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The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic, 42nd Street is the song and dance fable of Broadway with an "American Dream" story and includes some of the greatest songs ever written, such as "We're In The Money," "Lullaby of Broadway," "Shuffle Off To Buffalo," "Dames," "I Only Have Eyes For You" and of course "42nd Street."
Based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley's 1933 movie, 42nd Street tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the star breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.
Recognized as South Africa's foremost jazz pianist, Abdullah Ibrahim has a unique and dynamic compositional approach that successfully fuses universal and often seemingly disparate styles. Subtle hints of bright, traditional African melodies, gospel-inflected harmonies, and regal Ellingtonian progressions pervade his music, while his skill as a pianist leaves listeners in awe.
This concert will be an extraordinary night reuniting these two actresses who were the much heralded stars of the original production of Side Show. They made Broadway history when they were nominated together for a Best Actress Tony Award in 1998 for their performance as the conjoined twins Daisy & Violet Hilton
Leapin' Lizards! The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforgettable songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow."
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.
Become enchanted by the power of storytelling one final time! The Nora Theatre Company and Underground Railway Theater revive their award-winning production of Dominic Cooke's Arabian Nights. Based on One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of folk tales from the Middle East and Asia, Arabian Nights is rich with suspense, romance and hilarity—stories irresistible for all ages, and at its heart, the power of the imagination to heal, inspire, and transform.
Derbyshire, England, 1809: A brilliant thirteen year-old, Lady Thomasina Coverly, proposes a scientific theory with implications well beyond her own understanding while her tutor, Septimus Hodge, engages in romantic entanglements with the lady of the house, among others. Simultaneously, present day academics Hannah and Bernard investigate the scandals of Sidley Park in the early 19th Century, including a mysterious visit from Lord Byron and an elusive character known as the Sidley Hermit. Praised as "A play of wit, intellect, language, brio and.. emotion.. exhilarating!' by The New York Times, Tom Stoppard's Arcadia is a romantic and funny exploration of the heart, the sciences, and how history is mis-created.
Meow Meow is the most brilliant comic diva in this business we call show. An international singing sensation with no fixed address, she travels the world lugging her many suitcases and her dignity. Standing ovations and stalkers are her daily bread. And now: Boston! So close to Broadway! Expectations are high for her grand production. What could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot, it turns out. But she is a professional, Ladies and Gentlemen, and she will deliver a BIG FINISH even if it kills her…and it almost does! Meow Meow lays herself bare and reaches out to her beloved audience. Will they, in turn, rise to the occasion? Under the direction of Kneehigh Theatre's Emma Rice (Tristan & Yseult, The Wild Bride, Brief Encounter), An Audience with Meow Meow is an unforgettable theatrical experience and an evening like no other. Both hilarious and poignant, it shows that a song can change the world and that an audience can literally carry a performance.
As though it was always destined to be, powerhouse trio The Bad Plus finds its fated fourth member in longtime friend and collaborator, saxophonist Joshua Redman. When Redman joined the trio as a special guest a few years back, a brilliant collaboration was born. Redman's melodic prowess blends seamlessly with the avant-garde populism of Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson, and David King, pushing the boundaries of jazz beyond all imagination. Metroland describes the supergroup best: "It's as though Redman is the long-lost fourth member of the group, just waiting to be snapped snugly into place. Imagine if the Beatles had spent the first decade of their career as a trio before adding Paul. It's like that."
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Kentucky-based cellist, singer-songwriter, and composer Ben Sollee teams up with Austin's 18-piece chamber-pop group Mother Falcon for an evening of innovative, genre-bending musicianship. Known for his thrilling, unconventional cello playing, Sollee possesses a knack for inventive, intricate arrangements, combining classical artistry with bluegrass and pop. Playing strings, horns, guitars, and percussion, Mother Falcon also works off a foundation of classical and chamber music, incorporating indie-rock elements and original vocal arrangements to create a full, stirring, and uplifting sound.
