Tenderloin - Lost Treasures Collection musical on Lakewood's Side Door Stage October 21 & 22, 2016

October 21 & 22, 2016 at 7:00 PM & Sat. October 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM
Directed by Ron Daum.

Tenderloin at LakewoodThe Lost Treasures Collection, a series of rarely performed musical gems presented in concert/cabaret version on Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door stage, presents the first offering in its seventh season, the musical Tenderloin.

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

The production, with stage direction by Ron Daum and musical direction by Bobby Jackson and Yvette Starkey, will be performed for three performances on two dates only: Friday, Oct. 21 and Saturday, Oct. 22, at 7:00 PM and one Saturday matinee, Oct. 22 at 2:00 PM. The show is presented script-in-hand, with minimal staging. No sets, no props (free from the usual trappings of a fully staged production). This year's theme: NEW YORK, NEW YORK. Our series sponsor is Fritz Camp and our curatorial sponsor for all three shows is Jaye W. Taylor, Rob Le Chevallier and Buckley Law P.C.

Tenderloin

Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and Book by George Abbott and Jerome Weidman
Based on the book Tenderloin by Samuel Hopkins Adams

cast of Tenderloin at Lakewood Theatre Company

The Story: Tenderloin, the musical, is based on a 1959 novel by Samuel Hopkins Adams. Set in the Tenderloin, a red-light district in 1890s Manhattan, the show's story focuses on Reverend Brock, a character loosely based on American clergyman and social reformer Charles Henry Parkhurst.


Reverend Brock (Bobby Jackson), a single-minded 1890s social reformer, works to sanitize a red-light neighborhood in western Manhattan known as the Tenderloin. He is foiled by everyone associated with the district, including the corrupt politicians and police who are taking their cut from the earnings of the prostitutes who work the streets there. Tommy Howatt (Josh Randall), a writer for the local scandal sheet Tatler, infiltrates the minister's church and proceeds to play one side against the other, eventually framing Brock by revealing to the authorities his plan to raid the brothels, but ultimately saving him by siding with him at his trial.

Others in the cast include Audrey Sackett, Will Shindler, Peter Schuyler, Laura Hiszczynskyj, and Megan Misslin.


Ticket prices are $20 for all seats. Contact the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Click here to Purchase Single Tickets securely online.

Lakewood Theatre Company's Side Door Stage is an intimate 90-seat cabaret-style venue with general admission seating in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages are available to purchase before and during the show. In 2013 Lakewood's Lost Treasure Collection series received a PAMTA "Outstanding Contribution to Theatre" award.

History of the Play:
After six previews, the Broadway production of Tenderloin, directed by George Abbott and choreographed by Joe Layton, opened on October 17, 1960 at the 46th Street Theatre, where it ran for 216 performances. The cast included Maurice Evans (better known as a Shakespearean actor than a musical performer) as Reverend Brock and Ron Husmann as Tommy.

Tony Award nominations went to Evans for Best Actor in a Musical, Husmann for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, and Cecil Beaton for his costume design, and Husmann won the Theatre World Award for his performance.


Jerry Bock (composer,  November 23, 1928 – November 3, 2010) received the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama with Sheldon Harnick for their 1959 musical Fiorello! and the Tony Award for Best Composer and Lyricist for the 1964 musical Fiddler on the Roof also with Sheldon Harnick.

Bock made his Broadway debut in 1955 when he and Lawrence Holofcener contributed songs to Catch a Star. The following year the duo collaborated on the musical Mr. Wonderful, designed for Sammy Davis, Jr., after which they worked on Ziegfeld Follies of 1956, which closed out-of-town. Shortly after, Bock met lyricist Sheldon Harnick, with whom he forged a successful partnership. Although their first joint venture, The Body Beautiful, failed to charm the critics, its score caught the attention of director George Abbott and producer Hal Prince. They hired the team to compose a musical biography of former New York City mayor Fiorello La Guardia. Fiorello! (1959) went on to win them both the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Bock's additional collaborations with Harnick include Tenderloin (1960), Man in the Moon (1963), She Loves Me (1963), Fiddler on the Roof (1964), The Apple Tree (1966), and The Rothschilds (1970), as well as contributions to Never Too Late (1962), Baker Street (1965), Her First Roman (1968), and The Madwoman of Central Park West (1979).


Sheldon Harnick (lyricist, born April 30, 1924) is an American lyricist best known for his collaborations with composer Jerry Bock on hit musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof.

Mr. Harnick was born to American Jewish parents in Chicago and began writing music while still in high school. After his Army service, he graduated from the Northwestern University School of Music and moved to New York City where he wrote for many musicals and revues.

Around 1956, Harnick met Jerry Bock, forming what is arguably the most important musical partnership of the 60s. Their first musical was The Body Beautiful, running for only 60 performances in 1958, but Fiorello! (1959) ran for 795 performances and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Fiddler on the Roof (1964)  became one of the most cherished of all Broadway musicals.

Harnick wrote the libretto for the opera Coyote Tales, with music by Henry Mollicone, which received its world premiere at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City in March 1998. He wrote the book, music and lyrics to the musical Dragons, which was performed in 2003 at the Luna Stage in Montclair, New Jersey. He also wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book with Norton Juster for the musical The Phantom Tollbooth, based on the book by Juster. The musical premiered at the Kennedy Center in 2007.


Ticket Information

Lakewood's 90-seat Side Door Stage theatre is located in the Community Meeting Room at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State Street in Lake Oswego. Tickets are $20 and are available through the Lakewood Theatre Box Office at (503) 635-3901 or Click here to Purchase Single Tickets securely online.

Light food fare, beer, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase before and during the show.

  Ron Daum - Lakewood Theatre Company

  Ron Daum, Curator/Director