With jokes aimed at both ends of the political spectrum -- and pretty much all of the middle, too -- musical-comedy group The Capitol Steps has been eliciting laughs at democracy's expense since 1981. If you've ever wanted to see Barack Obama sing a show tune, Donald Trump sing a rock song and Vladimir Putin dance shirtless, this is the show for you. The Steps' stage show features numerous song parodies and skits, and the cast even includes some former Congressional staffers, whose firsthand experience helps make the jokes zing that much more. This legendary troupe has recorded more than 30 albums, and their radio specials are featured on NPR stations nationwide four times a year, but there's nothing like experiencing their cutting-edge comedy live when they come to the Larcom Theatre in Beverly.
At a beautiful country farmhouse during the summer of 1995, eight gay men come together over three holiday weekends -- Memorial Day, the 4th of July and Labor Day. They share romance, anger, laughter and difficult truths. Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion! unfolds with great humor as the men address revealing questions of gay identity, self-esteem, the threat of AIDS and male love. Zeitgeist Stage Company brings the Tony-winning play to Boston Center for the Arts, with its themes of love, friendship, fear, pride and acceptance that are just as poignant and relevant today. Don't miss the show about which The New York Times wrote: "It's utterly contemporary; its one-liners are sometimes hysterical and are slammed home with style; it has genuine pathos that's only slightly tinged with sentimentality."
In collaboration with celebrated guitarist Scott Tarulli, BoSoma Dance Company, under the direction of Katherine Hooper, presents The Playground, a one-hour performance that embraces the kinetic energy that is ignited when improvisation is introduced to modern dance and live music. Catch this fusion of music and movement live at Larcom Theatre in Beverly.
The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winning Best Score, including "My Favorite Things," "Do-Re-Mi," "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," "Edelweiss" and the title song.
After witnessing the fall of the Twin Towers, Annie heads to Japan to study butoh, looking for a dance form that expresses the destruction she can't comprehend. Ten years later, she's diagnosed with stage-four cancer and returns to butoh to prepare for her final dance. Katie Bender's Still, Now asks the question: what can our bodies teach us that our minds cannot fathom? This Heart & Dagger Production comes to the stage at Boston Center for the Arts' Calderwood Pavilion.
Five best friends are about to take a hilarious journey from heartbreak to happiness over the course of one karaoke-filled evening in Girls Night. An off-Broadway hit, this boisterous musical revue boasts an infectious energy fueled by rousing renditions of beloved pop gems such as "Lady Marmalade," "It's Raining Men," "I Will Survive" and many more. Along the way, its fierce and funny core quintet relive the past, celebrate the present, anticipate the future and, most of all, sing their hearts out. Applauded for its "infectious, exhilarating sense of intoxication" (Hollywood Reporter) and called "as funny and outrageous as Sex and the City by The Advocate, Girls Night takes over the Hanover Theatre in Worcester.
Peppa Pig -- star of her own hit children's animated series on Nick Jr. -- is back and bringing her latest fun-filled stage show to the U.S.! It's a lovely day outside and Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig have got a wonderful surprise in store for Peppa and her little brother, George. Will they guess the exciting news? Find out at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts as Peppa and the rest of her family and friends come to life as full-sized puppets in Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig's Surprise! Expect lots of singing, dancing and audience participation during this fast-paced, funny performance that's perfect for preschoolers.
Lincoln Center Theatre's Tony-winning production of this classic musical, dubbed "breathtaking and exquisite" by The New York Times, makes a royal appearance at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester. Set in 1860's Bangkok, The King and I tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the modernist king, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. This Rodgers & Hammerstein revival is "too beautiful to miss," according to New York magazine, boasting a score with such beloved standards as "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance" and "Something Wonderful."
The winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the Broadway sensation The Wiz has inspired numerous revivals and a beloved movie starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. Now the magic continues with this dazzling production at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston. A retelling of L. Frank Baum's classic tale, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, this adaptation of The Wiz is a magical musical mixture of rock, gospel and soul in a fantastical urban setting. Featuring incredible songs like "Ease on Down the Road," "Home," "Be a Lion," and "Don't Nobody Bring Me No Bad News," The Wiz is sure to enchant audiences of all ages.
The ultimate love story continues in Love Never Dies, Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. Ten years after disappearing from the Paris Opera House, the Phantom has a new life in New York where he lives amongst the joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. Christine Daae, now one of the world's finest sopranos, is coming to perform in New York. In a final bid to win back her love, the Phantom lures Christine, her husband Raoul and their young son to the glittering and glorious world of Coney Island, where anything could happen. Snag your tickets now so you can be sure to see this epic sequel to one of the most spectacular musicals ever to grace Broadway, as Love Never Dies brings its thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance to The Bushnell in Hartford.
The phrase show of hands takes on an entirely new meaning in this ingenious theatrical production that blends cinematic techniques, tiny sets, a poetic voice-over -- and a few human fingers -- to bring its fantastical story to life. Cold Blood, the new show from the creators of ArtsEmerson's 2013 hit Kiss & Cry, explores the big questions of life and death through the world of miniatures and live film projection, with the performers in full, fascinating view. You'll no doubt be as swept away by the sight of their tap-dancing, ball-kicking digits as you will by their charming, inventive tale, when it comes to the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. With this pre-sale offer you'll be sure to nab tickets to what promises to be a popular show.
France, before the revolution. Two decadent, aristocratic ex-lovers conspire in drawing rooms and boudoirs, swooping down on the innocent and na´ve, and playfully keeping score of their depravity with delicious ribald wit. Lee Mikeska Gardner helmed the play in Washington DC with an all-male cast. Bringing that concept to The Nora, notions of gender politics are skewed with the sexual, amoral, manipulative game envisioned through new eyes. Money, mayhem and men - see why Gardner's production of Les Liaisons Dangereuses was hailed as "Gutsy ... groundbreaking theater" by DCist.
It's the summer of 1963, and 17-year-old Frances "Baby" Houseman is on vacation in New York's Catskill Mountains with her older sister and parents. Baby discovers her own entertainment when she stumbles upon the staff quarters where an all-night dance party is in full swing. Mesmerized by the raunchy dance moves and the pounding rhythms, Baby can't wait to be part of the scene, especially when she catches sight of Johnny Castle the resort dance instructor. Baby's life is about to change forever as she is thrown in at the deep end as Johnny's leading lady both on-stage and off with breathtaking consequences.
As teenagers, BeBe & CeCe Winans faced the ultimate in culture shock when they were invited to join Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Praise the Lord network television show. Born for This: The Musical, created by BeBe and Broadway director Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown: The Musical), brings the Grammy-winning duo's story to the stage, packed with their most loved hits as well as stellar new songs. Before they became household names with songs like "I.O.U. Me," "Heaven," "Addictive Love" and "I'll Take You There," the Winans found themselves suddenly thrust into the small screen spotlight while also having to lead the charge in integrating TV evangelism. Experience Born for This at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre in Boston.
Aladdin, adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales including "One Thousand and One Nights," is brought to fresh theatrical life in this bold new musical. Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. This new production features a full score, including the five cherished songs from the Academy Award-winning soundtrack and more written especially for the stage.
Winner of 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical! From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park, and Tony Award-winner Robert Lopez, co-creator of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, comes The Book of Mormon, a new Broadway musical that Jon Stewart of The Daily Show describes as, "a crowning achievement, so good it makes me angry" and by Entertainment Weekly as "the funniest musical of all time." Featuring choreography by Tony Award-winner Casey Nicholaw, The Book of Mormon is directed by Nicholaw and Parker. Don't miss your chance to see what Ben Brantley of The New York Times calls "the best musical of this century." Contains explicit language. Don't miss The Book Of Mormon in Boston.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.