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From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling production filled with beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event in which one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Aladdin features songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies). The lyrics are by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony winner Tim Rice (The Lion King), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government's treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they struggle between duty and defiance, custom and change, and family bonds and forbidden loves.
Altar Boyz, winner of an Outer Critics Circle Award, comes to the Cape Playhouse after a five-year run off-Broadway. The musical tells the wholly — make that holy — inspiring story of five small-town boys (Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham) trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Their pious pop act, including lyrics like "Girl, you make me wanna wait" and "Jesus called me on my cell phone," worked wonders on the Ohio bingo-hall-and-pancake-breakfast circuit. But when fate brings them to New York, will the Boyz take a bite out of the forbidden apple? With angelic voices, sinfully spectacular dancing, and a touching story, Altar Boyz is destined to rock the masses!
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this classic by Eugene O'Neill is a surprisingly contemporary play that crackles with fierce physicality, humor, and drama. After a 20-year separation, a coal barge captain is reunited with the daughter he unknowingly abandoned to a life of hardship. When Anna falls in love with a shipwrecked sailor, her father and her suitor come to recognize their own culpability in her plight, and all three struggle in their own way for salvation.
The Marblehead Little Theatre is very excited to announce tickets are now on sale for its upcoming production of Annie Jr. This fabulous all youth cast will have you humming "Tomorrow" for days!
With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone's hearts despite a next-to-nothing start in 1930s New York City. Annie is determined to find the parents who abandoned her years ago on the doorstep of an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan. Annie eventually foils Miss Hannigan's evil machinations, finding a new home and family in billionaire Oliver Warbucks, his personal secretary, Grace Farrell, and a lovable mutt named Sandy.
Delightfully gothic, beautiful and emotionally complex, Ada/Ava utilizes special-effect techniques from the early age of cinema — shadow puppetry, live-action silhouettes and overhead projection — to conjure a magic spell of multimedia storytelling, complete with a live musical score. Driven by innovation, the masterful technicians of Chicago-based Manual Cinema are one of the hottest rising ensembles in America, with audiences marveling at their creations even as their methods are plainly revealed.
Beside a lighthouse somewhere on the New England coastline, twin sisters tend to the tower's guiding light and to each other, until Ava unexpectedly dies. Here, the unrestrained imagination moves the melancholy act of mourning through of journey across the thresholds of life and death.
Is there life before death? That's the big question posed by the surprisingly funny and whimsical new show from the troupe behind ArtsEmerson's 2013 word-of-mouth phenomenon, Kiss & Cry. Utilizing that same theatrical magic — cinematic techniques, miniature sets, dancing hands and a poetic voice-over — Cold Blood cycles through a series of different lives (and deaths) in a hypnotic dreamlike state. You'll laugh, you'll cry — you'll never look at your hands the same way again. Join us for a celebration of life, the senses, love and the final moments of light.
Under the direction of Belgian choreographer and dancer Michèle Anne De Mey and the award-winning filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael, master artists use live film projection on stage to bring miniature worlds into full view of the audience.
He is a dark, enigmatic prince obsessed with seeking revenge for his father's death. She is a steadfast rebel who challenged the powers of the Church to restore France to greatness. Iconic figures from two great dramatic classics — Hamlet and Saint Joan — are brought vividly to life in two riveting, unexpectedly funny, stripped-down stagings by four actors from Bedlam, the acclaimed New York City theater company, directed by Eric Tucker. Behold William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw's most famous creations side by side, in repertory, in Hamlet / Saint Joan.
In 2011, democratic uprisings erupted all over the Arab world. Citizens challenged their leadership and questioned regimes. From internationally acclaimed Anglo-Kuwaiti writer and director Sulayman Al-Bassam, In the Eruptive Mode presents six monologues of ordinary citizens — all women — caught in the violence and chaos of the Arab Spring. These visceral, poetic monologues with song capture unheard voices, each at their own precarious tipping point.
