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CELEBRATING 64 SEASONS OF ‘BROADWAY AT THE BEACH’
SURFLIGHT THEATRE 2013 SEASON
Sleuth, The Boy Friend, George M!, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific;
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown; Our Town; and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
TICKETS ON SALE NOW
(BEACH HAVEN, NJ) Surflight Theatre, under the leadership of Ken Myers, Executive Director, is proud to announce the theater’s 64th Season of ‘Broadway at the Beach’ – the theater’s 2013 season of musicals and plays kicks off April 23 through May with a TBA musical revue, the Tony-winning comedy thriller Sleuth (May 7-19), The Boy Friend (May 24 – June 16), George M! (June 19 – July 7), Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific (July 10 – 28),You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown (August 21 – September 8), Our Town (September 25 – October 6), and Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (December 3 – 22).
One of the world’s most popular musicals will be making its LBI debut from July 31 – August 18, 2013, Surflight Theatre will be announcing this very special title in mid-January.
For the 2013 season, Surflight has rolled back the price of tickets to $45. Single tickets go on sale Monday, February 18 at 10 am to the general public. Discounted subscriptions are now on sale ranging from 9 to 4 show packages. Subscriptions are available online at www.surflight.org, they may also be purchased in person at the Surflight box office or by phone at 609-492-9477. Groups of 15 or more should call: 609-492-9477×201. Directors and casting to be announced at a later time.
APRIL 23 – MAY 4
The 64th season at Surflight Theatre opens with a title to be announced
MAY 7 – 19
TONY AWARD BEST PLAY 1971
By Anthony Shaffer
What do you get when you take one eccentric detective novelist, add in his wife’s lover, stir in a cocktail or two, blend in a team of intrepid investigators, top it off with a dangerous proposition and mix it all together in an English manor house? One of the most deviously clever thrillers ever concocted. Plots, counterplots, and double crosses are unleashed as rivals play out deadly games in a tangled web of intrigue. Popular mystery writer Andrew Wyke lives in a world of plot twists and intricate strategies. In discovering his wife’s lover, Milo, Mr. Wyke devises a devious plan to humiliate him. But even the best laid plans can go astray when the police arrive and a new game begins — a game where rules don’t apply and the stakes are life or death.
MAY 24 – JUNE 16
THE BOY FRIEND
Book, Music and Lyrics by Sandy Wilson.
Set in the carefree world of the French Riviera of the Roaring Twenties, The Boy Friend is song and dance musical that’s a lovely comic send-up of 1920s musicals. The show marked the Broadway debut of Julie Andrews and is a perennial favorite for summer theatre audiences.
JUNE 19 – JULY 7
Book by Michael Stewart, John and Francine Pascal
Music and Lyrics by George M. Cohan
The Yankee Doodle Dandy musical hit tells the life story of George M. Cohan and how he became a giant of the American musical theater, giving us such songs as “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “Over There!,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” and “Give My Regards to Broadway.”
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s South Pacific
TONY AWARD BEST MUSICAL 1949
PULITZER PRIZE FOR DRAMA
Music by Richard Rodgers, Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan
Based on James A. Michener’s, Tales of the South Pacific
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Pulitzer Prize winning musical, is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. The story centers on Nellie Forbush, an American nurse stationed at a U.S. Naval base during World War II who falls in love with an expatriate French plantation owner but struggles to accept his mixed-race children. The show contains such unforgettable songs as “Some Enchanted Evening” and “Younger than Springtime.”
AUGUST 21 – SEPTEMBER 8
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
A musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and his popular comic strip Peanuts. The show tells the story of an average day in the life of the famous comic strip child hero, Charlie Brown. The audience is introduced to the whole Peanuts gang: Patty, Schroeder, Lucy and of course their extraordinary pup, Snoopy.
SEPTEMBER 25 – OCTOBER 6
By Thornton Wilder
Written by the great American playwright Thornton Wilder, Our Town is a story about an average town’s citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. Wilder sets the play in a theater. He uses the actions of the Stage Manager to create the town of Grover’s Corners for the audience. This classic heartwarming drama, celebrating its 75th anniversary, will include a cast made up of local citizens from LBI and professional actors…we can’t wait to see you and your customers in Our Town.
Irving Berlin’s White Christmas
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
Music and Lyrics by Irving Berlin
A delightful new Broadway musical based on the 1954 smash hit Paramount movie. The musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS promises to be a merry and bright theatrical experience for the entire family. The show features classic Irving Berlin hits such as “Blue Skies,” “Sisters,” “Happy Holiday,” “Count Your Blessings,” “I Love a Piano” and the unforgettable title song, “White Christmas.”
Surflight Theatre is supported by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
About Surflight Theatre:
Celebrating 63 summers of “Broadway at the Beach,” Surflight Theatre, a not-for-profit professional arts organization, is one of the country’s popular summer theaters. Founded by Joseph P. Hayes in 1950 in historic Beach Haven, NJ, and now under the leadership of Executive Director Ken Myers, Surflight Theatre is dedicated to providing live professional theatre with mainstage productions featuring celebrity performers, a headliner comedy and concert series under the famed “Catch A Rising Star” comedy club banner, children’s theatre, and year-round arts-in-education programs and special events. Attracting audiences from all 21 NJ counties and 50 states, Surflight is the recipient of New Jersey Governor’s Tourism Arts Award and Excellence in Tourism Award. Surflight Theatre also serves as a training ground for young theatre artists through our apprentice program, the Surflight Theatre Arts Resource School (S.T.A.R.S.) and Surflight To-Go, a touring educational theatre troupe for student audiences (K-12). Surflight Theatre’s programs are made possible, in part, by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, Ocean County Freeholders and Ocean First Foundation. Additional major support is provided by generous contributions from numerous corporations, foundations, and individuals. Surflight Theatre is a member of New Jersey Theatre Alliance and the South Jersey Cultural Alliance. Visit www.surflight.org for more information.