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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.
"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.
Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, An American in Paris blends director Christopher Wheeldon's Tony Award-winning choreography with show-stopping Gershwin tunes as it tells the romantic post-war tale of an American soldier and a mysterious French girl. The results garnered the stirring new musical four Tony Awards following a Broadway debut that Variety called "an enchanting... and deeply moving experience." Dubbed "A masterpiece!" by The Wall Street Journal, An American in Paris will make you swoon as it comes to Boston for a run at Citi Performing Arts Center's Wang Theatre.
In this jazz-filled feline musical, inspired by the classic Disney animated film The Aristocats, life is full of fun, singing and swinging for this bunch of hep cats, dogs, geese and a mouse living in Paris. But when Madame makes it known that her beloved cats will inherit her fortune, their lives take an unexpected turn. Madame's jealous butler Edgar cat-naps Duchess and her Aristokittens and dumps them in the countryside. Luckily, an alley cat named Thomas O'Malley and his ragtag posse come to their rescue. Tap your feet and rock along with this youthful cast of performers -- ages 9 through 15 -- to Disney favorites "The Aristocats," "Scales and Arpeggios" and "Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat" at Stoneham Theatre.
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. In the musical Barnum -- performed by young actors in grades 4-9 -- you'll find out more about the life and times of the man who brought us one of America's most enduring entertainment institutions. Filled with the color, warmth and magic that Barnum introduced to the world, this is the exciting musical version of how "The Greatest Show on Earth" came to be.
Improv comedy and Broadway musicals collide in Boston's Unscripted Musical Project. The B.U.M.P. troupe takes a single suggestion from the audience and uses it to spontaneously create a fully improvised one-act musical spectacular. The heroes and villains invent hilarious lyrics and choreography to tell their story, while a full band dreams up a score to match. Because every show is totally unique, you never know just what B.U.M.P. will come up with, but with veterans of Chicago's legendary Second City and Improv Olympic as well as ImprovBoston and Improv Asylum performing, you can be sure this show won't be your typical Broadway musical. Experience the mirth at Davis Square Theatre in Somerville.
A compelling, contemporary play by Irish-American playwright Ronan Noone, Brendan centers around a young Irishman who makes his way to New York in order to start a new life for himself. Working hard to assimilate in his adopted country, earn his American citizenship and find love and meaning in this strange new land, Brendan's life is suddenly turned upside-down when the ghost of his mother starts following him around. And she's got quite a few opinions about his shameful new lifestyle, his friends and his nasty new habit of driving on the wrong side of the road. Funny and touching, this production of Brendan at the Boston Center for the Arts is all about love, loss and coming to terms with leaving the past behind us.
Probably the world's most popular opera, brimming with lust, jealousy, drama and even death, Georges Bizet's Carmen revolves around a beautiful but hot-tempered Spanish gypsy girl who seduces a young corporal named Don José. The naive young man gives up everything for the femme fatale -- he leaves his sweetheart, rebels against his superiors and joins a gang of smugglers. But when Carmen tires of him and moves on to a bullfighter, Don José is driven to exact violent revenge. This provocative co-production with Boston Lyric Opera and San Francisco Opera, set in 1970s Spanish North Africa, is produced by acclaimed provocateur Calixto Bieito. The famed score from the French composer features instantly recognizable music like Carmen's "Habanera," "The Toreador Song" and more, while the role of Carmen is played by Jennifer Johnson Cano, who's been hailed by The New York Times for her "attention-grabbing dark mezzo." Experience this fresh, modern version of Carmen, sung in French with English supertitles, at Boston Opera House.
With its Gershwin score and witty comedy, Crazy For You has been a crowd-pleaser since its acclaimed Broadway debut in 1992. It's the story of a wealthy 1930s playboy who's determined to become a professional dancer. And no one -- not even his mother -- is going to keep him from pursuing his dream. Along the way, there's plenty of comedy, romance and plot twists in the mix. Featuring a score that includes such Gershwin classics as "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and many more, Crazy For You earned three Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in its original New York run. Now you can enjoy Reagle Music Theatre's production when it taps into Waltham.
Ironically, one of Death of a Salesman's most misquoted lines -- "Attention must be paid!" -- is its most accurate advertisement. For attention must be paid to this iconic drama which won both the Pulitzer and the Tony for Best Play in 1949. An unflinching examination of the American dream, Death of a Salesman centers around the aging Willy Loman, who, after a lifetime as an unfulfilled traveling salesman, finds himself at the end of his career -- and the end of his tether. As dreams of the past collide with visions of what might have been, Willy's wife and sons wage a desperate struggle to engage Willy in the present. Witness the epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss in this powerful production from Vokes Players.
This family-friendly musical adored by fossils and protohumans alike finds the dinosaur kingdom at peace, thanks to the Treaty of Meat between herbivores and carnivores. The peace among dinosaurs breaks when the wise king of the tyrannosauruses dies and his dim-witted son Quincy takes over. King Quincy leads the tyrannosauruses on a rampage, forcing the other dinosaurs to band together to save their species from extinction. This youth production by the young company at Stoneham Theatre teaches the power of cooperation and teamwork, featuring action, rebellion and a lot of spaghetti.
