A symphonic tribute to the greatest living composer of American cinema and one of the best shows written by the greatest living composer of American musical theater are among the noteworthy options on local stages in March.
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The Sunshine Boys
March 1-10, Troy Civic Theatre
Saul Caplan and Dave Nickel, seen last fall as sly brothers in Dayton Theatre Guild's "The Little Foxes," respectively join forces again as bickering vaudeville comedians Willie Clark and Al Lewis in this Neil Simon classic. 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays at the Barn in the Park, located in Troy City Park at Adams Street across from Hobart Arena. $14. Call (937) 339-7700 or visit troycivictheatre.com.
Our Mother’s Brief Affair
March 1-17, Dayton Theatre Guild
Richard Greenberg's 2016 dramedy about a Long Island housewife's confession and its ripple effect among her family receives its local premiere. 8 p.m. Fridays, 5 p.m. Saturdays (with the exception of the March 2 performance at 8 p.m.), and 3 p.m. Sundays at the Guild, 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton. $13-$20. Call (937) 278-5993 or visit daytontheatreguild.org.
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On Your Feet!
March 5-10, Victoria Theatre Association
The inspirational and relevant story of Grammy winner Gloria Estefan and her husband, Emilio, leaps forth with a treasure trove of her hits including "1-2-3," "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Anything for You," "Coming Out of the Dark," "Reach," and "Conga." 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday, and 2 and 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. $26-$99. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
Hand to God
March 11, Human Race Theatre Company
The Race continues its Monday Night Playreading Series with Robert Askins' 2015 Tony-nominated irreverent dark comedy set in contemporary Texas concerning Jason, a young man possessed by Tyrone, a foul-mouthed Christian-ministry puppet. Yes, you heard that correctly. $20 ($15 for Loft subscribers). 7 p.m. at the Loft Theatre, 126 N. Main St., Dayton. For more information, visit humanracetheatre.org.
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Best of John Williams: II
March 15-16, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra
Hooray for Hollywood and John Williams! The DPO once again recognizes the iconic contributions of this legendary winner of 24 Grammys and five Oscars with selections from "Stars Wars," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "Superman," "Harry Potter," and more. 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. $19-$85. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
March 15-23, Dare to Defy Productions
In this rarely staged 1997 musical by Jeanine Tesori ("Shrek") and Brian Crawley, a young woman journeys across the country to have her damaged face healed by a televangelist. Songs include "On My Way," "Let It Sing" and "Lay Down Your Head." 8 p.m. Fridays and 2 and 8 p.m. Saturdays at the PNC Arts Annex, Second and Ludlow Streets, Dayton. $22.50-$33. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
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Wonderful Wizard of Song
March 20, Miami Valley Community Concert Association
The timeless music of Oscar winner Harold Arlen takes the spotlight in this concert featuring classic tunes such as "Over the Rainbow," "Paper Moon," "Stormy Weather," "Come Rain or Come Shine," and "Accentuate the Positive." 7:30 p.m. in the Centerville Performing Arts Center at Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville. $5-$30. Call (937) 853-8292 or visit mvcconcert.org.
A Little Night Music
March 21-April 7, Wright State University
Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's 1973 Tony Award-winning musical chronicles the ups and downs of love and marriage in turn of the century Sweden. Songs include "Send in the Clowns," "Every Day a Little Death" and "A Weekend in the Country." 7 p.m. March 21, 27, 28 and April 4; 8 p.m. March 22, 23, 29, 30, April 5 and 6; and 2 p.m. March 24, 30, 31, April 6 and 7 in the Festival Playhouse of the Creative Arts Center at Wright State, 3640 Col. Glenn Hwy, Dayton. $15-$25. Call (937) 775-2500 or visit wright.edu/theater-dance-and-motion-pictures.
Opera Star Recital: Ryan Speedo Green
March 24, Dayton Opera
From growing up in low-income housing to appearing on the great opera stages around the globe, bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green is not to be missed as he delivers the Dayton Opera Star Recital at 3 pm. at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. $25-$95. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
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