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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.
"Too good to be true!" raves the New York Post for Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30! Jersey Boys features their hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "Oh What a Night" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." "The crowd goes wild!" cheers The New York Times.
"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.
Based on the beloved film starring Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne, Akeelah and the Bee tells the story of a spunky 11-year-old girl whose razor-sharp mind just might take her all the way from the Chicago projects to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Now you can experience this spellbinding story at Boston's Wheelock Family Theatre, in a spirited production that celebrates diversity, friendship and the triumph of the human spirit. Inspiring, touching, funny and suspenseful in equal doses, Akeelah and the Bee is a must-see for theater-goers of all ages.
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.
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.
When composer Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods) decided to tackle relationships, marriage and the meaning of love with this show, the results were as epic and sweeping as one would expect. Bobby is a single man celebrating his 35th birthday in the company of his best friends, all of whom want to help him settle down and finally commit to something meaningful. Over the course of dinner, drinks and even a wedding, these characters will reflect on connections and commitments, shedding hysterical and insightful light on modern love. The original 1970 Broadway production of Company received 14 Tony Award nominations, winning six of them -- including Best Musical. See this modern makeover of the musical that includes popular songs like "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive" at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
Forget the mild-mannered princesses you think you know -- Disenchanted! brings you the real story behind your favorite fairy-tale characters. This wickedly funny musical ditches the poison apples and glass slippers for a hilariously subversive dose of reality from Snow White and her posse of royal renegades. Disenchanted! lets them reimagine themselves as real women who are totally over being objectified. Set to a pop-inspired score, these sassy leading ladies poke fun at pop culture stereotypes and stomp all over gender roles. Imagine Disney Princess crossed with Bridesmaids. This critically acclaimed musical -- it was nominated for a 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical and a 2015 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Musical -- comes to The Bushnell in Hartford.
Join Mickey, Minnie and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as they lead you through a doorway revealing glimpses of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic! Twenty-five of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella's rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second, watch the Toy Story gang set themselves free from the constraints of Andy's toybox with the help of the green army men, and thrill to the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst gorgeous floating lanterns. Snow White, Tinker Bell, Aladdin's Genie -- you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun in this grand show where you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination. Be at Tsongas Center in Lowell when the magic happens.
Join Mickey, Minnie and the comical duo of Donald and Goofy as they lead you through a doorway revealing glimpses of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions with Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie's Doorway to Magic! Twenty-five of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the knob! See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella's rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second, watch the Toy Story gang set themselves free from the constraints of Andy's toybox with the help of the green army men, and thrill to the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst gorgeous floating lanterns. Snow White, Tinker Bell, Aladdin's Genie -- you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun in this grand show where you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination. Be at Worcester's Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts when the magic happens.
Acclaimed playwright Tennessee Williams is widely known for full-length works like Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and A Streetcar Named Desire, but he was also a prolific writer of one-act plays. Although they aren't performed often because of their brief runtimes, Williams considered his short plays to be some of his best work, saying, "The peak of my virtuosity was in the one-act plays. Some of which are like firecrackers on a rope." In Eight by Tenn at the Boston Center for the Arts' Plaza Theatre, Zeitgeist Stage opens their 16th season by presenting eight short plays written by the master dramatist: The Lady of Larkspur Lotion, Portrait of a Madonna, Auto-Da-Fe, This Property is Condemned, Something Unspoken, A Perfect Analysis Given by a Parrot, The Unsatisfactory Supper, and The One Exception.
Widely considered one of the great plays of our time, Equus ran for more than 1,200 performances on Broadway and won the Tony for Best Play. Written by Peter Shaffer, best known for penning the Tony-winning play (and later Oscar-winning movie) Amadeus, Equus examines the complex relationship between Alan Strang, a troubled teenager who adoes horses but has blinded six in a violent fit of passion, and Martin Dysart, the brilliant psychiatrist determined to treat him. But "treatment" becomes tricky as Dysart realizes that probing the boy's mind brings him face-to-face with his own scarred psyche. Ritualized worship and sexual ecstasy become interwoven in this theatrical masterpiece. Satisfy your curiosity when the show comes to Concord's Umbrella Center for the Arts, directed by Nancy Curran Willis (The Umbrella's Angels in America, Parts 1 and 2 and Bonnie and Clyde).
