Cole Porter Musical Farce Out of This World at 42nd Street Moon
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The last date listed for Out of This World was Saturday June 28, 2008 / 6:00pm.
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This Cole Porter musical was presented with a lot of love, talent, and humor. And once again how lucky for those of us who attend 42nd Street Moon productions are to hear the human voice without amplification. It is truly a fun show if one can go along with the idea of the god, Jupiter, falling in love with a mere mortal who is a movie star so in her own way quite immortal. That is really all one need know. And then just sit back and enjoy the show.
Quotes & Highlights
“A five-star delight…Cole Porter’s blissfully silly musical will leave you grinning at its exuberance, liveliness and sheer panache.” —The Independent of London
Out of This World (1950) opened when Cole Porter’s previous show Kiss Me, Kate was still running, and rumor had it that the new show was headed for the same success. Tryout reports from Boston—where many of the lines and lyrics had to be altered to pass the notoriously tough Blue Laws—promised a smart and sexy follow-up with a score to match Kate_’s. Despite Porter’s sublime musical score and the antics of beloved star Charlotte Greenwood, critics found the script wanting and the musical closed after six months. Many different directors and authors had a go at revising it, including Rick Besoyan (_Little Mary Sunshine) and Lawrence Kasdan (in a version entitled Heaven Sent). Moon’s Artistic Director Greg MacKellan had a go at revising Dwight Taylor’s original script in 2000.
“We had a meeting with the Cole Porter Trust principals. Robert Montgomery was the attorney at the time, and he sent me home with seven different versions of the script and encouraged me to see what I might be able to come up with,” MacKellan said. His take on the 1950 musical received high praise from Bay Area critics, and was produced in Seattle in 2001. England’s Chichester Festival heard about the “new” Cole Porter musical, and the show was mounted there in 2004 starring Anne Reid. The London critics took notice and lavishly praised the Chichester production.
Cabaret diva Darlene Popovic returns as the goddess June, with Steve Rhyne as Mercury, and 42nd Street Moon co-Founding Artistic Director Stephanie Rhoads as Helen Vance. Megan Cavanagh, who co-starred as Marla in the film “A League of Their Own” and is featured in the Logo TV series “Exes and Ohs,” is featured as gossip columnist Isadora St. John.
Directed by Greg MacKellan, Moon’s Founding Artistic Director
Musical direction by Dave Dobrusky
Choreography by Jayne Zaban
About the Ticket Supplier: 42nd Street Moon
During the 1920s and early 1930s, the bright lights of Broadway were known as “The 42nd Street Moon,” honoring the theatre’s most exciting thoroughfare. San Francisco’s 42nd Street Moon—named after the popular Broadway sobriquet—is now in its seventeenth season. To date they have presented 95 rarely performed musicals, as well as several revues celebrating the dazzling legacy of the 20th Century’s greatest musical theatre composers and lyricists. 42nd Street Moon makes great musicals sing again by finding (and often painstakingly restoring) “lost” classics. Their productions are fully acted, sung, and performed in an intimate production format with choreography, minimal costumes and set decoration, and accompaniment only by piano or small ensemble. In this way the story, characterization, dance, and music can be enjoyed in its purest form at affordable ticket prices for all audiences.