Alabama Shakespeare Fest Opens Beehive July 19 for Summer Run

News   Alabama Shakespeare Fest Opens Beehive July 19 for Summer Run
Preview audiences at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's summer production of Beehive have been singing along — literally — with the pop revue of '60s music, which officially opens July 19 in Montgomery, AL.

Producing artistic director Geoffrey Sherman directs and Karen Azenberg choreographs the loose-knit show, created by Larry Gallagher 20 years before the Off-Broadway and regional hit The Marvelous Wonderettes put pop classics of the period in plot and historical contexts.

ASF previews began July 10. An earlier production at ASF was such a hit that the company decided to bring it back. Performances continue on the Carolyn Blount mainstage to Aug. 2.

The musical features six female singers performing more than 35 tunes from the era of Beehive hairdos. Expect "It's My Party" (Leslie Gore), "My Boyfriend's Back" (The Angels), "One Fine Day" (The Chiffons), "Come See About Me" (The Supremes), "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" (The Shirelles), "Downtown" (Petula Clark), "Respect" (Aretha Franklin), "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" (Dusty Springfield) and "Proud Mary" (Tina Turner).

Beehive: The 60s Musical Sensation was created by the late Larry Gallagher and was first performed in 1985 Off-Broadway, where it ran for 18 months.

ASF's production features a seven-piece live band and a group of singers who've been seen in the Broadway and national touring productions of such shows as Hairspray, Rent, Caroline or Change, The Lion King and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Joel Jones is music director. The creative team includes scenic designer Peter Hicks, costume designer Elizabeth Novak, lighting designer Paul Wonsek, sound designer Richelle Thompson, stage manager Tanya J. Searle and production assistant Melissa Van Swol.

The cast features Ginger Bess, Anna Eilinsfeld, Brooke Jacob, Robyn Payne, Terita R. Redd and Sasha Sloan.

The band includes Jones, Mike Duncan, Joe Cosgrove, Greg Jackson, Brett Rominger, Carly Johnson and James Zingara.

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