A musical revue showcasing the songs of John Kander and Fred Ebb
On stage October 25 - November 10, 2013
Directed by Michael Ross
When it debuted in 1991, the New York Times’ Frank Rich said “The World Goes ‘Round” was “an unexpected delight: a handsome, tasteful, snazzily staged outpouring of song and dance.” This popular musical featuring audience favorites from the team of Kander and Ebb comes to the Napa Valley Playhouse October 25-November 10.
John Kander and Fred Ebb began writing music together in the early 1960s. One of their earliest compositions, “My Coloring Book,” was recorded by a rising young star by the name of Barbra Streisand, and their first big show – “Flora the Red Menace” – featured the Broadway debut of Liza Minelli. As they developed their signature bold and sassy style, the pair went on to create the songs for some of the most memorable stage musicals of the modern era, including “Cabaret” and “Chicago,” as well as scoring the Liza Minelli Film “New York, New York,” and in the 1990s wrote the music for the hit “Kiss of the Spider Woman.” Classic songs included in “The World Goes ‘Round” include “Cabaret,” “Money, Money,” “New York, New York,” “Mr. Cellophane,” and “All That Jazz,” to name just a few.
Director Michael Ross says, “The show is written as a 'jukebox musical' - a compilation of their music with no storyline. I have set the story in a coffee shop, and have embellished and rearranged the characters to include a homeless woman, a coffee shop girl, her boyfriend, a housewife, a businessman, a widower and a socialite journalist, and these characters tell their stories through the music of Kander and Ebb.”
A talented cast from across the North Bay has been assembled for the show: Therese Abalo, Gianna DiGregorio, Tina Lloyd Meals, Barbara McFadden, Tim Setzer, Patrick Sprinkel, and Ted von Pohle. Ellen Patterson is the Music Director while Tina Lloyd Meals is the Vocal Director and Staci Arriaga is the Choreographer. April George is the Production Manager and Lighting Designer, The set design is by Bill Kauffman and Barbara McFadden is the Costume Designer.
“The World Goes ‘Round” opens October 25 and runs through November 10 with Friday and Saturday evening shows at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $30 general admission and $27 for seniors, students over 21 and the military, or $15 for youth under 21. Get tickets here or call 707-255-5483.