BRUNSWICK – Maine State Music Theatre’s 51st season, which begins June 3, features four award-winning musicals new to the MSMT stage along with three children’s musicals and a concert by Grammy-nominated a cappella group Toxic Audio.

The summer will begin with “The Light In The Piazza” followed by Gershwin’s “Crazy for You,” “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” and “The Drowsy Chaperone.”

Children’s titles include “A Year With Frog and Toad,” “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” and “Schoolhouse Rock Live!”

Single tickets to all performances go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 29; call 725-8769 or go online to www.msmt.org. All shows are presented at Pickard Theater on the campus of Bowdoin College. Tickets range from $29 to $52 for the main stage musicals, $7 to $11 for children’s shows, and $15 to $28 for Toxic Audio.

Winner of six Tony Awards, “The Light In The Piazza” centers around Margaret and Clara, a mother and daughter traveling through Italy who discover what it means to be loved.

“Crazy for You” contains nearly two-dozen Gershwin classic tunes, including “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Naughty Baby.” All are woven into a tale about a New York banker who decides he wants to be a tap-dancing Broadway star.

“Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” is based on the Michael Caine/Steve Martin motion picture of the same name. Following the same storyline as the film, the musical is full of adult humor as two swindlers in the French Riviera compete to see who can out-swindle unsuspecting wealthy women.

“The Drowsy Chaperone” is a musical within a comedy about a hilariously agoraphobic man who tells the audience delightful tales about his favorite Broadway musical.


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