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Theater Professional/semi-professional Aida the Musical Elton John & Tim Rice's contemporary musical, loosely based on the Verdi opera. Prospect United Methodist Church, 800 Lincoln Ave., Prospect Park. $8-$12. Closes 6/19.



Aida the Musical

Elton John & Tim Rice's contemporary musical, loosely based on the Verdi opera. Prospect United Methodist Church, 800 Lincoln Ave., Prospect Park. $8-$12. Closes 6/19.

All Shook Up The music of Elvis is paired with a plot inspired by 'Twelfth Night.' New Candlelight Theatre, 2208 Millers Rd., Wilmington; Box Office: 302-475-2313. $50-$55; $32 children 4-12. Closes 6/19.

Amaryllis Theatre Company: I Am My Own Wife One actor portrays over 35 roles in this Pulitzer Prize-winning play set in Nazi Germany. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St.; 877-260-1126. $10. Closes 6/13.

Bye Bye Birdie The musical story of a rock & roll singer who is about to be inducted into the Army. Washington Crossing State Park - Open Air Theatre, 355 Washington Crossing-Pennington Rd., Titusville; Box Office: 609-737-4323. $10; $7 children 12 and under. Closes 6/6.

Cape May Stage: Class New drama about an acting teacher & young actress who uncover truths about themselves as they work together. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; Box Office: 609-884-1341. $35-$40; $30-$40 seniors; $12.50-$40 students. Closes 6/12.

Carousel A revival of the groundbreaking Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey St.; Reservations required: 215-735-0630 or 1-800-595-4849 (4TIX). $25 advance, $30 day of show; $15 student rush. Closes 6/12.

Centre Theatre: Oliver! Based on the Dickens novel Oliver Twist, w/music & lyrics by Lionel Bart. Montgomery County Cultural Center, 208 DeKalb St., Norristown; 610-279-1013. $22; $20 seniors; $15 children 18 and under. Closes 6/27.

Crowded Kitchen Players: State of the Union The timely 1946 Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse. McCoole's Arts & Events Place, 10 S. Main St., Quakertown. $18; $14 seniors; $8 students. Closes 6/20.

Fiddler on the Roof Musical about a Jewish family living in a small Russian village in the early 1900s. Walnut Street Theatre, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $10-$75.

GoKash Productions: Man, I Shoulda Put a Ring on It! 'Ring' is the second original stage play from playwright Kash Goins. Community College of Philadelphia, 1700 Spring Garden St. $35. 6/10. 7:30-9:30 pm.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie The children's classic tale comes to the Arcadia Stage. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $16-$32. Closes 6/13.

InterAct Theatre Company: Black Pearl Sings! A song collector for the Library of Congress hopes to record the large amount of traditional music an incarcerated black woman knows. Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St. $25-$29. Closes 6/27.

Kiss Me, Kate Cole Porter musical loosely based on Shakespeare's 'Taming of the Shrew.' Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; Box Office: 215-862-2041. $22. Closes 6/13.

Leaving New political tragicomedy by former Czech Republic president Vaclav Havel. Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn stars. Wilma Theater, 265 S. Broad St.; 215-546-7824. $36-$65. Closes 6/20.

Musical of Musicals One story is told through a series of five mini-musicals, each done in the style of a different composer. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30. Closes 6/27.

On Your Toes Rodgers & Hart romantic comedy. Surflight Theatre, Beach & Engleside Ave., Harvey Cedars; 609-492-9477. $30; $20 children 12 and under. Closes 6/13.

Philadelphia Theatre Company: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom August Wilson play exploring the music industry's exploitation of black performers. Suzanne Roberts Theatre, S. Broad St.; 215-985-0420. $46-$64. Closes 6/13.

Philadelphia Theatre Workshop: 516 Drama about romance, betrayal, intellectual dishonesty & consequences. Walnut Street Theatre - Studio 5, 825 Walnut St. $18; $15 students. Closes 6/6.

Pretty Young Thang This one-woman melodrama weaves a cautionary tale of truth based on life as a child growing up in the late '40s & '50s. Walking Fish Theatre, 2509 Frankford Ave.; 215-427-9255 (WALK). $10 advance; $15 day of show. Closes 6/6.

