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2125 Stanley Street is a performance installation exploring notions of home. Working with collaborators Margaret Paek and Loren Kiyoshi Dempster, choreographer and dancer Dahlia Nayar examines "home" as an archaeological site where minimal artifacts offer points of departure for the reimagination and reconstruction of a domestic space. We excavate the everyday and the mundane in search of a poetic consciousness. Household objects transform into potential sources of revelation and reflection. Basic tasks are infused with virtuosity and nostalgia. Fragmented lullabies and nursery rhymes create an evocative soundscape. Ultimately, the installation invites the audience into a home that unfolds through movement and sound, a home that exists in the present moment through intimate exchange, a home that is both familiar and yet cannot exactly be located.
2125 Stanley Street received a 2015 Best of Stage and Screen award from Downeast Magazine.
Looking for a creative and hilarious evening of comedy? Accidentally on Purpose Comedy Improv Troupe will improvise a laughter-filled night at CinemaSalem.
The unique AOP style is similar to the hit TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? and is complete with audience interaction! Come and be prepared to offer suggestions for the group, then sit back and watch the laughter and madness ensue as the troupe puts your suggestions to work in hilarious improvisational scenes.
Audience members contribute ideas and suggestions to the troupe, and (only if they desire) can also join the comedians onstage to participate. The results are unpredictable, timely, high-risk, and often brilliant!
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling production filled with beauty, magic, comedy, and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event in which one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Aladdin features songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies). The lyrics are by Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony winner Tim Rice (The Lion King), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
Allegiance tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government's treatment of her people. An uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit, Allegiance follows the Kimuras as they struggle between duty and defiance, custom and change, and family bonds and forbidden loves.
Altar Boyz, winner of an Outer Critics Circle Award, comes to the Cape Playhouse after a five-year run off-Broadway. The musical tells the wholly — make that holy — inspiring story of five small-town boys (Matthew, Mark, Luke, Juan, and Abraham) trying to save the world one screaming fan at a time. Their pious pop act, including lyrics like "Girl, you make me wanna wait" and "Jesus called me on my cell phone," worked wonders on the Ohio bingo-hall-and-pancake-breakfast circuit. But when fate brings them to New York, will the Boyz take a bite out of the forbidden apple? With angelic voices, sinfully spectacular dancing, and a touching story, Altar Boyz is destined to rock the masses!
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, this classic by Eugene O'Neill is a surprisingly contemporary play that crackles with fierce physicality, humor, and drama. After a 20-year separation, a coal barge captain is reunited with the daughter he unknowingly abandoned to a life of hardship. When Anna falls in love with a shipwrecked sailor, her father and her suitor come to recognize their own culpability in her plight, and all three struggle in their own way for salvation.
Renowned Boston choreographer Anna Myer melds the movements that link a record-spinning DJ to Bach. The varied musical approaches create an emotionally powerful performance that explores both the disconnection and the connection we experience around ever-changing cultural differences in America that are always in motion, stretching boundaries. The company's nine dancers will be accompanied by a violist and a master DJ from Trend Stream Entertainment to present a world premiere work.
Delightfully gothic, beautiful and emotionally complex, Ada/Ava utilizes special-effect techniques from the early age of cinema — shadow puppetry, live-action silhouettes and overhead projection — to conjure a magic spell of multimedia storytelling, complete with a live musical score. Driven by innovation, the masterful technicians of Chicago-based Manual Cinema are one of the hottest rising ensembles in America, with audiences marveling at their creations even as their methods are plainly revealed.
Beside a lighthouse somewhere on the New England coastline, twin sisters tend to the tower's guiding light and to each other, until Ava unexpectedly dies. Here, the unrestrained imagination moves the melancholy act of mourning through of journey across the thresholds of life and death.
Is there life before death? That's the big question posed by the surprisingly funny and whimsical new show from the troupe behind ArtsEmerson's 2013 word-of-mouth phenomenon, Kiss & Cry. Utilizing that same theatrical magic — cinematic techniques, miniature sets, dancing hands and a poetic voice-over — Cold Blood cycles through a series of different lives (and deaths) in a hypnotic dreamlike state. You'll laugh, you'll cry — you'll never look at your hands the same way again. Join us for a celebration of life, the senses, love and the final moments of light.
Under the direction of Belgian choreographer and dancer Michèle Anne De Mey and the award-winning filmmaker Jaco Van Dormael, master artists use live film projection on stage to bring miniature worlds into full view of the audience.
He is a dark, enigmatic prince obsessed with seeking revenge for his father's death. She is a steadfast rebel who challenged the powers of the Church to restore France to greatness. Iconic figures from two great dramatic classics — Hamlet and Saint Joan — are brought vividly to life in two riveting, unexpectedly funny, stripped-down stagings by four actors from Bedlam, the acclaimed New York City theater company, directed by Eric Tucker. Behold William Shakespeare and George Bernard Shaw's most famous creations side by side, in repertory, in Hamlet / Saint Joan.
In 2011, democratic uprisings erupted all over the Arab world. Citizens challenged their leadership and questioned regimes. From internationally acclaimed Anglo-Kuwaiti writer and director Sulayman Al-Bassam, In the Eruptive Mode presents six monologues of ordinary citizens — all women — caught in the violence and chaos of the Arab Spring. These visceral, poetic monologues with song capture unheard voices, each at their own precarious tipping point.
