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SHOW YOUR HUSBAND A GOOD TIME... It’s a surprise party and you’re invited—to Happy 50ish, the musical comedy that proves you haven’t lived until you’ve had a mid-life crisis. Meet baby boomer Bob—he’s facing the big five-o with fear, beer and a letter from the AARP.  Though he may be losing his libido, he’s finding laughter at every turn—and so will you. 

ABOUT

When Lynn Shore turned 50, he lost one of his very best friends to a sudden heart attack…that started Lynn on a tail spin of depression; what some would call a mid-life crisis. Faced with questions of his own self-worth, his own mortality, and his search to find his soul again – he started writing. That’s what you do when you’re a writer / singer / actor: you put it down on paper. He first set out to write a one-man show and realized he wanted it to be a musical. So, he called his life-long friend Mark Vogel and asked if he’d like to help write the music. Through this exercise, the two quickly learned they were utilizing their natural banter to create a two-man show. 

Lynn and Mark held focus groups in Lynn’s living room. With Mark playing the grand piano, the two went through ideas of scenes and songs and asked the invited guests (all of whom were in their 50’s and 60’s) to give notes and thoughts. It’s through these four to five focus groups that they landed on the basics of the show. Some day they'll get a chance to play for everyone the songs that didn’t make the final cut – including one about two old guys at the gym, doing nothing but staring at the girls…  Lynn’s wife said it was creepy and had to go!

Keeping true to Lynn’s passion and drive to move forward, he booked a theater and said, “hey Mark, we’re going up in 3 weeks for our first performance.” To which Mark replied, “uh…what are we performing…we don’t have a show, yet?”  It was definitely time to focus. 

Mark called his friend and Broadway star, David Burnham. He knew David had directed small shows before and asked him to come in and help. David couldn’t come in right away, and in fact he wasn’t available until four days before opening. Through Burnham’s brilliant wit and eye for comedy, he molded Happy 50ish into its opening night form. 

The show was booked to run 3 weeks at The Cabrillo Playhouse. This was the workshop. They were set to play in front of a live audience every night, and get real time feedback. On opening night, they only invited about 5 people to see the show, but the show title alone sold half the house. They played to a nearly sold out crowd for the next 3 weeks. All the while, doing what is done in a workshop; changing scenes, songs, and choreography every day. 

Four years later, the writing team of Shore, Vogel, and Burnham are exhilarated to be opening director Paul Stancato's vision of Happy 50ish, Off-Broadway at The Beckett Theatre. They hope everyone enjoys their hilarious and touching story of Bob - because it was born from a real-life mid-life crisis.

TEAM

LYNN SHORE (Book, Music and Lyrics/ Bob) regional credits include, The Wizard of Oz (Garden Grove Civic), Godspell (Starlight Bowl in San Diego), The Sound of Music (Starlight Bowl in San Diego) and the West Coast Premiere of Babe's in Toyland (San Diego's Fox Theater). Nationally he has toured with the Mickey Finn Show playing lead trumpet, piano, lead singer, and comedian emcee. Lynn's voice can be heard on numerous commercials for Ford, Disney, The Biltmore Hotels, and others. He also voiced seven characters for Sony's animated series', "Gun Parade March", "Demon Lord Dante" and sang three solo tracks on the 2012 Grammy nominated children's album titled "ABC Mouse:  The Alphabet Songs."  Lynn Shore is the recipient of the 2013 Jason Robert Brown worldwide vocal contest and performed at 54 Below with him.  

MARK VOGEL (Book, Music and Lyrics/ Musical Director/ Mike) is a BMI winning television and film composer, and a performer, music director and producer. He started his network television career on “Full House” as a member of Jesse and the Rippers, starring John Stamos.  He and Mr. Stamos also wrote original music for the hit series.  Other network shows include “Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place” (ABC) and “Delta” (ABC).  Mark’s six feature films are highlighted by Raising Helen for Disney.  Stage performances include concerts with The Beach Boys, Natalie Cole, Queen Latifah, Joan Rivers, and David Burnham.  Mark has performed for 3 U.S. Presidents and has produced more than 500 songs.  He is thrilled to be making his New York debut in Happy 50ish!

DAVID BURNHAM (Book, Music, Lyrics and additional staging) is a composer, director, choreographer and award-winning performer. He has recorded two solo CDs, which include original music that he co-wrote with Mark Vogel. He and Vogel co-founded “Camp Sing,” a writing and performing camp for young artists. As a performer, David has appeared on Broadway in The Light In The Piazza and Wicked and worked on the award-winning musicals, Lovelace A Rock Opera and One Red Flower - Letters from 'Nam and the play, The Woman In Black. He has performed on many national tours and performed his solo concert across U.S. and Canada. David is proud to be working on this show with two of his best buddies.

PAUL STANCATO (Director and Choreographer) is an award-winning director/ choreographer who works in theatre, film and television. Broadway – The Wedding Singer (Assistant Choreographer) and Disney’s The Lion King (Resident Director). National Tours – The Wedding Singer (Director) and Jekyll and Hyde (Director /Choreographer). He has worked in China, Belgium and London as the Artistic Director for Franco Dragone’s The House of Dancing Water. Other directing/choreographing credits include: Momma Rose (La MaMa), Powerhouse (Sinking Ship Productions, NYC), Divided (Red Fern Theater), Plaid Tidings (Flatrock Playhouse), Hairspray and Sound of Music (John W. Engeman Theater), Trav’lin the Musical (NYMF – Best Ensemble Honorable Mention), Greenwood (NYMF) Rockshow (Zipper Theatre), Einstein’s Dreams (NY Fringe Festival – Best Direction Award), Dystopia Gardens (NY Fringe Festival).  He is a member of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab, the Horse Trade Theatre Group, and has developed new work with the Drama League. Upcoming: a new Broadway musical based on the life and times of Jean Michel Basquiat. www.paulstancato.com

TICKET INFO

 

BY PHONE

Call 212-239-6200

IN PERSON

The Beckett Theatre @ Theatre Row, 410 West 42nd Street

Between 9th & 10th Avenues

 

ALL SEATS $69.50

(Ticket price includes a $1.25 Restoration Fee.)

GROUPS

For groups of 10 or more contact groups@happy50ishmusical.com

 

BOX OFFICE HOURS

Mon-Sat 12pm-6pm, Sun 12pm-curtain

There are no advance sales 1 hour before showtime!

RUNNING TIME

90 minutes with no intermission

AUDIENCE

May be inappropriate for 13 and under. Children under

the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Wed-Fri 8pm, Sat 2pm & 8pm, Sun 3pm

 
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