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Business is Brisk in Beach Haven, Thanks to Reopening Of Surflight Theatre


BEACH HAVEN, NJ - The reopening of one of the Jersey Shore’s most beloved theatres, the Surflight Theatre, and its next door ice cream shop, the Show Place Ice Cream Parlour, has invigorated the Long Beach Island town of Beach Haven.
According to Mayor Nancy Taggert Davis, “The Surflight Theatre has brought vigor and life back to Beach Haven. Local businesses, hotels and restaurants are buzzing this season and reporting record business, thanks to the Surflight Theatre reopening. We love seeing huge lines at The Show Place Ice Cream Parlour and welcome the crowds that visit Beach Haven for its charm as a seaside town and home of the iconic Surflight Theatre.”
The Surflight Theatre and its five-building compound are under new ownership by Al Parinello Entertainment LLC, a New Jersey business owned by Garden State native and Old Tappan resident, Al Parinello, who has deep experience in the entertainment and radio space. Parinello brought the business back from bankruptcy after two years of being shuttered.
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“I’m delighted to see all the positive impact that the Surflight Theatre’s reopening is having on the town of Beach Haven,” said Parinello. “We are breaking records for both our theatre’s ticket sales and selling more ice cream than ever at the Show Place Ice Cream Parlour next door. This is beyond my hopes and dreams when I bought The Surflight Theatre back a matter of months ago and our entire team couldn’t be happier.”
The Surflight Theatre expects to host nearly 40,000 guests this season, based on advance ticket sales. Its adjacent Show Place Ice Cream Parlour is expected to bring in sales of $300,000, all of which helps support the Theatre’s operations.
For the 2017 season, company and production manager, Gail and Steve Steiner auditioned over 1,300 people for 35 roles in the Surflight’s summer show lineup. For the balance of the 2017 Mainstage summer season, the schedule offer daily performances of:
July 25th - August 13th: Newsies

August 15 - August 27: Hairspray
August 29- September 10: Million Dollar Quartet
“I couldn’t be happier with the full houses we are seeing this summer at Surflight Theatre,” said Mr. Steiner. “Between our theatrical productions, concerts and comedy shows, we are hitting it out of the park this year with record numbers of tickets sold and very enthusiastic audiences.”
Surflight Theatre’s award-winning Children’s Theatre brings some children’s classic to life throughout the summer with productions such as “Cinderella,” “Peter Pan,” “Snow White,” “Wizard of Oz,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Jungle Book,” and “Winnie the Pooh.” Shows for the summer season running through September 3 beginning at 6:00PM Wednesday through Sunday. 
In addition, the Surflight Theatre offers a series of concerts from artists including the Coasters, Drifters and Platters to jazz musicians. Comedy shows are also offered at the Theatre.

About Al Parinello/Al Parinello Entertainment, LLC.

Born in Hoboken and an Old Tappan, New Jersey and Brigantine resident, Al Parinello has over 40-years experience in the media and entertainment industry. Parinello formerly owned 102.7 FM WJSE, an Atlantic City-based alternative rock station. He grew the station to become the leading radio station in terms of ad revenue and top rock station in New Jersey. Parinello is also responsible for bringing Howard Stern to New Jersey listeners through WJSE. He has produced Broadway and Off-Broadway shows such as “The Fantasticks,” the longest running musical in the world and “The People in the Picture.” Parinello has also produced films such as Clear Blue Tuesday and the groundbreaking Love is Strange. Parinello is a graduate of New Jersey City University, where he currently serves on the NJCU Foundation Board.

About Surflight Theatre

Founded by Joseph P. Hayes as a beach-side, outdoor theater in 1950 in Beach Haven, New Jersey, the Surflight Theatre is a venerable institution acclaimed for its excellent quality theatrical productions of Broadway hits. In its sixty-plus years on the Jersey Shore, the non-profit theatre has performed hundreds of musicals productions for adults and children, serving generations of fans from around the world. In addition to its musicals, the Surflight Theatre also offers a series of concerts and comedy programs. The Surflight Theatre is located at 201 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, N.J. 08008. To buy tickets, call 609-492-9477 or visit

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