“Disney’s Aladdin” is at the Opera House July 5-Aug. 5.
“Disney’s Aladdin” is at the Opera House July 5-Aug. 5.
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Critic’s picks: From ‘Moulin Rouge!’ to ‘Mame,’ the summer onstage

MAME The wonderful Broadway revival of “Hello, Dolly!’’ has furnished a reminder, not that one was really needed, how much heart and wit composer-lyricist Jerry Herman can pack into a score. For “Mame,’’ Herman put his songwriting skills in the service of another ebullient, larger-than-life female protagonist: bohemian and iconoclast Mame Dennis. After Mame finds herself with the responsibility of caring for her orphaned young nephew, the lad is thrust into a new world of adventure. Featuring Paige Davis as Mame and Ellen Harvey as Vera Charles, who joins Mame in the immortal duet “Bosom Buddies.’’ Directed by Charles Repole, with choreography by Michael Lichtefeld. June 5-17. North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly. 978-232-7200, www.nsmt.org

THE ROYAL FAMILY OF BROADWAY Composer-lyricist William Finn and librettist Rachel Sheinkin, the pair behind an endearing little piece of magic called “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,’’ team up for a musical based on a 1927 comedy by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber and an adaptation by Richard Greenberg. It’s about an acting clan (inspired by the Barrymores) who are jolted when one of them declares her intentions to marry someone from (gasp!) outside the theater world. Featuring Harriet Harris and Will Swenson, the world premiere is directed by John Rando and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, the duo who gave us Barrington Stage Company’s marvelous revivals of “The Pirates of Penzance’’ (which starred Swenson) and “On the Town.’’ June 7-July 7. Barrington Stage Company. At Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Pittsfield. 413-236-8888, www.barringtonstageco.org

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THE CLOSET Matthew Broderick stars in the world premiere of a comedy by Douglas Carter Beane (“The Little Dog Laughed,’’ “The Nance’’) that is inspired by Francis Veber’s play “Le Placard,’’ about a man who pretends to be gay in order to avoid being fired from his job. Broderick’s top-drawer costars are Jessica Hecht and Brooks Ashmanskas. June 26-July 14. Williamstown Theatre Festival, Main Stage, Williamstown. Bundles and advance single ticket reservations now available online at wtfestival.org or by calling 413-458-3253. Box office opens at 10 a.m. on June 1.


MOULIN ROUGE! THE MUSICAL After being dark for nearly three years. Boston’s most storied theatrical venue, the Colonial Theatre, will reopen with this world-premiere, Broadway-bound production. A stage adaptation of the Baz Luhrmann movie, it’s about a doomed romance in turn-of-the-century Paris between a glamorous cabaret singer (played by Karen Olivo) and a lovesick writer (portrayed by Aaron Tveit). Also featuring Danny Burstein as the owner of the Moulin Rouge and Sahr Ngaujah as Toulouse-Lautrec. Directed by Alex Timbers. June 27-Aug. 5. At Colonial Theatre, Boston. Production by Global Creatures. Presented by Ambassador Theatre Group. 888-616-0272, www.EmersonColonialTheatre

COMING BACK LIKE A SONG! Three songwriting legends — Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, and Jimmy Van Heusen — are at the center of this world premiere, written by Lee Kalcheim. It’s set on Christmas Eve in 1956, when the Great American Songbook to which they made so many vital contributions has been eclipsed by rock ’n’ roll. Now, over the course of a boozy, fractious, and song-filled night, they try to figure out the next step in their careers. Directed by Gregg Edelman. June 28-July 21. Berkshire Theatre Group. At Fitzpatrick Main Stage, Stockbridge. 413-997-4444, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

DISNEY’S ALADDIN Clinton Greenspan plays Aladdin, Michael James Scott is the Genie, and Isabelle McCalla portrays Jasmine in this stage adaptation of the animated Disney hit. They’ll be singing songs composed by Alan Menken, with lyrics by the late Howard Ashman as well as Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin, the latter of whom also wrote the book. Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon,’’ “Something Rotten!’’). July 5-Aug. 5. Broadway In Boston. At Boston Opera House. 866-870-2717, www.BroadwayInBoston

CYRANO The New England premiere of an adaptation by Jason O’Connell and Brenda Withers that gives a contemporary spin to the classic play by Edmond Rostand about a soldier who is so self-conscious about his large nose that he resorts to a secret means of declaring his love for the fair Roxane: supplying the elegant words for Christian, the cadet to whom Roxane is attracted. Starring Jeremiah Kissel as Cyrano de Bergerac, Andrea Goldman as Roxane, and James Ricardo Milord as Christian. Directed by Robert Walsh. July 13-Aug. 11. Gloucester Stage Company, Gloucester. 978-281-4433, www.gloucesterstage.com

RICHARD III As history, this Shakespeare drama is notoriously suspect, its portrait of the last Plantagenet king as a loathsome villain serving as a justification for the succession of the Tudors — one of whom, Queen Elizabeth, happened to be on the throne when the Bard wrote it. But as a tour through the psychological heart of darkness, guided by the ruthless monarch himself, “Richard III’’ seldom fails to fascinate. Starring Faran Tahir in the title role, and directed by Steven Maler. July 18-Aug. 5. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. On Boston Common near Parkman Bandstand. Performances are free and open to the public. Reserved chairs available for $60-$75 per chair. 617-426-0863, www.commshakes.org


CREDITORS For the first time in its 40-year history, Shakespeare & Company is presenting a work by the great Swedish dramatist August Strindberg, translated and adapted by Scottish playwright David Greig (“The Events’’). “Creditors’’ features Ryan Winkles as an artist, Kristin Wold as the novelist to whom he’s married, and Jonathan Epstein as the friend trying to undermine their marriage. Directed by Nicole Ricciardi, who helmed last season’s splendid S&C production of Amy Herzog’s “4000 Miles.’’ July 19-Aug. 12. Shakespeare & Company. At Elayne P. Bernstein Theatre, Lenox. 413-637-3353, www.shakespeare.org

LEFTOVERS World premiere of Josh Wilder’s drama, directed by Summer L. Williams. A mysteriously large dandelion has grown through the sidewalk in front of the home in South Philadelphia that is occupied by brothers Jalil (Kadahj Bennett, who shone recently in “Hype Man: a break beat play’’) and Kwamaine (Christian Scales). The brothers are waiting for the arrival of their seldom-seen father and trying to figure out how to break the cycle of poverty they’ve been trapped in and alter the trajectory of their lives. July 20-Aug. 18. Company One Theatre. At Strand Theatre, Dorchester. www.companyone.org