In this poignant comedy from playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer, recipient of the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award, three siblings have gathered in their childhood home for the one-year anniversary of their father's death. Over the weekend, fireworks, riotous humor and serious drama unfold as the parents and children go head-to-head and a long-held family secret is revealed. What unfolds in this production at Gloucester Stage is the funny, surprising and ultimately moving story of a family at a key moment in its history.
As a recipe for non-stop laughs, it's hard to top the winning concoction of slamming doors, mistaken identities and $6 million in diamonds, not to mention a corpse in a wheelchair. Fortunately, all of those ingredients and more are mixed into Lucky Stiff, a musical soufflé that will no doubt leave you comically satisfied. The story revolves around an unassuming shoe salesman who's forced to take the embalmed body of his recently murdered uncle on a vacation to Monte Carlo. If he succeeds in passing his uncle off as alive, he stands to inherit millions. If he gets caught, the money will be donated to charity -- or land in the hands of the casino owner's gun-toting wife. Written by Tony Award-winners Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Rocky, Seussical, Ragtime), this musical-murder mystery-farce takes the stage at the Stoneham Theatre.
Come celebrate the tumultuous joys of live theater with A Man of No Importance, a musical from the same team behind the Tony-winning smash Ragtime. Set in 1960s Dublin, the musical follows an amateur theater group and their leader, a bus driver who's determined to stage Oscar Wilde's Salome at his church -- despite objections from church authorities. At the core of this funny musical is an emotional storyline about family, friendship and the redemptive power of live theater. Now presented at Boston's Calderwood Pavilion, this compelling story by playwright Terrence McNally brims with passion and humor, and features a gorgeous score of Irish-inspired music.
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 now the cast has brought the good time to Cambridge. 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 Shakespeare knowledge and head down to OBERON, because this is the Bard as you never knew you wanted to see him before.
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.
The party to redefine all parties is coming to Boston -- and you're invited to come shake things up and bend the rules. The T Party pulls you in with an interactive celebration, complete with a variety of music, settings and moving and emotional true-life stories. The visionary playwright and director behind Astro Boy and the God of Comics and A Trip to the Moon, Natsu Onoda Power has created another of her visually exciting and meaningful works, presenting an exhilarating series of scenes that blur the line between the audience and the actors. Leave your expectations at the door, and succumb to this kinky, exuberant and surprisingly tender look at gender expression at the Calderwood Pavilion at the Boston Center for the Arts.
T: An MBTA Musical tells the tale of three public transportation-dependent 20-somethings whose lives have been derailed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's incompetency. When they discover a secret map that'll enable them to overthrow the system, they set forth on a colorful journey that's part love story, part melodrama and part scavenger hunt, all in one big transportation nightmare. Throughout their adventures, you'll hear numbers like "The Shuttle Bus Song (We Can't Handle It)," "General Manager of the Month," and "The Bro Song." A Broadwayworld Boston Best of Fringe winner in 2011, the musical is back on track at Somerville's Davis Square Theater, newly updated with more mass transit-based mayhem.
With her cheerfully absurd production The Taming, award-winning playwright Lauren Gunderson offers up a Shakespeare-inspired, playful and problematic battle of the sexes. America's overheated political rhetoric is exposed through the passions of three slightly insane women who just might be revolutionary geniuses. This hilarious red state vs. blue state comedy was originally inspired by the banter in The Taming of the Shrew. The play spanks America's sound-bite politics and proves the point that true debate is hot. Get caught up in the timely campaign trail tale at Elayne Bernstein Theatre in Lenox.
Combat veteran Jess returns to her home in Florida after three tours in Afghanistan. She's glad to be home, but she has deep scars -- both physical and emotional. She tries an experimental new video game therapy, which provides temporary relief from her excruciating pain, but can virtual reality help Jess come to terms with the permanently altered reality of her hometown, her relationships and her dreams? The New York Times calls this "A bracing drama that confronts an achingly topical issue with hardheaded honesty and admirable compassion. Lindsey Ferrentino is a brave playwright and a writer of dauntless conviction." See this award-winning and timely new drama, making its regional premiere at Elayne Bernstein Theatre in Lenox.
It's the ultimate nightmare: a pee fee. You heard that right, in the dystopian future of Urinetown, no one can pee until they pay up. If you pee without paying, you're sent to the dreaded Urinetown, never to return. Played by a gang of high schoolers grades 10-12, a dashing but poor assistant custodian and the daughter of an evil CEO decide enough is enough and together they lead a revolution to free the people from urinary oppression. Savvy viewers will spot the numerous references to musicals, movies and comics, including Annie, West Side Story, Les Miserables and many more in this witty celebration of theater and pop culture at the Stoneham Theatre.
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.
It's the Roaring '20s and Queenie, a vaudeville siren, has grown tired and resentful of her relationship with Burrs, a clown. To get back into the swing of things (and to get back at the violent Burrs), she decides to throw a party. But as their friends start to tumble in and the booze flows freely, the decadent evening turns increasingly dark and deadly. Written by Tony nominee Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family), The Wild Party captures the verve and violence of the Jazz Age. See this bold and provocative show now at the Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord.