S’Wonderful-The New Gershwin Musical– An all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the brilliant and breathtaking music and lyrics of brothers George and Ira Gershwin. Five mini-musicals take you on a ride to the places, times and styles that made the Gershwin brothers the most successful songwriting team in musical history. First it’s New York City in 1916 and Paris in the 1930s, followed by Hollywood in the ’40s and New Orleans in the ’50s. ’S Wonderful pays a nostalgic tribute to the incomparable Gershwin songbook, featuring nearly 30 classic hits such as “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Rhapsody in Blue.”Performed at the STAC OceanFirst Theatre : 2:00 PM May 19; 3:00 PM May 14, 15, 16; & 8:00 PM May 16, 17, 18
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers-A wonderful, youthful, lovin’, kissin’ musical about seven stolen sweeties and their shotgun weddings! Adam, the eldest of seven brothers, goes to town to get a wife. He convinces Millie to marry him that same day. They return to his backwoods home where she discovers he has six brothers – all living in his cabin. Millie sets out to reform the uncouth siblings, who are anxious to get wives of their own. Then, after reading about the Roman capture of the Sabine women, Adam develops an inspired solution to his brothers’ loneliness. Musical numbers include “Bless Your Beautiful Hide,” “Wonderful, Wonderful Day,” and “Goin’ Courtin’.”
2:00 PM June 20, 23, 26, 27 8:00 PM June 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29
Anything Goes– When the S.S. American heads out to sea, etiquette and convention head out the portholes as two unlikely pairs set off on the course to true love proving that sometimes destiny needs a little help from a crew of singing sailors, an exotic disguise and some good old-fashioned blackmail. A shining example of classic musical theater, complete with amazing tap numbers, campy jokes, unlikely happy endings and eminently hummable songs like “De-Lovely,” “I Get a Kick Out Of You” and “Anything Goes,” courtesy of the unforgettable score by Cole Porter.
2:00 PM July 7, 9, 10, 11 8:00 PM July 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
Cats- Since Cats first opened on the West End stage in 1981, it has become one of the world’s best known and best loved musicals. Based on ‘Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats’ and other poems by T.S. Eliot, the show takes place in a junkyard where the local cats are auditioning to be chosen by their leader, Old Deuteronomy, to journey to the Heavyside Lair to be reborn. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, selections include “The Rum Tum Tugger,” “The Naming of Cats,” and of course, “Memory.”
2:00 PM July 18, 21, 24, 25 8:00 PM July 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27
Thoroughly Modern Millie— is a high-spirited musical romp that will have audiences dancing the Charleston! In the fast-paced 1920s, a girl from Kansas moves to New York City. She samples the “thoroughly modern” flapper life, makes friends, finds unexpected romance and nearly gets caught up in a white slavery ring. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess you’ll love to hate, the show is perfectly constructed madcap merriment. The jazzy score includes “Not for the Life of Me,” “Forget About the Boy” and “Gimme Gimme.”
2:00 PM August 1, 4, 7, 8 8:00 PM July 31, August 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10
Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story– Buddy Holly was a brilliant musician who changed the face of popular music and paved the way for the next generation of rock’n’rollers. Follow Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from his humble country music roots to the top of the record charts and his untimely death in 1959. You’ll be cheering for more and dancing in the aisles with such rousing fifties favorites as “Peggy Sue,” “Oh Boy,” “Maybe Baby,” “That’ll Be the Day,” Ritchie Valens’ “La Bamba” and the Big Bopper’s “Chantilly Lace.”
2:00 PM August 15, 18, 21, 22, 25, 28, 29 and 8:00 PM August 14, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31
I Love a Piano-An enchanting revue of the music and lyrics of Irving Berlin, the show spans seven decades of American history and includes 64 of Berlin’s most enduring and popular favorites. I Love a Piano captures the spirit of America from the ragtime era of the early 20th century through the swinging elegance of the 1920s and ‘30s. From the songs that inspired a nation through the Great Depression to the innocent optimism of the 1950s, musical selections include “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “There’s No Business like Show Business,” “God Bless America” and “White Christmas.”
2:00 PM September 15 3:00 PM September 11, 12 8:00 PM September 12, 14
A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline– is set in a little country radio station in Virginia where the DJ reminisces about Cline’s tragically short but surprisingly rich career. With twenty of her best-known songs played by a live band, the show is a tribute to her spirit, a magical blend of theatre and music. Country and non-country fans of all ages will be charmed by the story and musical selections including “Crazy,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “I Fall to Pieces.” Performed at the STAC OceanFirst Theatre: 2:00 PM September 29; 3:00 PM September 25, 26; and 8:00 PM September 26, 27, 28
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow- This World Premiere is adapted by James Rana from the story by Washington Irving. When Ichabod Crane comes to town to be the new schoolmaster, he quickly learns about the many ghosts who haunt the area. None are as frightening as The Headless Horseman. No one dares to say the name lest he rise up to terrorize the people of Tarrytown. Like James Rana’s The Poe Mysteries that premiered last season at Ocean Professional Theatre Company, a cast of six plays several roles to bring this haunting classic to life. Performed at the STAC OceanFirst Theatre: 2:00 PM October 27; 3:00 PM October 23, 24; and 8:00 PM October 24, 25, 26
Holly Jolly Holidazzle–This toe-tapping musical treat comes complete with a score that will warm your heart, lift your spirits and send you dancing into the new year. Glamour, glitz, goodwill and garland fill the stage with a huge splash of holiday cheer. If you and your family see only one show this season make it Holly Jolly Holidazzle!
Performed at the STAC OceanFirst Theatre Unless otherwise noted, performances will be held at Bengal Auditorium, (on the campus of Barnegat High School), 180 Bengal Blvd., Barnegat, NJ 08005.
Performances of ‘S Wonderful, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Sleepy Hollow and Holly Jolly Holidazzle will be held at STAC OceanFirst Theatre, 1000 McKinley Blvd., Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
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