Internationally acclaimed Anglo-Kuwaiti writer and director Sulayman Al-Bassam brought his inventive satire The Speaker's Progress to ArtsEmerson in 2011. Now he returns with a powerful new production. Through voice, music, and sound, In the Eruptive Mode embraces contemporary language and new dramatic forms to respond to the challenges that still reign across much of the Arab world. Raw, brutally satirical and entirely original: These are voices of the Arab Spring.
Step Afrika! triumphantly returns to Boston with The Migration, a multimedia powerhouse production that chronicles and celebrates the paths of the brave men and women who left the American South searching for better opportunities. Inspired by painter Jacob Lawrence's groundbreaking series about "The Great Migration," the company transforms the work into a textured, interdisciplinary movement piece incorporating South African gumboot, Western African dance, vocals, drumming, and audience participation.
In this stunning world premiere, The White Card unfolds a meticulously crafted story, raising uncomfortable questions about what is — and who are — on display. Exploring contemporary headlines and cultural touchstones, Claudia Rankine's The White Card refuses to remain "just a play," safely entrenched on the stage. Like her 2014 New York Times best-selling book of poetry entitled Citizen: An American Lyric, this new play unpacks the insidious ways in which racism manifests itself in everyday situations, prompting the question, "Can American society progress if whiteness stays invisible?"
In the elegant loft of a powerful, well-intentioned white couple in the New York City art world, a black artist named Charlotte Cummings arrives in the hopes of selling her new work. When the couple's activist son joins them for dinner, tensions arise, truths are interrogated, and the notion of intent — both conscious and unconscious — becomes paramount.
Raised by a schizophrenic single mother fueled by political conspiracy and family dysfunction, award-winning filmmaker Clyde Petersen's adolescent years unfolded in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. Based on a true story, Torrey Pines tells a trans-queer-punk coming-of-age story, rich with '90s pop-culture references in the likes of Star Trek, Nintendo and MTV. The Seattle band Your Heart Breaks performs the vivid score live in tandem with the film, with original music recorded in collaboration with Kimya Dawson and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie).
Restaurant manager and shoe connoisseur Haley Walker is finally ready to reenter the dating world. From the privacy of her bedroom, she relates a series of hilarious tales while preparing for — and recovering from — one dreadful date after another. Theresa Rebeck's sweet and sharp comedy Bad Dates is one of the most popular shows in Huntington history.
Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia is an extraordinary new composition fusing music, film, voice and movement. It is the first major symphonic work that addresses the traumas that occurred in Cambodia in the late 1970s, and is the first collaboration between the Oscar-nominated director Rithy Panh and lauded composer Him Sophy — both survivors of the Khmer Rouge and now at the forefront of Cambodia's cultural renaissance. Anchored in "bangsokol" — a ritual for the dead or soon-to-be-deceased — the performance intertwines traditional Khmer instruments with the Metropolis Ensemble orchestra and the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir. All together, they create something innately Cambodian but relatable to audiences everywhere.
Bangsokol is an act of cultural renewal, aiming to return the arts to their place at the heart of Cambodian society. While the world continues to witness new genocides, wars and destruction, Bangsokol urges us to express our scars from the past in order to forge a new path forward.
Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one.
This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. It's an outrageous evening of entertainment you'll never forget.
Don't miss the show that has captivated 35 million people worldwide.
Blue Man Group - enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation.
Adam was the scariest man in the National Hockey League, but now he's been demoted to the minors, gotten high on painkillers, and trashed the locker room at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. His friends need to talk him down before he gets into real trouble, but he's got his own agenda, and it isn't about making saves, dekes, dangles, snipes, and passes. Brawler, a modern-day take on Sophocles' Ajax, looks at hockey as the last true gladiator sport.
From Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award winner Steve Martin and Grammy Award winner Edie Brickell comes Bright Star, the five-time Tony-nominated new Broadway musical that the New York Times called "a shining achievement." Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances.
