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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.
Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera comes to a city near you as part of a brand new North American Tour. This production, which retains the beloved story and thrilling score, boasts exciting new special effects, scenic and lighting designs, staging and choreography and has been hailed by critics as "bigger and better than ever before."
"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.
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.
Roland is a beekeeper. Marianne is a quantum physicist. What are their odds of falling in love? With infinite moments that can alter the trajectory of a life, it's anyone's guess how cosmic collision is possible. Nick Payne's Olivier-nominated hit Constellations is a charming, devastating and profound exploration of the universal truth of finding and losing love. Ben Brantley of The New York Times raved, "Who knew that higher physics could be so sexy, so accessible -- and so emotionally devastating?" Ponder the show's big questions about the differences between choice and destiny when Constellations comes to Cambridge's Central Square Theater, directed by six-time Elliot Norton Award winner Scott Edmiston.
Enjoy the old-timey charm of '30s movie musicals during Dames at Sea, an affectionate parody of the gloriously over-the-top song-and-dance productions of that era. The story follows Ruby, a sweet small-town girl with stars in her eyes, who goes to the Big Apple to chase her dream of making it big on Broadway. Once she arrives, she falls in love with Dick, a songwriting sailor who makes for a great duet partner -- but will Mona, a temperamental Broadway diva, stand in their way? Don't miss this gem of a show, coming to the Boston area's Stoneham Theatre, as it shines with glittering nostalgia, spectacular choreography and showstoppers like "Broadway Baby," "Good Times Are Here to Stay" and "It's You."
Faceless finds 18-year-old Susie Glenn on trial for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Recent Harvard Law grad and practicing Muslim Claire Fathi has been brought on the case to prosecute. Though pitted against one another in the courtroom, the two young women are fighting a similar battle to defend their morals, motives and religious freedoms in this riveting drama. Award-winning playwright Selina Fillinger's timely play makes its New England premiere at the Boston Center for the Arts' Plaza Theatre.
Sheila and Thomas were born, raised and are still living in a small fishing town on the New England coast. This darkly comic play explores how the two middle-aged siblings' lives are intertwined and examines the ways in which family members' needs and desires may push the boundaries of what we are expected to do for others. Ponder what we owe to the people who know and love us best when Flight of the Monarch makes its world premiere at Gloucester Stage.
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!"
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.
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.
There's a reason why actresses like Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone and Bette Midler have wanted to play the mother of all musical roles. Gypsy is that good. Even The New York Times says it "may be the greatest of all American musicals." Only an epic this grand could capture the real-life Mama Rose, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become the burlesque star Gypsy Rose Lee. With a book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Funny Girl) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), this timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch this classic at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In Michael Gaucher's new drag parody, The Little Mermaid's Ariel is back on stage spilling the tea about Eric -- the man she thought she loved -- and Ursula, the sea hag who ruined her life. Ariel is now older, wiser and she doesn't have a single f#*k left to give! This loving tribute is for all those women and girls who thought life would be like the Disney Princesses' ... but found out that it's usually more like The Simpsons. Laugh-out-loud funny, charming and thought provoking, The Menopausal Mermaid features fabulous costumes, delightful drag, yummy dancing mermen and songs that span the diva repertoire. Enjoy full table and bar service when the show comes to Club Cafe's Moonshine Room.
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.
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the best-selling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this Footlight Club production of Peter and the Starcatcher at Eliot Hall in Jamaica Plain weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
Montreal circus troupe 7 Fingers will make your jaw drop with their ability to blend uncanny feats of acrobatics with avant-garde detours in dance, comedy and narrative that plumb the depths of the human spirit. The 7 Fingers are returning after wowing audiences with last summer's Cuisine & Confessions. In their new show Reversible, a U.S. premiere, eight astonishingly talented performers mix theater, movement and music into vignettes exploring the histories of their own families. Moments of sublime grace yield to rushes of pure adrenaline as the ensemble travels through time and space on an epic journey of beauty, emotion and hope. Catch this groundbreaking act as they return to Boston's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.
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.
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.
In the late-'70s, Truman Capote and Andy Warhol decided that they were destined to create a Broadway play together. Over the course of the next several months, they would sit down to record a series of intimate, wide-ranging conversations. Well, that play never came to be, and those hours and hours of tape were lost to the ages. Until now. Utilizing those never-before-heard conversations between two American icons, this world premiere production of WARHOLCAPOTE is staged by Tony Award-winning director Michael Mayer and presented by American Repertory Theater.