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Faithless Dec 8 - Dec 18, 2016  
Boston Playwrights' Theatre Faithless
 
Two generations of an Irish-American family are gathered in a hospital waiting room in the final hours of the family's matriarch, watching the hours pass by. But when the doors open to reveal black sheep Skip, decades of baggage float to the surface in the dramedy Faithless. This funny and moving look at family, faith and forgiveness comes to the stage courtesy of playwright Andrew Joseph Clarke and the Boston University New Play Initiative.
 
   
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.
 
   
A Christmas Celtic Sojourn Dec 9 - Dec 21, 2016  
Cutler Majestic Theatre A Christmas Celtic Sojourn
 
Experience an enchanting night of Celtic music and dance in honor of the holiday season at Brian O'Donovan's annual A Christmas Celtic Sojourn at Cutler Majestic Theatre. This year's 13th annual show promises to be as spectacular as ever, with American Irish music pioneers Solas, the extraordinary Nordic Fiddlers Bloc and the return of harpist-singer Maeve Gilchrist and cellist Natalie Haas. Also set to appear is Dervish lead woman Cathy Jordan, who has one of the purest traditional voices today, as well as dance director Cara Butler, who recently choreographed A Celtic Sojourn at The Boston Pops, award-winning English stepdancer Declan McHale and the young dancers from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance in Walpole. O'Donovan, the host of WGBH's national radio program, has been at the helm of this live show since 2003, and he promises some surprises for this latest version as well.
 
   
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.
 
   
Urban Nutcracker Dec 16 - Dec 31, 2016  
Back Bay Events Center - John Hancock Hall Urban Nutcracker
 
Combining ballet, swing, flamenco, hip-hop, step and urban tap along with Tchaikovsky's classic score and Duke Ellington's signature swing, Tony Williams' Urban Nutcracker features a multicultural cast of talented dancers in this contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale. Now in its 16th year, the production remains fresh with updated choreography, new costumes and surprise guest stars. Instead of the traditional children's roles "Clara" and "Fritz," though, this version of the story presented at Boston's Back Bay Events Center features the characters Clarice and Omar, whose roles are shared by talented local kids ages 9 through 13.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Dec 16 - Dec 23, 2016  
The Hanover Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Join everybody's favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, on a fantastical journey that celebrates the spirit of the season as The Hanover Theatre presents Charles Dickens' beloved story A Christmas Carol, adapted by Troy Siebel. Featuring elaborate set designs, spectacular costumes and stunning special effects, this holiday show tells the story of surly miser Scrooge, whose cold heart has isolated him from his community and the spirit of Christmas. Watch as visits from Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future send Scrooge on his transformational journey to rejoin the world, find redemption and discover what it means to open your heart and be fully human. Bring the whole family and revel in this joyous holiday tradition at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.
 
   
Holidays Under the Umbrella Dec 16  
Emerson Umbrella Center for the Arts Holidays Under the Umbrella
 
Holidays Under the Umbrella brings friends and former cast members of The Umbrella's Performing Arts productions to the stage to sing their favorite holiday tunes, tell stories and share a few surprises. Performers from The Umbrella's recent productions of Evita, Bonnie and Clyde, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and more join forces for this fun holiday concert the entire family can enjoy. It's a great way to get in the Yuletide spirit and support your local community theater in one fell swoop.
 
   
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.
 
   
Intimate Exchanges Jan 12 - Feb 12, 2017  
Central Square Theater Intimate Exchanges
 
Two actors, ten characters and 16 possible outcomes -- and you're the one making the decisions. A cross between live theater and a grown-up Choose Your Own Adventure novel, Intimate Exchanges is a multiple-choice drama flowing from choices dictated by the audience. The power of a seemingly simple decision is shown dramatically in this ingenious and involving play from Sir Alan Ayckbourn, the Tony-winning playwright with more than 40 West End and Broadway hit to his credit. This new production comes to Cambridge's Central Square Theater.
 
   
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Jan 13 - Feb 12, 2017  
Lyric Stage Company of Boston Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
 
A biting dark comedy and gut-wrenching psychological portrait of marital breakdown, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf has been a mainstay of American theater since winning the 1963 Tony Award for Best Play. Later immortalized in a film adaptation starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, the play was written by the acclaimed Edward Albee. It's the story of George and Martha, a middle-aged couple who invite a younger husband and wife over for drinks and, over the course of the evening, use their guests as pawns in increasingly cruel mind games, leading to a devastating revelation. Razor-sharp dialogue and incisive character portraits make Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf one for your theatrical bucket list. Now see a new production of this classic at the Lyric Stage of Boston.
 
   
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).
 
   
Billy Elliot: The Musical Jan 27 - Feb 26, 2017  
Wheelock Family Theatre Billy Elliot: The Musical
 
Set to what the New York Post called Elton John's "best score yet," and named "Broadway Musical of the Decade" by Time magazine, the explosive Billy Elliot: The Musical, presented by Wheelock Family Theatre, comes to Boston with inspiring songs and high-energy dance. Based on the hit film of the same name, this heartwarming show is about a motherless boy in a small, poverty-stricken mining town who trades his boxing gloves for ballet shoes and fights against social stereotypes to achieve his dream of becoming a dancer. Cheer along as his talent and ambition become symbols of hope for a town that's enduring more than its fair share of hardship.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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).
 
   
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 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).