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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 and Lyrics) is the author of the novels Changing Pitches, Last Days of Summer, Almost Like Being in Love and My Most Excellent Year; the non-fiction history Yank:  World War II From The Guys Who Brought You Victory; and the plays Bullpen, Café ‘50s, Pilots of the Purple Twilight and After Dark. Despite the fact that his first spoken words were actually stolen from The Pajama Game and that his youth was defined entirely by The Music Man, Flower Drum Song, Gypsy and Wildcat, Last Days of Summer is his first musical. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. 

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Composer, Arranger & Music Supervisor
Jason Howland

Jason Howland

Composer, Arranger & Music Supervisor

Jason Howland (Music/Music Supervision/Arrangements) an honors graduate of Williams College (1993), is a Grammy Award winning producer, Emmy Award winning arranger, and Tony nominated producer. He is the composer of Broadway’s 2005 TONY nominated Little Women – The Musical. Howland was nominated for a Tony Award in 1999 for co- producing The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh. and won an Emmy Award in 2007 for creating and composing the Christmas special Handel’s Messiah Rocks for the Boston Pops. He is the Arranger and Music Supervisor for the smash hit Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (Broadway, West End, US National Tour, Tokyo, Australian National Tour, UK National Tour) for which he won a Grammy Award; Bonnie and Clyde, Wonderland, Jekyll & Hyde, The Civil War and The Scarlet Pimpernel, in addition to music directing the mega-hit Les Misérables, and Boy George’s Taboo. International projects as an arranger and orchestrator include Frank Wildhorn’s stage adaptation of the Japanese Anime sensation Death Note for HoriPro, and two new shows Mata Hari and The Man Who Laughs. Recent theater projects include composing and orchestrating the original score for Ikiru, a new musical based on the Kurosawa film, that premiered in Tokyo, Oct 2018, Last Days of Summer (Kansas City rep), and Paradise Square at Berkeley Repertory Theater. 

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Based on the book by
Steve Kluger

Steve Kluger

Based on the book by

Steve Kluger (Book and Lyrics) is the author of the novels Changing Pitches, Last Days of Summer, Almost Like Being in Love and My Most Excellent Year; the non-fiction history Yank:  World War II From The Guys Who Brought You Victory; and the plays Bullpen, Café ‘50s, Pilots of the Purple Twilight and After Dark. Despite the fact that his first spoken words were actually stolen from The Pajama Game and that his youth was defined entirely by The Music Man, Flower Drum Song, Gypsy and Wildcat, Last Days of Summer is his first musical. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts. 

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Direction & Musical Staging
Jeff Calhoun

Jeff Calhoun

Direction & Musical Staging

Jeff Calhoun (Director) Broadway: Disney's Newsies (Eight Tony Award Nominations including Best Director)Bonnie & Clyde, Jekyll & Hyde, Grey Gardens, Deaf West's Big River (Tony Honor, Excellence in Theatre)Brooklyn, Annie Get Your Gun (Tony Award, Best Revival), Grease (Tony Nomination, Best Choreography), Tommy Tune Tonite!The Will Rogers Follies (Tony Award, Best Musical). On Tour and Internationally: Dolly Parton's 9 to 5: The Musical (London’s West End & U.K. Tour) and Disney's High School Musical 1 & 2. Upcoming: Between The Lines at the Second Stage Theater. Jeff is an associate artist at The Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Covenant House International.

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Danny Binstock

Danny Binstock

Cast

Danny Binstock (Joe Margolis) Danny is pleased to be making his George Street debut.   New York credits include: Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany's and Bones in the Basket (Araca Group festival).  He performed in director Ivo Van Hove's production of A View From The Bridge (Ahmanson Theatre, Kennedy Center).  Regional credits include: Angels In America PARTS 1 & 2 (Berkeley Repertory Theatre), The Man in the Ceiling (Bay Street Theatre), The Music Man (Guthrie Theater), The Imaginary Invalid (Fisher Center), The Last Match (City Theatre), POP! (Yale Rep), The May Queen (Geva Theatre), Assasins (PlayMakers Rep), and Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare Theatre Company).  Television appearances include: ElementaryMadam Secretary, Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, and Codes of Conduct (HBO).  His films include A Good MarriageGood Friday, and No Pay, Nudity.  Danny holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama and earned his BFA from the University of Michigan

