The Little Theatre of Alexandria will present The Producers - written by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan & directed by Kristina Friedgen - July 27-August 17.The 2001 Tony Award winner for Best Musical is about “the onetime king of Broadway producers, who is hungry to strike it rich. His accountant - with dreams of someday becoming a theatre producer - discovers that they could get richer by producing a flop instead of a hit. They start by finding the worst show, worst director, and worst actors. When their new production, Springtime for Hitler, turns out to be a smash success, the plan is thrown off and the partners' lives are thrown into chaos.”
Alexandria Little Theatre will present Ken Ludwig's play titled A Fox on the Fairway, directed by Scott Strasbaugh, June 8-29. It's a "charmingly madcap adventure about love, life, and man’s eternal love affair with … golf. Ludwig’s play is a hilarious romp that pulls the rug out from underneath the stuffy denizens of a private country club. Filled with mistaken identities, slamming doors and romantic missteps, this furious paced comedy recalls the best of the Marx Brothers’ classics."
Image below: A scene with Patricia Nicklin as Pamela Peabody and Raeanna Larson as Louise Heindbedder - Photo by Matt Liptak
Avant Bard is presenting A Misanthrope- a new distillation of Molière’s The Misanthrope - written by Matt Minnicino & directed by Megan Behm at the Gunston Arts Center Theatre, thru June 30. It'd "a brisk, biting comedy about a cynic who thinks insincerity is a sin—but the joke’s on him when he falls for an ingenue who’s more than his match."
NextStop Theatre Company in Herndon, Virginia is presenting Singin’ in the Rain, thru June 23.It's Artistic Director Evan Hoffmann's "wildly inventive re-imagining of an American mega-musical as no one has seen it before."
Signature Theatre is presenting Spunk: Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston, thru June 23. In the musical fable - adapted & directed by George C. Wolfe - "an unearthly Guitar Man and Blues Speak Woman tantalizingly interweave three tales of the early 20th century African American experience, from the fierce determination of a resilient washerwoman, to the zoot suit struts of 1940s Harlem, to the bittersweet innocence of young married love." The show, with music by Chic Street Man, is said to be "glowing with wit, humor and energy, resonating with evocative staging and soulful music........three tales of survival told in the key of the blues."
Signature Theatre will present the world premiere of Blackbeard, a new musical about the most infamous pirate of all time, June 18-July 14. The "riotous, rowdy high-seas adventure" from the creators of The Witches of Eastwick, Brother Russia and The Fix was commissioned by Signature. "After learning he’s a wanted man by the British army, Blackbeard and his merry crew of maritime marauders embark on a fantastical journey across the globe to raise an undead pirate army from the depths of the sea." The fresh musical salute to the Seven Seas will be immersively-staged entirely on a pirate ship.
Signature Theatre will present Blowin' in the Wind: Folk-Rock in America, June 25-30. Robbie Schaefer and others will host "an evening of folk-flavored music with an electric rock beat." The show will feature "the lyrical storytelling and guitar melodies of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, Neil Young, Tom Petty, James Taylor, Carole King, Paul Simon and some of Robbie’s original songs."
UrbanArias will present Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters, July 11-14. The show is "a collection of musical love notes to Shakespeare’s Juliet. Multiple characters of varying ages and backgrounds present short, overlapping stories of passion, loss, death, and betrayal that stretch across space and time." The groundbreaking series of dramatic ballads by Costello and Brodsky Quartet will be presented in an immersive cabaret setting.
Synetic Theater will present Treasure Island, adapted and directed by Tori Tolentino, July 17-August 18.It’s a modern adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s tale of “buccaneers and buried gold.” The timeless tale follows an orphan girl “who longs for adventure, as she is swept up on a wild hunt for buried treasure with a ruthless band of buccaneers.” Visit https://synetictheater.org/