Broadway productions and locally written plays highlight this month's stage offerings

The hit Broadway musical, “Newsies,” comes to North Carolina Theatre.
The hit Broadway musical, “Newsies,” comes to North Carolina Theatre. Curtis Brown Photography

This month, theater fans may want to squeeze in some time between beach trips and mountain vacations for these productions.

“Big Fish” – Theatre Raleigh

Based on N.C. author Daniel Wallace’s novel and Tim Burton’s film version, this 2013 Broadway musical takes a moving look at the whimsical stories a dying man remembers telling his son, which include giants, mermaids and witches.

Details: July 11-22. Kennedy Theatre, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $32.50-$35. 919-832-9997 or theatreraleigh.com.


“First Date” – North Raleigh Arts and Creative Theatre

Modern urban dating is the subject of this 2003 Broadway show. During Aaron and Casey’s awkward first date at a restaurant, friends keep calling them offering advice, while waiters and customers offer friendly encouragement.

Details: July 13-29. North Raleigh Arts & Creative Theatre, 7713-51 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh. $15-$22. 919-866-0228 or nract.org.


“NC 10 by 10” – OdysseyStage and Cary Playwrights Forum

After soliciting scripts from across the state, two theater companies are producing 10 short plays by 10 playwrights that are funny, touching and sometimes spooky.

Details: July 19-22. ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St., Carrboro. $10-$18. 919-929-2787 or artscenterlive.org. Also July 26-28. The Cary, 122 E. Chatham St., Cary. $10-$18. 919-462-2051 or thecarytheater.com.

“Newsies” – North Carolina Theatre

The hit Broadway musical, based on the popular Disney film, follows the plight of newspaper delivery boys being exploited by the publisher until they decide to strike. The show features high-energy choreography and stirring anthems.

Details: July 24-29. Memorial Auditorium, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $25-$113. 919-831-6941 or nctheatre.com.

RAL_ Amani Mckenzie as Girl
Amani Mckenzie as Girl in Women's Theatre Festival's "Eclipsed." Melissa Eastwood

“Eclipsed” – Women’s Theatre Festival

An all-female cast and creative team present the dramatic story of five Liberian women and their survival near the end of the Second Liberian Civil War in 2003. Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o starred in the Broadway run.

Details: July 27-Aug. 5. Durham Fruit and Produce Co., 305 S. Dillard St., Durham. $17. 980-458-2551 or durhamfruit.com.

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