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Broadway Stars, Art Garfunkel Jr., to Perform Three Shows on Seaside Heights Boardwalk

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Visitors on the Seaside Heights boardwalk on a summer night. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Visitors on the Seaside Heights boardwalk on a summer night. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Broadway Meets the Beach is returning to Seaside Heights this summer after all!

The popular program will bring cast members from Broadway shows in New York to Seaside Heights for three performances this season. Even organizers Joseph Brunetti and Dee Pellegrino announced the lineup Tuesday. All performances are free and begin at 6 p.m. The lineup is as follows:

  • Monday, July 22: Rock of Ages. Performed at the Franklin Avenue stage.
  • Monday, Aug. 5: John Cudia, (Star of Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, South Pacific); John Schiappa, (Star of Wicked, Jekyll & Hyde) Mia Williamson, (Star of Once on this Island & performing songs from Anastasia, Little Mermaid) Ted Brunetti, (Star of A Bronx Tale, Anastasia) Stephen Flaherty, Tony Award Winning, Grammy Nominated, Academy Award Nominated, composer of Suessical, Ragtime, Rocky, Anastasia, Once on This Island, and many more. Performed at the Franklin Avenue stage.
  • Monday, Aug. 19: ​Jim Borstelmann, Star of Chicago, The Producers; Lucia Giannetta, A Bronx Tale, Funny Girl, Art Garfunkel, Jr., Singing his father’s hits from Simon & Garfunkel; Gary Borstelmann, The Amazing Sladek, America’s Oldest Daredevil Acrobat.

“Last year I was blown away at the level of talent that came to our boardwalk,” said Mayor Anthony Vaz. “We knew immediately this was going to be a huge success, and couldn’t wait for it to come back!”

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This season’s lineup builds on the success of last season’s performances and adds some new talent, organizers said.

“This year we have packed each evening with some of the most amazing talent to ever hit the Broadway stage,” said Pellegrino. “In addition to the Broadway talent, we have added Gary Borstelmann, known as The Amazing Sladek, America’s Oldest Dare Devil Acrobat, and singing his father’s greatest hits, Art Garfunkel Jr. will join us on the Franklin Avenue stage.”

“This year my lifelong friend and Tony Award-winning composer, Stephen Flaherty, will join us and perform some of his favorite songs from his award winning plays such as Suessical, Ragtime, Rocky, Anastasia, and Once on this Island,” said Brunetti, the creator of the event.

Guests will have an opportunity to meet the performers, take photos and get autographs after each show.

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Editor’s Note: Sponsorships are available for the series. For more information, contact Pellegrino at 732-539-8273 or email dpellegrino@dpmshoresolutions@gmail.com.