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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.
Michael Frayn's award-winning comedy Alphabetical Order.
The magnificent Ailey company continues its exciting new expansion of repertoire under Artistic Director Robert Battle while celebrating the core works that have made it the world's leading modern dance company.
This four-person play combines visual art and performance poetry with a montage of dramatic scenes to tell the story of Quetzal, an orphaned refugee of colonial wars, and her otherworldly companion. The narrative centers on their evolving relationship as they attempt to build meaning for themselves within a foreign and destabilized framework.
Anne Hamburger, executive producer of the multimedia show Basetrack Live, is a cultural entrepreneur and the president of En Garde Arts, a company that creates and produces site-specific theater and multimedia experiences. Earlier in her career, she was executive vice president of Walt Disney Creative Entertainment, where she spearheaded the creative development of all the major stage shows, parades, and daytime and nighttime spectacles for all Disney's theme parks worldwide.
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.
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.
In 2010, a group of photojournalists in Afghanistan started a revolutionary online project called Basetrack. Connecting battalion members with their families and others around the globe, the web platform became an indispensable tool of citizen journalism, documenting a range of perspectives on the emotional tolls of war. Inspired by this groundbreaking project, Basetrack Live--developed by Edward Bilous and directed by Seth Bockley--makes its way to the stage, using videos and interviews to tell the story of one group of Marines and their families before, during, and after their deployment. Accompanied by Michelle DiBucci's electro-acoustic score, actors and an on-stage band give voice to the Marines and their families, offering a powerful look at our nations longest war. Sponsored by the Arts and Humanities and History and Society Divisions
Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman whose larger-than-life stories of epic adventures delight everyone around him, except his pragmatic son Will. Just as Edward's health begins to decline, Will learns that he is about to become a father, and sets out to discover his family's real story by seeking the truth behind his father's tall tales.
Featuring the comedy of Emmy Award-winning Ben Bailey, host of the television show Ca$h Cab, along with the sounds of The Clark Bars (a cappella group, Clark University), African Percussion Ensemble (WPI), The 13th Key (jazz fusion band, Clark University), Fools on The Hill (a cappella group, College of the Holy Cross), Worcester State University Dance Team and more. Ten phenomenal acts in all!
Don't miss this afternoon of laughs and great music and dance performances while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest and its Worcester Area College Mentor Program. While nearly 700 college students mentor a Worcester child facing adversity each week, thousands more could benefit from this program. Your attendance and financial support will help to sustain this program, which has positively impacted more than 6,000 lives over the last 15 years, and enable us to serve even more at-risk children in Greater Worcester in the year ahead.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 live children's show, based on the popular Disney Junior TV program, will give young fans and their parents the opportunity to experience first-hand the traintastic adventures of the Chuggington trainees.
In Chuggington Live! The Great Rescue Adventure, it's the first day of Ad-vanced Training for the trainees. They are eager to impress their mentors by master-ing new roles that test their courage, speed, and determination. When Koko finds herself in trouble at Rocky Ridge Mine, it's up to her friends to help her. Do the trainees have what it takes to put their newly learnt skills into practice? Can Wilson come to Koko's rescue and fulfill his dream of becoming a hero in Chug Patrol?
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.
Climb aboard for a madcap and stinging journey through 11 hilarious looks at African-American culture — from the depths of the Celebrity Slaveship to the spinning heights of Harlem. Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe's landmark comedy has electrified, discomforted, and delighted audiences of all colors, skewering stereotypes and redefining what it means to be black in contemporary America.
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.
Please note: show contains mature content.
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!
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.
As World War II comes to a close, a small town in Illinois desperately waits for news from a young soldier. Buddy, the younger brother, glamorizes the battlefield and refuses to believe his brother lost when all signs point that way. A town at a standstill, the characters of Ware are forced to reckon with a troubling past and an unsettled future.
