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In this Tony Award-winning musical, Massachusetts delegate John Adams must convince a divided Continental Congress to forge a new and independent nation. With help from his colleagues Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson, Adams just might make history! Experience the story of the founding of the United States with this exciting, inclusive reimagining of this classic musical.
The 2018 Boston Pops spring season, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, celebrates the centennial of Leonard Bernstein, one of the greatest musical figures of the last century. His talents, which spanned the worlds of composition, performance, education, and conducting, influenced the culture at large in the mid-to-late 20th century and resulted in a legacy sure to inspire music lovers for generations to come. The Boston Pops has a special association with Leonard Bernstein — he made his professional orchestra conducting debut leading the ensemble during a performance in the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade in 1941, on the cusp of his fame.
The Boston Pops 2018 season celebration spotlights Leonard Bernstein's singular contributions as a multifaceted composer for orchestra, Broadway, and film, with a concert performance of West Side Story and a semi-staged performance of On The Town, both with star Broadway casts, along with a series of five Leonard Bernstein Centennial Tribute concerts featuring classic selections from Bernstein's scores to Candide, Fancy Free, Wonderful Town, and On the Waterfront.
The Worcester County Dance Festival is an evening of diverse dance celebrating New England's talented schools and companies on one stage! Now in its fourth year, the festival offers a supportive atmosphere aimed at fostering a creative exchange of ideas and providing opportunities to experience a wide spectrum of dance and movement disciplines. Participants get the unique experience and opportunity to perform at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts, dance in their newly constructed conservatory studios, and attend master dance classes and lectures to empower dancers in dance education and training.
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling production filled with beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event in which one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Aladdin features songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies). The lyrics are by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony winner Tim Rice (The Lion King), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government's treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they struggle between duty and defiance, custom and change, and family bonds and forbidden loves.
Visionary choreographer Alonzo King actively develops bold original works with other artists from diverse disciplines and cultures. World Music/CRASHarts has commissioned Alonzo King LINES Ballet's new collaboration with tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain, who has composed music especially for this project and will perform the East Coast premiere onstage, with Sabir Khan playing sarangi.
Free preperformance talks with Boston Dance Alliance Executive Director Debra Cash 30 minutes prior to curtain in the ICA café.
Free post-performance Q&A with the artists Friday, April 20.
This new commission of the Alonzo King LINES Ballet with Zakir Hussain was made possible through a generous grant as part of the Arts Capacity Building Initiative of the Barr and Klarman Family Foundations.
Altar Boyz, winner of an Outer Critics Circle Award, comes to the Cape Playhouse after a five-year run off-Broadway. The musical tells the wholly — make that holy — inspiring story of five small-town boys (Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham) trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Their pious pop act, including lyrics like "Girl, you make me wanna wait" and "Jesus called me on my cell phone," worked wonders on the Ohio bingo-hall-and-pancake-breakfast circuit. But when fate brings them to New York, will the Boyz take a bite out of the forbidden apple? With angelic voices, sinfully spectacular dancing, and a touching story, Altar Boyz is destined to rock the masses!
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this classic by Eugene O'Neill is a surprisingly contemporary play that crackles with fierce physicality, humor, and drama. After a 20-year separation, a coal barge captain is reunited with the daughter he unknowingly abandoned to a life of hardship. When Anna falls in love with a shipwrecked sailor, her father and her suitor come to recognize their own culpability in her plight, and all three struggle in their own way for salvation.
One of Shakespeare's most popular comedies, inhabited by some of his best-loved characters and verse! This celebrated romance follows resourceful young Rosalind as she flees the corruption of court in search of a more compassionate way to live. Played as a merry game of romance and mistaken identity with her true love, Orlando, As You Like It is not to be missed. Join us as we return to the Gamm's favorite playwright for a timely story about what happens when the old ways break down and we must find a new way forward.
Aunty Donna's newest show, Big Boys, has debuted to sell-out crowds and rave reviews around the world for their unique brand of surreal, fast-paced, alternative sketch comedy. Along with their YouTube channel with 169,000 subscribers and more than 26 million+ views, the award-winning Australian trio have sold out everywhere including New York, Vancouver, San Francisco, London's prestigious Soho Theatre, and more!
