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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).
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!
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.
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.
Based on the 1988 film of the same name, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is about two competing con men living in the French Riviera. At first, the suave and experienced Lawrence Jameson takes the rookie con man, Freddy, under his wing. Soon Freddy tries to compete directly with Lawrence. The competition comes to a peak when they agree that the first con man to extract $50,000 from Christine Colgate, an American heiress, wins and the other must leave town forever.
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!
This epic adventure musical, presented by the Berklee Musical Theater Club, incorporates plots and characters of several Brothers Grimm fairy tales and features music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by James Lapine.
Into the Woods follows a baker and his wife, who wish to have a child; Cinderella, who wishes to attend the King's Festival; and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. When the baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them with disastrous results.
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).
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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."