Here are 10 can’t-miss stage shows this month.
IN THE HEIGHTS
Oct. 3-8, Schuster Center
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda won a 2008 Tony Award for writing the score for this diverse showcase of hip-hop and Latin rhythms centered on the universal hopes and dreams of the Washington Heights community in New York City.
Tuesday-Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Tickets are $25-$98. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
Oct. 6-22, Dayton Theatre Guild
Dayton Theatre Guild presents the local premiere of Jordan Harrison’s 2015 Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama. Set in the age of artificial intelligence, the play examines loss, memory, identity and technology as an 85-year-old widow copes with the death of her husband through the use of a computer program known as a prime.
Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 5 p.m. (with exception of Oct. 7 at 8 p.m.), and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Dayton Theatre Guild, 430 Wayne Ave., Dayton. Call (937) 278-5993 or visit daytontheatreguild.org.
Oct. 17, Centerville High School
The Miami Valley Community Concert Association presents the eclectic sounds of this internationally renowned and award-winning recording artist. The Toronto native, born to Greek parents, considers his musical aesthetic to be a blend of Greek, flamenco, Latin, and Balkan influences meshed into contemporary pop.
Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Centerville High School, 500 E. Franklin St., Centerville. Tickets are $30 for adults and $5 for students (first grade through college). Call Carol Heine at (937) 938-1109 or Gwen Brubaker at (937) 297-0463 or visit mvcconcert.org.
Oct. 19-22, Schuster Center
Millennial-driven Playground Theatre, one of the most progressive troupes in town, opens its season with Stephen Belber’s dark drama concerning motive and truth centered on old friends coming to terms with the past.
Thursday at 7 p.m., Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. inside the Mathile Theatre of the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Tickets are $15-$20. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
Oct. 20 and 22, Schuster Center
Dayton Opera presents the company premiere of Gian Carlo Menotti’s thought-provoking 1950 Pulitzer Prize-winning work concerning “the struggle for freedom against oppression and the maddening nature of unrelenting bureaucracy.” Sung in English with English surtitles.
Friday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Tickets are $28-$94. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
MYSTIC INDIA: WORLD TOUR
Oct. 26, Schuster Center
Hooray for Bollywood! This colorful extravaganza, a special Star Attractions courtesy of the Victoria Theatre Association, features an assortment of dancers, musicians, aerialists, and acrobats in a display of authentic Indian and modern styles.
Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Tickets are $25-$60. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
THE GREAT GATSBY
Oct. 26-29, Victoria Theatre
Dayton Ballet’s 80th anniversary season begins as choreographer Ron Cunningham, Artistic Director of Sacramento Ballet, illuminates F. Scott Fitzgerald’s tale of wealthy Jay Gatsby and the lovely Daisy Buchanan. This ballet premiered at Sacramento Ballet in February 2013 and will feature live music by Billy Nivock’s Blue Syncopators and blues singer Felita LaRock with narration by Human Race Resident Artist Jamie Cordes as Nick Carraway. Thursday at 7:30 p.m.,
Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Victoria Theatre, 138 N. Main St., Dayton. Tickets are $14-$72. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
BAT BOY: THE MUSICAL
Oct. 27-Nov. 3, Schuster Center
Dare to Defy Productions ushers in Halloween with the “Weekly World News” legend of Bat Boy, an irreverent account of the half-boy, half-bat who sends a fictional West Virginia town into a complete frenzy. This hilariously edgy 2001 off-Broadway pop/rock musical featuring catchy songs by Laurence O’Keefe (“Legally Blonde”) particularly includes an inspired nod to “Pygmalion.” Oct. 27 at 8 p.m., Oct. 28 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.
Oct. 27 at 8 p.m., Oct. 28 at 2 and 8 p.m., and Nov. 3 at 8 p.m.in the Mathile Theatre of the Schuster Center, Second and Main Streets, Dayton. Tickets are $16.50-$25. Call (937) 228-3630 or visit ticketcenterstage.com.
Oct. 27-Nov. 5, Beavercreek Community Theatre
This kooky musical comedy based on Mel Brooks’ classic 1974 film retains the spirit of the original (Irving Berlin’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” is an Act 2 signature) while incorporating new songs by Brooks including “Please Don’t Touch Me,” “He Vas My Boyfriend” and “The Brain.” Contains adult language and situations.
Friday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Lofino Center, 3868 Dayton-Xenia Rd., Beavercreek. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors. Call (937) 429-4737 or visit bctheatre.org.
Through Oct. 28, La Comedia Dinner Theatre
There’s still time to catch one of the most highly entertaining and exuberant shows in La Comedia history. “Mamma Mia!,” the jukebox musical built on an ABBA foundation, features a terrific Becky Barrett-Jones as hard-working hotel proprietor Donna Sheridan and knockout triple threat Erica Lynn Bridge as Donna’s daughter Sophie who longs to know the identity of her father as her wedding approaches. Barrett-Jones’ “The Winner Takes it All” and Bridge’s “The Name of the Game” are musical standouts.
Evening performances (arrival time 5:30-6 p.m.) and matinees (arrival time 10:30-11 a.m.). Cost is $61-$75. Prices based on section/tiered seating. La Comedia Dinner Theatre, Rt. 73, 765 W. Central Ave., Springboro. Call (937) 746-4554 or 1-800-677-9505 or visit lacomedia.com.