Black Box Sounds is the name of ArtsEmerson's concert series inside the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre at The Paramount Center. Local Boston bands haven't had the opportunity to perform downtown for decades, and this new series provides a venue to bring the best area bands and performers back to the heart of the city. Early concerts in the series have presented diverse, powerful musical artists including Marissa Nadler, Tigerman WOAH, Faces on Film, Sidewalk Driver, Quilt, and Julia Easterlin.
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.
The New York Times calls it "the best musical of this century." The Washington Post says, "It is the kind of evening that restores your faith in musicals." And Entertainment Weekly says, "Grade A: the funniest musical of all time." Jon Stewart of The Daily Show calls it "a crowning achievement. So good it makes me angry." It's The Book of Mormon, the nine-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical from the creators of South Park.
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.
The Boston Gay Men's Chorus (BGMC) welcomes Megan Hilty and Seth Rudetsky as Mark Cortale's Broadway @ series comes to the Citi Shubert for the first time ever on Friday, Sept. 18. Hilty, star of stage and television, joins Grammy- and Emmy-nominated Sirius XM Radio star Seth Rudetsky as they shoot the breeze, dish the dirt, and raise the roof with a host of classic Broadway songs.
Megan Hilty is best known for playing the seasoned triple-threat Ivy Lynn in NBC's musical drama Smash for two seasons. On June 8 she appeared in a one-night-only benefit concert of the TV show's original musical Bombshell in New York, which sold out in minutes. In February Hilty performed at Lincoln Center as part of its American Songbook series.
Seth Rudetsky is the afternoon host on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio's On Broadway and hosts of "Seth Speaks" on Sirius/XM Stars. As a pianist, Rudetsky has played for more than a dozen Broadway shows. Recently, he cowrote and starred in the musical Disaster!
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.
This powerful Olivier Award-winning, Tony-nominated drama is presented as part of a national celebration of the centennial of the birth of playwright Arthur Miller.
Orquesta Buena Vista Social Club bids adios with a farewell world tour. The group, which has been touring the globe in various forms and combinations since 1997, grew out of the release of the Grammy-winning best-selling album Buena Vista Social Club™, and its lineup continues to include a number of the original artists featured in the landmark recording and film, including bandleader and trombonist Jesús "Aguaje" Ramos, the incomparable veteran diva Omara Portuondo, trumpeter Guajiro Mirabal, laúd virtuoso Barbarito Torres, and vocalist and guitarist Eliades Ochoa. They will be accompanied by some of those who have joined the journey along the way as well as a younger generation of Cuban musicians. Special support guests Andrea Motis & Joan Chamorro will open the show.
When you're an out-of-work L.A. actor, what better job could you imagine than being the sole employee of the "Great Mall of Malibu" — Barbra Streisand's treasure-filled basement! Buyer & Cellar is a hilarious and surprisingly poignant tour-de-force for one actor who plays multiple characters including Oprah Winfrey, James Brolin, Bea Arthur, an imperious estate manager, and, of course, the divine Babs herself.
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.
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.
Take Chopin's piano concertos, remove the piano and replace it with a monologue detailing the composer's life and radical approach to music. The result is Chopin without Piano, a staggeringly powerful production that coaxes new ways of considering this master composer—musically, emotionally and even politically. Accompanied by a full symphonic orchestra of Boston Conservatory students, actress Barbara Wysocka invites audiences into an intimate and raw conversation about Chopin, his music and the struggles of cultural identity with his home country, Poland.
With a wild, powerful, and unbridled sound, Cimarrón lives up to the meaning of its name, untamed. The Grammy-nominated Colombian ensemble creates a fiery kind of music called música llanera and the fast-paced, triple-meter dance music joropo, played on harp, bandola, and cuatro and accompanied by bass, cajón, and maracas. The seven-piece all-star team of instrumentalists and singers, led by harpist and composer Carlos Rojas, astonishes audiences with its melodic and rhythmic virtuosity, percussive drive, and sabor Colombiano, Colombian flavor.