Special performances: 4/15: Enhanced audio descriptive services provided by Audio Journal during the 1pm performance. 4/15: ASL interpretation will be offered at the 6:30pm performance.
Brit Floyd performs songs from Pink Floyd's best-loved and biggest-selling albums, including The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, and The Division Bell.
The Brit Floyd show is regarded as the world's greatest live tribute to Pink Floyd and "the perfect rock show" (LA Times). Complete with multiple moving light designs, lasers, inflatables, and theatrics, a Brit Floyd show is as close as fans will ever get to experiencing the magnificence of a Pink Floyd show live.
Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles, and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd — and to leave their troubles outside. Based on Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning production, Cabaret has some of the most memorable songs in theater history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen," and "Maybe This Time." Leave your troubles outside — life is beautiful at Cabaret! John Kander, Fred Ebb and Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical is about following your heart while the world loses its way.
Special performances: 12/31: Enhanced audio descriptive services provided by Audio Journal during the 1pm performance. 12/31: ASL interpretation will be offered at the 1pm performance.
Not appropriate for younger audiences. Contains adult content.
The Capitol Steps began more than 30 years ago as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together, the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, Orange Is the New Barack. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.
No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. There's never a shortage of material.
With a beautiful and alluring voice, Italian-born French supermodel Carla Bruni has seduced the world with her intimate love songs. She is touring in support of her recently released fifth album, French Touch, a collection of adaptations of well-known songs by Depeche Mode, AC/DC, Willie Nelson, the Clash, and more.
The powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company Che Malambo excites audiences with a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, and song that originated in the 17th century in the South American pampas. It evolved from competitive duels among the Argentinian gauchos (South American cowboys) that tested agility, strength, and dexterity. It soon evolved to include what is now its hallmark, zapeteo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. Malambo also features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and whirling boleadoras, a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords and weighted with stones. Che Malambo is now thrilling audiences around the world with this new production created by director and choreographer Gilles Brinas.
A young woman shatters reality to reach a surreal world of possibility. There she pursues the life that had been glistening beneath the surface of her former world. Sometimes we must leave solid ground to find our true footing.
Cirque du Soleil carves electrifying moments, breathtaking artistry, and its unique creativity into ice in a fresh spectacular. World-class ice skating, surreal aesthetics, and artistic prowess fuse together. Reality slips away as Crystal glides above a most unusual reflection.
Based on the 1985 movie adaptation of the classic board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. Adapted from Jonathan Lynn's screenplay (My Cousin Vinny) with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price, this staging tells the shocking tale of six mysterious guests who attend an unusual dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy. Murder and blackmail are both on the menu. When Boddy himself winds up dead, all the guests become suspects, and together they must solve the mystery before the police arrive. An evening of slapstick, slamming doors, and some of the funniest one-liners in movie history, Clue leaves both devoted fans and newcomers in stitches.
After selling out its stunning performances last year, Compagnie Hervé Koubi returns with its highly physical, fluid work that combines hip-hop, and contemporary dance with powerful Sufi imagery.
The company of French-Alegerian and African male dancers performs the breathtaking Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (What the Day Owes the Night) on Friday. Saturday's program features the Boston premiere of Les nuits barbares ou les premiers matins du monde (The Barbarian Nights or the First Dawns of the World), an awe-inspiring new work that explores the historical mix of countless cultures and religions that make up a universal Mediterranean ethos.
Drones and beats, crimson beads, and towering black lamb's-wool hats all serve as a striking backdrop to the Ukrainian folk-punk quartet DakhaBrakha. With one foot in the urban avant-garde and the other in Ukranian village culture, the group's self-proclaimed "ethno-chaos" is a refreshingly novel vision of Eastern European roots music.
Decades Rewind is a national touring concert, dance party, and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show! Join world-class entertainers and award-winning vocalists in a celebration of the hits of the '60s, '70s, and '80s — the most prominent decades in music history. Disco, funk, rock, and Motown all take center stage in this brand new theatrical concert featuring over 60 songs, 100 costume changes, and nostalgic video. From Aretha to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. This IS the story of your life!
