Las Vegas Spotlight: July 2009
There's a gang problem over at the Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, at least for a few weeks, when the Jets and Sharks show up for the Super Summer Theatre production of West Side Story (July 8-25). Presented by Stage Door Entertainment, the timeless musical version of Romeo & Juliet will feature Eddie Gelhaus and Janay Bombino as star-crossed lovers Tony and Maria. The classic score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim includes songs like "Something's Coming," "Maria," and "Somewhere." And what better place to enjoy the romantic "Tonight" than under a blanket of stars at the Spring Mountain Ranch?
It may be summertime, but school will be back in session when the Las Vegas Little Theatre hosts The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (July 10-26). The sweet and very funny musical is about six youngsters dealing with the difficulties of family, popularity, and puberty while competing in the annual bee, which is run by school administrators who have problems of their own. The students are joined by four 'guest spellers' from the audience, adding a little spontaneity to the proceedings. An Off-Broadway hit that went on to a successful Broadway run, Spelling Bee was conceived by Rebecca Feldman, has a book by Rachel Sheinkin, and music and lyrics by William Finn (Falsettos, A New Brain).
If you're looking for late night laughs and drinks, head over to Town Square Las Vegas, where there will be FREE BEER on Friday and Saturday nights at 10pm. Just don't take that too literally. FREE BEER is actually the name of Great American Theatricals' new improv show, held in the Shear Madness Theater, and featuring the talents of Second City's Paul Mattingly and Michael Hartnett, Terrence Williams, Matt Donnelly, Lloyd Ziel, Denda Brink, Jenni Caruso, and many more comic talents.