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Vincent Kartheiser Has Mad Manners, Spring Awakening Creators Catch Fire & More Cross-Country Highlights

Vincent Kartheiser Has Mad Manners, Spring Awakening Creators Catch Fire & More Cross-Country Highlights
James Barry & Giuesseppe Jones in 'Arms on Fire,' Val Kilmer is 'Citizen Twain,'
Phyllis Smith in 'Nunsense,' & Bradley Dean in 'Fly' & Vincent Kartheiser
Big stars abound in this week's Countrywide Guide.

Even a national holiday like Independence Day doesn’t stop great theater from making fireworks all around the country. This week, there is no shortage of star power to light up those regional theaters. From a Mad Men star on stage to a new show by the Tony-winning team behind Spring Awakening, check out all the exciting happenings in’s Countrywide Guide.

Pete Campbell Has Even More Pride as Mr. Darcy
Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser leads the Guthrie’s new stage adaption of Jane Austen’s comedy of manners, Pride and Prejudice. Just in time for the 200th anniversary of the beloved novel, Simon Reade’s play retains all the charm, wit and romance of Austen’s classic. Kartheiser plays Mr. Darcy opposite Ashley Rose Montondo’s Elizabeth Bennet on the Wurtele Thrust Stage July 6 through August 31.

Meet a Starry Group of Nuns with Sense and Sass
It’s Nunsense galore at the Muny in St. Louis! From July 1 through July 7, the venue plays host to a wild and star-studded convent of nuns that includes Phyllis Smith from TV’s The Office, Tony winner Beth Leavel, three-time Tony nominee Dee Hoty, Terri White and original Cats star Ken Page in drag. Billed as Nunsense Muny Style!, this comedy offers its own holy trinity: stars, laughs and music.

A New Peter Pan Musical Takes Flight
The story of Peter Pan is told through a sinister eye in Dallas Theater Company’s premiere of Rajiv Joseph and Bill Sherman’s new musical Fly. Featuring sets by Cinderella’s Anna Louizos, choreography by Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler and direction by three-time Tony-winning producer Jeffrey Seller, Fly soars at the Wyly Theatre July 2 through August 18. This time Neverland is a little bit darker, but still just as magical.

Val Kilmer Returns to Hollywood with Citizen Twain
Val Kilmer has taken on his fare share of icons, from The Doors’ Jim Morrison to Batman, and now he is crossing another famous figure off his list: Mark Twain. Kilmer wrote and stars in the one-man-show Citizen Twain, which offers a revealing look at one of America’s greatest storytellers. What better way to celebrate our nation’s history than by going on an adventure with Twain himself. Citizen Twain runs at the Kirk Douglas Theatre through July 14.

Spring Awakening’s Tony-Winning Duo Are Burning Up
Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik are teaming up again to tell the story of love and friendship in the new play with music Arms On Fire. The show marks its world premiere at the Chester Theatre Company through July 7. “I Believe” you’ll be “totally f**ked” and feeling “left behind” if you miss this exciting new theatrical work by Sater and Sheik.

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