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The National's summer being with Raisin, the musical version of the Lorraine Hansberry play which had its premiere some seasons ago at Arena Stage. Devised for a Broadway proscenium stage, which it held for three seasons and numberless awards, Raisin has been touring nationally for the past year and this will be its first showing here in its enlarged form. Raisin begins with a benefit preview Wendesday night with the five-week run opening June 2.
With plans to add informal entertainment and art exhibits outdoors before performances, Shady Grove already has begun its summer off I-270, on Shady Grove Road in Gaithersburg, with Ben Vereen starring this week. The Carpenters play the week of June 14, and Tony Martin and Cyd Charisse present their version of Folies Bergeres the week of June 21.
Three popular musicals will come in starting July 5, with Roberta Peters in the first of two versions this summer of
The Merry Widow. Rock Hundson will be King Richard in Camelot the week of July 19, and the week of August 16 Jean Simmons will be along in A Little Night Music, which she played at the Kennedy Center and in which Elizabeth Taylor stars in next fall's film.
The summer's second version of The Merry Widow, in concer form, finds Anna Moffo and John Reardon appearing in a single Wolf Trap performance August 6. Lehar's score will be conducted by the noted Franz Allers and the other voices will be those of the Wolf Trap Company chorus.
Howard Keel and Jane Powell, who co-starred in some of MGM's most popular musicals, will be reunited for South Pacific at Wolf Trap the week of August 22, a touring proudction of the Rodgers and Hammerstein favorite adapted from James Michener's Tales of the South Pacific.
Shakespeare & Co., the group of young players which originated at the Trapier Theater, will be having its sixth summer season in the intimate theater on the Wahsington Cathedral Close. The opening attraction will be Robert Manson Myers' adaptation of his absorbing volume of Civil War letters, Voices of Pride, to be staged by Ted Walch June 9 through 25.
Next will come Scapino, the Bristol Young Vic variation on Moliere, making its Washington bow June 20 through July 16 under Ed Crow's direction. As You Like It, staged by Walch, will run July 21-August 6. A new mime creation, Silent Music, conceived and directed by Mark Jaster, will be the Trapier's final offering, August 11-20. Shakespeare & Co. this year includes John Gilliss, Ann Stone, Eric Zwemer and Jaster, two guest Equity players will be in the Voices of Pride cast.
The New Playwrights' Theater, 1742 Church St. NW, has no mind to be intimidated by summer, though its modest resources inlcude no air-conditioning. With the Michael Champagne-William Penn musical Canticle continuing, a novel work will be along June 23, a three-act revue of the songs of Harold Arlen, devised by Ken Bloom. Acts I and II will be devoted to singers and Act III to dancing by the audience, which will seated at small tables equipped, for a price, with beer and light wines.
he Summer Shakespeare Festival will be back under producer Ellie Chamberlain. Romeo and Juliet will be this summer's offering, to be directed by roger Meersman, the University of Maryland director-critic. This will tour the National Park Service area before coming to the Monument grounds' Sylvan Theater. Glen Echo will see the romance July 5-8; Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, July 9 and 10; Antietam, Maryland, July 12 and 13; Fort Hunt, Virginia, July 14 and 15 and Rock Creek Park July 16 and 17. The Sylvan run will be from July 20 to August 7.
The show-'n'-chow circuit's three top spots plan summer-long rjns. Burn Brae Dinner Theater, Burtonsville, opens How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying Wednesday night. The Hayloft Dinner Theater, Manassas, has just opened its Las Vegas import, Bottoms Up, a revue, for a three-month run. July 6 the Harlequin Dinner Theater, Gaithersburg, starts its summer run of Sweet Charity.
Back Alley's downtown studio, 617 F St. NW, continues its run of Rose Leiman Goldenberg's Gandhiji, the premiere of a play based on contrast between the public and private lives of Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi. The run may extend beyond June 5.
Adventure Theater in its own theater and mime Graig Babcock in a workshop series are among the attractions at Glen Echo Park.
Other stage attractions will be popping up during the summer.