Written by Neil Gooding
Additional Material by Stuart Smith
Revised Orchestrations and Arrangements by Brett Foster
Original Musical Adaptation by Scott Copeman
Music and Lyrics by Various 80’s Artists

Directed by Michele Sarnoski
Choreography by Dana Mannine
Vocal/Music Direction by Scott Burzynski
Tech Direction by Joe Ferriero

January 11, 2014

The Story

Remember when actors became American Presidents? When Bubble skirts and blue eye shadow were cool? When Atari was cutting edge technology? BACK TO THE 80’s is a “totally awesome” musical that tells the story of the senior class of William Ocean High School that graduated in the 1980’s, as remembered and seen through the eyes of Corey Palmer, who is now 30-something. Throw in a Star Wars dream sequence, high-energy dance routines, the obligatory 80’s party scene, copious amounts of blue eye-shadow, twenty cans of hairspray, as well as some of the most popular songs ever written, and the result is a musical that will not only delight and amuse an audience of any age, but will also inspire any young person.

Back to the 80’s is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

The Company

  • Since this is a 24-Hour Musical Challenge the cast will not know their role in the show until the door is locked 24 hour prior to the performance.  Listed below are the current cast members (as of 1/6/14)
    • Jacey Schult
    • Faith D’Isa
    • Zara Kerr
    • Jennifer Pagliaro
    • Gabby Zeiler
    • Alisha Fuino
    • Kira Kopacz
    • Jennifer McCarthy
    • Joe Ferriero
    • Danielle Petrucelli
    • Michael T. Antonelli
    • John McCullough
    • James Berko
    • Kyle Kopacz
    • Brandon Bennett
    • Candice Belina
    • Devin Wason
    • Gabriel Navia
    • Adrian Yllatopa
    • Mary Berko
    • Mike Berko
    • Clifford DeCecco Boan
    • Michelle Almeida
  • Tech Team/Crew: Michael Haefner, Matt Lepore, Nicko Tolentino, Maximo Grano De Oro

The Music

  • Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (Wham!)
  • Kids In America (Kim Wilde)
  • Girls Just Want To Have Fun (Cyndi Lauper)
  • Footloose (Kenny Loggins)
  • Mickey(Toni Basil)
  • Video Killed The Radio Star (The Buggles)
  • Believe It or Not (Peter Cetera)
  • Let’s Hear It For The Boy (Deneice Williams)
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) (The Proclaimers)
  • You Give Love A Bad Name (Bon Jovi)
  • Man In The Mirror (Michael Jackson)
  • Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now (Starship)
  • Love Shack (The B-52s)
  • Total Eclipse of the Heart (Bonnie Tyler)
  • Walking On Sunshine ( Katrina and the Waves)
  • Get Outta My Dreams (Get Into My Car) (Billy Ocean)
  • Centerfold (J. Geils Band)
  • Lost in Your Eyes (Debbie Gibson)
  • Never Gonna Give You Up (Rick Astley)
  • Material Girl (Madonna)
  • Don’t Worry, Be Happy / Come on Eileen (Bobby McFerrin / Dexy’s Midnight Runners)
  • (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life (Bill Medley / Jennifer Warnes)