Here's a situation that doesn't "need analyzin'," as Mrs. Sally Adams observed in Call Me Madam: San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon concert revival of the Irving Berlin classic is so popular that even before its Nov. 25 preview, two additional performances were added to the run.
Official opening was Nov. 27. The original Dec. 20 close date was been extended with the addition of two shows: 6 PM Dec. 26 and 2 PM Dec. 27, the final performance.
The 1950 Washington, DC satire, about a socialite who becomes an ambassador, originally starred Ethel Merman in the lead role of Mrs. Sally Adams. She won a Tony Award for it.
The 42nd Street Moon staging, part of the "Delicious Dames of Broadway!" season, is staged at the New Conservatory Theater Center in San Francisco.
Local cabaret star Meg Mackay will belt out "You're Just in Love," "Hostess With the Mostess" and more. The score also includes such songs as "The Ocarina," "They Like Ike" and "It's a Lovely Day Today." Also in the cast: Greg Grabow, Arwen Anderson, Jon DiSavino, Steve Patterson, Michael Shipley, John McWhorter, Bill Fahrner, Don Cima, Catherine Sheldon, Eric Letourneau, Bob Visini and Alison Bloomfield. 42nd Street Moon co-founder Greg MacKellan will direct, with David Dobrusky music-directing.
The New Conservatory Theater Center is at 25 Van Ness Avenue (at Van Ness and Market). Tickets are $10-$20. Call (415) 861-8972.
Previously, 42nd St. Moon is presented the rare 1933 Cole Porter musical Nymph Errant Oct. 29-Nov. 15.
-- By Kenneth Jones