by Lenise Willis

With the weather being so unpredictable lately, a nice controlled environment might be a preferred entertainment option. Lucky for you, there are a few (indoor) shows continuing this week, all of which are of a musical nature.

Broadway’s Best Theatre Company, a relatively new theater near the intersection of I-40 and Farmington Road, presents Funny Stuff From Broadway beginning with a preview Thursday and performances Friday through Sunday. The show features songs from some of Broadway’s funniest musicals. This will be the company’s first performance on its new enlarged stage in its permanent theater space.

Continuing this week through Sunday is Theatre Alliance’s Aida with music by Elton John. The contemporary musical is a take on a classic tale of an enslaved Nubian princess and the bond between her and an Egyptian soldier. Their forbidden love and devotion to one another stirs drama and romance as they face a decision to part forever or be put to death.

Also continuing this week is Barn Dinner Theatre’s performance of Church Basement Ladies: A Second Helping, a humorous musical about what it’s like growing up as a Lutheran in the 1950s. As always, a ticket to the performance includes a preshow buffet dinner. Performances run through April.

New on Saturday, UNC School of the Arts Symphony Orchestra presents Remembering Robert Ward, a tribute concert in loving memory of the Pulitzer-Prize winning composer who passed away last April at the age of 95. As the composer of The Crucible, Ward is a legend in the field, but he is also a renowned figure in the Triad as the former chancellor and a founder of UNCSA, as well as our own local claim to fame.

Check out next week’s Yes! for a review of the concert and snippets of a past interview with Robert Ward as my own tribute to the musical genius.

Coming soon is a performance of The Elephant Man by The Bakers Dozen theater at The Enrichment Center in Winston-Salem. The serious drama is based on the life of John Merrick, a horribly deformed man who lived at the London Hospital during the Victorian era. The play explores what it means to be “normal” in modern society. !