Now On Stage

The Curtain Is Rising To Reveal A Theater Season Filled With Top Performances

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Farther up the Peninsula, Christopher Newport  University’s Ferguson Center for the Arts is another spot to see a varied selection of professional touring shows.

Forbidden Broadway: Alive & Kicking! is the latest iteration of a perennial favorite at the Ferguson. Revised frequently to reflect what’s current on Broadway, Forbidden Broadway productions skewer everything that makes hit shows fun and often easy targets. (Oct. 4 and 5)

A second helping of singing, stinging and scathing satire, this time targeting national and international politics and politicians, arrives with The Capitol Steps’ annual stop at the Ferguson. Their bipartisan, nothing’s sacred approach can be a curative for headline-induced ailments (Nov. 2).

Hello, Sally! Ms. Struthers brings star power and name recognition to that stellar classic, Hello Dolly (Nov. 15 and 16).

Bearing four each Tonys, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, Memphis relates an interracial romance in Tennessee in the Jim Crow 1950s, sang and danced to old time “rock ‘n roll” (Jan. 17–18).

Zoom one generation forward and half a continent away, to LA’s Sunset Strip, and you get the 1980s rock-style comedy and love story, Rock of Ages (Feb. 28–March 1).

A distaff distillation of what’s hot on New York’s street of shows, The Broadway Dolls song and dance revue (March 15) promises to be multi-faceted and muchly energetic.

Circus plus magic plus theater plus dance plus comedy plus special effects, MOMIX is 21st Century, high tech vaudeville, and the season closer at the Ferguson (April 24).

Then there are the hundreds, literally, of shows put on every year, throughout the region, by eager volunteers, at-liberty, retired and rising professionals, educators and students. There’s good theater, true art and fine entertainment to be found at every level of the local theater scene, and more than a few of the professional shows staged here, or which tour to our presenting theaters, rely on actors who cut their thespian teeth here in Hampton Roads.

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