Eugene O'Neill Theatre, (2/02/2005 - 4/24/2005)

First Preview: Dec 20, 2004
Opening Date: Feb 02, 2005
Closing Date: Apr 24, 2005
Total Previews: 50
Total Performances: 94

Category: Musical, Original, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by Jujamcyn Theaters (James H. Binger: Chairman; Rocco Landesman: President; Paul Libin: Producing Director; Jack Viertel: Creative Director)

Produced by NCJ Productions, Michael Watt and Dodger Theatricals; Produced in association with SEL, GFO, TheatreDreams/Shamrock Partners and Stage Holding (Joop van den Ende, Robin de Levita); Associate Producer: William J. Kenney and Silverman Partners

Music by Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys; Lyrics by Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys; Book by Richard Dresser; Music arranged by David Holcenberg; Music orchestrated by Steve Margoshes; Musical Director: Susan Draus; Dance arrangements by Henry Aronson and Jeff Kazee

Directed by John Carrafa; Choreographed by John Carrafa; Associate Director: Seth Sklar-Heyn; Associate Choreographer: Tyce Diorio and Lisa Shriver

Scenic Design by Heidi Ettinger; Costume Design by Jess Goldstein; Lighting Design by Brian MacDevitt and Jason Lyons; Sound Design by Tom Morse; Projection Design by Elaine McCarthy; Hair and Wig Design by Charles LaPointe; Associate Scenic Design: Larry Gruber; Associate Costume Design: Alejo Vietti; Associate Lighting Design: Mark T. Simpson; Associate Projection Design: Jacob Daniel Pinholster

Executive Producer: Dodger Management Group and Sally Campbell Morse; Company Manager: Doug Rodgers; General Manager: Steven H. David

Production Stage Manager: Peter Wolf; Technical Supervisor: Teckeneally, Inc.; Stage Manager: Karen Moore

Musical Supervisor: David Holcenberg; Music Consultant: Van Dyke Parks; Musical Coordinator: John Miller; Conducted by Susan Draus; Associate Conductor: Henry Aronson; Guitar: Larry Saltzman and Chris Biesterfeldt; Keyboards: Susan Draus; Keyboards and Accordion: Henry Aronson; Reeds: Matt Hong; Bass: John Arbo; Drums: Frank Pagano; Percussion: Bill Hayes; Music Copying: Paul Holderbaum and Chelsea Music Services, Inc.

Dance Captain: Carlos L. Encinias; Casting: Tara Rubin Casting; Press Representative: Boneau / Bryan-Brown; Promotions: HHC Marketing; Marketing: Dodger Marketing; Consulting Producer: Lauren Mitchell; Fight Captain: Steve Morgan; Advertising: Serino Coyne, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus and Carol Rosegg

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Opening Night Cast

Sebastian ArcelusJan
Tracee BeazerWendy
Tituss BurgessEddie
Heath CalvertSurfer Guy
Janet DacalEnsemble
Tom DeckmanClass President
Giggles Manager
Sarah GlendeningEnsemble
Milena GovichRhonda
Chad KimballRandy
Surfer Guy
Amanda KlootsBikini Girl
David LarsenBobby
John Jeffrey MartinSurfer Guy
Country Dude
Jesse NagerSurfer Guy
Kate ReindersCaroline
David ReiserSurfer Guy
Jackie SeidenDeirdre
Allison SprattEnsemble
Brandon WardellDave
Jessica-Snow WilsonMarcella

Swings: Carlos L. Encinias, Vasthy Mompoint, Steve Morgan and Krysta Rodriguez

Understudies: Tracee Beazer (Marcella), Carlos L. Encinias (Class President, Country Dude, Cowboy, Dean, Giggles Manager, Jan, Randy), Sarah Glendening (Caroline), Chad Kimball (Bobby, Eddie), John Jeffrey Martin (Dave), Vasthy Mompoint (Bikini Girl), Steve Morgan (Bobby, Country Dude, Cowboy, Dean), Jesse Nager (Class President, Eddie, Giggles Manager, Randy), Joe Paparella (Surfer Guy), David Reiser (Dave, Jan), Krysta Rodriguez (Bikini Girl, Caroline, Marcella), Jackie Seiden (Rhonda) and Allison Spratt (Rhonda)


