Living It Up – Late In Life!

From early retirement right up to the pulling of the plug, 21st Century seniors are partying like it’s 1969. Imagine: no work, no pregnancy and a full array of Medicare-subsidized pharmaceuticals.

Assisted Living: The Musical® is a 75-minute vaudeville-esque revue originally written for two actors and a pianist. The show’s host couple enters heaven, suspecting their son pulled the plug… to get his hands on Dad’s vintage Corvette. They don’t seem to mind. Instead, the couple fondly remembers Pelican Roost, an active, full-service retirement community.
There, eighteen different characters sing and dance, revel and kvetch, celebrate and bloviate their way through later life…

• Naomi Lipshitz-Yamamoto-Murphy regularly upgrades her living arrangements as an unintended consequence of spousal mortality.
• A Stetson-ed lawyer promises that legal compensation hides in every act of aging.
• A Wellness Center nurse actively — very actively — recruits organ donors.
• A 93-year old Cadillac owner redefines “Drive Thru Window.”
• A frentic hypochondriac chases…

Well, you get the idea, each one is living his and her life — in the moment — to the max. There are no sad songs, no Depends® jokes and no f-bombs in Assisted Living: The Musical®. Everyone there is having way too much fun for that!

The Writers

Rick Compton and Betsy Bennett are Compton & Bennett. They have been writing and performing together since 1995, plowing the fertile fields of political and social satire in and around Naples, Florida.

Betsy Bennett
Betsy is a life-long theatre denizen, starting professionally in summer stock when she was 15. She has a theatre degree from Albion College, and followed that with an internship at Playwrights Horizons in New York City. Betsy co-founded Arcane Theatriks, a professional company in Chicago. She is a member of The Dramatists Guild and has been cast in more than 90 productions. Although she keeps cats, she does not carry a desiccated crow’s foot in an amulet, and no longer wears an ankle monitor.

Rick Compton
Rick leads the creative life since escaping from the corporate world in 1988. Since then, he founded Via Colori®, a small chain of annual street painting festivals; toured Japan as a keyboardist for The Platters; and authored a children’s activity book called The Essential Street Painter (Simon & Schuster).

Rick’s won several regional awards for magazine articles and is a member of The Dramatists Guild. Rick’s played piano and synthesizer in the pit for more than a dozen musicals and served as musical director for several more. He is thankful that most theatres that book this show are not within 500 feet of a school.













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