Muhlenberg's Summer Music Theater (MSMT) schedule in Allentown will feature the regional professional premiere of "Hairspray: The Broadway Musical" that opens the season, June 13 – July 1.
Adapted from the John Waters movie that was partially filmed right here in the Lehigh Valley, "Hairspray" will feature Angela DeAngelo as Tracy Turnblad and SMT mainstay Bill Mutimer as her mother, Edna. MSMT co-founder Charles Richter directs.
Gilbert & Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore," the duo's first commercial hit (way back in 1878), and a precursor to the Broadway blockbusters of today will run July 11-29. Muhlenberg Theatre & Dance Department chair James Peck directs.
This season's production for young audiences, "Harold and the Purple Crayon," accounts for both the "borrowed" and the purple. The play is a movement theater adaptation of Crockett Johnson's beloved children's book, created by Enchantment Theatre Company. "Harold" plays June 20 – July 28.
The show is recommended for ages 4 and up. The actors wear masks and full-body costumes throughout the show, and parents of young children are encouraged to bring their children at least ten minutes early to meet members of the cast without their masks on. Cast members will be available after the show to talk to audience members and sign autographs.
Tickets for the first four performances of both "Hairspray" and "HMS Pinafore" are $32 regular admission; seniors are $28; students and children are $18. For the remaining 11 performances, tickets are $38 regular admission; seniors, $35; students and children, $20.
All tickets to "Harold and the Purple Crayon" are $10 for June performances and $12 for July performances.
Sundays are Family Matinee day; tickets for children ages 5-18 are just $10 when purchased with a full-price or senior ticket. (Limit two discounted tickets per full-price ticket.)
Subscriptions to "Hairspray" and "HMS Pinafore" are available for $50 for the first four shows, or $60 for the remaining 11 shows. Group discounts are available for groups of 15 or more.
Open Captioning and Audio Description will be available at the Sunday, June 24, performance of "Hairspray." Call 484-664-3087 for tickets in the accessible section of this performance.
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre performance information and tickets are available at 484-664-3333 or www.muhlenberg.edu/SMT.