It wouldn't be summer at the Ogunquit Playhouse without a visit from perennial favorite Sally Struthers. This year, Struthers joins another Hollywood favorite, Hal Linden, as guest stars in the national premiere of "Grumpy Old Men the Musical" on the seacoast Maine stage through Sept. 1.
Just in time to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the hit film that starred Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ann-Margret, the hilarious new show was penned by Dan Remmes, with music by Neil Berg and lyrics by Nick Meglin. Matt Lenz directs the production.
"Grumpy Old Men the Musical" is about two aging neighbors Max (Ed Dixon) and John (Mark Jacoby), who have been feuding for over 50 years. When the beautiful, charming Ariel (Leslie Stevens) moves into the neighborhood, their rivalry rises to new heights.
Nonstop laughs are assured when two great masters of comedy step on stage -- Emmy and Golden Globe-winner Struthers, best known for playing Gloria in TV's groundbreaking "All in the Family," and Tony and Emmy Award-winner Linden, a talented stage actor best known for playing the lead on TV's "Barney Miller."
Struthers plays Punky, a new-to-town neighbor, while Linden portrays lecherous Grandpa Gustafson, a role immortalized by the late Burgess Meredith in the "Grumpy Old Men" film and sequel.
They team up with a cast of Broadway veterans to add to the fun in a laugh-out-loud story of family, friendship, love and romance.
Tickets start at $52 at www.ogunquitplayhouse.org or call 207-646-5511.
In Boston, the summer theater season heats up with "Book of Mormon," back by popular demand at the Boston Opera House, Aug. 14-26.
The irreverent, slightly raunchy musical features book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Parker and Stone are the four-time Emmy Award creators of the landmark animated series "South Park." Fellow Tony winner Lopez is co-creator of the long-running hit musical "Avenue Q." The musical, slightly raunchy and irreverent, is about two young Mormon missionaries, Elder Price and Elder Cunningham, who travel to Uganda to preach the Mormon religion. While it makes light of various Mormon beliefs and practices, it ultimately endorses the positive power of love and service.
Tickets start at $44.50 and are available at 866-982-2787 or www.BroadwayInBoston.com.
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On the marquee
SUMMER FUN: Greater Boston Stage (formerly the Stoneham Theatre) presents its Summer Festival, Aug. 9-19. Young actors in grade 4-12, participating in the theater's Young Company, present a variety of shows including "Madagascar, Jr.," "Shrek," "Footloose," "Big Fish," "Pippin" and "The Great and Terrible Wizard of Oz." For info and tickets, visit www.greaterbostonstage.org. ... Lowell Summer Music's Free Fun for Kids series in Boarding House Park winds down next week with the family band Matt Heaton & The Outside Toys on Wednesday, Aug. 15, and a magic act, The Stupendous Mr. Magichead, on Thursday, Aug. 16. Shows at 11 a.m., free crafts at 10 a.m. and free trolley rides at noon. Rain/heat location at Lowell High School Auditorium. Visit www.lowellsummermusic.org.
SAVE THE DATES: Cannon Theatre in Littleton gears up for a busy season with two post-Labor Day events that promise mystery and magic. The first is three performances of "You Have the Right to Remain Dead," a mystery dinner-theater show by Pat Cook on Sept. 6, 7 and 8, at 6:30 p.m., at Colonial Inn in Concord. Performances include dinner and benefit the theater. Tickets and info at www.thecannontheatre.org or call 978-448-2108. Cannon also holds auditions for its kids/teen musical "Mary Poppins" on Saturday, Sept. 8, at 1 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 10, at 4 p.m. Open to ages 8-18. Contact director Tara Earl at email@example.com for an audition time. For info and character breakdown, visit AUDITIONS on the website or call 978-448-2108 and leave a message.
COMMONWEALTH SEASON: The 2018-19 season for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company opens with "Universe Rushing Apart: Blue Kettle & Here We Go," two one-act plays by Caryl Churchill, being presented Nov. 7-18 at the Sorenson Black Box Theatre at Babson College in Wellesley. The season continues with "Birdy," adapted by Naomi Wallace from the novel by William Wharton, Feb. 27-March 10, at Babson; "Romeo & Juliet," by Shakespeare, student matinees May 23-31; public performance May 31 at Babson; and "Cymbeline" by Shakespeare, July-August on Boston Common. Tickets on sale at end of August. For info, visit www.commshakes.org or call 781-239-5880.