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A Ride on the Irish Cream Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2017  
Oberon A Ride on the Irish Cream
 
In this fresh and surprising new musical, a live band and swath of carpet become the space to explore the thrills and terrors of a relationship between a conceited, self-made girl and her family's pontoon boat. They're in love, but as their relationship is tested by dust ruffles, sex for money, severe storms and a secret cellar, they find that the only way to stay together is to remember all the parts of themselves their bodies tried to forget. Written and created by Erin Markey, this way-out-there musical was praised by Time Out New York for its "passionate soul [that] sweeps us into its headlong, crazy gallop." Take A Ride on the Irish Cream with this American Repertory Theater production on the stage of Oberon in Cambridge.
 
   
Precious Little Mar 2 - Mar 26, 2017  
Central Square Theater Precious Little
 
Brodie, a 40-something linguist, learns that her unborn baby might have a genetic abnormality that would prevent the child from ever learning language. In Madeleine George's irreverent and charming play Precious Little, Brodie's unable to get comfort from her girlfriend and finds it, instead, with the elderly speaker of a vanishing language and a gorilla at the zoo. These unlikely confidants teach her what "communication" really means. Filled with humor, irony and memorable characters, this evocative exploration of beauty and the limits of language comes to the Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
 
   
Dear Elizabeth Mar 3 - Mar 26, 2017  
Umbrella Center for the Arts Dear Elizabeth
 
Dear Elizabeth follows the beautiful and bittersweet friendship between real-life poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, both poets laureate of the United States in the late 1940s. Across oceans and continents, over the course of three decades, the two artists found a true marriage of the minds that played out in their many vibrant, witty and passionate letters, which now spring to life in this performance by Concord's Umbrella Center for the Arts. This moving tale of love and longing paints an intimate portrait of two extraordinary -- yet also quite ordinary -- lives, translated for the theater by celebrated playwright Sarah Ruhl (The Clean House).
 
   
Sunset Boulevard Mar 3 - Mar 19, 2017  
Arlington Friends of the Drama Sunset Boulevard
 
Hollywood noir meets Broadway razzle-dazzle in Sunset Boulevard, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation of Billy Wilder's classic film. Arlington Friends of the Drama brings to life the dramatic story of Norma Desmond, a fading star of the silent film era who has retreated to her decaying mansion to live in the past. When the ambitious young screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles into her world, she sees an opportunity to make her big comeback, and he sees an opportunity to make a quick buck. As their relationship becomes increasingly complicated, Joe finds himself on a crash course to disaster that can only end in murder and madness. The original Broadway production claimed seven Tony Awards in 1995, including Best Musical, and features memorable songs such as "With One Look" and "As If We Never Said Goodbye."
 
   
Sister Anonymous Mar 3 - Mar 18, 2017  
Boston Center for the Arts Sister Anonymous
 
Alcoholics Anonymous is considered one of the most successful self-help movements of the modern world. But what if the dynamic founding duo -- Dr. Bob and Bill Wilson -- were compelled by an unrecognized third person? Local playwright Catherine M. O'Neill's drama Sister Anonymous tells her story. Watch a hidden woman's tale come to light at Boston Center for the Arts - Plaza Black Box.
 
   
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.
 
   
Circus 1903 Mar 8 - Mar 12, 2017  
Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Circus 1903
 
Travel back in time to The Golden Age of Circus in Circus 1903, an innovative new spectacular from the producers of the smash-hit magic show The Illusionists and the award-winning puppeteers behind Broadway's War Horse. Audiences of all ages will thrill as innovative puppetry bring to life history's largest performing African elephant and her baby, while electrifying circus acts from around the world perform dazzling feats. Acrobats soar through the air; contortionists fold their bodies into impossible shapes; strongmen perform Herculean feats; and much more. Come see all the vintage charm and excitement at the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston.
 
   
Silent Sky Mar 10 - Mar 25, 2017  
Arsenal Center for the Arts Silent Sky
 
A period drama about feminism, scientific advancement and the fight to cement one's legacy in the face of adversity, Silent Sky is set in the early 1900s and follows real-life Cambridge astronomer Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. The women are kept behind the scenes and are told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. Presented by Watertown's Flat Earth Theatre, Silent Sky examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression, when a woman's ideas were dismissed until a man could claim credit for them. See it now at the Mosesian Center for the Arts (formerly known as the Arsenal Center for the Arts).
 
   
Mrs. Packard Mar 12 - Apr 9, 2017  
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center Mrs. Packard
 
The year is 1861 in Illinois and Elizabeth Packard has just been deemed insane by her husband. Forced into an insane asylum against her will, Elizabeth must fight for her life while also attempting to change a cruel and unjust institutional system. Inspired by true events, Emily Mann's powerful drama, Mrs. Packard, gives a harrowing account of one's woman strength and resilience. Following a critically acclaimed production of The Libertine in 2013, Bridge Rep and Playhouse Creatures join forces once again to bring Mrs. Packard to the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge.
 
