OPENING

Singin’ in the Rain, production of musical by Summer Theatre of New Canaan, July 6-30, open-air tent theater that seats about 200, 70 Pine St., New Canaan. Stage version adapted by Betty Comden and Adolph Green from their original award-winning screenplay, with “hilarious situations, snappy dialogue and a hit parade score of Hollywood standards.” Thurs, Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., 4 p.m. Tickets, $45/$59 to $275/$360, and info at stonc.org or 203-966-4634.

Curtain Call Shakespeare on the Green production, Julius Caesar, July 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16 7:30 p.m., Curtain Call’s version of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre Stage at Sterling Farms, Newfield Ave., Stamford. “Globe Build” volunteers erected two-story stage and set for summer production. Free with suggested contribution of $20 per adult, $10 for senior citizens and children. Info: 203-329-8207 or [email protected].

West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical about star-crossed lovers caught between warring New York City street gangs, July 7-22, Musicals at Richter production, in 33rd season, Richter Arts Center, 100 Aunt Hack Rd., Danbury, performances outdoors Fri., Sat. and Sun. at 8:30 p.m.and a Thurs. discounted show. Grounds open 7:15 for picnicking. Tickets $20 adults, $15 seniors and students and $10 children 10 and under; Thurs. $15 adults, $10 for seniors and students, $5 children 10 and under. Group rates and chair rentals available, snack/soft drink concession on site. Next: Seussical, July 28-Aug. 12. Tickets and info at musicalsatrichter.org, leave message at 203-748-6873 or e-mail [email protected]

Superhero, musical selected for development at 40th annual National Music Theater Conference, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford. Story of Charlotte and her teenage son Simon, who have been struggling with grief, and each other, since death of Charlotte’s husband and Simon’s father. Through their unlikely friendship with mysterious man in their building, they move toward reconciliation and renewed hope. Readings: Sat., July 8, 7 p.m.; Sun, July 9, 3 p.m.; Wed., July 12, 8 p.m.; Fri., July 14, 7 p.m. Tickets, $30 ($24 members), at theoneill.org or 860-443-5378.

Westport Country Playhouse, 25 Powers Court, off Route 1, Westport, continues 87th season with 2016 Lucille Lortel Award-winning play, Grounded, contemporary drama about U.S. Air Force fighter pilot grounded by unexpected pregnancy, July 11-29. Performances: Tues., 7 p.m., Wed., 2 and 8 p.m., Thurs. and Fri., 8 p.m., Sat., 3 and 8 p.m. and Sun., at 3. Tickets $30 single; info on special features and nights, etc. at westportplayhouse.org or 203-227-4177, toll-free at 1-888-927-7529. Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame to present Women and War, a multimedia program, Fri., July 14, 6:30-7:45 p.m., Lucille White Barn Center (adjacent to playhouse); free.

THIS WEEKEND

*Musicals at Richter, 19th season of Fairy Tale Theater, play series by and for young people, Sat., July 8, at new location, Workspace Education, 16 Trowbridge Drive, Bethel. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood; The Dancing Princesses and The Musicians of Bremen Town (July 15) and The Jungle Book (July 22); opening at 10:30 a.m. for craft activity, show at 11. Hour-long, interactive adaptations of classic tales include audience participation, birthday recognitions and visit with Mother Goose. Visitors invited to bring blankets or chairs for seating on lawn; performance to move indoors if rain. Tickets $5 at door. Small snack and drink concession available. Info: musicalsatrichter.org, leave a message at 203-748-6873 or email [email protected].

*Mario “the Magician” Marchese, Sat., July 8, 11 a.m.- noon, Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. Artist and inventor who creates his own props, with Maker Movement and STEAM/STEM initiatives and integration of DIY electronics and robotics into his performance, along with old-school slapstick. Info: 203- 622-7940 or visit greenwichlibrary.org/summerreading.

