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Summer Times: Stage

May 10, 2013

YellowBrix

May 10--Joey Fatone returns to Pittsburgh CLO to help open the 2013 season in the classic musical "42nd Street." The former 'N Sync band member played Franz Liebkind in the 2010 production of "The Producers" and now plays the role of a producer of a Broadway-bound musical.

Patrick Ryan Sullivan plays Julian Marsh, the role he played during the Tony-winning revival of "42nd Street" that opened on Broadway in 2001 and ran for 1,500 performances. Broadway veteran Luba Mason plays Dorothy Brock and Ephie Aardema is Peggy Sawyer, the ingenue who has to tap her way to stardom. The show has given us the line that defines the hopes and dreams of understudies when Marsh pleads with Peggy: "You're going out a youngster but you've got to come back a star!"

The show burst onto the scene as a 1933 Oscar nominee but didn't become a Broadway darling until 1980, when it ran for nine years and 3,400 performances. Legendary dancer Gower Champion directed and choreographed the stage original, which won best musical and best choreography Tonys, but he did not get to enjoy the success. After several curtain calls on opening night, producer David Merrick came onto the stage to announce that Champion had died earlier that day.

Pittsburgh CLO has produced the musical in 1985, '90, '96 and 2006. CLO's summer season of musicals opens May 31, but there's no rest for theater in Pittsburgh.

This busy week includes City Theatre's season finale, "Abigail/1702," which has its official opening on the South Side. Prime Stage Theatre's production of "Walk Two Moons" also opens at the North Side's New Hazlett Theatre. Tonight, you can catch Pittsburgh Musical Theater's "Tarzan" swinging from the Byham Theater rafters. On May 19, the August Wilson Center for African American Culture kicks off the fifth annual First Voice: A Pittsburgh International Black Arts Festival that presents six new works created by August Wilson Center Fellows during their six-month residencies.

Here's more of what's happening on stages throughout the region during summer 2013.

AMISH MONKEYS: Gemini Theatre, The Factory, 7501 Penn Ave., Point Breeze; www.amishmonkeys.com; 412-243-5201. Interactive improv comedy (May 11, June 8, July 13).

APPLE HILL PLAYHOUSE: Manor Road, off Route 22 in Delmont; www.applehillplayhouse.org; 724-468-5050. "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" (June 6-23); "Caught in the Net" (July 4-20); "Southern Hospitality" (Aug. 1-11); "On Golden Pond" (Aug. 22-Sept. 1); "A Little Family Business" (Sept. 12-22).

AUGUST WILSON CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURE: 980 Liberty Ave., Downtown; www.augustwilsoncenter.org; 412-258-2700. First Voice Festival: A Pittsburgh International Black Arts Festival (May 19-27); "Joe Turner's Come and Gone" (July 12-14).

BRICOLAGE: 937 Liberty Ave., 3rd floor; www.bricolagepgh.org; 412-381-6999. In the Raw Festival, "A Raisin in the Sun" (May 13) and "The Gospel Singer" (May 19-20); "Word Play: True Stories With a Live Soundtrack" (May 31); Midnight Radio: "American Song Book" (Sept. 19-28).

CITY THEATRE: 1300 Bingham St., South Side; www.citytheatrecompany.org; 412-431-CITY. "Abigail/1702" (through May 26); Momentum new play festival (May 30-June 2).

CLO CABARET: The Cabaret at Theater Square, 655 Penn Ave., Downtown; www.CLOcabaret.com; 412-456-6666. "You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up!" (through May 12); "Side by Side by Sondheim" (May 23-Aug. 18); "Defending the Caveman" (Sept. 5-Oct. 13).

CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN THEATER FESTIVAL: Shepherdstown, W.Va.; www.catf.org; 1-800-999-CATF. July 5-28; rotating repertory, "A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World," "Modern Terrorism," "H2O," "Heartless," "In the Garden of Allah."

CRESSON LAKE PLAYHOUSE: 279 Shapiro Road, Loretto; www.cressonlake.com; 1-814-472-4333. "Honk Jr." (through May 11); "The Fantasticks" (May 23-June 1); "Fiddler on the Roof" (June 20-July 6); "Aida" (July 25-Aug. 10); "Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap" (Aug. 29-Sept. 7).

FREEPORT THEATRE FESTIVAL: 2498 White Cloud Road, Leechburg; www.freeporttheatrefestival.org; 724-295-1934. "Battle of Bushy Run" (July 12-28); "Rivertown Fireman's Jubilee" (Aug. 16-Sept. 1).

