(MANASQUAN, NJ) -- Algonquin Arts Theatre is presenting Biloxi Blues from January 22-30, 2022. This is the second in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Neil Simon's trilogy which began with Brighton Beach Memoirs and concluded with Broadway Bound. In this segment, Eugene Jerome heads to boot camp where he learns about life and love with a capital 'L' along with some harsher lessons.
When we last met Eugene Jerome, he was coping with adolescence in 1930's Brooklyn. Here, he is a young army recruit during WW II, going through basic training and learning about Life and Love with a capital 'L' along with some harsher lessons, while stationed at boot camp in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1943.
The cast includes Jack Sweeney (Eugene Morris Jerome), James Beecroft (Roy Selridge), Colin Ward (Joseph Wykowski), Joseph Bryant (Don Carney), Donovan Lee (Arnold Epstein), Brian Pollock (Sgt. Merwin J. Toomey), Billy Reinhard (Hennessy), Kristin Case Parker (Rowena), and Analisa Piemonte (Daisy Hannigan).
Biloxi Blues had its world premiere at the Ahmanson Theatre, Los Angeles, California, running from December 8, 1984 to February 2, 1985. It opened on Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre on March 28, 1985 and closed on June 28, 1986.
Remaining performances will take place on Friday, January 28 at 8:00pm; Saturday, January 29 at 2:00pm & 8:00pm; and Sunday, January 30 at 3:00pm. Tickets are available for purchase online.
Algonquin's Broadway series will continue with Amadeus (February 26-March 6) and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella (April 1-10) before closing with the Tony-winning musical Into The Woods (May 7-22). Subscription packages that include four or five shows are also available.
Tickets are now on sale for the theater’s two summer musicals, Mary Poppins and The Who’s Tommy. Other performances now on sale include: The Strings of Your Heart Go…Zing! Zing! Zing! (February 13, 2022), Asbury Shorts New York, Film Festival (March 12, 2022), Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks (March 20, 2022) and Father Alphonse Conducts Grand Opera (April 24, 2022).
Tickets are available for purchase online at www.algonquinarts.org or by phone. For custom group sizes and phone orders, the box office can be reached Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday from 10:00am to 3:00pm by calling 732-528-9211.
ALGONQUIN ARTS THEATRE (AAT) is a 501c(3) non-profit center for performing arts, providing cultural enrichment and arts education for residents and visitors of Central New Jersey and the Jersey Shore through high quality performances and programs in theatre, music, dance and film.
Located in Manasquan, N.J., AAT is an integral part of the Shore region, offering broad access to arts experiences across multiple disciplines. Deeply committed to education, AAT serves students of all ages not only through art and music instruction, but also through the unique communal conversation that exists between audience member and performer. A journeyman house, AAT features the work of young and emerging artists, designers and directors working alongside seasoned professionals.
AAT provides a platform for local and regional performers to showcase their work and offers audiences the opportunity to engage very directly and personally in the arts, fostering greater participation and providing an engaging means for exploring personal and societal issues through the world of the stage.
Algonquin Arts Theatre's programs are made possible in part by funds from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts / Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Funding is also provided by Hackensack Meridian Health, the PNC Foundation, Manasquan Bank, the OceanFirst Foundation, the Dodge Foundation, the Provident Bank Foundation and the generosity of other businesses and our patrons.
All photos by Michael Franken