Broadway comes to Seabrook

Seabrook Performers produce their 22nd show

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November 25th, 2019
(From left) Seabrook Performers Amelia Raziano, Assunta Lee, Marion Kleiner, Cynthia Gerstenberg, and Leo Heiden sing during a dress rehearsal for one of their earlier shows in 2016 called World of Cervantes.

(From left) Seabrook Performers Amelia Raziano, Assunta Lee, Marion Kleiner, Cynthia Gerstenberg, and Leo Heiden sing during a dress rehearsal for one of their earlier shows in 2016 called World of Cervantes

Research has shown that retirees place a high value on having the opportunity to enjoy entertainment, whether they’re the host or a guest, in the audience or on stage. 

Norma Linzalone, who lives at the Tinton Falls, N.J., community Seabrook, enjoys entertaining her neighbors, which she’s done since 2010 as musical director and accompanist for the Seabrook Performers alongside producer Lindo Meli. Since 2009, the Performers have produced 21 musical shows—two a year—under Lindo’s artistic direction. 

“Everybody looks forward to it, and we normally sell out all three performances for each show,” Norma says. The shows take place in Seabrook’s 250-seat auditorium. 

Resident Life Director Michelle Aguilar says the entire community of 1,200 people anticipate the shows, and the 20 to 30 people who participate in putting them together give their hearts and souls. 

“The Performers are a class act, and their neighbors appreciate their hard work and the ability to see such a wonderful show without leaving their home or without having to step outside, really,” Aguilar says, referring to the fact that climate-controlled walkways connect every building at Seabrook, eliminating the need to go outside in bad weather. 

In November, the group performed A Broadway Trio with tunes by Jule Styne, George Gershwin, and Cole Porter. 

Aguilar and Norma attribute the group’s success to Lindo’s talent and expertise. “He’s been doing this since he was ten years old. We’re fortunate to have him,” Norma says.

Lindo moved to Seabrook in 2008 and founded the Seabrook Performers. Each year, he produces two shows on campus with the help of residents, who perform on stage as well as behind the scenes on set design, costumes, lighting, choreography, and more. 

Lindo has many years of experience working both in theater and radio. He has performed and directed more than 150 shows, both on radio and stage, and has worked with many famous actors including Lauren Bacall, Gene Barry, Raymond Burr, and Peggy Cass.  

 “Theater has always been in my blood, and with each production I direct, the cast becomes my family,” Lindo says. “I enjoy seeing these ‘young seniors’ sharing their talents and accomplishing something they didn’t know they could do—acting, singing, and more.  I’m looking forward to our next production.”

Aguilar says, “These shows are a wonderful tradition here at Seabrook.”

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