George Street Playhouse will open its inaugural 2019-20 season in the state-of-the-art New Brunswick Performing Center this October with “Last Days of Summer,” a new musical based on the best-selling novel by Steve Kluger, marking a new era in the theater’s esteemed history of bringing world-class productions to New Jersey audiences.
“Arriving on the advent of my 23rd season at George Street Playhouse, the completion of the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center represents a dream fulfilled and a momentous point in our history,” said GSP Artistic Director David Saint. “We have built our national reputation upon developing and premiering new works, and we are thrilled to continue that commitment in our new home.”
This highly anticipated inaugural production, directed by Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun (“Newsies” on Broadway), will star Teal Wicks, following her performance as Lady Cher in Broadway’s “The Cher Show,” and Bobby Conte Thornton, known for “A Bronx Tale” on Broadway. It will also feature music by Grammy Award-winner Jason Howland (Little Women).
Called an “audience-pleaser” by the Kansas City Star and “heartfelt … and delightfully scored” by BroadwayWorld during its 2018 premiere run at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, “Last Days of Summer” arrives at George Street Playhouse October 15.
The cast will feature a number of Broadway favorites, including Danny Binstock (“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on Broadway), Don Stephenson (“A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder” on Broadway), Mylinda Hull (“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” on Broadway and George Street Playhouse’s world-premiere production of “It Shoulda Been You,” directed by David Hyde Pierce), Will Burton (“Hello Dolly!” on Broadway), and Christine Pedi, known for “Chicago” on Broadway and as a daily host of Sirius XM Radio’s “On Broadway” channel.
The young cast includes Julian Lerner (National Tour of “Les Miserables”), Parker Weathersbee (National Tour of “Les Miserables”), Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton (National Tour of “School of Rock”), Sabatino Cruz (Astoria Performing Arts Center’s “Caroline or Change”), and Jeslyn Zubrycki. Peter Saide, Sean Watkinson, Julio Rey, and Junior Mendez also star.
In this new musical, Joe Margolis and his young son open an old box of letters that transport Joe back to his youth in Brooklyn and the summer of 1942 — when young Joey and his best friend Craig are writing fan letters to their hero Charlie Banks, star third baseman of the New York Giants. Amid the tumultuous events of World War II, Joey and Charlie forge an unlikely friendship that might be the very thing they both need. “Last Days of Summer” features a new score of big band sounds and jazz music of the era.
The 2019-20 season also features “My Life on a Diet,” a hilarious one-woman show starring beloved television personality Renee Taylor; “Midwives,” a gripping world-premiere thriller based on the bestselling novel; “Conscience,” a world premiere historical drama; and a new musical adaptation of the award-winning film “A Walk on the Moon.”
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George Street Playhouse, 11 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, 732-246-7717.