What: Prince of Broadway
Where: Samuel J. Freidman Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club
Why: Musical revue about the life of Harold Prince, featuring songs by Sondheim, Lloyd Webber, and more, with performances by Chuck Cooper, Nancy Opel, and a whole lot of other fabulous people.
When: First preview August 3rd, opens August 24th
Where: Hudson Theatre, Broadway
Why: Highly-anticipated British stage adaptation of Orwell's dystopian novel makes its U.S. debut, featuring Olivia Wilde, Reed Birney and Michael Potts.
When: Currently in previews, opens June 22nd.
What: A Parallelogram
Where: Second Stage
Why: Bruce Norris wrote it. 'Nuff said.
When: Opens July 11th
(Full disclosure: I don't live in Chicago, so these are highly debatable, but these shows listed here made me wish-- not for the first time!-- that I did in fact reside in the Windy City.)
What: As You Like It
Where: First Folio Theatre, Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook
Why: Outdoor Shakespeare! It's As You Like It, which takes place in a forest, taking place in... a forest! And I imagine you don't have to line up outside the estate at 6 AM for tickets like at the Delacorte.
When: July 12th through August 20th
Where: Den Theatre
Why: One of my favorite musicals, which I find to be extremely relevant for today, is being produced with just two pianos, an unspecified "wind instrument" and a cast of 20. I'm actually not a fan of the "bared down" trend, but this sounds like Ragtime the way it's meant to be.... although I am secretly hoping the wind instrument is a recorder.
When: May 27th through July 16th. (Go now!!)
Where: Mary's Attic
Why: See title.
When: June 14 through July 12th.
What: Mary Poppins
Where: Carpenter Center for Performing Arts, Long Beach, Musical Theatre West
Why: Treat yourself to this family classic this summer, starring none other than The City Audition's own KATHARINE MCDONOUGH!
When: July 7th through 23rd.
What: Mamma Mia
Where: Hollywood Bowl
Why: Kathleen Marshall directs and choreographs, with Corbin Bleu, Dove Cameron (she stole Hairspray Live), and Lea DeLaria (as Rosie!), along with an overall fantastic cast. Also, if you haven't been to the Hollywood Bowl in the summer, well, you're just not doing LA right.
When: July 28th through the 30th. (Get your tickets now.)
What: Hold These Truths
Where: Pasadena Playhouse
Why: This brilliant one-man show, produced in partnership with the always-good East West Players, has sold out from coast to coast. Ryan Yu takes on the iconic role of little-known civil rights hero Gordon Hirabayashi.
When: May 30th through June 25th.