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.
Southern Africa, 1895: A young Shona girl escapes an arranged marriage by converting to Christianity, becoming a servant and student to an African Evangelical. As anti-European sentiments spread throughout the native population, she is forced to choose between her family's traditions and her newfound faith. Danai Gurira's (In the Continuum and TV's The Walking Dead) rich play examines the cultural and religious clashes that shaped the post-colonial world, and are still being felt in Zimbabwe today.
Copenhagen, 1941: Two brilliant physicists – fast friends from enemy nations – famously confront each other at the height of WWII. This award-winning psychological mystery unravels what transpired on that fateful night. Werner Heisenberg and his mentor Niels Bohr meet again in the afterlife, goaded by Bohr's wife, Margrethe. Who will remember the truth that changed the course of history? Commemorating the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the Atomic Bomb, Eric Tucker (Artistic Director of Bedlam, of last season's Bedlam's Saint Joan) cracks open Michael Frayn's contemporary classic play.
Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary presents the astonishing tale of three towering figures in the life of versatile performer Marissa Chibas. As she recalls her father, Raul Chibas (who co-wrote the manifesto for the Cuban revolution with Fidel Castro), her uncle, Eddy Chibas (who was the frontrunner for the Cuban presidency in 1951), and her mother, Dalia Chibas (Miss Cuba runner-up in 1959), Daughter unfolds into an impassioned, live-wire performance propelled by Chibas' magnetic presence and storytelling. This solo tour de force illuminates the intersection of the personal and historical through her own stories and key episodes in the history of her illustrious family.
Dirty Dancing: The Classic Story On Stage is a record-breaking live theatre sensation, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensational dancing. Featuring the hit songs, "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?" and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) The Time of My Life," you'll be sure to have the time of your life!
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.
Step into a world of wonder where dreams come true in Disney Live! presents Three Classic Fairy Tales Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Join Mickey and Minnie as they bring the timeless fairy tale adventures of Cinderella, Beauty and The Beast, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to life in a live theatrical experience that is pure magic. With dynamic storytelling, award winning music, stunning costumes and glittering special effects, you'll dream with the princesses, cheer for their heroes as they conquer evil villains, and be captivated by these spellbinding stories. There's a world of enchantment waiting for you on The Hanover Theatre's stage.
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.
Known for its expansive vision, versatility, and technical prowess, Doug Varone and Dancers create kinetically thrilling dances that reflect the complexity of the human spirit. From the smallest gesture to full-throttled bursts of movement, Varone's work can take your breath away. The company will perform the Boston premiere of ReComposed, inspired by American abstract artist Joan Mitchell's pastel drawings and set to Max Richter's newly constructed version of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, along with other works.
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical is the record-setting Broadway holiday sensation which features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" from the original animated television special. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday-loving Whos. Magnificent sets and costumes inspired by Dr. Seuss' original illustrations help transport audiences to the whimsical world of Whoville and helps remind us of the true meaning of the holiday season.
Switzerland, 1905: A modest, newly-married patent clerk struggles to make ends meet while re-conceiving time. What happens when Albert Einstein completes his Theory of Relativity? Absurd, comic, and poetic, Einstein's Dreams captures the poignancy of the human condition. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Einstein's Theory of General Relativity, Underground Railway Theater reunites the original 2007 world premiere cast.
Kat is a sleep deprived single mom who has just been fired from her day job as a video game music composer. When legendary gentleman-explorer Ernest Shackleton makes contact with Kat through a dating website, the two embark on an Antarctic quest, conquering new horizons and forging a time-traveling love affair for the ages. Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is a geeky, high-tech musical adventure starring GrooveLily's fierce and funny electro-violinist Valerie Vigoda and the dazzling and hypnotic Wade McCollum, with a tongue-in-cheek script by Tony award-winner Joe DiPietro.