A genderqueer look at sexual predation by O.W.I. resident playwright Shaoul Rick Chason, Berlin; or, The Part of You That Wants it: A Musical Comedy Love Story (Written by Accident) is an irreverent vaudeville about an American rapist who goes to Berlin and inadvertently starts a genderf--ked feminist revolution of anarchy and turmoil, staged in a Brechtian burlesque of epic theater.
From the playwright, Shaoul Rick Chason, "I wrote Berlin out of a desire to critique a new trend… Our communities of thought, despite noble aims, are actively encouraging anti-intellectual, morally simplistic discourse on the complicated issues of gender identity, race relations, and politics that ultimately stifle progressive liberation of oppression more than they support said liberation."
Bill Murray, actor Jan Vogler, cello Mira Wang, violin Vanessa Perez, piano
Bill Murray and Jan Vogler met during their travels and became friends in New York. Curious about each other's artistic worlds and interests, the actor and the cellist soon had the idea to work together on a project. The program would showcase the core of American values in literature and music and communicate the bridges artists have built between America and Europe. Twain, Hemingway, Whitman, Cooper, Bernstein, Gershwin, and Foster are some of the strongest voices that influenced generations of humans in America and gave the world a picture of the charm, energy, and creative force of the New World.
In 2017, the joint program celebrated its premiere. The Hollywood star's love for classical music is young and his art of language boundless, giving all the more reason to look forward to a fascinating encounter between great music and great literature featuring two masters of their art.
Blue Man Group is poised to rock your world, blow your mind, and unleash your spirit. It won't call your mom on her birthday, though. Or will it? (Do you want it to?) Leave your expectations at the door and let three bald and blue men take you on a spectacular journey bursting with music, laughter, and surprises. This show is comedy, theater, rock concert, and dance party all rolled into one.
Thirty-five million people know what Blue Man Group is about. Now it's your turn.
Created by multi-Grammy Award-winning icon Bebe Winans and director Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown the Musical), Born for This celebrates the incredible true story of Bebe Winans — a young man who follows his heart and finds his destiny.
Detroit teenagers Bebe and Cece Winans experience the ultimate in culture shock when they leave the comfort and safety of their already famous family to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Praise the Lord network in Pineville, North Carolina. The televangelist couple becomes an unlikely surrogate family as the siblings rapidly rise to television stardom. Eventually crossing over to mainstream fame, Bebe learns to reconcile the temptations of stardom and fortune with the things he ultimately values more.
Born for This brings this legendary artist's story to life with acclaimed new music and lyrics by Winans that gets audiences on their feet. A wildly funny yet deeply emotional journey toward self-discovery, Born for This is a family-friendly and universal story for anyone who has ever yearned for something — especially a purpose in life.
Created by six-time Grammy Award-winning icon Bebe Winans and director Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown the Musical), Born for This celebrates the incredible true story of Bebe Winans — a young man who follows his heart and finds his destiny. Detroit teenagers Bebe and Cece Winans experience the ultimate in culture shock when they leave the comfort and safety of their already famous family to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Praise The Lord Network in Pineville, North Carolina. The televangelist couple becomes an unlikely surrogate family as the siblings rapidly rise to television stardom. Eventually crossing over to mainstream fame, Bebe must learn to reconcile the temptations of stardom and fortune with the things he ultimately values more. Born for This brings the legendary artist's story to life with acclaimed new music and lyrics by Bebe Winans that will have audiences on their feet.
For two decades, the Boston Theater Marathon has brought together playwrights, directors, and theaters in an effort to foster collaboration between artists and producers. On Sunday, May 6, Boston Playwrights' Theatre presents the 20th annual Boston Theater Marathon. This year's marathon features 50 10-minute plays by 51 New England playwrights, produced by 50 New England theater companies in 10 hours. Net proceeds from ticket sales for the marathon will benefit the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund, which provides financial support to theaters and theater artists in times of need.
Smashing stereotypes of all kinds, organist Cameron Carpenter has taken the music world by storm. Known for his virtuosity and highly entertaining presentations, he will perform on April 28 at Mechanics Hall on the instrument built for him, the International Touring Organ.
The Capitol Steps began more than 30 years ago as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together, the performers have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.
Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded over 35 albums, including their latest, Orange Is the New Barack. They've been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and can be heard twice a year on National Public Radio stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.
No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. There's never a shortage of material.
