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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.
An ordinary job interview at a local bookstore becomes much more as store-owner Linda and aspiring writer Daniel realize that their connections go far deeper than a shared love of literature. Together they will have have to face the trauma of their past — but can they find forgiveness? Artistic Director Peter DuBois directs this deeply felt and intimate new play about bullying and second chances.
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.
After the death of their patriarch, the estranged members of the Lafayette clan gather at their crumbling Arkansas plantation home to mourn his loss and settle his estate. While sifting through a lifetime of memories and junk, they make a gruesome discovery that forces them to confront their family's dark past. Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors, An Octoroon) offers his own subversive take on a classic American genre for a bold new look at race and identity.
Barbara Cook's silvery soprano, purity of tone, and warm presence have delighted audiences around the world for more than 50 years. Considered "Broadway's favorite ingenue" during the heyday of the Broadway musical, Miss Cook then launched a second career as a concert and recording artist soaring from one professional peak to another.
Neverland has gathered a talented group of kids, teens and adults to present this delightful, non-musical version of the fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast, over April Vacation! Fun for the whole family that you won't want to miss!
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!!
Success, meticulous planning, and an eye for detail have in no way prepared Vivienne for the news inside that little white envelope. Even with the aid of a creation myth of her own imagination and her insomnia-driven baking, apprehension takes hold as she grapples with the frightening thought of her mother fading away from advancing Alzheimer's Disease. A National New Play Network (NNPN) Rolling World Premiere, Blackberry Winter is a humorous and touching new work.
Bootycandy is a shockingly funny and saucy spin on race, sex, and sexuality. Based on the author's own experiences growing up black and gay, the play unfolds in a series of loosely linked vignettes that take no prisoners when confronting racial, sexual, and cultural stereotypes. With outrageous humor and real heart, O'Hara tests how we talk about our bodies at home, in church, and in the theatre.
Spring Showcase is designed specifically to show the progression of students in Boston Ballet School's Classical Ballet program which encompasses nine levels, ranging from elementary to advanced curriculums. The showcase will include a demonstration of the progression of training from all level of studies, as well as a performance of repertoire featuring the School's most advanced level students.
This inspirational, one-night-only performance demonstrates the progression of Boston Ballet School's curriculum at its highest level. Program highlights include George Balanchine's timeless Divertimento No. 15 and Peter Martins' Les Gentilhommes, an elegant ballet for male dancers.
This powerful, Olivier Award-winning, and Tony-nominated drama is presented as part of a national celebration of the centennial of the birth of playwright Arthur Miller. It is November 11, 1938, the day after Kristallnacht, when Sylvia Gellburg loses the ability to walk. Her husband Phillip desperately seeks to find the cause. After consulting Dr. Harry Hyman, it's determined that her paralysis may have been psychosomatically induced. Hyman's obsession with curing Sylvia uncovers a complex tangle of egos, resentment, and guilt, as well as Phillip's own paralyzing struggle with his Jewish identity.
The Musical Theater Ensemble and the Musical Theater Orchestra present this Tony Award–winning show featuring the music of Kander and Ebb. The story is based in 1931 Berlin, where an English writer strikes up a relationship with an eccentric singer and a Jewish man woos a German woman as Nazi sentiment rises. All the while, the emcee at the Kit Kat Club is telling everyone to forget their troubles, but should they?
The story as you've never seen it before! Experience Camelot's "one brief shining moment" as Lerner and Loewe envisioned it in one of theatre's most legendary musicals. Recount the time-honored legend of King Arthur, Guinevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table in an enchanting fable of chivalry, majesty, and brotherhood in this four-time Tony Award® winning show.
Camelot tells the story of the legend of King Arthur who rules his kingdom with new ideals, bringing peace to a troubled land. But when his beautiful new Queen Guinevere and the dashing Sir Lancelot, his most trusted knight, give in to their passion for one another, one of the most fabled love triangles of all time ensues. When Mordred, King Arthur's illegitimate son, catches on and sees a kingdom in chaos, he attempts to destroy all that is Camelot!
