Metropolis embraces musicals, farce for upcoming season

Updated 4/17/2019 5:27 PM

A classic musical, a classic farce and a popular jukebox show are among the main stage productions Arlington Heights' Metropolis Performing Arts Centre has set for its 2019-2020 season.

It begins Sept. 19 with Cole Porter's "Anything Goes," a musical romp centered on the romantic entanglements of the passengers on an ocean liner bound from New York City to London.

That's followed by Michael Frayn's delicious backstage farce "Noises Off" (Jan. 30-March 14, 2020). The comedy revolves around a theater company touring Britain's hinterlands with a half-baked sex farce whose production -- like the cast and crew's personal lives -- becomes increasingly unraveled.

Next up is "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," a musical set on the French Riviera and based on the 1988 film about a cultured con man and an inexperienced grifter who compete to swindle wealthy women. It runs May 14 to June 27, 2020.

The season concludes with a revival of the jukebox tuner "Mamma Mia!" (July 16 -- August 29, 2020). Set to the music of ABBA, the musical is about a young bride-to-be who wants her biological father to walk her down the aisle on her wedding day. Unfortunately, her mother doesn't know which of her three former lovers is the father.

Performances take place at 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Heights. Four-show subscriptions range from $95 to $110. Three-show subscriptions range from $75 to $90. (847) 577-2121 or

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