At Porthouse Theatre:
And the World Goes 'Round
A collection of Broadway's best with a comic twist, this musical showcase focuses on songs by Kander and Ebb from hits like Chicago, Cabaret, and New York, New York. Featuring the talents of recent theater grads from local universities who make up the Porthouse Theatre Young Professional Company (above), the show runs July 5 to 21 at Porthouse Theatre on the grounds of Blossom Music Center, 1145 West Steels Corners Rd. in Cuyahoga Falls. Tickets are $17 to $33; get them at 330-929-4416 or by visiting porthousetheatre.com. — Sara Portwood
A Midsummer Night's Dream: Presented by the Ohio Shakespeare Festival, this classic comedy opens in previews July 5 and continues through July 22 in the gardens of Akron's Stan Hywet Hall, 714 North Portage Path. Tickets are $15 to $30 at 330-673-8761 or ohioshakespeare.com.
As You Like It/The Famous History of the Life of King Henry VIII: Cleveland Shakespeare Festival marks its 15th season of free outdoor theater with these two classic pieces playing in repertory on Saturdays and Sundays through August 5 at venues throughout the region. See cleveshakes.org for details.
Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson: "Gleefully loaded with anachronisms and ballsy candor, this play is a freaking rush from the get-go," advises house critic Christine Howey. Performances continue through July 22 at the Beck Center. Tickets are $28 for adults at 216-521-2540 or beckcenter.org. Find them at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.
Grace: What would it take to destroy your faith? That's what this new tragicomedy by award-winning playwright Craig Wright wants to know. Produced by the always-edgy Convergence-Continuum, Grace makes its Ohio debut at the Liminis, 2438 Scranton Rd. Performances continue through July 21. Tickets are $15 for adults, less for seniors and students; get them at 216-687-0074 or at convergence-continuum.org.
Legally Blonde The Musical:
Omigod! Nominated for seven Tony Awards, Legally Blonde The Musical opens at the Beck Center July 6, with performances through August 12. Tickets are $10 to $28 at 216-521-2540 or through beckcenter.org. Enjoy the show at 17801 Detroit Ave. in Lakewood.
Once Upon a Mattress: Mercury Summer Stock's zany musical retelling of The Princess and the Pea opens July 6 and continues through July 21 at Regina Auditorium at Notre Dame College, 4545 College Rd. in South Euclid. Tickets are $15 to $18 at 216-771-5862 or visit mercurysummerstock.com.
Sondheim on Sondheim: Intertwining dozens of live song performances with exclusive interview footage of the famous recluse, this musical tells the tale of Sondheim's life, his artistic process, and the stories behind the songs. Performances continue through July 8 at 2067 East 14th St. Tickets are $10 to $60 at 216-241-6000, or playhousesquare.org.