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The Last Night of Ballyhoo Opens Feb. 21 at The Summit Playhouse

Joe (Matthew Cronin) and Sunny (Diana Chaves) in "The Last Night of Ballyhoo" opening on February 21 at The Summit Playhouse. Credits: Sam Nissen

SUMMIT, NJ – The Summit Playhouse will present "The Last Night of Ballyhoo", a romantic drama from Alfred Uhry, author of Driving Miss Daisy.  The production opens  February 21 and continues through March 9.

The Play opens in Atlanta in December of 1939.  "Gone with the Wind" storms the silver screen with the cast in town for its world premiere.  News of Hitler invading Poland is all over the radio, but the biggest concern of Atlanta's well-to-do Freitag and Levy families is finding a suitable date for daughter Lala to Ballyhoo, a lavish ball for Jewish socialites.  When Uncle Adolf brings Joe, his new and very eligible assistant, home for dinner, the romantic schemes begin.  The play is full of romance, social commentary and drama.  Along the way, the show takes many twists and turns but in the end the family is pulled together.

Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Broadway Play, Alfred Uhry is the first American playwright to win the "Triple Crown" of dramatic writing: Tony Award (2), an Oscar, and a Pulitzer Prize.  

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The Ballyhoo cast will include Hank Barre, Debbie Bernstein, Victoria Steele, and Diana Chaves.  Making their Summit Playhouse debuts are Jackie Jacobi, Matthew Cronin and Fred Gallo.  The play is directed by Sherrie Ahlin, and produced by Petra Krugel and Theresa Turner, with a creative team that  includes costume design by Judith Mulder, lighting and sound by Wendy Roome, interior design by Tina White, and set design by Ren Roberts.  Kendall Green will be stage managing her first Summit Playhouse production, with Tammy Robinson Barot as assistant stage manager.

"The Last Night of Ballyhoo" performances are February 21,22, 28, and March 1, 7, and 8, starting at 8 p.m each evening.  Matinee-only performances -- beginning at 2 p.m. -- are set for March 2 and 9.  Tickets, priced at $20 for adults, and $15 for youth 18-under, can be purchased online at, or by calingl 1-800-838-3006.  The Summit Playhouse is located at 10 New England Avenue.




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