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It’s mostly musicals in theaters this summer

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2019 10:30 am

Summer has always been a time for the kids, a notion that is reflected in many of the productions slated to hit the community theater boards during the upcoming warm weather days.

No fewer than five popular Broadway musicals are on their way, along with a rarely seen century-old comedy.

The season kicks off with Maggie’s Little Theater’s production of “The Addams Family,” a stage adaptation of Charles Addams’ iconic cartoon, centered around a ghoulish family with a fondness for all things macabre, featuring the music and lyrics of Andrew Lippa, who earned a Tony Award nomination for his efforts.

All the much-loved characters are on hand: Gomez (to be played by Thom Harmon), his wife Morticia (his real-life wife Virginia Harmon), their daughter, Wednesday (Tara Mangione), Grandma (Miriam P. Denu) and the rest.

The show features, among other unseemly doings, a gathering of all Addams family members — living, dead and undecided, a potion that brings out a person’s dark nature, some surprising announcements, a love song sung to the moon, a kidnapping and, yes, even a passionate squid.

Amanda Montoni directs, with musical direction provided by Paul Johnson and choreography by Jonathan Mora.

Performances at St. Margaret Parish Hall (66-05 79 Place, Middle Village) are on July 6, 13, and 19 at 8 p.m. and July 7, 14 and 21 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $20; $18 seniors 65 and over and children 11 and under.

More: Visit maggieslittletheater.org or call (917) 579-5389.

Broadway Blockbusters Productions brings to the stage the classic musical “Bye Bye Birdie” for an eight-performance run beginning July 19.

This rollicking show centers around an Elvis-like pop singer who is being sent off into the army, and the teenaged fan who is selected to give him a farewell kiss on national television. From the pens of Charles Strouse (music), Michael Stewart (book) and Lee Adams (lyrics), it has a score that includes such hits as “Put on a Happy Face,” “Kids” and “A Lot of Livin’ to Do.”

The cast, under the direction of Andrew J. Koslosky, is headlined by Paul Inglese as would-be English teacher-turned-songwriter Albert Peterson; Jessica Lausell as his devoted secretary, Rosie; Rosario Amico as hip-swivelin’ Conrad Birdie; Melanie Henderson as his No. 1 admirer, Kim; and Richard Masin as her put-upon father, Harry MacAfee.

Patrick White serves as music director; the choreography is provided by Tara Mangione.

Performances at The Theater at the Immaculate Conception Center (7200 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston) are on July 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m., July 20 and 27 at 2 p.m. and July 21 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $40 VIP; $25 general admission.

Dinner and brunch options are available at certain performances for an extra $30.

More: Visit thejosephinefoundation.org or call (347) 556-3325.

“Newsies The Musical,” which had a healthy run on Broadway beginning in 2012, will come our way courtesy of the Holy Child Jesus Teen Drama Group, opening Aug. 1.

Based upon the Disney film of a similar name, which, in turn, was inspired by an actual New York City newspaper boys’ strike of 1899, the show features a score composed by Alan Menken, known for such other Disney musicals as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” as well as “Little Shop of Horrors.” Under the direction of Christine Breviario, who also choreographs, the new production will have music direction by the ubiquitous Paul Johnson. As of press time, casting was still underway.

Show dates at M. Murray Hall (111-02 86 Ave., Richmond Hill) are Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., Aug. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m., and Aug. 4 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $12; $10 seniors and children 12 and under.

More: Visit facebook.com/hcjteendrama or call (718) 847-1860.

Arriving one day later is another popular Disney title, “Beauty and the Beast,” also with a score by Menken, one that includes the title tune and the infectious “Be Our Guest.”

The JC Players production features Sara Svezia as the nonconformist Belle, who yearns for adventure; Charles Hinz as a prince who turns into The Beast; Austin Auriemma as his chief adversary, Gaston; Andres Caamal as the kindhearted but rebellious Lumiere; Dolores Voyer as the motherly Mrs. Potts; and Mark York as Belle’s father, Maurice.

Another Auriemma — Barbara — directs, while a third member of the family — Frank — serves as music director. Christine Hinz is the choreographer.

Performances are divided into two locations: Glendale-Maspeth United Methodist Church (66-14 Central Ave., Glendale) on Aug. 2 and 3 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 3 p.m.; and Community United Methodist Church (75-27 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village) on Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 11 at 3 p.m.

Tickets: $20; $15 (children and seniors)

More: Visit jcplayers.com or call (917) 647-7526.

Beginning Aug. 8, the world’s favorite green ogre pays a return visit to the borough, thanks to the St. Gregory’s Theatre Group production of “Shrek The Musical.”

Based largely on the popular animated DreamWorks motion picture, the show features pop-oriented music by Jeanine Tesori and a clever book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire.

Jay Braiman plays the title character, who is sent out into the world at the age of 7, forming an unlikely friendship with a talkative donkey (to be played by Shala Hunter). Together, they set off to rescue a princess named Fiona (Hannah Pipa). Also on hand is Paul Thomas as the evil and vertically challenged Lord Farquaad.

Kathy Rollo Ferrara directs and choreographs, and Jon Riss serves as music director.

Performances take place in The Oakroom at St. Gregory the Great Church (242-20 88 Ave., Bellerose) on Aug. 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16 and 17 at 8 p.m. and Aug. 11, 17 and 18 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $18; $15 seniors/students; $9 children under 12.

More: Visitsgtg.org or call (718) 989-2451.

The lone nonmusical on the agenda is A.A. Milne’s “The Dover Road,” a 1921 comedy concerning two couples who take a trip down a strange untraveled road, where reality is described as being much more than a step away. What could possibly be in store for them?

The ensemble cast, under Johnny Culver’s direction, includes Suzanne Schick, Kinga Nowak, Mike Miller, Andrew Dinan, Debbie Smith and Bart DeFinna.

Performances at St. Luke’s Church (85 Greenway South, Forest Hills) are on Aug. 2 and 3 at 7:30 p.m. and Aug. 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15; $12 groups of 6 or more.

More: Visit gingerbreadplayers.org or call (718) 268-7772.

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1 comment:

  • Jubilee070691 posted at 3:36 pm on Fri, Jun 21, 2019.

    Jubilee070691 Posts: 1

    Gaston has never been more type cast. Except for the good looks.