Join us for some holiday fun with this upbeat variety show featuring Worcester County's finest singers, dancers, and actors of all ages! It is quickly becoming one of Worcester's newest family traditions, with dancing snowman and reindeer and singing elves! The whole family will be singing Christmas carols and tapping their toes!
A timeless voice, improvisational prowess, and unique soul-jazz stylings mark Dianne Reeves as one of the world's preeminent jazz vocalists. She will be joined by Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully for a powerhouse live performance.
Magic is coming your way when Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader of live touring family entertainment, sets the stage for its most compelling Disney compilation to date with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and the comical duo of Donald Duck and Goofy as they step into mysterious portals throughout the Disney universe, entering the enchanted lands of more than 20 of your favorite Disney characters and encountering surprises at every turn of the doorknob.
The Donkey Show is the intoxicating international sensation that takes you behind the velvet ropes into a glittered wonderland of decadence, divas, and disco, inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Come party on the dance floor to all the disco hits you know by heart as The Donkey Show unfolds all around you. It's a show . . . it's a party . . . it's the ultimate disco experience.
Must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink.
1. Ice cream. 2. Water fights. 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV. These are just a few items on a list of things worth living for compiled by a young girl trying to ease her mother's depression at the start of Every Brilliant Thing. Through adulthood, as the list grows, she learns the deep significance it holds in her own life. It stays with her as she goes to college, falls in love, and builds a home. A tribute to the irrepressible resilience inside all of us and the capacity to find delight in the everyday, Every Brilliant Thing is a charming new play that enlists members of the audience to help tell its story.
Arthur Miller, the most celebrated American playwright of the 20th century, was said to be the moral conscience of the nation, but he had a secret: a son born with Down syndrome whom he refused to acknowledge. In Fall, renowned Hollywood reporter Bernard Weinraub explores the fascinating untold story of Miller and his third wife, photographer Inge Morath, and the divide between their public personas and private lives.
The GroovaLottos Coffeehouse Soul Session is a soul, funk, and blues cabaret with the Grammy Award-nominated band the GroovaLottos. Come enjoy some of the best coffees, gourmet beverages, sandwiches, and soups while you groove to the Phunk!!!
Hold These Truths is the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, an American son of Japanese immigrants. He resisted internment during World War Two, a policy which continues to be cited and debated today. Michael Hisamoto (Stage Kiss) plays Hirabayashi, a college student and a Quaker, whose hope and unquenchable patriotism over 50 years will leave audiences cheering.
Take a trip down a dark desert highway, feel the cool wind in your hair, and experience the Grammy Award-winning sounds that defined a generation.
Blending their extraordinary vocal and musical talents, Hotel California faithfully reproduces the sound of the Eagles' studio recordings while recreating a classic sound which undeniably transcends the boundaries of rock, R&B, and country while delivering a modern, action-packed performance that brings this timeless music into the new millennium.
This dynamic, highly acclaimed show incorporates Hotel California's very own world renowned vocal harmony and authentic instrumentation, including all specialty instruments. Each concert presents an exciting showcase of the Eagles' megahits including "Take it Easy," "Heartache Tonight," and, of course, "Hotel California," as well as select titles from the solo works of Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Joe Walsh.
From the independent republic of Tuva, bordering Mongolia, Huun Huur Tu performs an ear-twisting vocal technique called khöömei. In this style, a single vocalist produces two or three notes simultaneously, often a low drone along with a high-pitched whistle. Accompanied by traditional string and percussion instruments, the four-member ensemble sings rhythmic songs that capture the magic of the Siberian steppe.
