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In this Tony Award-winning musical, Massachusetts delegate John Adams must convince a divided Continental Congress to forge a new and independent nation. With help from his colleagues Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Adams just might make history! Experience the story of the founding of the United States with this exciting, inclusive reimagining of this classic musical.
The 2018 Boston Pops spring season, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, celebrates the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, one of the greatest musical figures of the last century. His talents, which spanned the worlds of composition, performance, education, and conducting, influenced the culture at large in the mid-to-late 20th century and resulted in a legacy sure to inspire music lovers for generations to come. The Boston Pops has a special association with Leonard Bernstein — he made his professional orchestra conducting debut leading the ensemble during a performance in the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade in 1941, on the cusp of his fame.
The Boston Pops 2018 season celebration spotlights Leonard Bernstein's singular contributions as a multifaceted composer for orchestra, Broadway, and film, with a concert performance of West Side Story and a semi-staged performance of On The Town, both with star Broadway casts, along with a series of five Leonard Bernstein Centennial Tribute concerts featuring classic selections from Bernstein's scores to Candide, Fancy Free, Wonderful Town, and On the Waterfront.
The Worcester County Dance Festival is an evening of diverse dance celebrating New England's talented schools and companies on one stage! Now in its fourth year, the festival offers a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance and movement disciplines. Participants get the unique experience and opportunity to perform at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, dance in their newly constructed conservatory studios, and attend master dance classes and lectures to empower dancers in dance education and training.
An '80s movie turned into a musical, a chance to revisit big hair and big shoulder pads, and also an opportunity to take a fresh look at misogynist values in the workplace, what more could you want in this day and age of #metoo and #timesup?
Grab a coworker or friend to join you at the next Arlington Friends of the Drama production, 9 to 5 The Musical, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, and based on the seminal 1980 hit movie.
Set in the late 1970s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic.
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.
Visionary choreographer Alonzo King actively develops bold original works with other artists from diverse disciplines and cultures. World Music/CRASHarts has commissioned Alonzo King LINES Ballet's new collaboration with tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, who has composed music especially for this project and will perform the East Coast premiere onstage, with Sabir Khan playing sarangi.
Free preperformance talks with Boston Dance Alliance Executive Director Debra Cash 30 minutes prior to curtain in the ICA café.
Free post-performance Q&A with the artists Friday, April 20.
This new commission of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet with Zakir Hussain was made possible through a generous grant as part of the Arts Capacity Building Initiative of the Barr and Klarman Family Foundations.
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.
Tyranny, demagoguery, and absolute power are disrupted in Jean Anouilh's modern adaptation of Antigone, written in 1940s France as a form of resistance against Nazi occupation. In an act of treason punishable by death, Antigone acts on her moral duty to bury her brother, defying the will of the ruthless King Creon. What transpires is a timeless exploration of when to accept authority in order to maintain the status quo and when to confront it, no matter the consequences.
At the end of World War Two, artist Han van Meegeren sits in a prison cell accused of selling a long-lost Vermeer to the Nazis, a crime tantamount to treason. Van Meegeren contends that the painting was a forgery, which he skillfully produced and aged with a special treatment of the plastic known as Bakelite. Now he must create another masterpiece in front of his jailer, art historian Geert Piller, to save his life. The Bakelite Masterpiece is a dynamic and compelling Boston-area premiere from playwright Kate Cayley.
Bill Murray, actor Jan Vogler, cello Mira Wang, violin Vanessa Perez, piano
Bill Murray and Jan Vogler met during their travels and became friends in New York. Curious about each other's artistic worlds and interests, the actor and the cellist soon had the idea to work together on a project. The program would showcase the core of American values in literature and music and communicate the bridges artists have built between America and Europe. Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Gershwin, and Foster are some of the strongest voices that influenced generations of humans in America and gave the world a picture of the charm, energy, and creative force of the New World.
In 2017, the joint program celebrated its premiere. The Hollywood star's love for classical music is young and his art of language boundless, giving all the more reason to look forward to a fascinating encounter between great music and great literature featuring two masters of their art.
Blue Man Group is poised to rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirit. It won't call your mom on her birthday, though. Or will it? (Do you want it to?) Leave your expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter, and surprises. This show is comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party all rolled into one.
Thirty-five million people know what Blue Man Group is about. Now it's your turn.
Created by multi-Grammy Award-winning icon Bebe Winans and director Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown the Musical), Born for This celebrates the incredible true story of Bebe Winans — a young man who follows his heart and finds his destiny.
