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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.
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.
"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.
Bold tales of bravery, friendship and teamwork take center stage when your favorite American Girl characters come to life in this fun new musical. Featuring original songs and unforgettable experiences, American Girl Live follows a group of friends at sleepover camp for an exciting summer away from home. The iconic American Girl characters lend a hand through story and song, solving problems and working together. Join your favorite American Girls as the campers follow their hearts, share their dreams and learn the power of friendship at The Bushnell in Hartford.
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.
Langston Hughes' Black Nativity -- a joyous account of the nativity told through scripture, verse, music and dance -- is a true Christmastime tradition, and National Center of Afro-American Artists' captivating production is the longest-running performance of the Harlem Renaissance poet's song-play in the world. First performed in 1961, Black Nativity is a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, and mixes text from the Gospel of Saint Luke with black vernacular. A cast of children and adults brings this timeless story to life with music and dancing in this uplifting production for the whole family. Experience this Boston tradition at Paramount Center.
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.
Before Marian Anderson sang a note or Paul Robeson picked up Shakespeare, another African-American classical artist was wowing everyone from commoners to kings: the lyric tenor Roland Hayes. Now the musical Breath & Imagination chronicles this creative pioneer's amazing journey -- from growing up the son of a slave on a Georgia plantation to singing before the crowned heads of Europe as a cultural sensation in the early 20th century. Telling his story through both spirituals and classical music, Breath & Imagination is a compelling musical about one man's determination to become an artist despite seemingly insurmountable odds. Award-winning actor, singer, writer and thought leader Daniel Beaty penned this inspiring bio play, now coming to the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
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!
Everyone's favorite holiday humbug, Ebenezer Scrooge, is off again on a magical time-traveling journey that celebrates the spirit of the season. The Hanover Theatre presents the holiday tradition for more than 10 years now, a festive stage adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, adapted by Hanover Theatre President & CEO, Troy Siebels. Featuring elaborate set designs, spectacular costumes and stunning special effects, this holiday gem tells the story of surly miser Scrooge, whose cold heart has forgotten the spirit of Christmas and left him alone with his riches. A surprise visit from the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future sends Scrooge on a life-changing journey towards redemption as he discovers what it means to open your heart and connect with your community. Bring the whole family and revel in this joyous holiday tradition, starring audience favorite Jeremy Lawrence (The Blacklist) at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester. And if you get there early, you can enjoy live music on the Mighty Wurlitzer organ!
Experience an enchanting night of Celtic music and dance in honor of the holiday season at Brian O'Donovan's annual A Christmas Celtic Sojourn at Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester. This year's 16th annual show promises to be as spectacular as ever, with young Scottish singing sensation Hannah Rarity and the vocal quartet Windborne set to appear, along with harpist-singer Maeve Gilchrist, cellist Natalie Haas, the folk string quartet The Fretless, dancer Kevin Doyle and the young dancers from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance in Walpole. O'Donovan, the host of WGBH's national radio program, has been at the helm of this live show since 2003, and he promises some surprises for this latest version as well.
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.
Manual Cinema debuts another feat of innovative, cinematic storytelling at Boston's Emerson Paramount Center Robert J. Orchard Stage with this special pre-sale offer. The End of TV dovetails the Technicolor promises of TV advertisements and the decline of the Rust Belt to weave a portrait of true human connection. The End of TV casts a theatrical spell through live-action silhouettes, video feeds, overhead projection and a five-piece band performing an original score. Set against the grain of a Midwestern city in decline, an elderly white woman and a young black woman build a genuine connection among all of the chatter of the television ads that surround daily American life.
Directed by visionary Tony-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award winning film, Finding Neverland tells the incredible story behind one of the world's most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys' enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie's classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. Finding Neverland is "far and away the best musical of the year!" (NPR) Don't miss your chance to see it at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.
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.
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).
New England's longest running interpretation of The Nutcracker takes the whole family on a fantastic journey with Clara as she saves the Nutcracker Prince by battling an army of mice. She travels through the enchanting snow forest to arrive in the Kingdom of the Sweets where dancing confections celebrate her bravery! Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker at the historic Strand Theatre in Dorchester includes a cast of talented professional dancers as well as a children's cast of more than 150 young dancers from around Massachusetts.
From humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan bucked the odds to become the most successful Latin crossover act of all time, with smash singles like "Conga" and "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," dozens of Grammys and sold-out stadiums from Sydney to Singapore. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. Now coming to The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester, this hit Broadway musical takes you inside the real story of the groundbreaking couple who fought their way back in the face of adversity. Directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Mitchell ("Kinky Boots"), with choreography by Olivier Award winner Sergio Trujillo ("Jersey Boys") and an original book by Academy Award-winner Alexander Dinelaris ("Birdman"),On Your Feet! features some of the biggest hits of the last 30 years: "1-2-3," "Don't Wanna Lose You," "Coming Out of the Dark" and more.
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.
Come along on a rip-roaring adventure on the high seas in Pulitzer Prize winner Donald Margulies' Shipwrecked! An Entertainment. Come listen to gentleman Louis de Rougemont as he regales you with his story of bravery and survival, chock-full of exotic islanders, flying wombats, giant sea turtles and a monstrous man-eating octopus -- of course, not all of it might be true, but that doesn't stop Louis! Now Moonbox Productions brings this entertaining yarn, which features original music and live special effects, to the Boston Center for the Arts. This production is performed in repertory with Twelfth Night.
Music, merriment and adventure abound in Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's zany, gender-bending comedy of unrequited love and romantic mischief. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria, they're quickly caught up in a maze of mistaken identity and mismatched passions. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay. See this Moonbox Productions' take on the Bard's comic masterpiece, which is performed in repertory with Shipwrecked, at the Boston Center for the Arts.
Combining ballet, swing, flamenco, hip-hop, step and urban tap along with Tchaikovsky's classic score and Duke Ellington's signature swing, Tony Williams' Urban Nutcracker features a multicultural cast of talented dancers in this contemporary retelling of the classic fairy tale. Now in its 18th year, the production remains fresh with updated choreography, new costumes and surprise guest stars. Join heroine Ruby as she explores iconic Boston scenes such as Make Way for Ducklings, Top of the Hub, Chinatown and the Boston Public Garden when this new holiday tradition comes to Boch Center Shubert Theatre.
From the Tony-winning book-writer of Fun Home: The Musical comes Lisa Kron's luminous Broadway debut! When her actual mother appears on stage with her and disrupts the carefully orchestrated play that Lisa wrote, hilarity and chaos ensues. We are forced to question: what brings wellness to our community, to our relationships, and to ourselves?
Every winter in the Hamptons, locals live in the shadow of the summer people's empty mansions. When one of those mansions erupts in flames, tensions rise with the smoke, and five families struggle to protect their own. Lives and dreams hang in the balance, and secrets flourish in this mysterious and keenly observed whodunit. Written by Laura Neill and directed by Avital Shira, Winter People is a BU New Play Initiative production, produced by Boston Playwrights' Theatre and the Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre.
From the safety of their suburban stretch circle, a girls' indoor soccer team navigates big questions and wages tiny battles with all the vim and vigor of a pack of adolescent warriors. A portrait of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for nine American girls who just want to score some goals, The Wolves -- Sarah DeLappe's award-winning first play -- premiered off-Broadway at The Playwrights Realm. It won the American Playwriting Foundation's inaugural Relentless Award, and was a finalist for the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Now The Wolves are coming to Lyric Stage Company of Boston.