Die-hard fans of composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim won't want to miss Porchlight Music Theatre's rare revival of Marry Me a Little. The 1980s revue conceived by gay playwright Craig Lucas and Norman RenÃ© features cut "trunk songs" by Sondheim to tell the story of two lonely New York singles whose apartments strangely combine into one. Expect plenty of musical magic since the production stars Jeff Award-winner Austin Cook ( Sondheim on Sondheim ) and Bethany Thomas ( Empire ). Marry Me a Little continues through Sunday, May 21, at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave. Tickets are $40-$51; call 773-327-5252 or visit PorchlightMusicTheatre.org .
Caption: Austin Cook and Bethany Thomas in Porchlight Music Theatre's Sondheim revue of Marry Me a Little. Photo by Michelle Leatherby
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In To America, Griffin Theatre at Den Theatre, through April 23. This verbal concert offers words spoken/written by American immigrants from 1607 'til now, opening eyes by portraying slaves as forced immigrants, and Mexican immigrants to Spain's California. It's a timely reminder to the perils and aspirations of the journey. JBA
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By Abarbanel, Barnidge and Morgan