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Eight by Tenn Sep 2 - Oct 8, 2016  
Boston Center for the Arts Eight by Tenn
Acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams is widely known for full-length works like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, but he was also a prolific writer of one-act plays. Although they aren't performed often because of their brief runtimes, Williams considered his short plays to be some of his best work, saying, "The peak of my virtuosity was in the one-act plays. Some of which are like firecrackers on a rope." In Eight by Tenn at the Boston Center for the Arts' Plaza Theatre, Zeitgeist Stage opens their 16th season by presenting eight short plays written by the master dramatist: The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, Portrait of a Madonna, Auto-Da-Fe, This Property is Condemned, Something Unspoken, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot, The Unsatisfactory Supper, and The One Exception.
Company Sep 2 - Oct 9, 2016  
Lyric Stage Company of Boston Company
When composer Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods) decided to tackle relationships, marriage and the meaning of love with this show, the results were as epic and sweeping as one would expect. Bobby is a single man celebrating his 35th birthday in the company of his best friends, all of whom want to help him settle down and finally commit to something meaningful. Over the course of dinner, drinks and even a wedding, these characters will reflect on connections and commitments, shedding hysterical and insightful light on modern love. The original 1970 Broadway production of Company received 14 Tony Award nominations, winning six of them -- including Best Musical. See this modern makeover of the musical that includes popular songs like "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive" at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
Regular Singing Sep 3 - Sep 25, 2016  
New Repertory Theatre at Arsenal Center for the Arts Regular Singing
On the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the Apple family gathers to celebrate the life of an ailing relative: talking, eating, laughing, and singing. This slice-of-life snapshot shows how our family histories can intersect with the history of our country. Featuring the same cast of Boston-area favorites that audiences have adored in the first three Apple Family plays, Regular Singing is the triumphant conclusion to Richard Nelson's American epic.
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.
Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage Sep 8 - Oct 9, 2016  
Trinity Repertory Company Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage
Based on one of the most famous pieces of literature of all time, Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage is a raucous rock 'n' roll re-telling of the blood-soaked Old English poem. With music by Dave Malloy (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812), the swaggering hero Beowulf defends the great hall of Heorot against the monster Grendel, Grendel's mother, and a fire-breathing a panel of academics overanalyzes his every move. With music The New York Times called, "catchy and pop-infused with echoes of Tom Waits," Beowulf: A Thousand Years of Baggage is the epic legend seen in a visceral, brutal, and tender new light
The Return to Morality Sep 8 - Sep 25, 2016  
Central Square Theater The Return to Morality
There has never been a better time for The Return to Morality, a provocative comedy about the ways in which political attitudes can be radically altered by the media. After writing a bestselling treatise on how tweets and soundbites have turned political discourse into a culture of rage, left-leaning author Arthur finds himself a hero to the extreme right, who don't see it as satire. Playing the part to the hilt, Arthur transforms into the angry demagogue his new fans expect, a journey that takes him all the way to the Republican National Convention. But what will he lose along the way? Find out as The Return to Morality comes to Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
Marjorie Prime Sep 8 - Oct 9, 2016  
Central Square Theater Marjorie Prime
A Pulitzer Prize finalist from playwright Jordan Harrison (Orange Is the New Black), this touching drama tells a compelling story of memory, loss and love, exploring uncharted theatrical terrain in its tale of Marjorie, a clever 85-year-old woman who finds that her memory is failing. Residing in an assisted living facility, Marjorie enjoys frequent visits from her anxious daughter and kind son-in-law, as well as a hologram of her dead husband as he looked 50 years ago -- an experimental attempt to help reverse Marjorie's decline. Told through a series of shifting realities, this Central Square Theater production of Marjorie Prime poses thought-provoking questions about the nature of memory and reality in an age of artificial intelligence.
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.
Fancy Nancy the Musical Sep 24 - Oct 9, 2016  
Larcom Theatre Fancy Nancy the Musical
The simply fabulous little girl whose choice of wardrobe leans towards feather boas, fairy wings and fuzzy slippers, Fancy Nancy stars in her very own fun-filled musical for kids, complete with great songs, clever lyrics and valuable lessons. After a sold-out run at Arlington's Regent Theatre, Boston Children's Theatre brings this sparkling production to The Larcom Theatre. Based on the best-selling children's books by Jane O'Connor, Fancy Nancy the Musical follows the always-posh Nancy and her friends as they prepare for their very first school recital. Nancy is positive that she'll be selected for the lead. But when another girl wins the coveted role, Nancy's stuck playing a dreary tree. But no matter, she's determined to bring some of her signature ooh-la-la to the mundane role.
