Monthly Archives: May 2011

SCT MEMORY BOUTIQUE Now Open Online

42ND STREET t-shirts are now avail­able at SCT’s online store shop.sctlivetheatre.com

SCT’s new online shop for wear­ables, books, and other mem­o­ra­bilia is now open online at shop.sctlivetheatre.com. The first items avail­able are 42ND STREET t-shirts for patrons, cast, and crew. Cast and crew can get a gen­er­ous dis­count on their own shirt by ask­ing Jim Cole­man or Box Office Man­ager Araceli Corona (473‑2424) for the “coupon code” and enter­ing it when they check out of the store. Only one dis­counted t-shirt will be avail­able per cast or crew mem­ber, but on the plain shirt patrons can enjoy a 25% dis­count by pur­chas­ing five or more. Nick Elliott and his committee’s much antic­i­pated 60TH Anniver­sary mem­o­ries book is also on pre-sale. In the future, there will be many, many more pleas­ant sur­prises com­ing from the SCT Mem­ory Bou­tique. You can pay with your Visa, Mas­ter­Card, Dis­cover or Amer­i­can Express card, and also through your Pay­Pal account. All pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the Arts and Edu­ca­tion pro­grams of Stock­ton Civic The­atre. Please enjoy!

42ND STREET — Part II in the Series

This is Part II in a four part 42ND STREET blog series by Jim Cole­man. Part III will be pub­lished on Fri­day, May 20.

Poster art by David Occhino will be used to pub­li­cize the 2011 Stock­ton Civic The­atre pro­duc­tion of 42ND STREET

My con­nec­tion with 42ND STREET started in 1983. I had just fin­ished con­duct­ing the ill-fated revival of MAME, star­ring Angela Lans­bury, when my good friend, Lee Roy Reams, who played the orig­i­nal Billy Lawlor on Broad­way, called me and asked if I would be inter­ested in work­ing with the Los Ange­les com­pany of 42ND STREET.  I was, of course, very inter­ested, but didn’t know if any­thing would come of it. Three days later, my agent received a call from the David Mer­rick office express­ing their inter­est in me doing it. The deal was made, and three months later, rehearsals started in Los Ange­les. Some of the prin­ci­pals from the Broad­way com­pany made the trip to LA. They were my friend Lee Roy, Mil­li­cent Mar­tin, Car­ole Cook, Jon Cypher, and Nana Vis­i­tor. The cho­rus was hired in LA so the pro­duc­ers could save money on per diem. We rehearsed in what is now the Kodak The­atre for seven weeks and then moved into the Shu­bert The­atre in Cen­tury City for a year’s run. That com­pany had 55 peo­ple in it. Our SCT pro­duc­tion doesn’t have that many, for obvi­ous reasons.

I never got tired of doing this show. No mat­ter what kind of mood I was in when I went to work, I always left feel­ing that all was right with the world.

EDITOR NOTE: Jim Cole­man was nom­i­nated for the Los Ange­les “Critic’s Pick Award” for his musi­cal direc­tion of 42ND STREET at the his­toric Schu­bert The­atre in Cen­tury City, Los Angeles.

42ND STREET — In rehearsal and everybody’s happy!

From Direc­tor Jim Cole­man, this is the first of a four part News & Cues series.

Jim Cole­man — 42ND Street Director

We are very excited to be in full rehearsal for our clos­ing show of the Sea­son, 42ND STREET! This is a clas­sic musi­cal com­edy in every way. The songs are famil­iar, it’s full of won­der­ful tap danc­ing, it’s funny, and it is a look back at an era long past. The show started out as a novel by Brad­ford Ropes, then was made into the iconic film in 1933, which starred Dick Pow­ell, Ruby Keeler, and Gin­ger Rogers. The film was con­sid­ered dark for it’s time, with peo­ple jump­ing out of win­dows dur­ing the depres­sion, but it was still thrilling and inno­v­a­tive, with the mag­i­cal chore­og­ra­phy of Busby Berke­ley. Gower Cham­pion directed the Broad­way incar­na­tion of the film, which remains true to the source mate­r­ial and is dif­fer­ent at the same time. The dark­ness is gone — nobody is throw­ing him­self out of a win­dow —  but the joys and tribu­la­tions of putting on a Broad­way show are there in spades. The score is full of songs we all know: “You’re Get­ting to Be a Habit with Me,” “Shuf­fle Off to Buf­falo,” “Lul­laby of Broad­way,” and “We’re in the Money,” as well as the title song.

To be con­tin­ued Thurs­day, May 19

THE ODD COUPLE — Two More Weekends!

Felix and Oscar wel­come the girls…ah…ladies…er…Pigeon sisters!

The PIGEON sis­ters just love “poor FELIX!”

Don’t miss this fab­u­lously funny com­edy clas­sic! Neil Simon’s The Odd Cou­ple has hit the halfway mark of its run at SCT, with two more week­ends yet to play — through May 29. Good seats are still avail­able for this fresh new pro­duc­tion of the show whose title has become a house­hold expres­sion in Amer­ica. Watch Oscar Madi­son, Felix Unger, and a host of their friends as they work their way through a great num­ber of  “inter­est­ing sit­u­a­tions.” Tick­ets are avail­able at the SCT Box Office from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Tues­day through Fri­day, and an hour before the shows, or 24/7 online. Sat­ur­day night adult tick­ets are being sold at a two for one dis­count ($25) avail­able only through the Box Office at 2312 Rose­marie Lane, (209) 473‑2424.

A Call for HELP!

The Wal­mart Chaise lounge.

Our ever indus­tri­ous Director-Actress Elaine Sac­ulla has put out the word that she needs a “tra­di­tional” Chaise lounge as a prop for both 42ND Street and I Do, I Do. She is hav­ing a hard time find­ing one. Do you have one in your garage, or do you have a source? We could buy this one from Wal­mart, but it’s a lit­tle steep at $399 plus tax! Color and exact style do not nec­es­sar­ily need to be the same. If you can help, please email the Mar­ket­ing Direc­tor at marketing@sctlivetheatre.com, or just talk to Elaine.