WAKEFIELD — "Love and Other Fables," a brand new romantic screwball musical comedy set on the Greek island of Samos in 600 B. C. will kick off the season at Theatre By The Sea. This will mark the world premiere for the the play, and the first fully-staged production of the musical, as it continues its journey to Broadway. Written by John McMahon and Jay Jeffries, the play follows the early life of Aesop, the not-yet-famous slave, as he creates the fable," woos the headstrong girl of his dreams, enters into a battle of wits with the King of Egypt, and changes the course of history. "Love and Other Fables" opens May 29 and runs through June 16.
On June 19, "Singin’ in the Rain," often called the "greatest movie musical of all time," with songs like “Make 'Em Laugh,” “Lucky Star,” “You Were Meant For Me,” “Broadway Melody” and “Good Morning,” opens for a four week run, through July 13. Disney’s "Newsies," is next and will be presented from July 17 through Aug. Next will be "Saturday Night Fever," (Aug. 14- Sept. 8.)
Previews for all productions are scheduled for Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Thursdays at 2 and 8 p.m. Opening weekend performances will be held on Fridays at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 and 3 and 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 and 7 p.m. All other performances will be held Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8 p.m., Thursdays at 2 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m. Additional matinee performances will be held on Tuesday, July 2, Wednesday, July 3, Wednesday, July 10, Wednesday, Aug. 7, and Wednesday Sept. 4 at 2 p.m. The theatre is located at 364 Cards Pond Road, Wakefield. Tickets range in price from $51 to $77. (additional fees may apply). Discount rates for groups of 10 or more are available by calling 401-782-3800, ext. 112.
The "Monday Concerts and Events" series at the theater will feature Harvey Robbins’ "Royalty of Doo-Wopp," and "Superstars of Las Vegas," Sandy Hackett’s "Rat Pack Show," and Christine Pedi’s "Great Dames." The 2019 Children’s Festival, which will take place on select Friday mornings at 10 a.m. and noon and will feature live performances of "Snow White," Keith Michael Johnson’s "Bubbleology," Disney’s "Aladdin Jr.," "Little Red Riding Hood" and Magician Scott Jameson. Tickets are $12.
— Nancy Burns-Fusaro