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The Meaning of Life According to Grease Jul 26  
Davis Square Theater The Meaning of Life According to Grease
 
The Walking Dead, Grease, and poet Mary Oliver offer distinctly different forms of entertainment for audiences. However, in this play, all offer the same kind of advice for struggling millennial Greg. In this hilarious one-hour show, creators Greg Josselyn and Augusta Alban relive their own experiences of the pains and gains of growing up through the main character Greg and his desperate quest to unlock the meaning of life. Drawing inspiration from the popular '70s movie musical, the hit AMC television show and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, The Meaning of Life According to Grease will have audience members laughing as they relate to the emotionally painful parts of becoming an adult. See the show at Somerville's Davis Square Theatre, where you'll also find a very special mystery guest. Who knows, perhaps a Walking Dead zombie will make an appearance in the flesh?
 
   
The Aristocats Kids Aug 5 - Aug 7, 2016  
Stoneham Theatre The Aristocats Kids
 
In this jazz-filled feline musical, inspired by the classic Disney animated film The Aristocats, life is full of fun, singing and swinging for this bunch of hep cats, dogs, geese and a mouse living in Paris. But when Madame makes it known that her beloved cats will inherit her fortune, their lives take an unexpected turn. Madame's jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and dumps them in the countryside. Luckily, an alley cat named Thomas O'Malley and his ragtag posse come to their rescue. Tap your feet and rock along with this youthful cast of performers -- ages 9 through 15 -- to Disney favorites "The Aristocats," "Scales and Arpeggios" and "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" at Stoneham Theatre.
 
   
The Dinosaur Musical Aug 5 - Aug 7, 2016  
Stoneham Theatre The Dinosaur Musical
 
This family-friendly musical adored by fossils and protohumans alike finds the dinosaur kingdom at peace, thanks to the Treaty of Meat between herbivores and carnivores. The peace among dinosaurs breaks when the wise king of the tyrannosauruses dies and his dim-witted son Quincy takes over. King Quincy leads the tyrannosauruses on a rampage, forcing the other dinosaurs to band together to save their species from extinction. This youth production by the young company at Stoneham Theatre teaches the power of cooperation and teamwork, featuring action, rebellion and a lot of spaghetti.
 
   
A Man of No Importance Aug 6 - Aug 28, 2016  
Bad Habit Productions at Boston Center for the Arts A Man of No Importance
 
Come celebrate the tumultuous joys of live theater with A Man of No Importance, a musical from the same team behind the Tony-winning smash Ragtime. Set in 1960s Dublin, the musical follows an amateur theater group and their leader, a bus driver who's determined to stage Oscar Wilde's Salome at his church -- despite objections from church authorities. At the core of this funny musical is an emotional storyline about family, friendship and the redemptive power of live theater. Now presented at Boston's Calderwood Pavilion, this compelling story by playwright Terrence McNally brims with passion and humor, and features a gorgeous score of Irish-inspired music.
 
   
Lucky Stiff Sep 8 - Sep 25, 2016  
Stoneham Theatre Lucky Stiff
 
As a recipe for non-stop laughs, it's hard to top the winning concoction of slamming doors, mistaken identities and $6 million in diamonds, not to mention a corpse in a wheelchair. Fortunately, all of those ingredients and more are mixed into Lucky Stiff, a musical soufflé that will no doubt leave you comically satisfied. The story revolves around an unassuming shoe salesman who's forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. If he succeeds in passing his uncle off as alive, he stands to inherit millions. If he gets caught, the money will be donated to charity -- or land in the hands of the casino owner's gun-toting wife. Written by Tony Award-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Rocky, Seussical, Ragtime), this musical-murder mystery-farce takes the stage at the Stoneham Theatre.
 
   
The Wild Party Sep 23 - Oct 9, 2016  
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts The Wild Party
 
It's the Roaring '20s and Queenie, a vaudeville siren, has grown tired and resentful of her relationship with Burrs, a clown. To get back into the swing of things (and to get back at the violent Burrs), she decides to throw a party. But as their friends start to tumble in and the booze flows freely, the decadent evening turns increasingly dark and deadly. Written by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family), The Wild Party captures the verve and violence of the Jazz Age. See this bold and provocative show now at the Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord.
 
   
Carmen Sep 23 - Oct 2, 2016  
Boston Opera House Carmen
 
Probably the world's most popular opera, brimming with lust, jealousy, drama and even death, Georges Bizet's Carmen revolves around a beautiful but hot-tempered Spanish gypsy girl who seduces a young corporal named Don José. The naive young man gives up everything for the femme fatale -- he leaves his sweetheart, rebels against his superiors and joins a gang of smugglers. But when Carmen tires of him and moves on to a bullfighter, Don José is driven to exact violent revenge. This provocative co-production with Boston Lyric Opera and San Francisco Opera, set in 1970s Spanish North Africa, is produced by acclaimed provocateur Calixto Bieito. The famed score from the French composer features instantly recognizable music like Carmen's "Habanera," "The Toreador Song" and more, while the role of Carmen is played by Jennifer Johnson Cano, who's been hailed by The New York Times for her "attention-grabbing dark mezzo." Experience this fresh, modern version of Carmen, sung in French with English supertitles, at Boston Opera House.
 
   
Jersey Boys Oct 4 - Oct 16, 2016  
Boston Opera House Jersey Boys
 
"Too good to be true!" raves the New York Post for Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30! Jersey Boys features their hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "Oh What a Night" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." "The crowd goes wild!" cheers The New York Times.
 
   
An American in Paris Oct 25 - Nov 6, 2016  
Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre An American in Paris
 
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, An American in Paris blends director Christopher Wheeldon's Tony Award-winning choreography with show-stopping Gershwin tunes as it tells the romantic post-war tale of an American soldier and a mysterious French girl. The results garnered the stirring new musical four Tony Awards following a Broadway debut that Variety called "an enchanting... and deeply moving experience." Dubbed "A masterpiece!" by The Wall Street Journal, An American in Paris will make you swoon as it comes to Boston for a run at Citi Performing Arts Center's Wang Theatre.
 
   
Vertigo Dance Company Oct 29 - Oct 30, 2016  
Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre Vertigo Dance Company
 
Vertigo is an Israeli dance company that has drawn international acclaim for both its bold artistic innovations and its commitments to social responsibility, sustainability and diversity. Lauded by the New York Times for their "high-voltage dancing and eye-catching designs," this unique and groundbreaking dance company turns its focus inward for its latest program. Vertigo 20 is a reflection on the progress and development of Vertigo Dance Company and its output over the past two decades. Get your tickets now with this special pre-sale offer and prepare to experience this introspective and contemplative piece at the Citi Performing Arts Center in Boston.
 
   
The Sound of Music Dec 28 - Jan 1, 2017  
The Hanover Theatre The Sound of Music
 
Three-time Tony Award winner Jack O'Brien directs a lavish new production of one of the world's most beloved musicals, The Sound of Music. Last year marked the 50th anniversary of the film version, which remains the most successful movie musical in cinematic history, and you can keep the celebration going by seeing this gorgeously produced show live on stage at Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Hanover. Get swept away by the romance, touching family story and heartbreaking drama of the musical story of Maria and the Von Trapp family, featuring such Rodgers & Hammerstein classics as "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and, of course, the enchanting title track. Get your tickets now with this special Goldstar presale.
 
   
Something Rotten! Jan 17 - Jan 29, 2017  
Boston Opera House Something Rotten!
 
Something Rotten! is Broadway's big, fat hit! (New York Post). Set in 1595, this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write a hit play. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL! With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is The Producers + The Book of Mormon x The Drowsy Chaperone. Squared! (New York Magazine).
 
   
Cabaret Jan 31 - Feb 12, 2017  
Boston Opera House Cabaret
 
Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd--and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including "Cabaret," "Willkommen" and "Maybe This Time." Right this way, your table's waiting at Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb And Joe Masteroff's Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.
 
   
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time Mar 7 - Mar 19, 2017  
Boston Opera House The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
 
Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
 
   
The Illusionists - Live From Broadway Apr 4 - Apr 9, 2017  
Boston Opera House The Illusionists - Live From Broadway
 
This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists - Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
 
   
The King And I Apr 11 - Apr 23, 2017  
Boston Opera House The King And I
 
Set in 1860's 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.
 
   
Mamma Mia! May 30 - Jun 4, 2017  
Boston Opera House Mamma Mia!
 
A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives!
 
   
Wicked Jun 7 - Jul 23, 2017  
Boston Opera House Wicked
 
Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin, is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete—and completely satisfying—new musical in a long time” (USA Today).
 
   
Finding Neverland Aug 8 - Aug 20, 2017  
Boston Opera House Finding Neverland
 
Finding Neverland is Broadway's biggest new hit and the winner of Broadway.com's Audience Choice Award for Best Musical! This breathtaking smash "captures the kid-at-heart" (Time Magazine). Vogue cheers, "it's a must-see you'll remember for years to come!" Directed by visionary Tony winner Diane Paulus, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is "far and away the best musical of the year!" (NPR).