Four actors play a total of 21 characters in Incognito's three interwoven stories. A pathologist steals the brain of Albert Einstein; a neuropsychologist embarks on her first romance with another woman; and an acute amnesiac repeatedly forgets everything but his love for his wife. Incognito braids these mysterious stories into one graceful play, asking whether memory and identity are nothing but illusions. From acclaimed British playwright Nick Payne, author of the Broadway sensation Constellations, it's an "astonishing and original" (The Telegraph) play for our times.
Introducing 1990s anthems such as "Ironic," "You Oughta Know," and "Hand in My Pocket," Jagged Little Pill (1995) established Canadian singer-songwriter and Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette as an alternative rock icon. Diane Paulus (Waitress) directs this world premiere musical based on the groundbreaking album. The show's book is by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno).
Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon, Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that's just too good to be true.
Special performances: 3/18: Enhanced audio descriptive services provided by Audio Journal during the 1pm performance. 3/18: ASL interpretation will be offered at the 6:30pm performance.
The Afro-Cuban All Stars is a 17-piece dream team of Cuba's hottest musicians brought together by musical director Juan de Marcos González (the musical arranger for the original Buena Vista Social Club recording). Paying tribute to Cuban music, this multigenerational lineup features members from Cuba's leading bands, including Orquesta Tropicana, Los Van Van, Sierra Maestra, and more.
Shakespeare's epic political tragedy dramatizes the downfall of an arrogant and narcissistic ruler bent on turning the Roman Republic into a dictatorship. Set in a futuristic parallel universe where women are in power, this all-female production sees the race to claim control of Rome spiral out of control.
Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this "breathtaking and exquisite" (The New York Times) musical directed by Bartlett Sher, a College of the Holy Cross graduate. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello, Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance," and "Something Wonderful."
Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, The King and I is "too beautiful to miss" (New York).
5/20: Enhanced audio descriptive services provided by Audio Journal during the 1pm performance. 5/20: ASL interpretation will be offered at the 6:3
With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is the undisputed king of mbube, South African a cappella singing. The group came together in the early 1960s and continues to thrill audiences around the world with its strong, proud melodies harmonized in layers of call and response.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Leonard Bernstein defined classical music and opera for a generation through his charisma as a conductor and composer for opera, symphony, and Broadway. In this special tribute commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, Boston Lyric Opera artists perform works from throughout his canon, from vocal masterworks Trouble in Tahiti and Arias & Barcarolles, to beloved Broadway musicals as we survey the remarkable life and times of an American artist.
The internationally renowned repertory company Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, or BJM, defies categories with its blend of hip, funky moves infused with infectious energy, humor, and imagination. Led by artistic director Louis Robitaille, BJM presents the Boston premiere of O Balcão de Amor by choreographer Itzik Galili, inspired by Pérez Prado's classic Cuban mambo music. The energetic and sensual piece is infused with comedic sparks and charming absurdity that aims to return us to our youth with all its hopes and dreams. The company will also perform other works from its vast repertoire.
"Fair is foul, and foul is fair," proclaim the witches in Macbeth, Shakespeare's classic tale of greed-soaked ambition. Set in a stark Scottish landscape, this adaptation displays the witches in a refreshingly original light, as witnessing the ambition and desperation of Macbeth and the cunning and ruthlessness of Lady Macbeth. The witches are portrayed as agents of human beings, not their instigators, and so they and the audience get drawn into the humans' conspiratorial plotting. This adaptation incorporates parts of The Witch, by Shakespeare's contemporary, Thomas Middleton, and is directed by professor Kate Amory, creator of D.arc Water and Ghosts of Troy. Amory is joined on the production team by professor Michael Harvey (scenic and lighting design), Ryan Blaney (sound design), and new theater faculty professor Jerry Johnson (costume design).
This production contains adult language and subject matter and is intended for mature audiences.
Funny, brutally honest, and ultimately cathartic, Mala focuses on what it means to put our loved ones first — up to the very end — and what happens when we strive to be good but don't always succeed. This powerful one-woman show written by and featuring Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew) dances among doctors and urgent 911 calls, a mother's growing frailty, and a daughter's quest for grace — all during one epic Boston winter.