Internationally acclaimed Anglo-Kuwaiti writer and director Sulayman Al-Bassam brought his inventive satire The Speaker's Progress to ArtsEmerson in 2011. Now he returns with a powerful new production. Through voice, music, and sound, In the Eruptive Mode embraces contemporary language and new dramatic forms to respond to the challenges that still reign across much of the Arab world. Raw, brutally satirical and entirely original: These are voices of the Arab Spring.
Step Afrika! triumphantly returns to Boston with The Migration, a multimedia powerhouse production that chronicles and celebrates the paths of the brave men and women who left the American South searching for better opportunities. Inspired by painter Jacob Lawrence's groundbreaking series about "The Great Migration," the company transforms the work into a textured, interdisciplinary movement piece incorporating South African gumboot, Western African dance, vocals, drumming, and audience participation.
In this stunning world premiere, The White Card unfolds a meticulously crafted story, raising uncomfortable questions about what is — and who are — on display. Exploring contemporary headlines and cultural touchstones, Claudia Rankine's The White Card refuses to remain "just a play," safely entrenched on the stage. Like her 2014 New York Times best-selling book of poetry entitled Citizen: An American Lyric, this new play unpacks the insidious ways in which racism manifests itself in everyday situations, prompting the question, "Can American society progress if whiteness stays invisible?"
In the elegant loft of a powerful, well-intentioned white couple in the New York City art world, a black artist named Charlotte Cummings arrives in the hopes of selling her new work. When the couple's activist son joins them for dinner, tensions arise, truths are interrogated, and the notion of intent — both conscious and unconscious — becomes paramount.
Raised by a schizophrenic single mother fueled by political conspiracy and family dysfunction, award-winning filmmaker Clyde Petersen's adolescent years unfolded in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. Based on a true story, Torrey Pines tells a trans-queer-punk coming-of-age story, rich with '90s pop-culture references in the likes of Star Trek, Nintendo and MTV. The Seattle band Your Heart Breaks performs the vivid score live in tandem with the film, with original music recorded in collaboration with Kimya Dawson and Chris Walla (Death Cab for Cutie).
Restaurant manager and shoe connoisseur Haley Walker is finally ready to reenter the dating world. From the privacy of her bedroom, she relates a series of hilarious tales while preparing for — and recovering from — one dreadful date after another. Theresa Rebeck's sweet and sharp comedy Bad Dates is one of the most popular shows in Huntington history.
Rule-breaking, genre-bending, and thoroughly entertaining, The Bad Plus has created an uncompromising body of work by shattering convention, creating bold original compositions, and deconstructing songs from pop, rock, and classical music. The charismatic jazz trio has spent 17 years together with Reid Anderson on bass, Ethan Iverson on piano, and David King on drums. The original trio will perform in Boston together one last time before Iverson departs to pursue new musical adventures.
Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia is an extraordinary new composition fusing music, film, voice and movement. It is the first major symphonic work that addresses the traumas that occurred in Cambodia in the late 1970s, and is the first collaboration between the Oscar-nominated director Rithy Panh and lauded composer Him Sophy — both survivors of the Khmer Rouge and now at the forefront of Cambodia's cultural renaissance. Anchored in "bangsokol" — a ritual for the dead or soon-to-be-deceased — the performance intertwines traditional Khmer instruments with the Metropolis Ensemble orchestra and the Taipei Philharmonic Chamber Choir. All together, they create something innately Cambodian but relatable to audiences everywhere.
Bangsokol is an act of cultural renewal, aiming to return the arts to their place at the heart of Cambodian society. While the world continues to witness new genocides, wars and destruction, Bangsokol urges us to express our scars from the past in order to forge a new path forward.
Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one.
This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. It's an outrageous evening of entertainment you'll never forget.
Don't miss the show that has captivated 35 million people worldwide.
Blue Man Group - enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation.
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. Brawler, a modern-day take on Sophocles' Ajax, looks at hockey as the last true gladiator sport.
Berlin, 1932. A group of bohemian friends struggle to respond as Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party rise to power. Watching their world unravel around them from the uncertain safety of Agnes Eggling's apartment, these artists, activists, and idealists grapple with the responsibility of making moral choices in a time of vanishing options. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as "unabashedly political, thought-provoking, and a little scary," A Bright Room Called Day by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) reverberates across time, from Germany's Weimar Republic to contemporary America, posing timely questions about citizenship, resistance, and complicity.
Vanessa Williams with Seth Rudetsky as pianist & host
Saturday, July 9 at 8:00 PM
Megan Hilty with Seth Rudetsky as pianist & host
Saturday, July 16 at 8:00 PM
Andrea Martin with Seth Rudetsky as pianist & host
Saturday, July 23 at 8:00 PM
Kristin Chenoweth with Mary-Mitchell Campbell at the piano
Sunday, August 14 at 6:00 PM & 8:30 PM
Audra McDonald with special guest Will Swenson with Seth Rudetsky as pianist & host
Monday, August 22 at 8:00 PM
Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, Summer of 69: No Apostrophe Monday, August 29 at 8:00 PM
Patti LuPone, Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda with music director Joseph Thalken
Friday, September 2 at 7:30 PM
The Favorite Poem Project and BU Arts Initiative host a favorite poem reading to celebrate our anniversaries: five years of the BU Arts Initiative and 20 years of The Favorite Poem Project. Guest readers share a favorite poem and talk about why they love it. The event features readers from the Boston community as well as BU participants.
