Lights, curtain, action! Did you know that Lancaster is home to the oldest working theatre in the United States, The Fulton Theatre, and the largest faith-based theatre in the United States, Sight & Sound Theatres, as well as dinner theatres, comedy shows, and family productions? If you like theatre then you are in the right place. Lancaster hosts a number of Broadway caliber productions and high-profile performers throughout the year. If you are looking for an activity the whole family will love, or a special date night we suggest you take a look. This summer’s bill has a number of hot-ticket shows that appeal to a wide range of audiences. Plus, attending a show is a great way to keep cool when the temperature rises! Below is the list of shows coming to Lancaster this summer.
JESUS- Sight & Sound Theatres™ | March 10- January 5
JESUS is the musical stage adventure about the most famous person ever to walk the earth and the everyday people whose lives he changed forever. This action-packed experience will captivate your imagination as you take in the stories, scenery & sets, and elaborate costumes of this timeless production.
Fun Home- Ephrata Performing Arts Center | April 26- May 12
Fun Home is a tragicomedy musical about growing up and coming out. The book and lyrics are written by Lisa Kron with Music by Jeanin Tesori. This show is a five time Tony Award Winner in 2015, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. It is recommended for teen and adult audiences.
Songs of the Silver Screen – American Music Theatre | May 1- October 5
Movie buffs of all ages will delight in this new original production at American Music Theatre. The cast and band will perform the biggest hits from movies past and present spanning decades of film making. Grab your popcorn and get ready for a harmonious, cinematic show!
Grease– Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | May 3- June 17
Dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby-socks, and take a trip back in time with Danny, Sandy, the Pink Ladies, and the T-Birds to the 1950s. This show features great dance numbers and popular songs such as You’re the One That I Want, Summer Nights, Greased Lightin’ and more from the hit movie. Race on over, you won’t want to miss this show. After all Grease is the word.
American String Quartet with Christopher Shih- Trust Performing Arts Center | May 3
Internationally recognized as one of the world’s foremost quartets, the American String Quartet will make their debut at The Trust Performing Arts Center this May. The Quartet is known for its performances of the complete quartets of Beethoven, Brahms, Schubert, Schoenberg, Bartok, Mendelssohn, and Mozart. For this performance they will be joined by award-winning pianist Christopher Shih.
Songs For a New World- Prima Theatre | May 4-6, 11-13
Triple-Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s song-cycle musical offers a vibrant, thrilling and moving journey through the life-changing moments that define us. These unforgettable songs weave individual stories into an electrifying evening, illuminating the timelessness of self-discovery. Brown is a past PRiMA guest artist, whose Songs For A New World was PRiMA’s first staged production. This show features some of the most memorable songs from the early works of this celebrated composer-lyricist, known also for his work with The Last Five Years, Parade, Bridges of Madison County, 13 and Honeymoon in Vegas.
Joy Ike Trio at the Trust– Trust Performing Arts Center | May 5
Polished and precise yet buoyed with an airy grace, Joy Ike will be performing with upright bassist, Jason Rafalak, and percussionist, Ryan Socrates to perform songs off of her new album Bigger Than Your Box.
RENT 20th Anniversary Tour- Pullo Center | May 26
In 1996, an original rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. And now, this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. Re-imagining La Bohème, and enjoy this inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.
Getting Momma Married– Rainbow Comedy Playhouse | June 2 – August 11
A young woman and her husband live under Mom’s roof. When the stork is due to make an arrival, the kids must find their own nest. And what about poor Momma, all alone? Enjoy an evening of laughs and help make plans to get Momma married ASAP!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame– The Fulton Theatre | June 5- July 22
This Pennsylvania Premiere is based on the beloved Disney movie. Set in 15th century Paris The Hunchback of Notre Dame follows the life of Quasimodo, a deformed bellringer who is held captive by his caretaker at Notre Dame cathedral. That is, until he escapes has his own adventures and saves the day. See for yourself how magical and unforgettable this musical truly is.
Hank Williams: Lost Highway- Gretna Theatre | June 21-24
A spectacular musical biography of the legendary singer-songwriter and innovator of American music. The play follows Hand William’s rise from his beginnings to his triumphs at the Grand Ole Opry, to his eventual self-destruction. Throughout the show you are treated to favorites like I’m so Lonesome I Could Cry, Move It on Over, and Hey, Good Lookin’. If you are country music fan, this is the show for you.
The Wizard of Oz– Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | June 21- August 4
Lions, and tigers, and bears, oh my! See it all at the Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre this summer. From the yellow brick road to the Emerald City you can follow Dorothy, Toto, and their new friends on their magnificent adventures in Oz to learn there is no place like home. This 1939 classic is one of the greatest family musicals of all time, don’t miss the chance to travel Over the Rainbow.
Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike- Gretna Theatre | June 28- July 1
A 2013 Tony award winner for Best Play, this show is set in Bucks County, Pa. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the farmhouse where they grew up. Their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns with her twenty-something boyfriend. This hilarious story will have you laughing from beginning to end.
She Loves Me- Gretna Theatre | July 12-21
Amalia and Georg are co-workers, who don’t see eye to eye and constantly bump heads on the job. Little do they know the anonymous pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other! With a moving score, join Amalia and Georg to discover the identity of their true loves. Nominated for Best Revival of a Musical Tony Award in 2016, She Loves Me features songs like Tonight At Eight and the favorite Vanilla Ice Cream.
West Side Story- Ephrata Performing Arts Center | July 19- August 4
West Side Story is an epic fan-favorite musical following the story of two rival gangs, the Jets and the Sharks as they face more than turf wars in 1950s New York. Based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a forbidden romance buds between a boy and girl from different gangs. The groups must confront and overcome their racial tensions. This show will keep the you on the edge of your seat with intense choreographed fight scenes and have you singing into the night.
The 39 Steps- Gretna Theatre | August 2-5
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python, and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! This two-time Tony Award-winning treat is packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters, an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance!
Swing! – Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre | August 9 – September 15
Jump and jive with over 30 fabulous songs from the Big Band Era of the 1930s and 40s and the dances that went with went with them. Classics such as It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, Cry Me a River, and many more will be performed. Whether you are nostalgic about the past or new to swing, you’re sure to be swaying in your seat. This is the show for you if you love to watch Dancing with the Stars.
Love, Lies and the Lottery– Rainbow Comedy Playhouse | August 18- October 27
Picture this, one winning lottery ticket, five people who think they own it, and one of the tickets has gone missing! Or has it… when there is $510 million dollars at stake sometimes the people you love may tell lies. Help the cast figure out who is the rightful winner of the money.
An Evening with Groucho- Gretna Theatre | August 23-26
Award-winning actor/director/playwright Frank Ferrante recreates his PBS, New York and London acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this fast paced 90 minutes of hilarity. An Evening With Groucho consists of the best one-liners, anecdotes and songs including “Hooray For Captain Spalding,” and “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” The audience literally becomes part of the show as Ferrante ad-libs his way throughout the performance in grand Groucho style.
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