Detroit teenagers Bebe and Cece Winans experience the ultimate in culture shock when they leave the comfort and safety of their already famous family to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Praise the Lord network in Pineville, North Carolina. The televangelist couple becomes an unlikely surrogate family as the siblings rapidly rise to television stardom. Eventually crossing over to mainstream fame, Bebe learns to reconcile the temptations of stardom and fortune with the things he ultimately values more.
Born for This brings this legendary artist's story to life with acclaimed new music and lyrics by Winans that gets audiences on their feet. A wildly funny yet deeply emotional journey toward self-discovery, Born for This is a family-friendly and universal story for anyone who has ever yearned for something — especially a purpose in life.
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.
Now in its 27th amazing year, the "world's most successful rock 'n' roll musical" continues to thrill audiences around the world. Viewed by more than 22 million people worldwide, Buddy opened in London's West End in 1989 and has been seen on Broadway, throughout Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Germany, Scandinavia, South Africa, the Netherlands, and Singapore, winning numerous awards along the way.
Buddy tells the story of Buddy Holly through his short yet spectacular career and features the classic songs "That'll Be the Day," "Not Fade Away," "Oh, Boy!," Ritchie Valens's "La Bamba," the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace," and many more! This show is just "Peggy Sue"-perb.
Smashing stereotypes of all kinds, organist Cameron Carpenter has taken the music world by storm. Known for his virtuosity and highly entertaining presentations, he will perform on April 28 at Mechanics Hall on the instrument built for him, the International Touring Organ.
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.
Set in northern Uganda at the turn of the millennium, this poetic drama explores love and dedication amidst a background of an escalating civil war. In a secret wedding ceremony, a local teenage girl and the daughter of American missionaries solidify their union despite growing violence and assured intolerance. Cardboard Piano is a powerful new work that deftly examines the roots of hate and the capacity for forgiveness.
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.
Children of Eden was written by John Caird and is based on a concept by Charles Lisanby, with music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
Chinese Man is a French trip-hop band whose influences span the globe. Created in 2004, the Marseille-based group's eclectic sound blends old school hip-hop, original vocals, and rap with French sensibilities mixed with funk, dub, reggae, and jazz. A collective comprised of Zé Mateo, High Ku, and beatmaker Sly, they sometimes also count among its membership producer Leo Le Bug, Le Yan, Taiwan MC, and MC Youthstar. They have their own record label and a series of EP releases, including their 10th full-length recording, Shikantaza, which was released in early 2017.
Presented in association with Crossroads Present
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.
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 dream-like state. Under the direction of Belgian choreographer and dancer Michèle Anne De Mey and the award-winning filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael — director of the 2009 cult favorite Mr. Nobody starring Jared Leto — master artists use live film projection onstage to bring miniature worlds into full view of the audience.
Led by Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and Grammy-winning jazz superstar bassist-composer Dave Holland, Crosscurrents showcases the long and vibrant relationship between jazz and Indian classical music, both of which have improvisation as a core tenet. The international supergroup also features Bollywood star vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, guitarist Sanjay Divecha, jazz pianist Louiz Banks, saxophonist Chris Potter, and drummer Gino Banks.
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.
As the front man for the band bearing his name, Chris Daughtry has become one of the most visible and consistent rock and roll torchbearers of the 21st century. Since rising to prominence on the fifth season of American Idol, he has released four albums, all of which reached the Billboard Top Ten and have combined sales of over eight million copies in the U.S.
Daughtry have released four studio albums, scored four No. 1 hits, and garnered four Grammy nominations. Additionally, the band has sold over eight million albums and 16 million singles, as well as selling out concerts around the globe. On radio, the band has also earned four No. 1 singles, including the multi-format hit No. 1 song "It's Not Over." Daughtry's self-titled album was the fastest-selling rock debut in SoundScan history, and its follow-up, Leave This Town, marked the quintet's second consecutive No. 1 album.
Raised in Havana, Daymé Arocena reimagines her African roots through jazz, soul, and funk. Her powerful singing and buoyant music defy expectations, drawing on the rhythms of Afro-Cuban traditions, the nimble athleticism of jazz, and the catchy hooks of pop melodies.
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.
