In 1844, Harvard's Hasty Pudding Society began producing original, elaborate annual shows written by and starring its members -- and while a lot has changed at Harvard since then, that yearly tradition has not. This year marks the society's 170th production: Intermission Impossible, a ridiculous World War II-era theater comedy that sees alcoholic playwright Tennessee Whiskey trying to prepare for his Broadway debut while contending with an absurd group of characters with even more absurd names, like aging actress Faye Dinaway, pageant queen Amber Wavesofgrain and hunky sailor Sal Pacific. Men play all the roles in this bawdy, old-school burlesque at Farkas Hall in Cambridge -- but women are involved in all other aspects of the production, from writing to music to producing the show. Being a part of Harvard history has never been this fun -- or funny!
In his "kind, warm, beautifully observed and deeply moving new play" (Chicago Tribune), Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Karam (Sons of the Prophet) takes a fresh look at the hilarity, heart and horrors of modern American family life. Deciding to shake the holiday up a bit, Erik Blake brings his family from Pennsylvania to New York City to celebrate Thanksgiving at his youngest daughter's run-down apartment. But as darkness falls outside the crumbling pre-war duplex, mysterious things start to go bump in the night -- and family tensions reach a boiling point. After a successful Broadway run, where it won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans now comes to the Boch Center Shubert Theatre in Boston.
Tuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 / 7:30pmWednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 / 7:00pmThursday, Mar. 15, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 6:30pmTuesday, Mar. 20, 2018 / 7:30pmWednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 2:00pmWednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 7:30pm
Join the Longwood Symphony Orchestra for an evening of Beethoven at Boston's Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory. The heroic and classic works of the famed composer, performed by the symphony of healthcare professionals, include Coriolan Overture, Op. 62, Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68, Pastorale and Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Major, Op. 15 featuring pianist Anna Polonsky as the guest soloist.
Fans of Drunk History and all its slurred education will fall over laughing at Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, which combines an entirely serious Shakespeare play with one completely inebriated cast member. For the last six years, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has been performed in the darkest corners and diviest bars in the U.K., and the cast is bringing the good time to Austin. Side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive, the show is fresh off sell-out runs at the Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe festivals, where a cast member drinks beer, wine and whiskey on stage, drunkenly sings the Dawson's Creek theme song and occasionally (accidentally, of course) bares a nipple or two. Brush up on your Bard knowledge, and head down to The Rockwell near Boston for The Taming of the Shrew, because this is Shakespeare as you never knew you wanted to see him before.
One of Boston's oldest comedy houses and one of the top clubs in the country, Nick's Comedy Stop has hosted such legendary comedians as Denis Leary, Jerry Seinfeld, Phyllis Diller, Lenny Clarke and Jay Leno for more than 30 years. Nick's draws national headliners while providing a space for up-and-coming talent, as well as the leading local stand-up comics in Boston, including Steve Sweeney and Joe Wong. This hub for humor -- named the Top Comedy Club in Boston by Travel + Leisure magazine -- is located in the heart of the city's Theater District.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm (Sean Sullivan)Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm (Awkward Sex)Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pm (Mike Whitman)Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pm (Mike Whitman)Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pm (Kelly MacFarland)Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pm (Kelly MacFarland)Friday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 8:00pm (John Perrotta)Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 8:00pm (John Perrotta)
Boston Symphony Orchestra's Elizabeth Rowe and Jessica Zhou perform Mozart's Concerto for Flute & Harp in this concert from the Bach, Beethoven, & Brahms Society. Also on the program at Converse Hall are pieces by Haydn and Bach.
Jenny the Juggler thrills kids and grown-ups alike with a fabulous variety show -- juggling, magic, music, singing, physical comedy, interactive silliness, audience participation, inspiring messages, and a real live bunny! See for yourself what has made Jenny Boston's "Best (and Only!)" Female Professional Juggler since 1997 at the Regent Theatre in Arlington.
Spain's foremost dancers and musicians are coming to Boston's Berklee Performance Center for an authentic celebration of the art of flamenco, presented by World Music/CRASHarts. Called "one of the year's biggest dance events" by the New York Times, this year's Flamenco Festival features an all-star lineup of contemporary dance innovators and members of legendary flamenco dynasties direct from Spain, including Compañía Eva Yerbabuena. Hailed as "a visionary, magisterial dancer whose effects go far beyond technique" by The Guardian, Eva Yerbabuena maintains a riveting balance between artistic innovation and rich flamenco tradition. She's set to perform the Boston premiere of ¡Ay!, a dramatic solo dance accompanied by a percussionist, guitarist, violinist and trio of male singers.
