Summer theater has season of classics

Masterpiece: The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre starts its season with Bernstein's `West Side Story.'

May 20, 1999|By Mary Johnson | Mary Johnson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre opens its 34th season under the stars Saturday, bringing Leonard Bernstein's "West Side Story" to the theater's historic location on Compromise Street across from City Dock.

The show will be presented Thursdays through Sundays until June 26. The 1957 retelling of "Romeo and Juliet" remains a masterpiece, thanks in large part to Bernstein's incomparable score. Classic songs from the show include "Maria," "Tonight," "America," "I Feel Pretty" and "Somewhere."

Michael Quinn is the director, with Doug Yetter as music director. Tiffany Baldwin choreographed the show.

Heading the cast are Jeremy Ragsdale as Tony, Amanda Smear as Maria, Jennifer Sjolie as Anita, Jason Vellon as Bernardo, and Tony Anzalone as Doc.

Next on the program is Shakespeare's comedy "As You Like It," which will open July 2 for 17 performances, Thursdays through Sundays, ending July 31.

The third summer show will be the 1937 British musical "Me and My Girl," with Noel Gay's songs "A Bright Little Girl Like Me," "Once You Lose Your Heart," "The Lambeth Walk" and "The Girl I Left Behind Me." London's longest-running musical of the 1930s became an MGM film in 1939 and a Tony-award winning Broadway hit in 1986.

The story concerns Cockney Bill Snibson, discovered to be the long-lost heir to the earldom of Hareford. Much to the dismay of Hareford blue bloods, Bill does not want to give up Lambeth girlfriend Sally Smith to assume his title. There's a happy ending, though.

"Me and My Girl" opens Aug. 6 and will have 18 performances Thursdays through Sundays Sept. 4 at the end of ASGT's season.

Tickets are available for the three-show season at $24 for adults and $21 for students and seniors. Seats for individual performances are $10 or $8 for students and seniors.

Information: 410-268-0859; reservations, 410-268-9212.

Pub Date: 5/20/99

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