Introduction by Robert Pinsky, 39th Poet Laureate of the United States Reading followed by a dessert reception
Meet Charlie Bumpers, the star of a series of books by local Grammy Award winner Bill Harley. Charlie Bumpers's worst fear is confirmed: He has the strictest teacher in the school for fourth grade! It doesn't matter that she's been named Teacher of the Year. He's still afraid of her. After a certain hallway incident last year (don't ask), he's convinced Mrs. Burke HATES him. Up until now, he's been able to wriggle out of the messes he gets himself into, but how will he survive a whole year under a teacher who is just waiting for him to make another stupid mistake?
A young woman shatters reality to reach a surreal world of possibility. There she pursues the life that had been glistening beneath the surface of her former world. Sometimes we must leave solid ground to find our true footing.
Cirque du Soleil carves electrifying moments, breathtaking artistry, and its unique creativity into ice in a fresh spectacular. World-class ice skating, surreal aesthetics, and artistic prowess fuse together. Reality slips away as Crystal glides above a most unusual reflection.
Based on the 1985 movie adaptation of the classic board game, Clue is a hilarious farce-meets-murder mystery. Adapted from Jonathan Lynn's screenplay (My Cousin Vinny) with additional material by Hunter Foster and Eric Price, this staging tells the shocking tale of six mysterious guests who attend an unusual dinner party hosted by Mr. Boddy. Murder and blackmail are both on the menu. When Boddy himself winds up dead, all the guests become suspects, and together they must solve the mystery before the police arrive. An evening of slapstick, slamming doors, and some of the funniest one-liners in movie history, Clue leaves both devoted fans and newcomers in stitches.
After selling out its stunning performances last year, Compagnie Hervé Koubi returns with its highly physical, fluid work that combines hip-hop, and contemporary dance with powerful Sufi imagery.
The company of French-Alegerian and African male dancers performs the breathtaking Ce que le jour doit à la nuit (What the Day Owes the Night) on Friday. Saturday's program features the Boston premiere of Les nuits barbares ou les premiers matins du monde (The Barbarian Nights or the First Dawns of the World), an awe-inspiring new work that explores the historical mix of countless cultures and religions that make up a universal Mediterranean ethos.
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is a remarkable theatrical experience. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name, the play takes audiences inside the mind of Christopher Boone, a 15-year-old math savant who doesn't do "chat," speaks declamatory sentences, and can't stand to be touched. When he discovers one night that his neighbor's dog has been murdered, he sets out to solve the crime. His quest takes him on a journey that upends his world.
Drones and beats, crimson beads, and towering black lamb's-wool hats all serve as a striking backdrop to the Ukrainian folk-punk quartet DakhaBrakha. With one foot in the urban avant-garde and the other in Ukranian village culture, the group's self-proclaimed "ethno-chaos" is a refreshingly novel vision of Eastern European roots music.
Within 24 hours, sweet little Ruby from Hometown, USA, arrives in New York, falls in love, and moves from the chorus to become a star on Broadway. A tap-happy celebration of the golden era of movie musicals, Dames at Sea features rollicking tap dancing, love at first sight, joyful musi,c and a boatload of laughs.
Dance UP features six of the most promising and skilled dance makers in New England today. Identical twins Bobby and Billy McClain have performed hip-hop dance for 30 years as the Wondertwins. Tap dance company Subject:Matter presents new and cutting-edge tap dance work under the direction of Ian Berg. James Morrow brings hip-hop culture to concert dance with his company james morrow/The Movement. Compelling choreographer Kat Nasti utilizes the constantly changing and diverse artistic pool available in Boston for her Kat Nasti Dance. Doppelgänger Dance Collective (DDC) creates original, contemporary choreographic work for duet performance. Young, talented choreographer Alexander Davis recently created his own company, Alexander Davis Dance (ADD).
Decades Rewind is a national touring concert, dance party, and theatrical performance all wrapped up in one blockbuster show! Join world-class entertainers and award-winning vocalists in a celebration of the hits of the '60s, '70s, and '80s — the most prominent decades in music history. Disco, funk, rock, and Motown all take center stage in this brand new theatrical concert featuring over 60 songs, 100 costume changes, and nostalgic video. From Aretha to Zeppelin, Decades Rewind will have you singing and dancing in the aisles. This IS the story of your life!
A timeless voice, improvisational prowess, and unique soul-jazz stylings mark Dianne Reeves as one of the world's preeminent jazz vocalists. She will be joined by Peter Martin, Romero Lubambo, Reginald Veal, and Terreon Gully for a powerhouse live performance.
Magic is coming your way when Feld Entertainment, the worldwide leader of live touring family entertainment, sets the stage for its most compelling Disney compilation to date with Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic. Join Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and the comical duo of Donald Duck and Goofy as they step into mysterious portals throughout the Disney universe, entering the enchanted lands of more than 20 of your favorite Disney characters and encountering surprises at every turn of the doorknob.
The Donkey Show is the intoxicating international sensation that takes you behind the velvet ropes into a glittered wonderland of decadence, divas, and disco, inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. Come party on the dance floor to all the disco hits you know by heart as The Donkey Show unfolds all around you. It's a show . . . it's a party . . . it's the ultimate disco experience.
Must be 18 to enter, 21 to drink.
