Broadway favorites and girls' night out shows on tap for area theaters
10:52 PM, Jun 08, 2013
The Dryden Theatre at George Eastman House has a full summer of classic films planned. The Little Theatre, part of WXXI Public Broadcasting Council, also will have special events on the schedule. In July, Monroe County sponsors Movies at the Beach Tuesday evenings at Ontario Beach Park in Charlotte and Movies in the Bowl on Thursday evenings at Highland Park.
The big summer movie treat in Rochester, though, is the Ames Amzalak Rochester Jewish Film Festival from July 21 to 29. Top films from the festival circuit are included in this event, which has upped its game again this year.
You can see Legally Blonde in Brighton and Auburn this summer.
The summer season at Rochester and Finger Lakes theaters is full of classic Broadway musicals.
At RAPA East End Theater from July 12 to 20 will be Aida by Elton John and Tim Rice, and at Blackfriars Theatre from July 19 to 29 will be Rent (in the round). Legally Blonde at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester’s CenterStage will be July 20 to 29.
This is the second year for the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival in Auburn, which grew out of the Merry-Go-Round Theatre’s summer season. Singin’ in the Rain is playing now to kick off the summer. Other shows include the other Legally Blonde from June 26 to July 17 and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes from July 24 to Aug. 14. The festival also offers The Pitch, original musicals in workshop stage. Neurosis: A New Musical, which was one of the workshop shows last summer, gets a first run from July 18 to Aug. 10.
Bristol Valley Theater in Naples also continues its tradition of summer musicals and plays with a season that includes Boom from June 27 to July 7, To Kill a Mockingbird from July 25 to Aug. 4 and The Big Bang from Aug. 8 to 18.
Get your girlfriends (or dates) lined up for the Geva Theatre Center this summer, with Big Pants & Botox, running from Wednesday through June 29 and MOM: A Rock Concert Musical from July 23 to Aug. 3.
The big outdoor spectacle each year in the Rochester area is the Hill Cumorah Pageant, which tells the story of the Mormon religion. It takes place on a hill outside Palmyra where, according to church leaders, Joseph Smith received golden plates that became The Book of Mormon.
Another annual tradition is the free Shakespeare at the Bowl in Highland Park. This year, the Shakespeare Players, part of the Rochester Community Players, will perform the comedy Twelfth Night from July 5 to 20.
Shakespeare comedy is about as heavy as it gets over the summer. Also on the more serious side of comedy is absurdist Eugene Ionesco’s The Lesson & The Bald Soprano, which is a John W. Borek production at MuCCC from June 20 to 29.