Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Makes West Coast Debut Jan. 9

News   Breaking Up Is Hard to Do Makes West Coast Debut Jan. 9 Cabrillo Music Theatre presents the West Coast premiere of Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, which celebrates the music of pop songwriter Neil Sedaka, beginning Jan. 9 at the Kavli Theatre at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.

Directed and choreographed by Troy Magino, performances will continue through Jan. 18.

The cast comprises Eileen Barnett, Nathan Holland, Julie Dixon Jackson, Jeff Leatherwood, Ryan Nearhoff and Leslie Spencer Smith. Artistic director Lewis Wilkenfeld supervises the production, which features musical direction by Michael Paternostro.

Breaking Up Is Hard to Do features a book by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters, and lyrics by Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Cody Philip. The musical, according to press notes, "weaves the incomparable music of Neal Sedaka into an engaging tale of love and laughter." Expect such Sedaka classics as "Where The Boys Are," "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Calendar Girl," "Laughter in the Rain" and the title tune."

The design team includes set designer Andrew Hammer, costume designer Debbie Roberts, lighting designer Jean-Yves Tessier and sound designer Jonathan Burke.

Cabrillo Music Theatre is located at the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, Countrywide Performing Arts Center, 2100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Thousand Oaks, CA. For tickets call (805) 449-ARTS (2787).

(l.-r.) Eileen Barnett, Nathan Holland, Julie Dixon Jackson, Jeff Leatherwood and Leslie Spencer Smith
(l.-r.) Eileen Barnett, Nathan Holland, Julie Dixon Jackson, Jeff Leatherwood and Leslie Spencer Smith Photo by Ed Krieger