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Last Days of Summer

October 15 — November 10, 2019

October 15 — November 10, 2019

Book & Lyrics
Steve Kluger

Steve Kluger

Book & Lyrics

Steve Kluger (Book & Lyrics) is an author and playwright, born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1952, who grew up with only two heroes: Tom Seaver and Ethel Merman. Few were able to grasp the concept. A veteran of Casablanca and a graduate of The Graduate, he has written extensively on subjects as far ranging as World War II, rock and roll, and the Titanic, and as close to the heart as baseball and the Boston Red Sox (which frequently have nothing to do with one another). Doubtless due to the fact that he's a card-carrying Baby Boomer whose entire existence was shaped by the lyrics to "Abbey Road," "Workingman's Dead," and "Annie Get Your Gun" (his first spoken words, in fact, were actually stolen from The Pajama Game), he's also forged a somewhat singular path as a civil rights advocate, campaigning for a "Save Fenway Park" initiative (which qualifies as a civil right if you're a Red Sox fan), counseling gay teenagers, and, on behalf of Japanese American internment redress, lobbying the Department of the Interior to restore the baseball diamond at the Manzanar National Historic Site. Meanwhile, he donates half of his spare time to organizations such as Lambda Legal Defense, the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network (GLSEN), and Models of Pride, and gives the rest of it to his nieces and nephews--the nine kids who own his heart. 

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Music
Jason Howland

Jason Howland

Music

Jason Howland (Music) is an Emmy Award winning, Grammy and Tony nominated Composer, Producer and Arranger. Broadway: Composer Little Women – The Musical; Music Supervisor/Conductor/Arranger: Beautiful: The Carole King MusicalBonnie and ClydeWonderlandJekyll & HydeLes MiserablesThe Civil WarThe Scarlet PimpernelTabooSpidermanJekyll & Hyde (Revival). Tours and International: Deathnote (World Premiere Tokyo 2015), CinderellaFlashdanceWe Will Rock YouSouth Pacific (Revival), Beauty and the BeastLa Cage Aux FollesMemphisElfA Chorus Line, and Shrek. Recording and TV projects: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (OBC – Grammy nomination), Handel’s Messiah Rocks (Emmy Award for Arrangements), Little Women – the MusicalTaboo, Megumi Hamada Attitude, Ock Joo Hyun’s Gold, Jekyll & Hyde (OBC), Jekyll & Hyde (revival), The Dreams in YouThe Scarlet Pimpernel (OBC), The Civil War, Linda Eder’s albums Christmas Stays the Same and It’s Time. Guest conductor with the Atlanta, Florida, New Jersey and Memphis Symphony orchestras. Proud father of Noah and Nina.

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Direction & Musical Staging
Jeff Calhoun

Jeff Calhoun

Direction & Musical Staging

Broadway: Newsies, Bonnie & Clyde, Grey Gardens, Deaf West's Big River (2004 Tony Honor, Excellence in Theatre), Brooklyn, Bells Are Ringing (2001 Revival), Annie Get Your Gun (1999 Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease (1994 Tony nomination, Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite!, The Will Rogers Follies. West End/International: Disney's High School Musical 1 & 2: On Stage!. Regional/National tour: Jekyll & Hyde, Upcoming National Tour; Disney's Newsies, Paper Mill Playhouse; Jane Austen's Emma: A Musical Romantic Comedy (2011 Craig Noel Award, Outstanding Resident Musical), The Old Globe; Bonnie & Clyde (2009 San Diego Critics Circle Award, Outstanding New Musical and Outstanding Director of a Musical), Asolo Rep Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse; Dolly Parton's 9 to 5: The Musical, 1st National Tour; Deaf West's Pippin, Mark Taper Forum; Disney's High School Musical: On Tour!, Disney Theatrical; The Civil War and Shenandoah, Ford's Theatre. Ford's Theatre Associate Artist. 
 

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Based on novel by Steve Kluger. 
In this spirited new musical, Joe Margolis and his young son open an old box of letters that transport Joe back to Brooklyn and the summer of 1942—when young Bar Mitzvah boy Joey and his best friend Craig are writing fan letters to their hero Charlie Banks, the star third baseman of the New York Giants. Amid the tumultuous events of World War II, they forge an unlikely friendship that might be the very thing Banks needs. Based on the contemporary novel by Steve Kluger and directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun (Broadway's Newsies) with music by Grammy winner Jason Howland, this musical opens our inaugural season in the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.
 

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Sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation