BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO
OPENS AT GVT TONIGHT!
The year: 1960.
It was a simpler time, but not for Marge, who has just found herself alone after her fiancé leaves her at the altar.
Ever the good friend, Marge’s well-meaning pal Lois convinces her that she shouldn’t let a perfectly good honeymoon go to waste and the two venture to the Catskills. As Lois plots to get Marge back onto the market -- “Where the Boys Are” -- they encounter some colorful characters and a little fun chaos.
With a little luck, however, they find that although breaking up is indeed hard to do, in the end, love just might keep everyone together.
As its title suggests, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” is centered around the songs of legendary sing-er/songwriter Neil Sedaka.
The score includes 18 Sedaka originals including the title song and other well-known hits including “Calendar Girl,” “Where the Boys Are,” “Solitaire,” “Laughter in the Rain” and “Love Will Keep Us Together.”
Bringing the show to life is a group of six talented, professional actors, several of whom have previously graced the GVT stage.
The role of the ditzy but loveable Lois is portrayed by Kim Morgan Dean, an award-winning actress who has appeared in numerous shows throughout the country including three recent performances at GVT.
Making her first appearance at GVT is Leah Monzillo as Marge, the reserved jilted bride. The on-stage connection between Monzillo and Dean can be attributed to more than acting skills as the two are best friends off-stage as well.
Audiences will recognize the familiar face of Joe Lehman as he portrays the awkward, lovestruck Gabe Green. In addition to numerous appearances throughout the country, Lehman, a Chicago resident, has previously appeared in several GVT productions including “Completely Hollywood,” “Little Women,” and “Ring of Fire.”
Making his first appearance at GVT is in the role of teen idol wannabe Del Delmonaco is Richard Rella. The New York native has appeared on television, film and in the New York and national productions of Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding.
Lourelene Snedeker returns for her third season with GVT in the role of resort owner Esther Simowitz. The award-winning actress has starred opposite well-known names including Gregory Harrison, Sally Kellerman and Loretta Swift.
Rounding out the cast is John Felix as Harvey Feldman. Felix, who has received several theatre awards, has worked extensively on the East and Southeast coasts, occasionally in film and television.
“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” is directed by Cathey Sawyer with the musical direction of Michael Lewis Smith.
The premiere takes place Aug. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Additional shows are set for Aug. 26 and Sept. 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10. Wednesday and Thursday night shows begin at 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday shows start at 8 p.m.
For reservations and additional information, contact GVT at 304-645-3838 or visit online at www.gvtheatre.org.
Greenbrier Valley Theatre, The State Professional Theatre of West Virginia, is located at 113 E. Washington St., in Lewisburg, W.Va.