The Grinch, Rudolph, Frosty the Snowman, Charlie Brown, and George Bailey—and just about every other holiday character—make an appearance in this hilarious comedy when three actors decide to retell every Christmas story ever told in only 90 minutes rather than perform yet another rendition of A Christmas Carol. This fast-paced and funny romp features holiday traditions from around the world, a sing-along of every carol ever sung, and all your holiday favorites reshaped into something entirely new.
The rousing 11-member Algerian/French brass band Fanfaraï puts on a high energy show, with a battery of horns, traditional percussion, North African raï, Balkan beats, Afro-Cuban swing, and jazz, all colliding into one big party.
The Lyric Stage loves stories that focus on family, but wait til you meet Blue and HER family in Fast Company. Blue's mom, Mable Kwan, is a tough cookie and the best grifter who ever lived . . . and she raised her kids to be just like her. Son Francis is the top roper around and H is the number one fixer. But it's Blue — the outcast of the family — who surprises everyone by putting together the score of the decade. Fast Company is a fast, funny, and dangerous theatrical crime caper that will keep you guessing about who's on top and who's getting conned. As playwright Carla Ching wrote, "I could say that Fast Company is about grifts, game theory, and magic. And it is. But at its essence, it's about family."
In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35-millimeter film projectors in the state. Their tiny battles and not-so-tiny heartbreaks play out in the empty aisles, becoming more gripping than the lackluster, second-run movies on screen. With keen insight and a finely-tuned comic eye, The Flick is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. Winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Strong language and some adult situations.
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.
Stumpy and Latham are working-class housepainters in Gloucester. Husband-and-wife Bummy and Lexi are their upscale clients. Blue may be the color on the walls, but blood red and blackmail emerge as the dominant palette in this dark comedy, the latest offering by Gloucester Stage's Founding Artistic Director Israel Horovitz. Hang onto your dropcloths, because Horovitz is about to take you into a story painted with the brush of seduction, betrayal, and deceit. Who will cash in their paint chips first and take a fall? And who will be left standing when the last lies are told? Strong language and some adult situations.
What if you put the former singers and players of Kansas, Blue Oyster Cult, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey and the Storm on one stage for one night in Worcester? You'd have The Greatest Hits on Earth: Live!
That's just what's happening at the Hanover Theatre. All the singers will be singing all their hit songs live, from Dust in the Wind to Sweet Home Alabama.
One massive supergroup, one night and scores of huge hit songs assembled just for Worcester.
The High Kings are an Irish supergroup made up of Finbarr Clancy (formerly of the Clancy Brothers), Brian Dunphy (formerly a cast member of Riverdance), Martin Furey (formerly of the group Bohinta), and Darren Holden (formerly a cast member of Riverdance and a successful solo artist). Incredibly versatile and skilled multi-instrumentalists, they play 13 instruments among the four of them, performing new songs as well as old favorites. The Dublin-based band exploded onto the Irish folk music scene in 2008 and quickly became internationally acclaimed, multi-platinum-selling artists, now signed to Sony International.
With the grit and imagery of a dark graphic novel comes this violent story that destroys the boundaries between domination and submission. Based on the French novel by Régis Jauffret, Historia de Amor is the unflinching portrait of an English teacher who abducts a young woman and turns her into his victim, concubine and mother. Internationally renowned Teatrocinema employs a dizzying array of 2D and 3D effects to fuse virtual and physical worlds. Questioning the very meaning of love, Historia de Amor paints a stark, black and white landscape where impulses of humanity are made visible.
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.
In a career that spans five decades and includes collaborations with some of the most iconic figures in modern jazz, NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-winner Jack DeJohnette has established an unchallenged reputation as one of the greatest drummers in the history of the genre. The Jack DeJohnette Trio represents the prestigious lineage of today's great jazz families with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matt Garrison and explores open improvisation, as well as their own compositions.
