Encores! in NY, Reprise in LA and Discover in London aren't the only companies bringing vintage musicals back to the stage in concert form; San Francisco's 42nd Street Moon company began its fifth season of bringing back "Lost Musicals" with Irving Berlin's Face The Music.
Now up, and fourth in the season, is 1954's Fanny -- the first show David Merrick ever produced. Fanny tells of a French girl who, assuming her lover to be lost at sea, marries an older man. Harold Rome wrote the score for this S.N. Behrman and Josh Logan musical based on three plays by Marcel Pagnol. Running Sept. 3-Sept. 21 (and officially opening Sept. 4), Fanny features such songs as "Panisse And Son," "To My Wife," and "Welcome Home."
Here's the rest of the 42nd Street Moon season:
* Something For The Boys, a 1943 Ethel Merman hit, with a book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields and music by Cole Porter. The show tells of a cynical urban trio who learn they've inherited a Texas ranch -- one that abuts an army base. Boys begins Oct. 1, opens Oct. 2, and runs to Oct. 19. (This selection replaces the previously announced Cole Porter musical, Let's Face It!.)
Meg Mackay stars as Blossom (the Merman role). Songs in the show -- including "Leader Of A Big-Time Band" and the title tune -- will be recorded for 42nd Street Moon's first-ever cast recording CD, part of the "Lost Musical Recording Series."
* Porter returns Oct. 29-Nov. 16 with Jubilee, which was the first 42nd Street Moon revival five years ago. A zany 1935 look at British royalty, Jubilee features such songs as "Me & Marie," "Why Shouldn't I" and "A Picture Of Me Without You."
Moon co-founders Greg MacKellan and Stephanie Rhoads received a special Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award in 1996 for the company's work. For tickets ($15.50-$18.50; $90 subscriptions) and information on 42nd S Ÿon's 1997 Lost Musical Series," subtitled "The Composer And Lyricist Festival," call (415) 861-8972. For more information on other performances taking place at SF's New Conservatory Theatre on Van Ness Ave, please refer to the regional listing on Playbill On-Line.
--By David Lefkowitz