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Will Burton

Will Burton

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Will Burton (Stuke) is so excited to be making his George Street Playhouse debut! Broadway credits include Kiss Me, Kate (Gremio), Hello, Dolly! (Ambrose), Holiday Inn, and An American In Paris. Regional: Paper Mill Playhouse, Théâtre du Châtelet, The Muny, The Marriott Lincolnshire, Goodspeed Opera House, and Arena Stage. TV: The Blacklist (NBC). Thanks to the KMR crew, and to all my incredible teachers at CCCEPA and The University of Michigan as well as my mom, dad, Callen and Haley for the love and support!

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Bobby Conte Thornton

Bobby Conte Thornton

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Bobby Conte Thornton (Charlie Banks) Broadway: A Bronx Tale (dirs. Robert De Niro & Jerry Zaks). Other New York theater: My Fair Lady (Bay Street Theater); Starting Here, Starting Now (York Theatre Company). Select regional: all-male A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Two River Theater); world premiere of Ken Ludwig's A Comedy of Tenors (McCarter Theatre Center/Cleveland Play House); regional premiere of Jersey Boys and Lerner & Loewe’s Paint Your Wagon (The Muny). Film/TV: If Beale Street Could Talk (dir. Barry Jenkins); Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix); Madam SecretaryThe Code (CBS). Concert soloist: Lincoln Center, Oakland Symphony, Carolina Philharmonic. Single: Alice (available on iTunes/Spotify). Training: BFA, University of Michigan; Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

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Sabatino Cruz

Sabatino Cruz

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Sabatino Cruz (Gordon Bierman) is so excited to be cast in Last Days of Summer! His recent work as Noah in APAC's Caroline or Change has been nominated for Best Musical for an off off broadway production. Other work has included Elf (Michael), Bye, Bye Birdie (Randolph MacAfee), Shrek the Musical (Young Shrek), Pippin (Theo), Scrooge (Young Ebby/Turkey Boy) and Peter Pan (Tootles). Also seen on Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Yes Network and CNBC. Special thanks to Mom, Dad, Amber, Laura Pietropinto (Terrific Talent), Mallory Levy (DDO), Amelia DeMayo, Teresa Vicario and the cast and crew of Last Days of Summer. Break legs!  

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Mylinda Hull

Mylinda Hull

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Mylinda Hull (Ida Margolis) Broadway: Skittles: The Broadway Musical, The NanceDirty Rotten ScoundrelsSweet CharityLittle Shop of Horrors42nd Street.  Off-Broadway: Road Show (The Public), I Love You, You’re Perfect... Encores! at City Center: High Button ShoesThe New YorkersMerrily We Roll AlongGirl CrazyFace The Music.  PBS Great Performances: Crazy For You.  Regional: The Connector (NY Stage/Film), Dancing At Lughnasa (Two River), Guys and Dolls (IRNE Award, North Shore). TV: Fosse/VerdonRiseThe BlacklistYoungerInside Amy SchumerThe Big C. Mylinda really does live in Brooklyn, happily, with her husband, two daughters and two dogs.

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Julian Emile Lerner

Julian Emile Lerner

Cast

Julian Emile Lerner (Joey Margolis) is thrilled to be playing Joey in the inaugural season at NBPAC! Julian was Gavroche in the National Broadway Tour of Les Miserables, and has originated roles in new musicals for Jerry Mitchell, James Lapine, Tom Kitt, Michael Korie, and Michael Mayer in NYC. He has appeared in numerous national commercials, voice-overs, and guest starring TV roles, and been featured on Last Week Tonight w/John OliverSaturday Night Live, and The Tonight Show w/Jimmy Fallon. Thank you Teri/Haley/Jackie @ Teri B. Talent, Ellen/Rachel @ Paradigm, Charlotte, Badiene, Minda, Rick, Mom and Dad!!!

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Junior Mendez

Junior Mendez

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Junior Mendez (Male Ensemble) is thrilled to be back on stage with Last Days of Summer. Theatre favorites: Wildcat (Hank), Skippyjon Jones: Snow What?! (Skippyjon). TV: Law & Order: SVUHappy!Mr. Robot. Big thank you to family, cast, creatives and crew -- special thanks to Tara Rubin Casting and Josh Taylor. Junior is also a visual artist whose unique motif pays homage to the LGBTQ lifestyle, community and its icons.

