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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.
 
   
Once Feb 2 - Feb 5, 2017  
The Hanover Theatre Once
 
Once began as a music-fueled indie film that won the nation's heart in 2006, taking home the Best Original Song Oscar for its haunting love ballad "Falling Slowly." Next, it took the Broadway stage by storm, earning eight Tony Awards including Best Musical. Now presented at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, the romantic tale follows a downtrodden Dublin street musician and a delightfully quirky Czech woman who meet-cute in the least likely of places: a vacuum cleaner repair shop. Their complicated lives make the path to love a rocky one, and they channel their feelings into the music they produce together -- him on guitar, her on piano, two voices harmonizing and setting them free, for a time, from the harsh realities of their lives.
 
   
The Mousetrap Feb 3 - Feb 18, 2017  
The Footlight Club at Eliot Hall The Mousetrap
 
When a terrible snowstorm traps a group of strangers in a quaint boarding house, they quickly discover that a murderer is hiding among them. After a policeman arrives to investigate, a trap is set to catch the wily fiend ... before they can strike again. This thrilling whodunit by best-selling author Agatha Christie -- renowned for her classic English murder mysteries -- will keep you guessing right up until its unpredictable ending. Can you pinpoint the murderer before the characters do? The Mousetrap's original production opened in London's West End in 1952 and has been running continuously ever since, making it the most popular whodunit of all time and the longest-running show of any type in the modern era. Don't miss your chance to check it out when it comes to Eliot Hall in Jamaica Plain.
 
   
I, Snowflake Feb 10 - Feb 11, 2017  
Boston University Dance Theater I, Snowflake
 
Combine current political commentary, a '60s-style protest play and the traditional Italian theater form of commedia dell'arte, and you've got I, Snowflake at the Boston University Dance Theater. Julee Antonellis stars as the titular clown, leading a cast of 10 in this Anthem Theatre Company production, created by Bryn Boice and inspired by post-election reactions gathered from people across the country . Each performance is followed by a talk-back, and a portion of the show's proceeds will go to a charity voted on by the audience.
 
   
The Honey Trap Feb 16 - Feb 26, 2017  
Boston Playwrights' Theatre The Honey Trap
 
In The Honey Trap, two off-duty British soldiers meet two local girls in a bar in 1970's Belfast. However, what seems like an innocent encounter at the pub evolves into something darker. Years later, during an oral history project, Dave revisits old wounds that take him back to Belfast in search of answers and revenge. See this Irish tragedy when it comes to Boston Playwrights' Theatre - Walcott Theatre.
 
   
Exit Strategy Feb 17 - Mar 11, 2017  
Boston Center for the Arts Exit Strategy
 
A group of teachers launch a last-minute battle to save their Chicago public high school in the piercing drama Exit Strategy. Over the course of the academic year, the teachers put their careers, their future and even their safety in the hands of a fast-talking administrator who comes on strong -- but might actually have no clue what he's doing. Ike Holter's beautiful new play is about the teachers, administration and students, their struggles and their lives in a very tough situation. See Zeitgeist Stage Company's thrilling production at Boston Center for the Arts, and find out why The Philadelphia Tribune called Exit Strategy "gripping and timely."
 
   
Edward II Feb 22 - Mar 19, 2017  
Charlestown Working Theater Edward II
 
Christopher Marlowe uses the tumultuous history of 14th century England to tell an intimate story of one man's struggle between passion and responsibility. Marlowe's play tells the epic tale of England's King Edward II, who forsakes everything for his passions and pays a tragic price at the hands of his conniving noblemen and queen. As his young heir watches love subverted by power, Edward struggles to learn to love those "whom the world hates so." One of the earliest English history plays, Edward II asks, when the allure of power is calling, which should guide us most: family, love or political gain? Check out the drama when it makes its way to the Charlestown Working Theater of the Boston area.
 
   
Jonah and The Whale Feb 23 - Mar 12, 2017  
Stoneham Theatre Jonah and The Whale
 
One of the oddest -- and most known -- stories in the Old Testament gets the musical treatment in Jonah and The Whale, which makes its East Coast premiere at the Stoneham Theatre. This unforgettable story of faith, loss and survival against unbeatable odds features a brand-new pop-folk score written by David Darrow and Blake Thomas. This epic re-imagining of a familiar tale is ideal for the entire family.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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).