It is the year of the Water Dragon and the eve of Grandma Maria's 60th birthday. By the light of the karaoke machine, fueled by pork dumplings and diet Pepsi, she shares a dark secret from her Filipino gangster past with one lucky grandchild. Traversing 50 years of faulty family memories, Seattle-based performer Sara Porkalob presents this timely new musical about what it means to come to America.
Like all great icons, Engelbert Humperdinck is a man of great depth — masculine and loving, shy inside and uninhibited onstage, prepared to play the sex god to the hilt and still, at this stage of his career, managing to get away with it. In a career spanning almost 50 years, Engelbert has generated sales in excess of 140 million records, including 64 gold albums and 35 platinum, four Grammy nominations, a Golden Globe, and stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Fame, and Leicester Walk of Fame. He has performed for the Queen, several presidents, and many heads of state.
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.
A Free Man of Color by John Guare Directed by Peter Sampieri
Before law and order took hold, New Orleans was boisterous; before class, racial and political lines were drawn, it was a parade of beautiful women and good-looking men, flowing wine, and pleasure for the taking. At the center of this Dionysian world is Jacques Cornet, who commands the men, seduces the women, preens like a peacock, and cuts a wide swath through the city and the province. But it is 1801 and the map of New Orleans is about to be redrawn. The Louisiana Purchase will bring American rule to New Orleans, challenging the chaotic, colorful world of Jacques Cornet and all that he represents.
Girls Night: The Musical has been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational off-Broadway debut. This touching and hilarious "tell it like it is" musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Audience members can't help but laugh, cry, and even find themselves singing and dancing in the aisles as some of the most popular hit songs of the '80s and '90s make this musical a fan favorite!
Follow five friends as they visit their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out. You'll recognize a bit yourselves in every one of them!
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.
Eugene de Kock, known as "Prime Evil," is a white policeman serving two life sentences plus 212 years for the torture and murder of anti-apartheid activists. His interrogator, a black female psychologist who served on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has returned to prison on a personal mission to discern man from state-sanctioned monster. In a harrowing exchange, prisoner and interrogator negotiate a space where fear and compassion co-exist. Wright's unflinching 80-minute script — distilled from Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela's best-selling book — is a deeply human story about accountability, remorse, and the complex nature of forgiveness.
Fronted by British-Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine present an exhilarating mash-up of West African highlife, disco, post-punk and psychedelic electro-soul. It sounds as "if you crossed '70s Nigerian highlife with LCD Soundsystem." —Pitchfork
In the Mood, a 1940s musical revue, transports the audience to a time when everyone was singing and dancing to the same kind of music. For over two hours, this big event enthralls with its singers, period costumes, fine orchestral arrangements, dance routines, and sheer American pizzazz!
Joined by the sensational String of Pearls Big Band Orchestra, the In the Mood singers and dancers will be the highlight of the season in a musically jam-packed performance choreographed by Broadway choreographer Alex Sanchez. Treasures such as "Swingin' on a Star," "Tuxedo Junction," "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Sing Sing Sing," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "I'll Be Seeing You," "La Vie en Rose," "Take the A Train," and "The Last Time I Saw Paris" are just a small part of a program that will leave audiences cheering.
A musical celebration of Irish heritage filled to the brim with humor, stories, and heart. Sláinte!
Created by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes), this revue is a celebration of a heritage that confronts adversity with determination, good humor, music, and a love of life. McCourt's wit, insight, and boundless love for the Irish are underscored by music extending from the auld Irish folk ballads to World War II standards and beyond.
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).
Fourteen-year-old jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander develops fresh takes on well-known tunes, combining them seamlessly with his own original compositions. His 2015 debut album, My Favorite Things, garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Solo, making him the youngest jazz artist ever nominated. He is touring with his trio in support of his latest record, Countdown.
"There are a number of good singers, a smaller handful of truly great singers, and then there's Johnny Mathis." - Barbra Streisand
A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music eclipses passing fads and trends, Johnny Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories, from music composed for stage and film to golden-era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history. Best known for supremely popular hits like "Chances Are," "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late," and "Misty," Mathis has recorded close to 80 albums and six Christmas albums, and he recently released his newest album, entitled Johnny Mathis Sings the Great New American Songbook.
America's preeminent progressive rock band, Kansas celebrates the 40th anniversary of their massive hit album Point of Know Return with a new national tour. The concert includes more than two hours of classic Kansas music, with the entire Point of Know Return album, hit songs, deep cuts, and fan favorites.
