All the Granite State’s a stage
Which shows to check out this August
I recently saw a wonderful production of West Side Story at Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth and it reminded me how much fun it is to go out for dinner and a show. New Hampshire is home to many talented actors, dancers, singers and performers, so take some time out to support the local arts community. Here are just a few shows you can include in a night out on the town in August.
Pirates of Penzance
The Pirates of Penzance is one of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most beloved operettas, filled with hilarious lyrics and brilliant musical craftsmanship. Join a crew of lovable pirates, a bevy of beautiful maidens and a nervous band of policemen for this delicious musical comedy treat. Through Aug. 11. Tickets: $15-$26
Rochester Opera House
31 Wakefield St.
Evita charts the young and ambitious Eva Peron’s meteoric rise to sainthood. Set in Argentina between 1934-1952, the Tony-winning musical follows Eva Duarte on her journey from poor illegitimate child to ambitious actress to — as wife of military leader-turned-president Juan Peron — the most powerful woman in Latin America, before her death from cancer at age 33. Through Aug. 25. Tickets: $22-44
Seacoast Repertory Theatre
125 Bow St.
Saturday Night Fever
Based on Nik Cohn’s 1975 New York Magazine article “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night” and Norman Wexler’s 1977 screenplay it inspired, Saturday Night Fever focuses on Tony Manero, a Brooklyn youth whose weekend is spent at the discotheque. There he luxuriates in the admiration of the crowd and a growing relationship with Stephanie Mangano, temporarily forgetting the realities of his life, including a dead-end job in a paint store. Featuring the music of the Bee Gees. Aug. 14-18. Tickets: $33-$36
1 Laker Lane
The longest-running production in the history of American theatre, this romantic musical about the next-door boy and girl is set in a world of moonlight and magic – the kind of magic arranged by two meddling fathers who bring them together by trying to keep them apart. The Jones/Schmidt score offers wistful and rambunctious melodies, and the iconic “Try to Remember” is both nostalgic and as new as every couple falling in love. Aug. 22-31. Tickets: $27-$32
34 Papermill Drive
Little Shop of Horrors
The meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names “Audrey II” — after his coworker crush. This foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to the down-and-out Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it… blood. Over time, though, Seymour discovers Audrey II’s out of this world origins and intent towards global domination. Aug. 15 -Sept. 1. Tickets: $25-$30
M&D at Eastern Slope Inn Playhouse
2760 White Mountain Highway