From mini-skirts to mop top hair, bee hive dos to bell bottom trousers, welcome back to the ‘60s at The Seasons Dinner Theatre’s newest production “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.”
The show, directed by husband and wife team Tom McCarthy and Patti Hynes-McCarthy, opens this weekend at Majestic Oaks Golf Club.
The new musical comedy, rarely seen in these parts, features the music of Neil Sedaka with script penned by Erik Jackson and Ben H. Winters.
“This is just plain fun from beginning to end,” Hynes-McCarthy said. “Cute characters. The music couldn’t be any better.”
Set in Esther’s Paradise Resort, a hot spot in the Catskills, best friends Lois Warner and Marge Gelman of Brooklyn, in search of a good time, set out for Esther’s over a magical Labor Day weekend. The plot heats up when Lois and Marge finagle their way into singing back-up for featured hottie performer Del Delmonaco. Love triangles, deception, laughs and Sedaka tunes abound, making this what Hynes-McCarthy calls “a gem of a show.”
Among the many Sedaka hits are “Calendar Girl,” “Next Door to an Angel,” “Happy Birthday Sweet 16,” “Stupid Cupid” and more.
Local actors in the six-member cast are thespians Evan Wilberg of Anoka in the role of Del Delmonaco and Greg Eiden of Coon Rapids as Gabe Green.
Other cast members are Heidi Berg (Esther Simowitz) of Minneapolis, Timm Holmly (Harvey Feldman) of Golden Valley, Justine Carroll (Marge Gelman) of Bloomington and Karissa Lade (Lois Warner), also of Minneapolis.
The nearly two-hour show is written in two acts.
Steve Quesnel is music director and pianist. Cast members Eiden and Carroll are choreographers.
The show is designed to evoke sweet memories of the radical, swinging sixties.
“People will be singing along in their seats,” Hynes-McCarthy said.
The Seasons Dinner Theatre at Majestic Oaks Golf Club presents, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” featuring songs of Neil Sedaka, Feb. 9 – March 10. Dinner and show $44.95-$54.95. The Seasons is located at 701 Bunker Lake Blvd. N.E., Ham Lake. For more information, visit www.majesticoaksgc.com or call 763-755-2140.
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]