Theater Opening: BEACHES THE MUSICAL (Theatre Calgary in Alberta, Canada)

Post image for Theater Opening: BEACHES THE MUSICAL (Theatre Calgary in Alberta, Canada)

by Paul Selar on August 1, 2023

in Theater-International,Theater-New York

Theatre Calgary in Canada will present the international premiere of Beaches the Musical, based on the best-selling novel, which was made into the blockbuster film starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey. Beaches follows two extraordinary friends through 30 years of camaraderie, laughter, sorrow, and love. Vivacious, outlandish Cee Cee and beautiful, privileged Bertie meet as children and become fast friends. From pen-pals to roommates to romantic rivals, Cee Cee and Bertie’s oil-and-water friendship perseveres through even the most tragic trials. With a touching vulnerability, Beaches exemplifies the triumph of the human spirit and the bonds of sisterhood.

Beaches the Musical features a book by Iris Rainer Dart & Thom Thomas, music by Mike Stoller (Smokey Joe’s Café) lyrics by Iris Rainer Dart, based on the novel Beaches by Dart, and developed in collaboration with David AustinJoseph Thalken serves as Music Supervisor. Directed by Tony Award Nominee Lonny Price (Sunset Boulevard – revival, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill), and co-directed by Matt Cowart (110 in the Shade, Broadway), previews begin May 18, 2024, open May 24, and run until June 16 in the Arts Commons Max Bell Theatre in Calgary.

Previous developmental productions of Beaches have taken place at The Signature Theatre in Washington, DC and The Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago.  Beaches the Musical will be having a NYC Industry reading in October 2023.

In honor of National Friendship Day, Beaches the Musical is offering a Best Friend Getaway. Visit to enter your information to receive a chance to win a VIP trip for two – you and your bestfriend –  to attend the Opening Night of the International Premiere of Beaches the Musical at Theatre Calgary on May 24, 2024. (Sweepstakes will begin on National Friendship Day 8/6/23).

Tickets for Beaches the Musical are now on sale at

Leave a Comment