OPENING

*Palace Theatre Kids Showcase Circus Skills, Thurs., July 20, 10:30 a.m., Yerwood Center, 90 Fairfield Ave., Stamford. Dozens of children from across Fairfield County to showcase circus skills, such as juggling, acrobatics, spinning plates, rope twirling, physical comedy and classic slapstick. Info: palacestamford.org

In the Spotlight production of Fiddler on the Roof in rehearsal for July 21 opening,

Fiddler on the Roof, production of musical by In the Spotlight youth theater program in Stratford, Fri., July 21, 8 p.m., Sat., July 22, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sun., July 23, 4 p.m., The Klein, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Tickets $12 adv at TheKlein.org; $15 at door. Group rates available. Info: [email protected]

*Musicals at Richter, 19th season of Fairy Tale Theater, play series by and for young people, Sat., July 22, at new location, Workspace Education, 16 Trowbridge Drive, Bethel. The Jungle Book 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].

 

THIS WEEKEND

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

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. Special guest: Wayne Federman, Los-Angeles based comedian, actor, writer and musician. Tickets, (orchestra $55, mezzanine $45, balcony $35), at ridgefieldplayhouse.org or 203-438-5795.

 

CONTINUING

West Side Story, Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim’s classic musical about star-crossed lovers caught between warring New York City street gangs, through July 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].

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, through July 29. Written by George Brant, play earned Fringe First Award at Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Playing role of pilot in solo production: Elizabeth Stahlmann, recent Yale School of Drama grad. Directed by Liz Diamond. 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.

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 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29 at 8 p.m. Fri. and Sat., and Sun. July 23, 2 p.m. One Sat. matinee, July 29, at 2 and Thurs., July 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.

Singin’ in the Rain, production of musical by Summer Theatre of New Canaan, through July 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.

*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 22 and 30 at 1 p.m. Tickets $22-$150 and info at stonc.org or 203-966-4634.

Milk by Ross Dunsmore, now through Aug. 5, Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance, 440 Main St., Ridgefield, Fri. and Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. at 2 p.m. New Ridgefield-based professional theater company presents 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, $29 (29 and under) and $49, at thrownstone.org/events. 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. Note: With July 27-30 nearly sold out, Thrown Stone has just added Thurs., Aug. 3, Fri., Aug. 4, and Sat., Aug. 5, as the final three performances. After selling out the first weekend,  Thurs., July 20 and 27, performances, were added.

*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.

A scene from Landmark Theatre Company’s production of Grease.

Grease, production of musical by Landmark Community Theatre, July 21, 22, 28, 29, 8 p.m., and July 23 and 30, 2 p.m. Thomaston Opera House, 158 Main St., Thomaston. It’s 1959 at Rydell High School, featuring “friendships, romances and adventures of a group of greasers, the T-Birds and their Pink ladies.” Tickets $25 adults, seniors and students $22 at landmarkcommunitytheatre.org or box office, 860-283-6250.

Conor McPherson’s The Veil, Town Players of Newtown production, through 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.

Zombie Prom, through 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 20, 8 p.m. is pay-what-you-want night. Reservations at theatreworks.us or box office at 860-350-6863.

ADVANCE

*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.

Butterfly, one-man show about the artist Whistler to be performed by actor Stephen Collins, Tues., July 25, 7 p.m., Ridgefield Library, 472 Main St.; info and reg. at 203-438-2282 or ridgefieldlibrary.org

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.

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka, July 27-30, Theater at Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Rd., Bethel. Thurs., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.; Fri., 7 p.m.; Sat., 2 and 7 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m. Price: $17.50-$27.50. Production by NewArts, nonprofit theatrical organization based in Newtown.

*Children of Eden, family musical by Stephen Schwartz, Fri. and Sat., July 28 and 29, 8 p.m., Shelton Intermediate School, 675 Constitution Blvd., Shelton. Also, Aug. 4, 8 p.m., and Aug. 5, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Production by Center Stage Theatre featuring the Youth CONNection; “biblical fable about parents, children, and faith, not to mention centuries of unresolved family business!” Tickets $20 adults, $15 students at 203-225-6079 and CenterStageShelton.org

Legally Blonde, The Musical, presented by Sabrina’s Encore Productions, Newtown-based performing arts school, Fri., July 28, 8 p.m. and Sat., July 29, 8 p.m., The Klein, 910 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport. Tickets $25 at TheKlein.org.

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.

Romeo and Juliet, Sat., July 29, 2 p.m., Stratford Library, 2203 Main St. Hudson Shakespeare Company returns to Stratford for annual Shakespeare performances in library’s outdoor amphitheater. The Montagues have been reimagined as grunge kids and the Capulets as upper class, rich elite. Music from such artists as Kurt Cobain, Tupac and Biggie Smalls punctuate scenes of brawls; dance crazes, such as the Macarena underscore lighter moments. 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. Info: stratfordlibrary.org

Pippen, 1972 Tony Award-winning musical with score by Stephen Schwartz, Aug. 2-12, Curtain Call’s Kweskin Theatre at Sterling Farms Theatre Complex, 1349 Newfield Ave., Stamford. Wed.-Sat., 7 p.m., matinees 2 p.m., Aug. 6 and 12. Tickets $32 adults, $25 senior citizens, $16 children (up to 21). Wed. and Thurs. all seats $25. Reservations: 203-461-6358 or curtaincallinc.com

Eastbound Theatre, division of Milford Arts Council, partnering with Westport Community Theatre for program of six original plays, called East/West PlayFest 2017; 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.

*The Ribbles Build a Residence, interactive production by Traveling Lantern Theatre Company, Sat., Aug. 5, 11-12:15, Cole Auditorium, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Ave., Greenwich. The ABC’s of Architecture, Building and Construction. Open to all ages, no charge. Info: 203-622-7940 or greenwichlibrary.org/summerreading

Pantochino Teen Theatre, Urinetown, The Musical, Fri., Aug. 11, and Sat., Aug, 12, 7:30 p.m. and Sun., July 13, 2 p.m., Milford Center for the Arts, Railroad Ave., Milford. Young actors from Milford, Monroe, Fairfield, Stratford, Shelton and other towns. Tickets $10 at pantochino.com.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, production by NewArts, nonprofit theatrical organization based in Newtown, Aug.11-13, 7 p.m., Theater at Walnut Hill Community Church, 156 Walnut Hill Rd., Bethel. Price: $17.50-$27.50.

Shakespeare on the Green & Green Expo, Sat., Aug. 12, Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge Rd.; expo at noon and performance under tent by Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival of the Bard’s comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost at 2 p.m.; free tickets, limited first come, first served at box office, 203-438-5795. Info: ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

Elm Shakespeare Company, 22nd season, Free Shakespeare in the Park with The Tragedy of Romeo & Juliet, directed by Raphael Massie, Aug. 17-Sept. 3, 8 p.m. Edgerton Park, 75 Cliff St., New Haven. Info: elmshakespeare.org

Peter Pan – Reimagined, New Paradigm Theatre production, Aug. 26 and 27, Fairfield Theatre Company’s Warehouse, 70 Sanford St., Fairfield. Aug. 26: Prologue Bazaar at 1 p.m., show 2 p.m. and Bazaar at 6 p.m., show 7 p.m. Aug. 27: Bazaar at noon, show 1 p.m. Youth from Lower Fairfield and KEYS (Kids Empowered by Your Support) to participate with pros to create this production. Children and others encouraged to attend dressed in favorite pirate or pixie outfit. Tickets at fairfieldtheatre.org. Info: [email protected] or 203-357-5021.