The stage is set for 'Miss Saigon's' three-month run at 0) Kennedy Center
How do you follow up a mega-hit musical adaptation of the epic novel "Les Miserables"? That show's composer, Claude-Michel Schonberg, and lyricist, Alain Boublil, turned to Puccini's "Madama Butterfly" and came up with a Vietnamized version called "Miss Saigon," which begins a three-month engagement at Washington's Kennedy Center on Tuesday.
Set in Saigon in 1975, the musical -- currently in its fifth year on London's West End and its third year on Broadway -- re-casts the main characters as a GI and a Vietnamese bar girl. Curtain times are 8 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, with matinees at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, through August 21. Tickets are $27.50-
$65. For more information call (800) 444-1324.
@ Cockpit in Court, the resident summer theater at Essex Community College, 7201 Rossville Blvd., opens its 22nd season on Friday with Shakespeare's "Macbeth," in the outdoor Courtyard theater. Show times are 8 p.m. June 10, 11, 16-18; and 7 p.m. June 12 and 19; with one matinee at 2 p.m. June 19. Tickets are $7.50.
The schedule: "George M" (Mainstage) and "The Man Who Came to Dinner" (Upstairs Cabaret), June 17 to July 3; "Snow White" (Young People's Theatre, Administration Building, Lecture Hall), July 7-17; "Oliver!" (Mainstage) and "Lend Me a Tenor" (Upstairs Cabaret), July 22 to August 7. Tickets for the Mainstage are $12.50; the Upstairs Cabaret, $10; and the Young People's Theatre, $5. Call (410) 780-6534.
J. Wynn Rousuck Tired of socio-political art? Weary of the shouting and the posturing? Then you might want to check out the current show at Resurgam, whose three artists profess to no grand purposes but rather to more personal aims. Shayne Hull paints because, he says, "I love to paint." He hopes viewers will enjoy his works "for what they are: colorful paintings, nothing more, nothing less." Nancy Sheer's paintings reflect her experiences, while Michael Weiss' images in paintings and stained glass "are not intended to reveal a concrete 'meaning,' " he says, "but are offered so that others may engage in their own conversation with them." At Resurgam, 910 S. Charles St., through June 18. Call (410) 962-0513.