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Posted: Thursday, June 27, 2013 10:30 am

With a half-dozen or so shows headed for the boards in the coming weeks, gone are the days when most local stages remained dark during the hot summer months

“Fiddler on the Roof,” considered by many to be the greatest musical of all time, makes a return to the community circuit via Maggie’s Little Theater, beginning July 13.

Set in the impoverished Russian town of Anatevka, the show, with book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, centers on Tevye the dairyman and his efforts to keep age-old traditions alive as the world around him begins to change.

Local playwright Alan Perkins takes on the Herculean leading role, with support from Shana Aborn as his devoted wife, Golde, Tanya Fiebert and Annice Auriemma as two of his five daughters, and Jenna Kantor as the town’s matchmaker, Yente. The ubiquitous Barbara Auriemma directs. Musical direction is by Frank Auriemma and choreography by Lindsay Levy.

Performances will be held at St. Margaret Parish Hall, 66-05 79 Place, Middle Village, on July 13, 19 and 20 at 8 p.m. and July 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $18; $15 for seniors and $12 for children 11 and under.

Call ( 917) 579-5389.

The rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,” an early effort from the team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice that tells the story of the Crucifixion, will come alive again courtesy of St. Gregory’s Theatre Group, with opening night set for Aug. 2.

Kathy Rollo-Ferrara, who mounted a passionate production of the show in the same space in 1999, is at the helm once more, promising a performance with “plenty of tricks up our sleeve,” including dancing, created by Rollo-Ferrara and a team of choreographers, with a modern twist.

The score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” and the title tune. The show will feature musical direction by Frank Sanchez.

Headlining the cast, which ranges in age from 7 to 50-plus, are Steven Makropoulos, Amanda Dupuy and Paulie Pecorella.

Performances at Gregorian Hall, 244-44 87 Ave., Bellerose, are on Aug. 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, and 10 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 4 and 11 at 2 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $18; $15 for seniors; $7 children. Add $2 per ticket if purchased at the door.

Call (718) 989-2451.

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, “Les Miserables” became one of the longest-running shows in Broadway history and achieved additional success when it transferred to the screen.

Two distinct productions of the show are gearing up for overlapping runs in the borough this summer.

Broadway Blockbusters Productions presents its version of “Les Mis” beginning Aug. 2, with a cast headed by Andrew Koslosky as Jean Valjean, out on parole after spending years on a chain gang, and Malcolm Spaulding as his nemesis, Javert. Donald Gormanly appears as the abusive innkeeper Thenardier, with Monica Barczak as his wife.

The fully staged rendering is directed by Kevin Wallace. Musical direction is provided by Patrick White.

Performances at Immaculate Conception Center Theater, 7200 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston, are on Aug. 2, 3, 8, 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 3 p.m. Brunch tickets are available for the Aug. 4 performance.

Tickets cost $25 with VIP seating going for $35.

Call (516) 650-3231.

Opening night for the JC Players production of “Les Miserables” is Aug. 9. According to the director, Barbara Auriemma, the cast of nearly 50 will perform in a fully costumed semi-concert style.

This production finds Frank Radice as Jean Valjean, Nic Anthony Calabro as Javert, and Frank Auriemma as Thenardier. Erin Clancy plays the ill-fated Fantine, and Deanna Mayo is her daughter, Cosette. Frank Auriemma is the musical director.

Performances are as follows: Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. at Glendale United Methodist Church, 66-14 Glendale Ave., Glendale; Aug. 10 and 17 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 11 and 18 at 3 p.m. at Community United Methodist Church, 75-17 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village.

Tickets cost $18; $15 for seniors for Sunday matinees; $12 for children 12 and under.

Call (718) 894-8654.

Look for next week’s edition of the Chronicle for a few more summer shows to round out August.

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