Sunday, September 29, 2019

Hot Mikado is a jazzy fun night in San Francisco

The San Francisco cast knocked it out of the park! The production by 42nd Street Moon on opening night had the crowd buzzing. 

The first time Don and I saw the Hot Mikado was at the Westport Country Playhouse, in Westport, Connecticut back in the late 90's. The musical was more opera-like back then. This current adaptation by David Bell and Rob Bowman is much more contemporary and fun! The updates to the Gilbert and Sullivan songs are fresh and at times quite funny.

HOT MIKADO takes the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta masterpiece and amps it up with a killer jazz interpretation of the score performed by a multicultural cast who will have you dancing in the aisles! Welcome to Titipu, a town turned upside down by the arrival of Nanki-Poo, a roving trumpet player looking for his lost love, Yum Yum. Before long, he’s embroiled in the topsy-turvy machinations of Titipu’s powers-that-be, with hilarious results.

Enjoy a full evening in San Francisco with dinner after the show at one of two amazing restaurants which are just steps from the theatre, literally right across the street 5A5 Steak Lounge or Kokkari both offer amazing food and cocktails. Plus, bonus....there is plenty of free parking on the street!

42nd Street Moon's production of HOT MIKADO runs from September 25 – October 13, 2019, and will perform at San Francisco’s Gateway Theatre (215 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111).  Tickets range from $31 - $72 and can be purchased through the Box Office at (415) 255-8207 or online at

42nd Street Moon’s 2019-2020 season:
SCROOGE IN LOVE! (December 4 – 23, 2019)
A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER (February 26 – March 15, 2020)
THE PAJAMA GAME (April 15 – May 3, 2020)
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (the 1981 Musical) (May 13 – June 14, 2020)
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG (the 1934 Play) (May 20 – June 7, 2020)

The 2019-2020 season also includes the inauguration of two ambitious new programs: the BACK-TO-BACK SERIES and THE SONDHEIM SWEEP.

42nd Street Moon celebrates and preserves the art and spirit of the American Musical Theatre. The
organization contributes to its evolution and continuing vitality by presenting intimately produced
performances of classic and rarely performed musical works. Through productions, educational
programs, and community outreach, 42nd Street Moon is committed to increasing the awareness and
appreciation of the rich heritage and cultural perspective of the musical theatre and its vast influence
on the world stage. For more information, visit

Let me know if you go to the show!!


Sunday, July 7, 2019

Hairspray, the musical, is great date night fun

It's entertaining, energetic, and toe-tapping fun. Go see it!

From the minute the curtain opens you find yourself smiling and cheering for Tracy Turnblad, the social outcast turned social activist. 

(L - R) FRONT: Melissa Momboisse ("Penny Pingleton"), Cassie Grilley ("Tracy Turnblad") and Lauren Meyer ("Amber Von Tussle"); BACK: Bonnie Lafer ("Prudy Pingleton"), 
Scott Di Lorenzo (“Edna Turnblad”) and Sarah Sloan ("Velma Von Tussle") in Bay Area Musicals' 2019 Production of HAIRSPRAY. Photo: Ben Krantz Studio.

It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen, Tracy Turnblad, has only one desire – to dance on the popular "Corny Collins Show." When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob, Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network... all without denting her 'do!

Lauren Meyer ("Amber Von Tussle"), Cassie Grilley ("Tracy Turnblad"),  
Kamren Mahaney (“Link Larkin”) and Company in Bay Area Musicals' 2019 Production of HAIRSPRAY. Photo: Ben Krantz Studio.

The last time I saw Hairspray the musical it was the live TV version featuring some of Broadway's biggest stars (Harvey Feinstein, Kristin Chenoweth, Jennifer Hudson, Derek Hough). This San Francisco production does not disappoint! The voices of the cast are amazing and the dancing is wonderful and non-stop. Just wait until you see Dave Abrams fly through the air and shake his booty as Seaweed.

Dave J. Abrams ("Seaweed J. Stubbs") and Company in 
Bay Area Musicals' 2019 Production of HAIRSPRAY. Photo: Ben Krantz Studio.

The talent in the Bay area is impressive! Matthew McCoy and Leslie Waggoner have produced an amazing show. 

