Sh-Boom! Life Could Be A Dream

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Sun Oct 17, 5:30pm
Tue Oct 19, 7:30pm
Wed Oct 20, 7:30pm
Thu Oct 21, 7:30pm
Fri Oct 22, 7:30pm
Sat Oct 23, 2:00pm
Sat Oct 23, 7:30pm
Sun Oct 24, 1:00pm
Sun Oct 24, 5:30pm
Wed Oct 27, 7:30pm
Thu Oct 28, 2:00pm
Thu Oct 28, 7:30pm
Fri Oct 29, 7:30pm
Sat Oct 30, 2:00pm
Sat Oct 30, 7:30pm
Sun Oct 31, 1:00pm

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE
ANNOUNCES THE FIRST SHOW OF ITS 2021-2022 100TH SEASON!
SH-BOOM!
LIFE COULD BE A DREAM
Written and Created by Roger Bean
Direction & Choreography by Jonathan Van Dyke

DENNY AND THE DREAMERS RETURN SUNDAY, OCTOBER 17
TO THE LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE IN LAGUNA BEACH!

Could Life be any “Dreamier” than to reopen the theatre with one of our biggest hits of all time? LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is thrilled to welcome you back to see Denny and the Dreamers perform all your favorite songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s in SH-BOOM! LIFE COULD BE A DREAM, written and created by Roger Bean, musical direction by Nick Guerrero with direction & choreography by Jonathan Van Dyke. Comments Executive Director Ellen Richard and Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, “We are so thrilled and gloriously happy to be able to finally welcome our subscribers and audiences back into the Moulton Theatre for the first time in 19 months with the joyously irresistible, SH-BOOM! LIFE COULD BE A DREAM! Our 100th season was delayed but we are celebrating this historic milestone all year long with one of our best seasons ever!”
SH-BOOM! LIFE COULD BE A DREAM begins previews on Wednesday, October 13; will open on Sunday, October 17 at 5:30pm and perform through Sunday, October 31, 2021 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach.

Hey cool cats! Take a trip to Springfield and meet the Crooning Crabcakes as they prepare to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest and realize their dreams of making it to the big time! The '60s hits say it all: “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on my Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Earth Angel,” “Stay,” “Unchained Melody,” “Lonely Teardrops,” and “The Glory of Love.” This delightful, award-winning jukebox musical, written and created by Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes), will leave you laughing, singing, and cheering— let’s hear it for the boys!

ABOUT THE CAST AND CREATIVE TEAM

ROGER BEAN (Author) created the long-running hit The Marvelous Wonderettes (over 1,200 performances Off-Broadway), along with the sequels Wonderettes: Caps & Gowns, Winter Wonderettes, Wonderettes: Dream On, and the new large-cast Wonderettes: Glee Club Edition. Original cast albums for all Wonderettes shows are available from iTunes and Amazon. The Marvelous Wonderettes received the 2007 LA Ovation Award for Best Musical for its record-breaking Los Angeles run. Mr. Bean’s doo-wop hit Life Could Be A Dream had a record-breaking 12-month run in Los Angeles, receiving the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, the LA Weekly Theatre Award, and the Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Musical. Other popular musicals created by Mr. Bean include The Andrews Brothers, Summer of Love, Route 66, Honky Tonk Laundry, and Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, all published by Stage Rights.

JONATHAN VAN DYKE (Director/Choreographer) Most recently appeared in the Laguna Playhouse production of Mamma Mia! as “Sam.” As a director and choreographer, his work includes productions of Boeing Boeing, The Wiz, West Side Story, Jerry’s Girls, I Love a Piano, Beehive, Pippin, Cinderella, Breaking Up is Hard To Do: The Music of Neil Sedaka, and Closer Than Ever. A member of the Dramatists Guild, he has written the plays Totally Electric (The Duplex, The Aurora Fox, The Ritz and The Abbey) and the award-winning Spring at the Willowbrook Inn which featured Greg Louganis, Wesley Eure and Sean McDermott. His seasonal show Holiday Incorporated is produced annually.

NICK GUERRERO (Musical Director) is a music director, vocal coach, and collaborative pianist originally from Huntsville, AL. Nick graduated with a B.M. in Piano Performance from The University of Alabama and an M.M. in Musical Theatre/Opera Conducting from Ithaca College. In addition to his professional work as a music director, Nick writes musical theatre songs and hopes to eventually release an album.

