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Summer Stages: BWW's Top Summer Theatre Picks – Washington,DC!

Warmer temperatures, longer days, vacations and stay-cations - it must be summer time. The summer months offer many options for live theatre and entertainment for the entire family. Here are our top picks for the hottest performances in the DMV. Musicals, literary classics, family fare and Fringe are all lighting up the stages in the DC-Metro area.

Signature Theatre presents LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, May 31 - July 10, 2016.

The Tony Award-winning musical comes to Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre for an intimate and vivacious production starring local favorite Bobby Smith as Albin/Zaza and Broadway veteran Brent Barrett as Georges. With a delightful score by Jerry Herman and a hilarious and poignant book by Harvey Fierstein, LA CAGE takes us to a nightclub in the south of France where Georges and Albin's little family is threatened by a conservative politician. Directed and choreographed by DC's wunderkind director Matthew Gardiner, LA CAGE kicks off the summer season and that ain't no drag.

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Adventure Theatre/MTC presents the world premiere of JUMANJI at Glen Echo Park, June 17 - August 28, 2016.

Even the youngest theatregoer can come enjoy the creative and innovative productions of Adventure Theatre/ Musical Theatre Center under the leadership of Michael J. Bobbitt. This summer, the theatre for young audiences premieres an adaptation of the Chris Van Allsburg's book JUMANJI. When brother and sister Judy and Peter find an old board game and start playing it to relieve their boredom, the children get more than they bargained for - destructive monkeys, a lion and a volatile volcano! Adapted by Sandra Eskin & Michael J. Bobbitt, JUMANJI is directed by Serge Seiden (Studio Theatre).

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Imagination Stage presents a new version of the THE LITTLE MERMAID, June 22 - August 14, 2016.

Not the Disney musical, but a new adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson tale of a young mermaid who trades her beautiful singing voice for a pair of legs. A follow-up to the highly acclaimed THE LION, THE WITCH & THE WARDROBE (2012), this production is a new collaboration between Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet featuring dance, puppets, music, and singing in an engaging theatrical style, perfect for ages 5 to 95.

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The Chesapeake Shakespeare Company presents and outdoor adventure - THE THREE MUSKETEERS at the PFI Historic Park in Ellicott City, June 24 - July 24, 2016.

That trio of swashbuckling Frenchmen are back and it's all for one and one for all in a live stage adaptation of the Alexandre Dumas classic. Dazzling sword-play is joined with a tale of friendship, intrigue and loyalty for THE THREE MUSKETEERS, a summer treat for the whole family. And what is summer without outdoor theatre? To sweeten the deal (thanks to generous underwriters), children's tickets are free - two free tickets for children per paid adult ticket. Bring a picnic meal, the family and enjoy the rollicking adventure.

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The Capital Fringe Festival, July 7 - 31, 2016.

The Fringe Festival presented, by Capital Fringe, is a 20+ day Festival occurring in July. More than 100 different performances of nearly every kind can be taken In during the Fringe Festival, now a summer tradition in DC. Family friendly children's theatre, adaptation of classics, solo-theatre, dance pieces and even burlesque are featured at venues scattered throughout the city. Sales of Fringe buttons (only $7 but required!), individual tickets and multiple show passes all go one sale June 20. The Capitial Fringe 2016 guide is available now for download at the Fringe website.

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PHOTO: Bobby Smith (Albin/Zaza) with the Cagelles in Signature Theatre's production of LA CAGE AUX FOLLES, playing through July 10.

PHOTO CREDIT: Christopher Mueller/Signature Theatre

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