Wide ranging theater on stage this week

This week I’m shining the spotlight on three great, and very different, shows (two of which have their final performances this weekend).

Civic Theater in Allentown (527 N 19th Street) has taken on the task of staging Part 1 and 2 of Angels in America. One may buy tickets for just one of the shows (each work well on their own), or watch them on alternate nights, or try for tickets for a “theater marathon” on Saturday, May 20th, final performances, and see Angels in America: Part 1 – Millennium Approaches at 2 p.m. followed by Angels in America: Part 2 – Perestroika at 7:30 p.m.

Tony Kushner’s groundbreaking two-play masterpiece, and one of the most honored American plays in history was first produced at Civic in 1997. This anniversary production of the great American play subtitled “A Gay Fantasia on National Themes,” spans the Reagan-Bush eras and spirals around the AIDS crisis in 1980s New York, weaving the lives of fictional and historical characters into a feverish web of social, political and sexual revelations. Alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, Angels in America was awarded two Tony Awards for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

For something completely different, head over to Quakertown for the musical comedy, Little Shop of Horrors, playing now at McCoole’s Arts and Events Place, 10 S. Main Street (next to Red Lion Inn) through May 20, 2017.

Meek flower shop assistant Seymour pines for co-worker Audrey. During a total eclipse, he discovers an unusual plant he names Audrey II. The growing plant attracts a great deal of business for the struggling store. Seymour finds himself in a bind finding nourishment for the increasingly bloodthirsty plant.

Disney’s Lion King, Jr – perfect for the whole family – is on stage in Souderton at Montgomery Theater, 124 Main Street, through May 28, 2017. This musical is a 70 minute adaptation of the Broadway show, and includes many of the favorite songs heard in the animated and staged versions of The Lion King.

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