Davis, Rhoads, Knoll and More Cast in 42nd Street Moon's Ben Franklin in Paris

News   Davis, Rhoads, Knoll and More Cast in 42nd Street Moon's Ben Franklin in Paris
Casting has been announced for the 42nd Street Moon's upcoming production of the sixties musical Ben Franklin in Paris, which will begin performances at the Eureka Theatre Nov. 28.

Directed by Todd Nielsen, the production will officially open at the San Francisco venue Nov. 29 at 6 PM and play through Dec. 14.

The cast will feature Jackson Davis in the title role with Stephanie Rhoads as La Comtesse, Tony Panighetti as Beaumarchais, Andrew Willis-Woodward as Temple Franklin and Benjamin Knoll as the King. The ensemble will comprise Jennifer Eckman, David Kahawaii, Rob Hatzenbeller, Michael Cassidy, Tom Orr, Victor-Alexander Tapia, Buzz Halsing, Christopher Nelson, Gianna DeGeiso and Chelsea Nenni.

Ben Franklin in Paris, according to press notes, "chronicles Franklin's efforts to get King Louis of France to recognize the United States as a sovereign nation. . . The story is a somewhat fictionalized account of Franklin's adventures in the French capital, where he seeks support for the Colonies' war against England and recognition of the country as an independent nation. To this end he enlists the aid of an old friend Madame La Comtesse Diane de Vobrillac, a confidante to King Louis XVI."

The score, penned by Sidney Michaels and Mark Sandrich Jr., includes "Half the Battle," "I Invented Myself" and "We Sail the Seas," as well as two additional songs by Jerry Herman: "Too Charming" and "To Be Alone with You."

The creative team also includes musical director Dave Dobrusky, costume designer Louise Jarmilowicz, set designer Tom Orr and lighting designer Gerald "rover" Spotts. The Eureka Theatre is located at 215 Jackson Street in San Francisco, CA. For tickets, priced $24-$42, call (415) 255-8207 or visit www.42ndstmoon.org.

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