Ragtime Tony-winning musical about life in America at the turn of the 20th century. Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High St., Pottstown; 877-772-5425 (CLICK). $19-$23; $17-$21 students and seniors; $13-$15 children 12 and under. Closes 6/20.

Rent Tony-winning musical about a group of friends struggling to survive in the city. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $36-$42.50; $33.50-$38 seniors; $22-$25 children. Closes 6/6.

Respect: A Musical Journey of Women The evolving roles of women in society are explored through popular songs from throughout the 20th century. Society Hill Playhouse, 507 S. 8th St.; Reservations required: 215-923-0210. $45. Closes 6/27.

Ronald Rand: Let It Be Art 'Art' celebrates the life & talents of theater icon Harold Clurman. Robert Shackleton Playhouse, Bank & Lafayette Sts., Cape May; Box Office: 609-884-1341. $20; $12.50 students. 6/7. 8 pm.

Savage Men Male Revue Every Sat. 8 pm. House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-343-4000. $35-$55.

Shirley Valentine A one character comedy by Willy Russell about a woman who decides to follow her dream. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $25; $22 students and seniors. Closes 7/3.

Stage Left Productions: Rent Pulitzer-winning musical about a year in the life of friends living together in NY. Haddonfield Plays & Players, 957 E. Atlantic Ave., Haddonfield. $20-$30. Closes 6/12.

Sunday in the Park With George Pulitzer-winning Stephen Sondheim musical inspired by a Seurat painting. Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2d St.; 215-922-1122. $29-$48; $20-$24 teens; $16-$20 children.

Survive! Swim Pony Performing Arts presents this interactive theater work connecting art & science. The Wolf Building, 340 N. 12th St.; 847-309-1266. $11 advance; $20 day of show. Closes 6/20.

Take Flight The tales of the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh & Amelia Earhart are woven together in a blend of fact & fiction. Princeton University - McCarter Theatre, 91 University Pl., Princeton; 609-258-2787 (ARTS). $15-$65. Closes 6/6.

The Don An old-time Mafia don tries to outwit a narcotics agent in a bizarre smuggling plot. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $20; $17 students and seniors; $10 children. Closes 6/5.

The Producers A Broadway producer & an accountant scheme to bilk their investors, but all does not go as planned. Landis Theater, 818 E. Landis Ave., Vineland, NJ. Closes 6/13.

Trenton Lights Based upon the confessions, opinions, recollections & hopes of over 30 Trentonians with a tale to tell. Mill Hill Playhouse, 205 E. Front St., Trenton; 609-392-0766. $25-$30. Closes 6/6.

United We Sing! A musical revue of songs & stories that have carried our nation through since its formation. Reservations required. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. 6/6. 2 pm.

X Burlesque Steamy show featuring high-energy performances paired with a variety of outrageous props. House of Blues, 801 Boardwalk, Atlantic City; 609-343-4000. $20-$40.

Family theater

Cinderella's Birthday Party

Come dressed in costume and join in the party onstage. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $11; $9 children. Closes 7/3.

City of Peace A young boy gets lost in Jerusalem and the world gets engaged in rescuing him. Hedgerow Theatre, 64 Rose Valley Rd., Media; 610-565-4211. $15; $10 children. Closes 6/26.

Disney's Beauty & the Beast, Jr. Popular musical presented in an edited format for young audiences. Media Theatre for the Performing Arts, 104 E. State St., Media; 610-891-0100. $10-$12. Closes 6/26.

Nickelodeon's Storytime Live! Featuring popular characters from Nickelodeon shows. University of the Arts - Merriam Theater, 250 S. Broad St.; 215-732-5446. $15-$42.50. Closes 6/6.

The Three Billy Goats Gruff Three goats want to get to a pasture on the far side of a bridge, but the troll that lives beneath it demands a toll. Ritz Theatre Company, 915 White Horse Pike, Oaklyn; 856-858-5230. $8. Closes 6/5.

The Wizard of Oz Young People's Theatre Workshop presents musical. Players Club of Swarthmore, 614 Fairview Rd., Swarthmore; Box Office: 610-558-0988. $12. Closes 6/6.

Community theater

Actors' NET of Bucks County: Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare's immortal comedy about the mishaps of love. Morrisville Heritage Center, 635 N. Delmorr Ave., Morrisville; Reservations required: 215-428-0217.