Bay Area Musicals’ production of HAIRSPRAY is directed and choreographed by Matthew McCoy, with music direction by Jon Gallo. Leslie Waggoner will serve as Assistant Choreographer. 

"I have been wanting to stage HAIRSPRAY ever since I first saw the show on Broadway," said Matthew McCoy. "I had never before seen a musical packed with so much heart, joy, laughter, exciting choreography, and electrifying music.

“If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. 
It’s irresistible!” 

– The New York Times

It signified a bright new era for the book musical comedy, and it was clear that the entire audience was having a ball. Now, almost twenty years later, the show has become a beloved classic. And with the specters of prejudice and intolerance increasingly front and center in our politics and news media, the message of HAIRSPRAY is more timely than ever: that all of us can walk together, hand in hand, no matter our size or the color of our skin. The big wigs, bright lights, and flashy dances will all be front and center in our production, with heart (and a few tears) sprinkle throughout as we look at where we've been, how far we've come, and how far we still must go." 

Cassie Grilley ("Tracy Turnblad") and Company in Bay Area Musicals' 2019 Production of HAIRSPRAY. Photo: Ben Krantz Studio.

What: Bay Area Musical’s production of HAIRSPRAY
When: Sat., July 6 – Sun., August 11, 2019
Where: Victoria Theatre (2961 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103)
Run Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.
Tickets: $35 - $65 and may be purchased online at

Bay Area Musicals’ upcoming 2019-2020 season will include:
GYPSY (November 9 – December 8, 2019)
THE FULL MONTY (February 15 - March 15, 2020)
A CHORUS LINE (April 11 - May 10, 2020)
TBA (July 11 - August 9, 2020). 

Subscriptions to the 2019- 2020 season are available now at

Bay Area Musicals (BAM!) is a professional, non-profit theatre organization dedicated to presenting the highest caliber of musical theatre in San Francisco. Founded in 2014, the Company strives to stimulate and inspire the San Francisco Bay Area community through high-caliber musical theater ranging from familiar classics to challenging new works; to produce professional musical theater at accessible ticket rates; and to engage the community through performance, outreach, and educational opportunities. 

For more information, visit

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Once the musical is a must see!

Last night Don and I went to Opening Night of the Tony award-winning musical Once performed by the 42nd Street Moon at the Gateway Theatre in San Francisco. 

The play is amazing.

The music is wonderful.

The cast is extremely talented.

You have to go see it.

You'll find yourself lost in the story and falling for the characters from the first scene.

Lucky for me I received an invitation from the theatre to attend Opening Night and boy am I glad I opened that email.

We got there early enough to watch their pre-show jam session of which the audience could participate in. We didn't get on stage. But it was wonderful! What a fun way to welcome the audience to the theatre. The energy on the stage was electric. I knew we were in for a great evening.

The most amazing part of the play is the musical talent all the actors have. Not only do they act, but they sing and play instruments. It's incredible.

I can see why ONCE was awarded the 2012 Tony Award for “Best Musical”!

I want to go again and take Elli - I know she will love it.

The play will be at the Gateway for just a few weeks. Don't miss out on your chance to see it.

DATES: June 12 – 30, 2019

WHERE: Gateway Theatre, 215 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111

TICKETS: $28 - $75 and may be purchased online at or by calling (415) 255-8207.

Once The Musical

42nd Street Moon’s production of ONCE is directed and choreographed by Cindy Goldfield, with music direction by Eryn Allen (Moon debut). The cast will accompany themselves on instruments. The cast of ONCE will feature Emma Berman as “Ivonka,” Matt Davis as “Bank Manager,” Jake Gale as “Švec,” Devin Renée Kelly as “Réza,” Corbin Mayer as “Guy,” Brady Morales Woolery* as “Andrej,” Ariela Morgenstern* as “Baruška,” Bryan Munar as “Eamon,” Olivia Nice* as “Girl,” Christina Owens as “Ex-Girlfriend,” Rob Ready as “Billy,” Colin Thomson* as “Da” and Myra Chachkin as “Emcee.” With the exception of Colin Thomson* - recently seen in in the title role in 42nd Street Moon’s FIORELLO! – all cast members are making their Moon debuts!

