A major influence on many of today's musicians, Neil Sedaka is best known for his major hit song "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" which is listed as one of the 50 most-played songs of the 20th century. Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, this endearing story presents most of Neil Sedaka's most popular songs spun together in a light-hearted tale of mistaken identity, friendship and love.
Breaking Up is Hard to Do is the story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. Marge's fiancé has called off their wedding. Her best friend, Lois, is determined to cheer her up and find her a new man, so they head for the Catskills and Esther's Paradise Resort. They fall for the seductive charms of the resort's crooner heartthrob, Del DelMonaco, while true love in the form of geeky cabana boy and secret songwriter, Gabe, waits forlornly in the wings. Add a healthy dollop of Borscht Belt shtick with comedian – emcee, Harvey Feldman and his secret love, Esther, and you have the perfect recipe for a great night out!
Journey back to a more innocent time and relive summers gone by with all the trials, tribulations of teenage life and love. Baby Boomers will rejoice with this musical journey down memory lane! The score showcases 18 Neil Sedaka classics, including "Where the Boys Are", "Sweet Sixteen", "Calendar Girl", and, of course, the chart-topping title song.
Directed by Jacqui Hubbard, choreography by Caitlin Sailer and musical direction by John DeNicola. The set design is by Tony Andrea, lighting design by Marcus Abbott, and costumes by LisaMarie Harry. Cast includes Christopher DeRosa*, Leah Monzillo*, Sheila Coyle, Scott Scaffidi, Melanie Souza* and R. Bruce Connelly*.
Breaking up Is Hard To Do opens in Ivoryton on September 26th and runs through October 14th. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. Matinee performances are already selling out so we have added an extra performance at 2pm on Saturday, October 13th. Call now for the best seats – they will go fast! Tickets are $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children and are available by calling The Playhouse box office at 860-767-7318 or by visiting our website at www.ivorytonplayhouse.org (Group rates are available by calling the box office for information.) The Playhouse is located at 103 Main Street in Ivoryton.