You Don’t Need to Go Far for Great Theater and Dance This Spring

Towson University: Merrily We Roll Along

through May 11, Tickets.TUBoxOffice.com

Music by Stephen Sondheim; Lyrics by George Furth. Merrily We Roll Along tracks the unraveling of the friendship and aspirations of three friends. With a narrative traveling backward in time from 1980 to 1957, friends discover the true costs of success in this semi-autobiographical musical. Classics such as “Not a Day Goes By,” “Good Thing Going” and “Opening Doors” convey Sondheim’s wit and humor in this moving musical.

Everyman Theatre: Queens Girl in the World and Queens Girl in Africa

May 7 – June 23, EverymanTheatre.org

Queens Girl in the World: Honest, funny and dancing with heart, Queens Girl in the World chronicles the misadventures of bright-eyed, brown-skinned Jacqueline Marie Butler, whose sudden transfer from a protective, middle class late-1950s upbringing in Queens to a progressive, predominantly-Jewish private school in Greenwich Village adds comical confusion to her already quizzical, fish-out-of-water adolescence. 

Queens Girl in Africa: When her family ups and moves to Nigeria following the assassination of civil rights leader Malcolm X, a close personal family friend, the infectiously spirited Jacqueline Marie Butler finds herself at a crossroads of personal and political upheaval, bearing the weight of Africa—and the world—on her slim yet spunky shoulders. 

Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute: Preparatory Dance Sleeping Beauty

May 19, Peabody.JHU.edu

More than 150 Preparatory Dance students present the classic fairy tale, with director Melissa Stafford.