HART presents 'Breaking Up is Hard to Do'

Featuring the music of Neil Sedaka
May 21, 2014

HART’s next two shows are sure fire crowd pleasers.

“Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” a musical comedy set in the Catskills at Esther’s Paradise Resort on Labor Day Weekend in 1960, will premiere May 23.

Marge and her best friend Lois arrive on a vacation that was intended to be Marge’s honeymoon — until the groom left her at the altar. They of course get swept up in the atmosphere and Lois begins matchmaking with the clubs lead singer, the ambitious Del Demonico.

Eighteen Neil Sedaka hits make up the score of this romp. The songs include:"Breaking Up is Hard to Do," "Lonely Night," "Where the Boys Are," "Happy Birthday Sweet 16," "The Diary," "Stupid Cupid," "Betty Grable," "Oh, Carol," "Calendar Girl," "Next Door to an Angel," "Solitaire," "Laughter in the Rain," "My Friend," "Stairway to Heaven," "Little Angel" and "Love Will Keep Us Together."

The show is being directed by Mark Jones and the all-professional cast includes Kier Klepzig, Leslie Lang, Clara Burrus, Dominic Aquilino, Emily Warren and Brad Mercier.

Mercier is a guest artist this summer who can also be seen in “Grand Night for Singing” and “Hello Dolly.” He was last seen at HART in “Ave. Q.”  Burrus and Warren have been seen on the HART stage many times, most recently in “Brigadoon,” but also in the title role in “Jane Eyre.”

Burrus and Aquilino appeared last summer in “Ring of Fire” and prior to that in “Light in the Piazza.”

Klepzig and Lang are making their first appearance on the HART stage.

Neil Sedaka has had a phenomenal career. He began as a songwriter in the 1950s creating a series of hits for Connie Frances and continued to ride a wave of success until the British invasion in 1964 with The Beatles.

He virtually disappeared for almost a decade, but in 1973, having been dropped by his label, RCA, he met Elton John at a party and John suggested he sign with his Rocket Records. Sedaka roared back with “Laughter in the Rain,” which went to number one on the charts.

From that point on he has never not been busy. He wrote for The Carpenters, The Monkees, The Captain and Tennille, Sinatra, Natalie Cole, and more hits for himself. He continues to tour and perform in concert continuing his fifty-five year career in the business.

This is an all professional cast with many new faces to HART’s stage and promises to be an evening of great entertainment.



Featuring the music of Neil Sedaka

Directed by Mark Jones

May 23, 24, 30, 31, June 6, 7, 13, 14 at 7:30 p.m. and May 25, June 1, 8 and 15 at 3 p.m.

Tickets; $24 for Adults, $20 for Seniors, Students $10

Special $8 discount tickets for Students  for Thursdays and Sundays

Box Office Hours Monday-Saturday 1-5 p.m.

Call 828-456-6322 for reservations

Tickets available on line at www.harttheatre.org

Performing Arts Center at the Shelton House, 250 Pigeon St. Waynesville, NC 28786