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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.
What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it. The magic is happening this summer in the Grand Chapiteau at Suffolk Downs in Boston.
IF/THEN is a contemporary Broadway musical about living in New York today - and all the possibilities of tomorrow. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, this "thoroughly fascinating, intellectually and musically rich new musical (Chicago Tribune)" simultaneously follows one woman's two possible life paths, painting a deeply moving portrait of the lives we lead, as well as the lives we might have led.
The story of a very bright and rebellious little girl, with special powers. Matilda's parents, Mr and Mrs Wormwood, have no time for her and treat her as a nuisance. She spends most of her time reading books from the library astonishingly quickly, whilst they watch the telly and Mr Wormwood sells dodgy used cars. At school things are no better as despite the care and support of her teacher, the lovely Miss Honey, Matilda has to contend with the terrifying headmistress Miss Trunchbull who rules the school with cruelty and fear. Matilda fights against the injustices at home and at school. Eventually she decides the grown-ups should be taught a lesson and in the process discovers her supernatural powers.
"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.
An old ship, a voyage to the bottom of the ocean and a mystical seabird all come together to form a powerful tale of adventure on the high seas in Albatross, a daring solo show based on Coleridge's legendary poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner. The play's writer-star Benjamin Evett delivers a bravura performance that reinterprets the verse to capture the spiritual struggle within it, and in doing so, reveals the connection between all living things. Join the mariner on his quest and discover the life-affirming power of Albatross at Gloucester Stage.
As the U.S. faces its own high-stakes election year, Flat Earth Theatre presents a cautionary tale about the dangers of the American political circus with their dark comedy farce, Blinders. In a play that's being touted as Dr. Strangelove meets The Manchurian Candidate, two genetically identical humans -- who, although unrelated, prove to be more twin-like than actual twins -- leave an entire world in awe of their miraculous existence. No one can tell the two apart -- except Karen Sayer, a journalist who outrages the brainwashed public by declaring the two don't look anything alike. As the duplicates foster commercial success into growing political power, Karen embarks on an unexpected mission for truth. Catch this riveting and darkly funny tale from Boston-based playwright Patrick Gabridge when Blinders takes over Black Box Theater's Arsenal Center for the Arts.
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.
Full of magic and pageantry, this compelling theatrical experience takes place in New Orleans circa 1848, reimagining life during one of the most volatile times in our nation's history -- with the most fundamental of human rights hanging in the balance, and war looming just beyond the horizon. Utilizing live musical accompaniment, this fictional drama from multi-disciplinary artists Dan Osterman and Nick Thorkelson invites you to envision the past with fresh eyes and ears, and will likely cause you to contend with the changes that have -- and, sadly, have not -- occurred in our culture since then. Step into Boston Playwrights' Theatre and step back into the past with Dreambook.
Starring the fabulous Peter Mac as Judy Garland, the East Coast debut of Get Happy! takes audiences on a musical journey through the superstar's life -- from her days in vaudeville to her illustrious film career at MGM and her concert comebacks in the '50s and '60s. Los Angeles' premier Judy Garland tribute artist, Peter Mac has been channeling the great Garland to audience and critical acclaim for over a decade, winning the 2012 Southern California Motion Picture Council Golden Halo Award for his loving and stunningly accurate portrayal. A toe-tapping musical in two acts, Get Happy! is a musical 94th birthday celebration for Judy Garland featuring all of the Garland standards you love best, including "The Trolley Song," "The Man That Got Away" and "Over the Rainbow."
When scholar Constance Ledbelly finds the original manuscript for Shakespeare's Othello and Romeo and Juliet, she's transported into the world of the plays themselves! She visits Juliet and Desdemona, saving them from the deaths the Bard intended for them, while learning what the two women are all about. Featuring a voyage of self-discovery filled with twists, fights, dances, seduction and wild surprises, Constance embodies the Shakespearean spirit while plundering the plays to create something entirely new. You can enjoy this gleeful new trip through familiar classics at the Ruth Nagel Jones Theatre in Wellesley.
