Philly sings, Philly dances, and this spring will be good for it, with all sorts of musicals trooping through town.
The Bodyguard (Feb. 21-26, Academy of Music). Starring Deborah Cox, this musical weaves Whitney Houston megahits around the story of a superstar and the bodyguard who loves her. (215-893-1999, academyofmusic.org)
Martha Graham Cracker in Lashed But Not Leashed (March 16-18, SEI Innovation Studio/Kimmel Center). Dito van Reigersberg presents the latest chapter in his alter ego Martha's life story: An advance degree in library science is involved! (215-893-1999, kimmelcenter.org)
The King and I (March 22-April 2, Academy of Music). Bangkok, 1860s: The King of Siam and a British schoolteacher transform his court and his life. "Getting to Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Shall We Dance," and more great tunes. (215-893-1999, academyofmusic.org)
Road Show (March 31-April 2], 11th Hour Theatre Company). Sondheim tells of two very different brothers on a picaresque U.S. tour, writing songs, managing prizefighters, and getting into trouble. (267-987-9865, 11thhourtheatrecompany.org)
Saturday Night Fever (May 16-July 16, Walnut Street Theatre). Brooklyn, 1979: Tony and Stephanie train together for a dance competition. You can sing (and dance!) the rest. 215-574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org)
Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (May 27-June 17, Bucks County Playhouse; June 24-July 9, Perelman Theater). Buddy will play the BCP, break down, travel south on I-95 to the Perelman, and set right back up. (BCP: 215-862-2121, bcptheater.org; Perelman: 215-670-2300, kimmelcenter.org)