Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Like I was saying, Cole Porter is apparently popular

I didn't even realize this, but advertising to the general public for the annual Gala has not even started yet. The only people who officially "know" about it are people on 42nd St. Moon's mailing list and you, dear blog readers.

[In case you've lost track, it's in less than three weeks on May 23rd at 7PM at the Herbst Theatre in San Francisco at 401 Van Ness Avenue at McAllister.]

Even so, the prime seats are selling out to savvy season subscribers even as we speak. According to Moon administrator Annette: "The prime seats are going fast so don't delay... and "open to the public" advertising starts soon, so if you're a true-blue Moonie and want to be there... send your order in today!!"

She sounds excited.

Here's why you should be:

1. The composer is Cole Porter
He, one of the most beloved composers of the American musical theatre, is the man behind witty, bittersweet numbers such as Night and Day, So in Love, You're the Top, It's De-Lovely, Just One of Those Things, Begin the Beguine, Anything Goes and many many more.

2. The guest stars are top-notch
Whether from the world of Broadway, like Brent Barrett and Lea DeLaria, the world of cabaret like Klea Blackhurst and Andrea Marcovicci, or the world of dance like Lawrence Pech and Wendy Van Dyck, we've lined up the cream of the crop. One might even say they're "the top."

You may not be as geeky as me and admit to remembering Barrett from his All My Children days, but I'll redeem my geekiness by saying that I also saw Barrett as the Count in Grand Hotel, and he went on from there to play the romantic leading man in such Broadway revivals as Kiss Me Kate and Annie Get Your Gun. I hoe he won't mind me saying that he is perfectly yummy, and his gorgeous Broadway baritone is definitely part of that! Lea obviously is still fresh in your minds from her triumphant turn as Winifred in last December's Once Upon a Mattress. She has a recently released new CD, Double Standards, which I bought and which is quite cool and eclectic. If you'd like to see a Moon star before their triumphant turn, hen the Gala is the perfect opportunity to see Klea Blackhurst. It's the season opener, so this is your best chance to get a sneak peek at Klea. And Andrea Marcovicci is a gala tradition now...as Greg points out she's been in every one!

Lawrence Pech and Wendy Van Dyck are on board to perform as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers in a tribute to Cole Porter and his classic ballad "Night and Day." That is one of the most famous Astaire/Rogers numbers in their entire acclaimed career, so I'm pretty excited to see it.

3. Your favorite Moonies are also on board.
it wouldn't be the same if you didn't have some of your local favorites up there too, and this year they are represented by David Curley, Bill Fahrner, Michael Patrick Gaffney, Alexandra Kaprielian, Greg MacKellan, Anil Margsahayam, Meg Mackay, Lisa Peers, Darlene Popovic, Stephanie Rhoads, and Steve Rhyne. (And fabulous Dave Dobrusky is the Musical Director.)

4. There are benefit tickets for a range of budgets.
Sure, you can go for the $150-200 premium orchestra tickets, which include a gala reception with the artists following the performance. But there are prices ranging down to $60 in the balcony (it's a benefit, remember!) That's pretty good value if you ask me.

So, what to do: call (415) 392-4400 or buy online at: http://www.cityboxoffice.com/

And when to do it? Apparently pretty soon.

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