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The Peculiar Patriot Oct 17 - Oct 28, 2018  
Paramount Center The Peculiar Patriot
 
Inspired by her decades-long work with prison populations, including on the notorious Riker's Island, Liza Jessie Peterson's timely and urgent one-person show unpacks the human impact of mass incarceration in America. Fearlessly funny, smart and provocative, The Peculiar Patriot traces the migration of systemic injustice from the plantation to the prison yard. Betsy LaQuanda Ross, Liza's narrator, is a self-proclaimed "peculiar patriot" who makes regular visits to penitentiaries to boost the morale of her incarcerated friends and family. Betsy is both victim and victor of this country's prison system and her story turns statistics into achingly relatable stories, drawn from the experience of more than 2.5 million people behind bars. Make sure to see The Peculiar Patriot at the Emerson Paramount Center's Jackie Liebergott Black Box in Boston.
 
   
The Roommate Oct 19 - Nov 18, 2018  
Lyric Stage Company of Boston The Roommate
 
Though they're both in their mid-50s, Sharon and Robyn make an unlikely pair of roommates, much less friends -- Sharon's a staid Midwestern divorcee, who's happy to ante up her personal info, while her new renter Robyn's a hard-edged vegan from the Bronx, who plays her cards close to the vest. But when The Roommate finally does show her hand, revealing some shocking secrets, it spurs a surprising reaction in Sharon, proving it's never too late to take a chance on changing your life. Check it out at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
 
   
Rock of Ages Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2018  
Boch Center Wang Theatre Rock of Ages
 
We're going back to a sexier time -- The Reagan Era -- where the party has been raging hard in Hollywood. There, at one of the Sunset Strip's last legendary rock venues, the liquor flows freely, the Lycra is tight and the Aqua Net is in abundance. Amidst the madness, aspiring rock star (and perspiring janitor) Drew longs to become the next Bon Jovi. But when he falls for a small-town girl, will the good times come to an end? One of the longest running shows in recent Broadway history, the Tony-nominated Rock of Ages features 28 eyebrow-scorching hits from Styx, Poison and many other monster bands of the '80s. Get ready to rock out at the Boch Center's Wang Theatre in Boston.
 
   
Measure for Measure Oct 24 - Oct 28, 2018  
Cutler Majestic Theatre Measure for Measure
 
Exploring the corrupting nature of power, Measure for Measure is one of Shakespeare's darker comedies, posing controversial ideas that proved far ahead of their time. In this gritty staging from London's Cheek by Jowl and Moscow's Pushkin Theatre, the Bard's timely tale of sex, piety and politics are further examined through the lens of contemporary Russian society. A delectable mix of comedy and tragedy, Measure for Measure tackles important questions about authority and agency over one's body (both political and personal). Take advantage of this exclusive pre-sale offer and see this original and thrilling production when it makes a stop at Boston's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre during its first-ever U.S. tour.
 
   
Friends! The Musical Parody Oct 26  
Lowell Memorial Auditorium Friends! The Musical Parody
 
Friends! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons TV's Friends, celebrating the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and love in 1990s Manhattan. It's a seemingly typical day at New York's only coffee shop, Central Perk, until an unexpected runaway bride with beautiful hair enters the picture and kicks the whole gang out of second gear! This delightfully naughty confection at Lowell Memorial Auditorium plucks the best moments from the show's ten years and recreates the moments through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll unagi!
 
   
The Play That Goes Wrong Nov 7 - Nov 18, 2018  
Citi Colonial Theatre The Play That Goes Wrong
 
What would happen if Sherlock Holmes and Monty Python had an illegitimate Broadway baby? You'd get The Play That Goes Wrong, Broadway and London's award-winning smash comedy! Called "a gut-busting hit" (The New York Times) and "the funniest play Broadway has ever seen" (HuffPost), this classic murder mystery is chock-full of mishaps and madcap mania delivering "a riotous explosion of comedy" (Daily Beast) that is "tons of fun for all ages" (HuffPost)!
 