The Jones Family Singers make hard-driving, hip-shaking, spiritually uplifting gospel funk. The five sisters, the two brothers and their father have taken their powerful musical ministry to churches and festivals for more than two decades. They were designated a "must-see act" at last year's SXSW by NPR and Rolling Stone.
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...
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."
Founded and directed by dancer-choreographer Lizt Alfonso, Havana-based Dance Cuba features 25 beautiful and technically superb dancers and live musicians, capturing the heart and soul of Cuba with music and dance from the '50s to today. The award-winning company performs the Boston premiere of Cuba Vibra, a riveting, highly sensual display of Afro-Cuban dance, including the cha-cha-cha, mambo, rumba, conga, bolero, and more.
Born in Lisbon and now living in Barcelona, Lula Pena blends traditional fado with layers of Portuguese folk, French chanson, Cape Verdean morna, and Brazilian bossa nova. With a commanding yet sensitive voice, Pena performs solo guitar and sings of passion and pain, mirroring her personal journey as both musician and poet.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America's favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Their holiday CDs have become synonymous with Christmas and continue to occupy top spots on Billboards's Seasonal Charts every year!
In 2008, National Public Radio asked Gregory Maguire (Wicked) to compose an original story with a Christmas theme. Thus was born Matchless, a rekindling of Anderson's classic tale of the Little Match Girl from a surprising point of view. A story for all ages about being open to life's magic transformations: how love can make a family, and how imagination can find beauty in the most unexpected places.
An array of lost souls straggle inside a quickly emptying midwestern mini-mall. Sixteen-year-old Casey works the food court, tending to her burrito stand. As Ari, Casey's cousin, runs a shifty business out of their grandmother's basement, the arrival of Gus, the new hire, slowly unveils the secrets within this stagnant community. Rife with balloon animals, cartoon flashbacks, cheap raps, and hallucinogenic gecko feces, this dark comedy questions what it means to be "normal" in a place of overwhelming simplicity. Ages 15 and up. Strong language and some adult situations.
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.
In our mission to bring you entertaining and inspiring new work, we discovered one of the most exciting and challenging plays we've seen in years. Mr. Burns does the impossible: it manages to take the end of civilization and create glowing objects of wonder and beauty. After a world-wide catastrophe, refugees find each other huddled around a fire in the woods. To keep in touch with their past lives, they try recounting the "Cape Feare" episode of 'The Simpsons.' Mr. Burns is an emotional epic about the human ability to survive . . . and to reinvent the world through the art of storytelling.
What happened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is disrupted when a Chinese immigrant's shoe repair shop, a neighborhood pillar for decades, does not open its doors. Playwright and artist-in-residence Daniel Beaty (Breath & Imagination, Emergency), returns with another moving reflection on transforming pain into power, this time through the lens of nine shop customers. Tangela Large performs them all—from eleven-year-old Clarissa, to a budding shoe designer, to "gangsta granny" Bessie. Together, they reflect on the shop owner's impact on their lives, and discover how a community can learn to heal in order to dream again.
As the Lyric Stage has shown with Into the Woods, Sweeney Todd, Big River, and more, our forte is turning a grand musical into a completely thrilling event in our uniquely intimate space. Now, director Scott Edmiston will re-fashion My Fair Lady, the delightful story of a down-on-her- luck London flower girl taken on as an "experiment" by a chauvinistic speech therapist, into another Lyric Stage winner. Based on George Bernard Shaw's beloved play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady introduced the world to a treasure trove of classic tunes including "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live," "The Rain in Spain," and "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face."
In this critically acclaimed staging of three one-woman plays by Samuel Beckett, directed by the playwright's longtime friend Walter Asmus, the obsessive rhythms of existence are laid bare. In Not I, a woman—reduced to a mere mouth, suspended in total darkness—seeks solace in a relentless stream of her own broken speech. In Footfalls, a tattered soul, drained of life, paces outside her dying mother's bedroom. And in Rockaby, a woman slowly withdraws from the world, rocked to eternal sleep in her mother's chair. Featuring the virtuosic talents of Irish actor Lisa Dwan, who drew ecstatic reviews for her performances at BAM, the Royal Court Theatre and in the West End.
