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In 2001, my husband and I founded New Musical Theater of San Francisco, which included, for several years, the operation of The Alcove Theater off Union Square. While playing home to singers, magicians, and improv groups, we nurtured writers and produced our own work.  

Below is a selection of fave projects. To learn more about NMTSF...


CHANCE - a musical play about Love, Risk and Getting It Right

by Richard Isen

55-year-old Gregory has spent his adult life denying the loss he experienced as a young man during the AIDS crisis. After a near death experience, he is visited by a mysterious (and often hilarious) Hollywood glamour queen. Is she a spirit guide or a musical hallucination? This unlikely muse pushes Gregory out of his solitary reality into a turbulent, dangerous relationship with the young male escort named “Chance.”


Directed at The Alcove Theater by “legend of off-Broadway” Robert Kalfin.  And at the Fresh Fruit Festival in New York City by Jonathan Cerullo. 

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by Anne Nygren Doherty

Six “typical” San Franciscans take a cable car into a life changing fog.  This surprisingly  deep , intimate one woman musical comedy was performed alternately by four women including the author over 140 performances, delighting locals and tourists from all over the English speaking world. 

SHOW ME YOURS - Songs of Innocence and Experience


An original musical review about contemporary love and sex by Pen and Piano, NMTSF’s resident composing company. 

The “ROUND ONE” Cabaret Series

Original musical reviews comprised of selections from new musicals by local authors and composers.  

Absolutely San Francisco on KGO with Don Sanchez

KGO's Don Sanchez takes a look at the joyful musical comedy "Absolutely San Francisco," written by Anne Nygren Doherty and, at that time, starring Darlene Popovic. We also get a look at the play's home, The Alcove Theater, an intimate 49 seat gem right off San Francisco's Union Square.

Trailer for CHANCE in NYC

This is one of our video ads for CHANCE as part of the Fresh Fruit Festival at The Wild Project in NYC. The featured song is "Something's Cooked" by Richard Isen and sung by Randy Roberts, who played The Lady in SF.  Fabulous cast: Craig Sculli as Gregory, Matt ZanFagna as Chance, and Broadway's Courter Simmons as The Lady.

Three songs from

"Would You Still Love Me?" by Anne Nygren Doherty; "Something's Cooked Up" by Richard Isen, and "Come On In" by Paul Frantz.


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