NY Kings of Comedy Tour, Sat., July 8, at 8 p.m., The Klein, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, with Rob Stapleton, on The Bad Boys of Comedy, Comedy Central, presents: Capone, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, host of Amateur Night at The Apollo; Talent, 1st Amendment Stand Up, BET’s ComicView; Drew Fraser, Def Comedy Jam, Comedy Central Presents; Mark Viera, Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Central’s Gabriel Iglesias Presents, Stand Up Revolution. Tickets $25-$55, at theklein.org or 800-424-0160.

* = Activities for children.

 

CONTINUING

iLLA! A Hip Hop Musical, musical selected for development at 40th annual National Music Theater Conference, through July 14, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford. Book, music, lyrics by Ronvé O’Daniel, music by Jevares C. Myrick. As 2008 U.S. financial crisis threatens to unravel his family, classically trained dancer dreams of becoming hip hop star. Reading: Fri., July 7, 7 p.m. Tickets, $30 ($24 members), at theoneill.org or 860-443-5378.

Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, new plays selected for development at 53rd annual National Playwrights Conference through July 29. Actors premiering new work: Kate Bornstein, Amy Landecker, Frank Wood, Ana Reeder, Cassie Beck, and Jill Eikenberry. Creative teams feature directors Doug Hughes, David Auburn, Wendy C. Goldberg and Daniella Topol. Readings: The Quiet Ones (old-school teacher comes under new scrutiny), July 7 and 8, 7:15 p.m., O’Neill Center, 305 Great Neck Rd., Waterford. Queens (lives of two generations of immigrant women from Poland, Ukraine, Honduras and Afghanistan), July 12 and 13, 8:15 p.m. Info and tickets at theoneill.org or 860-443-5378.

Ridgefield Theater Barn, An Evening of One Acts 2017, Fri. and Sat., continuing through July 15, 8 p.m., and Sun., July 9, at 5 p.m., theater at 37 Halpin Lane. Produced by Cheryl Boyd, evening to feature “eight original, unpublished works which celebrate life and relationships through an assortment of perspectives.” Cabaret seating, bring food and beverage, doors open one hour before curtain. Tickets, $25, available at ridgefieldtheaterbarn.org.

Rock musical Hair, with book and lyrics by James Rado and Gerome Ragni and music by Galt MacDermot, through July 29, Sherman Playhouse 5 Route 39 North (next to the firehouse), Sherman. Performances continue July 7, 8, 9,13,14,15, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., and Sun. July 9 and 23, at 2 p.m. One Sat. matinee, July 29, at 2 and Thurs., July 13 and 27, 8 p.m. This summer, the musical will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Tickets $30 adults and $15 children. Show contains adult themes and recommended for mature audiences only. Reservations: shermanplayers.org or 860-354-3622.

*The Dancing Princesses, Summer Theatre of New Canaan production, through July 30 weekends, Waveny Park, 11 Farm Rd., New Canaan (New Canaan High School entrance). Based on The Twelve Dancing Princesses fairy tale. Book, music and lyrics by Nathan Fosbinder, conceived and directed by Ali Tesluk. Suggested for children of all ages. Sat. at 10 a.m and Sun. at 11 a.m. except July 16, 22 and 30 at 1 p.m. Tickets $22-$150 and info at stonc.org or 203-966-4634.

ADVANCE

TheatreWorks New Milford, Zombie Prom, July 14-Aug. 5, TheatreWorks, 5 Brookside Ave, off Route 202 (next to the CVS), New Milford. Musical by John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe set in Enrico Fermi High School halls during nuclear 1950’s, production “tells the tale of a teenage boy that is brought back to life by the love of his high-school sweetheart.” Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m., Sun., July 30, 2 p.m. Tickets $28 for reserved seating, $23 students and military personnel. Thurs., July 13, senior citizens invited to free dress rehearsal at 8 p.m. Thurs., July 20, 8 p.m. is pay-what-you-want night. Reservations at theatreworks.us or box office at 860-350-6863.

