These picks are sure to please your musical and dramatic sensibilities alike, with an evening of locally sourced song and dance. Bryce Lambert
Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont St.Boston, MA
Dividing its time between plays and musicals, but with a strong penchant for new musical comedies, the SpeakEasy stage has chiseled out a solid cultural nook in the South End and earned itself a devoted audience. Some of Boston’s funniest talent appears throughout SpeakEasy’s well programmed seasons, in pleasingly quirky, laugh-out-loud shows.
140 Clarendon St.
Also balancing musicals with plays, the Lyric Stage specializes in warm, crowd-pleasing musical comedies that are often either classics or are based on classic sources. You can rely on the Lyric for well-earned laughs, solid musical direction, and their intimate theater, where everything is a lot closer than it is on Broadway.
The Donkey Show
2 Arrow St.
Part musical, part Shakespeare, part Tijuana red light district myth, and part celebration of seventies club culture, “The Donkey Show” may contain a plot you’re familiar with from the few weeks you spent reading “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in high school, but it’s unlikely you’ve seen song and dance numbers like these anywhere else. Sip on cocktails and don’t be afraid to shake it a little bit as you become immersed in the A.R.T’s re-incarnation of Studio 54, where pumping disco beats carry a Shakespearean plot.
North Shore Music Theatre
62 Dunham Rd.
A favorite among audiences and critics, the North Shore Music Theatre has survived both fire and bankruptcy in order to continue putting out crowd-pleasing musical comedies, from which it has earned a reputation for high production values, star talent, and first-rate choreography. Their annual production of a musical based on “A Christmas Carol,” with high-caliber special effects, is one of the most popular holiday shows in this end of the Commonwealth.