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January 12, 2008


A new musical comes to Middletown with the Monmouth Civic Chorus production of Golden Gate. Set in San Francisco in the 1930’s, Golden Gate tells the story of a family traveling to the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge on a journey of discovery and reawakened hope.

The music of Golden Gate is a road trip from retro to pop, with sounds of the Jazz Age and 1990’s Broadway. With music by New York composer Richard Pearson Thomas and book by Joe Calarco, the show won the Michael Stewart Musical Theater Development Award, named for the librettist of Hello, Dolly! and Bye Bye Birdie.

The world premiere of this concert version, led by Dr. Mark Shapiro, will be performed at 3:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, 2008 at the Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street, Middletown, New Jersey. Tickets are $25 regular, $22 seniors, $20 groups, $5 students. Call (732) 933-9333 or visit

Under its award-winning Artistic Director, Dr. Mark Shapiro, the Monmouth Civic Chorus has been acclaimed as “close to perfect” (Asbury Park Press), “sonorously impressive” (The Star-Ledger) and “a treasure of local life” (Red Bank Red Hot). Since 1949, the Chorus has been known for outstanding performances of musical theater, opera and operetta, in addition to its repertoire of masterworks and little-known gems of choral music.