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Music Theatre announces summer season

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This week the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre announced its schedule for the 30th summer season, which begins June 12.

After years of waiting to obtain a license to present "Les Miserables," the theater will open its 2013 season with the musical based on Victor Hugo's novel.

Written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, with music by Schonberg and lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer, "Les Mis" will run from June 12 to 23.

Next, the musical "Chicago" will run from June 26 to July 7.

Set in Chicago and filled with dance and the music of composer, John Kander and lyricist, Fred Ebb, the musical tells a story of fame and fortune.

The third show will be "Crazy For You," an old fashioned Broadway musical comedy set to the music of the Gershwins, George the composer and Ira the lyricist, tells a wonderful story by playwright, Ken Ludwig.

It features favorites like "Bidin' My Time," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Embraceable You," "I Got Rhythm" and "Shall We Dance?"

The final show of the summer will be "Shrek," a tribute to a main goal of the music theater's over the last 30 years, to offer entertainment for the whole family, especially children.

"Shrek" will run from July 24 to Aug. 4 and will feature a friendly ogre come to life on stage with friends Donkey, Princes Fiona, Pinocchio and Lord Farquaad.

Music for "Shrek" was written by Jeanine Tesori, with the book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire. The musical is based on the 2001 DreamWorks film "Shrek" and William Steig's book "Shrek!"

Performance times will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and at 7 p.m. Sunday, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and on June 19, July 3, 17 and 31 and Aug. 1.
Tickets are on sale for all four shows at $27 and $28 with subscriptions for the season at a 15 percent savings and may be purchased at the Shenandoah Box Office located in the Ohrstrom-Bryant lobby, by calling 540-655-4569 or online at shenandoahsummermusictheatre.com.


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