The Tony Award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the oldest and largest professional non-profit theaters in the United States, is presenting a unique musical experience with Medea/Macbeth/Cinderella (through November 3) by interweaving three of theater's best-known stories -- by Euripides, Shakespeare, and Rodgers and Hammerstein, respectively -- into one theatrical piece.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, True Colors
Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre Company is dedicated to presenting the finest in African-American theater, so it's not surprising they're presenting the world premiere production of Todd Kreidler's stage version of the Oscar-winning 1967 film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (through July 29), about a couple who have some issues with the prospect of their daughter marrying a handsome, successful doctor, starring Tony Award winner Phylicia Rashad and TV star Tory Kittles. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner plays at Georgia State's Rialto Center.
Those who can't wait for the revival of the beloved musical to open on Broadway this fall can visit the Boston area and take in the North Shore Music Theatre's production of Annie (through July 29). Lauren Weintraub stars as the spunky Depression-era orphan who must survive the shenanigans of the awful Miss Hanigan (Jacquelyn Piro Donovan) to find happiness with the rich Daddy Warbucks (Raymond Jarmillo McLeod) - and her faithful dog, Sandy.
Women of Will, The Complete Journey (through August 12) is not just a must-see for lovers of the Bard. This unusual five-part exploration of the creative evolution of William Shakespeare's consciousness is told through his depiction of women, and features the renowned Tina Packer in the cast.
Charleston, South Carolina
The Footlight Players' upcoming production of Porgy and Bess (August 3-19), George and Ira Gershwin's glorious American opera about a physically deformed man who falls in love with an unhappy, drug-addicted woman, holds special significance since the show takes place in Charleston's own fabled Catfish Row.
Visitors to the Windy City can learn about a little-discussed part of the area's history by watching Eastland (through August 19), the critically acclaimed new musical about the sinking of the title cruise ship in 1915, which resulted in the death of over 800 people.
This professional summer stock theater floating in the Ohio River is presenting the patriotic musical George M (through July 29), which tells the life story of American musical theater giant George M. Cohen, who brought us classic summer favorites such as "Yankee Doodle Dandy" and "You're a Grand Old Flag."
Kansas City, Missouri
Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby stars as the boy who wouldn't grow up in this touring production of Peter Pan (July 24-29), the timeless family-friendly musical filled with magical moments, scary pirates, frolicsome fairies, and plenty of acrobatics.
Los Angeles, California
World-renowned magician Ivan Amodei stars in Intimate Illusions: #1 Magic Show in LA (open run) at the famed Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The show meticulously reproduces the after-party atmosphere of Amodei's performances for celebrity clientele and combines world-class magic and story-telling, with wit, humor, and incredible live music.
Matunuck, Rhode Island
This popular summer stock theater continues its fifth season with Dolly Parton and Patricia Resnick's musical 9 to 5 (through August 11), about three working women who decide to turn the tables on their chauvinistic boss, starring Jan Leigh Herndon and Maggie McDowell.