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.
The hottest play of 1859 is back! There's trouble at the plantation: no one is falling in love with who they should be, someone has been murdered, and unless the mail comes soon all hope is lost! OBIE-Award winner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Neighbors) transforms a 19th century melodrama for today's "post-racial" spectacle-obsessed world. An Octoroon, directed by Summer L. Williams, is an incendiary, subversively funny exploration of identity, jammed with sensation and surprises.
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.
Dotty's life in Sterno with her husband Hamel is absolutely perfect! It's a fairy tale, it really is. True, in their seven years of marriage Hamel has forbidden her to leave their tiny apartment or speak to anyone, but Dotty is so very happy to spend her days in the same dizzy cycle of watching video re-enactments of the day they first met, doing Hamel's laundry, and making him his special happy-face hamburger. When a phone call from a mysterious woman threatens to tear her marriage apart, Dotty must venture out into the vast city of Sterno and try to discover what it is to be a "real" woman. Wickedly funny, Out of Sterno explores the triumph and heartbreak of growing up and the contradictory societal pressures women face just trying to make it across town. Some strong language. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.
Exceptional flamenco dancers and a sensational band of musicians and virtuoso singers come together in Flamencura, a new production from legendary flamenco guitarist Paco Peña. Packed with intensity, depth, and raw energy, Flamencura is grounded in the present but also pays tribute to flamenco's rich heritage.
More fun than a muddy puddle! Peppa Pig's Big Splash is an action-packed live show, based on the popular Peppa Pig television series, designed to deliver to preschoolers and young fans an unforgettable first, live theater experience! Peppa Pig, star of the top-rated TV series airing daily on Nick Jr., is hitting the road for her first-ever U.S. theatrical tour - Peppa Pig's Big Splash! By popular demand, the live stage show is coming to Worcester and it's fun for the whole family!
A fully immersive musical production featuring a dozen familiar and original songs, as well as an interactive sing-a-long, the live stage show will have fans laughing and dancing--just like Peppa!
The 2015-16 season closes with an acclaimed new play that uses ingenious stagecraft, the talents of a dozen of our favorite actors, and the limitless possibilities of your imagination to create theatrical magic. Peter and the Starcatcher chronicles the adventures of Molly, a girl charged to protect a cargo of stardust from falling into the wrong hands, and an orphan named Peter who eventually becomes The Boy Who Never Grew Up. Peter and the Starcatcher is a swashbuckling grownup prequel to Peter Pan that will have you hooked from the moment you let your mind take wing. As the NY Times raved, "this show never stops flying!"
Fifty percent of marriages end in divorce, but how many end in murder? Meet two disgruntled housewives from opposite sides of the track: Esmeralda, sophisticated and calculating, and Lydia, foul-mouthed and pragmatic. Both are about to discover the lengths they'll go to get their husbands' attention. Premeditation takes audiences on a noir-inspired journey through the intricacies of marriage, while highlighting the Latino Theater Company's impeccable comedic chops, honed over their thirty years in performance together.
Bialystock and Bloom! Those names should strike terror and hysteria in anyone familiar with Mel Brooks' classic cult comedy film. Now as a big Broadway musical, The Producers once again sets the standard for modern, outrageous, in-your-face humor. It is a truly "boffo" hit, winning a record twelve Tony Awards and wowing capacity crowds night after night in Mel Brooks' laugh-out-loud spectacle.
Once considered a miracle cure and scientific marvel, by the 1920s the radium used to paint luminous watches has triggered fatal health problems for Grace Fryer and other dial painters. As their health deteriorates, Grace must fight the ruthless U.S. Radium Corporation for rightful compensation even while radiation poisoning destroys her body and life.
Helmed by director Lindsay Eagle, Flat Earth presents the first all-female professional production of D.W. Gregory's moving play inspired by the true story of the factory workers of U.S. Radium.