There's a reason why actresses like Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone and Bette Midler have wanted to play the mother of all musical roles. Gypsy is that good. Even The New York Times says it "may be the greatest of all American musicals." Only an epic this grand could capture the real-life Gypsy Rose Lee, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become a burlesque star. With a book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Funny Girl) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), this timeless favorite boasts classic crowd-pleasing songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch this always emotional and engaging show when it comes to the Winthrop Playmakers.
Lobsterman Hank aims to butter up his girlfriend's 14-year-old daughter Cora by inviting her to spend the day with the crew out on the boat, and it's all smooth sailing until one of the guys reveals that Hank plans to ask Cora's mom for her hand in marriage. And of course, loose lips have been known to sink ships -- especially relationships. The Stoneham Theatre closes out its 16th season with this world-premiere musical-comedy, set off the shores of Cape Ann, and featuring the company's young student performers appearing alongside the production's professional artists.
It's no surprise that Matt Damon and Ben Affleck became movie stars after showing off their acting skills in Good Will Hunting. The shocker is that they also wrote the critically acclaimed screenplay. Unable to believe that claim, comedian Mindy Kaling and actress Brenda Withers created this hilarious comedy that explains the "true" origin of the Academy Award-winning screenplay. In this clever re-imagining of the events that led to the creation of the film, the screenplay for Good Will Hunting drops mysteriously from the heavens and the boys realize they're being tested by a higher power. This affectionate riff on the legendary bromance stars Lauren Robinson and Libby Schap as Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, and follows them over the course of one long Saturday in Somerville as they fight, reminisce, and hallucinate a lot more than normal when confronted with the screenplay that will change their lives.
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure, in which a cast of 12 portrays more than 100 characters. Join them on an action-packed journey that brings pirates, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this production at Lyric Stage Company of Boston weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
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.
Come aboard Show Boat, one of the most beloved musicals of all time, for a sweeping journey, epic score and touching story. As the Cotton Blossom riverboat travels the Mississippi, a troupe of riverboat performers -- Julie, Joe, Queenie, Magnolia and Ravenal -- navigate the ups and downs of show business, love and loss in a time overshadowed by racial inequality. Presented by Fiddlehead Theatre Company at Citi Performing Arts Center's Shubert Theatre, the 1927 musical features unforgettable songs by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, including "Ol' Man River," "Make Believe" and "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man."
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.
With Bedlam's Twelfth Night, you'll see one play, two completely different ways, with the same five actors. The theatrical troupe specializes in classical revivals that are both radically innovative and winningly playful and their Shakespeare send-up is no exception. Twelfth Night -- which tracks the misadventures of shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian -- is famously filled with unrequited love, mistaken identity, romantic mischief and some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay. When Bedlam returns to Cambridge's Central Square Theater, they'll present two different versions of the Bard's gender-bending comedy, both of them staged by the same director and performed by the same five-person cast, whose members share between them all 12 parts.
Atheism and the End of the World smash into each other at Boston Playwrights' Theatre and the fallout is Ultimate Things, an evening of two darkly funny one-act plays that take a hard look at religious dogma. First up, Jesusness faces the apocalypse as a teacher at a small Christian school struggles to sort truths from falsehoods as pundits and politicians weigh in on humanity's impending doom. Secondly, Hellancholy follows an atheist TV producer who can't write a new episode without being tormented by visions grounded in the religious fears of her childhood. Each written by up-and-comer Carl Danielson, Ultimate Things will have you laughing and thinking in equal doses.
What You Will takes Shakespeare's source material in a fascinating new direction while keeping its core intact. This "inspiring" (The New York Times) Bedlam production features music from the likes of Billie Holiday, Dusty Springfield and French pop chanteurs, and a cast whose pristine white clothes become smeared with lipstick, yellow paint and "their own hearts' blood" (The Wall Street Journal) as the play progresses. Shakespeare's Twelfth Night -- which tracks the misadventures of shipwrecked twins Viola and Sebastian -- is famously filled with unrequited love, mistaken identity, romantic mischief, love triangles, deception and some of the Bard's wittiest wordplay. The Central Square Theater in Cambridge hosts the gender-bending comedy alongside Bedlam's Twelfth Night, an alternate interpretation by the same group. The New York Times proclaims "though each takes its own (and surprisingly slight) liberties with the original script, they arrive at the same resonant, wonder-inspiring conclusion."