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The Elliot Norton Awards honor the outstanding productions, directors, designers, and performers that audiences have seen on Greater Boston area stages throughout the year.
Acclaimed actress and comedian Lea DeLaria will be the Guest of Honor at the 33rd annual Elliot Norton Awards featuring nominated musical performances, the award of The Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence, a post-ceremony party, and surprise appearances and performances.
Award-winning duo Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas share a passion for taking the infectious melodies and driving rhythms of Scottish/Celtic music on an exciting new journey. Fraser, one of the world's finest fiddle players, has a deep understanding that spans centuries of Scottish music. Haas, a consummate cellist, is known for transforming the role of the cello in traditional music.
Barbara Strongin currently serves as director of administration at Sotheby's institute of Art, where she teaches the Auction Business course. She is a 34-year veteran of the fine art auction industry. Prior to her current position at Sotheby's, she served as a senior executive at Christie's flagship New York auction house.
The Land of Lola comes to the Crown and Anchor when Broadway sensation Billy Porter makes his Provincetown debut. Best known for his Tony Award winning portrayal in Kinky Boots, this Grammy Award winning singer and composer brings his extraordinarily gifted and soulful voice to The Paramount. A great way to end the summer! Don't miss it!!
Brit Floyd returns in 2015 to launch its most ambitious tour to date, with a spectacular new light show, an even bigger stage production and over 100 concerts planned throughout the United States and Canada between March and August 2015.
Celebrating five decades of Pink Floyd, from their creation in 1965 right through to the release of their brand new album, 'The Endless River', this amazing show includes performances from all Pink Floyd's biggest selling albums, The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall and The Division Bell, plus a host of other Pink Floyd musical surprises.
Paying attention to every musical detail and faithfully recreating the 'true' live Pink Floyd concert experience, Brit Floyd brings together all the best moments from the timeless Pink Floyd back catalog, and combining the latest state-of-the-art sound and light technology, to create a performance that is both sonically perfect and visually awesome.
American jazz musician, vocalist, songwriter, and producer Cassandra Wilson performs the Boston premiere of Coming Forth By Day: A Celebration of Billie Holiday, celebrating Billie Holiday's 100th birthday and applying her smoky-smooth delivery to the late master's jazz hits. The winner of two Grammy awards, three DownBeat Magazine Vocalist of the Year awards, and the first Pulitzer Prize to be given for jazz, Wilson is a musical chameleon, moving from different genres with ease, while reinterpreting much-loved standards with her own unique style.
Global music sensation Celtic Woman brings its 10th Anniversary Celebration to Worcester. This enchanting musical experience features Celtic Woman performing a treasure chest of traditional Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary pop songs, in the group's distinctive signature style. The 10th Anniversary Tour features four sublimely gifted Irish women - three angelic vocalists and a dazzling Celtic violinist - with a full band, plus the Anotas Choir, bagpipers, and Irish dancers all under the direction of Emmy®-nominated music producer David Downes. A true celebration of an incredible 10-year journey that has already captivated millions, don't miss Celtic Woman live in concert!
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.
Jim McGuinn, later known as Roger, was already a veteran of the New York and Los Angeles music scene when he co-founded the group that would become the Byrds with Gene Clark and David Crosby in 1964. Prior to forming the Byrds, Roger toured and performed folk music with the Limeliters, Chad Mitchell Trio and Bobby Darin as a guitarist and banjo player. He was also the musical director and guitarist on Judy Collins #3.
McGuinn, a Chicago native, studied at the Old Town School of Folk Music and was active on Chicago's folk scene, where he was strongly influenced as a teenager by Bob Gibson. Within a few weeks of finishing high school, McGuinn was working with the Limeliters in California, playing guitar and banjo on their album "Tonight: In Person." McGuinn is also on the Chad Mitchell Trio's albums: "Mighty Day on Campus"and "The Chad Mitchell Trio at the Bitter End".
Heritage Blues Orchestra (HBO) combines the grit of lowdown country and urban blues with the bold brass of New Orleans. The nine-piece band displays the hand-clapping fervor of gospel punctuated with fiery horn arrangements, and echoes the haunting cries of work songs and pulsating drums that reach back to the real roots of it all. HBO's music is an inspiring testament to the enduring power, possibilities, and beauty of the blues.
Thirty years ago, Miss Holliday's show-stopping, heart-wrenching performance of the torch ballad "And I'm Telling You, I'm Not Going" in the smash hit Broadway musical, Dreamgirls, made her a household name and introduced her big soulful voice to the world. Her portrayal of Effie "Melody" White, a role which she co-created, not only brought theatergoers to their feet for 8 performances a week, but also garnered her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocalist.
Jeremy Jordan was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. He was always a singer, but at the age of 17, he accidentally fell in love with acting when cast as The Mute in the musical, The Fantasticks. After high school, Jeremy went on to study drama at Ithaca College and moved to New York City after graduating in 2007.
Jeremy Jordan, star of Broadway, film, and television, makes his Boston solo concert debut. Recounting iconic and deciding moments from his budding career, Jeremy performs songs from Broadway's Newsies, NBC's Smash, and his upcoming film The Last Five Years, along with many of his own personal favorites. This bright young artist steps into the solo spotlight for the very first time to tell us a bit of his own fascinating story.
