Popular musicals headed to a few regional stages

For theater buffs, traveling a bit to see a revival of a classic or contemporary musical may be preferable to fighting the traffic into Manhattan to see a Broadway show.

With the exception of the Community Arts Center’s recent production of “Cinderella,” the scarcity of big splashy musicals locally may lure some area theatergoers to the performing arts theaters in either Scranton or Wilkes-Barre.

With the 2018-19 season winding down, a couple of popular musicals are headed to the Scranton Cultural Center and Wilkes-Barre’s F.M. Kirby Center later this spring.

SCRANTON CULTURAL CENTER

(420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton)

“THE KING AND I” — One of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classics, Anna and the audience are whisked away to Siam in this award-winning musical. With a splendid score, including “Whistle a Happy Tune,” “Hello Young Lovers” and “Shall We Dance?,” “The King and I” has 8 p.m. performances March 29-30, with matinees at 2 p.m. March 30 and 1 p.m. March 31.

“FINDING NEVERLAND” — This big Broadway-style musical is based upon one of literature’s most beloved characters, Peter Pan, the little boy who won’t grow up. How Peter became Pan proves that nothing is impossible and the wonder of children lasts forever, as Scottish playwright J.M. Barrie discovers in “Finding Neverland.”

The family fantasy musical has 2 p.m. performances on May 31 and June 1. There is also an 8 p.m. curtain on June 1 and a 1 p.m. showing on June 2.

For more information, call 570-344-1111.

F.M. KIRBY CENTER

(71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre)

“CINDERELLA” — Tonight, the touring company of “Cinderella” has a final performance of this show at 7:30 p.m.

Those who missed the recent well-received production at the CAC have another opportunity to experience the young chambermaid’s delightful transformation into a princess.

“KINKY BOOTS” — Based upon the 2005 British film and still running on Broadway, the 2013 Tony Award-winning musical (“Best Musical” and “Best Score”) steps into the Kirby Center for two shows.

“Kinky Boots” has high-stepping performances at 1:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on April 7.

The heart-warming musical about being true to one’s self has a huge heart and plenty of high heels, with 16 original songs and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and book by Harvey Fierstein.

For more information, call 570-826-1100.

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