After making its premiere at the Drama Dept. June 5-29 in 1997, As Bees In Honey Drown made a quick jump to a commercial run at the Lucille Lortel Theatre July 15. The comedy ran 366 regular performances before its June 7, 1998 close. The show has returned to New York, (well, New York State) to the BroadHollow Theatre on Long Island and will conclude its run Nov. 26. The production opened Nov. 4.
In the Douglas Carter Beane play, a sophisticated jet-setter hires a young writer to pen her biography, but he soon learns more than he should know about her — and his wallet is all the poorer for it. This production is directed by Patricia Zaback.
To catch Bees, at the BroadHollow Theater, 200 Stewart Ave., in Bethpage, Long Island, call (631) 581-2700. For more info on Broadhollow and their entire season, view their website at www.broadhollow.org.
Broadhollow artistic director Patricia Zaback with the help of managing director Richard T. Dolce and the rest of her staff present the company's three-theatre Millennium Season. Included are some classics, like Mame and Funny Girl, more contemporary works, such as As Bees in Honeys Drown and Moon Over Buffalo, and the premiere of an original musical called Cyrano.Com. Starting the season at the BayWay Arts Center was Smoke and Mirrors, a mystery-comedy by Will Osbourne and Anthony Herrera that centers around the production of a multi million dollar movie. Following that was the doo-wop teeny-bop sock-hop musical, Grease by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey and Renee Taylor and Joe Bologna's Bermuda Avenue Triangle, the OB comedy about a Las Vegas love triangle. Mame, the classic Jerry Herman musical, and Murder at the Howard Johnson's a murder-mystery-comedy by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick and a special holiday presentation of Annie will end the season.
West of the BayWay is the Players' Bethpage home, the self-titled Broadhollow Theatre. This season began with Barrymore, the play about legendary actor John Barrymore by William Luce. Then -- in perhaps the most notable venture of the season -- came the new musical debut of Cyrano.Com, a show loosely based on Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac with a Little Shop of Horrors feel. Now, Douglas Carter Beane's As Bees in Honey Drown makes its way to Long Island as Broadhollow presents the story of a young writer who journeys through self discovery -- after being hooked by a con-artist. The final two productions of the season here are What The Rabbi Saw, a slapstick pre wedding farce by Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, followed by The Rothschilds, a play by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick about the struggle of a Jewish family to make their way in the business world.
At the Centre Stage Theatre at Rockville Centre's Molloy College, the Broadhollow Players opened with The Sound of Music followed by the Smoke and Mirrors that started at BayWay. Next was the Arthur Miller hit, that was recently revived on Broadway, A View From the Bridge about a man who opens his house to Italian immigrant relative and is torn when one of them wants to wed his daughter. If you miss the BayWay run, you could still catch Mame at the Centre. Ending the Rockville runs will be the backstage farce by Ken Ludwig, Moon Over Buffalo.
There's plenty to choose from in the Broadhollow buffet, and you can make your reservations by calling (631) 581-2700. A rundown of the entire season to come and the theatres they play at follows:
As Bees in Honey Drown (Nov. 4-26) - BroadHollow Theatre
Murder at the Howard Johnson's (Nov. 11 - Dec. 3) - BayWay Arts Center
Annie (Dec. 9-23) - BayWay Arts Center
What The Rabbi Saw (Dec. 9 - Jan. 7) - BroadHollow Theatre
Mame (Jan. 14-28) - Centre Stage
The Rothschilds (Jan. 20 - Feb. 11) - BroadHollow Theatre
Moon Over Buffalo (March 10-25) - Centre Stage
The BayWay Arts Centre is located at 265 East Main St in East Islip, the BroadHollow Theatre is at 200 Stewart Avenue in Bethpage, and the Centre Stage is at Molloy College 1000 Hempstead Ave in Rockville Centre.