Beach Boys-Inspired ‘Surf the Musical’ to Open at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas

"Rock of Ages" director Kristin Hanggi takes on the Beach Boys catalog for latest stage show

Last Updated: May 18, 2012 @ 10:57 AM

The recently reunited Beach Boys aren't just re-igniting interest in their catalog on concert stages these days — their pop classics will also be finding new life on the theatrical stage soon.

"Surf the Musical," which revolves around such Beach Boys chestnuts as "California Girls," "I Get Around" and "Wouldn't It Be Nice," is coming to the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino this summer, with a week of preview performances beginning on June 11 and an official opening night of July 17.

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Kristin Hanggi, who was nominated for a Tony award for "Rock of Ages," will direct. Beowulf Boritt ("The Scottsboro Boys") will serve as set designer, with "Jersey Boys"' Howell Binkley handling lighting direction. The musical's team also includes costume designer Gregory Gale ("Urinetown"), music producer Frank Filipetti and music director Ed Hamilton ("Promises Promises").

Darrel Maloney from "American Idiot" is also part of the "Surf the Musical" team, along with choreographers RJ Durell and Nick Florez. Burton Young wrote the play.

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The play will offer audiences "a carefree story of good vibrations set in the nostalgic, happy times of the 1960s Southern California beach community," according to Surf Productions LLC.

“We want to capture the essence of what made the music great,” Hanggi said of the production.

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"Surf the Musical" will run nightly except for Thursdays.

The Beach Boys' music has inspired a stage show before, albeit with less-than-stellar results. The Broadway production "Good Vibrations" had a brief run at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre, playing from February to April 2005.