MTW Brings The Summer of Love to Long Beach

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Musical Theatre West is proud to announce the world premiereMusical Theatre West is proud to announce the world premiere of Roger Bean’s groovy new musical Summer of Love at the beautiful 1,070-seat Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Summer of Love previews April 1 and runs April 2 through April 17, 2011. The show’s creator, Roger Bean, directs Musical Theatre West’s production of Summer of Love.

Summer of Love is set in the late 1960’s as the countercultural revolution exploded in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco with riotous politics, creative expression, and amazing music. Holly, a young runaway bride arrives on the scene, yearning to experience her own summer of love amid the hippies and dropouts populating the Golden Gate Park, and learns to “make her own kind of music!” This new show features music from some of the most impressionable artists of the love generation: The Mamas and the Papas, The Turtles, Sly & The Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Blood, Sweat & Tears and many more. You’ll love this flower-power, feel-good, musical experience. It’s sure to be a real trip.

ROGER BEAN (Writer/Director) created and directed the Off-Broadway production of “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” and the long-running Los Angeles production received the 2007 Los Angeles Ovation Award for Best Musical. Mr. Bean received Los Angeles Ovation Award nominations for Best Director of a Musical for the Los Angeles productions of “Winter Wonderettes” and “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” Mr. Bean also created “The Andrews Brothers,” which has played in numerous theaters throughout Southern California after a critically acclaimed west coast debut at Musical Theatre West. Mr. Bean’s recent long-running doo-wop hit “Life Could Be A Dream” received the 2010 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Production, the LA Weekly Theatre Award for Musical of the Year, and the 2010 Backstage Garland Award for Outstanding Production of the Year.

Summer of Love will have its world premiere at Musical Theatre West in Long Beach, CA on April 1-17, 2011. This original production will be directed by the show’s creator, Roger Bean. Summer of Love’s musical director/arranger is Michael Borth, choreography by Lee Martino and musical direction by Michael Paternostro.

The performance schedule for Summer of Love is Thursdays and through Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m., with a 7 p.m. performance added on April 10th. Tickets start at $30, with last-row seating available at an additional discount. There is a $3 service charge per ticket. Prices are subject to change without notice. Group rates are available for 15 or more. Musical Theatre West performs at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center located at 6200 E. Atherton Street, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Tickets for Summer of Love are on sale now and may be purchased online at www.musical.org or by phone at 562-856-1999 x4. Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Musical Theatre West Box Office located at 4350 E. 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804 from noon to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Summer of Love is the third show of Musical Theatre West’s 2010-2011 Season and is made possible through the generous contributions of Honorary Producer Kathryn Baker Campbell and Associate Producer Joan Wells.

Musical Theatre West’s 2010-2011 Season Sponsors are the Ackerman Family/Evalyn M. Bauer Foundation and Ken and Dottie Reiner.

For more information on Musical Theatre West’s production of Summer of Love, please visit www.musical.org.

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