music by Brian Wilson; lyrics by Brian Wilson

ACT 1 Sung By
Our PrayerSurfer Guys
Fun, Fun, FunBobby and Company
KarateHigh School Kids
Keep an Eye on SummerSurfer Guys
In My RoomCaroline
Wouldn't It Be NiceEddie and Marcella
In My RoomMarcella and High School Kids
Wouldn't It Be NiceSurfer Guys
I Get AroundDave, Bobby, Eddie and Surfer Guys
When I Grow Up to Be a ManCaroline, Bobby, Dave, Eddie, Marcella and High School Kids
BreakawayBobby, Dave, Eddie and Surfer Guys
Don't Worry BabyCaroline, Bobby and High School Kids
Surf CityDave, Bobby, Eddie, Caroline and Surfer Guys
ShutdownBobby, Caroline, Dave, Eddie and Surfer Guys
Be True to Your SchoolCountry Dude and Chili Dog Kids
Car Crazy CutieBobby, Dave, Eddie and Surfer Guys
Warmth of the SunMarcella, Caroline and Giggles Girls
Pet SoundsInstrumental
Surfin' USAJan, Dean and Beach Kids
Dance, Dance, DanceCaroline, Jan and Beach Kids
ACT 2 Sung By
California GirlsJan, Dean and Beach Kids
Help Me, RhondaEddie, Bobby, Dave and Beach Guys
StokedBeach Guys
Surfer GirlBobby and Beach Guys
Darlin'Jan, Caroline and Beach Kids
Your ImaginationCaroline and Marcella
Caroline, NoBobby
All Summer LongBeach Kids
I Just Wasn't Made for These TimesDave, Bobby and Eddie
Wouldn't It Be Nice (Reprise) Eddie, Marcella and Surfer Guys
Sail on SailorEddie, Dean and Beach Kids
Sloop John BJan, Dave and Beach Kids
FriendsSurfer Guys
Good VibrationsBobby
God Only KnowsBobby and Caroline
Good VibrationsCompany
God Only KnowsCompany
FinaleThe Company


AP: "Good Vibrations Is a Wipeout"

We're not looking for depth, but a minimum amount of "Fun, Fun, Fun," would have been nice in "Good Vibrations," the bland new jukebox musical overloaded with more than 30 songs from the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson.

As it is, the show, which opened Wednesday at Broadway's Eugene O'Neill Theatre, proves that pop classics alone can't make musical theater - especially when accompanied by a sketchy, almost nonexistent plot, lame wit and meager character development.

The show obviously takes as its inspiration "Mamma Mia!" However, the ABBA megahit musical has a story line that seems like "Long Day's Journey into Night" compared to what author Richard Dresser and director-choreographer John Carrafa have come up with here.

"Good Vibrations," vaguely set somewhere in the 1960s, focuses on Bobby, "the coolest dude in the senior class," and his two best buddies. After high school graduation, the three journey from the boring East Coast to the fabled land of Southern California where, as an older, wiser Bobby recalls, "the girls were beautiful, the guys were cool, everybody surfed, it was always summertime and you never had to grow up."

Bobby's two friends (Tituss Burgess and Brandon Wardell) appear almost as afterthoughts, although Burgess gets to deliver a rousing duet of "Sail on Sailor" with David Reiser, and Wardell gets to show a little emotion in a fleeting gay subplot.

Add a bit of rocky romantic entanglement between Bobby (David Larsen) and a prim, yet smart young lady (Kate Reinders), who blossoms in the California sun, and you pretty much have the story.

There is a desperate quality to "Good Vibrations" with its insistence on cramming as many numbers as possible into the show. The cast of energetic young folk works frantically to deliver these songs, which include just about every big Beach Boys hit. Among the golden oldies: "I Get Around," "Don't Worry Baby," "Surf City," "Be True to Your School," "Surfin' USA," "California Girls," "Surfer Girl," "Sloop John B" and "Help Me, Rhonda."

Yet after a while, as good as the songs are, they begin to sound alike. That's because they often are delivered in the cheerfully anonymous manner of a cruise-ship revue. And, despite the obvious miking, many of the lyrics are lost.

The performers exude an all-American geniality that doesn't allow for much quirkiness or individuality. Reinders comes off best, displaying a perky manner and comic timing not undone by Dresser's dim tale.

Carrafa's choreography is athletic at best - lots of arm-waving, accompanied by some serious hip-swiveling.

The Beach Boys catalog of songs celebrated a particular time and place. Not much of that comes through in "Good Vibrations," although designer Heidi Ettinger's bright, primary-color settings suggest the perpetual sunshine that should infuse the evening.

In the late 1960s and 1970s after the success of "Hair," Broadway suffered through a series of awful rock musicals. Now, after the "Mamma Mia!" explosion, we are fearfully bracing for more evenings of pop songs put to work in musical theater.

"Good Vibrations" is only the first. "All Shook Up," using the songs of Elvis Presley, arrives in March. "Lennon," celebrating the life and music of John Lennon, shows up this summer. Let's hope they have better luck – and better showcases - than the Beach Boys.


Replacement/Transfer Info

The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.

Eugene O'Neill Theatre

(2/2/2005 - 4/24/2005)
Company Manager: Sandy Carlson; Assistant Co. Mgr: Alissa Zulvergold.


Beth Curry
Joe Paparella
Surfer Guy

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