Intimate and fresh, never has this story of passion, pageantry and betrayal been more captivating.
It's Halloween night, and Miranda is desperate for a way out. She's up to her neck in debt, she might be in falling for the man who pays her bills, and now her date has threatened to kill her. A charismatic stranger offers shelter and a drink; where will the night take them? With her trademark dark humor, two-time Pulitzer finalist Gina Gionfriddo presents complicated characters wrestling with love, money, and their past in this sharp contemporary comedy.
Based on actual events, Casa Valentina takes place in 1962 at a Catskills resort where a group of heterosexual men secretly gather to dress and behave like women. Away from their families, in their beehives and brassieres, these men enjoy a carefree camaraderie of cocktails and McGuire Sisters. But when challenged to publicly reveal their female alter-egos in the pursuit of political acceptance, "the sorority" must decide whether freedom is worth the risk of ruin. Written by Harvey Fierstein (Kinky Boots, Hairspray), Casa Valentina is a provocative, hilarious, and touching new play about gender identity, self-acceptance, and the struggle to find the right pumps.
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!
When successful journalist Zipporah Zunder takes on an assignment to investigate a new and polarizing spiritual phenomenon, she is unprepared for how deeply this story will impact her life, transforming her understanding of herself, her past, and her future. Funny, smart, and deeply emotional, this unpredictable new play looks at all the layers that live inside a single choice.
Set in the seductive Hollywood of the 1940s, City of Angels chronicles the misadventures of Stine, a disillusioned young novelist attempting to write a screenplay for a tyrannical movie producer. As his marriage falls apart, we follow Stine's film alter-ego, the dashing detective Stone, who is haunted by the memory of the girl that got away. With a jazzy, brassy score, City of Angels simultaneously spoofs the glamorous real world of old Hollywood and the film noir "reel" world of thugs and femme fatales.
Part of the Brandeis Theater Arts Senior Festival
The true story of a coerced confession to murder, and the outrage it caused.
Worcester, Massachusetts, 2008: After almost 3-hours of an illegal interrogation, 16- year-old Nga Truong admitted to killing her 13-month-old son. This play is the true story of her confession, her time in prison, and the national outrage the story brought to the Worcester Police Department. In this original documentary play, all the dialogue is taken from the historical record.
When Doc and Lola Delaney rent a room in their cluttered Midwestern home to Marie, a vivacious college student, her youthful energy stirs up forgotten dreams and missed opportunities. Visionary director David Cromer, the creative force behind the Huntington's acclaimed production of Our Town, returns to the Roberts Studio Theatre for this intimate and heartrending portrait of a marriage.
Nick Offerman will star as the larger-than-life character Ignatius J. Reilly: overweight, arrogant, eccentric, and still living in his mother's New Orleans home in the 1960s. Called the Don Quixote of the French Quarter, Ignatius has a singular outlook on life. His farcical odyssey includes visits to a department store and a strip club, and stints working at a pants factory and as a hot dog vendor. A Confederacy of Dunces is a hilarious wild ride, filled with colorful characters and comic misadventures.
Winner of the 2014 New York International Fringe Festival Excellence Award for Directing
In this unique multimedia rendition the poetry of Kane's play is expressed through sound and imagery born of movement and light. In a marked break with her previous work, Sarah Kane wrote a play devoid of narrative and stage directions. Director Greg Kowalski treats the text as a variation of a radio play in which the pre-recorded dialog is triggered by the movements and actions of performers using an interactive system he devised. These actions in turn give shape to projected imageries, all to Dave Seidel's live sound design.
Please note: show contains mature content.
One of the most poignant plays of our generation, The Diary of Anne Frank tells the true story of a young Jewish girl in Amsterdam hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Told through the eyes of young Anne, The Diary of Anne Frank is a timeless story that should never be forgotten
Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the coming-of-age drama of Francis (aka Baby) and dance instructor Johnny.
