The season will begin with Starting Here, Staring Now, the revue of Richard Maltby-David Shire songs, which will run Sept. 25-Nov. 6. The evening of "story songs" will consist of a first act musicalizing the twists and turns of looking for romance in the big city, with the second act looking at people preparing to start their lives over.
Pump Boys and Dinettes will take the stage Nov. 27-Jan. 1, 2012. The country rock musical about four male gas station attendants and two waitresses "somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, NC" was conceived and written by John Foley, Mark Hardwick, Debra Monk, Cass Morgan, John Schimmel and Jim Wann.
The romantic Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas musical The Light in the Piazza will be the next show in the theatre's season, running March 11-April 29, 2012. According to press notes, "Set in Florence and Rome in 1953, a young American tourist traveling with her mother meets and falls for a young Italian. The mother opposes the affair for reasons that only gradually become apparent as the musical unfolds."
The season will conclude with Breaking Up Is Hard to Do (June 10-July 22, 2012), a musical featuring the 1950s, '60s and '70s hits of Neil Sedaka, including "The Diary," "Where the Boys Are," "Stupid Cupid," "Calendar Girl," "Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen," "Solitaire," "Laughter in the Rain," "Love Will Keep Us Together" and the title song. Librettists Eric Jackson and Ben H. Winters created a story around the songs, which feature music by Sedaka and lyrics by Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Philip Cody.
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