With 20 stunning albums, three Grammy nominations, and scores of awards, Joan Armatrading's subtle and sublime music has touched millions of people all over the world. Her career has seen the birth of classics- "Love and Affection," "Down to Zero," "Me Myself and I," and many more. Touring solo for the first time after 42 years, Joan Armatrading says she wanted to do something special for her last major tour. "For the first time these concerts will be me solo on stage playing the guitar and piano and singing. I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience."-Joan Armatrading
Linda Lavin won a Tony Award, as well as Drama Desk, Outer Critics¹ and Helen Hayes Awards, for her performance in Broadway Bound in 1987. She is a six-time Tony nominee for her roles in The Last of the Red Hot Lovers, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Tale of the Allergist¹s Wife, Collected Stories and most recently, The Lyons. She was a twice-again winner of the Drama Desk Award and two-time Golden Globe winner for her role as Alice on the TV show.
Fly away to a magical all-new show, Metamorphosis. Be transported to a realm of enchantment and illusion, a dreamscape domain where no one sits more than 50 feet from ringside, and nothing is impossible! You will be thrilled by the Flying Trapeze, the razzle-dazzle of the Rolla-Bolla, the dynamo of the Diablo, the risky rhythms of the Risley team, the cunning conjurors of the Quick-Change, and the incredible flexible limbs of the Contortionists. See and hear the musical merriment of our featured clown and camels, horses, playful pooches and more. Come immerse yourself in the wonder, joy and astounding magic of Metamorphosis!
From the wild and whimsical imagination of Moses Pendleton comes Alchemia, Momix's dazzling new multimedia spectacle full of invention, beauty, and playful humor. A fantastical exploration of the four elements of earth, air, fire, and water, the show bursts with aesthetic thrills, surprising metamorphoses, and the sensuality of nature itself. It's Momix at its most magical.
Norway, Sweden, and the Shetland Islands have some of the richest fiddling traditions in the world. Olav Luksengård Mjelva (Norway), Anders Hall (Sweden), and Kevin Henderson (the Shetland Islands) are three of the finest fiddlers on the international folk circuit. Performing reels, polskas, and ballads with mesmerizing fervor and graceful bowing, the Nordic Fiddlers Bloc brilliantly integrates old traditions with innovative ideas to create a sound that is distinct, expressive, and invigorating.
A nationally beloved star in Mauritania, Noura Mint Seymali creates a mesmerizing tension between ancient traditions and contemporary idioms. She merges her powerful griot voice with the desert-blues guitar lines created by her husband, Jeiche Ould Chighaly. They are backed by a declarative, funk-driven rhythm section with traditional instruments at its core—ardine (harp), tidinit (lute), and tíbeul (bowl drum), along with western bass and drums.
The Pedrito Martinez Group has emerged as the tightest Afro-Cuban band in New York. Utterly joyful and completely irresistible, the ensemble has its roots planted firmly in the rumba tradition and revels in the batá rhythms and vocal chants of Yoruban and Santerian music. Members of the Pedrito Martinez Group include percussionist Jhair Sala from Peru, bassist Alvaro Benavides from Venezuela, and newest member Edgar Pantoja from Cuba on piano, trumpet and vocals.
Mark your calendars for the fabulous musical sensation, Pink Martini! Founded in 1994 by bandleader Thomas Lauderdale, the performance elegantly showcases music from around the world through the genres of pop, jazz, and classical. The Telegraph comments, "The songs swoosh past like fabulous gowns in a vintage fashion parade." This multilingual performance has graced stages throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Northern Africa, New Zealand, South America, and North America. Described as "one of the world's most elegant live bands," by the Times (UK), you won't want to miss this. This dynamic and enchanting performance is a must-see for everyone!
Founding member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops Rhiannon Giddens is touring with her own band to support her solo debut, Tomorrow Is My Turn, a collaboration with T Bone Burnett that deftly incorporates folk, jazz, gospel, and the blues.
With the freshness and spontaneity of street dance, the rigor of ballet, and the inventiveness of contemporary dance, RUBBERBANDance Group defies gravity with humor and humanity as well as power and grace. Choreographer Victor Quijada, who was a b-boy in Los Angeles before signing on with Twyla Tharp and later Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montrèal, codirects the Montreal-based company with Anne Plamondon. Their latest production, Empirical Quotient, explores human relationships with six exceptional dancers whose backgrounds range from classical, contemporary, and urban dance to circus arts.
America's favorite singing Mom makes her Provincetown debut at The Crown and Anchor this summer! An Academy Award winner best known for her leading roles in The Music Man, Oklahoma! and of course in the cult TV classic The Partridge Family, Shirley Jones and Grammy Award winning accompanist John McDaniel will play the Paramount for two performances only! Don't miss seeing this iconic legend up close and in person!
The most popular live act in the West African nation of Niger, Tal National is beloved for its epic live performances. With a large, rotating lineup of vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, the incredibly tight band features lightning-fast rhythms, shredding electric guitars, and percussion-driven grooves.
Band In Boston! In celebration of the heroes and victims of the 2013 attack on the Boston Marathon. The URO will perform the music of local rock legends, Aerosmith, Boston, and The Cars, with special guests and more. Partial proceeds will benefit the Krystle Campbell Memorial Fund.
In Japanese animation master Miyazaki's final film, Jiro dreams of flying and designing airplanes. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers, creating beautiful machines which are put to deadly use. Film critic David Ehrlich called the film, "Perhaps the greatest animated film ever made... a devastatingly honest lament for the corruption of beauty."
Tabla master Zakir Hussain has long explored cross-cultural music fusions with the likes of Mickey Hart, Bela Fleck, John McLaughlin, and Yo-Yo Ma. His newest project, Celtic Connections, pairs the beautiful and flowing melodies of Celtic instruments including bodhran, violin, pipes, flutes, and whistles with Indian tabla, bamboo flute, and Carnatic (south Indian) violin. This groundbreaking ensemble tours North America performing The Pulse of the World for the first time with a stellar lineup of Indian and Celtic musicians.