New lineups at Gateway, Bay Street, Engeman
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Two world premieres plus the Long Island debuts of "Disney's Mary Poppins" and "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike" highlight the upcoming new seasons at the Island's three Actors' Equity theaters. Here's the lineup of shows:
215 South Country Rd., Bellport
For 64 years, Gateway Playhouse has been the definition of summer theater for many Long Islanders. Especially musical summer theater.
The new season opens with a Gateway favorite. This will be the fourth "42nd Street" to play the Bellport stage, most recently in 2005. The break-a-leg musical -- the ingénue heroine gets her big break when the star is sidelined in an ankle cast -- runs May 21-June 8. It's followed by "Smokey Joe's Café," the '50s and '60s hit parade, June 11-28.
For the Long Island premiere of "Mary Poppins," Gateway moves to the larger Patchogue Theater, July 2-19, where it will also stage the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, "South Pacific," July 23-Aug. 9, followed by the return of "Legends in Concert," Aug. 13-17, with impersonators of a new set of superstars -- Michael Jackson among them. Back in Bellport, Gateway wraps the summer with "The Addams Family" musical, Aug. 27-Sept. 13.
Season tickets: $3 off each seat for 3 shows, $10 off for 4, $15 for 5. Single tickets: $50-$75
Long Wharf, Sag Harbor
A world premiere and the debut of a new artistic director mark the opening act of Bay Street's summer on May 27. The company's new artistic leader, Scott Schwartz, 40, directs "Conviction," Carey Crim's drama about a teacher convicted of an inappropriate relationship with a student. It runs through June 15.
Next, Richard Kind stars in Tom Stoppard's Tony-winning comic fantasy, "Travesties," disguised as an amateur production of "The Importance of Being Earnest." It plays June 24-July 20, followed by the second world premiere, "My Life Is a Musical," July 29-Aug. 31, in which Adam Overett sings and dances the story of Parker, who wakes up one morning to find that everyone he meets speaks to him in song.
Of the two premieres, Schwartz says it was his intention to "return Bay Street to the vision of its founders by presenting, along with classics, new shows you can't see anywhere else."
Season tickets: $138-$192 for three shows. Single tickets: $59.50-$79.50
250 Main St., Northport
As Long Island's only year-round Equity theater contracting a union cast and crew, the Engeman is still in its current season. "The Music Man" runs through May 18, followed by Neil Simon's "Plaza Suite," May 29-July 13.
Engeman's new season opens with "Deathtrap," July 24-Sept. 7, Ira Levin's 1978 comic-thriller with more twists than the late Chubby Checker. "Evita," from the same year, is Andrew Lloyd Webber's (and Tim Rice's) musical bio of Eva Perón, mistress and later wife of the Argentine dictator. It runs Sept. 18-Nov. 2, followed by "A Christmas Story," the musical based on the hugely popular movie. Engeman's holiday presentation runs Nov. 20-Jan. 4.
The Long Island premiere of "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike," Christopher Durang's riff on Chekhov themes that won the 2013 Tony for best play, is Engeman's first opening of the new year. It runs Jan. 22-March 8. Two musicals, each a box-office record-setter in its time, "A Chorus Line" (March 26-May 10) and "The Producers" (May 28-July 12) wind up the 2014-15 season.
Season tickets: $310-$340. Single tickets: $55-$69
WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and April 23, 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday (dark on Easter Sunday), through May 18, Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St.
TICKETS $65; 631-261-2900, engemantheater.com