Two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds come together in what will be the most challenging and ultimately triumphant summer of their lives. Featuring the hit songs, Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do you Love Me and the legendary (I've Had) The Time of My Life.
Differing from the popular stock character-sung musical, this dance-heavy production tells its story with the help of live singers who reside outside the main action. Break out your leotards and dance socks for this experience of a lifetime!
High-powered New York lawyer Amir has climbed the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his Muslim roots. When he and his wife Emily host a dinner party, what starts as a friendly conversation escalates, shattering their views on race, religion, and each other. This electric and riveting drama is directed and designed by the same artistic team as its highly acclaimed Broadway run.
The inimitable Charles Busch returns to Provincetown with an all new show. The two-time MAC Award winner, Tony nominee, and drag legend brings to the Crown and Anchor an. eclectic program of songs both contemporary and from the past. New York Times critic Stephen Holden wrote, "He has the gift of comic gab like few other entertainers. Innately funny, endearing and acutely intelligent, he also has claws. For an audience, the possibility of being scratched, although remote, lends his humor a bracing edge." Accompanied by his dashing longtime musical director, Tom Judson, Charles combines hilarious personal reminiscence, character sketches and superb storytelling through song into one glittering and glamorous evening in cabaret.
It's November 21, 1963; and on the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys' night of debauchery, partying, and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.
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.
When Devon visits her sister, Simone, for an end-of-summer fling on Martha's Vineyard, she finds her little sister changed beyond recognition. As the personal assistant to a wealthy and demanding trophy wife Michaela Kell, Simone enjoys a lavish beachfront lifestyle that these girls never could have imagined growing up in blue-collar Buffalo—but is all this luxury really free of cost? Worlds collide and sisters square off in this keenly-observed comedy about ambition, regret and the choices that shape who we become.
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".
Set in the Pale of Imperial Russia in 1905, Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye, the father of five daughters, as he struggles to maintain his family and Jewish tradition while external influences encroach on their lives. He must cope with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters as well as an edict from the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.
The winner of won nine Tony Awards, Fiddler remains Broadway's 16th longest-running show in history. Featuring music written by Jerry Bock, with lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and a book by Joseph Stein, Fiddler is filled with timeless classics, including "If I were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," and "Sunrise, Sunset."
On the brink of war in Europe, author and former atheist C.S. Lewis visits the London home of Dr. Sigmund Freud. Lewis's recent embrace of Christianity stands in stark contrast to Dr. Freud, whose beliefs are influenced by his life's work in science. Amidst evacuations and air raid sirens these two legendary scholars debate religion, sex, love, the existence of God, and the meaning of life itself. Filled with humanity, humor, and razor-sharp dialogue, Freud's Last Session imagines the meeting of two of the 20th century's greatest academics.
The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century) depicts major events of the 20th century in a theatrical style inspired by famed artist Marc Chagall's kaleidoscopic vision of humanity at play, at war and at rest. Trapeze, circus, dance, projections and popular culture fill the height and breadth of the stage in a spectacle of history populated by people and animals in acts of grace and destruction. History is recounted with a variety of iconic images from film, television and photography. It's a glorious work of memory, memorial and celebration that shows us to ourselves and makes us consider where we are now by examining where we have come from.
The only thing more enjoyable than a tale involving hysterical pregnancies, strippers, murderous exes, trips to Costco and the Ice Capades is ... well, a tale containing all of those elements set to music. The Great American Trailer Park Musical delivers on all counts, living up to its name in every respect. Complete with a trashy Greek chorus of trailer park divas, Armadillo Acres is Florida's most exclusive mobile home community. But when a hot young stripper on the run comes between an agoraphobic housewife and her tollbooth collector husband, the hurricane of laughter begins to brew. This raucous off-Broadway smash by David Nehls and Betsy Kelso features a country, rock, R&B and disco score that'll have you hootin' and hollerin' when it rolls into the NextDoor Center for the Arts.
et in Damon Runyon's jubilant, shimmering New York City, this Tony Award-winning musical about gangsters, showgirls, and mission workers stars Olivier Award nominee Brent Barrett as Sky Masterson (Broadway's Chicago, PBS's Kiss Me, Kate) and opera singer Mara Bonde as Sarah Brown (The Boston Pops). Sparks fly and chaos erupts when a slick gambler is challenged to take an uptight Salvation Army girl to Havana on a bet to finance "The Oldest Established Permanent Floating Crap Game in New York."
