R. Bruce Connelly, Leah Monzillo, Sheila Coyle, Christopher De Rosa, Scott Scaffidi, Melanie Souza. Photo: T. Rick Jones
The musical tells 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 with 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 Sept. 26 and runs through Oct. 14. Performance times are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Evening performances are Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Matinee performances are already selling out so we have added an extra performance at 2 pm on Saturday, Oct. 13. 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 St., Ivoryton.