The simply fabulous little girl whose choice of wardrobe leans towards feather boas, fairy wings and fuzzy slippers, Fancy Nancy stars in her very own fun-filled musical for kids, complete with great songs, clever lyrics and valuable lessons. After a sold-out run at Arlington's Regent Theatre, Boston Children's Theatre brings this sparkling production to The Larcom Theatre. Based on the best-selling children's books by Jane O'Connor, Fancy Nancy the Musical follows the always-posh Nancy and her friends as they prepare for their very first school recital. Nancy is positive that she'll be selected for the lead. But when another girl wins the coveted role, Nancy's stuck playing a dreary tree. But no matter, she's determined to bring some of her signature ooh-la-la to the mundane role.
In yet another example of nerds providing awesome entertainment, a sci-fi comic comes to life onstage as an irreverent vintage-style radio play in The Intergalactic Nemesis. As the action unfolds in colorful comic-book panels projected onto a giant screen, a trio of voice actors create dozens of characters, a Foley artist comes up with sound effects, and a keyboardist provides the dramatic score. Packed with pop-culture references, this gonzo homage to fantasy tropes is cool for your whole crew, no matter the age, and follows three adventurers battling to save the earth from a race of alien sludge monsters. Conan O'Brien is a huge fan of this company, while The Austinist described it as "totally nuts and a ton of fun." This creative company's also been featured on NPR, PBS and in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post, which deemed its limited Broadway run "Great fun! [A] happily retro multimedia extravaganza."
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.
Laura has the charms to seduce any man, even the detective investigating her murder. As the tough, respected NYPD detective gets to know Laura through the three men who loved her -- the mentor, the fiancé and the infatuated music student -- he finds himself drawn to the portrait of this beautiful, elegant, ambitious and mysterious figure. The murder mystery twists and turns as you grapple with who was really murdered, who did it and why. The engaging and perplexing tale of Laura comes to Quannapowitt Players Theater in the Boston area.
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.
A Pulitzer Prize finalist from playwright Jordan Harrison (Orange Is the New Black), this touching drama tells a compelling story of memory, loss and love, exploring uncharted theatrical terrain in its tale of Marjorie, a clever 85-year-old woman who finds that her memory is failing. Residing in an assisted living facility, Marjorie enjoys frequent visits from her anxious daughter and kind son-in-law, as well as a hologram of her dead husband as he looked 50 years ago -- an experimental attempt to help reverse Marjorie's decline. Told through a series of shifting realities, this Central Square Theater production of Marjorie Prime poses thought-provoking questions about the nature of memory and reality in an age of artificial intelligence.
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.
It's 1991, and Bill Clinton will soon be sworn into office as the 42nd president of the United States. In Boston, state representative Kevin Murphy -- "Murph" to his friends -- discovers that the president-elect is planning to offer an ambassadorship to the current mayor of Boston, which will set off a political scramble to find his successor. As Murph plots to make a play for the job, his two most loyal staffers, Katie and Gary, weigh the personal costs of this high stakes political gambit. They must also contend with Seth, a savvy and aggressive political consultant hired by Murph to assess his and his team's weaknesses and ferret out any skeletons in their closets. Big ambitions, dark secrets and plenty of spin abound in Murph, coming to the stage at Studio 52 in Allston.
In 1936, an anti-drug propaganda film called Reefer Madness was released, portraying the disasters that ensue when clean-cut kids fall prey to the evil drug marijuana. In the 1970s, the film was rediscovered and became a cult classic due to its over-the-top portrayal of the alleged dangers of smoking weed, which include death, destruction, madness and ... jazz. Inspired by the original film, this tongue-in-cheek musical comedy continues the hijinks in an even wackier form, memorializing the melodrama in songs that range from Broadway-style show-stoppers to swing tunes. Catch Reefer Madness: The Musical when it blows into Memorial Hall in Winthrop.
On the fiftieth anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, the Apple family gathers to celebrate the life of an ailing relative: talking, eating, laughing, and singing. This slice-of-life snapshot shows how our family histories can intersect with the history of our country. Featuring the same cast of Boston-area favorites that audiences have adored in the first three Apple Family plays, Regular Singing is the triumphant conclusion to Richard Nelson's American epic.
