Your Guide to Spring & Summer Theatre on Long Island

There’s something so mesmerizing about going to the theatre and watching the cast bring down the house. A trip to New York City for dinner and a Broadway play makes for a memorable evening, but there are also plenty of opportunities to tap your feet and sing along a little closer to home. The 2016 Long Island spring/summer theatre schedule will have you dropping that LIRR schedule in a New York minute.

The John W. Engeman Theater, Northport

Thoroughly Modern Millie
This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there. Dates: May 26-July 10

The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport will kick off its 10th anniversary season in grand fashion with the East Coast Regional premiere of MAMMA MIA! More than 60 million people have fallen in love with the story of a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father. Dates: July 21-Sept. 11

Bay Street Theater, Sag Harbor

The Forgotten Woman
See if Margaret Meier can master her career, men and self doubt on her way to opera superstardom the world premiere of The Forgotten Women, written by Jonathan Tolins (writer of Buyer and Cellar) and directed by Noah Himmelstein. Dates: May 31-June 19

The Last Night of Ballyhoo
Being a Southern and Jewish belle is no ball in The Last Night of Ballyhoo, which tackles ethnic bias and religious identity and beliefs with some humor along the way. Dates: June 28-July 24

My Fair Lady
Whether you’ve seen My Fair Lady, a classic on the silver screen and the stage, once or 100 times, it’s never enough. Reacquaint yourself with everyone’s favorite flower girl, Eliza Doolittle, as she embarks on a quest for love with a little help from Professor Henry Higgins. Acclaimed director Michael Arden’s take on the musical will include two pianos and 15 actors who will bring the story to life. Dates: Aug. 2-28

Gateway Theatre, Bellport

Anything Goes
The Tony Award-winning, tap-dancing musical is coming to the South Shore. Take a musical voyage on the S.S. American and watch as two unlikely pairs navigate the waters of true love with hilarity, hijinks and scandal. You’ll be humming classic songs by Cole Porter, including “You’re the Top” and “Anything Goes” for days to come. Dates: May 18-June 4

Million Dollar Quartet
If you like that old-time rock-n’-roll consider Million Dollar Quartet your pipe dream. The play brings to life an epic jam session with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash that occurred Dec. 4, 1956 at Sun Records Studio in Memphis. The score of hits is the stuff of legends, think “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and “Hound Dog.” Dates: June 8-25

Ain’t Misbehavin’
It’s Long Island, so you’ll probably get invited to a lot of Jazz Age/Gatsby-themed parties this summer. Put Ain’t Misbehavin‘ at the top of your list. Based on the catchy music of Fats Waller, the musical will take you back to the by-gone era with boisterous, humorous tunes like “Jitterbug Waltz” and “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” Shake those troubles away. Dates: June 29-July 16

The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Halloween comes early in the form of a cult classic. Clean-cut couple Brad and Janet settle upon the kooky and slightly unorthodox home of mad transvestite scientist Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter as he unveils his latest creation, Rocky the perfect man. Dates: Aug. 24-Sept. 10

BroadHollow Theatre Company, East Islip/Elmont

Anything Goes
You’ll get a kick out of this amusing, age-old tale of boy-meets-girl and the complications that ensue. Dates: May 7-22 (East Islip), July 9-24 (Elmont)

Leon Tolchinsky is pumped when he scores a teaching gig in an idyllic Russian hamlet, but when he arrives he finds people sweeping dust from the stoops back on their houses and others milking upside down to get more cream. Turns out the town has been cursed with Chronic Stupidity for the last two centuries and it’s up to Leon to break the curse. Dates: May 28-June 12 (East Islip)

Into the Woods
You saw the Meryl Streep movie, now see Into the Woods on stage. Everyone’s favorite storybook characters like Cinderella come together for a timeless, touching piece that will enchant people of all ages. Dates: Aug. 6-21 (Elmont)

The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center, Oakdale

The Wedding Singer
Based on the Adam Sandler flick by the same name, The Wedding Singer will transport you back to a time and place when hair was big and greed was good, AKA 1985 New Jersey. Cross the Hudson and watch what happens when a wannabe rockstar/professional wedding singer is left at the alter and is forced to change his tune. Dates: April 30-May 22

The Little Mermaid
Spoil your niece by taking her to see the musical version of the Disney smash hit The Little Mermaid. I’d give a synopsis of the plot, but odds are you haven’t forgotten it. Dates: June 4-July 9

West Side Story
The 1960s answer to Romeo and Juliet. Tension builds towards tragedy when two kids from rival New York City gangs fall in love. Dates: July 30-Aug. 28

Patchogue Theatre, Patchogue

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
Hop aboard party bus Priscilla and get ready to laugh out loud for a couple hours. Join three divas as they drive their lavender bus (of course named Priscilla) across the desert and encounter a bunch of colorful characters along the way. The musical smash hit features crowd-pleaser after crowd-pleaser in well-known pop, funk, gospel and disco tunes like “It’s Raining Men” and “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.” Dates: July 20-Aug. 6

Dance to the Movies
Anyone who considers TV talent shows appointment viewing is in for a treat when Dance to the Movies arrives at Patchogue Theatre. Pros from Dancing with the Stars like Lacey Schwimmer and Jonathan Roberts team up with top finalists from So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and The Voice for a high-energy night of tributes to some of the most memorable musical moments of film. The powerhouse production includes hits from West Side Story, Grease, Chicago, Hairspray, Moulin Rouge and more. Dates: Aug. 10-14

Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, Smithtown 

When you enter the Kit Kat Klub, leave your troubles at the door and begin a journey through pre-World War II Germany. Dates: April 9-May 22

It’s 1962 in Baltimore and plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad wants only one thing: to dance on the uber-popular Corny Collins Show. But when her dream comes true, life gets a little more challenging. Round up the whole family for a day of laughter, romance and infectious songs. Dates: July 11-Aug. 30

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Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.