The New Jersey premiere of “Bright Star,” the Steve Martin- and Edie Brickell-written musical that ran on Broadway last year, will be among the offerings of the Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven, next summer.
The Shore theater’s history goes back to 1950, though shows were originally in a tent, not in the current building. The theater closed in 2015 but reopened this summer, under new ownership.
The Surflight Theatrewill offer the following shows in the summer of 2018:
June 12-24: “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” a musical featuring George and Ira Gershwin songs such as “Fascinating Rhythm,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
June 26-July 15: “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the groundbreaking Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice rock opera.
July 17-Aug. 5: “The Wedding Singer,” based on the 1998 Adam Sandler movie.
Aug. 7-26: “Saturday Night Fever,” based on the 1977 movie and featuring many of the Bee Gees songs from that film’s soundtrack.
Aug. 28-Sept. 9: “Bright Star.” Martin and Brickell’s Tony-nominated musical, set in theBlue Ridge MountainsofNorth Carolina.
Sept. 12-16: “The 39 Steps,” a comedic melodrama adapted from the 1915 John Buchan novel (which was also made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock).
Sept. 19-23: “Souvenir,” a comedy about singer/socialiteFlorence Foster Jenkins.
Subscriptions will go on sale Jan. 2; visitsurflight.org.