   
The Wizard of Oz Nov 8 - Nov 11, 2018  
The Hanover Theatre The Wizard of Oz
 
Click the heels of your ruby-red slippers and prepare to be transported to magical lands by one of the most beloved musicals of all time, The Wizard of Oz. Based on the classic 1939 MGM movie, this family favorite will sweep you off your feet from the moment the tornado blows into Kansas. Young farm girl Dorothy and her little dog Toto are transported "Over the Rainbow," where they meet and befriend the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow. The friends travel together along the Yellow Brick Road in search of the great and powerful Wizard himself. Featuring such classic songs as "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead" and "If I Only Had a Brain," The Wizard of Oz is sure to cast its timeless spell over the entire family when it comes to The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2018  
Central Square Theater A Christmas Carol
 
It wouldn't be the holidays without miserly Ebenezer Scrooge trying to derail everyone's enjoyment, and in Underground Railway Theater's production of A Christmas Carol, the Dickens classic is given a facelift. Featuring puppetry, a live musical score, dancing and an intimate setting, the sights, sounds and scents of this Christmas favorite leap off the stage. Celebrate the season with this unique look at a timeless tale.
 
   
The Nutcracker Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2018  
Cutler Majestic Theatre The Nutcracker
 
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre is poised to add to its 30-year tradition of bringing its magical production of The Nutcracker to Boston, featuring more than 100 children with substantial dancing roles. This beloved holiday classic, set to Tchaikovsky's masterful score, comes to the Emerson Cutler Majestic with the story of a young girl who receives a nutcracker as a Christmas Eve gift and dreams of an enchanted adventure full of excitement, romance and plenty of Sugar Plum Fairies.
 
   
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Nov 30 - Dec 9, 2018  
Arlington Friends of the Drama Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
 
Arlington Friends of the Drama Presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard. Acclaimed as a modern dramatic masterpiece, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is the fabulously inventive tale of Hamlet, as told from the view of the bewildered Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two minor characters in Shakespeare's play. In Tom Stoppard's best-known work, this Shakespearean Laurel and Hardy finally get a chance to take the lead role, but do so in a world where echoes of Waiting for Godot resound and where reality and illusion intermix.
 
   
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical Dec 2  
Lowell Memorial Auditorium Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical
 
The beloved TV classic Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. Come see all of your favorite characters from the special, including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. It's an adventure that teaches that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don't miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us when it comes to the stage of the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.
 
   
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 19  
Boch Center Wang Theatre Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
 
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker comes to the Boch Center in Boston, spreading holiday joy and goodwill with its Dove of Peace tour. Inspired by the Bolshoi's 1957 version of Tchaikovsky's classic, the young Masha and her Nutcracker Prince arrive in the Land of Peace and Harmony, where the Dove takes Masha on a magical trip across the globe, introducing her to the rich and colorful cultures of the world. Filled with premier Russian dancers, larger-than-life nesting dolls, handmade costumes, young local dancers -- and even a falling snow effect -- this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the entire family, leaving kids "wide-eyed with delight" (The New York Times).
 
   
Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Jan 8 - Jan 20, 2019  
Boston Opera House Roald Dahl's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory
 
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory...to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now's your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before-get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper!
 
   
Beautiful-The Carole King Musical Jan 29 - Feb 10, 2019  
Boston Opera House Beautiful-The Carole King Musical
 
Beautiful-The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
 
   
Bedlam's Pygmalion Jan 31 - Mar 3, 2019  
Central Square Theater Bedlam's Pygmalion
 
Fresh off a critically acclaimed off-Broadway run, the original cast of Bedlam's Pygmalion comes to the Central Square Theater in Cambridge. Eric Tucker's "revelatory" (Village Voice) and "playful" (The New York Times) production brings Eliza Doolittle, Professor Higgins (performed by Tucker) and a cast of characters to life with just six actors. Immerse yourself in this gritty, fresh interpretation of George Bernard Shaw's classic, exploring the negotiation of power through sexual politics.
 
   
School Of Rock - The Musical Feb 12 - Feb 24, 2019  
Boston Opera House School Of Rock - The Musical
 
Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater's first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage.
 