In addition to Ms. Goldfield (who will also be serving as Costume Designer) and Ms. Allen, the creative team will include Michael Palumbo as Lighting Designer, Brian Watson as Scenic Designer, Travis Rexroat as Sound Designer/Mic Operator, Lauren Howry* as Assistant Stage Manager and Alicia Lerner* as Stage Manager. 

“A love affair with music” – The New York Times

Based on the 2007 movie, ONCE tells of an Irish musician who learns to love and dream again through a fateful week with a Czech immigrant. Heart-breakingly romantic but also bursting with joy and humor ONCE features a lively folk score - with the onstage actors playing their own instruments - and is the only score to have won an Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Olivier Award. ONCE demonstrates the power that music has to connect us all.

“ONCE is the kind of show that gets inside you and rattles you with recognition,” said Director Cindy Goldfield. “In addition to the themes of immigration and cross-cultural migration, we watch the two characters connect and find a shared passion and sensibility, and while doing so, we remember our own version of this universal heartache. This is driven home by the presence, witnessing and participation of the ensemble. Not only are they there to create the gorgeous sound and add the various characters that populate the world of the play, but they are also an intrinsic part of the experience....while the actors themselves experience the recognition of just missing out on the ‘real thing.’ As John Carney (the director of the original source material film of the same name which stars the composers of the music, Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglova) commented, “It’s the ones who are gone who haunt you for the rest of your life. Instead of saying, ‘I love you’ or ‘I miss you,’ they just disappear.”

ONCE runs about two hours and fifteen minutes, including one intermission.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Better Way to Fundraise

by Kris Mulkey

I found a new fundraising company and I can't wait to tell you about them. 

I remember when I was a kid going door-to-door selling cookies, popcorn, ugly candles, gift wrap, and schlepping around the Current catalog. Do you remember their products? I dreaded asking people to buy something. And I really didn't look forward to going back to everyone to deliver the products they bought. In fact, one year I didn't. I hid the ugly candles in my closet. My mom found them tucked away in my closet hidden under stuffed animals. She was furious with me and had me deliver them immediately. I can imagine all the laughs the women in the neighborhood had getting their ugly Christmas candle at Easter. Not my best moment. 

No one really wanted anything. You could see it in their faces as they scanned the product sheet. I could tell they were just looking for the cheapest thing on the list. They wanted to help me out but didn't want to waste money on something that they would immediately turn around and sell in a garage sale or just donate to Goodwill. 

So I was super excited when I recently met Lily Kanter, the founder of a new company called Boon Supply. 

Her mission is to "Power the #Doer" to make it easier for people to get involved and give back to their communities.

She and her team have put together a product list of super cool stuff and they donate 40% of every sale. So far she has connected with dozens of schools, non-profits, and individuals. 

"Boon Supply was founded to make it easy for people to get involved and give back to their communities in meaningful ways."  

The products are cool. So cool that you'll shop there even if you aren't trying to help out a fundraiser. The bonus is that 40% of your purchase will support someone. 

I use notebooks like this every day. Why not buy it here? $20 bucks.

Here are more of my favorite things.

Love this vegan wallet. The tassel is my favorite part. $22

I bought this and keep it in my backpack. No more tangled cords! $12

Love these motivational pencils. $12

I need this phone holder stat. $14

Love these motivational totes. $22

Scented Soy Pomegranate candle $24 
(So much better than the candles I hid in the closet!!)

I immediately signed Elli up to raise money for her trip to Europe. I was thinking about a college fundraiser, too. We'll see how the Europe fundraiser goes. Shop > HERE. (please!!!)

Registering a fundraiser is super simple. 

1. Go to
2. Fill in your info
3. Write a short message about what you're raising money for
4. Upload a picture
5. Share the link with friends, family - all your connections

That's it. 

Think of BoonSupply when you are shopping for any product, gift, birthday present, anniversary gift, housewarming gift, Christmas, Hannukah, Valentine's Day, back-to-school shopping, office gifts....I could go on and on. Why not?! Right?

And guess what!? Elli is starting an internship with Boon Supply this month! Can't wait to see what she does. She's super excited to be working with a brand that gives back to others. 

Click here to check out their catalog.