Top 5 Publisher’s Picks for the Weekend of May 25-27

Looking for something to do this weekend?  I have been having a blast seeing shows all over town and here is what I recommend…

Top 5 Publisher’s Picks:

1. The Music Man at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

This musical for the entire family hits all the right notes!  Tickets might be hard to get, so order in advance.

READ Elliot Lanes’ review of the play.

Synopsis:  The plot concerns con man Harold Hill, who poses as a boys’ band organizer and leader and sells band instruments and uniforms to naive townsfolk before skipping town with the cash. In River City, Iowa, prim librarian and piano teacher Marian Paroo sees through him, but when Hill helps her younger brother overcome his fear of social interactions due to his lisp, Marian begins to fall in love with Harold. Harold, in turn falling for Marian, risks being caught to win her.

The cast of Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater’s production of 'The Music Man' May 11-July 22, 2012. Photo by Joan Marcus.

2. You Can’t Take It With You at Everyman Theatre

Everyman Theatre prides itself in showcasing some of the finest professional actors in the Baltimore area.

READ Susan Scher’s review of the play. (coming soon)

Synopsis: Fireworks, police raids, and a xylophone are just the tip of the iceberg in this Kaufman and Hart zany madcap comedy classic. Meet the Sycamore family, politically independent with healthy distrust of government. They open their New York City home to all sorts of free spirits. When their daughter Alice, decides to invite her conservative boyfriend’s family to dinner, they promise to be on their best behavior. However…! Featuring an all-star Everyman cast, you won’t want to miss our final performance this season.

Wil Love (Mr. De Pinna) (left) Stan Weiman (Grandpa (Back), Megan Anderson (Essie), (Center) and Caitlin O'Connell (Penelope Sycamore) (right) in 'You Can't Take It With You.' Photo by Stan Barouh.

3. Bing and Bob USO Show Re-creation at Chesapeake Beach Memorial Day Stars and Stripes Festival

Celebrate Memorial Day “Bob Hope” style with a re-creation of a USO Show, Saturday, May 26, 2012 7:00 PM at the North Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

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READ Mark Beachy’s article on the show.

Synopsis: In this re-creation, The Chesapeake Beach Memorial Day Stars and Stripes Festival, in partnership with Twin Beach Players, offers a nostalgic show stopper with the Bob Hope USO Tour. Guest stars include Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters, W. C. Fields and a new surprise guest starlet from Hollywood.

Bing and Bob are Back for a USO Show Re-creation.

4. Xanadu at Signature Theatre

Trust me when I say that this show is perfect for young couples looking for a place to go on a date!  (It may spark some summer romance!)

READ Jennifer Perry’s review of the play.

Synopsis: Xanadu, the zany send-up of the cult film starring Olivia Newton-John, delivers rock-star hilarity in an electrifying tale of forbidden love. Kira, one of seven quirky Greek muses, is sworn to three things: to inspire mortals, never reveal her identity and never, ever fall in love. However, when she emboldens struggling artist Sonny to create the first roller disco, Kira feels the artistic pull of her own.

Erin Weaver (center, as Kira) with her Greek Muses (from left to right) Nickolas Vaughan, Kellee Knighten Hough, Nova Y. Payton, Sherri L. Edelen, Mark Chandler, and Jamie Eacker. The musical comedy "Xanadu." Photo: Scott Suchman.

5. Beethoven’s Ninth with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Baltimore Choral Arts Society at The Meyerhoff and Strathmore

Enough can’t be said how blessed Baltimore is to have the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Synopsis: Always a special event, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony reminds us of the triumphs of man, with its journey from darkness to light culminating in the uplifting, ecstatic “Ode to Joy.” A stellar cast of soloists joins forces with the Baltimore Choral Arts Society under the direction of Peter Oundjian. Nowhere will we hear a more deeply touching expression of faith than in Bruckner’s moving hymn of thanks to God.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

About Mark Beachy

Mark Beachy is the publisher and video producer of the MD Theatre Guide and the NY Theatre Guide.

In 1997 he wrote the play, music, and lyrics in a musical called, “’Bout Baltimore.” This musical won the WMAR TV Channel 2 and Pumpkin Theatre Baltimore Bicentennial Playwriting contest and was produced as a 1-hour television special.

He has directed over 40 productions, including shows for Pumpkin Theatre, Timonium Dinner Theatre, Howard County Center for the Arts, and the Baltimore Children's Theatre where he was the founder and producer for 7 years.

Before starting the MTG in March of 2010, Mark was the performing arts reporter for the Baltimore Examiner.

As a professional actor he has appeared on TV nationally, including on Discovery Health as "Jerry Baldwin" on I Was Dead, “Officer Nunham” on America’s Most Wanted’s Top Cops 2009 and “Alexander T. Crane” in a Japanese TV documentary about Edgar Allan Poe.