In 2008, National Public Radio asked Gregory Maguire (Wicked) to compose an original story with a Christmas theme. Thus was born Matchless, a rekindling of Anderson's classic tale of the Little Match Girl from a surprising point of view. A story for all ages about being open to life's magic transformations: how love can make a family, and how imagination can find beauty in the most unexpected places.
Max Raabe and his 12-piece Palast Orchester bring Weimar-era cabaret to life by meticulously recreating music of the 1920s and 1930s with elegance, verve, and humor. Their new critically acclaimed show Let's Do It finds the German band taking on the American songbook with a program stacked with standards like "Stormy Weather," "Over My Shoulder," and "Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?", along with the German counterparts written in the late 1920s. Hilarious songs like "When I Need Love, I Go to Pauline," romances like "Women Are So Beautiful When They Love," and classics like Kurt Weill's "Bilbao Song" are cleverly woven into a highly entertaining evening that bridges time and space.
Million Dollar Quartet is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. This show features a score of hits, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Folsom Prison Blues," and more.
Benedick is never getting married. Not ever. And Beatrice can't imagine loving a man she can't tolerate! They might just be the perfect couple. While the villain Don Jon sows seeds of rumor and discord, the success of two noble marriages hinges on the hilarious efforts of local constables. Shakespeare's most frequently performed comedy is a joyous romp that sparkles with wit and romance.
Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever! Lead singers from Meat Loaf, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and several Broadway rock musicals will have you singing and dancing like you're 18 again!
From the progenitors of rock and roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, up until MTV in the early '80s, Neil Berg's Fifty Years of Rock & Roll uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic rock stars as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, the Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, Aretha Franklin, the Who, Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, and more!
Offended is a new play by Peter Sampieri, presented as a workshop staged reading, and telling the story of two artists and close friends collaborating on a theatrical production while wrestling with issues of race, misrepresentation, and censorship.
Patrons are invited to attend a brief talkback after the production.
The Capitol Steps have been a national institution for over 35 years, providing a unique blend of musical and political comedy and satire to audiences coast to coast. Each show consists of tasteful lampooning guaranteed to leave both sides of the political spectrum laughing. The troupe started in 1981. Since then, they have appeared on the Today Show, Nightline, CBS Evening News, and for many years in specials for NPR. In the Capitol Steps' new show, new faces from the Trump White House and Mar-a-Lago join old faces from the Obama years to bring their musical political satire to greater Boston.
Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando has been described as the most charming love letter in literature. Sarah Ruhl (Stage Kiss) brings the novel to life in an epic theatrical adventure that transcends time, space, and sex. Born in the 16th century, Orlando, a handsome man, wakes up one day two centuries later to find himself a beautiful woman! Orlando abandons herself to six centuries of change with an insatiable appetite to discover what it means to live fully in the present, in her own skin, and in her own time.
It's a lovely day, and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy fun interactive games and, of course, many surprises! This live show encompasses the charming, colorful nature of the incredibly popular television series and features brand-new songs and life-size puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down to give audiences a unique, fully immersive theatrical experience from the moment the curtain opens.
The Piano Guys became an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original, self-made music videos. The group consists of just one piano player, Jon Schmidt, and one other instrumentalist, Steven Sharp Nelson, on cello. The duo are joined by producer and videographer Paul Anderson and music producer and songwriter Al van der Beek.
The Piano Guys have made over 65 videos, including an innovative 10-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful." Their spectacular videos have netted over 1.2 billion YouTube views and over 5.4 million subscribers. Currently, The Piano Guys have over 1.6 million Facebook fans who have shared videos like "Michael Meets Mozart," which features over 100 tracks of cello textures, including a deep bass drum sound created by tapping on the cello body; a shaker sound made by Nelson rubbing rosin on his bow; and a record-scratch noise caused by his scraping a quarter on the strings.