When Devon visits Simone for an end-of-summer sibs fest on Martha's Vineyard, she finds her little sister changed beyond recognition. As personal assistant to Michaela Kell, a wealthy and demanding trophy wife, Simone enjoys a lavish beachfront lifestyle that these girls never could have imagined growing up in blue-collar Buffalo — but is all this luxury free of cost? Worlds collide and sisters square off in this keenly observed comedy about ambition, regret, and the choices that shape who we become.
1. Ice cream. 2. Water fights. 3. Staying up past your bedtime and being allowed to watch TV. These are just a few items on a list of things worth living for compiled by a young girl trying to ease her mother's depression at the start of Every Brilliant Thing. Through adulthood, as the list grows, she learns the deep significance it holds in her own life. It stays with her as she goes to college, falls in love, and builds a home. A tribute to the irrepressible resilience inside all of us and the capacity to find delight in the everyday, Every Brilliant Thing is a charming new play that enlists members of the audience to help tell its story.
For decades, theater lovers have thrilled to the story of Evita, which recounts Eva Perón's meteoric rise from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as first lady. Adored by her people as a champion of the poor, she became one of the most powerful women in the world — but her greed, outsized ambition, and fragile health made her one of the most tragic. Evita tells Eva's passionate and unforgettable true story while featuring some of theater's most beautiful songs, including "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina," "Another Suitcase in Another Hall," and "High Flying, Adored."
Exit the King is a poignant comedy about a megalomaniacal ruler, King Berenger, whose incompetence has left his country in near ruin. Despite the efforts of his two queens and the other members of the court to convince the king that he has only 90 minutes left to live, he refuses to relinquish any control.
The Emmy Award-winning Fab Four elevates Beatles tributes to a new level with their precise attention to detail and uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles classics such as "Can't Buy Me Love," "Yesterday," "A Day in the Life," "Twist and Shout," "Here Comes the Sun" and "Hey Jude."
Watching the Fab Four is like watching the real thing. Their incredible stage performances include three costume changes representing every era of the Beatles's ever-changing career. This loving tribute to the Beatles has amazed audiences in countries around the world, including Japan, Australia, France, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, Germany, Mexico, and Brazil.
Arthur Miller, the most celebrated American playwright of the 20th century, was said to be the moral conscience of the nation, but he had a secret: a son born with Down syndrome whom he refused to acknowledge. In Fall, renowned Hollywood reporter Bernard Weinraub explores the fascinating untold story of Miller and his third wife, photographer Inge Morath, and the divide between their public personas and private lives.
From Silence tells how Esther's world is turned upside down when her daughter Deborah rushes home with the news that their New Jersey temple is on lockdown and her granddaughter Elaina is trapped inside. Esther survived the Holocaust, but never talked about it, despite the pleas from her daughter and granddaughter — it was too painful to recount that part of her life. During the endless wait, Esther comes to regret her silence and realizes her duty to tell her story, but will it be too late for Elaina to hear it?
Across Syria, many gardens conceal the dead bodies of activists and protesters who took to the streets during the early periods of the uprising against the Ba'athist government in 2011. These domestic burials play out a continuing collaboration between the living and the dead — each providing safety, truth and a voice for each other. In Gardens Speak, Lebanese artist Tania El Khoury carefully reconstructs the oral histories of ten ordinary people and transforms Syrian statistics into universal, human stories via a stunning, full-body interactive experience.
Each narrative has been carefully constructed with the friends and family members of the deceased to retell their stories as they themselves may have recounted it. Gardens Speak was a sold-out experience at The Public's Under The Radar Festival in New York, so don't miss this limited engagement!
On his way home after a year in East Africa, a young aid worker goes back to a shabby Amsterdam hotel room with a fellow American. The two strangers replay their pasts and confess their shared fear that they betrayed the people who needed them most. A powerful chance encounter offers the possibility of connection and redemption in this new play by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Ken Urban.
Featuring one showstopping song after another — "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick," "Let Me Entertain You" — and based on Gypsy Rose Lee's memoirs, Gypsy is the story of Lee's rise to burlesque mega-stardom, with her stage mother — the iconic Mama Rose — behind the curtain. Continuing Lyric Stage's string of Sondheim musicals, Gypsy showcases the burgeoning lyric-writing abilities of the young composer and lyricist.
One of the leading figures in Afropop, Malian guitar virtuoso Habib Koité is a modern troubadour blessed with a sweet, intimate voice. He and his band, Bamada, create a modern sound that draws on several styles of traditional Malian music along with touches of blues, jazz, and rock.
Havana-based composer and pianist Harold López-Nussa travels smoothly through his classical, Cuban, and jazz inspirations to create an exceptional style of global jazz. His trio includes his younger brother, Ruy Adrián López-Nussa, a renowned musician in his own right, on drums and percussion and Julio César González on bass.
The High Kings is an Irish supergroup made up of Finbarr Clancy, Brian Dunphy, Martin Furey, and Darren Holden. Versatile and skilled multi-instrumentalists, they play 13 instruments among the four of them, bringing a rousing acoustic flavor to brand new songs along with some old favorites.
Hold These Truths is the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, an American son of Japanese immigrants. He resisted internment during World War Two, a policy which continues to be cited and debated today. Michael Hisamoto (Stage Kiss) plays Hirabayashi, a college student and a Quaker, whose hope and unquenchable patriotism over 50 years will leave audiences cheering.