   
Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras on Parade Features Nearly 500 Young Musicians Mar 12  
Boston Symphony Hall Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras on Parade Features Nearly 500 Young Musicians
 
Be there when a joyful celebration of music, children, families and fun fills Boston Symphony Hall for the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras On Parade. Featuring 494 young musicians, the event is hosted and narrated by Christoper Tarjan, who narrated last year's performance of Profokiev's Peter and the Wolf, introducing audience members to the various instruments of the orchestra and what it means to be a performing musician. The concert culminates with a performance of Benjamin Britten's The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra from BYSO's most advanced orchestra.
 
   
Facing Exclusion Mar 17 - Mar 18, 2017  
Paramount Center Facing Exclusion
 
A timely new one-woman show, Facing Exclusion sheds light on the lives of two remarkable Chinese-American immigrants: Harry H. Dow, the first Chinese-American to practice law in Massachusetts, and Tien Fu Wu, a former child servant turned San Francisco missionary. Christina R. Chan writes, directs and performs this piece, which marks the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act. This ArtsEmerson program will also feature a farce written by Dow and Unbinding our Lives, which brings to life the words of three historical Chinese-American women. Afterward, the audience will be invited to join in a conversation about immigration.
 
   
The Real Inspector Hound Mar 18 - Apr 2, 2017  
Boston Center for the Arts The Real Inspector Hound
 
One of the premier playwrights of his generation, Tom Stoppard (Arcadia, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead) hilariously dissects Agatha Christie-style locked-room mysteries in The Real Inspector Hound. Drawing on his personal experience as a theater critic, Stoppard weaves a brilliant play within a play, in which two critics reviewing yet another manor house murder story unwittingly become a part of the action. Soon, the walls between reality and fiction begin to blur. It's all pulled off with Stoppard's trademark wit as he examines fate and free will with an absurdist touch in this production at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
 
   
Franklin Mar 23 - Apr 2, 2017  
Boston Playwrights' Theatre Franklin
 
The new drama Franklin explores the ill-fated expedition to the North Pole in 1845. The explorers were seeking the Northwest Passage but instead found ice, starvation and insanity. Now, a modern-day archaeologist has been searching for the second ship in the expedition, but after three years, time is running out. The mystery only deepens in this work written by Samantha Noble and directed by Stephanie LeBolt.
 
   
The Lion in Winter Mar 24 - Apr 8, 2017  
Quannapowitt Players Theater The Lion in Winter
 
The witty historical drama The Lion in Winter brings England's King Henry II and his family to raucous life. It's 1183 and royals Henry, his estranged wife Eleanor and their three grown sons, Richard, Geoffrey and John, gather at their winter palace for gifts, games and as much blood-letting as the Christmas holiday will allow. With questions of succession in the air, all three sons jockey to be named Henry's heir. Manipulation and intrigue abound in this lively script by James Goldman that was famously adapted into a film starring Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole, Anthony Hopkins and Timothy Dalton. Now, The Lion in Winter returns to the stage in an exciting new production at the Quannapowitt Players Theater in Reading.
 
   
42nd Street Mar 24 - Mar 26, 2017  
Providence Performing Arts Center 42nd Street
 
A hit right from its 1980 Broadway debut, 42nd Street shines a spotlight on an inexperienced young chorus girl who finds herself stepping into the star's tap shoes to make the show a success. It's a quintessential backstage musical comedy, American Dream story and song-and-dance fable all rolled into one Broadway classic. Set during the Great Depression, 42nd Street is filled with famous tunes, including "We're In the Money," "I Only Have Eyes For You," "Lullaby of Broadway" and the title song. See it when it comes to The Providence Performing Arts Center.
 
   
Play On: Music That Moves Us Mar 25 - Apr 1, 2017  
Boston Center for the Arts Play On: Music That Moves Us
 
Music has always played an important role in the world, helping to tell countless stories about people, places and memorable moments in history. If you know a young music lover, this family-friendly show is the perfect way to get them up, dancing and singing while learning about famous musicians and the music that moves us. Make your way to the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts for Bad Habit Productions' inventive and interactive Play On: Music That Moves Us, a fun exploration of music throughout the decades.
 
   
Gay Shorts Mar 30 - Apr 1, 2017  
Club Cafe Gay Shorts
 
Prolific playwright George Smart presents eight short plays taking you on journeys through the pangs of gay adolescence, the treacherous waters of relationships and cross-cultural miscommunication. Funny, relevant, irreverent and everything in between, these plays span an incredible breadth of emotions and share relatable stories you won't want to miss at Boston's Club Cafe. This show may not be suitable for those age 9 or younger.
 
