Get ready for a heat wave of hot tunes at The Norma Terris Theatre this summer! Goodspeed Musicals, the first two-time Tony Award-winning theatre in the country, announced today on Facebook and Twitter that the fab new musical The Bikinis will round out their three-show season. Destined to be a summer smash, this fun-loving, finger-snappin' blast-from-the-past is chock-full of hit tunes from the 60s and 70s. Don't miss The Bikinis August 9 through September 2, 2012; it'll be a gas!
Back together again! The sixties girl group that everyone loves is bringing back the sun, fun and all the great songs they sang on the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore...all to raise money to save Sandy Shores Mobile Home Beach Resort. These Jersey Girls relive their heyday in a non-stop celebration of song with over 30 hits like "It's In His Kiss," "Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," "Heat Wave,"and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The Bikinis are irresistible!
The Bikinis is conceived and written by Ray Roderick and James Hindman. Ray Roderick, who is also choreographing and directing the show, has directed numerous Goodspeed Opera House hits including the current sensation Mame, Singin' in the Rain, My One And Only and 42nd Street as well as last year's tin pan alley tuner Hello! My Baby at The Norma Terris Theatre. Mr. Roderick served as the Associate Director of the 2000 Broadway revival of The Music Man and Co-conceived, Directed, and Choreographed the National Tour of Irving Berlin's I Love A Piano. James Hindman has acted in several Broadway hits including Mary Poppins, 1776, and City of Angels. Music Arrangements are by Joseph Baker with additional music and lyrics by Joseph Baker and Ray Roderick.
The Bikinis will run August 9 - September 2, 2012. Curtain times are Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m, Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (with the exception of August 9 which begins at 8:00 p.m.), Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Saturdays at 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
The 2012 Norma Terris Theatre season will kick off with Amazing Grace, an epic new musical running from May 17- June 10. Storms. Slavery. Romance. Redemption. Prepare to be swept away by this musical saga about John Newton, a rebellious slave trader, and the woman who never lost faith in him. While fighting the raging seas and his own despair, Newton's life is suddenly transformed - igniting a quest to end the scourge of slavery. Based on a true story of the man who penned the world's most recognizable song, it's a powerful musical you will never forget.
Beginning November 8 through December 2, The Great American Mousical, directed by Julie Andrews, will conclude the Norma Terris season. Below the bright lights of Broadway, in the depths of the historic Sovereign Theatre, a troupe of musical-making mice rehearse a new show. When the theatre is threatened by demolition and their diva Adelaide disappears, it will take all paws on deck to fulfill the time-honored tradition: the show must go on! Filled with singing, dancing, and show biz lore, The Great American Mousical is a tribute to life in the theatre that celebrates the two most glorious words in the English language: musical comedy!
The Norma Terris Theatre is located at 33 North Main Street in Chester. Subscriptions and single tickets are on sale now. For more information call the Goodspeed Box Office at 860.873.8668 or visit goodspeed.org.
Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of musical theatre, Goodspeed Musicals produces three musicals each season at the Goodspeed Opera House in East Haddam, Conn., and additional productions at The Norma Terris Theatre in Chester, Conn., which was opened in 1984 for the development of new musicals. The first regional theatre to receive two Tony Awards (for outstanding achievement), Goodspeed also maintains The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre and The Max Showalter Center for Education in Musical Theatre. Goodspeed Musicals gratefully acknowledges the support of its Official Audio Sponsor, Sennheiser Electronic Corporation. Goodspeed Musicals is supported in part by the Department of Economic and Community Development with support from the Connecticut Office of the Arts.