The Santa Monica Playhouse will present the world premiere of Moonlight Madness: the 50s Musical, with previews starting Friday, July 23.

The show officially opens Saturday, Aug. 7 and plays through Sept. 26 at the Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth St., Santa Monica.

Moonlight Madness is billed as a “toe-tappin,” “finger-snappin”, “be-boppin”, “sock-hoppin” musical comedy about life, love, laughs and lipstick. The musical is neither a parody, nor a spoof but a tribute to “those simple days of yore from those who lived them,” a playhouse spokesperson says.

Moonlight Madness follows teen idol Johnnie Moonlight as he gyrates his way into the lives of the inhabitants of William Maxwell Andrew Beaverbrook High School in a small town.

The show is written by Chris DeCarlo and Evelyn Rudie based on an idea from a 1950s television pilot. Words and music are by Rudie with arrangements by Matthew Wrather and musical direction by Serena Dolinksy.

Choreography is by Cydne Moore, with costume and graphics design by Ashley Hayes.

Previews run through Augt 6. All performances are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m., and Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

Admission is $15 for previews. Regular admission is $25 for adults, $20 for students, teachers, seniors and groups of eight or more, and $15 for ages 15 and under. Reservations are required.

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