It's a grand night for singing no longer in San Francisco. The New Conservatory Theatre's "In Concert" revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's A Grand Night for Singing ends its run Jan. 21. Performances began Dec. 6.
When the Rodgers and Hammerstein revue appeared at the Roundabout in 1993, the 30-song retrospective of the duo's best-loved musicals received two Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical. Among the familiar songs offered in the evening are "Shall We Dance?," "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Maria?," "I'm Gonna Wash that Man Right Out of My Hair," "Honeybun," "Kansas City," "I Cain't Say No," "We Kiss in a Shadow," "Oh What a Beautiful Morning," "If I Loved You" and "The Gentleman is a Dope," among other tunes from South Pacific, The King and I, The Sound of Music, Oklahoma!, State Fair, Cinderella and Carousel.
Director Walter Bobbie conceived the original production. That cast, which featured Jason Graae, Gregg Edelman, Victoria Clark, Lynne Wintersteller and Alyson Reed, is preserved on Varese Sarabande records. Jonthan Tunick and Michael Gibson did the updated Rogers and Hammerstein orchestrations, with musical arrangements by Fred Wells.
Dylan McBride directs the New Conservatory production. Michael O'Dell, who joined Varla Jean Merman at the piano on her Enough About Me show, is the musical director.
Tickets are $30-$13 and available by calling the New Conservatory box office at (415) 861-8972. The New Conservatory Theatre Center is located 25 Van Ness Avenue near Market Street. — By Christine Ehren