Set in northern Uganda at the turn of the millennium, this poetic drama explores love and dedication amidst a background of an escalating civil war. In a secret wedding ceremony, a local teenage girl and the daughter of American missionaries solidify their union despite growing violence and assured intolerance. Cardboard Piano is a powerful new work that deftly examines the roots of hate and the capacity for forgiveness.
The powerhouse all-male Argentinian dance company Che Malambo excites audiences with a dynamic blend of precision footwork, rhythmic stomping, drumming, and song that originated in the 17th century in the South American pampas. It evolved from competitive duels among the Argentinian gauchos (South American cowboys) that tested agility, strength, and dexterity. It soon evolved to include what is now its hallmark, zapeteo, the fast-paced footwork inspired by the rhythm of galloping horses. Malambo also features the drumming of traditional Argentine bombos and whirling boleadoras, a throwing weapon made up of intertwined cords and weighted with stones. Che Malambo is now thrilling audiences around the world with this new production created by director and choreographer Gilles Brinas.
Join us for the 28th annual production of A Christmas Carol, New England's brightest holiday tradition! This brilliant musical, based on the Charles Dickens classic, is an original adaptation written specifically for North Shore Music Theatre by former artistic director Jon Kimbell.
A Christmas Carol is a musical ghost story that follows Scrooge through a series of strange and magical journeys, helping him ultimately discover the true spirit of the holiday season. With dazzling special effects, original songs, and colorful costumes, this award-winning production of A Christmas Carol has been seen by more than one million people since its debut in 1989.
French folk-pop singer Christophe Maé is at the top of his career, with five chart-topping albums each selling more than five million copies. He first earned widespread fame as an actor, costarring in the smash-hit stage musical Le Roi Soleil. After more than two years since his last album, Je Veux du Bonheur, Christophe Maé in touring in support of L'attrape-Rêves, an intense and introspective album which he wrote after meeting author Paul Ecole.
Based on the 1985 movie adaptation of the classic board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. Adapted from Jonathan Lynn's screenplay (My Cousin Vinny) with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price, this staging tells the shocking tale of six mysterious guests who attend an unusual dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy. Murder and blackmail are both on the menu. When Boddy himself winds up dead, all the guests become suspects, and together they must solve the mystery before the police arrive. An evening of slapstick, slamming doors, and some of the funniest one-liners in movie history, Clue leaves both devoted fans and newcomers in stitches.
Is there life before death? That's the big question posed by the surprisingly funny and whimsical new show from the troupe behind ArtsEmerson's 2013 word-of-mouth phenomenon, Kiss & Cry. Utilizing that same theatrical magic — cinematic techniques, miniature sets, dancing hands, and a poetic voice-over — Cold Blood cycles through a series of different lives (and deaths) in a hypnotic dream-like state. Under the direction of Belgian choreographer and dancer Michèle Anne De Mey and the award-winning filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael — director of the 2009 cult favorite Mr. Nobody starring Jared Leto — master artists use live film projection onstage to bring miniature worlds into full view of the audience.
Led by Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain and Grammy-winning jazz superstar bassist-composer Dave Holland, Crosscurrents showcases the long and vibrant relationship between jazz and Indian classical music, both of which have improvisation as a core tenet. The international supergroup also features Bollywood star vocalist Shankar Mahadevan, guitarist Sanjay Divecha, jazz pianist Louiz Banks, saxophonist Chris Potter, and drummer Gino Banks.
Drones and beats, crimson beads, and towering black lamb's-wool hats all serve as a striking backdrop to the Ukrainian folk-punk quartet DakhaBrakha. With one foot in the urban avant-garde and the other in Ukranian village culture, the group's self-proclaimed "ethno-chaos" is a refreshingly novel vision of Eastern European roots music.
Relive the best memories of your life!
Decades Rewind is a live concert and theatrical performance all wrapped into one magical night. Join world-class entertainers and award-winning vocalists in a celebration of the hits of the '60s, '70s, and '80s. Disco, funk, rock, and Motown all take center stage in this concert featuring over 60 songs, 100 costume changes, and nostalgic video. From Aretha to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing and dancing in the aisles.
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.
The Burncoat Dance Department presents its annual Evening of Dance: The Tale of Mary Poppins.
The Burncoat Dance Department tells the P.L. Travers story about a magical nanny who helps a family appreciate the important things in life and realize that "anything can happen if we recognize the magic of everyday life." This wonderful tale told through dance is one for families of all ages.
