Marcovicci Is Coco for 42nd Street Moon Beginning April 24

News   Marcovicci Is Coco for 42nd Street Moon Beginning April 24 Andrea Marcovicci portrays Coco Chanel in 42nd Street Moon Theatre's production of the little-seen musical Coco, which begins performances at the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco April 24.
Andrea Marcovicci as Coco Chanel.
Andrea Marcovicci as Coco Chanel. Photo by David Allen

The cabaret favorite is joined onstage by Nina Josephs as Noelle, CJ Blankenship as Georges, Michael Patrick Gaffney as Louis Greff, Tom Orr as Sebastien Baye, Sandy Schlechter as Pignol, Sean Patrick Murtagh as Alex/Rosenberry, Randel Hart as Julian/Berkwit, Lisa Hensley as Jeanine, Beverly Viljoen as Solange, Coley Grundman as Charles Ginsbourne, Steve Vaught as Dr. Pettijean/Bernstone, Tom Reardon as Papa, Casi Maggio as Simone and Heather Gordon as Colette.

Mark D. Kaufmann directs the production with musical direction by Michael Horsley and fashion show choreography by Jayne Zaban.

The 1969 musical features book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner with music by André Previn. Song titles include "Always Mademoiselle," "The World Belongs to the Young," "When Your Lover Says Goodbye," "Fiasco" and "Coco."

Coco, according to 42nd Street Moon, is described as such: "Set in the early 1950s, when Chanel was considered a has-been, Lerner and Previn's musical memory play focuses on the Divine Coco's amazing comeback — as well as her battles with a jealous rival designer and the boyfriend of her protégé."

Katharine Hepburn played Coco Chanel in the musical's Broadway debut at the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Directed by Michael Benthall, Coco opened at the Hellinger Dec. 18, 1969, and played 329 regular performances before closing Oct. 3, 1970. The cast also featured René Auberjonois, who won a Tony for his performance as Sebastian Baye. Andrea Marcovicci starred on Broadway in the short-lived musical Ambassador and in Frank D. Gilroy's Any Given Day. Her screen credits include roles in "The Front," "Someone to Love," "Jack the Bear," "Who Is Henry Jaglom?," "The Water Engine" and "Trapper John, M.D." It has been the cabaret stage, however, where she has received the most acclaim. The singer-actress has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and in concert halls throughout the world. Her solo albums are numerous and include "Marcovicci Loves Movies," "What Is Love?," "Just Kern," "December Songs," "New Words," "Live from London" and "Some Other Time."

The 42nd Street Moon season also includes Peddling Rainbows: The Songs and Poetry of E.Y. "Yip" Harburg! (May 15-25) and Out of This World (June 5-29).

Coco plays the Eureka Theatre, located at 215 Jackson Street in San Francisco, CA. For tickets call (415) 255-8207 or visit www.42ndstmoon.org.