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing . . . and anything is possible. The stories of an upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician unfold. Ragtime is set in turn-of-the-century New York, where all three characters are united by their desire and belief in a brighter tomorrow. Their compelling stories are set to the theatre's richest and most glorious score by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens. Winning Tony Awards for Best Book and Best Musical Score, this 13-time Tony Award nominated musical is a timeless celebration of life . . . what it could and should be!
Raised in The Democratic Republic of the Congo (known as Zaire at the time) with Angolan family roots, Ricardo Lemvo creates an exhilarating mix of African soukous, Cuban salsa and Angolan rhythms. His band's latest project, La Rumba SoYo, has been called "a street party you have to dance your way through. Bright horns, fantastic bass lines, amazing percussion, and melodies that linger for days."—POP! Stereo
Saturday Night Fever: The Musical, the iconic story of Tony, the kid from Brooklyn, who wants to dance his way to a better life, is back! And back in an all-new production that shares Tony's love for dancing in spectacular new ways. Fueled by vintage Bee Gees' hits, this contemporary retelling of the classic story captures the energy, passion and life-changing moments that have thrilled movie audiences since 1977. Now, a new generation of dancers meets a new generation of playgoers to explore the soaring sounds and pulsating rhythms of this coming-of-age disco fantasy.
In the tradition of the moving Intimate Apparel and hilarious By the Way, Meet Vera Stark, Saturday Night/Sunday Morning is a "fresh, spontaneous, and highly watchable"* play that brings together seven African-American women in a Memphis beauty parlor/boarding house during the waning days of World War II. As they wrestle with the uncertainty of what the future will hold when, and if, their men return, they fight dirty — with each other and with their own fears and desires, uncovering newfound friendship and love. Katori Hall is an exciting new theatrical voice best known for her play The Mountaintop, about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s final night before his assassination.
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.
Seen by over ten million people worldwide, this wildly popular comedy keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
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.
The Lyric Stage's own award-winning Sondheim expert, Spiro Veloudos, now turns his unique vision to Sondheim on Sondheim, an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words and music. Taken from nineteen Sondheim shows produced over a 62-year period, eight of your favorite Boston-based musical-theatre artists (including Leigh Barrett*, Christopher Chew*, Aimee Doherty*, and Sam Simahk*) will perform a full evening of well-known, rarely-heard, and cut material, featuring video commentary from the master himself.
Mark Kozelek, frontman of Sun Kil Moon, is renowned for his intense, highly autobiographical songs. An expressive, talented guitarist with a beautiful and evocative voice, Kozelek has been building his own musical brand for over 20 years with his previous band Red House Painters, his current project Sun Kil Moon, and solo work.
Presented with Russia's brightest ballet stars that will bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life! The Swan Lake ballet is inspired by the German legend of Odette, a beautiful princess, turned into a swan. This full-scale production follows a heroic young prince as he works to free the beautiful swan maiden from an evil spell.
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?
Formed by renowned, Tony-winning tango artists Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo and musician Alfredo Minetti, This Is Tango Now represents a unique approach to tango, reflecting an unconditional passion for the art form. Featuring a stellar company of 12 dancers and musicians performing the world premiere of Carmen. . . de Buenos Aires, this breathtaking new production of Carmen blends tango and flamenco with an original score based on Bizet's beloved melodies.
One of Russia's premiere theatre companies presents this luminous retelling of Chekhov's masterpiece, which follows three sisters who are forced to leave Moscow for life in a provincial town. The family bravely confronts the tragic rift between personal desires and harsh, everyday realities. In this surprisingly sexy and emotionally raw production, Three Sisters gives us the chance to reflect on issues of economic recession and class disparity through the lens of the personal, cultural and political changes that shook Russia at the end of the 19th century. Directed by renowned director Lev Dodin and performed in Russian with English supertitles, this staging is a testament to the legacy of one of the world's greatest playwrights.
