North Shore Celebrates 50 Years

A Season Of Premieres, Along With A Returning Favorite

Jon Kimbell, Artistic Director and Executive Producer at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, has announced the schedule for the theatre’s 2005-2006 season, marking North Shore's 50th Anniversary.

The 2005-2006 season at the venerable theatre-in-the-round will include:

April 26 – May 15
The high-energy, feel good stage version of the hit film captures all the excitement and exuberance of the Jazz Age. Winner of six Tony Awards including Best Musical of 2002, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” is the story of a small-town girl who follows her dreams to the big city, where she finds romance, adventure and above all, fun. With Millie, Muzzy, Miss Dorothy and the evil Mrs. Meers, the show features a score by Dick Scanlan and Jeanine Tesori in addition to two numbers from the original film (the title song and "Jimmy").

May 31 – June 19
The international musical theater sensation follows a group of gifted "we're gonna live forever" students through four years at New York’s renowned High School for the Performing Arts.

July 5 – July 24
This magical musical of love and transformation by Rogers and Hammerstein continues to enchant audiences. Complete with dazzling special effects, “Cinderella” will be designed exclusively for NSMT by the team that created the Beverly production of “Beauty and the Beast." In the end, the shoe fits!

August 23 – September 11
North Shore promises an exciting new production in this slot.

September 20 – October 9
King Arthur, Guenevere and Sir Lancelot in an epic saga of love and betrayal, set to the soaring Lerner and Lowe score that includes “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “The Lusty Month of May,” “I Loved You Once In Silence” and the enduring title song.

October 25 – November 13
Based on the hit film, this upbeat comedy is about six unemployed steel workers who discover just how far they’re willing to go to make some quick cash. In the process, they restore their wounded self-esteem, build new friendships and take charge of their lives as they "let it go!".

Each production in the 2005 season, with the exception of the classic “Camelot,” is a North Shore Music Theatre premiere. Kimbell is currently considering several works for the August-September slot and an announcement will be made in the near future.

He commented, “When choosing the musicals for this very special year, I took many things into consideration including artistic significance, balance, availability, and actor and director interest. I also wanted to see what our patrons were excited about and in an audience survey, these titles came out on top.”

“Introducing our audiences to musicals they have never seen here before on our stage is not only a thrilling experience, but it’s our mission,” said Kimbell. “It’s also important for us to produce musicals that represent the classic art form of musical theater, and ‘Camelot,’ is an ideal choice.”

North Shore Music Theatre is currently accepting new subscribers along with current subscription renewals. Single tickets for 2005 attractions will go on sale in the spring.

For subscription pricing and information log onto, call 978-232-7200 or visit the Box Office at 62 Dunham Rd. Beverly, MA 01915.

-- OnStage Boston



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