The new musical play, “Two Tickets To Paradise – The Musical” which is based upon the life of rocker Eddie Money, has finished a successful debut run in New York.
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Dix Hills, New York June 25, 2009 - The brand new musical based on the life of classic rocker Eddie Money, “Two Tickets To Paradise – The Musical,” has just finished a very successful debut at the Dix Hills Performing Arts Center in New York.
Money, whose hits include “Baby Hold On” and “I Think I’m In Love,” penned the play after being inspired by “The Jersey Boys” play, the autobiography of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Money not only wrote his musical autobiography, but also narrates and performs a short concert afterwards.
The eight-day test run at the Arts Center resulted in a string of sold-out shows, and high accolades for 15-year old Jesse Kinch as young Eddie (displaying much star quality in his performance), as well as other cast members including Adrian Kinch, Mark Goldman as Eddie’s father, and Angelika Paskins as Eddie’s girlfriend.
The story follows Eddie from Long Island to California, to pursue his dream of rock stardom. With his band mates from high school, the play takes us along the roller-coaster ride that is Eddie’s life. From his meeting with legendary producer Bill Graham, to his almost fatal “accident” after he hit it big, to his romances and loves, the play covers all of Eddie’s personal bases.
Eddie has written over 11 new songs for the show, but there are plenty of his classic hits in there as well. The Eddie Money Band gives the show its musical brilliance, and there are even choreographed dancers supplementing the performance.
“Two Tickets To Paradise – The Musical” was directed by John Blenn, who has over 50 plays to his credit. The play was produced by Eddie Money along with another native Long Islander, Gordon MacKay, the brother of Independence Party Chairman Frank MacKay.
Eddie Money will be headlining the July 12th Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue, New York, at Shorefront Park.