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AUDITION NOTICE: 'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do' at BAMS Theatre Inc.

Book by Erik Jackson & Ben H. Winters

Music by Neil Sedaka

Lyrics by Neil Sedaka, Howard Greenfield, and Philip Cody

Orchestrations/Vocal Arrangements by Tom Kitt


Information Evening

  • Date: Tuesday, 11th June

  • Time: 7:00pm

  • Venue: The Centre, Beaudesert


Audition Dates

  • Sunday, 16th June: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Sunday, 23rd June: 2:00pm - 5:00pm

  • Venue: The Centre, Beaudesert


Show Synopsis

Set at a Catskills resort in 1960, "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" is a sweetly comic story of Lois and Marge, two friends from Brooklyn searching for good times and romance over a wild Labor Day weekend. The score features 18 Neil Sedaka classics, including “Where the Boys Are”, “Sweet Sixteen”, “Calendar Girl”, “Love Will Keep Us Together”, and the chart-topping title song.


Cast of Characters

  • Marge Gelman (Mid to Late 20s; Mezzo-Soprano): Abandoned at the altar, Marge is an aspiring dentist from Brooklyn who finds herself in the Catskills on what would have been her honeymoon weekend. She ultimately finds self-esteem, the value of honesty and friendship, and love where she least expected it.

  • Lois Warner (Mid to Late 20s; Alto with Mezzo-Soprano ability): An aspiring nightclub singer who lives life as if in a Betty Grable movie. She inadvertently puts her friend Marge in the line of fire with Del, the manipulative bandleader. Lois is sweet and naive, with more heart than brainpower.

  • Del Delmonaco (Late 20s to 30s; Tenor): An Elvis wannabe and not the brightest bulb. He misleads Marge into thinking he loves her and steals his cousin Gabe’s songs. Del is reminiscent of Conrad Birdie or Joey from Friends.

  • Gabe (Mid to Late 20s; Tenor): The shy, brainy, clumsy assistant at the hotel, destined to join his father’s orthodontia practice. Secretly the genius behind Del’s claimed songs, Gabe musters the courage to reveal his true self and win Marge’s heart.

  • Esther (50s to 60s; Alto): The fiercely independent owner of Esther’s Paradise, a mid-size hotel. A survivor using creative solutions to keep the hotel afloat. She’s always ready with a quip or smart remark.

  • Harvey (50s to 60s; Baritone): The resident comedian/social director at Esther’s Paradise. He’s all about the punchline and avoids genuine emotion. Inspired by Marge, he takes a leap of faith with Esther, the one who truly appreciates him.

  • Ensemble: Singers at Esther’s Paradise Resort, required to sing harmonies.


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