Monday, February 14, 2005

A Benefit for a former Moonie, Scrumbly Koldewyn

Scrumbly Koldewyn was an occasional musical director for 42nd St. Moon back in the early days. I was lucky enough to work with him on "Something For the Boys.

I remember that he wanted to start working with the Banner Sisters trio (me, Dyan McBride and Moon co-founder Stephanie Rhoades) ahead of the official rehearsal start, so we met up at his home in Berkeley. One of those charming homes filled with memorabilia from a well-lived life.

But Scrumbly has had quite the life outside the Moon. Here's his brief, official bio:

Richard "Scrumbly" Koldewyn, a founding member of the Cockettes, recently celebrated in the documentary of that name, Scrumbly also founded The Distractions, one of the first a capella new wave groups. In 1984, Scrumbly helped found The Jesters Vocal Trio. For 14 years, the trio has faithfully recreated the glorious harmonies of the 1920's and 1930's. A winner of the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle award, several San Francisco Bay Area Gold Awards, and a Dean Goodman Choice award, Scrumbly also had the honor of having a city holiday named for him on the occasion of his 50th birthday.

Anyway, last month Scrumbly suffered a heart attack and underwent two angioplastys. Artists and performers aren't exactly the most well-insured folks on earth, so a bunch of San Francisco creative icons are coming together to throw Scrumbly a benefit on Monday, February 28th at the New Conservatory Theatre.

There will be a number of performers and lots of festivities, including the Moon's own Meg Mackay.

The cost is only $35/person, but it will mean so much. Benefit details are here.

Since today is Valentine's Day, consider sending some love Scrumbly's way!

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