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Summer in the city: Cultural Park Theater kicks off season of song

By Staff | Jul 13, 2017

Cultural Park Theater will kick off its summer season with songs from the 1960s girl groups.

“Jersey Girls,” a review show based on the all-female groups of the Sixties, will open tonight and play through Sunday. This year’s season will consist of four shows, less than the normal summer lineup.

Executive Director Michael Moran explained that the theater’s summer camp program was expanded this year due to more interest, so the camp productions have been eating into the time at the theater.

“We chose ‘Jersey Girls’ as the opener because it’s such a known hit here at the theater,” he said.

Written and directed by June Koc, “Jersey Girls” is primarily staged as a concert and it takes place on the New Jersey shore. In the show, six girl groups take part in a singing competition to win the coveted title of Jersey Girls. Before the second act, the groups are narrowed down to three finalists for the end.

“The audience actually picks the best group that wins Jersey Girls,” Moran said.

“The audience loves this show,” he added.

Following the review show, “Standing O! A Modern Broadway Review” will take the stage from July 21-23. Written and directed by Tyler Young, the show will feature a cast of approximately 36 people.

“It’s got a large cast of some of our more talented performers,” Moran said.

“It’s a very high energy show,” he added.

Featuring pieces from well-known hits like “Rent,” “Tippin,” “Wicked” and “The Last Five Years,” the show is a salute to the biggest ones that have crossed the Broadway stage over the last 15 to 20 years.

“And a lot of other ones,” Moran said. “It’s got just about everything that’s been on stage.”

Next up at the theater will be the comedy “Men Are Dogs” from Aug. 18-20.

Written by Joe Simonelli and directed Christi Wengerter, the show takes place in a counselor’s office, where women go with their husbands to talk about the problems they are having with their spouses.

According to Moran, the theater put on the show about five years ago.

“It was a hit,” he said. “It sold out every performance.”

He hinted that many of the husbands feel the pressure during the counseling session.

“It’s just a fall-down-on-the-floor laugh-a-minute comedy,” Moran said.

“It was such a popular hit we had to bring it back,” he added.

Closing out the summer season will be Liverpool Live, a concert scheduled from Sept. 1-3.

“It’s a Beatles tribute band,” Moran said. “They cover the entire Beatles soundtrack.”

From Orlando, the group uses period costumes and a live band for authenticity.

“It’s not canned music,” he said.

It will be the group’s first time performing at Cultural Park Theater.

“It covers the entire Beatles songbook,” Moran said.

“It should be an outstanding concert,” he added.

Tickets cost $18 for adults, $17 for seniors, $13 for students and $10 for children under 12.

“Those apply to the three stage plays,” Moran said.

The tickets for Liverpool Live cost $20 per person.

Tickets are available at the box office from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

He encouraged people to pick up tickets to this summer’s shows.

“Summertime is a great time to come and check out Cultural Park Theater,” Moran said. “It gives people a chance to check out some good shows and preview some of the things coming up in the fall.”

For tickets and show times, call 239-772-5862 or stop by the box office.

For more information, visit: culturalparktheater.com/.

Cultural Park Theatre is at 528 Cultural Park Blvd.