In this fresh, fast-paced remix of Shakespeare's comedy, classical verse meets mayhem as two worlds collide. Olivia's puritanical household is clashing with Sir Toby's insatiable appetite for drunken debauchery, while the lovesick Orsino enlists the cross-dressing Viola to aid him in relentless pursuit of Olivia. With a radically deconstructed script and ferocious music and sound, Twelfth Night takes you on a rollercoaster through the madness of love in one of the most exciting and accessible Shakespeare productions in recent years.
After the nonstop joy parade that was last season's The Magic Flute, South Africa's world-renowned Isango Ensemble returns to Boston with two new reimagined opera classics: uCarmen and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Based on their award-winning film U-Carmen eKhayelitsha, uCarmen is an artistic triumph that transports us to a modern South African township to follow the story of a strong, independent woman who will not be tamed. Packed with transcendent music, passion and romance, uCarmen vividly recreates Bizet's opera in a way that can only be described as "pure Isango." A new production to Isango's repertoire, A Midsummer Night's Dream weaves the text of Shakespeare's famous play into Benjamin Britten's opera and indigenous South African music and dance. A story of enchantment, Isango's Midsummer transforms the traditional play into a familiar yet surreal night of magic, love and music.
Vanessa Williams has enjoyed one of the most varied and successful careers of any entertainer today. As a recording artist, she has sold over 25 million records worldwide, including #1 and Top 10 hits in genres stretching from Pop, Dance, R&B, Latin, Gospel, Jazz and more, including 17 total Grammy nominations. Her platinum single "Colors of the Wind" from the soundtrack to Disney's animated hit film "Pocahontas" won the Oscar for Best Original Song. On Television she starred as Wilhelmina Slater on "Ugly Betty," a role that brought her three Emmy nominations during the series' four-season run.
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."
Vieux Farka Touré crafts Malian blues in the rich Songhai tradition of his late father, famed guitarist Ali Farka Touré. Vieux draws on haunting Saharan blues and traditional Malian melodies and infuses them with his own global influences to create an irresistible Afropop sound all his own. He will be touring with his band in support of his new release, Touristes, a collaborative album with New York-based singer Julia Easterlin.
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.
The Rock n' Roll Preschool Tour features songs from their new Rock n' Roll Preschool CD and DVD. This release will top the charts of every home! You'll shake to "That's the Sound of Rock & Roll," rise and shine with "Wake Up!," swing along as you "Dance with Emma" and be the coolest kid in preschool with "I Want a Leather Jacket." The Rock n' Roll Preschool tour will get you all shook up, mixing some of these new hits with wiggles classics such as "Hot Potato!," "Rock – a – Bye Your Bear" and "Do the Propeller." The fab four of under-fives will of course be joined by Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus!
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.
Broadway and film actor Anthony Rapp stars in this one-man musical theater event, based on his 2006 book Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and the Musical RENT. Rapp's first big break in show business came when he was cast as the lead in the musical RENT, but the exhilaration of that show's overwhelming success was tempered by the sudden and unexpected death of the play's writer, Jonathan Larson. Without You is his memoir of life and loss, with music from Rent as well as original songs.
Using a mix of action-driven storytelling, puppetry, and visual magic, The Wong Kids transports its audience into the far reaches of the galaxy. Violet and Bruce Wong just don't fit in with the other Earth kids. Sure, they have superpowers, they're just not very good ones. But when an evil beast called the Space Chupacabra appears, intent on universal destruction, The Wong Kids must travel to outer space in order to stop it... if they can only stop bickering. Violet and Bruce ultimately realize that being different isn't just okay, it might just be the most important thing ever.
Ever wanted your own personal Boston born and L.A. shaking comedian to do a show? Well, you asked for it and Comedian/Actress, Roz Browne is gonna give it to you. Laughs and poignant personal stories combine for a fun evening of entertainment. Don't miss out on the beginning of something big!!!