“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” is an original jukebox musical featuring 18 Neil Sedaka songs, including “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do,” “Where the Boys Are,” “Sweet Sixteen,” “Calendar Girl,” “Stupid Cupid,” and “Love Will Keep Us Together.”
“It takes old songs and does them in a new way,” said co-director Tom Varner.
Set during Labor Day weekend in 1960, the show follows two friends, Lois and Marge, who travel to a resort, Esther’s Paradise, in the Catskill Mountains to help Marge overcome a recent breakup. While there, romance flourishes in the most unusual places, and a visitor from “Dick Clark’s American Bandstand” might just save Esther’s paradise from financial ruin.
“I love the music in this show, and that’s what attracted me to it,” Varner said. “It’s a fun and charming show that audiences are going to love.”
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“Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” stars Breanna Noe as Marge Gelman, Kenzie Holzinger as Lois Warner, Eric Sykes as Del Delmonaco, Weston Holzinger as Gabe Green, Lori Wahl as Esther Simowitz, and Bill Sullivan as Harvey Feldman. Members of the ensemble include Linda Collman, Karlee Holzinger, Mary Knebel, Sandy Leitschuh, and Gentry Fifer. The show has musical direction by David Wilton, choreography by Christine Taylor and is directed by Gentry Fifer and Varner.
Performances for “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” are Jan. 19, 20, 26, and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Highland High School Kennel, 12760 Troxel Ave. in Highland. House doors open approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled show time. Tickets are $12 for adults, and $11 for children ages 4-12 and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door, at the Highland Chamber of Commerce, or online at hardroad.org. It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance, if possible. All online ticket sales stop approximately 30 minutes before the scheduled show time.
Hard Road Theatre Productions is a non-profit theatre organization committed to providing Highland and the surrounding area with high-quality, affordable, live theatre productions. For more information about “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” or Hard Road Theatre in general, visit the Hard Road website at hardroad.org.
“It’ll be nice and warm in here so you can get out of the cold weather and you can warm up your heart too with this sweet little story,” Varner said.