Two decades after opening on Broadway, Rent, Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece, continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. A reimagining of Puccini's La Bohème, Rent follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.
Special performances: 4/8: Enhanced audio descriptive services provided by Audio Journal during the 1pm performance. 4/8: ASL interpretation will be offered at the 6:30pm performance.
Not appropriate for younger audiences
On his continuing journey through the works of Stephen Sondheim, director Spiro Veloudos brings audiences Sondheim's latest work, Road Show, the true boom-and-bust story of two of the most colorful and outrageous fortune-seekers in American history. From the Alaskan gold rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s, entrepreneur Addison Mizner and his fast-talking brother Wilson were proof positive that the journey to the American dream is often a seductive, treacherous tightrope walk.
The United States, 1953. The Cold War is on, and Ethel and Julius Rosenberg have been accused of espionage and sentenced to death. In this, perhaps the most famous spy case of the 20th century and in the lead-up to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings, the Rosenbergs' love affair broke bounds. Hailed in Denmark as "Best Opera of 2015," The Rosenbergs is adapted from the Rosenbergs' letters from jail. Through the lens of Joseph McCarthy's witch hunts, the work asks this question: "Would you die for love?"
From award-winning humorist, playwright, and National Public Radio contributor David Sedaris, a dose of unconventional holiday humor. The author's real-life experiences as a Macy's Christmas elf named Crumpet (Steve Kidd) include a humiliating job interview, elf indoctrination, run-ins with miscast Santas, pushy parents, and a host of oddball characters. Merrily subversive and fall-on-your-knees funny!
Contains mature language and themes that may not be suitable for young children.
Eric Tucker's exuberant, inventive staging of Jane Austen's classic novel follows the adventures (and misadventures) of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — after their sudden loss of fortune. Bursting with humor, emotion, and bold theatricality, Bedlam's Sense & Sensibility asks this question: When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart? American Repertory Theater transforms its main stage in the Loeb Drama Center for this production, seating audience members on two sides of a long playing space to bring them closer to the action as scenery and actors traverse the stage throughout the fast-paced comedy.
Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Shakespeare in Love tells the story of young Will Shakespeare, suffering from a case of writer's block as the deadline fast approaches to deliver his new play, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. Enter Viola, a headstrong noblewoman and admirer of Will's, who disguises herself as a boy so that she can skirt the law and appear (as a girl) in his play. But when the playwright and his muse fall in love, the plot undergoes some surprising rewrites. Mistaken identities, courtly intrigue, and backstage bickering are all part of the fun in this romantic comedy of errors. Shakespeare in Love reminds audiences that while all the world's a stage, love is unrehearsed.
Love letters, mistaken identity, and a dash of Christmas in this sweeping romantic musical.
Direct from a hugely successful Broadway revival, this delightful, romantic Tony-Award winning Broadway musical tells the story of Amalia and Georg, coworkers in a department store, who fall in love without knowing it through anonymous lonely heart letters.
Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! immerses audiences in the world of Shopville using custom-designed theatrical costumes, creative onstage characters, and state-of-art video and set design. Original music, song, dance, and interactive sing-a-longs are a huge part of the live show, with performances from Shoppies Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish, and more.
Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! is the first theatrical production based on America's No. 1 toy brand, YouTube sensation, and international toy phenomenon created by Moose Toys. Since its launch in 2014, the Shopkins brand continues to be a hot-ticket item for children worldwide. The first-ever Shopkins movie, Shopkins Chef Club, was released last year, and numerous dedicated apps continue to expand the brand's ever-growing world.
In the break room of the last small auto plant still standing, a makeshift family of workers swap stories, share dreams, and take pride in their work. When confronted with the possibility of the factory closing, power dynamics shift and each worker is pushed to the limits of survival. Inspired by August Wilson's Century Cycle, Morisseau's bold and compassionate new play is part of her Detroit Project cycle of plays.
