Tunes of The City - Program

The Tunes

Tunes of the City
Written by
Tim Heitman
Performed by
The Company

Bay to Breakers
Written by
Tim Heitman
Performed by
Donald W. Martin
Kurt Winterhalter

Along Chestnut Street
Lyrics by
Annalisa Bastiani
Music by
Tim Heitman
Performed by
Shannon Wolfe

The Ladies of Alamo Square
Written by
Jeff Becker
Performed by
Shannon Wolfe
Jennifer Ekman
Lonie Fullerton

Ocean Beach
Lyrics by
Marilyn Berg Cooper
Music by
Tim Heitman
Performed by
Jennifer Ekman

Zombie Muni Rider
Written by
Paul James Frantz
Performed by
Donald W. Martin

When the Wall Falls
Written by
Jeff Becker
Paul James Frantz
Performed by
Kurt Winterhalter

Why Am I Still Here
Written by
Jeff Becker
Performed by
Donald W. Martin

I Have a Techie for a Boyfriend
Lyrics by
Marilyn Berg Cooper
Music by
Tim Heitman
Marilyn Berg Cooper
Performed by
Lonie Fullerton

Coldest Winter
Written by
Tim Heitman
Performed by
Kurt Winterhalter
Jennifer Ekman

San Francisco Walkabout
Written by
Marilyn Cooney
Performed by
Shannon Wolfe

Married, Neurotic, or Gay
Written by
Lauren Mayer
Performed by
Jennifer Ekman

Don’t You Dare Get Sick
Written by
Jeff Becker
Performed by
Kurt Winterhalter
Lonie Fullerton
Shannon Wolfe
Jennifer Ekman

Tech Boom
Written by
Jeff Becker
Performed by
Donald W. Martin
Kurt Winterhalter

7th & Market Street
Written by
Jeff Becker
Performed by
Donald W. Martin
Lonie Fullerton

Taking Charge of My Dream
Written by
Paul James Frantz
Performed by
Shannon Wolfe

Cable Carb Guy
Lyrics by
Marilyn Berg Cooper
Music by
Tim Heitman
Marilyn Berg Cooper
Performed by
Lonie Fullerton

Your Call’s Important to Us
Written by
Paul James Frantz
Performed by
The Company

Society Cabaret
Written by
Tim Heitman
Performed by
The Company

Members of The Society Writers Lab, composers and lyricists for the show

Annalisa Bastiani

Annalisa is new to writing for musical theatre and so grateful they let her join Society Cabaret's Writing Lab. Musical Theatre is her first love as a performer.  Her past writing adventures include a play and various pop/folk songs she co-wrote with her band Cool violet.

Jeff Becker

Jeff,a published poet, was born in Hanover, PA on the Mason-Dixon line. He began to write poetry in Jr High School. Poetry and music were like two close siblings, and still are. Jeff gives many thanks to Stephanie Lynne Smith, aka Miss Smith, and her performance classes for starting a song writing fire in him 10 years ago. Through Miss Smith, he found Society Cabaret's Curtain Call open mic. His first solo show was an Artist in Residence Concert, Jeff Becker: The Journey So Far. He has been featured performer at Miss Smith Presents shows and has performed in several duet shows with his husband Donald Martin at Society Cabaret. He currently sings with the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus and its a cappella ensemble HomoPhonics. Now Jeff gets to write music for Tunes of The City: A San Francisco song cycle which is the product of the Society Cabaret Writers Lab. Much love to husband Don for his support.

Marilyn Cooney

Singer/songwriter/pianist Marilyn Cooney performs originals and standards in San Francisco venues such as Villa d'Este, Purple Onion, Martuni's, Society Cabaret, and various Bay Area retirement communities. Her CD of sixteen original songs made its debut at a sold-out show in New York City.

Marilyn Berg Cooper

Marilyn Berg Cooper wrote her first song top and bottom notes! lyrics! when she was 9. After a multi-decade interval, she’s back in the game.

Paul James Frantz

Paul James Frantz is a San-Francisco-based singer/songwriter, currently writing for cabaret and musical theatre. He started writing in 2005 as a student at the Shari Carlson Studio. Taking musical inspiration from the Great American Songbook, and lyrical inspiration from such troubadours as Dave Frishberg and Bob Malone, Paul aims his wit at the absurdities of modern life. His work has been presented by New Musical Theatre of San Francisco, Musical Cafe, Divas for Life, Cabaret Comico, Society Cabaret, Miss Smith Presents, and the GALA Chorus Festival. As for the years he spent in Silicon Valley, working in the army of engineers who built the Internet, all he can say is, “It seemed like a good idea at the time."

Lauren Mayer - Musical Director

Lauren Mayer is an award-winning songwriter, performer and music director who has been active in San Francisco theater and cabaret since 1985 (when she moved here from New York, to meet straight men). She is a phi beta kappa graduate of Yale University, where she studied composing with Tony Award-winner Maury Yeston, and she is a 5-time recipient of the San Francisco/Bay Area Cabaret Gold Award as a writer, music director and piano entertainer. Lauren's stage writing includes "Darlene with a D" (Darlene Popovic's one-woman show), "From Drips to Divas" (her comedy show with Karen Drucker), "Yes, Dear!" (her marital cabaret with husband Scott Grinthal, which premiered at Society Cabaret), and "Psycho Super Mom" (based on her own comedy albums), as well as several published children's & educational musicals, and she has released 6 albums of comedy music and 12 of educational songs. Despite all of these accomplishments and honors, Lauren's mother still doesn't understand why she didn't go to law school.