Arthur Miller, the most celebrated American playwright of the 20th century, was said to be the moral conscience of the nation, but he had a secret: a son born with Down syndrome whom he refused to acknowledge. In Fall, renowned Hollywood reporter Bernard Weinraub explores the fascinating untold story of Miller and his third wife, photographer Inge Morath, and the divide between their public personas and private lives.
Stage Ensemble Theater Unit presents Girish Karnad's classic play, The Fire and the Rain, this spring season in English. The play illuminates age-old human relationships with gods, rituals and sacrifices, and the complex societal order of the Indian caste system.
As an experimental production featuring an "all-female" cast playing cross-gender roles, the play is not about women pretending to be men. Rather, it is about giving women the opportunity to take on roles that were created for male actors holding aggressive, destructive, and violent characteristics. Male chauvinism performed by women will bring to the audience's attention the unspeakable behavior that is often accepted as norm in Indian society.
Apollinaire Theatre Company presents the US premiere of this viciously funny and unforgettable play about first love, teenage lust, and nature vs. nurture.
Rdeca is a young fox keen to test boundaries, whose curiosity lands her in a makeshift trap set by lonely 14-year-old Basti. When their paths cross, the sparks fly and an impossible bond spirals dangerously out of control.
A Free Man of Color by John Guare Directed by Peter Sampieri
Before law and order took hold, New Orleans was boisterous; before class, racial and political lines were drawn, it was a parade of beautiful women and good-looking men, flowing wine, and pleasure for the taking. At the center of this Dionysian world is Jacques Cornet, who commands the men, seduces the women, preens like a peacock, and cuts a wide swath through the city and the province. But it is 1801 and the map of New Orleans is about to be redrawn. The Louisiana Purchase will bring American rule to New Orleans, challenging the chaotic, colorful world of Jacques Cornet and all that he represents.
Girls Night: The Musical has been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational off-Broadway debut. This touching and hilarious "tell it like it is" musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Audience members can't help but laugh, cry, and even find themselves singing and dancing in the aisles as some of the most popular hit songs of the '80s and '90s make this musical a fan favorite!
Follow five friends as they visit their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out. You'll recognize a bit yourselves in every one of them!
Hairspray is piled bouffant-high with laughter, romance, and infectious musical numbers. Set in Baltimore, 1962, Tracy Turnblad is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto TV and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. Tracy's audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her newfound fame to fight for integration. But can she win equality — and Link's heart — without denting her 'do? Featuring the hit songs "Welcome to the '60s," "You Can't Stop the Beat," "The Nicest Kids in Town," and many more, Hairspray will have you dancing the night away.
Winner of 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
From the creative team behind In the Heights comes Hamilton, a musical about a scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has given words and music to the story of an unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind who went from being a bastard orphan to George Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury Department secretary who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and Aaron Burr, lifelong friend and foe of Hamilton, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
Hansel and Gretel, written by Rene Pfister, artistic director of the Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative, is a new musical theater production for young audiences.
What do Mary Poppins, the rock star, and the babysitter have in common? They each are trying to get Hansel and Gretel home before the witch eats them. The production features the Theater for Young Audience Ensemble, and is suitable for family audiences.
Fronted by British-Nigerian vocalist Eno Williams, Ibibio Sound Machine present an exhilarating mash-up of West African highlife, disco, post-punk and psychedelic electro-soul. It sounds as "if you crossed '70s Nigerian highlife with LCD Soundsystem." —Pitchfork
Introducing 1990s anthems such as "Ironic," "You Oughta Know," and "Hand in My Pocket," Jagged Little Pill (1995) established Canadian singer-songwriter and Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette as an alternative rock icon. Diane Paulus (Waitress) directs this world premiere musical based on the groundbreaking album. The show's book is by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno).
A Gothic musical thriller based on Robert Louis Stevenson's novel of similar name, Jekyll & Hyde tells the story of London scientist Dr. Henry Jekyll, who creates a potion that turns him into a murderous alter ego dubbed Edward Hyde. As Hyde's violent rampage continues, Jekyll must figure out a way to stop the transformations before it results in deadly consequences for his fiancée Emma and a prostitute named Lucy, who has fallen for the doctor. Frank Wildhorn's soaring score features powerful and romantic songs including "This Is the Moment," "In His Eyes," "Someone Like You," and "A New Life."