Moscow Festival Ballet returns for an enthralling presentation of Sleeping Beauty, a crowning jewel of Marius Petipa's career, often considered the finest achievement of the classical ballet. Sergei Radchenko's troupe brings together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov ballet companies in the structure of Russian classic ballet. The whole family will be entranced by this grandiose presentation of the timeless tale in a lavish theatrical stage set to Tchaikovsky's beautiful musical score.
Set in the '90s — the 1590s — this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first musical!
Special performances: 2/25: Enhanced audio descriptive services provided by Audio Journal during the 1pm performance. 2/25: ASL interpretation will be offered at the 6:30pm performance.
In South Pacific, love transcends the harshness of war and prejudice. Set on a tropical island during World War Two, this sweeping tale is centered around two unlikely love affairs. The musical is based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific; it has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The beloved score includes "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha'i." The show's excellence earned it a staggering 17 Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Set in Louisiana in the 1980s, Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias is equally hilarious and heartwarming. At Truvy's beauty shop, six southern ladies gather each week to chat and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M'Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing crisis. Harling's play touches on love, loss, and enduring friendship.
Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after 22 years in the suburbs. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to comic and touching effect. This play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner A.R. Gurney looks into the complexities of love and commitment, asking what it truly means to be devoted to your partner…and how you choose between the love of your life and man's best friend.
With explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography, TAO: Drum Heart offers a breathtaking, vibrantly modern twist on a traditional art form — and a visual and sonic tour de force! This all-new production captures the best of TAO's extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina.
Devious Tartuffe charms his way into Orgon's household and schemes to marry his daughter, seduce his wife, and run off with the family's fortune. Orgon remains entranced despite the appalling evidence of Tartuffe's behavior — will he see through this con man before it's too late? In one of the world's great plays, Molière spins religious piety and hypocrisy into high comedy, making for a hilarious and biting satire.
Career-driven Marlene has just landed the top job at a London employment agency over a male colleague. To celebrate, she hosts a lavish dinner with a group of famous and adventurous historical women who cheer the successes and bemoan the sacrifices required to be a "top girl" in a man's world. Caryl Churchill's groundbreaking masterpiece, originally a rebuke to Margaret Thatcher's England in the 1980s, remains just as relevant and powerful today.
Hailing from Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, Umalali and the Garifuna Collective pay tribute to the rich heritage carried forward by Garifuna women. With evocative melodies and powerful call-and-response songs backed by traditional Garifuna drums, maracas, turtles shells, acoustic and electric guitars, and bass, the group tells its stories through music, dance, and traditional costumes, demonstrating why UNESCO official proclaimed the language, dance, and music of the Garifuna people as a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity."
Thomas Novachek (Tim Hoover/Casey Preston), a beleaguered playwright-director, is desperate to find an actress to play Vanda, the female lead in his adaptation of the classic sadomasochistic tale Venus in Fur. Into his empty audition room walks a vulgar and equally desperate actress — oddly enough, named Vanda (Kimberly Waller). Though utterly wrong for the sophisticated part, Vanda exhibits a strange command of the material, piquing Thomas's interest with her seductive talents and secretive manner. As the two work through the script, they blur the line between play and reality, entering into an increasingly serious game of submission and domination that only one of them can win. A mysterious, funny, erotic drama that represents yet another departure for the multifaceted David Ives.
Brian O'Donovan's A Celtic Sojourn has entertained and enlightened radio audiences since 1986. Now celebrating a decade and a half of holiday performances, the Christmastime live version of the show draws on Celtic, pagan and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program, plus the excitement of a live show featuring the Celtic world's best performers. The 2017 iteration of the show promises once again to be one of the chestnuts of the region's Christmas offerings.
A soulful retelling of L. Frank Baum's beloved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz combines fairy-tale glamour with street smarts to make a classic fantasy relevant to the world today. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, The Wiz ingeniously mixes rock, gospel, and soul. Among its hit songs are "Ease on Down the Road," "A Brand New Day," and "Home."