The Cast of SH-BOOM! LIFE COULD BE A DREAM will feature: Willie Beaton II (The Wedding Singer at Surflight Theatre, 42nd Street at Ogunquit Playhouse), as “Wally,” Alex Fullerton (Singin’ in the Rain, Crazy For You) as “Denny,” Noah A. Lyon (Hello Dolly!, Anything Goes), as “Eugene,” Dorian Quinn (Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia) as “Duke” and
Sophia Swannell (Mamma Mia! at Laguna Playhouse, U.S. National Tour of Sweet Charity)
as “Lois.”

The Design Team for SH-BOOM! LIFE COULD BE A DREAM is as follows: Scenic Design is by Chris Strangfeld; Lighting Design by Anthony Marinaro; Costume Design by Madison Queen and Ellie Chaffee; Sound Design by Ian Wehrle. Musical Arrangements are by Roger Bean, Michael Borth, Jon Newton & Steve Parsons. The Production Supervisor is Gail Anderson. The Artistic Supervisor is Steve Steiner. The Production Stage Manager is Lily Archambault.

The season is generously underwritten by The Hale Family.

ABOUT THE SCHEDULE AND PRICING
SH-BOOM! LIFE COULD BE A DREAM begins previews on Wednesday, October 13; will open on Sunday, October 17 at 5:30pm and perform through Sunday, October 31, 2021 at the Laguna Playhouse, 606 Laguna Canyon Drive in Laguna Beach.

Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sundays at 1:00pm. There will be added performances on Thursday, October 14 at 2pm; Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30pm; Sunday, October 24 at 5:30pm and Thursday, October 28 at 2pm. There will be no performance on Sunday, October 17 at 1pm.
Tickets range from $51 - $101 and can be purchased online at www.lagunaplayhouse.com or by calling (949) 497-ARTS (2787). Group discounts are available by calling 949-497-2787 ext. 229. Prices subject to change.
The box office is open Mondays – Saturdays: 12p.m. to 4p.m.; Sundays open 2 hours prior to show time until 15 minutes after curtain. Open until showtime on all performance days.

COVID PROTOCOLS for the LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE will offer both “vaccination-only” and “open-to-all” performances this season. The first two weeks of each run will be for fully vaccinated patrons only, followed by a week of open performances for all audiences.

Any additional protocol will be subject to changes in government regulations.  Proof of vaccination will be required for all patrons prior to entering the theatre during the first two weeks of performances for all main stage shows. Please visit
https://lagunaplayhouse.com/health-and-safety-policy/ for additional details.

For more information on all shows and programming visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com. LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE is located at 606 Laguna Canyon Road in Laguna Beach.

Founded in 1920, the historic Laguna Playhouse is one of the oldest continuously-operating not-for-profit theatres on the West Coast and is proud to be an active participant in the celebrated Laguna Beach arts community. From classic plays and musical comedies to the current off-Broadway smash, cutting edge and traditional music exhibitions, dance festivals and stand-up comedy performances, Laguna Playhouse brings the magical experience of the performing arts direct to over 80,000 patrons each season.

Laguna Playhouse educational programming includes year-round classes, productions by and for children and teens (Youth Theatre) and is one of the few companies in the region that offer a curriculum-based professional theatre-touring program, TheatreReach, which aligns with the California State Standards for literature, history and performing arts curriculum.

Laguna Playhouse has been recognized in for the past five years as one of Orange County Register’s “Best of OC” in the category of Live Theatre. The Laguna Playhouse has featured many talented performers on stage, including Ed Asner, Leslie Caron, Hershey Felder, Harrison Ford, Melanie Griffith, Val Kilmer, Gregory Harrison, Dan Lauria, Hal Linden, Wendie Malick, Rita Rudner, Charles Shaughnessy, French Stewart, Loretta Swit, and Bette Davis.

Learn What’s Going On at www.lagunaplayhouse.com

Calendar Listing:
SH-BOOM! LIFE COULD BE A DREAM
Written and Created by Roger Bean
Musical Direction by Nick Guerrero
Direction and Choreography by Jonathan Van Dyke

Previews Begin: Wednesday, October 13 at 7:30pm

Opens: Sunday, October 17 at 5:30pm

Runs: Sunday, October 17 – Sunday, October 31, 2021

Performances will be Wednesdays through Fridays at 7:30pm; Saturdays at 2pm & 7:30pm; Sundays at 1:00pm.

There will be added performances on Thursday, October 14 at 2pm; Tuesday, October 19 at 7:30pm; Sunday, October 24 at 5:30pm & Thursday, October 28 at 2pm.

There will be no performance on Sunday, October 17 at 1pm.

LAGUNA PLAYHOUSE
606 Laguna Canyon Rd. in Laguna Beach, CA

Tickets: $51.00 - $101.00

For tickets – visit www.lagunaplayhouse.com
or call 949-497-2787.