Coming Up: You’ll treasure ‘Island’ by Riverside campers

Riverside Theatre’s Summer Camp Showcase “takes it to the next level,” with the Summer Teen Intensive production of “Once on This Island Jr.” this Friday and Saturday. With book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty, this Olivier Award-winning one-act musical tells the story of a peasant girl on a tropical island in the French Antilles archipelago who, through the power of love, brings people together of different social classes. Think “Romeo and Juliet” or “The Little Mermaid.” Sigh. After its success on the West End, it opened on Broadway last year and won the 2018 Tony for Best Revival of a Musical. If you’ve not yet seen the results of Riverside’s excellent summer camp program, you will be very pleasantly surprised. This one’s recommended for 13 and up. Show times: Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets: $10. 772-231-6990.

 

If it’s just too darn hot and you’re feeling the Summer Glums, Riverside Theatre has the remedy – it’s the ever-popular Howl at the Moon experience, along with the free outdoor Live in the Loop concert, plus all kinds of food and beverages (full bar), the whole shebang with a Vegas Nights theme. It’s sure to take your mood from a 2 to a 10. Bringing the Loop music Friday will be the Duosonics and, on Saturday, it’s the Bobby Owen Duo, both kickin’ up the dust with classic rock ’n’ roll. The Howl experience, on stage inside, will be a dueling piano show, with a pair of super talented pianist entertainers facing off across the ivories with no set agenda. Every show is different and, most fun of all, you get to pick the songs. See if you can come up with one they don’t know. Lotsa luck with that. Free Live in the Loop concert, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dueling Pianos shows: 7:30 p.m. And 9:30 p.m. Tickets: $12 to $22. 772-231-6990.

 

How about a good, old-fashioned, full-of-friends street party? Vero Beach has got it down. This coming Friday July 27, its Main Street Vero Beach’s Last Friday Street Party. Vero’s Historic Downtown District along 14th Avenue will be filled with live music (you can dance if you’d like). Up and down both sides of the street, shops and galleries will welcome you to pop in and look around. Of course, you can grab all sorts of food and drink. Last Friday is a very family friendly event, and you’re welcome to bring your well-behaved family pooch, too. Time: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on 14th Avenue. Admission: Free. 772-643-6782.

 

Guitarist Jimmy Page summed up his band Led Zeppelin thusly: “Power. Mystery. And the Hammer of the Gods.” If you ever actually got to see Zeppelin backin the ’70s, live in concert, you must still remember how you felt,  how the combustible music and the “blues and whiskey” vocals of Roger Plant moved you. This Saturday, you can tap into those thrilling days of rock and roll with the Pure Zeppelin Experience, on stage at the Sunrise Theatre in Fort Pierce. This Florida-based tribute band, says the show promo, reproduces a full Zeppelin concert, “the madness and the majesty, to thrilling, chest-pounding effect.” The show includes a special guest band, billed as “The No. 1 Tribute to Journey,” Never Stop Believin.’ A portion of the proceeds benefits Multiple Sclerosis. Show time: 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 to $50. 772-461-4775.

 

Who can resist a musical whose tagline is “everything you have ever secretly thought about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but were afraid to admit?” Nobody. Wikipedia says the hilarious musical comedy “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” opening at the Kravis in West Palm this coming Thursday, July 26, is the second longest-running Off-Broadway musical ever. The show is a series of vignettes connected by the central theme of love and relationships, designed to suggest an overall arc to relationships throughout the course of one’s life. Show times: Thursday and Friday – 7:30 p.m.; Saturday – 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday – 1:30 p.m. Tickets: Thursday, July 26, final dress rehearsal, $25, general; $10, students/educators, 2 tickets per valid ID, $10; all other performances, $55. Through Aug. 12. 561-832-7469.

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