The Longwood Players present with the classic American musical, Guys and Dolls. Filled with colorful characters and show-stopping numbers, this is the story a bygone New York City complete with singing gangsters, sassy showgirls, and straight-laced (and not-so-straight-laced) missionaries. While Nathan Detroit hustles to keep his illegal crap game afloat, his long-suffering showgirl fiancée, Adelaide, pressures him to set a wedding date. Meanwhile, fellow gambler Sky Masterson takes a bet to win the love of Sarah Brown, but she's more concerned with saving his soul. Through numbers such as "Luck Be a Lady," "If I Were a Bell," and "Sit Down You're Rocking the Boat," Guys and Dolls travels from Times Square to Havana and back again. Eventually everyone ends up right where they belong, though not where they expected.
Heralded as "the greatest songwriter that has ever lived," by George Gershwin, Irving Berlin is known for innumerable American classics such as "White Christmas," "God Bless America," "Anything You Can Do," and "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails." Songwriter Jerome Kern said it all: "Irving Berlin…IS American music." In this tour de force performance by award winning showman Hershey Felder (George Gershwin Alone and Maestro: Leonard Bernstein), the remarkable story of "America's Composer" comes to life.
We're taken from the depths of anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia to New York's Lower East Side—and ultimately all of America and the world. Featuring the composer's most popular and enduring songs and beyond, Hershey Felder's masterful creation of character and musical performance makes this evening with Irving Berlin an unforgettable journey that epitomizes the American dream.
In this solo show, the late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson shares stories about his first few jobs, a stint in jail, his lifelong friends, and his encounters with racism, music, and love as a young poet in Pittsburgh's Hill District. Directed by Todd Kreidler and featuring Eugene Lee, both longtime Wilson collaborators, this theatrical memoir charts one man's journey of self-discovery through adversity, and what it means to be a black artist in America.
At Thanksgiving dinner, Knox shares that he is grateful for three things he thought were a curse: being Deaf, being gay, and being an alcoholic. After a terrible accident and what feels like the trials of Job, he and his family's resilience is put to the test. Written both in English and American Sign Language, Craig Lucas' funny, ambitious, and beautiful new play pulses with the exhilaration and ache of human connection.
Hop aboard the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" to "Tuxedo Junction" and get "In the Mood" to hear a "Moonlight Serenade" performed by a 13-piece Big Band and a half dozen singer-dancers with some hot boogie woogie when In the Mood hits the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre, May 12 – 24.
In the Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, The Andrews Sisters and big band greats of the '40s. Complete with period costumes and choreography, In The Mood celebrates America's greatest generation that listened and boogied to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads. Experience the jazzy, brassy, sentimental and patriotic music of the World War II era.
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.
Whether she's tearing up stars on the red carpet, making Anderson Cooper blush on CNN or keeping fans doubled over with laughter in her stand-up comedy specials and late-night talk show appearances, the two-time Emmy winner, Grammy winner and New York Times best-selling author has been making audiences laugh for years with her rapid fire wit. In addition to holding the Guinness World Records title for the most televised stand-up comedy specials ever by a male or female, she's also the recipient of 2009's GLAAD Vanguard recipient, 2011 Trevor Project Life Award honoree, and IAVA's 2013 Leadership in Entertainment Honoree.
Set in the provincial Northampton, England, London-bound Charlie Price is surprised to suddenly inherit his beloved father's shoe factory and even more surprised to find that handmade men's dress shoes are no longer quite as in vogue as they used to be. Facing closure, a dejected Charlie chances upon Lola, the charismatic, brassy and fabulous drag queen and finds himself forming an unlikely business partnership, creating custom shoes for drag queens, which will change their lives forever...
