Book by Richard Dresser. Music and lyrics by Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys. The original Broadway production is opened on 2 February 2005 and as directed and chreographed by John Carrafa. The production closed on 5 April 2005, running for a total of 94 performances.
Synopsis and Musical Numbers
This new musical uses the songs of the Beach Boys to tell the story of a group of high school pals, desperate to escape their one-factory, New England town plan to drive to the “Promised Land” – the beaches of southern California. Problem is: no car. Bobby is the vain and popular big man on campus at the small town high school, and Caroline, the mousey class valedictorian who has had a crush on Bobby since the fourth grade. Dreading the prospect of a life working at the local factory, Bobby and his pals — the engaged Eddie and shallow Dave — con Caroline into driving them to California in her new red convertible, and they set out to find true love, outrageous adventure and the wave of their wildest dreams. Once they reach the West Coast, however, things don’t turn out exactly as any of them had planned. How much hope, romance and fun-fun-fun can you pack into just one summer? Find out as this group of friends takes off on the road trip of their lives.
The score includes the following songs: OUR PRAYER; FUN, FUN, FUN; KARATE; KEEP AN EYE ON SUMMER; WOULDN’T IT BE NICE; IN MY ROOM; I GET AROUND; WHEN I GROW UP TO BE A MAN; BREAKAWAY; DON’T WORRY BABY; SURF CITY; SHUTDOWN; BE TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL; CAR CRAZY CUTIE; WARMTH OF THE SUN; PET SOUNDS; SURFIN’ USA; DANCE, DANCE, DANCE; CALIFORNIA GIRLS; HELP ME, RHONDA; STOKED; SURFER GIRL; DARLIN’; YOUR IMAGINATION; CAROLINE, NO; ALL SUMMER LONG; I JUST WASN’T MADE FOR THESE TIMES; WOULDN’T IT BE NICE (REPRISE); SAIL ON SAILOR; SLOOP JOHN B; FRIENDS; GOOD VIBRATIONS; GOD ONLY KNOWS.
Purchases from Amazon.com
From left to right above: 1. Sounds of Summer: the Very Best of the Beach Boys CD. 2. Christmas With the Beach Boys CD. 3. The Beach Boys – an American Band DVD. 4. The Beach Boys – Good Timin’ Concert DVD. 5. The Beach Boys Anthology Sheet Music.