Long Island Musicals and Plays Opening in May

Although the weather is getting warmer, there is no excuse not to explore the wide variety of theatre premiering on Long Island this month. Actors and production teams have been hard at work on new projects.

Here is our round-up of shows premiering on Long Island in May:

Urinetown at the YMCA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts

May 2 – May 4

Winner of three Tony Awards, three Outer Critics Circle Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Obie Awards, Urinetown is an hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America’s greatest art forms.

In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity’s most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he’s had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!

Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, Urinetown catapults the “comedic romp” into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.

Location: 37 W Main St, Bay Shore, NY 11706

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Deathtrap at Studio Theatre

May 3 – May 19

This thriller broke all Broadway box office records in its legendary run. Mystery writer Sidney Bruehl uses his cunning to lure victims into his deathtrap, until the tables turn.

Location: 141 S Wellwood Ave, Lindenhurst, NY 11757

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On Your Feet at Gateway Playhouse

May 8 – 25

Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America breaking all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. On Your Feet! takes you behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Featuring some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century including “Conga,” “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You,” “Don’t Wanna Lose You Now” and many others. Don’t miss one of the most inspiring stories in music history.

Location: 215 S Country Rd, Bellport, NY 11713

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Aida at the John W. Engeman Theater at Northport

May 9 – June 23, 2019

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Winner of four Tony Awards, Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida is an epic tale of love, loyalty and betrayal, chronicling the love triangle between Aida, a Nubian princess stolen from her country, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Radames, the soldier they both love. With an unforgettable score featuring soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers by Elton John and Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat), Aida is a modern crowd-pleaser – an epic tale of loyalty, pride, betrayal, and the love that transcends them all.

Location: 250 Main St, Northport, NY 11768

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13 The Musical at Cultural Arts Playhouse

May 10 – June 1

Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) 13 is a musical about fitting in – and standing out!

Evan Goldman is plucked from his fast-paced, preteen New York City life and plopped into a sleepy Indiana town following his parents divorce. Surrounded by an array of simpleminded middle school students, he needs to establish his place in the popularity pecking order. Can he situate himself on a comfortable link of the food chain… or will he dangle at the end with the outcasts?!

Location: 170 Michael Dr, Syosset, NY 11791

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The Wizard of Oz at Theatre Three

May 18 – June 22

“We’re off to see the Wizard!” There is truly no place like home as the greatest family musical makes its way to Port Jefferson. In a spectacular celebration of the 1939 MGM film, follow Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Lion as they journey down the Yellow Brick Road. From Munchkinland to the Emerald City—the ruby slippers to the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West—it’s all here in this magical, marvelous adventure. Don’t miss the chance to take your entire family over the rainbow with Theatre Three’s production of The Wizard of Oz.

Location: 412 Main St, Port Jefferson, NY 11777

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Newsies at CM Performing Arts Center

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May 18 – June 8

Based on the real-life Newsboy Strike of 1899, this new Disney musical tells the story of Jack Kelly, a rebellious newsboy who dreams of a life as an artist away from the big city. After publishing giant Joseph Pulitzer raises newspaper prices at the newsboys’ expense, Kelly and his fellow newsies take action. With help from the beautiful female reporter Katherine Plumber, all of New York City soon recognizes the power of “the little man.”

Location: 931 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale, NY 11769

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Antigone at Eastline Theatre

May 18 – June 1

Defiance is the hallmark of Sophocles’ greek tragedy “Antigone.”  Brilliantly adapted in a new commission by David Bullen exclusively for Eastline Theatre, Antigone explores the conflict between individual action, free choice and fate.  Though written around 441 BC, Antigone’s themes still resonate with modern audiences in their consideration of issues like civil disobedience, power, the rights of individuals vs. the state, and the expected roles of women in society.  Heavily character driven and one of the most important tragedies ever written, the play and its series of events, which ultimately lead to total catastrophe, have universal ramifications and will captivate you in their telling.

Location: 2123 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh, NY 11793

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