"Oh My Godmother!"
Jenifer Tice as Stepmother
Brandon Finch as Albert
Scott Phillips as Godmother
OH MY GODMOTHER!
Once upon a
April 24, 2008 (San Francisco, CA) - Fresh off a series of sold-out runs, Ron Lytle's unstoppable musical comedy Oh My Godmother! is making the move to San Francisco this June. This campy, boisterous retelling of the Cinderella story will play June 26 through July 27 at San Francisco's Zeum Theater, located at Fourth and Howard Streets in Yerba Buena Gardens. For tickets and more information, call 800.838.3006 or visit www.ohmygodmother.com. Press Night is Saturday, June 28.
"Take everything you know about Cinderella, paint it pink, add some toe-tapping tunes and a surprise or two, and you have Oh My Godmother!," said Lytle, the musical's creator and director. "The amazing thing about this show is how strongly all kinds of audiences have responded to it. Young and old, men and women, gay and straight have all left the theater smiling and humming. There really is something in it for everyone. That's especially true now that it's finally playing San Francisco; the city is virtually a character in the show!"
Lytle's side-splitting musical began life in February 2005, when he produced a staged reading of it at the Altarena Playhouse in Alameda, CA. Response to the piece was overwhelming, and the theater's artistic director booked it for a three-week run that summer. It was in instant hit, selling out every performance and becoming one of the biggest hits in the theater's history. The production won six Dean Goodman Choice Awards, a Shining Star award, and a certificate of recognition from the California State Assembly. The Contra Costa Times raved "there's a real possibility that 'Oh My Godmother!' will wind up eclipsing, or at least joining, 'Beach Blanket Babylon' as a San Francisco theatrical icon and 'must see' tourist attraction. Indeed, it would not be surprising to see this show reach Broadway!" A successful 2007 revival at Altarena solidified the show's standing as a major regional hit.
The real fairy godmother of the production arrived in 2007, when Alameda's Barbara Nemer, a retired schoolteacher, attended the revival. Knowing nothing about the show, she came with a group of friends for a night on the town. "When the lights came up at intermission I thought 'This is the most fun I've had in the theater in years. I've got to bring this show to San Francisco!' I tracked Ron down immediately and told him I wanted to produce his show across the Bay. Now here we are a few months later ready to go!"
Oh My Godmother! tells the hilarious story of Albert, a young gay man living in San Francisco with dreams of escaping his homophobic stepmother and stepsisters. Fate intervenes in his search for true love when he meets the dashing it-boy Prince. There's only one problem: a comically delicious turn of events leaves Prince with no idea who Albert really is, or how to find him. Leave it to Albert's fun and dishy Godmother (a man) to save the day with his sage advice and uproarious antics. Lots of zany humor, snappy dialogue, syncopated showstoppers, and soaring romance makes this the #1 musical to see this summer in San Francisco.
Lytle's dynamic original score echoes the tuneful playfulness of Cole Porter and Jerry Herman. It features 20 original songs, including "Once Upon a Time," "San Francisco (Home Sweet Home to Me)," "CinderAlbert," "Look at the Way," "Where Did We Go Wrong?," "Who Am I?," "Bitch!," "I Miss Him More Today," "I Must Be In Love," "There's Gonna Be a Ball," "You'll Know When You Know," "Fabulous!," "Tonight at the Ball," "Somebody for Everybody," "I'd Like to Sing a Love Song," "It's a Boy!," "Midnight," "Go Find the Guy," "That's My Albert," and "Old Fashioned Commitment Ceremony."
The cast of Oh My Godmother! is drawn from throughout the Bay Area, and many have been with the production since its 2005 premiere. Leading the cast are Brandon Finch (Albert) of San Francisco, Kyle Payne (Prince) of San Leandro, Scott Phillips (Godmother) of Danville, Tomas Theriot (Payne) of Castro Valley, Steve Yates (Oscar) of Oakland, John Erreca (Truman) of Oakland, Jenifer Tice (Stepmother) of Fremont, Lisa Otterstetter (Esther Hazy) of Fremont, and Julia Etzel (Esta Lieber) of Alameda. Rounding out the ensemble are Caleb Haven Draper of San Francisco, Ken Handler of Sunnyvale, Donny Landers of Alameda, Gilbert Michael of Walnut Creek, Jessica Payne of San Leandro, and Libby Wood of Sunnyvale.
The design and creative staff of Oh My Godmother! includes Ellen Brooks (Lighting Designer), John Lewis (Costume Designer), Tom Shaw (Musical Director), and John Erreca (Vocal Director).
Ron Lytle (Music, Lyrics, Book, Director, Set Designer) began his career in the 1980s as a singer and dancer in summer stock. After studying musical theater at the University of Michigan, he performed leading roles in musical comedies such as Singing in the Rain, Little Shop of Horrors, Company and 42nd Street regionally, as well as in productions for The Walt Disney Company and National Public Radio. He has performed onstage alongside many celebrities including Debbie Reynolds, James Earle Jones and JoAnne Worley. While residing in Las Vegas, he founded the children's theater company The Palace Players, writing and producing seven original musicals in a three-year period (the most successful of which enjoyed a run of more than one thousand performances). Lytle currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area and still performs regularly (most recently in The Boys from Syracuse, Cabaret and Once Upon a Mattress with Lea DeLaria). Since 2005 he has worked with the East Bay Children's Theatre as their resident musical playwright, creating three musicals: There's No Business Like Shoe Business, Rumpelstiltskin and The King's New Klothes. His holiday musical The Man Who Saved Christmas debuted in 2006 and was deemed an "instant holiday classic." He has written countless songs and children's books for a leading toy company, including a storybook adaptation of the film version of Dr. Suess' The Cat in the Hat, an original story based on the "Batman" animated television series, and many other original stories.
Tickets to Oh My Godmother! are $20 (previews), $25 (Thursday evenings), $35 (Friday and Saturday evenings), and $30 (Sunday matinees). Discounts are available for students and seniors. To purchase tickets, call 800.838.3006 or visit www.ohmygodmother.com.
More information Oh My Godmother! is available at www.ohmygodmother.com.