Cole Porter's hilarious musical recounts the madcap backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a production of The Taming of the Shrew.
Focusing on the early years of Barbra and her rise to fame, the show will feature such tunes as "Cry Me a River," "My Man," "Second Hand Rose," "People," "Don't Rain on My Parade," and "Happy Days Are Here Again."
A group of New York theatre-types gather in the Ritz-Carlton Boston hotel room of a grand, charismatic leading lady. The hopeful young playwright and a cynical old one, the high-strung director and the boorish producer, and, of course, the leading lady's mother are all in seventh heaven expecting a smash out-of-town triumph. But after a disastrous reception from the Boston audience, everyone wishes they had opened in Oklahoma. Light Up the Sky is an affectionate and hilarious look at the backstage foibles and frailties of that uniquely fascinating microcosm of the world: the THEATRE!
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.
Lovers reunite, passions reignite, and new romances blossom around famous actress Desiree Armfeldt and an unforgettable cast of characters during an eventful weekend in the country. Stephen Sondheim's most romantic and popular work features a gorgeous, sweeping score infused with humor, warmth, and the flavor of a waltz, including Sondheim's best known song, "Send in the Clowns."
Loretta LaRoche has helped millions of people deal with everyday stress. With her irreverent humor and an innate sense of the absurd, she helps people see how needlessly complex and stressful our lives can become. Loretta's wit, wisdom and humor is a common-sense view of life that leaves audiences inspired, motivated and roaring with laughter.
An acclaimed humorist, speaker and author, Loretta has shared the stage with Former President Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, Tony Robbins, Lisa Williams, Cesar Millan and many other great leaders.
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!
Annie and her teenage friends want the same things: the hottest new phones, cute boys, designer bags. But when they enter into a pregnancy pact, she wonders if there might be a different path and a brighter future. Huntington Playwriting Fellow Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish) finds raw humor and gritty poetry in this provocative, ripped-from-the-headlines new play.
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.
A 2014 Tony Nominee for Best Play, Mothers and Sons is a timely and touching new play that explores our evolving understanding of what it means to be a family. Funny, provocative, and poignant, this acclaimed drama follows Dallas matriarch Katharine Gerard on an unexpected visit to New York to meet with her late son's former partner, who is now married to another man and raising a young son. Forced to consider the life her own son might have led, Katharine must now come to terms with her own life choices and how society has changed around her.
"As I remember, I had just woken up from a nap when I decided to create the universe."
Mr g creates time, space, matter, a few basic laws of physics. These give birth to stars, planets… but intelligent life? The Creator's plans go awry when a mysterious rival questions the nature of free will. Together, we experience the birth and fate of Mr g's favorite universe: ours. Adapted by Wesley Savick, mr g is "…witty, erudite, alive with Lightman's playful genius."-Junot Díaz (The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao)
Arlington Children's Theatre's production of this beloved story has all the thrills of a classic adventure. The story begins when a lonely boy named Bastian stumbles into a curious bookshop and discovers a curious book—The Neverending Story. Bastian hides in the attic of his school and begins to read, and a huge adventure surges to life. Fantastica, a land of stories, is being destroyed by the Nothing. The Childlike Empress has chosen Atreyu, an orphaned boy, to be the Hero of the Great Quest. He accepts and sets off on his mission with his horse and companion, Artax. As Atreyu encounters many dangers and fantastical creatures, Bastian finds himself transported into Atreyu's adventure.
When four middle-aged middle managers on a "team building weekend" capsize their boat and strand themselves on a deserted island, things go terribly and hilariously wrong.
Orphaned and homeless, New York's newsboys live, urchin like, day by day, dreaming of a better life. In the meantime, the popular and charismatic Jack and friends have got more than just dodging juvenile detention centre on his mind. The newspaper editors are inflating their prices, meaning the newsies can?t afford to sell them. Now is the time to pull together, create strength in numbers and protest! Join Jack on the adventure of his life as he finds the courage and the hope to change his destiny!
