Surflight's 2013 Season in NJ Will Feature Les MisÚrables, South Pacific, Our Town and More

By Michael Gioia
January 14, 2013

The Tony Award-winning musical Les Misérables is among the titles announced for Surflight Theatre's 64th season of "Broadway at the Beach" in Beach Haven, NJ.



"The 64th season is probably the most anticipated one yet, due to the tremendous effects of Hurricane Sandy," said Surflight executive director Ken Myers in a statement. "It is also with great pride that we have been granted the right to produce the incomparable Les Miserables as the center stone to our crown of shows. Les Miz takes us all on a journey exhibiting the perseverance of the spirit and lights the way of overcoming adversity."

Directors and casting will be announced at a later date.

Here's the 2013 season at a glance:

April 23-May 4
T.B.A.

May 7-19
Sleuth
By Anthony Shaffer

"What do you get when you take one eccentric detective novelist, add in his wife's lover, stir in a cocktail or two, blend in a team of intrepid investigators, top it off with a dangerous proposition and mix it all together in an English manor house? One of the most deviously clever thrillers ever concocted. Plots, counterplots, and double crosses are unleashed as rivals play out deadly games in a tangled web of intrigue. Popular mystery writer Andrew Wyke lives in a world of plot twists and intricate strategies. In discovering his wife's lover, Milo, Mr. Wyke devises a devious plan to humiliate him. But even the best laid plans can go astray when the police arrive and a new game begins — a game where rules don’t apply and the stakes are life or death."

May 24-June 16
The Boy Friend
Book, music and lyrics by Sandy Wilson

"Set in the carefree world of the French Riviera of the Roaring Twenties, The Boy Friend is song and dance musical that’s a lovely comic send-up of 1920s musicals. The show marked the Broadway debut of Julie Andrews and is a perennial favorite for summer theatre audiences."

June 19-July 7
George M!
Book by Michael Stewart, John and Francine Pascal
Music and lyrics by George M. Cohan

"The Yankee Doodle Dandy musical hit tells the life story of George M. Cohan and how he became a giant of the American musical theater, giving us such songs as 'Yankee Doodle Dandy,' 'Over There!,' 'You're A Grand Old Flag' and 'Give My Regards to Broadway.'"

July 10-28
Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific
Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Book by Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan

"Based on James A. Michener's, 'Tales of the South Pacific,' Rodgers and Hammerstein's Pulitzer Prize winning musical, is considered to be one of the greatest Broadway musicals of all time. The story centers on Nellie Forbush, an American nurse stationed at a U.S. Naval base during World War II who falls in love with an expatriate French plantation owner but struggles to accept his mixed-race children. The show contains such unforgettable songs as 'Some Enchanted Evening' and 'Younger than Springtime.'"

July 31-Aug. 18
Les Misérables
Based on the novel by Victor Hugo
Book by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg
Music by Claude Michel-Schönberg; lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer

"Boublil and Schönberg's classic sweeps its audience through an epic tale of passion and destruction in 19th century France. Discover a nation in the grip of revolution, where convict Jean Valjean is on the run. Hunted relentlessly by the policeman Javert for breaking his parole, he must leave his past behind and keep his vow to raise the young orphaned Cosette. But with revolution in the air and Javert closing in, Jean Valjean has no choice but to fight for his life and sacrifice everything to protect the people he loves."

Aug. 21-Sept. 8
You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown
Book, music and lyrics by Clark Gesner

"A musical comedy with music and lyrics by Clark Gesner based on the characters created by cartoonist Charles M. Schulz and his popular comic strip Peanuts. The show tells the story of an average day in the life of the famous comic strip child hero, Charlie Brown. The audience is introduced to the whole Peanuts gang: Patty, Schroeder, Lucy and of course their extraordinary pup, Snoopy."

Sept. 25-Oct. 6
Our Town
By Thornton Wilder

"Written by the great American playwright Thornton Wilder, Our Town is a story about an average town's citizens in the early twentieth century as depicted through their everyday lives. Wilder sets the play in a theater. He uses the actions of the Stage Manager to create the town of Grover's Corners for the audience. This classic heartwarming drama, celebrating its 75th anniversary, will include a cast made up of local citizens from LBI and professional actors."

Dec. 3-22
Irving Berlin's White Christmas
Book by David Ives and Paul Blake
Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin

"A delightful new Broadway musical based on the 1954 smash hit Paramount movie. The musical tells the story of two showbiz buddies who put on a show in a picturesque Vermont inn, and find their perfect mates in the bargain. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas promises to be a merry and bright theatrical experience for the entire family." The show features classic Irving Berlin hits such as "Blue Skies," "Sisters," "Happy Holiday," "Count Your Blessings," "I Love a Piano" and the unforgettable title song, "White Christmas."

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Founded by Joseph P. Hayes in 1950 in Beach Haven, NJ, and now under the leadership of executive director Myers, Surflight Theatre is "dedicated to providing live professional theatre with mainstage productions featuring celebrity performers, a headliner comedy and concert series under the famed 'Catch A Rising Star' comedy club banner, children's theatre, and year-round arts-in-education programs and special events."

For more information, visit Surflight.org.