The romantic musical comedy Burt & Me returns to Gretna Theatre this summer from June 20-29. It last played there in 2012. The show premiered at the Act II Playhouse outside of Philadelphia in the summer of 2010 and features the incredible music of Burt Bacharach & Hal David with book by Larry McKenna, a resident of Wayne, Pennsylvania.

In subsequent years there have been productions at such places as Deertrees Theatre in Harrison (ME), Society Hill Playhouse in Philadelphia, Hackmatack Playhouse in Berwick (ME), the Broadway Palm Theatre in Fort Myers (FL), the Palms Theatre in Mesa (AZ), Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota (FL), Meadow Brook Theatre in Rochester (MI), Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington (DE), and Ivoryton Playhouse in Essex (CT).

The book tells the story of Joe & Lacey, two high school sweethearts who drift apart when they both attended separate colleges. When their paths cross years later, Joe devises a clever plan to win her back…with an assist from one Burt Bacharach. The high school in the Burt & Me is modeled after McKenna’s alma mater, Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield (Delco), back in the late 60’s. However, in the show the high school’s name has been changed to St. Peter’s…which is forced to merge with St. Paul’s and then later with St. Mary’s Academy, making the students fear that their school song might be changed to “Puff the Magic Dragon.”

The musical comedy features all the greatest songs by Bacharach & David and includes such favorites as “I Say A Little Prayer,” “What the World Needs Now,” “Walk On By,” “A House is Not A Home,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” “Blue on Blue,” “Close to You,” and many more. For more information contact Gretna Theatre at GretnaTheatre.org. For more information about the show, visit the website.

There will a lecture by the author, Larry McKenna, entitled “The Story Behind the Story” at the Hall of Philosophy in the Chautauqua section of Mt. Gretna on Friday, June 7 at 7:00 p.m. The talk will cover all the behind-the-scenes dealings with Burt Bacharach & the estate of Hal David to acquire the licensing rights to their wonderful music, as well as insight into the creative process behind the show. The program is sponsored by Chautauqua Summer Programs.

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