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MY FAIR LADY, THE LITTLE MERMAID & More Set for Theatre By The Sea's 2015 Musical Season

Bill Hanney has announced the lineup for the 2015 Summer Season at the historic Theatre By The Sea (TBTS). The four show subscription season will feature SMOKEY JOE'S CAFE, MY FAIR LADY starring Charles Shaughnessy, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID and the Mel Brooks musical YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN. Season subscriptions are on sale now and can be purchased by calling (401) 782-8587, order forms can be downloaded online at, or ordered in person at the Box Office located at 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield, RI 02879.

"Coming off of this record breaking summer at Theatre By The Sea, I am extremely happy to announce the 2015 Musical Season. The season will include something for everyone from the nostalgic hit music of the '50s and '60s in Smokey Joe's Cafe, to a magical family production of Disney's The Little Mermaid, the outrageous comedy in Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, and Lerner and Lowe's classic musical masterpiece, My Fair Lady, starring Charles Shaughnessy," said TBTS owner and producer Bill Hanney. "Since working together on the 2011 production of My Fair Lady at North Shore Music Theatre, I have been talking to Charles about doing the show again at Theatre By The Sea. We are very fortunate that his schedule has opened up to allow us to do this show with him next summer."


SMOKEY JOE'S CAFÉ June 3 - June 21

MY FAIR LADY June 24 - July 19

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID July 22 - August 16

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN August 19 - September 6

The longest-running musical revue in Broadway history, Smokey Joe's CafE, will open the 2015 season at TBTS. In the 50's and 60's, the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller helped to bridge the gap between black and white audiences and remain some of the most iconic music of that era. This electrifying evening of entertainment will feature 41 toe-tapping classics such as "Hound Dog," "Stand By Me," "On Broadway," "Fools Fall in Love," "Love Potion #9," "Poison Ivy," "Jailhouse Rock," "Yakety Yak," and so many more. Smokey Joe's CafE plays from June 3 thru June 21.

Hailed as one of the greatest musicals of all time, My Fair Lady plays from June 24 thru July 19. This classic musical is the timeless story of Professor Henry Higgins (played by Charles Shaughnessy), the crotchety, middle-aged bachelor and phoneticist and Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl, who becomes part of his experiment in order to transform herself into a "lady." The story, based upon George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, features a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The score includes "I Could Have Danced All Night," "Get Me to the Church on Time," "Wouldn't it Be Loverly," "The Rain in Spain" and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face."

Despite and extensive stage and screen career in England before moving to the US in 1983, Emmy© Award-winning actor, Charles Shaughnessy is best known for his six years as Maxwell Sheffield on CBS's "The Nanny" and eight years as Shane Donovan on "Days of Our Lives." He has enjoyed a long and varied career including an Emmy for his voice work on the Disney series, "Stanley," and a memorable arc as St. John Powell on AMC's "Mad Men." In his spare time he is passionate about giving every opportunity possible to young people who might otherwise be denied a place at the table, and volunteers with the Family Crisis Center, "1736", in the South Bay and the Robert F. Kennedy Foundation in Boston.

Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID, the under the sea musical spectacular, hits the Theatre stage from July 22 to August 16. In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, a beautiful young mermaid named Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Based on the classic Disney animated feature, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID is a splashy extravaganza. Prepare to be swept away by the classic songs you remember, and delighted by new ones written by Oscar-winning Disney tunesmith Alan Menken. The show is spectacular fun for the whole family!

From the creators of the record-breaking Broadway sensation The Producers comes this monster new musical comedy Young Frankenstein, playing August 19 thru September 6. This wickedly inspired re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy masterpiece. The story follows bright young Dr. Frankenstein as he attempts to complete his grandfather's masterwork and bring a corpse to life. With such memorable tunes as "The Transylvania Mania," "He Vas My Boyfriend" and "Puttin' On The Ritz," YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN is a scientifically proven, monstrously good entertainment.

Theatre By The Sea's 2015 Season is on sale now. Four-Show Subscriptions are $150 to $234 and can be purchased by calling (401) 782-8587, order forms can be downloaded online at, or you can subscribe in person at 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield, RI 02879. The 2014 Season is sponsored by WJAR - NBC 10 News.

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