Diversity rules at West Virginia Public Theatre in Morgantown this summer. Four Broadway shows are planned during July and August at the Metropolitan Theatre.
WVPT will open its season with "Nunsense II: The Second Coming" from July 10–14. In the sequel to "Nunsense," the Little Sisters of Hoboken are back for what is billed as a "Thank You" for their supporters. Sister Mary Paul, the nun who had been conked on the head with a crucifix and known as Sister Amnesia, remembers that she was a former country singer who had won the Publisher's Clearing House Sweepstakes. Both Reverend Mother and the Franciscans want to claim the newest country-singing sensation as their own.
Presented from July 24-28, "The Fantasticks," is a 1960 musical with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones. It is the only off-Broadway production to win a Tony award, and it is the world's longest running musical.
It's a romantic musical about a boy, a girl, two fathers and a wall. Two neighboring fathers trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud and building a wall between the two houses. The musical score includes the standards "Try to Remember," "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain."
"Les Misérables" has won more than 90 major theatrical awards and was most recently released as a highly acclaimed Golden Globe-winning film. The classic will be presented live on stage from July 17- 21. Based on Victor Hugo's epic novel set in 19th century France, it follows an ex-convict, Jean Valjean, as he seeks redemption. It tells a story of law, grace, love, passion and sacrifice.
"Happy Days, A New Musical," with music by Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams ,will offer a trip down memory lane from July 31 through Aug. 4. Based on the TV series by creator Garry Marshall, the show reintroduces one of America's best-loved families, The Cunninghams, to a new generation.
The famed drive-in malt shop and hangout Arnold's is in danger of demolition, so the gang teams up to save it with a dance contest and a TV-worthy wrestling match.
For tickets, call 877-999-9878 (9878) visit online at www.wvpublictheatre.org.