‘Funny Girl,’ with a notable leading lady, coming to Beverly
Jonathan Edwards is in Salem on June 9.
Malden Sketch Group exhibits through June 17.
Shoshana Bean stars in “Funny Girl.’’ (Christopher Boudewyns)
By Wendy Killeen
Globe Correspondent

SUMMER STAGE “Over the past six seasons, I have purposely started each season with a classic show that stars a fantastic leading lady,’’ said Bill Hanney, owner and producer of North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly.

This year, it’s “Funny Girl,’’ running June 7-19.

The musical tells the tale of Fanny Brice’s rise from vaudeville to Ziegfeld star. The Broadway production and movie, which featured the songs “People,’’ “Don’t Rain on My Parade,’’ and “I’m the Greatest Star,’’ propelled Barbra Streisand to stardom.

Taking the North Shore stage as Brice is recording artist and Broadway veteran Shoshana Bean.

“ ‘Funny Girl’ is a project I’ve wanted to do for a long time, but I needed to wait for the timing and casting to be right,’’ Hanney said. “These artists will bring this rarely seen musical treat to life.’’

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; and 2 p.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

Tickets range from $54 to $79. Ages 18 and younger can receive 50 percent off at all evening performances.

Call 978-232-7200, visit, or the theater’s box office, 62 Dunham Road.

DINING OUT The debut of a new event — a mystery pop-up picnic — takes place in Nahant Saturday, June 4.

The evening is inspired by the Diner en Blanc movement that began in Paris more than 25 years ago and has since spread to cities around the world, including Boston in 2015.

Guests bring their own tables, chairs, and picnic dinners. The location is a mystery until one hour prior to the event, when attendees receive an e-mail with details.

In Nahant, they will gather, set up their picnics, and dine under twinkling white lights. Assistance with parking and setup will be available.

There will be a bar with wine and beer for sale, and live music will be provided by the local acoustic duo Lisa Haley and Glenn French.

Guests are encouraged to dress in creative white attire.

The event is hosted by the nonprofit Nahant Education Foundation, with all proceeds benefiting the Johnson Elementary School.

Attendance is limited to 75 adults. Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased online at or by e-mailing

1970s TROUBADOUR Jonathan Edwards, best known for his 1971 hit “Sunshine,’’ performs at CinemaSalem June 9.

Edwards is on the road promoting his newest album, “Tomorrow’s Child.’’

The performance begins at 8:30 p.m. at One East India Square in Salem. Tickets range from $19 to $39. Call 978-744-1400 or visit

SHARING TALENT The Malden Sketch Group, one of the longest-running drawing groups in the area, presents its 14th annual exhibit at Commerce Place through June 17.

Thirty artists from area communities are represented, with work including paintings, drawings, collage, and etchings. The art is also for sale.

Participants in the sketch group range from enthusiastic beginners to full-time professional artists.

Commerce Place is at 350 Main St., Malden.

Call 781-245-2337 or e-mail

BACKYARD TUNES The Somerville Sunsetters, a traveling youth troupe that performs classic show tunes and modern musicals in local neighborhoods, is booking shows for the summer.

Free performances are held 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays during July and August.

Somerville residents interested in hosting a show in their neighborhood should contact Jackie Rossetti at 617-625-6600, ext. 2614, or by e-mail at

ON POINTE The Marblehead School of Ballet is again presenting its Summer Dance Intensive.

The program is for dancers of all levels who want to hone their technical skills and enrich their understanding and appreciation of the art form.

Small classes are led by leading professionals in the field, including Broadway performer Julie Pappas Smith, who began her professional training at the school and returns each summer to teach.

During full days of training, students participate in customized ballet, pointe, jazz, stretch and strength, variations, floor-barre, and modern technique classes.

The program also presents classes in the related disciplines of music theory, nutrition, anatomy, injury prevention, and dance history.

Programs for dancers ages 11 and older run from July 18 to Aug. 6; classes for children 8 to 12 from Aug. 8-12.

The school, at 115 Pleasant St., is currently accepting applications.

Call 781-631-6262 or visit

Wendy Killeen can be reached at