. $20; $17 seniors; $10 children 12 and under. Closes 6/6.

Company Sondheim musical about the lives of five married couples as seen through the lives of their bachelor friend, Bobby. Forge Theatre, 241 First Ave., Phoenixville; Box Office: 610-935-1920. $15; $12 students 18 and under. Closes 6/26.

Fiction Steven Dietz's painful & often witty exploration of the most intimate of relationships. Spring Garden Mill, Route 332. Tyler State Park, Newtown; 215-860-0818. $12-$14. Closes 6/19.

Love Jerry This musical explores the long-term effects of child abuse on a family. Latvian Society of Philadelphia, 531 N. 7th St.; 202-744-3362. $15-$25; $10-$20 students & seniors. Closes 6/20.

Marple Newtown Players: Steel Magnolias Presented by Sarah Crawford Productions, in association with Marple Newtown Players. Gauntlett Community Center, 30 Media Line Rd., Newtown Square; 610-353-9181. $8. 6/6. 2 pm.

Nunsense Newtown Arts Company presents this musical comedy by Dan Goggin. Newtown Theater, 120 N. State St., Newtown; 215-968-3859. $17-$22.50. Closes 6/9.

Puppet Uprising's 10th Anniversary Double Bill 'Fables of Flight & Falling' by Shoddy Puppet Company & 'The Daughter of the Father of Time-Motion Study' by Missoula Oblongata. Calvary Center for Culture & Community, 801 S. 48th St; 267-909-2633. $5-$10. 6/4. 8-9:30 pm.

The Roar of the Greasepaint This Tony-nominated musical stars Cocky and Sir, men with different perspectives of their place in the world. Join them in the game of life as they examine which is more powerful -- chance or choice? Playcrafters Theatre, 2011 Store Rd., Skippack; Reservations recommended: 610-584-4005. $15. Closes 6/19.

Theater Actors Open Stage Performances by five Philadelphia actors & open stage for aspiring actors & playwrights. The Arts Garage, 1516 Parrish St. Closes 6/7.

You Have the Right to Remain Dead Footlighters Theater presents this audience participation melodrama. Footlighters Theater, 58 Main Ave., Berwyn; Box Office: 610-296-9245. $12. Closes 6/19.

Dinner theater

Murder at the Irish Wake

Comic murder mystery centered on an Irish wake, where the dear departed may have had outside help in taking his leave. Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St.; Mystery Dinner Theatre Box Office: 215-238-1313. $42.95.

Murder Mystery Series Lippincott House honors its literary legacy by bringing Sherlock Holmes back to Philadelphia. Lippincott House Bed & Breakfast, 2023-2025 Locust St.; Reservations required: 215-523-9251. $95; $180 couple. 6/10. 6:30-10:30 pm.

Classical Music

Orchestral/Chamber Music

Bach's Lunch

Elegant tea luncheon & a mini-concert featuring members of the Bay-Atlantic Symphony. Carriage House Tearoom & Cafe, 1048 Washington St., Cape May.


. $30. Closes 6/9.

Diane Meredith Belcher, Organist All-Schumann program. St. David's Episcopal Church, 763 S. Valley Forge Rd., Wayne. Donations accepted. 6/4. 7:30 pm.

New Jersey Symphony Chamber Players Mozart, Janacek & Mendelssohn. Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington St., Cape May. $20; $15 seniors; $5 students. 6/6. 8 pm.

New York Chamber Ensemble Strings & wind instrument group founded in 1987 by Stephen Rogers Radcliffe. Episcopal Church of the Advent, Washington St., Cape May; 609-884-5404. $20; $15 seniors; $5 students. Closes 6/8.

Orchestra Sinfonica di Roma: Francesco La Vecchia, Conductor Renowned Italian orchestra makes its debut U.S. tour. Trenton War Memorial, 1 Memorial Dr., Trenton; Box Office: 609-984-8400. $19-$39. 6/6. 7:30 pm.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Dutoit Conducts Strauss Featuring works by Mozart & Strauss w/violinist Arabella Steinbacher, violist Choong-Jin Chang & cellist Arto Noras soloing. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $40-$130. Closes 6/8.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Mahler's Third Symphony W/The American Boychoir & the women of the Philadelphia Singers Chorale. Charles Dutoit conducts. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $10-$130. Closes 6/12.

