Disney’s Newsies ,whichwasnominated for a number of Tony Awards when it first opened on Broadway in 2012 (and earned Christopher Gatelli a trophy for choreography). The musical from Alan Menken and Jack Feldman is set in New York City at the turn of the century, and Jack Kelly, a newsboy and leader of a ragged group of dreamers, helps to tell an unforgettable story filled with hope and high-energy (7/19-9/2). THE PUBLIC THEATER’S FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK, DELACORTE THEATER 81 CENTRAL PARK WEST, NEW YORK, NY. PUBLICTHEATER.ORG This is not your ordinary Shakespeare, and that’s what makes the Public so unique. (If you caught the controversial Julius Caesar last year, you know how electrifying these productions become.)
laughs keep coming with Theresa Rebeck’s The Understudy , in which the title character must take over in a highly-anticipated role… yet is lacking the experience that would allow him to actually succeed (8/14-9/1).
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The Sting promises to be an unforgettable experience; after all, brilliant director John Rando (Broadway’s On the Town ) is at the new musical’s helm, while Harry Connick Jr. stars in the 1936 Chicago set piece based on the
Catch a different take on Anything Goes , the perennial summer theatre experience (see also Sharon Playhouse ) with Cole Porter’s Tony Award-winning hit (7/5-9/9). JOHN W. ENGEMAN THEATER 250 MAIN STREET, NORTHPORT, NY ENGEMANTHEATER.COM You’ll get a glorious feeling simply experiencing Singin’ in the Rain at Long Island’s own Broadway caliber theatre. Relive Gene Kelly’s epic film performance with this live musical, and don’t forget your umbrella because it really will be raining on stage (5/17- 7/1). The entire family may also come out for
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1973 Academy Award-winning film. Tony- Award winning Warren Carlyle is bringing the choreography to life (3/29-4/29). Finally making itsway to the east coast following a title change and delays, Half Time breaks big this summer. This musical is sure to be another hit for Paper Mill, as it boasts an award-winning team including direction and choreography from Jerry Mitchell ( Kinky Boots ). This true- life story tells of ten seniors with remarkable dreams who audition to dance at halftime for a major basketball team… only to find that they’ll be expected to take on hip-hop (5/31-7/1).
This year’s Othello promises to be equally engaging, which is easy to imaginewithRuben Santiago-Hudson at its helm. The classic drama about a black Venetian general whose marriage is destroyed by evil Iago is especially relevant today (5/29-6/24). The imaginative new production of the Public Works musical adaptation of Twelfth Night already proved to be a hit when it was originated in the summer of 2016. Featuring many of the actors reprising their roles (including Nikki M. James of the aforementioned Caesar ), five equity actors and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs, the bard’s comedy promises to take on entirely new meaning (7/17-8/19). – Iris Wiener *
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Based on the adored film starring Whoopi Goldberg as a disguised nun, Sister Act takes all of the best features of the cult comedic hit and enlivens them with the help of Alan Menken’s ( Aladdin , Beauty and the Beast ) music. It’s the perfect summer musical to get you off the beach (or out of church) and into the theatre (4/5-7/1).
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