Friday, April 8, 2011



a “bookless book“ musical revue
Words by Richard Maltby, Jr. and music by David Shire
Directed by Susan Speidel
Musical direction by Bill Houpt

WHEN: April 22 through May 7, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM. There are also two additional performances: Thursday, April 28, at 8 PM and Sunday, May 1, at 2 PM. The Sunday, May 1 performance is also a signed performance and an audio description is available if requested two weeks in advance. A loop-compatible Assisted Listening System is available for all performances.
WHERE: The Summit Playhouse, 10 New England Avenue, Summit
TICKETS: $25 for adults and $20 for students (18 and under)
For tickets: visit or call 908.273.2192.

Cast Photo by Jordan Popalis.

This two-act musical revue features self-contained songs which deal with such diverse topics as security, aging, mid-life crisis, second marriages, working couples, and unrequited love. Maltby and Shire based many of the songs on the real-life experiences of their friends! The original revue won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Musical and Maltby and Shire both garnered Drama Desk Award nominations for their respective contributions.

CLOSER THAN EVER features Arlene Britt, Cara Heary, Miriam Salerno, Jason Cesare, Sean Finnerty, and Peter Oliff.

The creative & production team for CLOSER THAN EVER includes Susan Speidel (Director), Bill Houpt (Musical Director), Kate Middleton (Producer), Betty Kaus (Associate Producer), Bill Roome (Lighting & Sound Designer), Justine Bailey (Stage Manager), Jaci McCoy (Asst. Stage Manager), Jim Mayfield (Set Builder), Travis McHale (Set Designer), Tina White (Set Décor), and Beverly Wand (Costume Designer).

Closer Than Ever is produced by special arrangement with Musical Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI (