On October 21st and 22nd, El Paseo Arts Foundation is hosting a surprise party at the South Padre Island Convention Center and you’re invited to Happy 50ish, the Off-Broadway hit musical comedy. Bob is facing the big five-oh with fear, beer, and a letter from the AARP. His mid-life crisis is killing him and he finds that laughter is the only medicine that can help him face the landmark birthday.
Bob’s wife Pam is running late due to an error at the bakery involving his cake. So from his backyard patio, Bob interacts with his guests (the audience members) and sifts through a huge pile of birthday cards, many of which inspire songs.
The show’s creator and star, Lynn Shore, along with Mark Vogel and David Burnham wrote the script and composed the show’s musical score. Lynn originated the role of Bob Off-Broadway in 2015. Lynn’s regional credits include, The Wizard of Oz (Garden Grove Civic), Godspell (Starlight Bowl in San Diego), The Sound of Music (Starlight Bowl in San Diego) and the West Coast Premiere of Babe’s in Toyland (San Diego’s Fox Theater). Lynn’s television career started when he was on and off General Hospital in the late 80’s. Lynn’s voice can be heard on numerous commercials for Ford, Disney, The Biltmore Hotels, and others. He also voiced seven characters for Sony’s animated series, Gun Parade March & Demon Lord Dante and sang three solo tracks on the 2012 Grammy nominated children’s album titled “ABC Mouse: The Alphabet Songs.” Lynn Shore is the recipient of the 2013 Jason Robert Brown worldwide vocal contest.‘
The upbeat book for Happy 50ish! is a collection of wry jokes and observations about male mid-life crisis and aging that are both laugh-out-loud funny and thoughtful. The show’s musical score is tuneful and clever, and includes a well-crafted variety of songs in an appealing pop style. The shaved headed Mr. Shore’s performance as Bob has been described by critics as being a wonderful and personable everyman personification of the long-married, suburban, American male. He is a vocally skilled performer and with charming ease.
The musical runs 90 minutes without an intermission. A cash bar is available for the audience to enjoy before the show and the curtain goes up on the birthday party at 7:30 P.M. Tickets are priced at $30 per person/$25 per person for El Paseo Arts members. Tickets are available for purchase at Paragraphs Book Store, S.O.S., the Art Gallery in Lighthouse Square, and online www.elpaseoarts.org. Happy 50ish! succeeds at treating some serious subjects with very entertaining merriment that audiences of all ages will enjoy..