The disco-fueled interactive dance party known as The Donkey Show, very loosely inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, puts you smack in the middle of the action in a funky Cambridge lounge setting. Featuring two full bars and a dance floor, OBERON's Diane Paulus-created wonderland was inspired by Studio 54 in its heyday, when celebrities and art icons would mix and mingle with kids from Queens, and the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack would be shaking the speakers. While you -- and the rest of the audience -- drink, dance to disco classics or just check out the action, the motley crew of characters in this glammed-up, sex-fueled version of Shakespeare's play re-enact the hilariously chaotic tale of a magic elixir that wreaks havoc at the nightclub. But it's mostly just a cool boogie-filled bash.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 10:30pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 10:30pm
Disney's Beauty and the Beast brings its enchanting tale and Academy Award-winning score to the Wheelock Family Theatre in Boston. Based on the beloved 1991 animated film, this worldwide hit stage adaptation has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. The acclaimed musical tells the story of Belle, an intelligent young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who's really a young prince under the spell of a witch's curse. Time is running out, and if the Beast doesn't learn his lesson soon, he and his entire household will be doomed for all eternity. Filled with colorful characters and dazzling songs, including "Be Our Guest" and the unforgettable title song, this tale as old as time will entertain the whole family.
Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted and Audio-Described Performance)
Don't spend your wedding-prep days running around to a million different vendors. Come to the Boston Bridal Bash and do everything in one stop. Whether you're merely looking for ideas or are ready to place orders, you'll find tons of options to make your wedding exactly what you want it to be. Check out photographers, caterers, florists, DJs, limo companies, hotels, cruise lines, wedding planners and more. There'll also be a mock wedding, where you can see a beautiful ceremony come together right before your eyes.
AcousticaElectronica sets its tale in the world of art's past, resurrecting its most intriguing ghosts and planting them here -- in this new future. Join Dorian Gray, Carmen, Pierrot Lunaire, Odette the Swan and the conductor as they travel through time, struggling to discover who they were and what they are to become. Presented at OBERON in Cambridge, the show blends elements of electronic and classical music, dance, circus arts and immersive theater with the infectious energy of a nightclub to bring you an evening you won't encounter anywhere else. With a lower mezzanine ticket, you can see the show from an exclusive raised dance floor area, with standing cocktail tables and your own server so you can skip the wait at the bar.
Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 10:30pm (Doors Open at 10:00pm)Friday, Apr. 6, 2018 / 10:30pm (Doors Open at 10:00pm)
Have you had any guest in your home more times than Jay Leno? After more than 20 years of bringing his charisma, comedy and charm into American bedrooms and living rooms as host of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the late-night legend returns to his stand-up roots for a night of laughs at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Widely characterized as "the hardest working man in show business," the comedian, best-selling children's book author, voice-over artist, car builder and mechanic has received two Emmy Awards (one for the reality show Jay Leno's Garage), and was inducted into the Television Academy's Broadcast Hall of Fame. The only thing that could be better than lying in bed watching Leno on TV is seeing him onstage live as he shares his perspective on his star-studded career and the sheer comedy or everyday life.
They say truth is stranger than fiction, but it also seems funnier and more touching than anything a writer can imagine. That's why WGBH and storytelling collective Massmouth have teamed up for Stories from the Stage, a monthly collaboration that connects, inspires and entertains people through the timeless art of sharing stories from their lives. Each month is a different theme, like road trips, moments we all wish we could revive or redo, and "in the dog house." Enjoy some food, get a drink from the bar and take in a night of expert storytelling at WGBH Studios in Brighton. You might even be seen on TV!
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018 / 7:00pm (Turn Back the Clock)Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018 / 7:00pm (In the Dog House)
As Steven, a former Broadway chorus boy turned stay-at-home dad, celebrates yet another birthday, he finds himself filled with fear and uncertainty. Is his partner of 16 years, Stephen, cheating on him? Is his best friend really dying? And what, exactly, has he done with his life? As the play progresses, we see him grapple with infidelity, polyamory, child-rearing and looming death. Midlife ennui has never been so simultaneously dramatic and hilarious. Get to know Steve at the Boston Center for the Arts' Plaza Black Box stage.
Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 4:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 4:00pmWednesday, Mar. 7, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Mar. 8, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 4:00pm
Spain's foremost dancers and musicians are coming to Boston's Berklee Performance Center for an authentic celebration of the art of flamenco, presented by World Music/CRASHarts. Called "one of the year's biggest dance events" by the New York Times, this year's Flamenco Festival features an all-star lineup of contemporary dance innovators and members of legendary flamenco dynasties direct from Spain, including Ballet Flamenco Jesús Carmona performing an innovative and emotionally charged program titled Impetu's. Don't miss performances by celebrated flamenco dancer Jesús Carmona and his company of 10 dancers, musicians and vocalists dancing to Spanish scores by Albéniz, Riqueni and Escudero.
