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The Boynton Beach Club (032)

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  • SUBTITLE: The Musical
  • SELECT ONE: Adapted with permission
  • REFERENCED WORK: (Title and Authors, please.): Based on the movie produced by Susan Seidelman and Florence Seidelman
  • MUSICAL STYLE: Standard Broadway
  • NATURE: Comedy or Satire;Romance
  • STRUCTURE: Spoken dialogue with occasional songs
  • APPROXIMATE DURATION (Hrs/Min): 2 hours 15 minutes
  • DESIRED INSTRUMENTATION: piano, bass, drums, guitar, woodwind doubler.
  • BRIEFLY STATE THE THEME or MESSAGE: BOYNTON BEACH CLUB is a new musical spotlighting how people today are aging differently than in the past. As the "Baby Boomer" generation hits retirement age and people are living longer and healthier lives, our notions about "old age" are changing. While addressing such poignant aspects as bereavement, BOYNTON BEACH CLUB provides an upbeat outlook towards the multitude of life-affirming possibilities after age 50, including vibrant friendships, romance and … sex.
    12. NUMBER OF SETS: Unit set using projections

Cast Description

CASTING BREAKDOWN (Can be done with 13 actors)


JACK GOODMAN: recent widower in his mid 60s; strong baritone voice; old-fashioned, gentlemanly and attractive, if a bit out of shape.

HARRY FANELLI: a "hip" looking guy of 62, who fancies himself a "ladies man.” Self-assured, with a full head of hair. A smooth dancer, singer and comic actor; high baritone preferred, comfortable with swing music.

LOIS PAULSON: a vivacious, sexy blonde between 55 and 60; very caring and helpful to others. An interior decorator who’s proud of her sense of style and still shapely body. Must have powerful, lyrical voice; soprano preferred, or mezzo with high notes.

MARILYN CARTER: 60-ish housewife who was extremely dependent on her late husband; withdrawn and still reeling from the sudden death of her husband of 35 years. Mezzo with a solid belt. Must be an exceptional singer. In the course of the show, she blossoms into an independent, strong and confident woman.

DONALD BEST: a tall, charismatic Prince Charming type, 50-55. Lois’ new “young” boyfriend. Exudes class and confidence. Intelligent and somewhat secretive. Romantic baritone voice, with a cutting edge.

SANDY WILLS: an elegant woman, 60-65. Sexy, attractive woman with an air of insecurity and the need to please.

ADDITIONAL CHARACTERS (most actors will double)

CAMILLE: Lois's friend from the Bereavement Club. Part of singing TRIO. Sexy, funny and large-figured; 55-60.

MIMI: Lois's friend from the Bereavement Club. Part of singing TRIO. Sweet, prim, and slightly ditzy; 55-60.

ROZ: Lois's friend from the Bereavement Club. Part of singing TRIO. Energetic and enthusiastic, the eternal optimist of the group; 55-60.

FLORENCE: 40’s; a gorgeous Internet date who has a secret life. Needs to be a good “character actress”. Doubles as: ANITA STERN (65, a self centered and comically gauche platinum blonde); ELAINE (the bereavement group leader); CANDY WILLS (trophy wife).

BERNIE: 60-65. One of Harry's card-playing friends. Tenor. A gawky, nervous type. Doubles as: suave LEONARD WILLS; PROM NIGHT ANNOUNCER; TONY, a hairdresser.

MARV: 60-65. One of Harry's card-playing friends. Baritone. Candid and brusque. A character type to play various roles. Doubles as: MARTY CARTER (Marilyn’s husband, balding, cheerful, a lover of life); AEROBICS INSTRUCTOR; and HERMAN (a hard of hearing 90 year old).

MILTON: 60-65. One of Harry's card-playing friends. Bass. Horny and sardonic. Doubles as: TAXI
, WAITER, etc.

NOTE: These additional roles will be assigned to the TRIO [CAMILLE, MIMI, ROZ]: MYRNA, a woman of 90; MOLLY, Jack’s daughter; PHARMACIST; COMPUTER-DATING WOMAN #1, COMPUTER-DATING WOMAN #2; etc.



The setting is an upscale “Adult Community” in Boynton Beach. We meet MARTY CARTER, going on a morning jog. Suddenly, we hear the screech of car tires.

The scene switches to a local Bereavement Club. Arriving for the first time is JACK GOODMAN, a shy, Jewish widower. He’s befriended by HARRY FANELLI, an aging Lothario. Arriving later is MARILYN CARTER, a housewife, who was deeply dependent on her late husband MARTY—the jogger killed in the first scene: hit by ANITA STERN, who backed out her car while talking on her cell phone. MARILYN is befriended by LOIS PAULSON: an outgoing and sexy 60--‐year--‐old widow. LOIS later lunches at a local diner, meeting DONALD BEST, a handsome and slightly “younger” man, who has her thinking he’s a successful real estate developer. Elsewhere, HARRY has struck up an online flirtation with the sensuous FLORENCE.

At the local senior center, MARILYN is upset to see ANITA STERN and runs out. Meanwhile, JACK embarks on a series of dating fiascos with SANDY WILLS, an elegant, mysterious woman he met at the Club. They’re nonetheless drawn to each other. The act ends with several cliffhangers. LOIS thinks DONALD is a rich “Prince Charming,” as the audience discovers he’s really a bug exterminator. HARRY brags to his poker buddies about his on--‐line romance with gorgeous FLORENCE; however, she’s more than HARRY bargained for. Finally, there’s JACK, who’s preparing a home--‐ cooked dinner for SANDY that catches fire, just as she arrives.


Is full of twists. HARRY discovers FLORENCE is actually a hooker. LOIS discovers that DONALD is not a real estate tycoon but MARILYN’s new bug exterminator. JACK learns that SANDY, who professed to be a widow, is actually a divorcee. MARILYN finally develops the self--‐confidence to confront ANITA STERN. The Act ends on New Year’s Eve, where matters are somehow resolved and everyone recognizes the infinite possibilities for life over 50.


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