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LIFE ' S GUIDE TO THE 2017 SEASON

As we enter the last full month of summer the

pace of events here picks up to a dizzying pace !
So , try and keep up as we look to the biggest , brightest and in some cases last , big events of the 2017 season !
THE LAST BIG BOOM !
Just when you thought you ’ d seen the last red rocket ’ s glare , you ’ re wrong ! On August 26 ( rain date the 27th ) the final and some think best , fireworks show of the year will be held at East Hampton Village ’ s Main Beach . An awesome display by Grucci this is one well worth waiting for . Parking it a bit tricky , you ’ ll have to use the side lanes of Lily Pond and Ocean Avenue to find a spot , then walk the rest of the way . But my , oh my , this one will is well worth it !
ON STAGE
Summer stock was once a fixture in this area . Prepackaged productions of Broadway shows generally starring a well-know , if somewhat on the decline , star . Stopping for a few days at local venues like Guild Hall they gave summer visitors and locals a reasonable facsimile of a day on Broadway . Today East End audiences are treated to productions that are not simply like Broadway they are on occasion as good if not better than an evening on the Great White Way . This year we have been lucky to have a number of new works and welcome revivals that match that bar .
So far this summer , Sag Harbor ’ s BAY STREET THE- ATER 631-725-9500 has been hitting high notes with their first two main stage productions of the season . Both “ The Man in the Ceiling ” and the just ended “ Intimate Apparel ” were critical and popular successes . But wait , they may just have saved the best for last ! After all , what better way to round out a summer season than a rousing revival of Shakespeare ? And what better tale than “ As You Like It ”! One of the Bard ’ s best known tales of mistaken identity and love lost and found this version is set in the high times of the 1920 ’ s Jazz Age . Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle with an original score by “ Wicked ” Stephen Schwartz a glorious evening is expected for all . Tickets for this August 8 through September 3 run are already going fast so be sure to grab yours fast !
Speaking of the Bard you ’ ll be thrilled to know Bay Street presents two special , free performances of “ Kiss Me , Kate ” the musical version of “ The Taming of the Shrew ”. Held under the stars at the nearly Mashashimuet Park Broadway stars will clash under the natural stars August 25 and 26th .
Meanwhile the folks at East Hampton ’ s JOHN DREW THEATER 631-324-4050 have been hosting a series of staged reading audiences have fallen for like a lobster bake at Main Beach . This August you have three more left , starting on the 20th with “ Only a Kingdom ” a new musical by Judith Shubow Stein that traces the historic ups and down of King Edward VIII and the love of his life , Wallis Simpson . Will a man give up his throne for the woman he loves ? Not just that , they ’ ll sing and dance !
On the 25th an annual favorite returns with the 2017 version of “ Celebrity Autobiography ”. This year it ’ s Christie Brinkley , Susan Lucci , Brooke Shields , Eugene Pack and more telling us what it ’ s like to be them in the intimate surrounding of the John Drew Theater . Finally , on the 27th it is the premier of “ Sweet Birds ”. This new romantic comedy from Kathryn Grady builds a back story romance around the cast and audience of an Avant-Garde production of “ Sweet Bird of Youth ”. Played to hilarious perfection by the ever lovely Carol Kane , the always lovable Peter Scolari and a Broadway caliber cast tickets for this one night only show are $ 40 .
THEY SING , THEY DANCE !!
In a season full of musical acts Sag Harbor ’ s BAY STREET THEATER has gone all out to make Mondays this summer synonymous with the best there is in the Hampton ’ s . Six legendary performers singing their hearts out in their intimate 300 seat theater , you simply can ’ t ask for more !
So far this season we ’ ve seen rave shows by Ms . Betty Buckley , two of Broadway ’ s rising stars made their appearance when Kelli Barrett and Jarrod Spector paired up for an evening of standards while veteran showgirl Lorna Luft captivated the crowd . This month enjoy an evening with Tony Award winner , Billy Porter on August 14 . He is followed by a legend of the stage Jennifer Holliday ( Dreamgirls , Color Purple , Chicago ) on August 21 .
