Shakespeare's famous tragedy comes to North Andover in a new, high-voltage production starring some of London and New York's hottest, young professionals. It is a story of murder, phantasms, love, and retribution as a troubled prince seeks revenge for the death of his father. Aquila Theater Company, one of the best classical stage companies in the US, presents this new production of William Shakespeare's Hamlet at Rogers Center for the Arts.
An electrifying rock score and a colorful cast of characters provide the highlights to Hair, as does the show's timeless story of a young generation looking to change the world. This Tony-winning musical also boasts great tunes like "Aquarius," "Good Morning, Starshine," "Let the Sun Shine In," and "Easy To Be Hard," as well as an affectionate look at a peace-loving band of hippies, who search for life's answers amidst the turbulent Vietnam War era of the '60s. This groundbreaking show's revolutionary depiction of the era's cultural and sexual revolution, including onstage nudity, continues to strike a chord with audiences some 50 years after its original Broadway debut. Check it out at the Club Cafe in Boston's Back Bay, with a full bar offering drinks for purchase during the show.
Cameron Mackintosh presents the all-new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning Les Miserables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the 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. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production is leaving audiences and critics alike awestruck. Be sure to see it when it comes to the stage at The Bushnell in Hartford.
Audiences loved the long-running NBC sitcom The Golden Girls, tuning in weekly to laugh at the bawdy antics and hilarious quips of geriatric roomies Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia. Now, you can be a live audience member as this affectionate stage-show drag parody, starring its original cast, returns from a series of shows in New York and Las Vegas to play just two shows at Boston's Club Cafe. This all-male cast portrays the silver-haired ladies live on stage as if they'd never left their Miami home -- in fact, they're so good in their roles, Betty White herself told Ellen Degeneres "They play them better than we did!"
Gifted jazz saxophonist Willie "Cool" Jones is lured back from Paris by his old flame Babs with the promise of ownership in Mitzy's Jazz Kitchen, but Cool's inner demons compete with his ambitions as he tries to make sense of his life. Cliff Odle's new play Lost Tempo at Boston's Odyssey Theatre is a jazz riff on the addictions from which we all suffer, musical and otherwise.
Memoirs of a Geisha meets Slumdog Millionaire in actress Dipti Mehta's acclaimed solo show Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan. Visit India's red light district where we meet the eunuch, priest, pimp, mother and daughter who call it home. This intriguing and poignant story at Beverly's Larcom Theatre looks at the dangerous life of Mumbai's real-life brothels and why they exist. The coming-of-age story about a girl in a brothel also raises funds for ApneAap, an organization dedicated to ending the sex trade in India.
Take an exhilarating journey to picturesque Italy during the breezy musical The Light in the Piazza, which captured six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score. When the dashing young Fabrizio captures Clara Johnson's heart, her mother struggles with the secret she's been keeping about her beautiful offspring and the question of how it will affect the developing romance. Adapted from the novella by Elizabeth Spencer with a score by Adam Guettel (grandson of composer Richard Rogers), this delightful show will have you saying "that's amore" as you fall in love with some of musical theater's most endearing characters. Be swept up in the heady rush of young love at Arlington Friends of the Drama.
One of the most groundbreaking productions ever to hit Broadway, FUN HOME is the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME features music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and direction by Sam Gold, whose work on this production earned them the 2015 Tony Awards for Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction. FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family - her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father - that connect with her in surprising new ways.
Putting her own spin on the national motto of France, "Liberte, Egalite, Sororite," Helen Hayes-nominated playwright Lauren Gunderson has penned yet another stellar tale of women in history. Join playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, Haitian activist Marianne Angelle and former queen Marie Antoinette as they conspire to avoid literally losing their heads during the insanity of the Reign of Terror. The Revolutionists is an irreverent, fantastical comedy that examines feminism, extremism, art, and how we actually go about changing the world. Score tickets now, with this special presale offer, to The Nora Theatre Company's staging of the show at the Central Square Theater in Cambridge.
Brooke and Zeke are thrilled to learn that they've won the starring roles in the new school musical -- a mysterious production called The Phantom. But when strange, seemingly supernatural events begin interrupting rehearsals, the friends begin to wonder whether the show they're acting in might be cursed. In the slightly spooky, family-friendly world of Goosebumps the Musical: Phantom of the Auditorium from Boston Children's Theatre, Brooke and Zeke must race to find out whether they're being haunted by ghosts or hoodwinked by pranksters.
The wildly creative avant-garde dance company Pilobolus has transformed itself into an international entertainment juggernaut and their dynamic feats will be on full display at Boston's Shubert Theatre. The troupe's been featured everywhere from Oprah to 60 Minutes to Sesame Street and they were nominated for a 2012 Grammy Award for the video for OK Go's "All Is Not Lost." Blowing minds since 1971, the company continues to explore new ways of using the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. Watch as they create a mesmerizing physical world in this Boch Center program, which includes "The Inconsistent Pedaler," an absurd, acrobatic and lyrical collaboration with fiction writer Etgar Keret and filmmaker Shira Geffen.
Always a feel-good favorite, the Tony-winning musical comedy The Music Man follows the adventures of fast-talking "Professor" Harold Hill, who plans to con the good people of an Iowa town into buying instruments for a boys' band he has no intention of organizing, then marching off with their hard-earned cash. But there's trouble right there in River City when he becomes fond of the townspeople and falls for the lovely Marian the Librarian, even as she begins to see through his scheme. Showing at Eliot Hall in the Boston area, this uplifting and entertaining show sparkles with memorable tunes like "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Ya Got Trouble," "Till There Was You," "Goodnight, My Someone" and many more.
When Edinburgh's world-renowned anatomy schools face a cadaver shortage in the 1820s, two men smell a money-making enterprise. Based on historical events, The Nefarious, Immoral, But Highly Profitable Enterprise of Mr. Burke & Mr. Hare follows the infamous 10-month killing spree of William Burke and William Hare -- and questions how far society will go in the name of "science". With music by Julian Grant and libretto by Mark Campbell, this highly theatrical and brutally funny chamber opera brings both gore and glee to Boston Center for the Arts - Cyclorama.
Written by Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus, The State of Siege weaves paranoia, endurance and political struggle into a dizzying modern metaphor. See how the manipulation of fear in a sleepy city in Spain gives rise to a totalitarian regime. Staged by leading avant-garde French director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and produced on an epic scale by the celebrated Paris theatre company Theatre de la Ville, the production explores how art can serve as a way to process -- and to resist -- human atrocities. What role can art play in the face of peril? Faced with imminent danger, can the human spirit remain focused on the beauty of life? Intended to reflect some of mankind's worst dictators, The State of Siege shines a piercing light at Boston's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.
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.
One of the world's most magical adaptations of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker pirouettes its way into Boston's Orpheum Theatre as part of its 25th anniversary tour. Almost 40 renowned dancers bring to life the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas Eve and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. Filled with larger-than-life puppets and nesting dolls, handmade Victorian-style costumes, gasp-inducing special effects and sets created by La La Land designer Carl Sprague, this perennial favorite is sure to cast its seasonal spell over the whole family.
This story of boundless love, full of passion and drama, follows Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera, one of the most successful musicals of all time, which has now been seen by more than 130 million people worldwide and is the winner of over 50 international awards. The ultimate love story continues in LOVE NEVER DIES, Andrew Lloyd Webber's spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera. LOVE NEVER DIES is a dazzling new production, which takes audiences on a thrilling rollercoaster ride of intrigue, obsession and romance. Be seduced by the beautiful; sometimes magical and poetic; sometimes joyful; and occasionally melancholic score.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna - a waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
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.
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.