Tim Heitman

Director of The Society Writers Lab

Tim Heitman is the director of The Society Cabaret Writers Lab, and a contributing composer and lyricist.  He has been the Artistic Director of La Jolla Stage Company, a Broadway presenter for both Broadway San Diego and Broadway San Jose, and is currently the General Manager of Society Theatricals. He completed the Lehman Engel BMI Musical Theatre Workshop, holds an MFA in Musical Theatre, and has written, directed and produced dozens of plays and musicals.  If you'd like to learn more about The Society Writers Lab, contact Tim@SocietyCabaret.com.

Performers

Jennifer Ekman

Jennifer Ekman is excited to be part of this production with Society Theatricals. She has done a total of 5 cabaret performances with Society Cabaret (solo and group). Favorite roles include April in Company, Cathy Hiatt in The Last 5 Years and Ellen in Miss Saigon. Jennifer also sings with the High Seas, a women’s jazz ensemble at the St. Francis Yacht Club, and is a 200hr certified yoga instructor. Many thanks to Tim, Paula, Christopher and Scott for welcoming her to this extended family of artists. Much love to Magnus, Sebastian and Sofia for your constant support.

Lonie Fullerton

Lonie Fullerton is thrilled to be a part of Tunes of the City. It has been a while since Lonie has performed professionally as she is currently the Director of the Drama and Fine Arts programs at a private school in Santa Clara, Monticello Academy. She often writes, directs, and designs the shows for her students K-8th. She worked at Theatreworks, PCPA Theatrefest and Oregon Shakespeare Festival which led to getting her Master of Fine Arts in Costume Design from the University of Maryland. She enjoys adjudicating High School productions for the Rita Moreno awards. She enjoys singing and has been part of the Valley Chorale in Pre-Covid years. When not working on creative projects, Lonie can often be found hiking at Rancho San Antonio, gardening in her back yard, or doing Zumba. She dedicates her performance to her beautiful trans daughter, Annie.

Donald Martin

Born and raised in an upstate NY farming community, Don Martin can relate to his foot race character...Don began singing with the Oakland Gay men’s chorus in 2010 where he met Stephanie Lynne Smith. Since then he has performed several live and livestream Solo and duet Cabaret shows with his husband Jeff Becker under the direction of Miss Smith Presents and Society Cabaret, including “It’s Not Me, It’s You“ and “It’s Still Not Me” in 2017, “I’m Here” in 2018, The Music of Paul James Frantz” in 2019,and “My Magically Talented Friends” in 2020. Don has studied performance with Miss Smith at her studio in SF and Portland, with the Shari Carlson studio in SF and with Bobby Weinapple in Richmond CA. Woo hoo!

Kurt Winterhalter

Kurt Winterhalter, also known as Kurt Tijamo, is an actor and musician currently based in San Francisco. He has worked with many companies in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area and is currently a student at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, with whom he has performed several roles. He can be found on social media and Spotify at Kurt Tijamo Music

Shannon Wolfe

As a jazz artist and cabaret performer, Ms. Shannon Wolfe delights in the art of singing and storytelling using the Great American Songbook as her muse. She is the creator of numerous cabaret shows including Femmes Fatales: A Film Noir Cabaret, as well as Sinatra and Shore: A Centennial Tribute; and Lonely Girl: the Songs of Julie London, all showcased at Society Cabaret inside the Hotel Rex in downtown San Francisco. Ms. Wolfe is founder of the Skylark Trio, a jazz ensemble which brings to life the best of radio, stage and screen songs from the 30’s and 40’s. She is also one half of the comedic jazz cabaret duo, Sophisticated Ladies, whose harmonically rich shows: Take the J Train and Shiny Stockings delight audiences with songs from the Art Deco era and the tunes of Tin Pan Alley. Shannon holds a Master of Music degree from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied and performed opera and Baroque chamber music.

Tunes of The City Band

Lauren Mayer - Musical Director & Keyboard

Karen Horner - Electric Bass

Ricardo Gomez - Drums

Technicians

Paula Heitman - Stage Manager

Daniel Whall - Board Programmer and Operator

Society Theatricals Artistic Staff

Tim Heitman, Producing Artistic Director

Paula Heitman, Director of Marketing

Christopher M. Nelson, Director of Artist Management

G. Scott Lacy, Director of Entertainment

Potrero Stage

POTRERO STAGE (http://potrerostage.org) is a 99-seat state-of-the-art performance space located in the heart of San Francisco's Potrero Hill neighborhood, operated by PlayGround, and serving as home to some of the Bay Area's leading new play developers and producers, including PlayGround, Crowded Fire, Golden Thread, and Playwrights Foundation, among others. For more information or to inquire about rentals, email info@potrerostage.org or call (415) 992-6677. Society Theatrical’s Tunes of The City is presented as part of PlayGround’s Potrero Stage Presenting Program.

Special Thanks to the following for the images and sounds in Tunes of The City - Vedevo, Motion Places, Christopher Nelson, and G. Scott Lacy.