Drawing inspiration from cult classics like Heathers and The Virgin Suicides, this production of the favorite Romeo & Juliet finds the star-crossed lovers in that most dramatic and perilous of environments: high school. With voice and text coaching by Daniel Thomas Blackwell, this production will blend old and new by recreating the dialect of Elizabethan England with the sensibilities of the 1980s. See Shakespeare as you've never seen or heard it before at Chelsea Theatre Works.
Based on Virginia Woolf's masterpiece, Sarah Ruhl's Orlando takes a fresh look at love, gender and relationships. One of America's most exciting young playwrights, Ruhl brings her trademark blend of feminism and fantasy to Woolf's gender-bending tale that follows the young nobleman Orlando, who decides never to grow old. He falls asleep one day and wakes to find himself a woman. Orlando's swashbuckling adventure spans 300 years during which time Orlando ages only 36 years before landing in the 20th century where as a woman, she must come to terms with not only her past, but a present that challenges her. Don't miss this compelling production at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
The acclaimed Broadway comedy One Man, Two Guvnors tells the story of Francis Henshall, an out-of-work musician who finds himself working for two bosses who turn out to be connected to each other in wildly improbable and surprising ways. All Henshall has to do is keep them from discovering the other exists, but mistaken identities, love triangles and wild lunacy are the results. An update of Carlo Goldoni's classic farce, The Servant of Two Masters, set in Brighton, England in the early 1960s, this Burlington Players production comes to the Park Playhouse.
Long before Carole King became a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn. Beloved for penning such iconic pop classics as "You've Got a Friend" and "I Feel the Earth Move," she fought her way into the record business as a teenager and ultimately flourished, writing hits for some of the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice.Beautiful is the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from 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. It's no surprise that Beautiful - The Carole King Musical won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album of 2015. A resounding success on Broadway, this unforgettable show now comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center.
1648, India. At morning's first light, the Taj Mahal, an awe-inspiring edifice representing the pinnacle of beauty and the power of an empire, will be unveiled. For the two Imperial guards who are protecting the palace, close friends since childhood, dawn's first light will set in motion a ghoulishly unthinkable task that will challenge their faith, friendship and duty. Rajiv Joseph's dark comedy incisively examines two average men who get swept up in the beauty, carnage and zealotry surrounding one of the legendary wonders of the world. Catch Guards at the Taj at Cambridge's Central Square Theater.
Adam was the scariest man in the National Hockey League, but now he's been demoted to the minors, gotten high on painkillers, and trashed the locker room at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. His friends need to talk him down before he gets into real trouble, but he's got his own agenda ... and it isn't about making saves, dekes, dangles, snipes, and passes. A modern-day take on Sophocles' Ajax as seen through the lens of the last true gladiator sport, this world premiere of Walt McGough's Brawler, at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, was produced in collaboration with Kitchen Theatre Company.
As Steven, a former Broadway chorus boy turned stay-at-home dad, celebrates yet another birthday, he finds himself filled with fear and uncertainty. Is his partner of 16 years, Stephen, cheating on him? Is his best friend really dying? And what, exactly, has he done with his life? As the play progresses, we see him grapple with infidelity, polyamory, child-rearing and looming death. Midlife ennui has never been so simultaneously dramatic and hilarious. Get to know Steve at the Boston Center for the Arts' Plaza Black Box stage.
The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is a tip-top model of efficiency -- so why are things getting so steamy? It could have something to do with how hard new superintendent Sid Sorokin has fallen for Babe Williams, the trouble-making head of the union grievance committee. Sparks really start to fly when a workers' strike pits management against labor and ignites an outrageous battle of the sexes. Packed with fun, fiery numbers like "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway," The Weston Friendly Society's production of this romantic comedy is sure to warm up your early spring.
Experience the thrilling tale of adventure on the high seas in this fun-filled yarn of piracy and buried treasure. Jim Hawkins, the cabin boy on the sailing ship "Hispaniola," is drawn into this action-packed story full of unsavory characters, including the infamous Long John Silver, who leads a scramble for buried treasure on an exotic isle. The greedy mutineers fight each other for treasure as friendships come unraveled, and new alliances are formed. Good ultimately triumphs, but not without lots of twists and turns! Treasure Island springs to life at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly with all the great action and talent that The Panto Company USA is known for! The story is written for children ages 4 to 13, but it is a true family show that everyone will enjoy!
Produced by the creative team behind The Illusionists, the world's best-selling touring magic show, THE MAGIC OF ADAM TRENT is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music designed to entertain the entire family. Showcasing his "futuristic" brand of magic, Trent has mesmerized live audiences around the globe, in person and as a featured guest on America's Got Talent, The Today Show, Ellen, the Travel Channel and Disney Channel among countless other TV appearances. The 31-year-old also stars in his own recently launched 10-episode TV series 'The Road Trick' on Red Bull TV.
