Picture: Davis Gaines

Davis Gaines, who grew up in Orlando, will perform at the end of May at The Abbey. (Donald Norris / Donald Norris Photography / February 19, 2011)

Artful Events' first "Summer Nights Series" at The Abbey in downtown Orlando will see the return of some hometown favorites, among them Broadway performer Davis Gaines and Michael Wanzie's comic play "The Ladies of Eola Heights."

The series features 1980s video nights, "Grease" singalongs and the Rock Hard Revue of male strippers — you can get all the details at abbeyorlando.com

The Abbey is at 100 S. Eola Dr., Orlando. Here's a look at the theater-related highlights:

DAVIS GAINES: DOUBLE STANDARDS, May 29-June 1. Edgewater High School graduate Gaines will take The Abbey stage to present for the first time his one-man intimate cabaret "Double Standards." Featuring unique and compelling song pairings, this show features new takes on familiar standards from the Great American Songbook. Gaines is best known for his leading role in "The Phantom of the Opera," which he performed more than 2,000 times. where he starred in more than 2,000 performances. Showtimes are 8 p.m. May 29, 7 and 10 p.m. May 30, 3 and 7 p.m. June 1. Tickets are $42-$52.

PRISCILLA BAGLEY'S WHEN WILL I BE LOVED?, June 28. Following a New York engagement, local singer Priscilla Bagley presents "When Will I Be Loved?: The Linda Ronstadt 'Hall of Fame' Victory Tour," celebrating the many hits of vocal icon Linda Ronstadt. Tickets are $20-$30; showtime is 8 p.m. June 28.

LADIES OF EOLA HEIGHTS, July 10–28. Director Kenny Howard has re-envisioned Wanzie's successful comedy and cast well-known entertainers Peg O'Keef, Beth Marshall and Blue Star alongside Sam "Miss Sammy" Singhaus in this story of sisterhood.

"I was looking for a site-specific piece to present in the unique configuration of our venue when I recalled Ladies of Eola Heights and knew this was the ideal summer offering for The Abbey," said Howard, who is also the new artistic director for The Abbey. "'Ladies' takes place in the neighborhood immediately adjacent to The Abbey and is punctuated with fond references to surrounding locales that are within walking distance of our theater marquee. Those considerations made it the perfect choice for my first theatrical undertaking in my new position with The Abbey." Both matinees and evening performances are offered during the run. Tickets are $30-$45.

For more information or tickets, go to abbeyorlando.com