If you like Broadway shows but don’t like the hassle of navigating the New York theater district, the John W. Engeman is a place you’ll want to know – Long’s Island only year-round professional theater, casting its actors directly from the Broadway talent pool. And a good time to see what its all about is now through June 23, when they’re staging the classic story of Aida.
This is the Elton John and Tim Rice version of the epic tale, with soaring ballads and rousing choral numbers scored by the people who brought you Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. It’s the story of a love triangle between Aida, a stolen Nubian princess, Amneris, an Egyptian princess, and Ramades, the soldier they both love. It a proven crowd-pleaser that won four Tony Awards.
Speaking of proven crowd-pleasers, the Engeman is a great place to see a show. Built on the site of Northport’s first movie house, which opened in 1912, the John W. Engemann opened in 2007 and is completely modern; even better, The Green Room Piano Bar and Lounge – a Manhattan bar that serves drinks before and after each performance – is right in the theater.
There are two performances of Aida on May 16: a matinee at 2 (plenty of good seats left) and an evening performance at 8 (act quickly!) Tickets are $73.