Doo-Wop 60s Hits Tell Story In Musical Coming To Ocean City
By Veronica Flesher, Patch Staff
A 1960s-themed musical full of hits, comedy and dancing is coming to the Ocean City Music Pier.
“Sh-Boom! Life Could Be a Dream” is set in the early 1960s and follows Denny and the Dreamers — Denny, Wally and Eugene — a fledgling doo-wop singing group preparing to enter the Big Whopper Radio contest to realize their dreams of making the big time, according to a release from Ocean City Theatre Company.
“Trouble comes in when Lois arrives to put some polish in the act. Denny falls in love, Wally falls in line, and Eugene falls apart just in time for handsome heartthrob Duke’s arrival to send the whole situation spinning,” OCTC said.
The story is told using 60s rock-and-roll hits “Fools Fall in Love,” “Tears on my Pillow,” “Runaround Sue,” “Stay,” “Earth Angel,” “Unchained Melody” and more.
“Sh-Boom! Life Could Be a Dream” presented by the Ocean City Theatre Company will be performed at the Ocean City Music Pier on Oct. 7, 8, 14, 15 at 7:00 p.m. with a matinee on Oct. 16 at 2:00 p.m.
Tickets are $22-$25 and can be purchased by calling 609-399-6111 or by visiting www.oceancityvacation.com/boxoffice.
“Sh-Boom! Life Could be a Dream” was written by Roger Bean, who scored a huge hit with “The Marvelous Wonderettes,” which ran for over 1,200 performances Off-Broadway, and lead to three sequels for the franchise.
OCTC’s production is being directed and choreographed by Jordan Cyphert, who was last seen in OCTC’s production of “SWING!” Cyphert has an impressive resume as a performer which includes the National Tour of “Flashdance: The Musical” and regional theatre credits including “Mary Poppins,” “Oklahoma” and “White Christmas.” His experience as a Director/Choreographer includes productions of “The Full Monty,” “The Little Mermaid” and “Damn Yankees.”
Music Director Drew Patti returns to Ocean City after appearing in last summer’s production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.” Patti has an extensive resume of performing credits like “Phantom,” “Charlie Brown’s Christmas Spectacular,” “Evita” and “My One and Only.”