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 continues its fifth season of reviving "Lost Musicals."
So popular was their 1994 concert staging of Cole Porter's Something For The Boys, Moon will restage the 1943 piece with many of the same cast members, including Meg Mackay in the Ethel Merman role of Blossom Hart. Also on hand will be Stephanie Rhoads and Lesley Hamilton, with 42nd Street Moon co-founder Greg MacKellan directing. The show features a book by Herbert & Dorothy Fields and such Porter tunes as "Hey, Good Lookin'," "Leader Of A Big-Time Band" and "Something For The Boys."
But that's not all -- the production will be recorded as the first in Moon's new Lost Musical Recording Series, to be released around Thanksgiving this year.
Boys replaces Porter's tale of war-time wives, Let's Face It!, scheduled to run the same dates. A spokesperson from the Carla Befera press office wasn't sure whether Let's Face It would resurface in 42nd Street Moon's following season.
Up next in Moon's current "Composer-Lyricist Festival" will be Hugh Martin and Timothy Grey's 1964 High Spirits, based on Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit. Rhoads and Hamilton play two wives haunting a newly married man. Joseph Lustig plays Charles the husband; Winifred Freedman plays Mme. Arcati. "I Know Your Heart," "Something Tells Me" and "Forever And A Day" are songs in the show, which runs Aug. 7-24. Then comes 1954's Fanny -- the first show David Merrick ever produced -- will be the fourth Moon show, telling the story 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. 3-21, Fanny features such songs as "Panisse And Son," "To My Wife," and "Welcome Home." Barbara Heroux directs.
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." Jubilee will be directed by Greg MacKellan.
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 Street Moon's 1997 Lost Musical Series," subtitled "The Composer And Lyricist Festival," call (415) 861-8972.
--By David Lefkowitz