Fourteen-year-old jazz piano prodigy Joey Alexander develops fresh takes on well-known tunes, combining them seamlessly with his own original compositions. His 2015 debut album, My Favorite Things, garnered two Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Instrumental Album and Best Improvised Solo, making him the youngest jazz artist ever nominated. He is touring with his trio in support of his latest record, Countdown.
"There are a number of good singers, a smaller handful of truly great singers, and then there's Johnny Mathis." - Barbra Streisand
A sublime vocalist whose approach to pop music eclipses passing fads and trends, Johnny Mathis has performed songs in an incredible variety of styles and categories, from music composed for stage and film to golden-era jazz standards, contemporary pop hits, and holiday music, all of which has assured his reputation as one of the most enduring vocalists in music history. Best known for supremely popular hits like "Chances Are," "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late," and "Misty," Mathis has recorded close to 80 albums and six Christmas albums, and he recently released his newest album, entitled Johnny Mathis Sings the Great New American Songbook.
America's preeminent progressive rock band, Kansas celebrates the 40th anniversary of their massive hit album Point of Know Return with a new national tour. The concert includes more than two hours of classic Kansas music, with the entire Point of Know Return album, hit songs, deep cuts, and fan favorites.
Containing the smash hit and million-selling single "Dust in the Wind," along with fan favorites such as "Portrait (He Knew)," "Closet Chronicles," and "Paradox," Point of Know Return peaked at number four on Billboard's album charts, reached sextuple-platinum status with more than six million copies sold, and had three Billboard Hot 100 singles.
Kansas has firmly established itself as one of America's iconic classic rock bands. Composing a catalog that includes 15 studio albums and five live albums, Kansas has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-platinum albums, one platinum live album, and two one-million-selling gold singles.
Internationally acclaimed kamancheh (Persian spiked fiddle) master Kayhan Kalhor and Turkish singer and bağlama (long-necked lute) virtuoso Erdal Erzincan blend ecstatic rhythms with sensual melodic phrases to create intensely spiritual and emotional music.
Two worlds collide in the Lincoln Center Theater production of this "breathtaking and exquisite" (The New York Times) musical directed by Bartlett Sher, a College of the Holy Cross graduate. One of Rodgers & Hammerstein's finest works, The King and I boasts a score that features such beloved classics as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello, Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance," and "Something Wonderful."
Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, The King and I is "too beautiful to miss" (New York).
5/20: Enhanced audio descriptive services provided by Audio Journal during the 1pm performance. 5/20: ASL interpretation will be offered at the 6:3
Late Nite Catechism is an uproarious piece of theater that takes audience members back to the children they once were. The irrepressible Sister teaches an adult catechism class to a room full of "students" (the audience). Over the course of the play, Sister goes from benevolent instructor, rewarding the students for correct answers with glow-in-the-dark rosaries and laminated saint cards, to authoritative drill sergeant. These abrupt mood swings are bound to strike a resonant chord with everyone who survived the ups and downs of going to school with an omniscient authoritarian at the helm.
Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Leonard Bernstein defined classical music and opera for a generation through his charisma as a conductor and composer for opera, symphony, and Broadway. In this special tribute commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth, Boston Lyric Opera artists perform works from throughout his canon, from vocal masterworks Trouble in Tahiti and Arias & Barcarolles, to beloved Broadway musicals as we survey the remarkable life and times of an American artist.
Letters From War will return to the stage for ONE NIGHT ONLY at North Shore Music Theatre on Saturday, May 12, as part of a benefit for the Alzheimer's Association.
Winner of three BroadwayWorld Awards, including Best Drama, this all-new musical version tells the story of Mae, an aging grandmother battling the advanced stages of Alzheimer's Disease in rural Mississippi. After years of living with her adult daughter, Lily, the time has come for Mae to receive professional care at a nearby nursing home. But when Madison, Mae's granddaughter, finds a mysterious box of letters, she must race against the clock to uncover the truth of her family's past before her grandmother's memories fade forever. Along with the help of an empathetic stranger, these multigenerational women embark on a mind-bending journey as they rediscover the meaning of love, loss, and the strength of family.
Following the performance will be a talkback with cast and creative team, raffle, and celebratory reception.