   
The Illusionists - Live From Broadway Mar 5 - Mar 10, 2019  
Citi Colonial Theatre The Illusionists - Live From Broadway
 
This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists - Live From Broadway has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
 
   
Photograph 51 Mar 14 - Apr 14, 2019  
Central Square Theater Photograph 51
 
The Nora Theatre Company presents Photograph 51 at Central Square Theatre. In 1951, British biophysicist Rosalind Franklin became a research associate at King's College in London. It was her X-ray imaging that revealed DNA's double helix structure, leading to the 1962 Nobel Prize, which went to James Watson, Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins. Told with wit and urgency by a chorus of scientists who relive the competitive chase to be the first to map the DNA molecule, Photograph 51 is the story of a fiercely independent and ambitious young scientist and her unsung, trailblazing achievements. It also provides an unflinching look at sexism, ethics and scientific collaboration.
 
   
An Inspector Calls Mar 14 - Mar 24, 2019  
Cutler Majestic Theatre An Inspector Calls
 
This production has been seen on Broadway, had six seasons in London's West End, ten UK tours, two Australian tours and a season in Tokyo. Oscar-nominated director Stephen Daldry returns to direct his masterpiece on a gorgeous, grand-scale set. A knock on the door abruptly brings a celebratory dinner party to a close, when a determined police investigator shows up at the home of the Birling family to investigate the death of a young girl. As the inspector continues to ask one penetrating question after the next, this close-knit family begins to unravel -- and long-buried secrets surrounding the girl's death are slowly unearthed. This popular drawing room mystery by J.B. Priestley is a fascinating look into the world of the wealthy and an exciting whodunit that'll keep you guessing until the end. See if you can solve the mystery of An Inspector Calls at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.
 
   
A Bronx Tale Apr 2 - Apr 14, 2019  
Boston Opera House A Bronx Tale
 
A Bronx Tale is a streetwise musical that takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s-where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he'd love to be. Featuring a doo-wop score, A Bronx Tale is a story about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.
 
   
Les Miserables Apr 16 - Apr 28, 2019  
Boston Opera House Les Miserables
 
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption-a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history.
 
   
black odyssey Apr 25 - May 19, 2019  
Central Square Theater black odyssey
 
In black odyssey, Ulysses Lincoln, a Gulf War veteran lost at sea and presumed dead, fights to find his way back home to his wife and son. The meddlesome Gods -- Great Grand Daddy Deus and Great Grand Paw Sidin -- have other plans in mind as they battle for control of Ulysses' fate. Combining Greek mythology, African-American oral history and music, this visionary new take on Homer's classic tale can be seen at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
 
   
Kinky Boots May 7 - May 12, 2019  
Citi Colonial Theatre Kinky Boots
 
Kinky Boots is Broadway's huge-hearted, high-heeled hit! With songs by Grammy and Tony-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, this joyous musical celebration is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, Kinky Boots takes you from a gentlemen's shoe factory in Northampton to the glamorous catwalks of Milan.
 
   
Cloud 9 Jun 6 - Jun 30, 2019  
Central Square Theater Cloud 9
 
Victorian repression clashes with liberal expression in this show that follows a British family from colonial Africa to contemporary London. Filled with unexpected trysts, gender swaps, role reversals and power plays, Cloud 9 is a provocative, exuberant, time-shifting comedy that's both a parody and spoof of the ever-changing world of sexual politics. Caryl Churchill, lauded with "creating a new theatrical language," was recently recognized by The Guardian as "now sharing with Tom Stoppard the title of Britain's most significant living dramatist." Enjoy Cloud 9 at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
 
   
Miss Saigon Jun 12 - Jun 30, 2019  
Boston Opera House Miss Saigon
 
Experience the acclaimed new production of the legendary musical Miss Saigon, from the creators of Les Miserables. This is the epic story of a young Vietnamese woman named Kim. In a bar run by a notorious character called The Engineer, Kim meets an American G.I. That encounter will change their lives forever. Featuring stunning spectacle, a sensational cast of 42, and a soaring score including Broadway hits like "Last Night of the World," "The Movie in My Mind," and "The Heat is On in Saigon," this is a theatrical event you will never forget.
 
   
Dear Evan Hansen Jul 10 - Aug 4, 2019  
Boston Opera House Dear Evan Hansen
 
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he's always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it.
 
   
Hello, Dolly! Aug 6 - Aug 18, 2019  
Boston Opera House Hello, Dolly!
 
Breaking box office records week after week and receiving thunderous raves on Broadway, this Hello, Dolly! pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion-hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it "a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow indeed!"