KEAN THEATRE: 5847 Meridian Road, Richland, www.keantheatre.com; 724-444-5326. Dinner theater: "Arrivederci Al -- Dinner With the Godfather" (June 22 and Sept. 14); "Lordy, Lordy Marty's 40" (July 13 and Oct. 5).

LITTLE LAKE THEATRE: Route 19, North Strabane; www.littlelake.org; 724-745-6300. "Little Shop of Horrors" (through May 18), "Miracle on South Division Street" (May 23-June 8), "Sylvia" (June 13-29), "Motherhood Out Loud" (July 3-20), "Italian American Reconciliation" (July 25-Aug. 10), "Crimes of the Heart" (Aug. 15-31), "Is He Dead?" (Sept. 5-21).

MON RIVER ARTS: Grand Theatre, 207 Second Ave., Elizabeth; www.monriverarts.org; 412-384-0504. "A Grand Night With Our Stars" (May 11), "The Music Man" (June 20-23).

MOUNTAIN PLAYHOUSE: Route 985, Jennerstown; www.mountainplayhouse.com; 1-814-629-9201, ext. 290. "Pump Boys and Dinettes" (June 18-30), "Neil Simon's Comic Suites" (July 9-21), "Squabbles A/K/A Your House or Mine" (July 23-Aug. 4), "Sin, Sex & the CIA" (Aug. 6-18), "Let's Murder Marsha" (Sept. 17-29).

NEW CASTLE PLAYHOUSE: State Theater, 202 E. Long Ave., New Castle; 724-654-3437; www.newcastleplayhouse.org. "9 to 5 the Musical" (through May 12); "Boeing, Boeing" (May 3-June 16).

NO NAME PLAYERS: Off the Wall Theater, Carnegie, www.nonameplayers.org. New rock musical "Viva Los Bastarditos!" (July 12-27); "Oedipus and the Foul Mess in Thebes" (Aug. 2-17).

OFF THE WALL PRODUCTIONS: 147 N. Main St., Washington; 724-873-3576. "Without Ruth" (through May 18).

PITTSBURGH CLO: Benedum Center, Downtown; 412-281-2822 (subscriptions), 412-263-2560 (groups), www.pittsburghclo.org; 412-456-6666 (box office). "42nd Street" (May 31-June 9), "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" (June 11-16), "Kopit & Yeston's Phantom" (June 21-30), "Disney's The Little Mermaid" (July 9-21); "Buddy -- The Buddy Holly Story" (July 30-Aug. 4).

PITTSBURGH IRISH & CLASSICAL THEATRE: Stephen Foster Memorial, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland; www.picttheatre.org; 412-394-3353. "The Kreutzer Sonata" (May 30-June 22); "Lady Windermere's Fan" (July 11-22); "Don Juan Comes Back From the War" (Aug. 8-31).

PITTSBURGH MUSICAL THEATER: Byham Theater, 101 Sixth St., Downtown; www.pittsburghmusicals.com; 412-456-6666. "Tarzan" (through May 19).

PITTSBURGH PLAYWRIGHTS THEATRE COMPANY: 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown; www.pghplaywrights.com; 412-394-3353. "Ma Noah" (through May 12), "Radio Golf" (June 8-29).

PITTSBURGH PUBLIC THEATER: O'Reilly Theater, Downtown; www.ppt.org; 412-316-1600. "Clybourne Park" (through May 19); "Other Desert Cities" (May 30-June 30).

PNC BROADWAY ACROSS AMERICA -- PITTSBURGH: Benedum Center; www.pgharts.org; 412-456-6666. "The Lion King" (Sept. 3-29).

POHL PRODUCTIONS: Crowne Plaza Cabaret Dinner Theatre, 164 Fort Couch Road, Bethel Park (all musical dinner theater). "Death Wins the Prize" (through May 19); "Broadway Flashback" (June 1-16); "Dream Along With Me" (July 12-14); "Retro Nuns" (Aug. 3-25).

PRIME STAGE: New Hazlett Theater, 6 Allegheny Square E., North Side; primestage.com; 412-394-3353. "Walk Two Moons" (May 10-19).

RED BARN PLAYERS: 1279 Route 288, Ellwood-Zelienople Road, Franklin; 724-773-7150; www.redbarnplayers.com. "Around the World in 80 Days" (May 31-June 15); "The Sound of Music" (July 5-20); "Rounding Third" (Aug. 9-24); "The Entrepreneurs" (Sept. 13-28).

SAINT VINCENT THEATRE: Performing Arts Center, Saint Vincent College, Route 30, Unity; 724-537-8900. "The Nerd" (May 30-June 15); "Too Many Cooks" (June 20-July 6); "I Love a Piano" (July 11-27), "Lend Me a Tenor" (Aug. 12-18).

