Summer theater revs up with two musical extravaganzas opening on area stages this weekend.
Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston gives 'em that old razzle-dazzle as it launches its 45th season with Chicago, playing June 13-23 in Waltham.
Chicago, with a book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Revival, it's a smart, sharp-edged satire in which Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, a pair of merry murderesses, vie for headlines and the services of Billy Flynn, the slickest defense attorney in Chicago, during the madcap Roaring '20s.
With a stellar song list that includes "All That Jazz" and "Razzle Dazzle," Chicago was also made into a motion picture that went on to win the Oscar for Best Picture.
Directed and choreographed by Gerry McIntyre, the show stars Angie Schworer as Roxie, Sara Gettelfinger as Velma and Rick Pessagno as Billy.
"Gerry is a fabulous director/choreographer with a wonderful sense of style and fun," said Robert Eagle, founder and producing artistic director of the company. "And Angie, Sara and Rick will sizzle together on stage -- a tremendous triple threat treat."
Tickets are $25-$57 with discounts for seniors. Performances at 617 Lexington St., Waltham. Visit www.reaglemusictheatre.org or call 781-891-5600.
Meanwhile, North Shore Music Theatre launches its new season with The Sound of Music. One of the most beloved musicals in Broadway history, it plays the Beverly theater-in-the-round June 11-23.
Based on the true story of the von Trapp family, it tells the story of Maria, a novice nun who comes to care for the seven von Trapp children, teaches them to sing and falls in love with their widowed father. Lisa O'Hare plays Maria and David Andrew Macdonald appears as Captain von Trapp.
"When I selected The Sound of Music to open our 2013 musical season, I could never have predicted how popular it was going to be. This production will be a knockout and won't disappoint," said Bill Hanney, NSMT owner and producer. "It's already outsold some productions from past seasons. We haven't had our first performance yet, but I have added one performance already and may add more."
Tickets are $45-$75 and available at the box office, 62 Dunham Road, Beverly or call 978-232-7200 or visit www.nsmt.org.
On the marquee
- MULTI-MEDIA MASHUP: Image Theater is hosting Three for Three, a combination of short plays and film clips, on Friday, June 21, at the Old Court, Central Street, Lowell. The first act includes three short plays and a cutting from a play being developed. In Act Two, three films by Christian De Rezendes will be presented. They include Revealed, a short documentary about cancer survivors, Cat Scratch, a comic short and Memories for Sale, the short film based on Jerry Bisantz's play. Admission is $19, with proceeds going to Image Theater and Memories for Sale, which is now making the festival rounds.
- 'MILLIE' STARS SALLY: Sally Struthers is back at Maine's Ogunquit Playhouse for her annual summer sojourn, appearing in the popular musical Thoroughly Modern Millie. She appears as the diabolical villainess Mrs. Meers in the tap-dance-happy musical about a young girl who heads to New York City to start a new life and finds herself in a city filled with intrigue, jazz and more. Performances are June 12-July 6. Visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org for tickets and info.
- A GOOD CAUSE: Merrimack Repertory Theatre hosts A Cause for Applause, a fundraiser dinner, silent and live auction on Thursday, June 20, at 6 p.m. at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center, 50 Warren St., Lowell. Visit www.mrt.org/Auctioninfo.html for details.
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