alone with You."

Robert Preston created the title role on Broadway.

The creative team also includes musical director Dave Dobrusky, costume designer Louise Jarmilowicz, set designer Tom Orr and lighting designer Gerald "rover" Spotts.

The Eureka Theatre is located at 215 Jackson Street in San Francisco, CA. For tickets, priced $24-$42, call (415) 255-8207 or visit www.42ndstmoon.org.

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