On an empty stage, a house is conjured from thin air. Residents move in, move out, clean up, burn down, sweep under, paint over, fence off and move on — and all the while, they live among the traces of residents present, past and future. Geoff Sobelle's HOME is a house party of the greatest proportion, telling the story of a house, and showing what it means to create home.
A magical, large-scale spectacle built from the ground up, HOME combines dance, illusion, live music, home-spun engineering and an inventive use of audience interaction to compose an experience that asks: Where is home? If it is not a place, what is home? HOME explores — and explodes — the relationship between "house" and "home," and it invites audiences to think twice about the physical and emotional bonds that connect us.
Award-winning actress Dipti Mehta's acclaimed solo show Honour: Confessions of a Mumbai Courtesan visits India's red-light district where we meet the eunuch, priest, pimp, mother, and daughter who call it home. A fun and poignant look at the dangerous life of Mumbai's real-life brothels and why they exist. Honour, a deeply moving coming-of-age story of a girl in a brothel, depicts a child's life pushed to the brink. Will she escape her circumstances and fate?
Honour creates awareness for and supports ApneAap, a grassroots organization dedicated to end sex trafficking in India. Proceeds from this event will be donated to support ApneAap.
From the independent republic of Tuva, bordering Mongolia, Huun Huur Tu performs an ear-twisting vocal technique called khöömei. In this style, a single vocalist produces two or three notes simultaneously, often a low drone along with a high-pitched whistle. Accompanied by traditional string and percussion instruments, the four-member ensemble sings rhythmic songs that capture the magic of the Siberian steppe.
A farcical masterpiece with rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters, The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde's last and most celebrated play. In late Victorian London, companions-in-cavorting Jack Worthing and Algernon "Algy" Moncrieff have fallen in love with two ladies who have their hearts set on marrying a man named Ernest. In pursuit of romance, both men concoct an elaborate deception. When Algy's aunt, the formidable Lady Bracknell, starts searching for the truth, an outlandish surprise is revealed. Wilde's buoyant comedy of manners keeps audiences poised for a fresh twist of plot from one moment to the next.
A farcical masterpiece with rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters, The Importance of Being Earnest is Oscar Wilde's last and most celebrated play. In late Victorian London, companions-in-cavorting Jack Worthing and Algernon "Algy" Moncrieff have fallen in love with two ladies who have their hearts set on marrying a man named Ernest. In pursuit of romance, both men concoct an elaborate deception. When Algy's aunt, the formidable Lady Bracknell, starts sleuthing about for the truth, an outlandish surprise is revealed. Wilde's buoyant comedy of manners will keep you anticipating a fresh twist of plot from one moment to the next.
Take the soul-drenched voice of Grammy-winning singer "Soul Queen" Irma Thomas, add the spiritual authority of six-time Grammy-winning The Blind Boys of Alabama plus The Preservation Legacy Quintet, which includes some of the most revered alumni of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, and you get a very special evening that's sure to raise your spirits and touch your soul.
Introducing 1990s anthems such as "Ironic," "You Oughta Know," and "Hand in My Pocket," Jagged Little Pill (1995) established Canadian singer-songwriter and Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette as an alternative rock icon. Diane Paulus (Waitress) directs this world premiere musical based on the groundbreaking album. The show's book is by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno).
Nearly 40 years after he began performing, Johnny Clegg is embarking on his last world tour: The Final Journey. A singer, songwriter, dancer, anthropologist, and musical activist, Clegg pioneered infectious crossover music by combining Western pop with Zulu rhythms, becoming one of South Africa's most celebrated musicians and an international superstar. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 but continued to tour while in treatment. With the cancer now in remission, Clegg is finishing a new album and his autobiography, and will perform a final set of concerts with the Johnny Clegg Band to thank his fans for their support over the long journey that spans his remarkable career.
The Afro-Cuban All Stars is a 17-piece dream team of Cuba's hottest musicians brought together by musical director Juan de Marcos González (the musical arranger for the original Buena Vista Social Club recording). Paying tribute to Cuban music, this multigenerational lineup features members from Cuba's leading bands, including Orquesta Tropicana, Los Van Van, Sierra Maestra, and more.
Shakespeare's epic political tragedy dramatizes the downfall of an arrogant and narcissistic ruler bent on turning the Roman Republic into a dictatorship. Set in a futuristic parallel universe where women are in power, this all-female production sees the race to claim control of Rome spiral out of control.
When a young, aspirational theatre troupe discovers and performs what they believe is a Syrian soap opera, they come to realize just how much they got wrong. Kiss is a brilliant play-within-a-play that shows how misunderstanding cultural cues can reveal blind spots you never knew you had. Chilean playwright and director Guillermo Calderón brings his masterful sensibility to this intense, tightly wound new production where naiveté can turn out to be the kiss of death.
With the power of gospel and the precision of Broadway, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is the undisputed king of mbube, South African a cappella singing. The group came together in the early 1960s and continues to thrill audiences around the world with its strong, proud melodies harmonized in layers of call and response.
The internationally renowned repertory company Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal, or BJM, defies categories with its blend of hip, funky moves infused with infectious energy, humor, and imagination. Led by artistic director Louis Robitaille, BJM presents the Boston premiere of O Balcão de Amor by choreographer Itzik Galili, inspired by Pérez Prado's classic Cuban mambo music. The energetic and sensual piece is infused with comedic sparks and charming absurdity that aims to return us to our youth with all its hopes and dreams. The company will also perform other works from its vast repertoire.
Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun, and Haitian music as well as American jazz and folk, Leyla McCalla's unique sound is at once elegant, soulful, and witty. It vibrates with three centuries of history yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive, and contemporary. Joined by a full band, McCalla sings in French, Haitian Creole, and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo, and guitar.
Gifted jazz saxophonist Willie "Cool" Jones is lured back from Paris by Babs, a past love, 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. Lost Tempo is a jazz riff on the addictions from which we suffer, musical and otherwise.
Funny, brutally honest, and ultimately cathartic, Mala focuses on what it means to put our loved ones first — up to the very end — and what happens when we strive to be good but don't always succeed. This powerful one-woman show written by and featuring Huntington Playwright-in-Residence Melinda Lopez (Sonia Flew) dances among doctors and urgent 911 calls, a mother's growing frailty, and a daughter's quest for grace — all during one epic Boston winter.
Mashrou' Leila is a five-strong indie band based in Beirut. Born out of a late night/early morning jam session at the American University of Beirut, Mashrou' Leila (whose name roughly translates to Overnight Project) fill their live performances with some of the most bittersweet ballads and raucous anthems you're likely to hear.
Their rousing, sensual electro-pop anthems about political freedoms, LGBT rights, race, religion, and modern Arabic identity have challenged the status quo of the Middle-Eastern pop industry. Mashrou' Leila have won fans worldwide and were the first Middle-Eastern artists on the cover of Rolling Stone.
The band has self-released four albums to date. Their most recent, Ibn El Leil (2015), launched at the Barbican and simultaneously televised by MTV Lebanon, brilliantly reimagines the vibrant sound of contemporary Beirut with guitars, drum machines, samples, razor-sharp violin and magnetic frontman Hamed Sinno's mercurial voice.
In 2008, National Public Radio asked Gregory Maguire (Wicked) to compose an original story with a Christmas theme. Thus was born Matchless, a rekindling of Anderson's classic tale of the Little Match Girl from a surprising point of view. A story for all ages about being open to life's magic transformations: how love can make a family, and how imagination can find beauty in the most unexpected places.
Men on Boats is a rollicking adventure tale brought thrillingly to life by a gender-bending cast of diverse performers who use carefully exaggerated theatrics to tell the story of an actual 1869 expedition to chart the Colorado River. Comedic but never camp, pointed but never political, this rousing historical saga is a provocative meditation on gender and historical memory that offers a new lens through which to view our shared past.
Director Maria Friedman's stunning London production of Merrily We Roll Along received the most five-star reviews in West End history and the Olivier Award for best musical to boot. Now she re-creates it for Boston audiences! Traveling backward in time over 30 years in the entertainment business, this cult favorite charts the relationships of close friends Franklin, Charley, and Mary. Along the way, it features some of Stephen Sondheim's most beautiful songs, including "Good Thing Going," "Old Friends," and "Not a Day Goes By."
Million Dollar Quartet is the smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock 'n' roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On December 4, 1956, these four musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. This show features a score of hits, including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire," "Walk the Line," "Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On," "Folsom Prison Blues," and more.
Benedick is never getting married. Not ever. And Beatrice can't imagine loving a man she can't tolerate! They might just be the perfect couple. While the villain Don Jon sows seeds of rumor and discord, the success of two noble marriages hinges on the hilarious efforts of local constables. Shakespeare's most frequently performed comedy is a joyous romp that sparkles with wit and romance.
Neil Berg shares the often unknown stories from the 50-year history of the music that changed the world forever! Lead singers from Meat Loaf, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and several Broadway rock musicals will have you singing and dancing like you're 18 again!
From the progenitors of rock and roll in the 1940s, through the glory years of the '50s, '60s, and '70s, up until MTV in the early '80s, Neil Berg's Fifty Years of Rock & Roll uses fascinating stories and groundbreaking music, with tributes to such important and iconic rock stars as Chuck Berry, Little Richard, Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Buddy Holly, Bob Dylan, Frankie Valli, the Beatles, Beach Boys, Motown, Aretha Franklin, the Who, Janis Joplin, Woodstock, Simon & Garfunkel, Carole King, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen, Eagles, and more!
Spy or poet? Wrong or righteous? History or comedy?
Aphra Behn is in for a wild night. She's fresh out of debtor's prison after leaving behind her life of cloak-and-dagger intrigue. A wealthy impresario has given her just a few hours to write the script that could launch her career in the theater. The hottest actress in London is vying for a part in her play and a place in her bed. And her former lover, the drunken fugitive spy, comes to town mixed up in a plot to kill her current lover, the reigning King of England. She'll have to be quick with her quill and clever with her kisses, but Aphra Behn just might survive the night, thwart the assassins, get the girl, start a new life, and show the world that a woman's place is wherever she damn well pleases.
Virginia Woolf's novel Orlando has been described as the most charming love letter in literature. Sarah Ruhl (Stage Kiss) brings the novel to life in an epic theatrical adventure that transcends time, space, and sex. Born in the 16th century, Orlando, a handsome man, wakes up one day two centuries later to find himself a beautiful woman! Orlando abandons herself to six centuries of change with an insatiable appetite to discover what it means to live fully in the present, in her own skin, and in her own time.
Produced by 10-time Latin Grammy winner Javier Limón, The Paco de Lucía Project reassembles the original band that toured with the legendary flamenco guitarist for the last 10 years of his illustrious career, including Antonio Sánchez on guitar, David de Jacoba on vocals, Alain Pérez on bass, Piraña on percussion, Antonio Serrano on harmonica, and flamenco dancer Farru. With exceptional artistry, passion, and grace, they honor the legacy of Paco de Lucía while also paving a new path into the future of flamenco.