Over thirty years in the making – Suzan Zeder's richly lyrical Ware Trilogy is inspired by the oral traditions gathered by the Works Progress Administration (WPA). Set against the stark mid-west backdrop of Ware, Illinois, we are introduced to complicated themes of loss, identity, and family through the lives of three outsiders: Tuc, a young Deaf man; Girl, a foundling child; and Mother Hicks, a mysterious recluse, who is often suspected of being a witch. An ensemble of Deaf and hearing actors explore the cultural complexities of Deafness with humor and compassion.
The Edge of Peace is the final play in the Trilogy; the first two plays are being produced in collaboration with Wheelock Family Theatre and Emerson Stage. This play is in both spoken English and American Sign Language.
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".
When The Priests released their eponymously-titled album in 2008, they could have had little inkling of what was about to happen to them. As it transpired, plenty did - huge record sales, record-breaking triumphs and global fame.
Which means that now, four years on, Frs Martin O'Hagan, Eugene O'Hagan and David Delargy are amongst the most recognized and successful acts in both the religious and secular worlds. Their debut album, sold at such a pace, it secured them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the fastest-selling classical debut ever .
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."
Cape Rep Theatre is delighted to announce Footlight Fantasies On The Road, a benefit for Cape Rep created by Melissa Becker and Susan Wasson and directed by Melissa Becker.
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 Russian National Ballet Theatre's Giselle returns to our stage with lavish sets, beautiful costumes, gifted principal dancers, and a corps de ballet of beauty and grace. Created in 1841 by legendary Parisian composer Adolphe Adam and choreographers, Jules Perrot and Jean Coralli, the first production of Giselle, the acknowledged masterpiece of Adam, was at the Paris Opera in 1841. The National Ballet brings a sweeping grace and beauty to this classic story, and is now coming to The Hanover Theatre direct from Moscow, Russia, presented by Music Worcester.
When her daughter dies, Gloria Adelman discovers the unthinkable—that her daughter wasn't a practicing Jew! Amid Buddhas and Bibles, Gloria searches for clues to her daughter's religious beliefs in order to give her an appropriate funeral. God Box is a hilarious and poignant tale of how faith is passed on, and what happens when it isn't.
The manifestation of grief is a wily snake that assumes unpredictable forms. Through a most unusual use of language, Jenny Schwartz guides us through a window of loss that may appear at first opaque but, in fact, cuts to the bone.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.
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!
The Chicago-based company The Hypocrites (Pirates of Penzance) reimagines this 1885 operetta, infusing the absurdist comedy of W.S. Gilbert's libretto with Monty Python clownishness, and bringing a folk/pop interpretation to Arthur Sullivan's lovely, lilting melodies. Expect zany fun and hip tunes in this vibrant adaptation of one of Gilbert and Sullivan's most beloved works.
Please note that The Mikado has no fixed seats and is a General Admission show. You can physically move around the space with the actors, where there are surfaces on the set you can rest, but you may be asked to move during the performance.
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)
The three-man comic hurricane that is Culture Clash returns to Boston to celebrate their 30th anniversary as the most prominent Latino performance troupe in the country. Keep Culture and Clash On: 30 Years of Revolutionary Comedy Remastered remixes iconic moments from their signature satirical and political works into an evening as fresh and unhinged as ever.
Legendary artist Robert Lepage is back with a new production of his acclaimed Needles and Opium. Presented as a hypnotic series of vignettes, this fascinating, introspective performance tracks the intersection and creative drive of Parisian poet/filmmaker Jean Cocteau on his way to New York, and American jazz legend Miles Davis during his stay in Paris in 1949. Startling technical wizardry serves true emotional depth on a journey into the night that puts us under a spell and leads us into the light - as much magic as it is theatre.
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!
The Nile Project brings together artists from 11 countries along the Nile basin to create one unified sound. With the lilting melodies and deep grooves of Ethiopia, Egypt, Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, and beyond, the music is produced by a stunning variety of instruments, including the masenko from Ethiopia, the ney and oud from Egypt, and the adungu from Uganda, in addition to violin, saxophone, bass guitar, and six vocalists singing in 11 languages. The Nile Project's 2013 recording Aswan was named a Must-Hear International Album by NPR.
