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Kate Shindle Faces the Rapture, Marc Kudisch Heads Somewhere in Time & More Cross-Country Highlights

Kate Shindle Faces the Rapture, Marc Kudisch Heads Somewhere in Time & More Cross-Country Highlights
Kate Shindle & Annie McNamara in 'Rapture, Blister, Burn,' Hannah Elless & Marc Kudisch in 'Somewhere in Time,'
Bets Malone, Cassandra Norville Klaphake in 'Into the Woods' and Douglas Sills
'His Girl Friday,' 'Next to Normal' and more shows top this week's Countrywide Guide. is hitting the road to bring you the best regional theater offerings all across the country. This week, we’re setting our sights on a world premiere musical in Portland, a collaboration of Tony winners in La Jolla, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and other glowing productions you shouldn’t miss. Read on for this week’s Countrywide Guide!

From the Front Page to the Stage

John Guare’s stage adaptation of His Girl Friday gets a fast-talking makeover in two-time Tony-nominated director Christopher Ashley’s production at the La Jolla Playhouse. From May 28 through June 30, you can catch Tony nominee Douglas Sills (The Addams Family, The Scarlet Pimpernel) as Walter and Jenn Lyon (The Coast of Utopia) as ambitious reporter Hildy. Let the witty banter begin!

Get Lost Somewhere in Time in Stumptown

Three-time Tony nominee Marc Kudisch and Broadway vet Andrew Samonsky will try to win the heart of Hannah Elless in the world premiere of Somewhere in Time, based on the 1980 film. The new tuner—about a playwright’s fleeting encounter with a mysterious woman—bows at Portland Center Stage on May 28 and runs through June 30. Go Somewhere with this talented trio!

Rapture, Blister, Burn, Repeat!

Two college pals reunite decades later, and there’s plenty of jealousy to go around in Gina Gionfriddo’s biting comedy Rapture, Blister, Burn at the Tony-winning Huntington Theatre Company. Wonderland and Legally Blonde Broadway alum Kate Shindle leads the cast in the 2012 Pulitzer Prize finalist, directed by Peter DuBois and running from May 24 through June 30.

“Just Another Day” in La Mirada

It’s gonna be good! La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts presents the Southern California regional premiere of Tony winner Next to Normal. Directed by Nick DeGruccio, this limited engagement (from May 31 through June 23) is sure to pack an emotional punch, with Bets Malone (The Marvelous Wonderettes) as Diana, rocking Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s thrilling score!

Cinderella at Dinner

How do you find colorful, campy fun in Phoenix? Head Into the Woods! Arizona Broadway Theatre tackles the classic Sondheim musical with a dinner theater (redefined) twist in a magical new production with a slew of local and New York-based performers, running from May 31 through June 23. If you need a cocktail, may we recommend The Beanstalk?

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