Containing the smash hit and million-selling single "Dust in the Wind," along with fan favorites such as "Portrait (He Knew)," "Closet Chronicles," and "Paradox," Point of Know Return peaked at number four on Billboard's album charts, reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold, and had three Billboard Hot 100 singles.
Kansas has firmly established itself as one of America's iconic classic rock bands. Composing a catalog that includes 15 studio albums and five live albums, Kansas has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums, one platinum live album, and two one-million-selling gold singles.
Internationally acclaimed kamancheh (Persian spiked fiddle) master Kayhan Kalhor and Turkish singer and bağlama (long-necked lute) virtuoso Erdal Erzincan blend ecstatic rhythms with sensual melodic phrases to create intensely spiritual and emotional music.
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
Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham is reunited with his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi, when the two are forced to play opposite each other in a new production of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew. The battle of the sexes continues onstage and off as it becomes clear that, as much as Fred and Lilli profess to hate each other, they're still in love. Alongside their bickering liaison, the show's supporting actor, Lois Lane, supports her gambling boyfriend, Bill, as he attempts to evade the clutches of local gangsters. Throw in cases of mistaken identity, the mob, and comedic routines, and you get Kiss Me, Kate — a dazzling Broadway show with music and lyrics by Cole Porter that earned the very first Tony Award for Best Musical.
Late Nite Catechism is an uproarious piece of theater that takes audience members back to the children they once were. The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a room full of "students" (the audience). Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the students for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant. These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school with an omniscient authoritarian at the helm.
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.
Little Orphan Danny is the uproarious musical memoir of the Dan Band's brilliant frontman, Dan Finnerty. Growing up a small-town altar boy in a nice conservative family doesn't always suit our adopted protagonist. Childhood outbursts of blasphemy in church only lead to pathetic adolescent attempts at playing sports. But of the many lessons he'll learn, none could prepare him for the fateful day he and his mother meet the woman who gave birth to him. This musical is an irreverent yet tender story of a boy and the women who made him.
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.
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," 18 performers transform the work into a textured, interdisciplinary movement piece incorporating South African gumboot, Western African dance, vocals, drumming, and audience participation.
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.
A beautiful and masterful program with a live orchestra, choir, and drama. A story about the life of Jesus — as seen through the eyes of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea. More Than Just a Man provides a compelling glimpse into the controversy surrounding the Jewish Messiah and his triumphant resurrection.
Experience the sweeping grandeur of Paris's most spectacular dance hall! Like the 2001 film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates popular music of the past 50 years. It features iconic songs from the movie as well as new hits released since.
Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) directs, with a book by Tony winner John Logan (Red) and choreography by Obie Award winner Sonya Tayeh (Kung Fu). The design team includes Tony-winning set designer Derek McLane, Tony-winning costume designer Catherine Zuber, Tony-winning sound designer Peter Hylenski, Tony-nominated lighting designer Justin Townsend, and Drama Desk Award-winning wig-and-hair designer David Brian Brown.
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.
The Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling Newsboys welcome back to the stage former bandmates Peter Furler and Phil Joel for the Newsboys United Tour, showcasing all the hits under one roof for one tour.
Furler, a founding member of Newsboys and the group's former drummer and lead vocalist, embarked on a successful solo career in 2009. During his tenure, the band earned five gold recordings and released such classic hits as "Shine," "Breakfast," and "He Reigns." As Newsboys' bass player, Joel was featured on multiple albums and sang lead on the group's hit single "Entertaining Angels." Since his departure, Joel has bowed seven recordings as well as 2015's acclaimed Word Worship set, Zealand Worship — The EP.
Filmmaker Guido Contini is in the throes of an existential crisis as he is pressured to come up with his next great film idea. Haunted by his childhood and challenged by romantic struggles, Contini tries to maintain the balance between reality and his imagination.
Nine is a gripping, avant-garde drama full of romance, tension, and spectacle that cautions a life of notoriety as Contini navigates the tumultuous world of film and love. This Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative presentation features the 24-piece Musical Theater Orchestra and Ensemble highlighting a Tony Award-winning score written by Maury Yeston, and dramatic Fellini-style elements that seamlessly blend theater and film into a visceral and beautiful story.
Spanning jazz, Latin, and African influences, Transparent Water is an exquisitely beautiful new collaboration between the seven-time Grammy-nominated Cuban pianist, composer, and bandleader Omar Sosa and the award-winning Senegalese kora master and singer Seckou Keita. They are touring with percussionist Gustavo Ovalles to capture the thrilling live experience of their debut recording.
