Closer Than Ever
Closed June 16

Lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr. | Music by David Shire
Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr and Steve Scott Smith
Originally produced Off-Broadway by Janet Brenner, Michael Gill & Daryl Roth
Closer Than Ever was developed at the Williamstown Theatre Festival

Ticket Pricing $15 to $35
Limited VIP Tickets May Also Be Available

Have you ever stood at the end of a long apartment hallway and wondered what goes on behind all those doors?  Closer Than Ever takes us down a metaphorical corridor and allows us to peek in on the complex and diverse lives of “people you never met who are not like you, who are just like you.”  This production is a riveting musical exploration of everyday struggles in life and love in the modern world, tackled with resounding sincerity and precisely placed hilarity. 

Charming material presented charmingly and marvelously.
 – New York Times, June 21, 2012

The show has become a cult classic, know for its adult-themed songs and dramatic yet hilarious take on the complexities of middle-aged life.
 – Backstage, June 18, 2012

It’s polished, witty, tuneful and, if you’ve hit middle age, unsettling.
 – New York Post, July 6, 2012

The Cast

Meet our exceptionally talented cast of performers.

Megan O'Toole
Mark Wheeler
Lisa Bode Heard
Carlos Carlos
George Carson
Lauren Chambers
Mark Waters
Lauren Rebekah Francis

Closer Than Ever is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are supplied by MTI.

Know Before You Go

The show venue is located in the heart of downtown Long Beach at 241 Cedar Ave – at the corner of 3rd and Cedar. 

There is some construction going on in the vicinity of the venue, so please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before curtain in order to park and get yourself situated without rushing.


Paid parking is available at the LB Civic Center parking structure located at 332 W. Broadway.  Street parking in the area is free of charge after 6:00 PM.

Pre-Show in the Courtyard

The beautiful courtyard at First Congregational will be open one-hour prior to each performance.  Join us for a glass of wine or a light snack prior to the show!

Nearby Dining

There are a number of fine restaurants and bars within steps of the venue in case you want to enjoy a pre or post show meal or drink.