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Get in touch with your dramatic side this spring with live theater productions in the Last Frontier. From nationally touring productions to small playhouses featuring local talent, there’s something for everyone to sit back and enjoy this season.
Juneau-based Perseverance Theatre is Alaska’s largest professional theater company and serves up critically acclaimed productions year-round at its Juneau location as well as on other stages across the state. The theater’s latest offering, Neil Simon’s Tony award-winning “The Odd Couple,” is a hilarious American tale of two male roommates who couldn’t be more different. The show is currently running in Juneau through March 29.
If you can’t make it to the showing of “The Odd Couple” in Juneau, you can still catch it from April 10–26 when the Anchorage Concert Association teams up with Perseverance Theatre to bring the production to Alaska’s biggest city. The Anchorage Concert Association is Alaska’s largest promoter of big-time Broadway shows, and later on in May, the classic musical “Sister Act” will be taking the stage. Tickets for this one are sure to go fast, so if you plan to be around, you may want to get yours now.
Cyrano’s Theatre Company is nestled in a corner of downtown Anchorage and offers patrons an intimate black-box theater experience. Every seat in Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse gives the feel of being up-close and personal with the actors on stage, putting the viewer right in the middle of the action or drama. In honor of March being Women’s History Month, “A Woman by Design” by David Edgecombe and Elizabeth Ware will be showing through April 12. It’s the story of Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, a female architect who was integral in the creation of the Southwest American style of architecture. Then, in April and May, Cyrano’s will present “Macbeth,” one of the most iconic plays of all time and a must-see for any true theater buff.
Up north, the Fairbanks Drama Association is cooking up a musical number that debuts March 27 and runs through April 12. “Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash” showcases some of the most beloved songs by the classic country singer. With a live band and a whole cast of singers, you’ll be humming “Folsom Prison Blues” long after the lights go out.
After a hike, between work meetings or as an end to a day of urban exploration, Alaska’s vibrant art scene does not disappoint. Check out the venues listed above for all seasonal offerings. Enjoy the show!