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The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth Sep 30  
Rogers Center for the Performing Arts The Intergalactic Nemesis: Target Earth
In yet another example of nerds providing awesome entertainment, a sci-fi comic comes to life onstage as an irreverent vintage-style radio play in The Intergalactic Nemesis. As the action unfolds in colorful comic-book panels projected onto a giant screen, a trio of voice actors create dozens of characters, a Foley artist comes up with sound effects, and a keyboardist provides the dramatic score. Packed with pop-culture references, this gonzo homage to fantasy tropes is cool for your whole crew, no matter the age, and follows three adventurers battling to save the earth from a race of alien sludge monsters. Conan O'Brien is a huge fan of this company, while The Austinist described it as "totally nuts and a ton of fun." This creative company's also been featured on NPR, PBS and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post, which deemed its limited Broadway run "Great fun! [A] happily retro multimedia extravaganza."
Disenchanted! Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2016  
The Bushnell Disenchanted!
Forget the mild-mannered princesses you think you know -- Disenchanted! brings you the real story behind your favorite fairy-tale characters. This wickedly funny musical ditches the poison apples and glass slippers for a hilariously subversive dose of reality from Snow White and her posse of royal renegades. Disenchanted! lets them reimagine themselves as real women who are totally over being objectified. Set to a pop-inspired score, these sassy leading ladies poke fun at pop culture stereotypes and stomp all over gender roles. Imagine Disney Princess crossed with Bridesmaids. This critically acclaimed musical -- it was nominated for a 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a 2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical -- comes to The Bushnell in Hartford.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical Sep 30 - Oct 9, 2016  
Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical
Based on the 1994 hit film, Priscilla is a glitzy dance party with wildly outrageous costumes and a hit parade of dance floor favorites including "It's Raining Men"," I Will Survive"," Hot Stuff" and "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun." This fresh and funny musical is a journey to the heart of FABULOUS!
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.
Uncanny Valley Oct 6 - Oct 23, 2016  
Stoneham Theatre Uncanny Valley
If last summer's sleeper hit Ex Machina and this summer's Morgan are any indication, humans are getting closer than ever to developing lifelike robots with artificial intelligence ... or at least developing full-blown paranoia about its implications. In Uncanny Valley, Thomas Gibbons' thought-provoking new play at Stoneham Theatre, researchers have developed a means of extending the human lifespan through A.I. (the "uncanny valley" refers to the discomfort people feel when confronted by objects that look and move almost but not quite like real humans). But as Claire, a neuroscientist, charts her relationship with a non-biological human named Julian, a painful divide is discovered. Ultimately, Claire must come face to face with her creation -- and is shocked to discover just who's staring back at her.
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.
Laura Oct 7 - Oct 22, 2016  
Quannapowitt Players Theater Laura
Laura has the charms to seduce any man, even the detective investigating her murder. As the tough, respected NYPD detective gets to know Laura through the three men who loved her -- the mentor, the fiancé and the infatuated music student -- he finds himself drawn to the portrait of this beautiful, elegant, ambitious and mysterious figure. The murder mystery twists and turns as you grapple with who was really murdered, who did it and why. The engaging and perplexing tale of Laura comes to Quannapowitt Players Theater in the Boston area.
Good Oct 8 - Oct 30, 2016  
New Repertory Theatre at Arsenal Center for the Arts Good
How does a good man turn toward the unthinkable? In 1930s Germany, Professor John Halder, played by Michael Kaye (Broken Glass, Amadeus, Opus), writes a novel about compassionate euthanasia, drawing the attention of the Nazi Party. Despite his own misgivings and the pleadings of his Jewish friend Maurice, John is tempted by the changing world around him. In this expressionistic play with music, C.P. Taylor poses questions that remain all too familiar in today's political landscape.
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.