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Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton

Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton

Cast

Gilberto Moretti-Hamilton (Chucky Margolis) is excited to be a part of the Last days of Summer cast and wants to thank Tara-Rubin Casting and Mom & Dad for their support. This native New Yorker won both critical and audience praise while touring the country as Freddy, the drummer, in the First National Tour of Broadway’s School of Rock. He will attend Juilliard Music School’s MAP program for young & talented musicians this fall and he performs regularly with his band at the legendary Bitter End in NYC’s Greenwich Village. He was recently nominated “Best Male Actor” at the DYCD Film Festival In NYC.

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Christine Pedi

Christine Pedi

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Christine Pedi (Aunt Carrie) Radio: Daily host of SiriusXMs On Broadway ch 72.  Broadway: Mama Mornton- ChicagoLittle MeTalk Radio. Off-B’WAY:  Forbidden Broadway (Drama Desk nom), NewsicalSpamiltonMiss Abigails Guide. TV: A dead Soprano - Mrs Bobby Baccala (See her at SopranosCon in Nov at The Meadowlands)  Caberet: She’s toured her award winning act Great Dames across the USA, London, South Africa & beyond. This Dec 20 & 29 Snow Bizness her holiday show returns to Feinsteins. Known as “The Lady of 1000 Voices” they can be found on YouTube & The Howard Stern Show. CD: Good to Mama.

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Julio Rey

Julio Rey

Cast

Julio Rey (Male Ensemble) is very excited to be working with such a wonderful group of artists. Originally from San Juan, Puerto Rico, Julio is a recent graduate from Penn State with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He was most recently seen as Chino in West Side Story at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Other regional credits include Pittsburgh CLO, Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Forestburgh Playhouse, and Ogunquit Playhouse. In loving memory of Tio Carlos. 

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Peter Saide

Peter Saide

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Peter Saide (Male Ensemble) George Street Playhouse Debut! Favourites include Jersey Boys (Gaudio, Vegas) and R&H's Cinderella (Prince, opposite Lea Salonga, international tour).  Off-Broadway: Desperate Measures (Sheriff Green); Skin Tight (Tom); Death for Five Voices (Fabrizio). Peter has appeared regionally at Sacramento Music Circus, Ogunquit Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Old Globe, The Village Theatre, Riverside, Marriott Lincolnshire, Bucks County Playhouse, Paramount, North Carolina Theatre, Arvada Center, Utah Shakespeare Festival, Tuacahn, Theatre By The Sea and others. Film and TV: Law & Order: SVUThe Other GuysAwkwardly.  Endless love to G!

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Don Stephenson

Don Stephenson

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Don Stephenson (Rabbi / Manager) Starred as Leo Bloom in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of The Producers. Additional Broadway credits include the D’ysquith family in A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and MurderDraculaPrivate LivesTitanicParadeBy Jeeves, and Rock of Ages. Encores: Me and My GirlThe Bandwagon, and Pardon My English. Off-Broadway credits:  Death Takes a HolidayTake Me AlongChess, and Two Gentlemen From Verona.  Television: The AmericansDeceptionHappyThe Good Wife30 RockGleeUgly BettyCurb Your EnthusiaimLaw & Order, and Turn: Washington's Spies.

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Sean Watkinson

Sean Watkinson

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Sean Watkinson (Male Ensemble) is so excited to be making his George St. debut with Last Days of Summer. Previous credits include Newsies (Jack Kelly) and Freaky Friday (Adam) at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Billy Elliot (Tony) and Miss Saigon at Signature Theatre. He recently graduated from Florida State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. Sean is incredibly grateful to the entire Last Days team, CTG, his family, friends and the Goonsquad for all their support. Go Noles!

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Parker Weathersbee

Parker Weathersbee

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Parker Weathersbee (Craig Nakamura) is honored to be a part of The Last Days of Summer. He previously performed for nine months as Gavroche in the National tour of Les Misérables. Other credits: South PacificQuanah (Lyric Stage), The King and I (Dallas Summer Musicals), and Miss Saigon (Casa Mañana).  TV: The Long Road Home. Tremendous thanks to Mitchell Gossett (Industry Entertainment), David Doan (CESD), Dee Ann Vernon (Kim Dawson Agency), Tara Rubin Casting, Jeff Calhoun and The Last Days of Summer team for this amazing opportunity! Love to my family and friends! 

