New Musical Theater of San Francisco has found a permanent home at The Alcove Theater (414 Mason, 5th floor) thanks to Artistic Director Anne Nygren Doherty, San Francisco’s current musical theater diva from Not Quite Opera.
Anne’s first impression is decidedly Sheila, the Chorus Line character created by Drama Desk/Tony Awards winner Kelly Bishop who found childhood escape from family shortcomings in the timeless beauty of ballet. Except for Anne Doherty, the magic was musicals.
Nowadays, many theaters won’t admit children, but the looser admission guidelines of her youth allowed Anne to discover her life’s work at age five. That’s when she saw her first live performance of Oliver. She listened to the cast album over and over and pretended. Bonding over Broadway classics, Anne and her mother traveled to New York to see Mame and South Pacific. The more she saw, the more young Anne yearned to write her own musicals.
Fast forward to 2012 to find Anne living her dream at 414 Mason in San Francisco as Artistic Director of a company dedicated to producing original musical theater. She has assembled a “Pen & Piano” list of about a hundred local writers of original stories, scores and lyrics with enough depth and universality to play well in the intimate 49-seat setting of The Alcove.
More than producing her own work, grown-up Anne is dedicated to collaborations ruled by this motto: The show is higher than you. An egoless diva? Anne Doherty is as close as you’ll come.
For tickets or more information about the company and upcoming shows: http://www.thealcovetheater.
Click here to purchase tickets for their upcoming musical, Show Me Yours – Songs of Innocence and Experience.