BWW Reviews: BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO, As is Creating a Plausible Jukebox Musical Book
Writing the “jukebox” musical has proved difficult in almost every attempt. Mamma Mia, featuring the music of ABBA, The Buddy Holly Story (which had a recent run at Ivoryton), and Rock of Ages featuring 1980s rock music by various artists are just a few that have tried to find a way to come up with a story to present a bunch of popular tunes. Probably the most successful is Tony-winner Jersey Boys, which naturally incorporates the songs as part of the group’s biography. No brainstorming is needed to come up with why the boys suddenly start singing “Walk Like a Man”….
Breaking Up is Hard to Do plays at the Ivoryton Playhouse, 103 Main, St., Ivoryton, through Oct. 14. Performances are Wednesday and Sunday matinees at 2 pm. Evening performances Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm. Do to demand, a matinee has been added 2 pm on Saturday, Oct. 13. Tickets: $40 for adults, $35 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for children (860) 767-7318; www.ivorytonplayhouse.org.
Note: Jacqui Hubbard sent the following note:
BTW - You are the only one who spotted a mistake in our Playbill. Administration, cast and crew all missed it! Marge’s name is Gelman, not Warner. If you look at the cast bios in the back it lists her as Gelman. They are just best friends, not relatives.