Featuring music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Three unlikely friends conspire to take control of their company and learn that there's nothing they can't do -- even in a "man's world." Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, experience the madness at Arlington Friends of the Drama.
X barks the spot in PAW Patrol's latest live adventure! On the day of Adventure Bay's big Pirate Day celebration, Ryder and his team of pirate-attired pups scamper into action to rescue Cap'n Turbot from a mysterious cavern. In the process, the cave-diving canines discover a secret map to buried pirate treasure. Together they set out over land and sea to find the treasure for the Pirate Day celebration before the nefarious Mayor Humdinger from nearby Foggy Bottom can steal it for himself. It's all pups on deck for this pirate adventure -- including the group's newest member, Tracker. Join the fun when PAW Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure comes to the Boch Center Wang Theatre in Boston.
Want striptease with your Settlers of Catan? Lasciviousness with your LAN party? Get jiggy with the Jedi? Look no further than the nerd convention of your dreams: Talk Nerdy to Me! Rogue Burlesque is geeking out hard on all your fandoms - Star Wars, Star Trek, super heroes, board games, video games, comic books -- you name it! In a dazzling celebration of boobs, butts, and brains, Rogue takes to the stage for the fourth and most epic incarnation of Talk Nerdy to Me yet! Hosted by Joan and Jim (comedian Jessie Baade and Dale Stones of Sirlesque), this nerdlesque show features performances by Brandy Wine, Cheeky DeVine, Dahlia Strack and more, with special guest Maggie Maraschino. Whether you love or hate cons, you'll feel right at home when this one comes to OBERON in Cambridge.
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed, with humor and compassion, in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of the world's most beloved dance companies and a favorite with Boston audiences, returns for their annual visit to Celebrity Series with performances that include founder Alvin Ailey's seminal 1960 work Revelations. It was in 1968 that the dynamic, then-emerging African-American dance company first performed at John Hancock Hall. The success of that Boston debut led to a 50-year relationship between the iconic dance company and the city of Boston. Through decades of brilliant performances and educational outreach, the partnership between Celebrity Series and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has had a deep and lasting impact on the greater Boston community. The company is celebrated not just for their exquisite performance of beloved classics, but also for their commitment to bold, new dance styles, offering something for every taste. Join in celebrating the love affair between the company and the city of Boston with this special anniversary performance.
Just three years -- that's how long it took for Buddy Holly to change music history forever. Hit Broadway musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story charts the early rocker's life from his Texas upbringing with a group of high school pals who'd become The Crickets, to his meteoric rise to fame and tragic death at 22 -- all set to a soundtrack of some of rock 'n' roll's biggest hits. Now in its 27th year, the "world's most successful rock 'n' roll musical" features more than 20 of Holly's greatest hits, including "That'll Be the Day," "Rave On," "Oh, Boy!" and "Not Fade Away," along with Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace." This feel-good musical has delighted audiences throughout the world, and now you can experience this "Peggy Sue"-perb show for yourself at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.
In 1996, a new rock musical by a little-known composer opened on Broadway ... and became a Hamilton-like sensation, winning both a Pulitzer Prize and the Tony for Best Musical. Now, more than 20 years later, the late Jonathan Larson's gritty re-imagining of Puccini's La Boheme resonates as loudly as ever with its life-affirming message of joy and hope in the face of fear and despair. RENT follows 525,600 minutes in the lives of seven young artists and musicians as they struggle to create and survive under the shadow of HIV/AIDS on New York City's Lower East Side. This timeless romance and its stirring anthem "Seasons of Love" returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th-anniversary touring production, making a stop at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester.
From Grammy-, Emmy- and Academy Award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award-winning Edie Brickell comes Bright Star, the five-time Tony-nominated musical that The New York Times called "a shining achievement." Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie and inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. The story -- as refreshingly genuine as it is daringly hopeful -- unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies and powerfully moving performances. Score your tickets today to see this "gorgeous anthem to optimism" (Variety) at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.
ON YOUR FEET! is the story of two people who-through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream-showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You, "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will bring a new sound to Broadway and get audiences on their feet.
In the late 1800s at Harvard College observatory -- long before the heroines of Hidden Figures made their contributions at NASA -- a group of "computers," aka women employed for half a man's salary to analyze astronomic data, proved that the universe was larger than anyone ever dreamed. The Women Who Mapped the Stars reveals the thrilling untold story of the five brave analysts who paved the way for previously impossible advances in astronomy. The Nora Theatre Company stages this world premiere by Joyce Van Dyke at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
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.
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."
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.
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.