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'Cats' and more on Long Island

David Strathairn in

David Strathairn in " No God, No Master " (2011), directed by Terry Green. Credit: Strata Productions, Inc.

WHAT Long Island summer theater season opens at Gateway Playhouse with a blockbuster. "Cats," starring Ken Page as Old Deuteronomy -- the role he originated on Broadway -- was the longest-running musical in the history of the Great White Way before being supplanted by "Phantom of the Opera." Both are Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals. "Cats" is directed and choreographed at Gateway by Jacob Brent, who performed alongside Page in the role of Mr. Mistoffelees.

WHEN | WHERE Wednesday, Friday and Tuesday nights at 8, Thursday and next Wednesday at 2 and 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8:30 p.m., Sunday at 2 and 7 p.m., through June 2 at Gateway Playhouse, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport

TICKETS $52-$58

INFO 631-286-1133, gatewayplayhouse.com

 

ART: Enlightening sculpture garden stroll

WHAT You can take a walk through Nassau County Museum of Art's impressive Sculpture Garden anytime. But on the Spring Sculpture Stroll, led by Jean Henning, the museum's senior educator, you'll learn about the stories behind these monumental works and the artists who created them. Among the artists is Jim Dine with his patina-enhanced "Mountains in the Distance," in which he places the Venus de Milo on her side with mountains in the background. (Dine's art also dominates the indoor galleries with more sculptures and his portfolio of Pinocchio illustrations. Arrive early -- the museum closes at 4:45 p.m. -- to see both.)

WHEN | WHERE 5:30 p.m. May 23, Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Dr., Roslyn Harbor; meet at the Art School, first building on the left as you enter the museum grounds.

ADMISSION $5 ($4-$10 for the museum)

INFO 516-484-9338, nassaumuseum.org

 

MUSIC: Judy Carmichael plays benefit

WHAT Judy Carmichael performs a concert to benefit Time for Teens, a Southampton-based nonprofit that conducts annual bereavement retreats for adolescents ages 12 to 19. Wine, appetizers and a silent auction precede the concert. Carmichael is a Sag Harbor resident -- she plays the American Hotel on occasion -- whose Twitter moniker is @stridequeen. A stride-piano specialist, she's host of NPR's "Judy Carmichael's Jazz Inspired," where she recently interviewed Tony Bennett about collaborating with Lady Gaga.

WHEN | WHERE Saturday night at 7, Levitas Center for the Arts, 25 Pond Lane, Southampton

TICKETS $75

INFO 631-338-7258, time4teens.org

 

PLUS: Bamberg Symphony at Tilles

Jonathan Nott leads the Bamberg Symphony of Germany in a program of Webern, Schubert and Brahms, featuring Christian Zacharias in the Piano Concerto No. 2, Saturday night at 8 at Tilles Center, LIU Post, Brookville; $45-$92, 516-299-3100, tillescenter.org

 

PLAN AHEAD: Stony Brook Film Festival

David Strathairn stars in "No God No Master," to be shown opening night of the Stony Brook Film Festival on July 19. Early-bird passes are available now for the festival, which runs through July 28 at Staller Center; 631-632-2787, stallercenter.com.

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