Princeton Festival: Greater Princeton Youth Orchestra Choral-orchestral selections from the Italian operatic repertory with the Princeton Pro Musica. 1-800-595-4849. Princeton University - Richardson Auditorium, Nassau St. & University Pl., Princeton; 1-800-595-4849. $25-$35. 6/5. 8 pm.

Princeton Festival: Organ Recital Chapel. Bach, Liszt & Schumann performed by Ken Cowan, Nathan Laube & Eric Plutz. 1-800-595-4849. Princeton University, 116 Prospect Ave., Princeton; 1-800-595-4849. $40-$50. 6/6. 3 pm.

Strings for All Ages Spring concert fund-raiser for the Germantown Jewish Centre. The event will honor Rachel Falkove and Michael Masch. Featured musicians will include Hiro Matsuo, cellist, and Tomo Matsuo, pianist from the Curtis Institute. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507 Ext. 19 6/6. 7 pm.

Timothy Schwarz & Kate Ransom, Violinists All 10 of Beethoven's Sonatas for Violin & Piano performed over three nights. Abington Presbyterian Church, 1082 Old York Rd., Abington. Donations accepted. Closes 6/12.


Commonwealth Youthchoirs Gala Concert

Featuring the Keystone State Boychoir & Pennsylvania Girlchoir w/Lauren Flanigan & Alison Fraser. Kimmel Center, Broad & Spruce Sts.; 215-893-1999. $30-$80. 6/6. 5 pm.

Palisades Community Chorus Bucks County community chorus. Palisades Middle School, 4710 Durham Rd., Kintnersville; 610-294-9039. $10; $5 students and seniors. 6/6. 7 pm.

Strawberry Festival & Pops Concert Enjoy strawberries on pound cake with ice cream followed by a concert by the Haddonfield Pops Choir. First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, 20 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield. $5; $3 children 12 and under; $12 families. 6/4. 7 pm.


Bellydance Lessons

Fun & great exercise. Silver Lake Nature Center, 1306 Bath Rd., Bristol; 215-785-1177. $10. Closes 6/27.

Danco II Apprentice group of Philadanco. Unity Hall at Tabernacle Baptist Church, 150 E. Second St., Burlington; 609-386-4785. $25; $35 includes private reception. 6/5. 6-8 pm.

Israeli Dancing Informal weekly dance sessions. New dancers welcome. Germantown Jewish Centre, 400 W. Ellet St.; 215-844-1507 Ext. 19. $5.

Pennsylvania Ballet: Romeo & Juliet Ballet version of Shakespeare's tale, set to music by Prokofiev. Academy of Music, Broad & Locust Sts.; Box Office: 215-893-1999. $24-$129. Closes 6/12.

Salsa Lessons & Dancing Dance lessons followed by open dancing w/DJ Rombero spinning salsa, merengue & bachata. Coastline, 1240 Brace Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-795-1773. Closes 6/27.

Street Performer Series Live music, dancing, acrobats, sword swallowers & more, every weekend through Labor Day. South Street Historic District. Free.

Unearthed Drexel University's Westphal College presents: Ruth Andrien, former Paul Taylor Dance Company member, and Olive Prince and Moncell Durden, Drexel dance faculty members, present their works. Drexel University - Mandell Theater, 33d St.; Box Office: 215-895-2787 (ARTS). $8; $5 students. Closes 6/5.

Other performances

Andy Prescott

Quirky & engaging singer/pianist. Bowman's Tavern, 1600 River Rd., New Hope. Free.

Andy Prescott Quirky & engaging singer/pianist. Dock's Oyster House, 2405 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City. Free. 6/5. 6-10:30 pm.

Erica Scanlon: Broadway Memories Former Miss New Jersey performs Broadway tunes. Croft Farm Arts Center, 100 Borton's Mill Rd., Cherry Hill; 856-661-4810. $15. Closes 6/6.

Rising Star Talent Search Finale The OARC presents. Keswick Theatre, 291 Keswick Ave., Glenside; 215-572-7650. $10 advance; $15 day of show. 6/8. 6:30 pm.