Beach Haven, New Jersey’s beloved Surflight Theatre which survived 65 seasons and Hurricane Sandy, only to close in early 2015 after a failed restructuring in 2013, will reopen on June 23, 2017 with the popular Dean Pitchford/ Tom Snow/ Walter Bobbie musical Footloose.
Under the new ownership of New Jersey native Al Parinello, a full season of musicals, as well as theater for children, will be produced at the Landmark Theatre, and the wildly popular ShowPlace Ice Cream Parlour next door will be opening, as well. Several concerts are also on the exciting lineup. Mr. Parinello who was the former owner of WJSE radio station, is a real estate investor, Broadway and movie producer and is the current lead producer for The Fantasticks in New York City
Steve Steiner, a former Artistic Director until 2010, and a longtime artistic partner of Mr. Parinello, will return as Producing Artistic Director. The Surflight Theatre will reopen with the original mission of its founder, Joseph P. Hayes: to serve as a training ground for young artists in a supportive summer stock environment and to provide quality entertainment to the residents and vacationers of Long Beach Island.
Mr. Parinello’s offer for purchase was accepted in early February 2017.
Following Footloose, which will run through July 9, will be: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (July 11-23); Disney’s Newsies (July 25-August 13); Hairspray (August 15-27); Million Dollar Quartet August 29-September 10); and Home for the Holidays: A Surflight Celebration (Dec. 7-17). Concerts are still being booked, but will include: John Davidson (July 31); The Coasters, The Drifters, and The Platters (August 7), and The New Millenium Jazz Band Plays The Sinatra Songbook (November 25). The Education Division expects to present Rock of Ages (High School Version) with local students October 20, 21, 22. To subscribe to the season, arrange group sales or for more information, contact the Surflight box office at 609-492-9477. The website is www.surflight.org. The address for ticket orders and donations is Surflight Theatre, P. O. Box 1155, Beach Haven, NJ 08008. Single tickets for all Surflight shows are on sale now. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office, located at 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, NJ 08008 .