   
Gypsy Mar 31 - Apr 8, 2017  
Loeb Drama Center Gypsy
 
There's a reason why actresses like Ethel Merman, Patti LuPone, Tyne Daly and Bette Midler have wanted to play the mother of all musical roles. Gypsy is that good. Even The New York Times says it "may be the greatest of all American musicals." Only an epic this grand could capture the real-life Rose, the ultimate stage mom, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to see one of them leave it all behind to become a burlesque sensation. With a book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Funny Girl) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), this timeless favorite boasts classic crowd-pleasing songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch this always emotional and engaging show, via a Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club production at Loeb Drama Center.
 
   
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.
 
   
Paradise Apr 6 - Apr 16, 2017  
Central Square Theater Paradise
 
In Paradise, Yasmeen, a Muslim-American teenager in the Bronx, meets with her teacher Dr. Royston, a mysterious scientist forced to teach high school biology. If she salvages her perfect score, she can claim her independence -- pursue her passion for science while honoring her cultural traditions. An unlikely, inspired partnership is created and adolescent romantic love is investigated. Clashes arise out of their conflicts over religion, science and mentorship as both teacher's and student's lives are transformed forever. Produced by the Underground Railway Theater, Paradise plays at Cambridge's Central Square Theater.
 
   
Promises, Promises Apr 7 - Apr 22, 2017  
The Footlight Club at Eliot Hall Promises, Promises
 
Take one of Jack Lemmon's most loved films, add a dash of Mad Men-style corporate intrigue and shake vigorously with music by Burt Bacharach. What do you get? Neil Simon's charming musical comedy Promises, Promises. Based on the '60s hit movie The Apartment, it's the story of Chuck Baxter, a junior employee at the Consolidated Life Insurance Company who has big dreams, and an unorthodox idea for making them come true: By lending his superiors the keys to his apartment for discrete trysts with their lovers. Packed with stylish dancing and memorable sing-along songs such as "I'll Never Fall in Love Again," not to mention Simon's razor-sharp dialogue, Promises, Promises is a must-see at Eliot Hall in Jamaica Plain.
 
   
Barnum Apr 8 - Apr 30, 2017  
Boston Center for the Arts Barnum
 
The big top circus was the creation of Phineas Taylor Barnum, a consummate showman who wasn't above creating a tall tale or two to entertain the crowds and make a buck. The musical Barnum delves into the life of this unique personality from inside the center ring of his own circus. You'll marvel as the play tells Barnum's tale, complete with the many famous characters he introduced to the world, all set to toe-tapping ballads, dazzling marches and ragtime tunes composed by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart. Don't miss this Moonbox Productions presentation of the dazzling Barnum at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts. This show is approximately two hours long, with one intermission, and is recommended for ages 8 and older.
 
   
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.
 
   
One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest Apr 15 - Apr 30, 2017  
Boston Center for the Arts One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest
 
The line between faking insanity and being insane proves too fine for Randle P. McMurphy in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Before it was adapted into an Oscar-winning movie, Ken Kesey's novel was made into a Tony-winning stage play. McMurphy thinks he's pulled a fast one by feigning insanity to get out of a prison sentence. But instead of resting up at the state mental hospital, he finds himself going toe-to-toe with the controlling Nurse Ratched. Now the pre-professional training students of Boston's Children's Theatre will perform this emotional and thought-provoking drama at the Boston Center for the Arts' Plaza Theatre.
 
   
My Fair Lady Apr 20 - Apr 29, 2017  
Rogers Center for the Performing Arts My Fair Lady
 
Set during the suffragette movement, this musical classic from Broadway's Golden Age explores class distinctions and women's rights with a little bit of steampunk style added in. On a wager, a professor sets out to transform a lower-class flower girl into a high-class society lady. Months of hard work are rewarded when the pupil passes the test, but things take an unexpected turn when her independent streak shines through. With its winning story and unforgettable music, My Fair Lady at Rogers Center for the Arts will have you falling in love with Eliza all over again.
 
   
Lost in Yonkers May 5 - May 21, 2017  
Walpole Footlighters Playhouse Lost in Yonkers
 
In classic comedies like The Odd Couple, The Sunshine Boys and Plaza Suite, Neil Simon tickled audiences' funny bones -- but in Lost in Yonkers, he touched their hearts. Winner of four Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, Lost in Yonkers finds Simon at his best, spinning a great story with memorable characters that make you laugh and make you care. Set in 1942 New York, this nostalgic memory play focuses on two young brothers left in the care of their formidable grandmother for the longest 10 months of their lives. The old woman is anything but affectionate, and the rest of the family -- including their sweet, simple-minded Aunt Bella and small-time gangster Uncle Louie -- suffer under her tyrannical rule, until tensions build toward a climactic confrontation. Don't miss the Walpole Footlighters Playhouse production of this classic of American theater.
 
   
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).