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Amadeus  
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.
   
Black Nativity  
Paramount Center Black Nativity
 
Langston Hughes' Black Nativity -- a joyous account of the nativity told through scripture, verse, music and dance -- is a true Christmastime tradition, and National Center of Afro-American Artists' captivating production is the longest-running performance of the Harlem Renaissance poet's song-play in the world. First performed in 1961, Black Nativity is a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, and mixes text from the Gospel of Saint Luke with black vernacular. A cast of children and adults brings this timeless story to life with music and dancing in this uplifting production for the whole family. Experience this Boston tradition at Paramount Center.
   
Blue Man Group  
Charles Playhouse Blue Man Group
 
Blue Man Group is best known for its award-winning theatrical productions which critics have described as "ground-breaking," "hilarious," "visually stunning" and "musically powerful." These performances feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else. Experience the thrill of Blue Man Group in Boston.


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A Charlie Brown Christmas  
Boston Children's Theatre at Larcom Theatre A Charlie Brown Christmas
 
Staying true to its television roots, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS features Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy and all the Peanuts gang as they produce their own Christmas pageant and ultimately learn the true meaning of Christmas. Complete with the little Christmas fir tree, A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS is a present the whole family can enjoy!
   
A Christmas Carol  
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.
   
ChristmasTime  
Reagle Music Theatre ChristmasTime
 
Transport yourself to an inspirational Living Nativity, Santa's Workshop, a balletic Parade of the Wooden Soldiers and so much more at ChristmasTime, Reagle Theatre's annual holiday musical extravaganza. A full live orchestra accompanies a cast of 200 during this fabulous, multi-faceted celebration of the season. Experience the wondrous whimsy of the Teddy Bears' Nutcracker, and feel your spirits lift as a majestic choir of carolers present a Victorian Christmas. From precision dancing to a hefty dose of holiday magic, this edition of ChristmasTime is Reagle's most captivating yet.
   
Going to See the Kid  
Merrimack Repertory Theatre Going to See the Kid
 
This latest offering from playwright Steven Drukman centers around two Boston Globe reporters on a journey to meet legendary ballplayer Ted Williams in 2001. With great humor and affection, "Going to See the Kid" takes a fresh look at a beloved Boston icon-and is filled with holiday spirit to boot.
   
Journey to the West  
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.
   
The Judy Garland Show: The Christmas Special  
Club Cafe The Judy Garland Show: The Christmas Special
 
Back in 1963, the legendary star of stage and screen Judy Garland starred in a now-iconic Christmas special on CBS. Today tribute artist Peter Mac steps into Garland's high heels in a salute to this beloved TV event. Mac, a self-described "male actress" who's portrayed the late, great actress to audiences and critical acclaim for more than a decade, is known for his seriously fun and loving tributes to Garland. Famed for bringing a nuanced glimpse into Garland's complex personality and inner life, Mac was awarded a Golden Halo Award by Garland's co-stars Mickey Rooney and Margaret O'Brien for his stunningly accurate portrayal. But his tribute talents don't stop with Judy: For this festive yuletide show, "guests" are set to include uncanny approximations of Liza Minnelli, Bea Arthur and Ethel Merman.
   
Mame  
Stoneham Theatre Mame
 
Meet one of Broadway's most memorable and endearing characters, Auntie Mame, in the musical comedy role made famous by Angela Lansbury (who won a Tony for it) and Lucille Ball (in the later film version). In Mame, the titular, free-spirited, larger-than-life New York bohemian suddenly finds herself the guardian of her late brother's son -- and together they create a life filled with adventure, hardship and a whole lot of laughter. Set in the Roaring '20s and Depression-laden '30s, the show's music reflects the spirit of the time while also capturing the wit and whimsy of Mame herself. Get ready for laughter and memorable songs -- like "If He Walked Into My Life" and "Bosom Buddies" -- when this classic musical takes to the stage of Stoneham Theatre.
   
Matchless and The Happy Prince  
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 Return of the Winemaker  
Davis Square Theater The Return of the Winemaker
 
This raucous holiday comedy asks a bold question: What if, instead of Bethlehem, Jesus was born in ... Ireland? In Return of the Winemaker, the residents of Ballygoura, County Galway are overjoyed when they discover that the messiah in their midst has the power to turn water into wine. The townsfolk convince Jesus to give up carpentry so he can concentrate on making more and more hooch for the local pubs to sell, until their plan hits a snag -- Jesus' father wants his son to return to heaven. With the town's booze supply at stake, the people of Ballygoura must convince God to let Jesus stay with them in this irreverent Irish Christmas play. Tir Na Theatre's Return of the Winemaker returns to The Rockwell in Somerville for its annual visit, after a run at the Cork Arts Theatre in Ireland.
   
The Santaland Diaries  
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.
   
Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing  
Laugh Boston Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing
 
Fans of Drunk History and all its slurred education will fall over laughing at Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, which combines an entirely serious Shakespeare play with an entirely inebriated cast member. For the last six years, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has been performed in the darkest corners and diviest bars in the U.K., and the cast is bringing the good time to Boston. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show is fresh off sell-out runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, where cast members drink beer, wine and whiskey on stage, drunkenly sing the Dawson's Creek theme song and occasionally (accidentally, of course) bare a nipple or two. Brush up on your Bard knowledge, and head down to Laugh Boston for Much Ado About Nothing, because this is Shakespeare as you never knew you wanted to see him before.
   
Shear Madness  
Charles Playhouse Shear Madness
 
"Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.