New musical recounts groovy '60s

LONG BEACH - "Summer of Love," a "groovy '60s musical" from the creator of "The Marvelous Wonderettes," opens at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach on April 1.Produced by Musical Theatre West, "Summer of Love" is set in 1967 as the countercultural revolution exploded in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco with riotous politics, creative expression and amazing music. Holly, a young runaway bride, arrives on the scene and learns to make her own kind of music amid the hippies and dropouts populating the Golden Gate Park. The show features music from some of the most impressionable artists of the love generation: The Mamas and the Papas, Sly & the Family Stone, Jefferson Airplane, Blood, Sweat & Tears, and more. "Summer of Love" will play April 1-17 with performances Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $30, with last-row seating available at an additional discount. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased online at or by calling (562) 856-1999, ext. 4.

********** Published: March 24, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 49