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Long Island theater summer schedule: 'Rock of Ages' to 'Saturday Night Fever'

"Rock of Ages" opens with previews starting May 20, 2015, at Gateway Playhouse, Bellport, fresh from its Broadway run and a national tour. Genson Blimline of Miller Place, who played Lonny, the narrator, on Broadway, reprises his role at Gateway. Credit: Phoenix Entertainment / Susan Gould

Rock of Ages (The Gateway, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport, through June 6). The hard-rock Broadway musical -- featuring 1980s hits by artists with local connections (Pat Benatar, Twisted Sister) -- makes its L.I. premiere with Miller Place native Genson Blimline as Lonny, the narrator. 631-286-1133,

Oliver! (Theatre Three, 412 Main St., Port Jefferson, through June 27). Jeffrey Sanzel, who has played Scrooge for a quarter-century in "A Christmas Carol," takes on the role of Fagin, another darkly iconic Charles Dickens role. 631-928-9100,

The New Sincerity (Bay Street Theater, Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, May 26-June 14). This world-premiere production of Alena Smith's comedy about the impossible (or nearly so) balancing act of juggling politics, love and ambition is directed by Bob Balaban, whose acting credits range from "Girls" to "The Grand Budapest Hotel." 631-725-9500,

The Producers (John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St., May 28-July 12). Who knew a gay song-and-dance Hitler could be so funny? The shameless, politically incorrect hit Broadway musical comes to Main Street. 631-261-2900,

All My Sons (John Drew Theater at Guild Hall, 158 Main St., East Hampton, June 9-28). Revisit Arthur Miller's tragic postwar classic, this time starring Alec Baldwin, Laurie Metcalf and Stephen Hamilton. 631-324-4050,

Nice Work If You Can Get It (The Gateway, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport, June 10-27). Sally Struthers stars in this George and Ira Gershwin musical bouquet. 631-286-1133,

Five Presidents (Bay Street Theater, Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, June 23-July 12). As we wade deeper toward the 2016 primary season, television writer Rick Cleveland ("House of Cards," "The West Wing") re-imagines conversations among America's most exclusive club members -- ex-presidents -- gathering for the funeral of Richard Nixon. 631-725-9500,

Billy Elliot (The Gateway at the Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St., July 22-Aug. 8). Set to a score by Elton John, this inspiring story of a blue-collar British kid who traded in his boxing gloves for ballet slippers won 10 Tonys in 2009. Gateway's production features the last young Billy on national tour who hasn't yet aged out of the role and another who starred in Disney's "Newsies." 631-286-1133,

The Cottage (John W. Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St., July 23-Sept. 6). Set in the 1920s English countryside, this sex farce -- think "Downton Abbey" with less affluence and more affairs -- is inspired by the Noel Coward canon. What happens when an adulteress decides to confess her affair to her husband and her lover's wife? You'll find out. 631-261-2900,

Grey Gardens The Musical (Bay Street Theater, Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, Aug. 4-30). The mostly true story of mother-daughter Edies, the riches-to-rags aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, comes at last to a venue near East Hampton, where it all happened. 631-725-9500,


Hay Fever (Hampton Theatre Company at Quogue Community Hall, 125 Jessup Ave., through June 7). Noel Coward's classic rom-com arrives just in time for allergy season. Spoiler alert: It has more to do with hormones than pollen. 631-653-8955,

Checkers (Studio Theatre, 141 S. Wellwood Ave., Lindenhurst, June 5-21). Meet Richard Nixon when he was running for vice president and earned the sobriquet "Tricky Dick." It's the true story about how a cocker spaniel helped save Nixon's political career. 631-226-8400,

Sister Act (The Gateway, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport, through July 1-18). Whoopi Goldberg originated the movie role of a wannabe disco star hiding as a nun in a witness protection program. Rashidra Scott reprises her role from the Broadway musical adaptation. 631-286-1133,

The 27th Annual Summer Shakespeare Festival (Arena Players at the Vanderbilt Museum, 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, July 5-Aug. 30). Comedy and tragedy both get played out in the Vanderbilt mansion courtyard: "Twelfth Night" July 5-26, "Othello" July 29-Aug. 30. 516-293-0674 (631-854-5570 for possible cancellations),

West Side Story (July 10-Aug. 9, Plaza Theatrical Productions, July 11-Aug. 30, Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts, 2 Main St.; opening Sept. 17, Engeman Theater at Northport, 250 Main St.). See the Leonard Bernstein-Stephen Sondheim masterpiece under the stars (quasi-Shakespeare in the park, as the musical is inspired by "Romeo and Juliet") or in air-conditioned comfort. Outdoor dates for Plaza's production: July 10, Merrick Park; July 11, Heckscher Park, Huntington; July 31, Eisenhower Park, East Meadow; Aug. 2, Morgan Park, Glen Cove; Aug. 8, Planting Fields, Oyster Bay, and Aug. 9, Steppingstone, Great Neck (Great Neck residents only). 516-599-6870,; 631-724-3700,; 631-261-2900,

The Darrell Hammond Project (Bay Street Theater, Long Wharf, Sag Harbor, July 16-26). The "Saturday Night Live" alum best-known for his impressions of President Bill Clinton, among others, brings his latest solo endeavor to the Hamptons. 631-725-9500,

The 39 Steps (BroadHollow's BayWay Arts Center, 265 Main St., East Islip, July 25-Aug. 9) Alfred Hitchcock, fast and furious: See four actors play dozens of roles in this farcical re-enactment of the 1935 suspense classic. 631-581-2700,

American Idiot (Cultural Arts Playhouse, 625 Old Country Rd., Plainview, July 31-Aug. 16). The Long Island premiere of the Green Day musical caps CAP's 20th anniversary celebration titled "One Rockin' Summer" that starts with the Elvis musical "All Shook Up" (June 12-July 5) followed by "Footloose" (July 10-26). 516-694-3330,

South Pacific (CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy., Oakdale, Aug. 1-23). In this era of Rodgers and Hammerstein revivals -- Kelli O'Hara in "The King and I" now on Broadway -- the World War II/race relations musical drama returns with heightened current-events relevance. 631-218-2810,

Saturday Night Fever (The Gateway, 215 South Country Rd., Bellport, Aug. 26-Sept. 12). Bee Gees-inspired disco comes back to life -- at least for another month -- on Gateway's live-onstage ballroom dance floor. 631-286-1133,


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