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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.
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.
"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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Experience the magic of a holiday tradition as Josť 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.