Paco de Lucía was widely considered to be the world's premier flamenco guitarist, and by many to be Spain's greatest musical export. He has had a revolutionary influence on flamenco music both as a composer and otherwise. His influence on flamenco guitar has been compared with that of Andrés Segovia's on classical guitar. Throughout his 50-year career, he performed and recorded with musical legends such as Eric Clapton, Chick Corea, Carlos Santana, and Al Di Meola, among many others.
The Book of Revelation ends at chapter 22. Or does it?
Rev. 23 is the hitherto unpublished last chapter of the Book of Revelation as dictated by St. John the Divine and transcribed by Cerise Lim Jacobs. It narrates the last battle to recapture Paradise-on-Earth and restore the balance of good and evil to our world. Persephone, the only being able to pass freely between Hell and Earth, is recruited by Lucifer in the fight against the rulers of Paradise-on-Earth. No one is exempt from this battle.
In the summer of 2016, Cuisine & Confessions wowed Boston audiences nightly with The 7 Fingers' trademark acrobatic and choreographic prowess combined with on-stage cooking. Now, the company returns with Reversible, in which eight virtuosic performers travel through time and space to honor their elders.
Reversible shines a spotlight on the poetry of the human form and linking every ending to a new beginning. Through an electrifying mix of theater, illusion, dance, music, and acrobatics, Reversible is dedicated to past generations whose stories might hold the key to a better tomorrow.
On his continuing journey through the works of Stephen Sondheim, director Spiro Veloudos brings audiences Sondheim's latest work, Road Show, the true boom-and-bust story of two of the most colorful and outrageous fortune-seekers in American history. From the Alaskan gold rush to the Florida real estate boom in the 1930s, entrepreneur Addison Mizner and his fast-talking brother Wilson were proof positive that the journey to the American dream is often a seductive, treacherous tightrope walk.
The United States, 1953. The Cold War is on, and Ethel and Julius Rosenberg have been accused of espionage and sentenced to death. In this, perhaps the most famous spy case of the 20th century and in the lead-up to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) hearings, the Rosenbergs' love affair broke bounds. Hailed in Denmark as "Best Opera of 2015," The Rosenbergs is adapted from the Rosenbergs' letters from jail. Through the lens of Joseph McCarthy's witch hunts, the work asks this question: "Would you die for love?"
Pakistan's classical virtuosos, The Sachal Jazz Ensemble, emerged in 2011 with an ambitious recording covering Western jazz standards on traditional instruments. Their unusual angle on Paul Desmond's "Take Five" went viral, earning them worldwide recognition and an invitation from Wynton Marsalis to perform at Lincoln Center. In this cross-cultural, genre-bending concert, works by Mancini, Brubeck, and Grusin blend with Pakistani traditions on sitar, flute, sarangi, and tablas, capturing music as the universal language, a bridge across divides and between cultures.
Based on the Academy Award-winning film, Shakespeare in Love tells the story of young Will Shakespeare, suffering from a case of writer's block as the deadline fast approaches to deliver his new play, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter. Enter Viola, a headstrong noblewoman and admirer of Will's, who disguises herself as a boy so that she can skirt the law and appear (as a girl) in his play. But when the playwright and his muse fall in love, the plot undergoes some surprising rewrites. Mistaken identities, courtly intrigue, and backstage bickering are all part of the fun in this romantic comedy of errors. Shakespeare in Love reminds audiences that while all the world's a stage, love is unrehearsed.
In the break room of the last small auto plant still standing, a makeshift family of workers swap stories, share dreams, and take pride in their work. When confronted with the possibility of the factory closing, power dynamics shift and each worker is pushed to the limits of survival. Inspired by August Wilson's Century Cycle, Morisseau's bold and compassionate new play is part of her Detroit Project cycle of plays.
Moscow Festival Ballet returns for an enthralling presentation of Sleeping Beauty, a crowning jewel of Marius Petipa's career, often considered the finest achievement of the classical ballet. Sergei Radchenko's troupe brings together the highest classical elements of the great Bolshoi and Kirov ballet companies in the structure of Russian classic ballet. The whole family will be entranced by this grandiose presentation of the timeless tale in a lavish theatrical stage set to Tchaikovsky's beautiful musical score.
In South Pacific, love transcends the harshness of war and prejudice. Set on a tropical island during World War Two, this sweeping tale is centered around two unlikely love affairs. The musical is based on James Michener's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Tales of the South Pacific; it has music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and a book by Hammerstein and Joshua Logan. The beloved score includes "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," "There Is Nothin' Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha'i." The show's excellence earned it a staggering 17 Tony Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Souvenir is a sweet and hilarious fantasia on the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, the passionate but self-deceiving music lover. Jenkins was one of the finest coloratura sopranos in history — but alas, only in her own mind! Despite being called "majestically awful," her concerts in the 1930s and '40s were not only sold-out but attended by the crème de la crème of Manhattan society. Souvenir is the story of a woman who believed that "what matters most is the music you hear in your head."
