National Lampoon & BAYSIDE! THE MUSICAL! Partner for Extended Schedule Featuring Dustin Diamond
Bayside! The Musical! - the hilarious unauthorized parody of the wholesome Saturday morning show "Saved by the Bell" - has joined forces with the iconic humor brand National Lampoon to expand their New York performance calendar. Starting on August 27, Bayside! will increase the weekly schedule from three to five shows, all of which will feature Dustin Diamond - the original "Screech" from the TV series - as Dustin Diamond, the role he was born to play. With seven extensions, has been playing to feverishly-enthusiastic, standing-room-only crowds since September 2013. Bayside! is currently scheduled to run through December 2014 at Theatre 80 (80 St. Mark's Place at First Avenue). Please visit www.BaysideTheMusical.com for details.
"Bayside! The Musical! fits perfectly into both our immediate and future plans for the brand," says Alan Donnes, president of National Lampoon. "The winning formula for National Lampoon is, and always been, a parody of something well known to the masses. Our movie National Lampoon's Vacation and its sequels work because everyone loves family vacations and gets the jokes. For many people, Bayside! and these characters are like old friends, which makes the humor very relatable."
This Labor Day, Lifetime will air "The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story" TV movie. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the "Saved by the Bell" premiere.
Bayside! tackles all the tough questions: Will Zack and Kelly break up? Will Slater quit wrestling forever? Screech die? This show has it all: brick-sized cell phones, homoerotic wrestling, abject feminism, sexy ducks covered in oil, Trapper Keepers, and the perils of caffeine addiction.
Bayside! The Musical! features book, music, lyrics and direction by Bob and Tobly McSmith (Showgirls! The Musical!, JonBenet! Murder Mystery Theater!). The choreography is by Jason Wise ("Fiddler at 50" at Symphony Space, Michael John LaChiusa's See What I Wanna See at The Producers Club), who also serves as associate director. The music director is Susan O'Dea. Scenic design is by Bryan Hartlett. Costume design is by Marcus Desion. Lighting design is by Adam Lash. Sound design is by Lauren Vargas. Bayside! The Musical! is produced by MediumFace Productions.
The cast features Sam Harvey as Zack Morris, Katie Mebane as Kelly KaPOWski, John Duff as A.C. Slater, April Kidwell (also star of Showgirls! The Musical!) as Jessie Spano, Justin Cimino as Samuel "Screech" Powers, Shamira Clark as Lisa Turtle, Amanda Nicholas as Every Other Student at Bayside and former New York City mayoral candidate Seth Blum as Mr. Belding.
Bayside! The Musical! The Original Cast Recording! was released on March 17, 2014 and is available on iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, Spotify and all digital media outlets.
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Starting on August 27, the show will be performed Wednesday and Thursday at 8:00 PM; Friday at 7:30 PM and 10:00 PM; and Saturday at 8:00 PM at Theatre 80. Tickets are $45. To purchase, log onto www.BaysideTheMusical.com or visit the Theatre 80 box office. Theatre 80 is located at 80 St. Mark's Place at First Avenue. By subway, take the 6 to Astor Place, the N/R to 8th Street or the L to First Avenue.