The letter S -- definitely one of the cooler letters around. But cool enough to base a whole acrobatic ballet around? You'll count that a solid "yes!" after you see this show. No, Cookie Monster didn't start a cirque company; S is a boldly imaginative show from Circa, the internationally acclaimed ensemble that blends dance and circus arts with stunning results. Inspired by the shape, function and sound of the 19th letter of the alphabet, Circa cooks up a seductive, savage and sophisticated work, set to music by artists such as the Kronos Quartet. Just one word of caution: after you see S at Boston's Boch Center Shubert Theatre, you might be tempted to try out one of the many eye-popping new uses Circa has found for the human body. Just remember: S is also for safety.
Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 3:00pm
Long before Carole King became a chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, a girl from Brooklyn. Beloved for penning such iconic pop classics as "You've Got a Friend" and "I Feel the Earth Move," she fought her way into the record business as a teenager and ultimately flourished, writing hits for some of the biggest acts in rock 'n' roll. But it wasn't until her personal life began to crack that she finally found her true voice.Beautiful is the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. It's no surprise that Beautiful - The Carole King Musical won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album of 2015. A resounding success on Broadway, this unforgettable show now comes to the Providence Performing Arts Center.
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 / 7:00pmWednesday, Feb. 28, 2018 / 7:00pmThursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 1:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 6:30pm
Every year, the Irish Cultural Academy brings together some of the finest exponents of traditional Irish music, song and dance to create a terrific group known as The Young Irelanders. These performers have the cultural traditions of "the olde sod" running through their veins and are both world and Irish national champions in their disciplines. Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy some of the most talented young Irish singers, dancers and musicians in the world when they hit the stage at Rogers Center for the Arts in Andover.
With 10 incredible singers, three searing guitarists, killer keyboards, thundering bass and grooving drums, the Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra performs a soaring tribute to American classic rock. They'll tackle music by bands who rock as hard and brilliantly as their British forebears, including music by Aerosmith, Boston, Kansas, Styx, Fleetwood Mac, Heart and more at Regent Theatre in Arlington.
The Drag Musical Extravaganza: Phantom of the Disco! Everyone's favorite cat-lovin', pinot grigio-drinkin', absent-minded narrator, Elizabeth Battey graces the stage once more to give you the greatest love story ever told. But she's in big trouble, gang! Christine Daae has died and is buried in the back of the discotheque. All Battey is left with is a mannequin dressed as Sarah Brightman and hopes that you, the faithful audience, will sing that famous soprano's part! All drag, part sing-a-long, a mix of Donna Summer and Bee Gees, and Neon Calypso in rollerskates, The Phantom of the Disco promises to be Hot Stuff. Staged in Club Cafe's Moonshine Room, audience members receive 20% discount on food. Food and drinks will be served before and during performance but are not included in the ticket price. Directed by Melissa Barker, with musical direction by James Sims and narration and conception by Joey C. Pelletier.
Fans of Drunk History and all its slurred education will fall over laughing at Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, where an entirely serious Shakespeare play is performed with one entirely inebriated cast member. For the last seven years, Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare has been performed in the darkest corners and diviest bars in the U.K., and the cast has brought the good time to Boston. They'll deliver a side-splitting, raucous and completely interactive drunken twist on Romeo and Juliet at Laugh Boston. This is Shakespeare as you never knew you wanted to see him before.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 7:30pm
Awful relationships cause more than their fair share of heartaches (and headaches), and now Naffy Improv comes to the rescue with Your Terrible Ex! From clingers to cheapos to deadbeats and beyond, Boston's top cast of improvisers will transform all of your real relationship nightmares into one hilarious show that'll make your sides ache with laughter. Even if you've never had a cringe-worthy love life, you'll still get a kick out of seeing everyone else's stories unfold before your very eyes. You're guaranteed to enjoy this bad date when You're Terrible Ex! takes over The Riot Theater.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 10:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 10:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 10:00pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 10:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 10:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 10:00pm
When sharp-tongued queens from RuPaul's Drag Race stomp and sashay onto the stage at the House of Blues in Boston, the library will officially be open for business. Haters Roast: The Shady Tour 2018 is the ultimate reading session, where drag superstars will sound off on everything from politics to love, social media to their fellow "sisters." The all-star lineup includes Trixie Mattel and Jinkx Monsoon, as well as Aja, Willam, Latrice Royale, Thorgy Thor and Trinity Taylor, with hostess-with-the-mostess Ginger Minj.
