Benatar, Giraldo Helm ‘Romeo & Juliet Project’

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Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo. Travis Shinn photo

Since 1979, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo have formed one of the most successful partnerships in music history. During their four-decade career, they have created two multi-platinum, five platinum and three gold albums as well as 19 Top 40 hits — selling over 30 million records worldwide and racking up four consecutive Grammy awards and three American Music awards.

This summer, the couple is adding a musical to its roster. Bay Street Theater, in partnership with Guild Hall, will be the first venues to present it.

And East End audiences will see it for free.

An “Under the Stars” staged concert reading of “The Romeo & Juliet Project” will play out on August 16 and 17 at Mashashimuet Park in Sag Harbor, featuring the music of Benatar and Giraldo, with a book by Bradley Bredeweg. Scott Schwartz, artistic director at Bay Street Theater, directs, and Jamie Cesa and Bel Chiasso Entertainment produce.

“The Romeo & Juliet Project re-imagines the story of our star-crossed lovers using the power of Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo’s music to remind us what happens when we forget the impact of love, equality, and acceptance,” according to a press release.

The show brings the audience into the modern, war-torn metropolis of Verona, as the newly minted Chancellor Paris takes control and promises to return the city to its traditional roots and destroy the progressive resistance.

“This new musical is an intricate weaving of Benatar’s and Giraldo’s deeply emotional rock anthems and new songs, exploring the question, ‘What does it take to regain a world where peace is possible?’” the release said.

Admission is free and no tickets are required. Bring chairs, blankets and picnics for a night of new musical theater on a balmy summer evening. For more information, visit baystreet.org.

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