Here are a few nifty events outside of Dover that you should consider checking out this weekend.
The most epic 'Musical'
WHAT 'The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)'
WHEN 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday
WHERE Opera Delaware, 4 South Poplar St., Wilmington
COST $25 adult; $20 senior (age 65 or older); $18 student with ID/military
INFO Visit bootless.org
Offbeat theater troupe Bootless Stageworks will present "The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!)" tonight and Saturday at OperaDelaware in Wilmington. The show features five short acts that poke fun at styles of famous composers/lyricist teams.
"The Musical" revolves around June (the ingénue) who can't pay her rent, Jitter (the villainous landlord) who says June must pay her rent, Abby (the matron) who offers helpful advice, and Willy/Billy (the hero) who might arrive in time to sweep June off her feet, pay the rent and save the day?
If you despise musicals, this show will definitely be right up your alley.
Second Street Players wakes up 'Sleeping Beauty'
WHAT 'The Tale of Sleeping Beauty'
WHEN 7 p.m., Friday; 1 p.m., Saturday; 1 p.m., Sunday
WHERE Riverfront Theatre, 2 S. Walnut, Milford
COST "Pay what you can" donation
INFO Visit secondstreetplayers.com or call 422-0220
Because she didn't get her way, an evil fairy causes Briar Rose and her royal family to fall into a deep slumber in the children's play "The Tale of Sleeping Beauty," presented by the Second Street Players at the Riverfront Theatre in Milford, from tonight through Sunday.
Admission for the performances will be a "pay what you can." donation.
The royal castle is a madhouse. It's Princess Briar Rose's birthday, and preparations for her special day are still underway. Her mother, the Queen, is stressed to the max. On edge worrying about the big day, the Queen is also concerned about the curse that the Thirteenth Fairy has cast on them. The curse will place the royal family under an eternal slumber if Rose pricks her finger on anything sharp.
Fearing the worst, the hysterical Queen does her best to keep Rose from touching sharp objects, especially those wretched spindles! But the feisty Rose still impressively manages to cut her finger on the thorn of a rose.
The saving grace for Rose and her family is the Twelfth Fairy, sister of the Thirteenth Fairy, has reduced their eternal curse to only 100 years of sleep. The spell can be broken sooner if Rose gets kissed by a prince. For this to work, the prince must not get pricked by the sleep-induced hedge of thorny roses that protects the castle. The prince also can't have a kissing phobia!
Soul music in Arden
WHAT Lee Fields and the Expressions in concert
WHEN 8 p.m., Saturday
WHERE Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden
INFO Visit ardenconcerts.com or call
Longtime soul singer Lee Fields has done it all.
In Lee Fields' musical career, which spans four decades, he's experimented with James Brown-style funk to lo-fi blues to contemporary Southern soul to collaborations with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig. Since the late 60s, he's amassed a prolific catalog of albums and has toured and played with legends such as Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks and Little Royal.
After all these years, it's impressive that Fields is creating the best music of his career, as witnessed on his 2012 album, "Faithful Man." The album features the Expressions, which is the house band for the label the album was recorded under: Truth & Soul Records.
Fields first teamed up with the Expressions on his 2009 album, "My World." The pair drew comparisons from classic soul outfits like the Delfonics and Stylistics.
The collaboration between Fields & The Expressions has delivered yet another one-two knockout with "Faithful Man."
Lee Fields & The Expressions will perform at the Arden Gild Hall in Arden on Saturday.