Cape Playhouse opens the summer season with “Grease”

The Cape Playhouse in Dennis will reopen June 1 with the musical “Grease” as its first indoor summer season in three years, with a director and actress so familiar with the 50th anniversary show. See story below, plus here are three more new shows.

And theater reviews of “The Drag” at the Provincetown Theater and “St. Francis” at the Cotuit Center for the Arts, see

► Mark Cortale’s “Broadway @” series at Provincetown City Hall (260 Commercial St.) begins with one of the stage’s biggest stars: the six-time (a record!) Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (“Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess”, “Carousel”, “Ragtime”), sing and speak with Sirius XM Radio’s Seth Rudetsky as presenter/music director. The show takes place May 20 at 6:30 p.m. with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Sandy Hook Promise. Indie rock star Melissa Ferrick will be the opening act and have her own show on May 28th at 7:30pm at the Art House. Tickets and information:

Audra McDonald will be the first Broadway star back in Provincetown this summer "Broadway @" Series of shows with host/music director Seth Rudetsky.

► Provincetown favorite Zoe Lewis opens Art House Season (214 Commercial St.) with her new mini-musical memoirs “A Piece of P-Town”, subtitled “30 years of songs and stories inspired by an incredible little headland”. Shows on May 27th at 7:30pm and May 28th at 6pm will feature Qya Cristal as well as Parker Ousley on cello and Roxanne Layton on recorder. Tickets and information:

Zoe Lewis will debut a new show called "A piece of P Town."

Summer entertainment:“Most Ambitious Lineup Yet”: Audra McDonald and Chita Rivera Headline the 40+ Star Summer at the Art House, Town Hall in Provincetown

“silver threads”, The hit musical revue honoring Linda Ronstadt, conceived by Sonia Schonning and Marcia Wytrwal and starring them and Sara Bleything, is moving to the Cotuit Center for the Arts, 4404 Falmouth Road (Route 28) this summer. Shows are from June 1st to June 19th. Tickets and information:

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Broadway veteran Joyce Chittick is directing Grease, the musical that opens the season at the Cape Playhouse in Dennis.

Cape Playhouse opens season with “Grease”

Broadway veteran Joyce Chittick looks forward to directing Grease at the Cape Playhouse when the historic Dennis Theater opens June 1 – marking the first indoor season in three years and also the 50th anniversary of the legendary musical.

Chittick is no stranger to the hit series, having served as the on-screen choreographer for segments of the reality TV show Grease: You’re the One That I Want (2007); became associate choreographer for the Broadway revival of the musical (2007-2009); and was a choreographer for his national tour (2008-2010).

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