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SFArtsED Players to revive Pulitzer prize winning musical Fiorello!

By December 17, 2009Press

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (December 17, 2009)

The San Francisco Arts Education Project (SFArtsED) celebrates the ninth year of its musical theater company, The SFArtsED Players, with three weekend performances of Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize winning, Fiorello! at San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre (215 Jackson Street, between Front and Battery) for a three-week engagement beginning Friday, February 5; with a Gala fundraiser Saturday February 20th at 2:00pm.

JOIN US ON FEBRUARY 20th for our BENEFIT PERFORMANCE with host B.D. WONG, Tony Award winning actor and star of television’s Law and Order.

Tickets range in price from $10 for students and seniors, and $15 for adults and are available by phone at 415.392.4400 and on the Web at www.cityboxoffice.com. All tickets for the Gala performance are $30.

One of only seven musicals to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Fiorello! is based on the life of New York City mayor Fiorello H. LaGuardia.  The book is by Jerome Weidman and George Abbott, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and music by Jerry Bock. The musical follows the life of LaGuardia during World War I and ten years later.  As mayor of New York City, LaGuardia reformed city politics by helping end Tammany Hall’s formidable political machine.

These special performances of Fiorello! are a collaboration of SFArtsED, the School of the Arts High School Technical Theater program (SOTA) and Theatre Rhinoceros. The SFArtsED Players, featuring theater performers ranging in ages from nine through fifteen, will be sharing the Eureka Theatre performance space and a common set with Theatre Rhinoceros during its 2009-2010 season. The students from School of the Arts High School’s (SOTA) program will design the technical aspects of the performances including the set and props and are responsible for the stage management of the show, as part of SFArtsED’s apprentice programs. Jon Lowe, Theatre Rhinoceros’s lighting designer will mentor the SOTA theater apprentices, teaching the students lighting design and operational skills.

Following its Eureka Theatre run, The SFArtsED Players will perform Fiorello! at SOTA (555 Portola Drive), in free matinee performances for San Francisco Unified School District students on April 15 and 16 at 10:00 am.

Fiorello! is directed by Danny Duncan. Diana Lee is the Musical Director and Conductor. Vocal directors are Robert Cowan and Ben Keim. Choreography is provided by Natalie Greene, Katie Kerwin and Emily Keeler, who is also the Artistic Director of SFArtsED and the SFArtsED Players.


Fiorello! is playing San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre
215 Jackson Street., between Front and Battery

Performance Schedule

February 5 @ 7:30 pm
February 6 @ 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
February 7 @ 2:00 pm
February 13 @ 2:00 pm
February 14 @ 2:00 pm
February 20 @ 2:00 pm*

*Gala fundraiser

Tickets to The SFArtsED Players’ performances of Fiorello! are $15 each for adults and $10 each for seniors and students. The cost for the Gala performance at 2:00 pm, February 20 is $30 for all tickets. To purchase tickets, visit www.cityboxoffice.com or call 415.392.4400.

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