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May 17-23, 2006

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Music's in The Air

It is definitely going to be a musical summer in the South Bay

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THE EMPHASIS is on musicals in local theater this summer, from Jesus Christ Superstar, a megaproduction at City Lights, to the unusual comedy musical Urinetown at San Jose Stage Company to Hairspray at American Musical Theatre of San Jose and the world premiere of Vanities at TheatreWorks. The full roster of summer plays is listed below; for an in-depth survey of the best theatrical bets of the season see Metro theater critic Marianne Messina's story.

American Musical Theatre of San Jose
San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd, San Jose; $46-$73. 408.453.7108.
Hairspray—Jun 6-18

Broadway by the Bay
San Mateo Performing Arts Center; $15-$38; 650.579.5568.
Fiddler on the Roof—Jul 14-30

Bus Barn Stage Company
Bus Barn Theatre, Los Altos; $22-$28. 650.941.0551.
John & Jen—A musical about a relationship, May 18-Jun 10.

Cabrillo Stage
6500 Soquel Dr, Aptos; $18-$27. 831.479.6154.
Guys and Dolls—Jul 7-Aug 13

California Theatre Center
Sunnyvale Community Center, 550 E. Remington Dr, Sunnyvale; $18-$25. 408.720.0873.
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown—Jun 1-Jul 23
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)—Jun 8-Jul 22
Emma—Jun 22-Jul 21

Children's Musical Theater San Jose
Montgomery Theater, 271 S. Market St, San Jose; $35-$50. 408.288.5437.
The Full Monty—An adult Marquee Production to benefit the group's educational programs, May 18-21.

City Lights Theater Company
529 S. Second St, San Jose; $20-$35. 408.295.4200.
String of Pearls—May 18-Jun 18
Jesus Christ Superstar—Jul 13-Aug 20

Foothill Music Theater
Foothill College, 12345 El Monte Rd, Los Altos Hills; $10-$24. 650.949.7414.
Annie Get Your Gun—Jul 28-Aug 20

Hillbarn Theatre
1285 E. Hillsdale Blvd., Foster City; $17-$30. 650.349.6411.
Oliver—Ends Jun 4

Los Gatos Shakespeare Festival
Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos; $14-$20. 800.838.3006.
Hamlet, The Comedy of Errors and The Lion in Winter in repertory. Jul 14-Aug 5.

Lyric Theatre of San Jose
Devoted to Gilbert & Sullivan. From $20. 408.986.1455.
Naughty Marietta—Victor Herbert light opera (at Montgomery Theater, San Jose). Jun 17-25.
The Serenade—A lost work by Herbert (at Mission City Center for the Performing Arts, Santa Clara). Jul 29-30.

Northside Theatre Company
Olinder Theatre, 848 E. William St, San Jose; $12/$15. 408.288.7820.
California Suite—A Neil Simon classic. Jun 22-Jul 16.

PacRep Theater
Carmel; $20-$35. 831.622.0100.
A Streetcar Named Desire—Tennessee Williams (at the Golden Bough Theatre). Jun 9-Jul 2.
Talking to Terrorists—A West Coast premiere (at the Circle Theatre). Jun 21-Jul 16.
Timon of Athens—Little-seen Shakespeare (at the Circle Theatre). Aug 11-Oct 8.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast—Broadway family musical (at the Forest Theatre). Aug 17-Sep 24.

Palo Alto Players
Lucie Stern Theater, 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto; $18-$29; 650.329.0891
Private Lives—Noel Coward comedy. Jun 17-Jul 2.

The Pear Avenue Theatre
1220 Pear Ave, Unit K, Mountain View; $10-$25. 650.254.1148.
Misalliance—Shaw comedy about upper-class British family. Ends May 21.
Deuce—By Sharmon Hilfinger. Jun 23-Jul 15.

The Renegade Theatre Experiment
Historic Hoover Theater, 1635 Park Ave, San Jose. 408.351.4440.
The PornoZombies—Jul 13-29
Bill of (W)Rights—Sep 7-23

San Jose Repertory Theatre
The Rep, 101 Paseo de San Antonio, San Jose; various series packages available. 408.367.7255.
2 Pianos, 4 Hands—Jun 10-Jul 9

San Jose Stage Company/b>
The Stage, 490 S. First St, San Jose; $20-$45; 408.283.7142.
Urinetown: The Musical—May 31-Jun 25
Monday Night Live!—Annual fundraiser with catered reception and light sketch comedy aimed at local pols and celebs. Jun 26.
Idols of the King—Elvis musical (at the California Theatre, San Jose). Jul 5-23.

Saratoga Drama Group
Saratoga Civic Theater, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga; $18-$24. 408.264.3110.
La Cage Aux Folles—Ends Jun 10

Shakespeare in the Park
A traveling production by the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival plays Memorial Park Amphitheater, Cupertino.
Much Ado About Nothing—Jul 16-31

Shakespeare Santa Cruz
UC-Santa Cruz Campus; three pays in repertory.
As You Like It—Jul 19-Sep 3
King Lear—Aug 1-Sep 3
Pygmalion—Jul 26-Sep 3

South Valley Civic Theatre
Morgan Hill Community Playhouse, Fifth and Monterey streets, Morgan Hill; $12-$15. 408.842.SHOW.
Annie—May 19-Jun 10

Teatro Visión
Mexican Heritage Plaza,1700 Alum Rock Ave, San Jose; $15-$30. 408.272.9926.
The Cook—Four decades of Cuban life. Ends May 21.

Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and the Lucie Stern Theater, Palo Alto; $20-$52; 650.463.1960.
Vanities—A musical (at the Mountain View Center). Jun 21-Jul 16.
Brooklyn Boy—A Jewish family comedy (at Lucie Stern). Jul 19-Aug 13.
M. Butterfly—By David Henry Hwang (at Mountain View Center). Aug 23-Sep 17.

West Valley Light Opera
Saratoga Civic Theater, 13777 Fruitvale Ave, Saratoga; $22-$26. 408.268.3777.
Mame—Jun 24-Jul 29

Western Stage
Hartnell Performing Arts Center (Studio Theater and Main Stage), 165 Homestead Ave, Salinas; call for ticket prices. 831.755.6816.
The Time of Your Life—William Saroyan. Jun 9-Jul 2.
Meet Me in St. Louis—Jul 15-Aug 5.
Shakespeare in Hollywood—Aug 4-27.

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