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Lakewood Playhouse and Tacoma Musical Playhouse have new, main stage productions coming soon. It is not too late to catch a performance of Gig Harbor’s Paradise Theatre’s production of “Xanadu.”

“Peter and the Starcatcher”
Lakewood Playhouse
5729 Lakewood Towne Center Blvd. SW, Lakewood
Contact: www.lakewoodplayhouse.org or (253) 588-0042

“Peter and the Starcatcher” is the hilarious story of Peter Pan and Captain Hook before they became Captain Hook and Peter Pan. It is dubbed “the Neverland you never knew!” It will be a “funny-filled” adventure for the whole family. Presented with wild and wacky Warner Brothers cartoon-style humor, this is a story that will touch your heart. “Peter and the Starcatcher” is a wildly theatrical adaptation of Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson’s best-selling novels. The play was conceived for the stage by directors, Roger Rees and Alex Timbers, and written by Rick Elice, with music by Wayne Barker. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, “Peter and the Starcatcher” playfully explores the depths of greed and despair, as well as the bonds of friendship, duty and love.

This is Lakewood Playhouse and a South Sound premier directed by John Munn and stage managed by Madisen Crowley with special music supervision by Deborah Lynn Armstrong. The show runs March 30 to April 22. Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Pay-what-you-can performances take place on the following Thursdays: March 29, April 5 and April 12.

“Catch Me If You Can”
Tacoma Musical Playhouse
7116 6th Ave., Tacoma
Contact: www.tmp.org or (253) 565-6867

Tacoma Musical Playhouse announces its fourth musical of the 2017-2018 season, “Catch Me If You Can.” Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, “Catch Me If You Can” is the high-flying musical comedy about chasing your dreams and not getting caught. Nominated for four Tony awards, including Best Musical, this delightfully entertaining show was created by a Tony Award-winning “dream team,” with a book by Terrence McNally (“The Full Monty,” “Ragtime”) and a swinging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”).

Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager, Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, Abignale successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. When his lies catch the attention of FBI agent, Carl Hanratty, though, Hanratty pursues Abignale across the country to make him pay for his crimes

“Catch Me If You Can” runs April 6-29 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. There are additional matinee shows on Saturdays April 21 and 28.

“Xanadu”
Paradise Theatre
3114 Judson St., Gig Harbor
Contact: www.paradisetheatre.org or (253) 851-7529

This Tony Award-nominated, hilarious, roller skating, musical adventure is about following your dreams despite the limitations others set for you. It rolls along to the original hit score composed by pop-rock legends, Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. Based on the Universal Pictures cult classic movie of the same title, which starred Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly, “Xanadu” is hilarity on wheels for adults, children and anyone who has ever wanted to feel inspired.

The Paradise Theatre production runs through March 31 with showings at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays with additional matinees at 2 p.m. on Saturdays. (There are no Sunday showings.)

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