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.
Following the success of January's and March's "Rock and Roll Weekends," ArtsEmerson announces another weekend of concerts with a new exciting, expansive line-up. These critically-acclaimed artists are sure to bring in audiences from across the city to enjoy live music in downtown Boston in an exciting new venue.
In this stark and startling drama a son confronts his emotionally distant father, learning a horrifying truth about his past. As anger and abandonment issues emerge, a mystery is exposed, revealing a disturbing incident involving a number of "others." A Number is an illuminating and provocative work by internationally acclaimed playwright Caryl Churchill in which she examines individuality and the theory of and nature versus nurture.
A political play in nonlinear acts. This play portrays the kinds of struggles moderates face within the left and right wing political parties in India. Two such moderates, Malati and Praveen, have had opposing political views since their days growing up together in a village, but enjoyed a romantic relationship. Despite his love for politics, Praveen's dream has always been to become a Bollywood actor. He sees his own life events and that of others in the form of songs and dances. His life is surrounded by fellow politicians, family, a mistress, and his own business. The play explores the voices of rich, middle-class, and poor people, obstacles within families for women in politics, and extreme political rhetoric. The main question is whether moderates like Praveen and Malati can survive in a country polarized by divisive campaigns, in their own parties infested with extreme fundamentalist ideology, and with the centrist agenda of minority appeasement.
The One-Minute Play Festival (#1MPF) is America's largest and longest running short form theatre company in the country, founded by Producing Artistic Director Dominic D'Andrea. #1MPF is a barometer project that investigates the zeitgeist of different communities through dialogue and consensus building sessions and a performance of many moments. For the third year #1MPF continues a dynamic partnership with Boston Playwrights' Theatre, with part of the proceeds benefiting BPT's artist residency programming.
With Othello, a searing and operatic tale of envy and manipulation, Shakespeare gives us an intimate look into a Machiavellian mind, one whose machinations seduce even as they destroy with surgical lacerations straight through the heart.
Who gets to decide?
Tormented by the menacing grip of an aging mind and with an uncertain future ahead, one man has a plan – but it is not what his family had in mind. A touching family drama sprinkled with surprising humor that asks what it means to truly love someone.
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!
Local playwright Ronan Noone takes the traditional British drawing room comedy of manners and turns it on its side in the hilariously bawdy new play, Scenes From An Adultery. During one of their weekly sessions at the local pub, Gasper spills the news to Tony that a mutual friend might be having an affair. Tony's wife Lisa is caught up in it but doesn't know, Gasper's on the case, and all Tony wants is to forget it all happened. Scenes From An Adultery examines our unions and what it takes for them to endure in this culture clash comedy of miscommunication, miscalculations, and the boundaries of true love and friendship.
Intrigue and mischief drive the proceedings to heights of hilarity in Richard Brinsley Sheridan's masterful comedy of manners. Heartfelt flights of fancy have made this rollicking romp a crowd favorite since The Restoration, fueled by high stakes games with higher consequences that will also tickle your heart.
It's a day like any other at the Shear Madness salon, when the lady upstairs gets knocked off. WHOdunit? Join the fun as the audience matches wits with the suspects to catch the killer at this wildly popular comedy whodunit.
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!
SHREK THE MUSICAL Book and Lyrics by David Lindsay Abaire. Music by Jeanine Tesori. Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig. Originally produced on Broadway by DreamWorks Theatricals and Neal Street Productions. This "fractured fairy-tale" about a horrible ogre, a feisty princess and a garrulous donkey, Shrek the Musical simultaneously subverts and fulfills fairy-tale expectations. With wit and a mischievous humor, we follow our misanthropic, green hero as he learns about the power of friendship and the magical nature of love; all while thwarting a dastardly villain. This singing, dancing extravaganza explores the relative nature of beauty, the beguiling myth of "happily-ever-after", and the importance of accepting others for who they really are.