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.
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.
The Maine premiere of the recent Broadway hit The Other Place by Sharr White. This psychological thriller wowed NYC audiences in 2013, and an all-star cast will bring the show to life for Good Theater patrons. If audiences like Clybourne Park and Good People, then they will love The Other Place.
Everyone loves a birthday surprise.
When two middle-aged married couples take a weekend trip to celebrate a milestone birthday, they find themselves pondering elusive romance and contemplating what comes next. This unorthodox love story proves that rejuvenation can be found at any age.
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!
The Post-Meridian Radio Players are bringing two exciting classic tales of adventure to the stage this spring as part of our Spring Adventure Spectacular. We treat audiences to adaptations of The Scarlett Pimpernell and Maurice LeBlanc's The Mysterious Traveler!
The Price is Right Live! is the hit interactive stage show that gives contestants pulled right from the audience the chance to "come on down" to win appliances, vacations and even new cars by playing classic games from television's longest running and most popular game show. From Plinko to cliffhangers to the big wheel, and even the fabulous showcase, all the favorite games are played just like the TV show.
Playing to near sold out audiences for nearly ten years, The Price is Right Live! has given away more than 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets.
If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live.
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.
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!
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.
An award-winning author, journalist, and radio and TV personality, Stephen J. Dubner is best-known as co-author of the books Freakonomics, SuperFreakonomics, and Think Like a Freak. Originally published in the U.S. in 2005, Freakonomics instantly became a cultural phenomenon. Hailed by critics and readers alike, it went on to spend eight years on The New York Times bestseller list, having sold more than 5 million copies around the world, in more than 35 languages. The Freakonomics enterprise also includes an award-winning blog, a high-profile documentary film, and a public-radio project called Freakonomics Radio, which Dubner hosts.
Local community based theatre company, 4th Wall puts a fresh spin on this American classic which deals with the culture clash between Blanche DuBois, a pretentious fading relic of the Old South, and Stanley Kowalski, a rising member of the industrial, urban immigrant class. After letting her family's plantation slip through her fingers, Blanche shows up in New Orleans' French Quarter to "temporarily" visit her younger sister Stella and her less than hospitable husband Stanley. Blanche's pretensions to virtue and culture only thinly mask alcoholism and delusions of grandeur. Set in the steamy, jazz-infused streets of New Orleans in the early 1950′s. Directed by Barbara Guertin, stars Sean Stanco, as Stanley.
After giving birth to her twin boys, Alice Manning finally has everything she wants. But a twist of fate and a hospital error leaves her newborn son, Aidan, fighting for his life. Through anger, humor, and tears, Alice fights to keep her family afloat in the midst of unspeakable trauma and fear. On this personal rollercoaster ride, she discovers the power of laughter and how to choose love during even the darkest times. A true story of Alice's family struggle with ongoing medical trauma and special needs, Carl Reiner describes it as on of the handful of shows that he couldn't stop talking about.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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."
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 favorite songs of a generation are all here, presented by the people who made them for you. The Wrecking Crew is a documentary film produced and directed by Denny Tedesco, son of legendary late Wrecking Crew guitarist Tommy Tedesco. The film tells the story of the unsung musicians that provided the backbeat, the bottom and the swinging melody that drove many of the number one hits of the 1960s. It didn't matter if it was Nat "King" Cole, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, The Monkees, The Byrds or The Beach Boys, these dedicated musicians brought the flair and musicianship that made the American "west coast sound" a dominant cultural force around the world. The film is a fun and moving tribute from Denny to his father and to the music, the times and to the secret star-making machine known only as The Wrecking Crew.
At times playful, sexy, funny, and wistful, X Dance is 90 minutes of experimental choreography and dance.
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.