"Life is a banquet!"
Mame follows the madcap adventures of everyone's favorite auntie, Mame Dennis, and her adoring nephew. Surrounded by an eccentric cast of characters, she celebrates the Roaring Twenties, overcomes tragedy, and perseveres through life without missing a beat. Jerry Herman's delightful score is packed with musical favorites "Bosom Buddies," "We Need a Little Christmas," "Open a New Window," "Mame," "If He Walked Into My Life," and more. Brimming with optimism and zest, Mame will make you laugh while warming your heart!
Prepare to have the time of your life at Mamma Mia!
Sophie, a 20-year-old bride-to-be, is on the search for her father. After reading her mother's diary, she discovers there are three potential suitors. Unbeknownst to her mother, Donna, Sophie invites each of them to her wedding in hopes of having one of them walk her down the aisle. As the big day draws near, surprises abound with old flames and old friends.
Mamma Mia! is packed with 22 ABBA hits, including "Dancing Queen," "Super Trouper," "Take A Chance on Me," and "The Winner Takes It All." This worldwide megahit will have audiences shouting "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!" more!
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.
Step Afrika! triumphantly returns to Boston with The Migration, a multimedia powerhouse production that chronicles and celebrates the paths of the brave men and women who left the American South searching for better opportunities. Inspired by painter Jacob Lawrence's groundbreaking series about "The Great Migration," 18 performers transform the work into a textured, interdisciplinary movement piece incorporating South African gumboot, Western African dance, vocals, drumming, and audience participation.
Million Dollar Quartet is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. This show features a score of hits, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Folsom Prison Blues," and more.
Miss Holmes is a classic, timeless Sherlock Holmes mystery with one twist: Sherlock and Watson are women who have to negotiate the tricky political and social realities of 1880s England as they solve crimes. The game is afoot!
Monsieur Periné is one of the leading bands in Colombia's thriving new music scene. Their signature "swing a la Colombiana" blends 1930s Paris with the youthful spirit of modern Bogotá, mixing Django Reinhardt-inspired Gypsy jazz with cumbia, son, bolero, tango, and samba.
Experience the sweeping grandeur of Paris's most spectacular dance hall! Like the 2001 film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates popular music of the past 50 years. It features iconic songs from the movie as well as new hits released since.
Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) directs, with a book by Tony winner John Logan (Red) and choreography by Obie Award winner Sonya Tayeh (Kung Fu). The design team includes Tony-winning set designer Derek McLane, Tony-winning costume designer Catherine Zuber, Tony-winning sound designer Peter Hylenski, Tony-nominated lighting designer Justin Townsend, and Drama Desk Award-winning wig-and-hair designer David Brian Brown.
What happened to Mr. Joy? A Harlem community is shaken when Mr. Joy, a Chinese immigrant whose shoe repair shop has been a neighborhood pillar for decades, is the victim of an attack. Through the lens of Mr. Joy's customers, from the bubbly 11-year-old Clarissa (who captured everyone's heart in Daniel Beaty's Emergency) to the sincere and savvy "gangsta granny" Bessie, we learn the profound yet unassuming impact the shop owner has had on each of their lives. Playwright and ArtsEmerson Artist-in-Residence Daniel Beaty (Breath & Imagination, Emergency) returns with another moving reflection on transforming pain into power, this time through the virtuosic performance by acclaimed actress Adobuere Ebiama. A poignant, funny, and stirring solo piece, Mr. Joy invites us to consider how we respond to violence as individuals and as a community, and the power of the invisible ties that bind us all.
Benedick is never getting married. Not ever. And Beatrice can't imagine loving a man she can't tolerate! They might just be the perfect couple. While the villain Don Jon sows seeds of rumor and discord, the success of two noble marriages hinges on the hilarious efforts of local constables. Shakespeare's most frequently performed comedy is a joyous romp that sparkles with wit and romance.
Filmmaker Guido Contini is in the throes of an existential crisis as he is pressured to come up with his next great film idea. Haunted by his childhood and challenged by romantic struggles, Contini tries to maintain the balance between reality and his imagination.
Nine is a gripping, avant-garde drama full of romance, tension, and spectacle that cautions a life of notoriety as Contini navigates the tumultuous world of film and love. This Berklee Theater Arts Collaborative presentation features the 24-piece Musical Theater Orchestra and Ensemble highlighting a Tony Award-winning score written by Maury Yeston, and dramatic Fellini-style elements that seamlessly blend theater and film into a visceral and beautiful story.
