Long Island’s Must-See Theatre: Fall 2019

Tammy Dorsa and TracyLynn Conner in “Jekyll & Hyde” at Theatre Three

While some theaters across Long Island wind down their summer seasons, many are also gearing up for fall productions in September and October. From dance spectacles to tales of horror adapted for the stage to a one-weekend-only comedy starring The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s Ed Asner, here are the must-see productions coming up this September and October:

Musicals

“Menopause The Musical” at Smithtown Performing Arts Center

September 5th – October 27th

“Four women at a lingerie sale have nothing in common but a black lace bra AND memory loss, hot flashes, night sweats, not enough sex, too much sex and more! This hilarious musical parody set to classic tunes from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s will have you cheering and dancing in the aisles! See what more than 15 million women and fans worldwide have been laughing about for 18 years!”

Where: 2 East Main Street. Smithtown, NY 11787
When: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $36 – $40

“Next to Normal” at South Shore Theatre Experience

September 6th – September 21st

“‘Next to Normal’ is a 2008 American rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. The story centers on a mother who struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effects that managing her illness has on her family. The musical addresses grief, depression, suicide, drug abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry, and the underbelly of suburban life.”

Where: 115 South Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, NY 11757
When: Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sunday 9/8 at 3 p.m., 9/15 at 7 p.m.
Tickets: $20

“Swing!” at CM Performing Arts Center

September 7th – September 28th

“‘Two thirds rhythm and one third soul.’ That’s how Fats Waller defined the uniquely American form of popular music and dance known as ‘swing.’ Requiring only joyful enthusiasm and a ready partner, swing exploded out of pre-war Harlem’s hotbed of youth culture and swept the world. It shattered ethnic and cultural barriers, generating specialty styles such as Jive, Swing, Lindy Hop, West Coast Swing, and Hip-Hop Swing. SWING! celebrates this remarkable diversity to the beat of the most exhilarating songs of the period.”

You won’t want to miss this song-and-dance show full of CM regulars!

Where: 931 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY, 11769
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Matinees Sundays at 2 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 11 at 2 p.m., Wednesday Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $18 – $42

“Jekyll & Hyde” at Cultural Arts Playhouse

September 7th – October 6th

“The epic struggle between good and evil comes to life in this thrilling musical phenomenon. Dr. Henry Jekyll is a devoted man of science and driven to solve mankind’s most challenging medical dilemmas. But when he makes himself the subject of his own experiments, he accidentally unleashes his own inner demon, the man the world would come to know as Mr. Hyde. Featuring a sweeping score of pop rock hits, Jekyll and Hyde has mesmerized audiences the world over.”

Where: 170 Michael Drive, Syosset, NY, 11791
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $24 – $38

“The Full Monty” at The Argyle Theatre

September 12 – October 20

“Based on the cult hit film of the same name, ‘The Full Monty,’ a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and the most highly anticipated closing number of any show. The powerhouse team of Terrence McNally (Ragtime) and David Yazbek (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels) cooks up.

While spying on their wives at a ‘Girls’ Night Out,’ a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo sees how much they enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out of work and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold and unclothed way to make some quick cash. In preparing, they find themselves extremely exposed; not merely physically but emotionally. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that they’re stronger as a group, and the strength that they find in each other gives them the individual courage to ‘let it go.'”

This one is recommended for ages 16 and up so leave the little ones at home!

Where: 34 West Main Street, Babylon, New York 11702
When: Thursdays and Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sundays at 2 pm.
Tickets: $49 – $74

“Sunset Boulevard” at the John W. Engeman Theater

September 12 – October 27

“Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award-winning musical Sunset Boulevard weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. In her mansion, faded silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screen writer Joe Gillis, stumbles into her reclusive world and is seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle. Joe becomes trapped until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free, with dramatic consequences. With its much-loved score (‘Sunset Boulevard,’ ‘With One Look,’ ‘As If We Never Said Goodbye,’ ‘The Greatest Star Of All’ and ‘T’he Perfect Year’) this production promises to be a spectacular event.