X barks the spot in this all-new live tour! It's Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting everything shipshape for a big celebration! Just then, Ryder gets a call for help from Cap'n Turbot, who's fallen into a dark and mysterious cavern. It's Paw Patrol to the rescue! Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, and Zuma save Cap'n Turbot and discover a secret pirate treasure map that leads them on an epic adventure! Over land and on the high seas, the pups set out to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway so the celebration can go on. But things get ruff when Mayor Humdinger decides to find the treasure first for Foggy Bottom. The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup who's all ears: Tracker! Using their heroic rescue skills, problem solving, and teamwork, the pups set sail to save the day on this pirate-themed adventure.
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.
With a repertoire that crosses genres of classical, jazz, and golden-era pop music, Pink Martini draws inspiration from music from all over the world and performs in 22 languages. The self-proclaimed "little orchestra" is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Sympathique, its first and most popular album.
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
Rockin' Road to Dublin is the new sensation that combines the art of an Irish dance show and the power of a rock concert with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production. Starring world champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty and Ashley Smith, Rockin' Road to Dublin is a must-see spectacle.
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?"
Seen by over 10 million people worldwide, this wildly popular comedy keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up-to-the-minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
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.
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.
Ed and his sons are celebrating the holidays in their traditional style. As Jake and Drew sit around eating Chinese takeout, playing games, and pranking each other, it quickly becomes apparent that something is wrong with their brother, Matt.
Straight White Men is a searing satirical comedy that fearlessly examines identity and questions the value of being straight white men.
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.
Multiple Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard's latest project with E-Collective features layered grooves teeming with funk, R&B, and blues created by four young musical pioneers: guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist David "DJ" Ginyard Jr., and drummer Oscar Seaton.
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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.
What do you do if you're the last two Jews in Afghanistan? You rewrite the Torah, of course! Ishaq and Zeblyan are on a mission to save Judaism in Kabul by rebuilding their synagogue and keeping the faith alive — but only if they don't kill each other first. Jeremiah Kissel (Fiddler on the Roof) and Joel Colodner (Freud's Last Session) star in this vaudeville-inspired play, doing their best in a shtick-y situation.
A New Orleans ghost story pulled from the real-life experiences of playwright Tennessee Williams. Set in a French Quarter boarding house in the 1930s, this rarely produced work from the enigmatic author is considered one of his most autobiographical. Begun early in his career and completed towards the end, Vieux Carré is quintessential Williams, a masterfully crafted epic filled with hauntingly evocative imagery and characters.
Kapow! Galactic Girl fends off multiple dastardly villains. Woosh! She's home in time to feed her baby and maybe even herself. When the last superhero on earth is also a new mom, there's no time to lose. Can she save the planet and call back the pediatrician? Or will she fall victim to her archrival's nefarious schemes? From Lila Rose Kaplan (Home of the Brave) comes an epic, irresistible comedy for anyone who's ever had to be a superhero.
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.
Risking everything to stand up for social justice, German college student Sophie Scholl courageously led the only major act of civil disobedience against Hitler and his fascist regime. Scholl's moral strength is tested while she is interrogated for her crimes, leading her to question whether to save her own life or continue her righteous crusade. Based on true events, We Will Not Be Silent is a provocative and timely new work that examines ordinary people in extraordinary times.
Welcome the Stranger combines the talents of sacred and secular artists from both Muslim and Sikh traditions in a musical response to hate crimes. Featuring the passionate vocals of Kiran Ahluwalia (from India) and inspired songwriting of Souad Massi (Algeria), combined with traditional Sikh temple singers Bhal Kabul Singh and the colorful whirling Sufi dancers Abdul Gheit Dance (Egypt), this eclectic celebration illuminates a diverse world of artistic freedom, creativity, and tolerance.
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.
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."
World-famous tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and renowned bansuri flutist Rakesh Chaurasia perform a brilliant evening of Indian classical music. One of the world's most esteemed and influential musicians, Zakir Hussain is appreciated both in the field of percussion and for his genre-defying collaborations. Rakesh Chaurasia, the nephew and protégé of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, incorporates the tradition of his renowned uncle with his own personal style. Performing jugalbandis with Carnatic and world-famous instrumentalists, Rakesh has already toured as a member of Zakir Hussain's Masters of Percussion, and played with Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer, and Joshua Redman. He continues to record with the leading stalwarts of the Indian film industry.
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