X barks the spot in this all-new live tour! It's Pirate Day in Adventure Bay, and Mayor Goodway is getting everything shipshape for a big celebration! Just then, Ryder gets a call for help from Cap'n Turbot, who's fallen into a dark and mysterious cavern. It's Paw Patrol to the rescue! Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, and Zuma save Cap'n Turbot and discover a secret pirate treasure map that leads them on an epic adventure! Over land and on the high seas, the pups set out to find the treasure for Mayor Goodway so the celebration can go on. But things get ruff when Mayor Humdinger decides to find the treasure first for Foggy Bottom. The pups will need all paws on deck for this pirate adventure, including some help from the newest pup who's all ears: Tracker! Using their heroic rescue skills, problem solving, and teamwork, the pups set sail to save the day on this pirate-themed adventure.
It's a lovely day, and Peppa is playing outside with her friends. Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have a surprise for her and her younger brother George, but no matter how hard they try, they cannot guess what it is. Audiences will enjoy fun interactive games and, of course, many surprises! This live show encompasses the charming, colorful nature of the incredibly popular television series and features brand-new songs and life-size puppets that walk, talk, dance, and jump up and down to give audiences a unique, fully immersive theatrical experience from the moment the curtain opens.
Peter Pan, the high-flying Tony Award-winning musical, follows the adventures of Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell. One night, they visit the nursery of the Darling children. With a sprinkling of pixie dust, they all begin a magical journey across the stars they will never forget.
With its iconic score featuring songs like "I'm Flying," "I Gotta Crow," "I Won't Grow Up," and "Never Never Land," this fun classic will delight all ages. Peter Pan is the perfect show for the child in all of us!
The Piano Guys became an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original, self-made music videos. The group consists of just one piano player, Jon Schmidt, and one other instrumentalist, Steven Sharp Nelson, on cello. The duo are joined by producer and videographer Paul Anderson and music producer and songwriter Al van der Beek.
The Piano Guys have made over 65 videos, including an innovative 10-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful." Their spectacular videos have netted over 1.2 billion YouTube views and over 5.4 million subscribers. Currently, The Piano Guys have over 1.6 million Facebook fans who have shared videos like "Michael Meets Mozart," which features over 100 tracks of cello textures, including a deep bass drum sound created by tapping on the cello body; a shaker sound made by Nelson rubbing rosin on his bow; and a record-scratch noise caused by his scraping a quarter on the strings.
With a repertoire that crosses genres of classical, jazz, and golden-era pop music, Pink Martini draws inspiration from music from all over the world and performs in 22 languages. The self-proclaimed "little orchestra" is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Sympathique, its first and most popular album.
Rockin' Road to Dublin is the new sensation that combines the art of an Irish dance show and the power of a rock concert with the finish of a Broadway theatrical production. Starring world champion Irish dancers Scott Doherty and Ashley Smith, Rockin' Road to Dublin is a must-see spectacle.
The United States, 1953. The Cold War is on, and Ethel and Julius Rosenberg have been accused of espionage and sentenced to death. In this, perhaps the most famous spy case of the 20th century and in the lead-up to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings, the Rosenbergs' love affair broke bounds. Hailed in Denmark as "Best Opera of 2015," The Rosenbergs is adapted from the Rosenbergs' letters from jail. Through the lens of Joseph McCarthy's witch hunts, the work asks this question: "Would you die for love?"
Join master illusionist and winner of Penn & Teller: Fool Us Ivan Amodei on an epic journey to discover the secrets of life in his brand new stage show Secrets & Illusions.
Set on the dark and deserted streets of Paris, you'll enter the legendary Louvre Museum, where an enchanting musical muse escorts you through galleries, while Ivan uncovers life's greatest mysteries deep inside the priceless works of art, one dazzling illusion at a time. Watch someone face their greatest fears. Witness a person track down love in the most unexpected place, and another discover how the Laws of Attraction helps them find their purpose in life — might it be you?
It's a 90-minute spectacular which displays Ivan's signature style of thought-provoking vignettes, audience participation, and storytelling. Paired with his remarkable approach to illusion, it will ultimately inspire, encourage and motivate you to discover your purpose and your destiny.
