Bigfork Summer Playhouse in full swing

Polished performers deliver the 64th season of musical fare

On Stage

The Bigfork Summer Playhouse is in full swing for its 64th season with another stellar season of repertory theatre.

"The Fiddler on the Roof" returns to the Bigfork Summer Playhouse with powerful music and a relevant story.
“Fiddler on the Roof” returns to the Bigfork Summer Playhouse with powerful music and a relevant story.Photo © Bigfork Summer Playhouse

This season, the company states some classic musicals, “Fiddler on The Roof” and “Grease,” alongside “The Addams Family” and “Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville.”

About the shows:

Fiddler on The Roof – The beloved story of the small, tradition-steeped town of Anatevka, Russia, where Jews and Russians live in delicate balance. During the course of the show, the time-honored traditions of Anatevka are both embraced and challenged by Tevye and his colorful community, as they witness his daughters, grow up and fall in love in a time of extraordinary change. Songs include “Sunrise, Sunset,” the boisterous “If I Were a Rich Man”, and the classic “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.”

Grease – It’s 1959, and Rydell High School’s senior class is in rare form. The too-cool-for-school “Burger Palace Boys” are stealing hub-caps and acting tough and their gum-snapping, chain-smoking “Pink Ladies” are looking hot in bobby sox and pedal pushers. The rollicking musical is both an homage to the idealism of the 50s and a satire of high schoolers’ age-old desire to be rebellious and provocative.

The Addams Family – In the kooky, upside-down world of the Addams Family, to be sad is to be happy, to feel pain is to feel joy, and death and suffering are the stuff of their dreams. Gomez and Morticia, the patriarch and matriarch of the clan, would be only too happy to continue living that way. Their dark, macabre, beloved daughter Wednesday, however, is now 18 and has fallen in love with a sweet, smart boy from a normal, respectable Ohio family and has invited his family to dinner. In one fateful, hilarious night, secrets are disclosed, relationships are tested, and the Addams family must face up to the one horrible thing they’ve managed to avoid for generations: change.

Escape to Margaritaville – This musical tells the story of a sweet romance between an island-dweller and a tourist is just what it promises: an escape to a warm climate full of singing, dancing and tequila. The musical, which premiered in 2017, has music and lyrics by Jimmy Buffett, including “Cheeseburger in Paradise”, “Margaritaville,” “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere,” “Fins,” “Volcano,” and many more.

Showtimes are 8 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, with selected matinees at 2 p.m. July 9 (Fiddler), July 16 (Addams Family), July 30 (Margaritaville) and Aug. 13 (Grease). The ever- popular Benefit Revue – a scholarship benefit and gala featuring current talent and alums – is 7 p.m. July 23 (Alert: this show always sells out!).

The season ends with “Hits from the 50s, 60s, and 70s” (v 12.0.1), 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24-26 and Aug. 31-Sept. 2.

For tickets, call 406-837-4886 or order online.