Two feel-good musicals on regional stages in August will keep toes tapping as summer slides by.
Folks at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly promise you'll "have the time of your life" at their production of "Mamma Mia!," the mega-hit musical sensation featuring 22 of ABBA's greatest hits. It plays for an extended run Aug. 7-Sept. 2.
"Audiences have requested 'Mamma Mia!' for years, and I am excited that we have the rights to create a unique production, just for them," said Bill Hanney, NSMT owner/producer.
Join Sophie, the 20-year-old bride-to-be, as she seeks her father whom she's never known. She reads her mother Donna's diary and discovers she has three possible dads, then invites each of them, hoping to have one of them walk her down the aisle. As the big day draws near, surprises abound as Donna greets old friends and rekindles romance with old flames.
ABBA hits abound, including "Dancing Queen," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me," "Our Last Summer" and "The Winner Takes It All."
Tickets are $59-$84 and available at 978-232-7200, at www.nsmt.org or the box office at 62 Dunham Road, Beverly.
Meanwhile, they've got trouble -- and more musical shenanigans -- as "The Music Man" wraps up the 50th Anniversary Summer Season at Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston in Waltham Aug. 2-12.
The multiple Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of Harold Hill, a charismatic con man who brings hope to a small Iowa town by selling dreams of creating a boys' band. Mark Linehan stars as Hill and Jennifer Ellis plays his love interest, Marian, the town librarian.
Favorite tunes include "76 Trombones," "Till There Was You" and "Goodnight My Someone."
Tickets are $39-$66 at www.reaglemusictheatre.org, at 781-891-5600, or in person at 617 Lexington St., Waltham.
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MRT play reading
Merrimack Repertory Theatre presents the world-premiere reading of "Zabel in Exile" by R. N. Sandberg on Sunday, Aug. 12, at 4 p.m., in the Nancy L. Donahue Theatre, 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell. The play, about the extraordinary life of Armenian writer, political activist and feminist Zabel Yessayan, will be directed by Megan Sandberg-Zakian, who won the IRNE Award for Best Director for "The Royale" last season at MRT. RSVP for the free reading at www.mrt.org.
Tickets are on sale for "Friends! The Musical Parody," playing Lowell Memorial Auditorium on Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. The show celebrates the wacky misadventures of everyone's favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan. Tickets to the new musical that lovingly lampoons TV's "Friends" are $29-$49 and are available at www.lowellauditorium.com, or call 978-937-8688. Recommended for mature audiences.
Skate on back to the '80s at "Xanadu," a roller-skating musical adventure playing Seacoast Repertory Theatre in Portsmouth, N.H., Aug. 2-26. It follows the journey of a magical, beautiful Greek muse named Kira who descends from the heavens of Mount Olympus to 1980s Venice Beach, California, on a quest to inspire Sonny, a struggling artist, to achieve the first-ever roller-disco. It's based on the cult classic '80s movie and is family-friendly. Tickets for performances this Friday-Sunday are 20 percent off using the promo code "openskate." Visit www.seacoastrep.org.
Save the date
The Sixth Annual Greater Boston Theater Expo is set for Monday, Aug. 27, from 5-9 p.m., at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., in Boston's South End. StageSource hosts the event, which brings together more than 50 theater companies to share info, schedules and offerings for the upcoming 2018-19 season. Many offer discounts, prizes and giveaways, and there will be live preview performances from some theaters. Follow updates on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #GBTE18.