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Last Days of Summer

From 23 member  reviews
Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny

About the show

In George Street's new musical, Joe Margolis and his young son open an old box of letters that transport Joe back to Brooklyn and the summer of 1942. Directed by two-time Tony nominee Jeff Calhoun. More…

From the show:

In this spirited new musical, Joe Margolis and his young son open an old box of letters that transport Joe back to Brooklyn and the summer of 1942—when young Bar Mitzvah boy Joey and his best friend Craig are writing fan letters to their hero Charlie Banks, the star third baseman of the New York Giants. Amid the tumultuous events of World War II, they forge an unlikely friendship that might be the very thing Banks needs. Based on the contemporary novel by Steve Kluger and directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Jeff Calhoun (Broadway's Newsies) with music by Grammy winner Jason Howland, this musical opens our inaugural season in the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center.


Member Reviews (23)

MEMBERS SAY:

Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Funny
79
Avg Score

28
Ahistorical, Awful production, Vanity writing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if you want to see a top cast with real singing and acting chops

Don't see it if you can't stand that M.Night Shyamalan knows nothing of the Christianity he embraces, you will not tolerate Steve Kugler's pseudo judaism.

Also First the cast led by the brilliance of Bobby Conte Thornton. Teal Wic... Read more Read less

89
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if you enjoy a light-hearted musical baseball story, with great acting & great singing

Don't see it if you're not interested baseball-themed musicals

Also The acting and singing was outstanding, particularly by the young kids... Read more Read less

65
Slow, Great singing, Banal, Cliched

See it if You like a simple story told in a familiar way. The performances are very good.

Don't see it if You need a strong central conflict. The show is sentimental but harmless.

86
Nostalgic, Cute, Fluffy, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if you like throwbacks to a simpler time and want to see an adorable cast of up and comers

Don't see it if flashbacks bother you or you are looking for a particularly memorable score

83
Slow, Confusing, Entertaining, Great singing, Great acting

See it if you love thought-provoking, baseball-themed musicals

Don't see it if you are not interested in musicals

76
Underwhelming, Great acting, Cute, Funny, Great singing

See it if to experience a cute and touching 1940's themed coming-of-age tale with some great (albeit underutilized) singing and dancing talents

Don't see it if bothered by an emphasis on child actors, desire a memorable score, or need loads of big production numbers

Also There were definitely some fantastic singing/acting performances, espe... Read more Read less

60
Throws in the kitchen sink (e.g. japanese internment camps), Squanders adult talent, Too much weight on a child actor's shoulders, Padded with unnecessary songs, Utterly ridiculous plot

See it if want to see the equivalent of a children's book w/ mediocre songs added. I feel sorry for the talented adult cast members given bad material

Don't see it if can't stomach smart-alecky child actors. 2 1/2 hours of a poorly cast, unintelligible kid who's in virtually the entire show is 2 too many

Also Spoiler Alert: I feel badly for D. Binstock as adult Joey. He has to m... Read more Read less

70
Pleasant, Okay, Entertaining, Disappointing, Ambitious

See it if you like baseball and an old-fashioned show with a few enjoyable tunes.

Don't see it if you don't like baseball and want memorable songs.

Also The lead kids were very good, the baseball players were fun, but the J... Read more Read less

75
Refreshing, Great writing, Absorbing, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You liked the book! This is a family friendly show, and is also good for even the non-theatre lover. Well cast, too.

Don't see it if You're looking for an extremely deep, thought-provoking show.

77
Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Delightful

See it if You want to see great performances and a sweet production. A really great group of singers and dancers not often seen in a NJ theater

Don't see it if you don't like stories that can be a bit sweeter than you want and maybe a little more predictable than you want as well

95
Great singing, Great acting, Entertaining, Delightful, Absorbing

See it if You love musicals & a good story line with excellent actors/singers.

Don't see it if You don't like musicals.

100
Entertaining, Delightful, Clever

See it if love baseball

Don't see it if you dislike the beautiful new GSP

95
Delightful, Funny, Heartwarming, Entertaining, Great singing

See it if Like heartwarming musicals. Sweet, entertaining, and funny.

Don't see it if You don't like hearwarming shows.

95
Great staging, Great singing, Funny, Entertaining, Delightful

See it if You enjoy musicals at all. You like shows set in the 1940's. You like to see father/son style bonding/mentoring.

Don't see it if You couldn't care less about the period or about musicals in general. You don't want to see shows about dealing with loss.

100
Funny, Ambitious, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if musical nostalgia from 1940, touching on issues from a young boy’s perspective. Large talented cast / great first performance of season

Don't see it if You hate musicals, or nostalgia

75
Delightful, Great acting, Great singing, Entertaining, Funny

See it if you like an intimate show you like kid performers who did a fabulous job

Don't see it if you have a short attention span. The play needs some editting

98
Great acting, Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Great music, singing, acting and story line.

Don't see it if If you don't like kids don't see this show.

100
Delightful, Must see, Great writing, Great acting, Great singing

See it if One of the best shows I have seen. Great story line with a great cast. Loved every minute. Very entertaining. The new theatre is great.

Don't see it if Great for every age.

94
Entertaining, Must see, Delightful, Resonant, Great singing

See it if Show was very well done. Singing was amazing. What beautiful, powerful voices!The young boy in the show was fantastic.

Don't see it if You're not accepting of different faiths and different people.

100
Delightful, Absorbing, Great acting, Entertaining, Enchanting

See it if You like musical theater, historical fiction, sports etc.

Don't see it if you do not like musical theater.

48
Great singing, Entertaining, Banal, Cliched, Disappointing

See it if Teal Wicks has a lovely voice and It was fun to see Christine Pedi as the aunt, because I listen to her all the time on Sirius XM 72.

Don't see it if If you don’t want to spend the entire second act trying to figure out where you heard the melody to “ Who Knows You Better Then I”...

Also Spoiler alert.. totally derivative of the song “ I’m Nothing Without Y... Read more Read less

75
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Confusing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy seeing child actors

Don't see it if you don't like shows that deal with going back in time.

Also The acting was terrific - especially the children. The set design was ... Read more Read less

98
Must see, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if I saw it, I loved it! I think this show has relevance to an over 50 audience, men, people of all faiths, but especially Jews.

Don't see it if you don't enjoy comedy, poignant family relationships, baseball, nostalgia and an outstanding cast


October 29th, 2019
"'LAST DAYS OF SUMMER' – The New Musical at George Street Playhouse is a Sure-Fire Hit"
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October 25th, 2019
"Jewish fathers and sons, anti-Semitism, the New York Giants, romance and bromance are all part of growing up in 1940 Brooklyn. A mixture that is heart-felt and gainfully processed through the entertaining new musical 'Last Days of Summer.'"
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November 3rd, 2019
"'LAST DAYS OF SUMMER': Would You Believe…?"
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October 28th, 2019
"George Street Playhouse presents Steve Kluger and Jason Howland’s ‘Last Days of Summer’: More than three strikes"
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