The famed Massachusetts venue will kick off its new season April 21, 2009, with Phantom, Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit's version of Gaston Leroux's 1910 novel, "The Phantom of the Opera." Performances will continue through May 10.
The Wedding Singer, the musical comedy based on the film of the same name, will follow, playing June 2-21, 2009. The musical, which is set in 1985 and concerns the love life of wannabe rock star Robbie Hart, was penned by Matthew Sklar, Chad Beguelin and Tim Herlihy.
A third production to be announced, which will play July 14-Aug. 2, will be followed by the crowd favorite, Little Shop of Horrors. The award-winning Howard Ashman-Alan Menken musical about Seymour, Audrey and a blood-thirsty plant will play the North Shore Aug. 25-Sept. 13, 2009.
Stafford Arima will direct his Off-Broadway hit Altar Boyz, which is scheduled to begin performances Sept. 29. The musical about a Christian boy band — written by Kevin Del Aguila, Gary Adler and Michael Patrick Walker — is scheduled to run through Oct. 18, 2009.
The North Shore season will conclude with the Tony-winning Jerry Herman-Michael Stewart classic, Hello, Dolly! Everyone's favorite matchmaker, Dolly Gallagher Levi, will entertain North Shore crowds Nov. 3-22, 2009. Barry Ivan is artistic director/executive producer of the theatre.
The North Shore Music Theatre is located at 62 Dunham Road in Beverly, MA. For season subscriptions visit www.nsmt.org or call (978) 232-7200.