"American Idol" Singer Justin Guarini to Star in Workshop of Beach Boys Musical Good Vibrations, July 29-Aug. 1

News   "American Idol" Singer Justin Guarini to Star in Workshop of Beach Boys Musical Good Vibrations, July 29-Aug. 1
Justin Guarini, the frizzy-haired blonde runner-up in the first "American Idol" TV competition, will star in a July 29-Aug. 1 workshop of The Beach Boys-infused musical work-in-progress Good Vibrations.

The show will be staged at the summer Vassar College digs of New York Stage and Film. John Carrafa (Urinetown, Into the Woods) will direct and choreograph.

Also in the cast are Titus Burgess, Heath Calvert, Tom Deckman, Elizabeth Fye, Geoffrey Hemingway, David Larsen, Julie Martell, Tyler Maynard, Megan McGinnis, Nina Negri, Julie Reiber, David Resier, Jose Restrepo, Jonathan Richard Sandler, Krysta Rodriguez, Allison Spratt, Emily Toress and Haneefah Wood.

As previously reported by Playbill On-Line, the new Dodger-produced show has an original book by Richard Dresser (Rounding Third, Below the Belt) and uses the songs of the Beach Boys. The plot, however, is not a biographical tale of the blond-mopped California band that celebrated cars, girls and surfing in the 1960s.

"It will be a new hybrid," Carrafa told Variety, "somewhere between Mamma Mia! and Movin' Out."

The Broadway-aimed show would be the Broadway directorial debut for the choreographer of Into the Woods, Dance of the Vampires and Urinetown. There is no announced timetable for the Beach Boys musical, which will be produced by the Dodgers, the team that helped bring Urinetown to Broadway. "We're starting quiet and low-profile," said Carrafa, "like we did with Urinetown." However, the rumor mill has the show possibly transferring to a New York stage during the 2004-05 season if all goes well in Poughkeepsie.

The remaining NYS&F lineup is as follows (subject to change):

Honor and the River (July 7-10) Powerhouse
Good Canary starring Lucy Liu (July 9-11) - Susan Stein Shiva Theater
Bach at Leipzig starring Mark Linn-Baker (July 14-17) - Powerhouse

Free Outdoor Theater in Repertory (July 14-25)

  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, directed by Dennis Reid
  • Fanny Kemble, adapted by Laura Marks and director Davis McCallum
  • Coriolanus by William Shakespeare, directed by Emily Mendelson Nerds (July 15-18) - Martel Theatre

    Readings Festival 2 (July 23-25)

  • The Argument by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros
  • Doubt by John Patrick Shanley
  • Fran’s Bed by James Lapine, starring Mia Farrow
  • The Little Dog Laughed by Douglas Carter Beane
  • Pen by David Marshall Grant, starring Marcia Gay Harden Good Vibrations (July 29-Aug. 1) - Martel
    My Andy by (July 22-24) Powerhouse
    The Petersons Project (July 30-Aug. 1) - Shiva

    For tickets and information, call (845) 437-7235 or www.newyorkstageandfilm.org.

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