BEACH HAVEN — The Press of Atlantic City reports that a full season of live stage musicals will return this summer to the Surflight Theatre after two vacation seasons of a quiet stage.
The Surflight, which survived 65 seasons and Hurricane Sandy, closed in early 2015 after a failed restructuring in 2013. Its new overseers say the theater will reopen June 23 with “Footloose” through July 9 and will feature a full roster of shows, including “Disney’s Newsies,” “Hairspray” and the “Million Dollar Quartet.”
“I don’t want to demolish the theater and build condos,” Al Parinello, a Broadway and movie producer and the Surflight’s new owner, said Monday during a news conference at the Museum of New Jersey Maritime History.
Parinello, a native of this state, owned alternative rock radio station WJSE-FM 102.7 from 1994 to 2005, when it was based in Somers Point. He also produced the “Broadway at the Boardwalk” series at the former Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and concerts in the market.
Besides musicals, the Surf-light, located at Engleside and Beach avenues, will also bring back the ShowPlace Ice Cream Parlour next door.
Parinello, who paid $2 million to buy the Surflight from TD Bank, is the lead producer of “The Fantasticks” in New York City.
Steve Steiner, the Surf-light’s artistic director until 2010 and a longtime artistic partner of Parinello, returns as the producing artistic director.
“This man knows this industry. He lives this industry,” Parinello said of Steiner. “Steve has done an amazing job of running the theater.”
Under Steiner, the Surflight reached a high of 53,000 tickets sold for its main stage shows, Parinello said. The number of tickets sold was down to 22,000 after he left, Parinello said.