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‘Beehive: The ’60s Musical’ headed to Greater Boston Stage Company

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  A musical celebration of the groovy women of the 1960s! “Beehive: The ’60s Musical” is created by Larry Gallagher and directed/choreographed by Ilyse Robbins; musical direction by J. Kathleen Catellanos and Jim Rice. Performances run April 14–May 7, 2023. “Beehive: The ’60s Musical” is headed to Greater Boston Stage Company!

  Flower power meets girl power when this high-energy, high-haired cast hits the stage with some of the 1960s greatest hits: “Be My Baby,” “My Boyfriend’s Back,” “Where the Boys Are,” “Proud Mary,” “Natural Woman,” “It’s My Party” and more! Greater Boston Stage Company stated that the Chicago Theater Review raves, “Every song in this ravishing revue will have theatergoers clapping their hands, tapping their feet, singing along and dancing in their seats with glee.”

  Get ready to do the frug, the pony and the mashed potato! Packed with hits from one of the best decades for pop music, Beehive is a nostalgic jukebox musical filled with toe tapping bops and even a few rarities like “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman” by Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles.

  The cast features six powerhouse performers who move and groove their way through an iconic 60’s playlist: Temma Beaudreau, Bridget Beirne*, Kira Helper*, Elizabeth Adabale*, Carrie McKnight*, and Katie Shults. Understudies include Sarajane Mullins, Sheree Dunwell, and Grace Etzkom. The production team includes Ilyse Robbins (Director/Choreographer), J. Kathleen Catellanos (Music Director), Jim Rice (Sub Music Director), Casey Blackbird (Production Manager), Shauna Dias Grillo* (Production Stage Manager), Emily Fitzgerald (Assistant Stage Manager), Emily Allinson (Production Assistant), Shelley Barish (Scenic Designer), Geof Dolan/Ogunquit Playhouse (Scenic Build), Corey Whittemore (Lighting Designer), Bethany Mullins (Costume Designer), Stephanie Echevarria (Wig Designer), John Stone (Sound Designer), Denzil Kakol (Sound Operator), Sarajane Mullins (Properties Designer) and Kira Troilo (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Consultant).

  *Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.

  Single tickets: $64-69 adults; $59-64 seniors; $25 students (with valid ID). For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Box Office at Greater Boston Stage Company at 781- 279-2200 or visit https://www.greaterbostonstage.org/shows[1]tickets/mainstage/beehive/.

  Health and Safety: Greater Boston Stage Company is committed to keeping the venue a safe and welcoming space for everyone. For more information, please visit https://www.greaterbostonstage.org/plan-your-visit/health-safety/

  Director/Choreographer Bio: Ilyse Robbins’ (She/Her) most recent work includes the following: Director: “Little Women: The Broadway Musical” (Greater Boston Stage Company [GBSC]); Choreographer: “Cabaret” (Peterborough Players); Director/Choreographer: “The Emperor’s New Clothes” (Peterborough Players); Choreographer: “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (Front Porch collaboration with Nora@CST and GBSC); Understudy: “Incident at Our Lady of Perpetual Help” (GBSC); Director/Choreographer: “All is Calm” (GBSC – Elliot Norton Award Winner for Outstanding Musical Production); Director: “The 39 Steps” (GBSC); Director/Choreographer: “Beehive: The ’60s Musical” (Peterborough Players). Significant: Choreographer/Staging: World premiere of “Swan Lake in Blue: A Jazz Ballet” (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Choreography); Director: Award winning “Move on the Cha-Cha’s” (United Solo Festival NYC); Choreographer: “The Scottsboro Boys” (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Musical Production/IRNE Award for Best Choreography); Director/choreographer: “Thoroughly Modern Millie” (Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Director of a Musical). Ilyse is also a teacher, coach and writer. She currently teaches creative drama education for Brandeis University and teaches play reading and lectures on Icons of the American Musical for several assisted living communities as well as the series she leads for GBSC. Ilyse holds a BS in Communication/Theater from Northwestern, certification in theater from the British American Drama Academy and an Ed.M. from Harvard.

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