There has never been a better time for The Return to Morality, a provocative comedy about the ways in which political attitudes can be radically altered by the media. After writing a bestselling treatise on how tweets and soundbites have turned political discourse into a culture of rage, left-leaning author Arthur finds himself a hero to the extreme right, who don't see it as satire. Playing the part to the hilt, Arthur transforms into the angry demagogue his new fans expect, a journey that takes him all the way to the Republican National Convention. But what will he lose along the way? Find out as The Return to Morality comes to Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
The complex relations between words and women get a workout in the New England premiere of the acclaimed off-Broadway play Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. From an awkward dinner date to a family picnic in which knives are used to cut more than watermelon, Alice Birch's series of vignettes tackles current-day gender politics with pointed humor as they deconstruct everyday language to reveal the sexism roiling just beneath. Company One's 18th season gets off to a raucous start with their production of this New York Times Critics' Pick at Boston's Plaza Theatre.
Of all the romantic comedies ever written, those by Jane Austen are not only among the most romantic, but also the most fiercely and originally comic. And you've never seen Austen quite like this before. Her keen sense of humor and deep humanity shine at their brightest in Kate Hamill's playful adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, hailed as "the greatest stage adaptation of [Sense and Sensibility] in history" by The Huffington Post. Follow the Dashwood sisters -- practical, reserved Elinor and passionate and romantic Marianne -- as they discover that the course of love, though true, does not always go straight. Forced out of their family home by their father's death, Elinor relies on her common sense, while Marianne falls back on her feelings in dealing with their reduced circumstances. Catch this fresh, humorous and emotional adaptation at Hibernian Hall in Roxbury.
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.
Beloved TV icon, singer and internationally known movie star William Shatner has made his mark on pop culture over the course of his nearly 60-year career. Now, Shatner is beaming down to the Lynn Auditorium for his one-man show Shatner's World: We Just Live In It, in which the iconic raconteur and Renaissance man takes the audience on a voyage through his life and career, from Shakespearean stage actor to international fame as Star Trek's Captain Kirk and beyond. Known for his one-of-a-kind persona and expansive body of work, Shatner will utilize his signature storytelling, video clips and inimitable musical chops to explore the one man worthy of such a show -- himself.
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 high-stakes world of middle-school spelling competitions takes center stage, as does a plethora of pubescent angst and awkwardness, in this hit musical comedy about six overachieving would-be wordsmiths and their neurotic parents. The hilariously catchy songs capture teenage troubles at their worst, from "Woe Is Me" to "My Unfortunate Erection (Chip's Lament)," and the hard-fought contest teaches the valuable lesson that winning isn't the only definition of success. The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was nominated for Best Musical and five other Tonys in its original run, winning for Best Book. Find out why as it comes to the Arlington Friends of the Drama theater in this fun-filled production complete with audience participation.
If last summer's sleeper hit Ex Machina and this summer's Morgan are any indication, humans are getting closer than ever to developing lifelike robots with artificial intelligence ... or at least developing full-blown paranoia about its implications. In Uncanny Valley, Thomas Gibbons' thought-provoking new play at Stoneham Theatre, researchers have developed a means of extending the human lifespan through A.I. (the "uncanny valley" refers to the discomfort people feel when confronted by objects that look and move almost but not quite like real humans). But as Claire, a neuroscientist, charts her relationship with a non-biological human named Julian, a painful divide is discovered. Ultimately, Claire must come face to face with her creation -- and is shocked to discover just who's staring back at her.
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.
Presided over by the Hindu god Ganesh, a pair of teenagers become unexpected heroes, an immigrant accountant struggles with visibility and two stifled romantics begin to stumble toward each other during one strangely warm winter in Central Harlem. When January Feels Like Summer follows five colliding lives as a feeling of change hums in the air and the many flavors of desire saturate the streets, Metro stations and bodegas of the city. These characters learn to do more than meet their obstacles head-on -- they discover how to transcend them. Praised by The New York Times as an "engaging, buoyantly acted romantic comedy," When January Feels Like Summer is onstage at Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
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.