Jimmy Tingle For President Sep 24  
Cary Memorial Hall Jimmy Tingle For President
Between Donald Trump on the right and Hillary Clinton on the left, we have one candidate who is ready to stand with all the people -- and laugh!. Ladies and gentleman, let's welcome back Jimmy Tingle. The nationally known commentator and former humorist of Sixty Minutes II declares his platform for the 2016 campaign in his latest solo show, Jimmy Tingle For President. Because he has never held elected office and has virtually no legislative accomplishments, Jimmy Tingle is running on his comedic record. Come out and see for yourself when the campaign comes to Cary Memorial Hall in Lexington.
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.
Reefer Madness: The Musical Oct 7 - Oct 16, 2016  
Memorial Hall Reefer Madness: The Musical
In 1936, an anti-drug propaganda film called Reefer Madness was released, portraying the disasters that ensue when clean-cut kids fall prey to the evil drug marijuana. In the 1970s, the film was rediscovered and became a cult classic due to its over-the-top portrayal of the alleged dangers of smoking weed, which include death, destruction, madness and ... jazz. Inspired by the original film, this tongue-in-cheek musical comedy continues the hijinks in an even wackier form, memorializing the melodrama in songs that range from Broadway-style show-stoppers to swing tunes. Catch Reefer Madness: The Musical when it blows into Memorial Hall in Winthrop.
Sense and Sensibility Oct 14 - Oct 30, 2016  
Hibernian Hall Sense and Sensibility
Of all the romantic comedies ever written, those by Jane Austen are not only among the most romantic, but also the most fiercely and originally comic. And you've never seen Austen quite like this before. Her keen sense of humor and deep humanity shine at their brightest in Kate Hamill's playful adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, hailed as "the greatest stage adaptation of [Sense and Sensibility] in history" by The Huffington Post. Follow the Dashwood sisters -- practical, reserved Elinor and passionate and romantic Marianne -- as they discover that the course of love, though true, does not always go straight. Forced out of their family home by their father's death, Elinor relies on her common sense, while Marianne falls back on her feelings in dealing with their reduced circumstances. Catch this fresh, humorous and emotional adaptation at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury.
When January Feels Like Summer Oct 20 - Nov 13, 2016  
Central Square Theater When January Feels Like Summer
Presided over by the Hindu god Ganesh, a pair of teenagers become unexpected heroes, an immigrant accountant struggles with visibility and two stifled romantics begin to stumble toward each other during one strangely warm winter in Central Harlem. When January Feels Like Summer follows five colliding lives as a feeling of change hums in the air and the many flavors of desire saturate the streets, Metro stations and bodegas of the city. These characters learn to do more than meet their obstacles head-on -- they discover how to transcend them. Praised by The New York Times as an "engaging, buoyantly acted romantic comedy," When January Feels Like Summer is onstage at Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. Oct 21 - Nov 19, 2016  
Boston Center for the Arts Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.
The complex relations between words and women get a workout in the New England premiere of the acclaimed off-Broadway play Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. From an awkward dinner date to a family picnic in which knives are used to cut more than watermelon, Alice Birch's series of vignettes tackles current-day gender politics with pointed humor as they deconstruct everyday language to reveal the sexism roiling just beneath. Company One's 18th season gets off to a raucous start with their production of this New York Times Critics' Pick at Boston's Plaza Theatre.
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.
Equus Nov 4 - Nov 19, 2016  
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts Equus
Widely considered one of the great plays of our time, Equus ran for more than 1,200 performances on Broadway and won the Tony for Best Play. Written by Peter Shaffer, best known for penning the Tony-winning play (and later Oscar-winning movie) Amadeus, Equus examines the complex relationship between Alan Strang, a troubled teenager who adoes horses but has blinded six in a violent fit of passion, and Martin Dysart, the brilliant psychiatrist determined to treat him. But "treatment" becomes tricky as Dysart realizes that probing the boy's mind brings him face-to-face with his own scarred psyche. Ritualized worship and sexual ecstasy become interwoven in this theatrical masterpiece. Satisfy your curiosity when the show comes to Concord's Umbrella Center for the Arts, directed by Nancy Curran Willis (The Umbrella's Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2 and Bonnie and Clyde).
Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic Nov 12  
Tsongas Center Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic
Join Mickey, Minnie and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as they lead you through a doorway revealing glimpses of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic! Twenty-five of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella's rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second, watch the Toy Story gang set themselves free from the constraints of Andy's toybox with the help of the green army men, and thrill to the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst gorgeous floating lanterns. Snow White, Tinker Bell, Aladdin's Genie -- you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun in this grand show where you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination. Be at Tsongas Center in Lowell when the magic happens.
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'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).