Following the success of January's and March's "Rock and Roll Weekends," ArtsEmerson announces another weekend of concerts with a new exciting, expansive line-up. These critically-acclaimed artists are sure to bring in audiences from across the city to enjoy live music in downtown Boston in an exciting new venue.The May Concert Weekend features live music performances by Sidewalk Driver and Vundabar.
An exciting new pop/rock musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, The Snow Queen is a coming-of-age adventure that follows a young woman on a journey of self-discovery in a magical, wintry landscape. When her best friend Kai is put under a magic spell, Gerda must follow him to the palace of the Snow Queen. Along the way, she battles witches, encounters fantastical characters, and flies through the frozen air on a steampunk odyssey. Co-written and directed by former New Rep Artistic Director, Rick Lombardo, The Snow Queen is sure to enchant the entire family this holiday season.
Years after her son's death, Mary, mother of Jesus, is visited by the Gospel writers seeking the truth. In an honest, insightful, and moving first-person narrative, Mary recounts her son's final days. Based on the novella by author and playwright Colm Tóibín, this Tony-nominated play provides a stunning glimpse into the heart and mind of a grieving mother as she's left with the question: was it worth it?
Winner of Israel Theater Prize's Best Original Play in 2012, Gilad Evron's poetic and poignant examination of lives in conflict receives its North American premiere from Boston's own Israeli Stage, featuring the acting talents of local favorites Jeremiah Kissel, Will Lyman and Karen MacDonald. With surprising humor and powerful insight, Ulysses on Bottles tells the story of two unlikely companions who meet in prison: an Israeli-Arab literature teacher nicknamed Ulysses and a successful Israeli-Jewish attorney who takes on his case pro bono. Combined, the perspectives of the two men explore the different reactions to Gaza: the collisions of the personal and the political, morality and ambition. Evron wrestles with people living in separate realities where a life of privilege is pitted against a life of deprivation, and the story of Ulysses raises profound questions about absolute morality and personal freedom.
In 1997, Olivier Award-winning playwright David Hare visited Israel and Palestine to better understand the complex conflicts of the region and to write a play based on his travels. Via Dolorosa is the illuminating result, combining interviews and conversations with artists, politicians, historians, and settlers with the author's own experiences in an extraordinary narrative that examines ideologies and issues of faith from those living in "The Holy Land."
In celebration of our 25th Anniversary, we are pleased to present the new Broadway version of one of the most popular shows in SpeakEasy history, the musical Violet. Featuring a powerful folk, rock, and gospel score, this soul-stirring musical, set in 1964, tells the story of a young North Carolina woman who travels by bus to Tulsa to see a faith-healer she thinks can transform her life. Along the way, she forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, and learns that it's the journeys you take in life that help you discover who you are.
Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, the new musical follows the story of Jenna, an inventive waitress trapped in a small-town diner and a loveless marriage. Pregnant and lonely, Jenna finds relief in making creatively-titled pies — and in a budding romance with an unlikely newcomer.
This show contains strong adult content and is intended for ages 18 and older.
Wanda Sykes has been called "one of the funniest stand-up comics" by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand up has sent her career in many different areas.
In 2012, Sykes joined forces with veteran producer Page Hurwitz to form Push It Productions, a production company dedicated to creating quality, comedy-based programming for network and cable television outlets. The company's diverse slate of projects includes sketch comedy, concerts, reality, talk/variety, and competition formats.
Our hearts break over the misunderstanding at the center of The Winter's Tale, as jealousy becomes the fiery catalyst for cruelty and banishment. Forgiveness does ultimately win out over mistrust, keeping this sublime romance just out of the eager clutches of tragedy.
The Big Apple comes to Waltham in Leonard Bernstein's rhythmic and soaring musical comedy, starring Drama Desk Award winner Rachel York as Ruth Sherwood (Broadway's Victor/Victoria, PBS's Kiss Me, Kate, Reagle's Hello, Dolly!). The Tony Award-winning musical comedy centers around the sassy and brassy Ruth Sherwood and her demure sister who move from Ohio to New York to fulfill their dreams!