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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.
 
   
Altar Boyz Mar 23 - Apr 9, 2017  
Stoneham Theatre Altar Boyz
 
Get ready to sing the praises of this off-Broadway musical comedy sensation about a fictitious Christian boy band that sets out to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Filled with angelic voices, sinfully spectacular dancing and plenty of pointed parody, Altar Boyz finds the five-member group finally hitting the big time with their latest concert. But the boys are worried that their pious pop act -- filled with songs like "Girl You Make Me Wanna Wait" and "Jesus Called Me On My Cell Phone" -- might not go over as well with sophisticated city folk. Don't miss this full-length, all-singing, all-dancing production of Altar Boyz at the Stoneham Theatre.
 
   
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.
 
   
Pippin Mar 30 - Apr 2, 2017  
The Hanover Theatre Pippin
 
After dazzling audiences in New York and Los Angeles -- and winning the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival -- this exciting new staging of Pippin comes to The Hanover Theatre in Worcester. This updated version of the Broadway classic infuses the production with amazing acrobatics and wondrous magical feats -- along with the music and lyrics of Stephen Schwartz, award-winning composer of Wicked and Godspell. With classic songs like "Corner of the Sky," "No Time at All," "Magic to Do" and "Extraordinary," as well as re-created interpretations of Bob Fosse's original choreography, this sexy and sophisticated version of Pippin tells the story of the son of Charlemagne, leader of the Holy Roman Empire, who goes on a death-defying journey to find meaning in life. Along the way, he encounters love, sex, war and politics, and must ultimately choose between a life that's ordinary or a flash of singular glory.
 
   
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 Little Mermaid Apr 1 - Apr 2, 2017  
Larcom Theatre The Little Mermaid
 
Experience Hans Christian Andersen's beloved children's tale The Little Mermaid in a whole new way in this production from The Panto Company. Amidst stunning scenery, eye-catching costumes and delightful songs, this pantomime adventure centers on Arabella, a mermaid who wants to trade in her tail for a pair of legs. Together with her crustaceous pals, Arabella will come face to face with an evil witch in her journey to find herself and her true love. Packed with laughs and audience participation, this production -- following a sell-out tour of China and the UK -- will delight the whole family at Beverly's Larcom Performing Arts Theatre.
 
   
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.
 
   
Girls Night: The Musical Apr 7  
Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre Girls Night: The Musical
 
It's Girls Night and five best girlfriends are about to take a hilarious journey from heartbreak to happiness over one wild night of karaoke. A smash off-Broadway, this winning musical has an infectious energy fueled by rousing renditions of beloved pop gems such as "Lady Marmalade," "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive" and many more. Along the way, its fierce and funny core quintet relive the past, celebrate the present, anticipate the future, and most of all, sing their hearts out. Laugh, cry, dance and sing along as Girls Night: The Musical takes the mic at Boston's Boch Center Shubert Theatre.
 
   
Everyman Apr 7 - May 6, 2017  
Chelsea Theatre Works Everyman
 
When Death unexpectedly pays Everyman a visit, he must scramble to find out who among his friends or family will accompany him on his final journey. First written and performed in the late 15th century, Everyman remains a timeless morality play that weaves together poetry, music and movement, bringing humanity's greatest moral questions vividly to life. See this modern adaptation from poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy at Apollinaire Theatre Company at Chelsea Theatre Works.
 
   
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.
 
   
Every Piece of Me Apr 20 - Apr 30, 2017  
Boston Playwrights' Theatre Every Piece of Me
 
When Aine returns to her native Ireland to introduce her American fiance to her family, she finds her younger sister pregnant, her mother still controlling, and her father suffering with a failing heart. During the visit Aine comes to terms with how her absence has affected her family, and revisits old wounds. This play about guilt, mercy and the power of love is a Boston University New Play Initiative production, written by Mary Conroy and produced by Boston Playwrights' Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.
 
   
Dryside Apr 21 - Apr 30, 2017  
Loeb Drama Center Dryside
 
Dryside follows two interracial couples as they survive the aftermath of a global climate disaster. With the city's poor and minority population disproportionately affected, the couples are forced to come to terms with their own powerlessness to make a difference in a chaotic world. Meanwhile, nature paves a path for their salvation, and the four struggle to live out their destinies. See it when it takes the stage of the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge.
 
   
Big Fish Apr 21 - May 7, 2017  
Umbrella Center for the Arts Big Fish
 
Big Fish is a whimsical and touching tale that centers on the charismatic Edward Bloom. He has lived a full and fantastic life populated by magical creatures, true love that stops time in its tracks and acts of heroism that push the limits of belief. But not everyone is thrilled with Edward's stories. His tall tales frustrate his son Will, who wants to know who his father truly is. As Edward's final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to untangle the real man from the myths his father has created about his life. Big Fish is a heartfelt, powerful, and truly magical musical about fathers, sons, and the stories that we use to define our identities. With spine-tinglingly beautiful music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, and a funny, heartwarming book by John August, the Umbrella Center for the Arts' production of Big Fish is a magnificent "big fish" of a tale itself -- spectacular, fantastical and overflowing with love.
 
   
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!
 
   
Days of Atonement Jun 1 - Jun 25, 2017  
Boston Center for the Arts Days of Atonement
 
After their mother goes missing, four estranged sisters reunite to try and find her. All four are stubborn and strong-willed, and it doesn't take long before they begin to clash over professions, class and religious beliefs. Israeli playwright Hanna Azoulay Hasfari's Days of Atonement is a bitingly funny depiction of four powerful women at their most vulnerable, struggling to reconnect, forgive and forget. This production at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts shows that there's no hardball like family hardball.
 
   
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).
 
   
Sondheim on Sondheim Jun 15  
Boston Symphony Hall Sondheim on Sondheim
 
Stephen Sondheim is not merely an Academy Award winner -- he's also earned eight Tony Awards, more than any other composer. Sondheim on Sondheim is both the perfect opportunity for longtime fans to bask in his body of work and a great crash course for new recruits to Sondheim fandom. This intimate portrait of the famed composer, told in his own words, features his own music as performed with lush new arrangements by the Boston Pops. You'll hear over two dozen Sondheim tunes interspersed with interview footage providing an inside look at his personal life and artistic process. Be sure to catch this musical bio of the man The New York Times calls, "the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in the American musical theater" at the beautiful Boston Symphony Hall.
 
   
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).