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Three shows spotlight Broadway music

August 29, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 29--Is there something about the end of summer that inspires a look back to the past? Two theater companies are staging reflective Broadway musical revues, and a third is reprising one of the earliest, and most successful, rock musicals -- though in a concert format. No big sets at these theaters this weekend:

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Cape Rep Theatre will present its annual "All Our Best" musical revue benefit directed and designed by Scott Storr, resident musical director. Performing will be more than 30 Cape Rep actors and singers, from the past and present, for just two performances, Friday and Saturday evenings.

Included this year will be veterans Jared Hagan, Richard Sullivan, Wendy Watson and Trish LaRose, performing songs from past musicals there -- including "Sunday in the Park With George,"

"Spamalot," "Avenue Q" and "My Fair Lady" as well as new songs. There will be a preview of this fall's musical "Next to Normal."

The benefit show began over Labor Day Weekend in 2002, when Storr gathered many Cape Rep artists for a reunion to celebrate the theater company's history. The next year, the gathering was opened to the public, and it has since become an annual tradition.

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Peregrine Theatre Ensemble will bring together a variety of area actors and musicians to present a concert version of "Jesus Christ Superstar," the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice rock musical about the final seven days of Jesus of Nazareth, at 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Provincetown Inn Mayflower Room, 1 Commercial St.

"Jesus Christ Superstar" began as a rock-opera concept album and became an award-winning, and enduring, musical that the Peregrine group believes is "perhaps more potent in today's troubled world than when it was first produced," according to a press release. Under the direction of Tessa Bry Taylor, "this production rings true in the ears of our new millennium."

Starring as Jesus and Judas will be married couple Adam and Ben Berry, both frequent performers locally and in regional theater. The rest of the ensemble: Halcyone Hurst (Mary), Peter Donnelly (Pontius Pilate), Erin Golden (King Herod), Brian C. Williams (Peter), Clyde Shelby Mellert (Caiaphas), Lacey A. Waite (Annas) and Taylor (Simon).

Tickets are $20 and $30; peregrinetheatre.com or 774-538-9084.

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Chatham Drama Guild is celebrating "Broadway Through the Decades" in a musical revue that will open with a show at 4 p.m. Sunday, then continue at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. Sundays through Sept. 15 at the guild theater on Crowell Road. The revue, directed by Pam Banas with musical direction by Chris Morris, will feature Broadway favorites from the past nine decades.

"We will take the audience down the memory lane of Broadway musicals from the earliest days of the Chatham Drama Guild, the 1930s, until today," says Banas in an email. "The set is my living room and a party is the scene."

Performing in addition to Banas will be Rebecca Banas, Dawn and Eric Spitz, Don Howell, Geof Newton and Jeff Dexter. Composers represented will include Rogers and Hammerstein, Kander and Ebb, Andrew Lloyd-Webber and many others. The guild theater, which has a cash bar, will be set up with cabaret tables so there will be audience participation.

"I have a few party games planned. I'm excited about it," Banas says. "It's fun, great music (and) fabulous entertainers."

Tickets are $22: 508-945-0510.

For more theater news and commentary, check out Kathi Scrizzi Driscoll's blog at www.capecodonline.com/stagedoor and follow KathiSDCC on Twitter.

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