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Noel Coward and Elaine Stritch backstage after the Broadway opening of "Sail Away."

42nd Street Moon Season Shines Light on Undersung Gems

The slate includes shows by Noel Coward, Frank Loesser and Rodgers and Hart, as well as a new sequel to ‘A Christmas Carol’ starring Jason Graae.

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIF.: 42nd Street Moon has announced its 2015–16 season, its 23rd, which will offer another slate of rarely produced musicals, alongside a holiday world premiere.

The season begins with Noel Coward’s 1961 show Sail Away (Oct. 28–Nov. 15), about a bon vivant who leads a group of Americans on a tour of the Mediterranean. The show’s London and Broadway premieres starred Elaine Stritch.

Then comes a new spin on Ebenezer Scrooge’s story in the world premiere of Scrooge in Love (Nov. 25–Dec. 15), which takes place a year after Scrooge’s famous Christmas Eve conversion. With music by Larry Grossman, lyrics by Kellen Blair
and book by Duane Poole, it will star Jason Graae.

The Rodgers and Hart classic The Boys From Syracuse (March 23-April 17, 2016), their 1938 take (with book writer George Abbott) on Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, takes the stage next.

Frank Loesser’s 1956 masterpiece The Most Happy Fella (April 27–May 15, 2016) follows, telling the tale of an Italian vintner who falls in love with a waitress and goes to extreme lengths to win her.

Closing out the season will be a celebration of the work of composer Jule Styne in Coming Up Roses: The Jule Styne Salon (May 9–10, 2016).

The mission of 42nd Street Moon is to celebrate and preserve the art and spirit of the American musical theatre.

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