Summer Theater starts now

While summer doesn’t officially start until June 21st, summer theater productions are already underway and on the stage in Quakertown,Pottstown,  Allentown, and beyond.

Crazy for You opened this week at Muhlenberg Summer Music Theater (Muhlenberg College, 2400 W Chew Street, Allentown) and runs Wednesday through Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, now until June 30th.

Winner of the 1992 Tony Award for Best Musical, Crazy for You is the story of Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930s playboy, whose dream in life is to dance. And despite the serious efforts of his mother and soon-to-be-ex fiancee, Bobby achieves his dream! The score’s standout hits include “I Got Rhythm,” “Nice Work if You Can Get It,” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” It’s a high-energy musical comedy that features virtuoso tap dance numbers, mistaken identity, plot twists, and classic Gershwin tunes. 

The 1925 Marx Brothers classic Cocoanuts, performed by the Crowded Kitchen Players in Quakertown at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place on 10 S Main Street, begins at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm on Sundays, with the final show on June 23rd. This “comic extravaganza” was written by George Kaufman and features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Tickets reservations at 610-395-7176.

Last chance to see Cyrano deBergerac at Dutch County Playhouse in Telford, this Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.

Two weekends left of La Cage aux Folles in Pottstown at the Steel River Playhouse.

One of the most well-loved and successful musicals of all time, La Cage aux Folles, is this year’s season finale at Steel River Playhouse. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays, June 6th through 23rd, and is sponsored by Exelon Generation. With popular, hummable melodies by composer Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, Mame), this hit Broadway musical wraps contemporary themes in a funny and engaging plot, timeless love songs, and big chorus numbers.

The plot of La Cage is probably most familiar to audiences as the feature film comedy, The Birdcage, starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. It’s the classic “guess-who’s-coming-to-dinner” set-up, but with a few complications.

Tickets are $15 to $26, with special cabaret seating at $68 for a table for 2 (includes complimentary beverages and snacks). Tickets are available online at or by calling the box office at 610.970.1199, or at the door when available. Steel River Playhouse is located at 245 E. High Street, Pottstown.

And while you’ll have to wait until July to see actual Shakepeare plays at the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival on the campus of DeSales University, just down the road in Center Valley, Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma opened Wednesday and runs through June 30th.  The comedy 39 Steps open next Wednesday and will run through July 14th.

A maze of murder and espionage entangles our innocent, mild-mannered protagonist as he navigates a flirtatious blonde, an on-stage plane crash, and death-defying spectacles. Winner of two Tony and Drama Desk awards and The Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, this madcap spin on the Hitchcock masterpiece adds a splash of Monty Python, and 150 characters played by only 4 actors. The perfect love-letter to the magic of the theatre. Recommended for ages 6+.

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