Shatner's World Oct 16  
Lynn Auditorium Shatner's World
Beloved TV icon, singer and internationally known movie star William Shatner has made his mark on pop culture over the course of his nearly 60-year career. Now, Shatner is beaming down to the Lynn Auditorium for his one-man show Shatner's World: We Just Live In It, in which the iconic raconteur and Renaissance man takes the audience on a voyage through his life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to international fame as Star Trek's Captain Kirk and beyond. Known for his one-of-a-kind persona and expansive body of work, Shatner will utilize his signature storytelling, video clips and inimitable musical chops to explore the one man worthy of such a show -- himself.
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.
Murph Oct 20 - Oct 29, 2016  
Studio 52 Murph
It's 1991, and Bill Clinton will soon be sworn into office as the 42nd president of the United States. In Boston, state representative Kevin Murphy -- "Murph" to his friends -- discovers that the president-elect is planning to offer an ambassadorship to the current mayor of Boston, which will set off a political scramble to find his successor. As Murph plots to make a play for the job, his two most loyal staffers, Katie and Gary, weigh the personal costs of this high stakes political gambit. They must also contend with Seth, a savvy and aggressive political consultant hired by Murph to assess his and his team's weaknesses and ferret out any skeletons in their closets. Big ambitions, dark secrets and plenty of spin abound in Murph, coming to the stage at Studio 52 in Allston.
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.
Akeelah and the Bee Oct 21 - Nov 20, 2016  
Wheelock Family Theatre Akeelah and the Bee
Based on the beloved film starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, Akeelah and the Bee tells the story of a spunky 11-year-old girl whose razor-sharp mind just might take her all the way from the Chicago projects to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Now you can experience this spellbinding story at Boston's Wheelock Family Theatre, in a spirited production that celebrates diversity, friendship and the triumph of the human spirit. Inspiring, touching, funny and suspenseful in equal doses, Akeelah and the Bee is a must-see for theater-goers of all ages.
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 11  
The Hanover Theatre 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 & 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 Worcester's Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts when the magic happens.
The Man in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash Nov 11  
Larcom Theatre The Man in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash
Get ready for a crowd-pleasin' musical tribute to a true American original -- the late, great Johnny Cash. From "Walk the Line" and "Ring of Fire" to "Folsom Prison Blues" and beyond, you'll hear all of the legendary country singer-songwriter's biggest hits performed live when The Man in Black: A Tribute to Johnny Cash hits the Larcom Theatre stage in Beverly. The show is anchored by the mesmerizingly authentic performance of Shawn Barker, a preeminent Johnny Cash tribute artist with an uncanny resemblance to an in-his-prime Cash. No wonder Johnny Cash's longtime drummer WS "Fluke" Holland called the show "amazing," proclaiming that The Man in Black looks and sounds "the way The Johnny Cash Show [did] back in the 1960s."
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.
Journey to the West Nov 25 - Dec 31, 2016  
Central Square Theater Journey to the West
Enter the ancient, mystical dreamscape of Journey to the West, an epic stage adaptation of the Chinese legend of a Buddhist monk who must travel from China to India in search of sacred scriptures. The intrepid hero Tripitaka is joined on his quest by a rambunctious monkey, an insatiable pig and a fearsome river monster, brought to life through puppetry, lyrical beauty and passionate acting. Full of spectacle, comedy, adventure and even satire, Journey to the West by Tony-winner Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses, Candide) brings grand adventure to Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
Matchless and The Happy Prince Nov 25 - Dec 31, 2016  
Central Square Theater Matchless and The Happy Prince
In this family-friendly performance at Boston's Central Square Theater, skilled puppeteers bring to life two stories of magic, community and love. In Matchless, Gregory Maguire -- author of the bestselling Wicked -- reimagines Hans Christian Andersen's classic The Little Match Girl from the perspective of another impoverished child lost in the snow. In Oscar Wilde's The Happy Prince, a lonely swallow and a bejeweled statue work together to help the impoverished residents of a small village. These heartwarming tales, intimately staged with both actors and puppets, are a perfect way to celebrate the values the holiday season is all about.
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).