Rounding out the season is a very special appearance by a very special Broadway star . The composer of “ Wicked ”, “ Godspell ” and “ Pippin ”, multiple Tony
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LIFE'S GUIDE TO THE 2017 SEASON A s we enter the last full month of summer the pace of events here picks up to a dizzying pace! So, try and keep up as we look to the biggest, brightest and in some cases last, big events of the 2017 season!   THE LAST BIG BOOM ! Just when you thought you’d seen the last red rock- et’s glare, you’re wrong! On August 26 (rain date the 27th) the final and some think best, fireworks show of the year will be held at East Hampton Village’s Main Beach. An awesome display by Grucci this is one well worth waiting for. Parking it a bit tricky, you’ll have to use the side lanes of Lily Pond and Ocean Avenue to find a spot, then walk the rest of the way. But my, oh my, this one will is well worth it!   ON STAGE Summer stock was once a fixture in this area. Pre- packaged productions of Broadway shows generally starring a well-know, if somewhat on the decline, star. Stopping for a few days at local venues like Guild Hall they gave summer visitors and locals a reasonable facsimile of a day on Broadway. Today East End audi- ences are treated to productions that are not simply like Broadway they are on occasion as good if not better than an evening on the Great White Way. This year we have been lucky to have a number of new works and welcome revivals that match that bar. So far this summer, Sag Harbor’s BAY STREET THE- ATER 631-725-9500 has been hitting high notes with 12 | Montauk / Hampton Life | August 2017 their first two main stage productions of the season. Both “The Man in the Ceiling” and the just ended “Inti- mate Apparel” were critical and popular successes. But wait, they may just have saved the best for last! After all, what better way to round out a summer season than a rousing revival of Shakespeare? And what better tale than “As You Like It”! One of the Bard’s best known tales of mistaken identity and love lost and found this version is set in the high times of the 1920’s Jazz Age. Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle with an original score by “Wicked” Stephen Schwartz a glori- ous evening is expected for all. Tickets for this August 8 through September 3 run are already going fast so be sure to grab yours fast! Speaking of the Bard you’ll be thrilled to know Bay Street presents two special, free performances of “Kiss Me, Kate” the musical version of “The Taming of the Shrew”. Held under the stars at the nearly Mashashim- uet Park Broadway stars will clash under the natural stars August 25 and 26th. Meanwhile the folks at East Hampton’s JOHN DREW THEATER 631-324-4050 have been hosting a series of staged reading audiences have fallen for like a lobster bake at Main Beach. This August you have three more left, starting on the 20th with “Only a Kingdom” a new musical by Judith Shubow Stein that traces the historic ups and down of King Edward VIII and the love of his life, Wallis Simpson. Will a man give up his throne for the woman he loves? Not just that, they’ll sing and dance! On the 25th an annual favorite returns with the 2017 version of “Celebrity Autobiography”. This year it’s Christie Brinkley, Susan Lucci, Brooke Shields, Eugene Pack and more telling us what it’s like to be them in the intimate surrounding of the John Drew Theater. Fi- nally, on the 27th it is the premier o qMݕЁ ɑϊt)Q́܁ɽѥ䁙ɽ-ѡ币Ʌ䁉ե)ѽɽɽչѡЁՑ)مеɑɽՍѥqMݕЁ ɐeѣt)A啐Ѽɥ́əѥѡٕȁٕ ɽ)-ѡ݅́مAѕȁMɤ ɽ݅)ȁЁѥ́ȁѡ́Ё͡܁ɔ(llQ!dM%9Q!d9 )%͕ͽձͥ́M!ɉˊé d)MQIPQ!QH́ЁѼ5)ѡ́յȁ幽嵽́ݥѠѡЁѡɔ́ѡ)!ѽe̸Məɵ́ͥѡ)́Ёѡȁѥє͕ЁѡѕȰԁͥ)eЁͬȁɔ)Mȁѡ͕́ͽݗe͕ٔɅٔ́͡5̸ д) Ս䰁ݼ ɽ݅éɥͥх́ѡȁ)Ʌݡ- ɕЁ)ɽMѽȁɕ)ȁٕхɑ́ݡٕѕɅ͡ݝɰ)1ɹ1ՙЁѥمѕѡɽݐQ́Ѡ䁅)ٕݥѠQ݅ɐݥȰ Aѕȁ՝(и!́ݕ䁄ѡх))!䀡ɕɱ̰ ȁA ՝(ĸ)IչЁѡ͕ͽٕ́ȴ)䁄ٕ ɽ݅хȸQ͕)q]tqtqAtձѥQ)ܹ5хխ1