BENJAMIN BENTLEY is the only guy at his Texas high school with the courage to come out of the closet, dooming himself, he believes, to a life of loneliness. Putting up with the bullies and his classmates’ whispered condemnations keeps him from pursuing his dream of being a singer, despite the encouragement of his best friend, Allison. Instead, Ben spends his summer vacation stalking the handsome athlete who just moved to town, Tim Wyman.
Everything changes when Ben’s clumsiness causes an accident that brings him and Tim together, beginning a secret romance threatened at every turn by discovery and bigotry. Like Ben, Tim also harbors a secret artistic life: he is a talented painter. And when their relationship crosses paths with a vengeful neighborhood arsonist, Tim’s fear of exposure tears the couple apart.
Years pass and Ben finds himself in Chicago attending college, still no closer to the true love he thought he’d found with Tim. On a trip home, he takes up with charming flight attendant Jace – possibly the world’s perfect boyfriend – and transfers to Texas University, where he’s reunited with Allison. But his happiness is upended when he runs into Tim, now out of the closet, and thrilled at the prospect of winning back his lost love. But first Tim has to deal with Jace, who appears to harbor his own secrets. Once exposed, a distraught Ben turns to an all-too-willing Tim for comfort. With Tim and Jace in open war to win his affection, Ben has to face up to the realities of adulthood, his continued fear to fight for his own happiness, and the challenge of surviving his most heart-breaking loss.
SOMETHING LIKE SUMMER follows the course of true love over the span of a dozen years, from awkward adolescence through challenging adulthood, featuring seven classic and original musical numbers and the artwork of a talented young artist.