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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 Devil and Billy Shake -- Rock Opera Oct 29  
Lynn Auditorium The Devil and Billy Shake -- Rock Opera
The Devil & Billy Shake returns to the Lynn Auditorium stage for one night only, featuring local rock legend Brian Maes -- who co-authored the music -- and a new Devil, Nick David. A lively mix of musical and rock concert, The Devil & Billy Shake is ultimately a tale of good versus evil with an original rockin' score. Kick up your heels at the latest version of this rock opera, which was created in the spirit of Tommy and The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Doubt Nov 2 - Nov 20, 2016  
Ocean State Theatre Doubt
John Patrick Shanley's Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Doubt brings a gripping swirl of suspicion and scandal to Warwick's Ocean State Theatre. In the Bronx in 1964, Sister Aloysius, the principal of a Catholic school, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects that young newcomer Father Flynn has sexually abused the school's first black student. As she wrestles with her doubts, she questions an idealistic young nun and the mother of the alleged victim. The 2008 film adaptation -- starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Viola Davis and Philip Seymour Hoffman -- earned Oscar nominations for all four actors. Don't miss this psychological drama as it closely examines the fine line between certainty and ambiguity, conviction and Doubt.
The Mystery of Edwin Drood Nov 3 - Nov 19, 2016  
Beatrice Herford's Vokes Theatre The Mystery of Edwin Drood
The winner of five Tony Awards when it played on Broadway, The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a riotous, interactive whodunit mystery that invites the audience to enter the action and play detective. Its tale of a mysterious murder in the small town of Chesterham, England derives from Charles Dickens' unfinished novel of the same name. Though Dickens died before he could finish the book, he left plenty of daffy, delightful suspects behind to sift through, and you and your fellow audience members will get to decide who the culprit is. Choices include Drood's leering romantic rival John Jasper, opium purveyor Princess Puffer, and the mysterious Landless twins. Vokes Players' production of this charming and inventive show with appeal for musical and mystery fans alike plays at the Beatrice Herford's Vokes Theatre in Wayland.
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).
The Marvelous Party Nov 4  
Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center The Marvelous Party
Noël Coward, Mediterranean-inspired h'ors d'oeuvres and pop soundtrack come together for a fabulous night at the Multicultural Arts Center. Bridge Repertory Theater's The Marvelous Party pairs each stanza of Coward's comedic work with a live piano cover of an iconic pop song. The poem I've Been to a Marvelous Party describes Coward's experience on the French Riviera and was first performed as part of the 1939 musical revue Set to Music. Fitting the theme, you'll enjoy a Mediterranean-style spread of passed appetizers and table stations, plus beer and wine will be available from a cash bar.
A Christmas Carol Nov 5 - Dec 31, 2016  
Trinity Repertory Company A Christmas Carol
As the holidays approach, bringing with them cheer and extra stress, celebrate the season with a family favorite that reminds us of the true spirit and magic of this special time. Dickens' holiday classic A Christmas Carol returns to Trinity Rep this year with artistic director Curt Columbus at the helm. Now a Rhode Island family tradition, watch as Ebenezer Scrooge -- a greedy, sour businessman infamous for his lack of Christmas cheer -- is visited by three ghosts and given the chance to examine his coldhearted ways. Share this joyous holiday favorite with the whole gang at Chace Theater.
James and the Giant Peach Nov 5 - Nov 6, 2016  
Stoneham Theatre James and the Giant Peach
You've seen getaway cars and getaway boats, but very rarely do you encounter a getaway fruit, especially one as large and as magical as the one in James and the Giant Peach. Only Roald Dahl, the man who created amazing characters like Willie Wonka, the B.F.G. and Matilda, could dream up a tale about an orphaned boy who escapes from his horrible aunts aboard an enormous enchanted peach. In this youth production of the enchanting musical adaption, you'll fly away with James and his charming crew of insect friends on their hilarious trans-Atlantic journey to the Big Apple. James, the wise Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm will entertain the entire family with their amazing adventures in this Advanced Young Company Ensemble performance of James and the Giant Peach at Stoneham Theatre.
How Soft the Lining Nov 5 - Nov 20, 2016  
Stanford Calderwood Pavilion How Soft the Lining
Set in the White House shortly after the assassination of our nation's 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, How Soft the Lining sheds light on the lives of Mary Todd Lincoln and her freed black seamstress, Elizabeth Keckly. Etching away the stigma so often associated with Mrs. Lincoln, this powerful play explores the friendship between the two women, forged in the wake of events that brought them together during such a pivotal point in our nation's history. Written by Kristen Greenidge, the playwright responsible for Milk Like Sugar and The Luck of the Irish, How Soft the Lining can be seen at Boston's Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
The Chronic Singles Handbook Nov 10 - Nov 13, 2016  
Outpost 186 The Chronic Singles Handbook
What do you do when you're an unmarried hypochondriac looking for love? If you're Randy Ross, the only way to shake things up is to travel the world -- and then document it with the hilarious one-man show The Chronic Singles Handbook. Journeying through Boston, Greece, South Africa and Southeast Asia, Ross shares his outrageous experiences from "One Day at the Curious Finger Body Spa" to learning how to say "Got Pepto-Bismol?" in three different languages. Join Ross at Cambridge's Outpost 186 as he uses his razor-sharp wit to examine the man's perspective on love, sex, marriage and massage parlors.