The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Sat., July 15, 2 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Hudson Shakespeare Company returns to Stratford for annual Shakespeare performances in library’s outdoor amphitheater. Patrons invited to bring lawn chair or blanket. If rain, play to be performed in library’s air-conditioned Lovell Room. Free and open to public. Romeo and Juliet, July 28. Info: stratfordlibrary.org

*The Adventures of Robin Hood, Summer Theatre of New Canaan production, July 15-July 30 weekends, 11 Farm Rd., New Canaan (New Canaan High School entrance). Robin Hood, with his band seek “to rid the land of evil and return hope to the mistreated.” Recommended for ages 6 up, but younger children can enjoy as well. Sat. at 10 a.m. and Sun. at 11 a.m. but July 23 and 29 at 1 p.m. Tickets $22-$150 and info at stonc.org or 203-966-4634.

Milk by Ross Dunsmore, July 14-30, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, 440 Main St., Ridgefield, Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. Ridgefield-based professional theatre company will present the U.S. premiere of Milk, about three couples who “struggle to meet their basic needs for food, love and survival. As they try to make sense of a changing world, their inner desires and appetites become driving forces that could lead to either catastrophe or redemption.” Tickets at thrownstone.org/events   Discussion series at Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.: Ridgefield’s First Selectman Rudy Marconi interviews cast in post-matinee panel on theme of connection across generations, Sun., July 16, 4 p.m. Healthy Indulgences with Alissa Monteleone of Simply Good Thinking, Tues., July 18, 7 p.m. Meet with the Playwright Ross Dunsmore live from Scotland via Skype, Mon., July 24, 7 p.m. Cocktails with the Cast, Sat., July 22, following 8 p.m. performance.

Eastbound Theatre, division of Milford Arts Council, partnering with Westport Community Theatre for program of six original plays, called East/West PlayFest 2017, July 14-15 at Westport Community Theater, Westport Town Hall, 110 Myrtle Ave.; and second round of performances Aug. 4-6 at Milford Center for the Arts, 40 Railroad Ave. South, Milford. Milford Arts Council: 203-878-6647; Westport Community Theatre: 203-226-1983.

Conor McPherson’s The Veil, Town Players of Newtown production, July 14-Aug. 5. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m.; Sun., July 23 and 30, 2 p.m.; Thurs., Aug. 3, 8 p.m., The Little Theatre, 18 Orchard Hill Road, Newtown; tickets $22, $18 matinees; reservations and info at newtownplayers.org

Comedian, singer, songwriter Tim Hawkins’ comedy show, Fri., July 21, 7 p.m., Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Tickets $19.50-$85 at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.

Judd Apatow, returning to his stand-up comedy roots, Sun., July 23, at 7 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Apatow’s film credits include hit comedies The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Bridesmaids, Knocked Up, Superbad and more; co-executive producer of HBO series Crashing, HBO’s Girls and Netflix’s Love. Wayne Federman, Los-Angeles based comedian, actor, writer and musician. Tickets, (orchestra $55, mezzanine $45, balcony $35), at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

*The Amazing Max, Tues., July 25, 10:30 a.m., Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Described as “high-energy, interactive and all-round silly magic show” that’s recommended for ages 3 and up. Tickets $8 at palacestamford.org or 203-325-4466.

Australia’s Thunder From Down Under, Wed., July 26, 8 p.m., Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd. Show with “outrageously handsome Aussies from Vegas,” with “chiseled bodies, seductive dance routines, and boy-next-door charm.” Tickets (Gold Circle $55, orchestra $45, mezz/balcony $40) at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or box office, 203-438-5795.

Westside Story, production of musical with score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, and book by Arthur Laurent, July 28-Aug. 6, White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Place, White Plains, N.Y. Fri. and Sat., 8 p.m. and Sun., 2 p.m. Tickets $35 adults, $25 age 22/under at wppac.com, 914-328-1600.