Where: 250 Main Street Northport, NY 11768
When: Thursdays and Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.* (No evening performance 9/15 & 10/27)
Tickets: $75

“Jekyll & Hyde” at Theatre Three

September 14th – October 26th

Alan Stentiford and TracyLynn Conner

Fortunately, theatre-goers on Eastern Long Island will also have a chance to see the musical “Jekyll & Hyde” right in their backyard at Theatre Three in Port Jefferson!

Where: 412 Main St Port Jefferson, NY 11777
When: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 3 p.m. (7 p.m. on 10/20)
Tickets: $20 – $35

“Ghost The Musical” at CM Performing Arts Center

October 12th – November 2nd

“‘Ghost the Musical’ is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Longtime couple Sam and Molly are happily in love and living together in Brooklyn. Walking back to their apartment one night, they are mugged at gunpoint, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped between this world and the next as a ghost and unable to leave Molly— who he quickly learns is in grave danger. With the help of a storefront psychic named Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of protecting her. Featuring such popular songs as ‘With You’ and the Righteous Brothers’ classic ‘Unchained Melody,’ this powerful love story is sure to become a fan favorite!”

Where: 931 Montauk Highway, Oakdale, NY, 11769
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Matinees Sundays at 2 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., Wednesday Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m., Sunday Oct. 27 at 3 p.m.
Tickets: $18 – $42

Plays

“Prodigal Son” at Modern Classics Theatre Company of Long Island

September 6th – September 15th

“A 17-year-old boy from the Bronx suddenly finds himself in a private school in New Hampshire. He’s violent, gifted, alienated, and on fire with a ferocious loneliness. Two faculty members wrestle with the dilemma: Is the kid a star or a disaster? A passionate, explosive portrait of a young man on the verge of salvation or destruction.”

Where: 149 North Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst, New York
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $18 – $20

“God Help Us” at Studio Theatre

September 27th – September 29th

“Maybe only the Lord can bring us together in this hilarious and insightful entertainment, where the debate gets hot and the passion gets hotter. GOD – legendary actor, Ed Asner – is a wise, cantankerous and wildly funny deity who confronts two political pundits with a romantic history: Lawrence (a liberal lad) and Leslie (a conservative gal). He is not at all pleased with our politics or what we’ve done to his Creation. GOD HELP US! speaks to audiences of all political persuasions with one essential argument: that we have to listen to each other so that we can all live – and laugh – together.”

Where: 141 South Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst, New York 11757
When: Friday September 27th and Saturday September 28th at 8 p.m., Sunday September 29th at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $35

“Play it Again, Sam” at Studio Theatre

October 4th – October 20th

A play by Woody Allen. “Allan Felix has this thing about Humphrey Bogart. If only he had some of Bogart’s technique… Bookish and insecure with women, Allan’s hero, Bogey, comes to the rescue with a fantastic bevy of beauties played out in hilarious fantasy sequences. Fixed up by friends with gorgeous women, he’s so awkward that even Bogey’s patience is tried. Allan mostly resembles a disheveled, friendly dog, and this is what ultimately charms his best friend’s wife, Linda, into bed. It’s a tough life, making it in the world of beautiful people, but if you can’t be a hero, it helps to have one…”

Where: 141 South Wellwood Avenue, Lindenhurst, New York 11757
When: Friday September 27th and Saturday September 28th at 8 p.m., Sunday September 29th at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $27

“Body Awareness” at EastLine Theatre

October 5th – October 20th

“It’s Body Awareness Week on a Vermont college campus and Phyllis, the organizer, and her partner, Joyce, are hosting one of the guest artists in their home: Frank, a photographer famous for his female nude portraits. Both his presence in the home and his chosen subject instigate tension from the start. Phyllis is furious at his depictions, but Joyce is actually rather intrigued by the whole thing, even going so far as to contemplate posing for him. As Joyce and Phyllis bicker, Joyce’s adult son, who may or may not have Asperger syndrome, struggles to express himself physically – with heartbreaking results.”

Where: 2123 Wantagh Ave, Wantagh, New York
When: Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $15 – $22

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