“As You Like It”

Presented by the Madison Shakespeare Company at the Edgewood College Amphitheater outside of the Stream Gallery at 1000 Edgewood College Dr.

June 2-11

After Duke Senior is banished from court by his brother Duke Frederick, he flees to the Forest of Arden. Shortly thereafter, Duke Senior’s daughter Rosalind is also banished. She and her friend Celia flee to the forest as well and assume disguises. Rosalind, dressed as a man, is in love with Orlando (who, too, has fled to the forest for safety) and Shakespeare’s beloved comedy commences.

More information: madisonshakespeare.org

Reservations: madisonshakespeare.org, $15 donation requested.

“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Presented by Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St.

June 13-18

Inspired by Carole King’s true story, audiences can follow along on her ascent into stardom. King was married with a career writing hit songs for some of rock and roll’s brightest stars, but her true voice came out when her personal life started to fall apart. “Beautiful” presents her duo songwriting career with her then-husband Gerry Goffin as well as her relationships with writers Cynthia Weill and Barry Mann as she rose to become one of the most successful solo acts in pop music history.

Showtimes and more information: overture.org

Tickets: Purchase at the Overture Center box office, 201 State St., by phone at 608-258-4141 or at overture.org. $45 to $135.

“42nd Street” Presented by Middleton Players Theatre at the Middleton Performing Arts Center, 2100 Bristol St., Middleton.

June 29 through July 2

The toe-tapping, over-the-top ode to show business is a nod to the 1933 film of the same name. Peggy Sawyer heads to the Big Apple to make her mark and lands an ensemble role in a new Broadway show called “Pretty Lady.” When leading lady Dorothy Brock gets injured and the show needs a new performer to take her place, will Peggy be able to step in?

Showtimes and more information: www.middletonplayers.com

Tickets: Purchase tickets online at www.middletonplayers.com or at the theater starting 90 minutes before showtime. Adults $25, Seniors age 65+ $20 and Students ages 8 to 22 $15.

“H.M.S. Pinafore”

Presented by The Madison Savoyards at UW-Madison’s Old Music Hall, 925 Bascom Mall.

July 28 through Aug. 6

Gilbert and Sullivan’s fourth musical and first major success, “H.M.S. Pinafore” is a well-worn love story set out to sea. Josephine, daughter of Captain Corcoran of the ship Pinafore, is in love with low-born sailor Ralph Rackstraw. However, her father wants her to marry the high-bred Sir Joseph. At the same time the Captain becomes entangled in a similar situation when a humble woman named Buttercup reveals her love for him.

More information: www.madisonsavoyards.org

Tickets: Tickets can be purchased by calling the UW-Madison Campus Arts box office at 608-265-2787.

“Sondheim on Sondheim”

Presented by the Oregon Straw Hat Players at Prairie View Elementary School, 300 Soden Drive in Oregon Aug. 4-6 and at Charlie’s on Main, 113 S. Main Street in Oregon, Aug. 10-12.

(Prairie View Elementary is fully accessible; Charlie’s on Main does not have an elevator.)

Two dozen songs by Stephen Sondheim, from beloved classics to the obscure, accompany exclusive interview footage of Sondheim in this intimate revue and tribute to the great composer and lyricist. In the revue collaborated by Sondheim and James Lapine, audiences get a unique look into Sondheim’s personal and artistic life with the show’s integrated media.

More information: oshponline.org

Tickets: Will be available on the Oregon Straw Hat Players website.


Presented by Music Theatre of Madison at the Wisconsin Union Play Circle, 800 Langdon St.

Aug. 17-26

A rock musical fronted by a quartet of women focused on the infamous story of Lizzie Borden. Borden’s story became an American legend after her parents were bludgeoned to death in 1892 and she was the prime suspect. In this musical, Lizzie, her sister Emma, the family maid Bridget and Lizzie’s friend/lover Alice journey up to the day that was to go down in infamy.

Appropriate for ages 16 and up.

More information: www.mtmadison.com

Tickets: Go on sale July 5. Check www.mtmadison.com for more information.

“From Awkward Spaces: The Story of the Bartell and the Journey to Permanence”

Presented by Madison Theatre Guild at the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St.

Aug. 24-26

Debuting in the Bartell Theatre’s 20th season is “From Awkward Spaces," an original play about the theatre’s history. Six area theater companies united to create a shared performance space. The play promises “there is more drama in building a stage than performing on one.”

This play is a fundraiser for the Bartell Theatre Foundation.

More information: bartelltheatre.org

Tickets: Tickets, once available, can be purchased by calling 608-662-9696, visiting the box office at 113 E. Mifflin St.or online at Bartelltheatre.org.

— Compiled by Amanda Finn


Amanda Finn is an arts and lifestyle reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal.