Friday, July 20, 2007
Seasonal fruits: free or inexpensive summer performances
Summer is a great time to enjoy performance art, and summer shows offer advantages you cannot find in the regular winter season: many are free, others are much less expensive than in the winter and perhaps best of all, many are outdoors. Here are some suggestions for music, dance and theater performances you can savor this summer:
Broadway in the 'burbs
• Grease: Concord Youth Theatre's production is this weekend at Maynard High School, 1 Tiger Drive, Maynard. Tickets are $10. Call 1-978-371-1482 or visit www.concordyouththeatre.org.
• High School Musical: The Disney musical is onstage at North Shore Music Theatre now through July 29. Tickets are $45 to $65. Call 1-978-232-7200 or visit www.nsmt.org for information. Also at the North Shore Music Theatre are:
• Hot Peas 'n' Butter: for children, Friday, July 27 at 9:30 a.m. and noon. Tickets are $15 and $10.
• The Three Musketeers: coming August 21. Tickets are $45 to $65. Also coming up at North Shore are Forever Plaid and Les Miserables. Check the web site for dates, times and ticket prices.
• 42nd Street: The Reagle Players offer this toe-tapping, classic August 9 to 18 at the Robinson Theatre, adjacent to Waltham High School, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham. There are still two performances (tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.) of the Reagle Players' production of The King and I. Call 1-781-891-5600 or visit www. reagleplayers.com.
• Side By Side By Sondheim: The New Rep Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street, Waltham, presents this musical revue of Stephen Sondheim, through July 22. For tickets and information, call 1-617-923-8487 or visit www.newrep.org.
Theater and dance
• A Marvelous Party: this revue of Noel Coward's music is presented cabaret-style at the American Repertory Theater's "club" at the Zero Arrow Theatre, corner of Mass. Ave. and Arrow Streets, Cambridge. Ticket prices range from "stools" at $25 to "tables" at $45. Call 1-617-547-8300 or visit www.amrep.org for details.
• Beehive, the 60s Musical: appears at the Cutler Majestic Theatre on Tremont Street in Boston through July 28. Call 1-800-233-3123 or visit www. MAJ.org/Beehive.
• Misalliance and Romeo and Juliet: George Bernard Shaw's witty and plot-full Misalliance and Shakespeare's timeless Romeo and Juliet appear through September 15 at the excellent Publick Theatre, 115A Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. Tickets are $27 to $32 for most productions. Call 1-617-782-5425 or visit www.publick theatre.com. Unfortunately, Shakespeare on the Common is not performing this year, so the Publick Theatre offers one of the few opportunities to see Shakespeare, near Boston, this summer. Another is:
• A Comedy of Errors: at the Lowell Summer Music Series in Boarding House Park, French and John Streets, Lowell. Call 1-978-970-5200 or visit www.lowellsummermusic.org. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
•Summer Stages Dance Meet the Artists performance series: at Concord Academy on Main Street in Concord. Performances continue with different artists tomorrow through July 29. For information and tickets call 1-978-402-2339 or visit www.summer stagesdance.org.
Music in the air
• Landmarks Orchestra free concerts: The Landmarks Orchestra, noted for its mission to "bring music to the people," free, performs every Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. at the Hatch Shell on Storrow Drive in Boston. Bring a picnic and enjoy free symphonic music under the stars. For information, call 1-617-520-2200 or visit www.landmarksorchestra.org.
• Many venues in Boston offer free concerts during the week, especially during the day. Check the Boston Globe for information.
• Music at the Manse concert series: Sundays from 2 to 4 p.m., a variety of music can be heard, free, at the Old Manse at 269 Monument Street, Concord. Call 1-978-369-3909 or visit www. the trustees.org/pages/346_ old_manse.cfm.
• Concord Band summer concert series: Enjoy the final concert at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, "A Summer Retrospective," on July 26 at 7:30 p.m. Call 1-978-897-9969 for ticket information, or visit www.concord band.org.
• North Shore Music Theatre offerings include a concert with R&B legend Smokey Robinson on August 6 and "Get Back! Beatlemania," on August 7. See above contact information.
• Icons Festival: fans of Celtic music will enjoy the Icons Festival in Canton, MA from August 10 to 12. Tickets for the whole three-day event are $120 or $50 for individual days, with children at a reduced price). Musicians include many of the most famous and familiar Irish music performers, as well as new artists. For information, visit www.icon festival.com.
• Lowell Summer Music Series at Boarding House Park at French and John Streets, in Lowell, features Nickel Creek on Saturday, the famous Lowell Folk Festival on July 27 to 29, Dave Mason on August 3, and a variety of other folk, jazz, and blues performers through September 7. See contact information above.
• Blue Man Group is still onstage at the Charles Playhouse in Boston. Call 1-617-426-6912 and tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster, 1-617-931-2787 or 1-800-BLUEMAN.
• Boston Midsummer Opera presents the stars of tomorrow singing a revue of the music of Jacques Offenbach at the Tsai Performance Center at Boston University, August 1 and 3 at 8 p.m. and August 5 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 to $50. Call 1-617-227-0442 or visit www.bostonmidsummeropera.org.
Performances further afield
• Tanglewood: There is still time to enjoy Boston Symphony Orchestra concerts at Tanglewood in Lenox. Performances run through August 31, concluding with the renowned Tanglewood Jazz Festival. Call 1-888-266-1492 or visit www.bso.org for more information. The web site includes information on how to plan a weekend visit in Lenox. While you're in Lenox, take in a play at:
• Shakespeare and Company, 70 Kemble Street, Lenox and visit their new Rose Theatre. It isn't only about Shakespeare. Upcoming performances include: Blue/Orange, Comedia Dell'Arte, The Mother of Farce, Prelude, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Scapin Part B, Antony and Cleopatra, and Rough Crossing. E-mail email@example.com or call 1-413-637-1199.
• Jacob's Pillow: The Paul Taylor Dance Company wraps up a series of performances on July 22, followed by Mimulus on July 25 to 29. Other performers include the Mark Morris Dance Group in August. Visit www.jacobspillow.org for information.
• Williamstown Theatre Festival: The remaining summer performances at this famous theatre include Blithe Spirit, Party Come Here, The Corn is Green, The Physicists, Crimes of the Heart and The Autumn Garden. For information and tickets, call 1-413-597-3400 or visit www.wtfestival.org/tickets.
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