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Teal Wicks

Teal Wicks

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Teal Wicks (Hazel Mackay) Broadway: The Cher Show, Finding Neverland, Wicked, Jekyll & Hyde revival. Off- Broadway: The Blue Flower (Second Stage), Stairway to Paradise (City Center Encores), the world premiere of Piece Of My Heart: the Bert Berns Story (Signature Theatre), Fahrenheit 451 (59E59). She originated the role of Jo in the new musical The Ballad of Little Jo seen at Two River Theatre. Regional: Life of the Party (Theatreworks, w/ Andrew Lippa), The Blue Flower (A.R.T.), Pippin, 1776, Carousel (Goodspeed; 2012 Broadway World Connecticut Award, Connecticut Circle Award nom). TV: NCIS: New OrleansChicago JusticeElementaryThe Good Wife. She can be heard on several cast recordings and has performed with orchestras worldwide.

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Jeslyn Zubrycki

Jeslyn Zubrycki

Cast

Jeslyn Zubrycki (Rachel Panitz) a NJ native, is honored and grateful to debut in her first Regional musical, LDOS! Jeslyn’s commercial credits include Chase National Bank (principal) and voiceover for Disney Dream Big Princess. Jeslyn appeared in the 29-hour reading of Trevor The Musical (Mary). Thank you God. Thanks to Bishop D. Hilliard Jr., Dean Kravitz & The PTW Team, Tara Rubin Casting, Merri Sugarman, LDOS creative team and cast, Jason Bercy, Tia Dionne-Hodge, Perry Montauredes, Rakiyah, Aunt La, Nana, my Virginia Crew, Dad & Mom, and my family and friends for their love and support.

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This beautiful tale of friendship, baseball, and the enduring bonds between fathers and sons will speak to all generations. Based on the bestselling novel by Steve Kluger, with music by Grammy winner Jason Howland, directed by Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun, the heart-warming story is set in 1940’s Brooklyn and pulses with jazz musicand big band sounds of the era. 

"a sure-fire hit"

— Broadway World

"near perfect in every way"

The Jewish Standard

"has Broadway written all over it....exuberant and touching...." 

MyCentralJersey.com

"a must see....wonderful dialogue, beautiful voices, amazing choreography"

— New Jersey Hills

"joyous....well worth seeing." 

— Out in Jersey

"Thornton...was absolutely wonderful"

— Time Off

"full of nice surprises....we are ready for a home run"

— Curtain Up

"a total heart warmer....sure to be an audience favorite."

New Jersey Stage

"Broadway-worthy production values."

Broadway Select

"a delightful addition to the musical theater genre....a must-see for theater-goers of all ages."

— NJ Arts Maven

"has chutzpah and heart"

— TAPinto New Brunswick

"Jason Howland’s score is one of the highlights....a blessing."

— US1


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Sponsored by The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation 

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Theater: George Street Playhouse season opens with ‘The Last Days of Summer’

Some memories from childhood are better left in the past, but for the grown-up Joey Margolis, his childhood memories of his fantastic friendship with New York Giants baseball star Charlie Banks and Charlie’s long suffering girlfriend Hazel MacKay are wonderful to recall and are the substance of “Last Days of Summer...." Learn More

George Street Playhouse Set For Opening Night at NBPAC

Young Joey and his best friend, Craig, are writing fan letters to their hero, Charlie Banks. Banks, the star third baseman of the New York Giants, and Joey forge an unlikely friendship that might be the very best thing they both need Learn More

George Street Playhouse presents inaugural show at New Brunswick PAC

"Last Days of Summer," George Street Playhouse's inaugural show in its new home at New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, can be seen through Nov. 10. Learn More

A sure home run: Central Jersey’s newest performing arts venue and a new musical about baseball and friendship

George Street Playhouse Artistic Director David Saint wanted to launch the company’s new season in its new home with a big show that would “appeal to the head and to the heart.” Learn More

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What's in the spotlight on NJ stages?

It only seems fitting that the first production to grace George Street Playhouse's new stage centers around baseball. Learn More