Seen by over 10 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.
The spirited, romantic, and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family once again thrills audiences with its Tony, Grammy, and Academy Award-winning score, which includes "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss," and the title song. The Sound of Music features music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse inspired by The Story of the Trapp Family Singers by Maria Augusta Trapp. It enjoyed extraordinary success as the first live television production of a musical in over 50 years when The Sound of Music Live! aired on NBC in December, 2013, and was seen by over 44 million people. The year 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which remains the most successful movie musical in history.
In South Pacific, love transcends the harshness of war and prejudice. Set on a tropical island during World War Two, this sweeping tale is centered around two unlikely love affairs. The musical is based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific; it has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The beloved score includes "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha'i." The show's excellence earned it a staggering 17 Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Set in Louisiana in the 1980s, Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias is equally hilarious and heartwarming. At Truvy's beauty shop, six southern ladies gather each week to chat and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M'Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing crisis. Harling's play touches on love, loss, and enduring friendship.
Ed and his sons are celebrating the holidays in their traditional style. As Jake and Drew sit around eating Chinese takeout, playing games, and pranking each other, it quickly becomes apparent that something is wrong with their brother, Matt.
Straight White Men is a searing satirical comedy that fearlessly examines identity and questions the value of being straight white men.
Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after 22 years in the suburbs. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to comic and touching effect. This play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner A.R. Gurney looks into the complexities of love and commitment, asking what it truly means to be devoted to your partner…and how you choose between the love of your life and man's best friend.
Multiple Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard's latest project with E-Collective features layered grooves teeming with funk, R&B, and blues created by four young musical pioneers: guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist David "DJ" Ginyard Jr., and drummer Oscar Seaton.
Copresented with Crossroads Presents
Tinariwen, a Grammy-winning band of nomadic Tuaregs from the Sahara Desert in northern Mali, brings a rebellious sensibility to entrancing desert blues. A sensational live act, they electrify traditional Tuareg melodies with edgy blues, rock, pop, Berber, and Arabic influences, producing a gritty, hypnotic sound.
Career-driven Marlene has just landed the top job at a London employment agency over a male colleague. To celebrate, she hosts a lavish dinner with a group of famous and adventurous historical women who cheer the successes and bemoan the sacrifices required to be a "top girl" in a man's world. Caryl Churchill's groundbreaking masterpiece, originally a rebuke to Margaret Thatcher's England in the 1980s, remains just as relevant and powerful today.
What do you do if you're the last two Jews in Afghanistan? You rewrite the Torah, of course! Ishaq and Zeblyan are on a mission to save Judaism in Kabul by rebuilding their synagogue and keeping the faith alive — but only if they don't kill each other first. Jeremiah Kissel (Fiddler on the Roof) and Joel Colodner (Freud's Last Session) star in this vaudeville-inspired play, doing their best in a shtick-y situation.
A New Orleans ghost story pulled from the real-life experiences of playwright Tennessee Williams. Set in a French Quarter boarding house in the 1930s, this rarely produced work from the enigmatic author is considered one of his most autobiographical. Begun early in his career and completed towards the end, Vieux Carré is quintessential Williams, a masterfully crafted epic filled with hauntingly evocative imagery and characters.
Kapow! Galactic Girl fends off multiple dastardly villains. Woosh! She's home in time to feed her baby and maybe even herself. When the last superhero on earth is also a new mom, there's no time to lose. Can she save the planet and call back the pediatrician? Or will she fall victim to her archrival's nefarious schemes? From Lila Rose Kaplan (Home of the Brave) comes an epic, irresistible comedy for anyone who's ever had to be a superhero.
Risking everything to stand up for social justice, German college student Sophie Scholl courageously led the only major act of civil disobedience against Hitler and his fascist regime. Scholl's moral strength is tested while she is interrogated for her crimes, leading her to question whether to save her own life or continue her righteous crusade. Based on true events, We Will Not Be Silent is a provocative and timely new work that examines ordinary people in extraordinary times.
A soulful retelling of L. Frank Baum's beloved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz combines fairy-tale glamour with street smarts to make a classic fantasy relevant to the world today. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, The Wiz ingeniously mixes rock, gospel, and soul. Among its hit songs are "Ease on Down the Road," "A Brand New Day," and "Home."