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‘Freaky Friday,’ the stage musical, makes its SF Bay Area debut

A stressed-out mom and her angst-filled teenage daughter swap bodies in “Freaky Friday,” a 1972 novel by Mary Rodgers that has been adapted several times for the big screen, most recently in a 2003 comedy starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan (when she was pretty much normal).
Now comes the 2016 stage musical version, with a book by Bridget Carpenter (“Friday Night Lights”) and song and lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey (“Next to Normal”).
Walnut Creek’s Center Repertory Company is staging the musical, in its Bay Area premiere, directed by Jeff Collister and starring Rep regular Lynda DiVito and Olivia Jane Mel.
It’s the kind of madcap yet poignant comedy that Center Rep has proved masterful at staging over the years, and sounds like a great mother/daughter night at the theater.
Details: In previews May 25-27, main run is May 29-June 30; Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek; $38-$79; 925-943-7469, www.centerrep.org.

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