The California company's 12th season will also switch to a July-June calendar from its current January-December year. To bridge the gap from this season's winter closing to the new season's fall opening, 42nd Street Moon will present two of the aforementioned productions in the spring.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Leo Robin and a book by Joseph Fields and Anita Loos, will play March 24-April 18, 2004. The musical featuring the infamous Lorelei Lee has such songs as "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," "Bye Bye, Baby," "A Little Girl from Little Rock," "Just a Kiss Apart," and "I Love What I'm Doin'."
The American premiere of The Cabaret Girl will hit the San Francisco stage April 28-May 16, 2004. The Jerome Kern-P.G. Wodehouse-George Grossmith musical seen in London's West End follows a late-night cabaret troupe that impersonates nobility in an attempt to win a society boyfriend for a fellow songstress.
Cole Porter and Abe Burrows' Can-Can will officially start the new season Oct. 6-31, 2004. The musical which helped launch Gwen Verdon, centers on a battle between a judge and a nightclub owner during La Belle Epoque in Paris. The classic Porter score includes "I Love Paris," "C'est Magnifique," "It's All Right With Me," "Allez Vous-En," "Live and Let Live," "I Am in Love," and the title song.
Hooray For What?, featuring the music of Harold Arlen, lyrics of E.Y. (Yip) Harburg and book by Howard Lindsay, Russel Crouse and Harburg, is set for a Nov. 10-28, 2004, run. A rarely-produced work, the musical follows the story of a scientist who accidentally invents a powerful weapon. Lea DeLaria (On The Town) will star as the comic lead in Once Upon A Mattress, Dec. 8, 2004-Jan. 2, 2005. The musical retelling of "The Princess and the Pea" features music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer and a book by Dean Fuller, Jay Thompson and Barer.
Burton Lane, Alan Jay Lerner and Joseph Styne penned the musical Carmelina, which will sing March 30-April 17, 2005. The comedy centers on an Italian woman pretending to be the widow of a World War II soldier, accepting moneys from three soldiers who think he is the father of her daughter.
The new season will conclude with The Boys From Syracuse April 27-May 22, 2005. Adapted from Shakespeare, the musical farce follows two sets of twins through the mistaken identity comedy. Richard Rodgers composed music with lyrics by Lorenz Hart and book by George Abbott.
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