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Book by Erik Forrest Jackson & Ben H. Winters

Music by Neil Sedaka

Lyrics by Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield and Cody Philip

“Hits all the right notes! Sedaka’s songs—including ‘Stupid Cupid,’ ‘Calendar Girl,’ and ‘Laughter In the Rain’—are deftly woven into the book … and feel right at home on the stage. Frothy fun!” — The Times Union (New York)

“The perfect antidote to the recession-era blues …
and an immensely enjoyable confection. A blissfully melodic trip down memory lane.” — Backstage

“A burst of gee-whiz enjoyment. Turns the songbook into an emotional journey.”
The Florida Sun-Sentinel

 “Cute, bubbly and funny! Opened to a thunderous ovation. Will sweep you back thoughtfully to the 1960s.”
— Florida Entertainment News and Views

 “A smart, tongue-in-cheek, bouncy little pocket musical. A knockout!”
— The Daily Gazette (New York)

Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, Breaking Up Is Hard to Do is the sweetly comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn in search of good times and romance over one wild Labor Day weekend. The score showcases 19 Neil Sedaka classics, including “Where the Boys Are,” “Sweet Sixteen,” “Calendar Girl,” and, of course, the chart-topping title song.

Bright-eyed bombshell Lois drags the recently jilted Marge to Esther’s Paradise, where they meet a zany cast of characters: Harvey Feldman, an irrepressible Borscht belt comedian; the slick, handsome headliner, Del Delmonaco; clumsy jack-of-all-trades Gabe Green; and the tough, spunky proprietress herself, Esther Simowitz.

When Lois’s efforts to cheer up Marge collide with Del’s attempts to make himself a big star, the result is a case of mistaken identity, misdirected love and a series of hysterical hijinks—all culminating in one unforgettable end-of-summer concert. Before the weekend is over, Marge, Lois and the others will experience a little “Laughter in the Rain,” tangle with “Stupid Cupid,” and realize that, indeed, “Love Will Keep Us Together.”

Licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide.

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1 Comment

  1. Jackson - Joelle Delbourgo Associates, Inc.
    September 11, 2018

    […] His musical Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, co-written with Ben Winters and featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka (arranged by Tom Kitt), was developed at New York’s Capital Rep and the Actors’ Playhouse in Miami; it has since been licensed by Theatrical Rights Worldwide and performed in cities across the globe, from London to Seoul. He also adapted the beloved TV comedy Cheers for a live stage event, which premiered in Boston and was followed by a run in Chicago.  Erik’s comic adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie premiered Off Broadway at New York’s P.S. 122, as did Doll, a twisted take on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House; the comic thriller Tell-Tale (transfer to the Cherry Lane Theater, GLADD nominee for Best Play); and the comedy Charlie! He also penned the screen adaptation of Charlie! The movie premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival. […]