SMITHFIELD STREET THEATER: 620 Smithfield St., Downtown; www.newobt.com; 412-251-7904. "Heddatron" (May 16-18).

SOUTH PARK THEATRE: Near South Park Fairgrounds, Corrigan Drive at Brownsville Road; www.southparktheatre.com; 412-831-8552. "Suite Surrender" (May 11), "Moonlight & Valentino" (May 16-June 1), "Same Time, Next Year" (June 6-22), "You Haven't Changed a Bit ... and Other Lies!" (June 27-July 13); "The Love List" (July 18-Aug. 3), "Tuesdays with Morrie" (Aug. 8-24), "Art of Murder" (Aug. 29-Sept. 14), "Bingo! The Winning Musical" (Sept. 19-Oct. 5).

STAGE 62: Andrew Carnegie Free Library Music Hall, 300 Beechwood Ave., Carnegie; www.stage62.com; 412-429-6262. "Dani Girl" (May 9-19); "Avenue Q" (July 18-28).

THEATRE FACTORY: Third and Cavitt, Trafford; www.TheTheatreFactory.com; 412-374-9200. "Jacques Brel" (through May 12); "Sisters Swing: The Story of the Andrews Sisters" (July 12-28).

THROUGHLINE THEATRE COMPANY: Grey Box Theatre, 3595 Butler St., Lawrenceville; www.throughlinetheatre.org. "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail" (June 7-15), "Oedipus Rex" (July 19-27), "Saving the World" (Sept. 13-21).

UNSEAM'D SHAKESPEARE: Open Stage Theatre, Studio Theatre in the Cathedral of Learning. www.unseamd.com; 412-621-0244. "The Tempest, or The Enchanted Isle" (June 13-29).

VALLEY PLAYERS OF LIGONIER: Ligonier Theater, 210 W. Main St., Ligonier; ligoniertheatre.com; 724-238-6514. "Summer of Love" (June 21-30), "Nunsense A-men" (Aug. 9-18).

WEST VIRGINIA PUBLIC THEATRE: Morgantown Event Center, Two Waterfront Place, Morgantown, W.Va.; www.wvpublictheatre.org; 1-877-999-WVPT."Nunsense II" (July 10-14); "Les Miserables" (July 17-21); Cole Porter, "The Fantasticks" (July 24-28); "The Marvelous Wonderettes" (July 18-22); "Happy Days: A New Musical" (July 31-Aug. 4).

CHILDREN'S THEATER

JOHNNY APPLESEED CHILDREN'S THEATER: Apple Hill Playhouse, Manor Road off Route 22 in Delmont; www.applehillplayhouse.org; 724-468-5050. "Lil Red" (June 20-28); "A Winnie-the-Pooh Birthday Tail" (July 4-11), "Fe Fi Fo Fum" (July 18-26), "Alice in Wonderland" (Aug. 1-9).

GEMINI CHILDREN'S THEATER: 7501 Penn Ave., The Factory Building, Point Breeze; www.geminitheater.org; 412-243-6464. Fairytale Festival (Riverview Park, May 19).

KIDWORKS: Theatre Factory, Third and Cavitt, Trafford; www.TheTheatreFactory.com; 412-374-9200. "The Kid Who Ran For President" (June 7-9), "Myth Adventures" (Aug. 9-11).

LOOKING GLASS THEATER: Little Lake, Route 19, North Strabane; www.littlelake.org; 724-745-6300. Looking Glass Theatre Summer Series of Plays for Young Audiences: "Go, Dog, Go! A Musical" (June 26-July 13), "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" (July 17-Aug. 3), "The Monster Under the Bed" (Aug. 7-24).

PLAYHOUSE JR.: Point Park University's Pittsburgh Playhouse, 222 Craft Ave., Oakland; www.pittsburghplayhouse.com or 412-621-4445. "Honk!" and "Huck Finn" (May 11-26); "Afternoon of Elves" (May 25-June 9).

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL: University of Pittsburgh theaters and in and around Schenley Plaza, Oakland; www.pghkids.org. 412-456-6666. Plays, puppetry and magic shows from international theater companies (May 15-19).

SOUTH PARK CHILDREN'S THEATER: Near South Park Fairgrounds, Corrigan Drive at Brownsville Road; www.southparktheatre.com; 412-831-8552. "Rumplestiltskin" (June 17-26), "The Ugly Duckling & Other Tails" (July 1-10). "Tweet!" (July 15-24); "12 Dancing Princesses" (July 29-Aug. 7).

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