Written by Nobel Prize-winning author Albert Camus, staged by leading avant-garde French director Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota and produced by the celebrated Paris theater company Théâtre de la Ville, The State of Siege is set to take the country by storm this fall on its first visit to the United States. The rarely staged work, penned in 1948, weaves a tale of paranoia, endurance and political struggle resulting in a dizzying modern metaphor. With a renowned ensemble working on an epic scale, The State of Siege (L'État de siège) 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?
Set in Louisiana in the 1980s, Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias is equally hilarious and heartwarming. At Truvy's beauty shop, six southern ladies gather each week to chat and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are about to be tested when M'Lynn and her daughter Shelby face a life-changing crisis. Harling's play touches on love, loss, and enduring friendship.
Empty nesters Greg and Kate have moved back to Manhattan after 22 years in the suburbs. Greg finds Sylvia, a street-smart lab/poodle mix, and brings her home. She promptly becomes a bone of contention between Greg and Kate, testing their marriage to comic and touching effect. This play by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner A.R. Gurney looks into the complexities of love and commitment, asking what it truly means to be devoted to your partner…and how you choose between the love of your life and man's best friend.
With explosive taiko drumming and innovative, acrobatic choreography, TAO: Drum Heart offers a breathtaking, vibrantly modern twist on a traditional art form — and a visual and sonic tour de force! This all-new production captures the best of TAO's extraordinary precision, energy, and stamina.
Devious Tartuffe charms his way into Orgon's household and schemes to marry his daughter, seduce his wife, and run off with the family's fortune. Orgon remains entranced despite the appalling evidence of Tartuffe's behavior — will he see through this con man before it's too late? In one of the world's great plays, Molière spins religious piety and hypocrisy into high comedy, making for a hilarious and biting satire.
Multiple Grammy-winning jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard has traveled many musical paths, delivering adventurous original material, recording more than 30 critically acclaimed albums, and composing more than 50 film soundtracks. His latest project with E-Collective features layered grooves teeming with funk, R&B, and blues. This revolutionary ensemble thrives off the perfect mixture of Blanchard's genius and the innovations of four young musical pioneers: guitarist Charles Altura, pianist Fabian Almazan, bassist David "DJ" Ginyard, Jr., and drummer Oscar Seaton.
Career-driven Marlene has just landed the top job at a London employment agency over a male colleague. To celebrate, she hosts a lavish dinner with a group of famous and adventurous historical women who cheer the successes and bemoan the sacrifices required to be a "top girl" in a man's world. Caryl Churchill's groundbreaking masterpiece, originally a rebuke to Margaret Thatcher's England in the 1980s, remains just as relevant and powerful today.
Hailing from Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras, Umalali and the Garifuna Collective pay tribute to the rich heritage carried forward by Garifuna women. With evocative melodies and powerful call-and-response songs backed by traditional Garifuna drums, maracas, turtles shells, acoustic and electric guitars, and bass, the group tells its stories through music, dance, and traditional costumes, demonstrating why UNESCO official proclaimed the language, dance, and music of the Garifuna people as a "Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity."
Featuring former leading cast members of hit Broadway musicals including Jersey Boys, Under the Streetlamp is a concert celebration of classic hits of the American radio songbook from the 1950s to the 1970s. Their shows feature tight harmonies and slick dance moves that take audiences back to an era of sharkskin suits, flashy cars, and martini shakers.
Classic hits first performed by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, the Beatles, Roy Orbison, Bobby Darin, and more are reborn for today's audiences in this evening of great music and hilarious behind-the-scenes tales, complete with an exceptional seven-piece band composed of world-class musicians. With irresistible charm and rapport, Under the Streetlamp offers audiences the opportunity to get to know four critically acclaimed stars of stage and screen: Eric Gutman, Christopher Kale Jones, Brandon Wardell, and Shonn Wiley.
In the late 1970s, 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. The play never came to be, and the hours and hours of tape were lost to the ages. Until now.
Brian O'Donovan's A Celtic Sojourn has entertained and enlightened radio audiences since 1986. Now celebrating a decade and a half of holiday performances, the Christmastime live version of the show draws on Celtic, pagan and Christian traditions to celebrate the music of the season. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of the weekly national radio program, plus the excitement of a live show featuring the Celtic world's best performers. The 2017 iteration of the show promises once again to be one of the chestnuts of the region's Christmas offerings.
The Vaughn Monroe Orchestra transports the audience to October 1949, just after World War II. Under the direction of Dan Gabel, the orchestra performs Monroe's hits with featured vocalist Elise Roth, the Moon Maids vocal group, dancers, and other entertainers. Audiences will hear songs such as "Racing With the Moon," "There! I've Said It Again," "Ballerina," "Let It Snow," and "Ghost Riders in the Sky" through special arrangement with the Monroe family and the New England Conservatory. For the first time since 1953, original band member and legendary guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli joins the outfit in a truly spectacular event.
A soulful retelling of L. Frank Baum's beloved The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz combines fairy-tale glamour with street smarts to make a classic fantasy relevant to the world today. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score, The Wiz ingeniously mixes rock, gospel, and soul. Among its hit songs are "Ease on Down the Road," "A Brand New Day," and "Home."
With a deep, spiritual, and moving style, Yasmin Levy preserves and revives the most beautiful and romantic songs from the Ladino/Judeo-Spanish tradition. Her powerfully sensual voice, which combines flamenco's fiery passion with the microtonal melisma of Middle Eastern music, is accompanied by Turkish-Arabic instruments such as the oud, ney, and qanun, along with hand percussion, acoustic guitar, and bass.