'The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,' Justin Brill in 'Wicked' & Adrian Zmed in the film 'Grease 2'
Broadway.com is hitting the road! We’re highlighting five exciting productions happening all over the United States right this minute. Hop aboard for a cross-country tour of the best regional theater offerings, from Millie being "thoroughly modern" in New Jersey to a very special evening with Justin Brill!
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Grease Is the Word in La-La Land
Baby, get movin’ to see Adrian Zmed counsel beauty school dropout Frenchie as Teen Angel in Grease. The rocking 1950s musical, playing April 12 through 21 at the Cabrillo Music Theatre, is directed by Barry Pearl (who played Doody in the film version) and choreographed by Kelly Ward (who played Putzie in the movie). After starring as Danny Zuko on Broadway and Johnny Nogerelli on screen in Grease 2, Zmed knows these characters inside out!
Gimme Gimme Millie in Jersey
The frisky flappers and bustling beaus of Thoroughly Modern Millie are dancing their way to Paper Mill Playhouse. The story of a small-town girl who moves to the Big Apple during the roaring 1920s in search for a husband with money, this Tony Award-winning musical is a high-spirited romp. Starring Broadway vets Laurie Veldheer, Jeff Kready, Burke Moses and Tony nominee Brenda Braxton, the Mark S. Hoebee-helmed Millie is playing April 10 through May 5.
Justin Brill Makes a Wicked Pit Stop in Portland
Dance your way through life and then on to Portland to see Boq after-hours! Broadway vet Justin Brill will present a one-night-only benefit cabaret concert while in Portland with the national tour of Wicked. Brill will croon some of his favorites tunes from All Shook Up, Rent, High Fidelity and more. The cabaret concert, An Evening with Justin Brill, will play the Headlee Mainstage at Lakewood Center for the Arts on April 15.
Head to Delaware for 'Some Enchanted Evening'
Rodgers and Hammerstein's epic musical South Pacific is a must-see in Wilmington! There is nothin’ like a sweeping story about love and war to ring in the springtime, right? Directed by Bud Martin and starring Broadway vet Sarah Litzsinger as Ensign Nellie Forbush and Michael Sharon as Emile de Becque, the passionate tuner about romance endangered by the threats of prejudice and combat is playing the Delaware Theatre Company April 10 through May 5.
Chip, Olive, Leaf, Marcy, Logainne & William Bar-fay Take Texas
The lovable nerds in William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's Tony-winning hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee head to Houston as Music Box Musicals revives this funny, tuneful show. Performed in a club-like atmosphere by a cast of experienced sketch comedians, Spelling Bee is sure to delight audiences, a few of whom will be called onstage to try their luck against Rona Lisa Peretti and Principal Panch! Join the fun from April 11 through May 4.