Peer Gynt Nov 10 - Nov 20, 2016  
Loeb Drama Center Peer Gynt
Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt is a fairy tale told in verse, blending poetry with social satire and realism with the surreal. Peer Gynt is the son of an impoverished farmer. Having disgraced himself at a local wedding by running away with the bride, he wanders in exile, pursuing a number of occupations from missionary to slave-trader to prophet and encountering trolls, sphinxes Bedouin tribesman and a variety of fanciful characters. Director Allegra Caldera's interpretation of this seldom-performed Ibsen classic plays with puppet-show imagery to create a wild and fanciful epic.
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."
An Inspector Calls Nov 11 - Nov 20, 2016  
Arlington Friends of the Drama An Inspector Calls
A knock on the door abruptly brings a celebratory dinner party to a close, when a determined police investigator shows up at the home of the Birling family to investigate the death of a young girl. As the inspector continues to ask one penetrating question after the next, this close-knit family begins to unravel -- and long-buried secrets surrounding the girl's death are slowly unearthed. This popular drawing room mystery by J.B. Priestley is a fascinating look into the world of the wealthy and an exciting whodunit that'll keep you guessing until the end. See if you can solve the mystery of An Inspector Calls at Arlington Friends of the Drama Theatre.
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.
Amadeus Nov 25 - Dec 17, 2016  
Boston Center for the Arts Amadeus
Filled with the glorious music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the psychological mystery Amadeus has played to thunderous applause the world over. The scene is set in Vienna, 178. The young Mozart can write an opera a week but can't control his exuberant giggling and notorious libido. Antonio Salieri -- until now the royal court's most lauded musician -- recognizes Mozart's genius, calling him "God's magic flute," and tries everything to subvert the success of this enfant terrible. But will Salieri's scheming include murder? Peter Shaffer's Amadeus won five Tony Awards on Broadway, including Best Play, and the 1984 film adaptation won eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Moonbox Productions presents this beloved masterpiece at the Boston Center for the Arts.
The Santaland Diaries Dec 2 - Dec 10, 2016  
Rogers Center for the Performing Arts The Santaland Diaries
A holiday hit around the country for over a decade now, The Santaland Diaries comes to the Rogers Center, bringing with it all the laughter you'll need to take the edge off your seasonal stresses. Written by best-selling humor writer David Sedaris, it's the story of Crumpet the Elf's adventures at Macy's and his wonderfully twisted take on shopping mall Santalands and the hired hands who populate them. Adapted for the stage by Tony-winning director-actor Joe Mantello (Wicked), this hilariously cynical solo show offers the perfect antidote to cloying holiday cheer.
The Nutcracker Dec 9 - Dec 18, 2016  
Strand Theatre The Nutcracker
Experience the magic of a holiday tradition as José Mateo Ballet Theatre brings its beloved production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker to the Strand Theatre for its 10th season. Get swept up in the fantastical story of Clara, who dreams that her toy nutcracker comes to life and takes her on an adventure to the Land of Sweets. Together they battle the evil Mouse King and dance with the Sugar Plum Fairy. This enchanting ballet is the perfect holiday treat and a great introduction for the whole family into the world of ballet.
The Cherry Orchard Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2016  
Boston University Theatre The Cherry Orchard
Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, his final and arguably greatest full-length play, is still as relevant today as it was when it opened at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904. A cherry orchard, retaining years of family memories within its blossoms and branches, is the pride and joy of the owners of an estate. However, it's about to be sold at auction unless delinquent property taxes are paid, but none of the landowners seem to be willing or able to grasp the gravity of the situation. With its daring and insightful assessment of mortgage, debt and bourgeois materialism in a changing socioeconomic climate, you can see why this tragicomedy truly was a revolutionary work. Experience the innovative talent of the next generation of theatre artists at this Boston University College of Fine Arts production of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard.
The Cradle Will Rock Dec 14 - Dec 18, 2016  
Boston Center for the Arts The Cradle Will Rock
Marc Blitzstein's musical The Cradle will Rock, coming to the stage at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts, is so timely and applicable to today's political situation that you'd never know it was originally staged over 75 years ago. The year is 1937, and corporations and churches are using their influence to shape laws. Unemployment is skyrocketing and millions of Americans are losing their homes. Rarely performed these days, the play follows one man's attempts to unionize one town's workers and combat the wicked businessman and his control over the town's factory, church and local press. This musical was originally considered so scandalous that the U.S. government tried to shut it down.
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.
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'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).