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!
This is Part II in a four part 42ND STREET blog series by Jim Coleman. Part III will be published on Friday, May 20.
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.
From Director Jim Coleman, this is the first of a four part News & Cues series.
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or just talk to Elaine.