Based on Virginia Woolf's masterpiece, Sarah Ruhl's Orlando takes a fresh look at love, gender and relationships. One of America's most exciting young playwrights, Ruhl brings her trademark blend of feminism and fantasy to Woolf's gender-bending tale that follows the young nobleman Orlando, who decides never to grow old. He falls asleep one day and wakes to find himself a woman. Orlando's swashbuckling adventure spans 300 years during which time Orlando ages only 36 years before landing in the 20th century where as a woman, she must come to terms with not only her past, but a present that challenges her. Don't miss this compelling production at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
The lady in the long black dress is high-tailing it into the Lexington Christian Academy with some heavenly music and it's sure to be "Fabulous, Baby!" In Sister Act: The Musical, watch disco diva Deloris Van Cartier go incognito -- in a convent, of all places -- and breathe new life into the rigid Mother Superior, the uptight church and the entire community. Based on the rousing 1992 film, this theatrical adaptation features original music by Tony-and eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken.
Wednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 / 7:00pmThursday, Mar. 15, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 10:00amSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 7:00pm
Ariel, everyone's darling from The Little Mermaid, is not feeling it. Betrayed by Eric, cursed by Ursula, she is ready to kick ass and take names in this 90-minute musical parody that picks up where the Disney fairy tale left off. Tired of playing by the rules, Ariel is reinventing herself, and along the way she takes on love, fame, Walt Disney, and anyone and anything that's ever tried to keep a woman in her place. The show is a kaleidoscope of fantastic drag, sexy sailors, outrageous costumes, and all your favorite' 80s disco tracks re-imagined and served up hot. Grab your bestie, throw on something cute, and get ready to rock the house with Ariel and her boys in this must see theater event at Club Cafe in Boston.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 1:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm
With Stories to Scenes, Improv Jones Boston and storytelling collective MassMouth set out to prove that fact can often be stranger than fiction ... and funnier, too. At this monthly Riot Theater event, you'll hear real-life tales of humor, tragedy and more, as relayed by renowned local storytellers. Plus, you'll get to see members of the veteran improv comedy group create spontaneous new scenes -- filled with humor that's fast-paced, clever and physical -- inspired by the stories you've just heard. There's a diverse cast of bards and a new mix of irreverent comedy at each performance.
Getting a song stuck in your head is a small price to pay for the infectious music and raucous comedy of ImprovBoston's Music Comedy Night. This monthly show boasts the best of Boston's comedy scene in all things musical, including the Musical Improv Cast (MIC) as well as musical sketch and comedy band acts from throughout the city. The evening even includes a musical improv jam session that puts everyone's comedy songwriting and musical creativity to the test at ImprovBoston in Cambridge.
For 30 years, Boston Brass has set out to establish a one-of-a-kind musical experience. From exciting classical arrangements, to burning jazz standards, and the best of the original brass quintet repertoire, Boston Brass treats audiences to a unique brand of entertainment, which captivates all ages. The ensemble's lively repartee, touched with humor and personality, attempts to bridge the ocean of classical formality to delight audiences in an evening of great music and boisterous fun. Don't miss Boston Brass when they perform at Mechanics Hall in Worcester.
Learn how to roll your own show-stopping truffles filled with everything from champagne cream to chocolate peanut butter, and pick up a few fascinating facts about the sweet science of chocolate along the way at this fun workshop, led by a Master Chocolatier. You'll dip your creations in a variety of delicious toppings, and learn about piping, shaping, coating and packaging for maximum "wow" factor. You'll leave the event at the Elephant & Castle with lots of delicious truffles to show off and share with friends and family. Plus, you'll get great tips on tasting, buying and storing fine chocolate.
Throughout its more than 25-year history, Five O'Clock Shadow has gone way past your garden-variety a cappella, cultivating their own unique pop-rock cover sound and a devoted fan base to match. By combining killer vocal skills, real-time digital effect processing and innovative arrangements, these six vocalists lay down shredding guitar riffs, soaring solos and banging drum rhythms -- all without picking up an instrument. Their seventh CD, entitled Originals (By Other People), is out now. The 16th Annual A Capella Night at Rogers Center for the Arts in North Andover is set to open with the sounds of Boston Jazz Voices and their special guest, Mackapella.
Just three years -- that's how long it took for Buddy Holly to change music history forever. Hit Broadway musical Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story charts the early rocker's life from his Texas upbringing with a group of high school pals who'd become The Crickets, to his meteoric rise to fame and tragic death at 22 -- all set to a soundtrack of some of rock 'n' roll's biggest hits. Now in its 27th year, the "world's most successful rock 'n' roll musical" features more than 20 of Holly's greatest hits, including "That'll Be the Day," "Rave On," "Oh, Boy!" and "Not Fade Away," along with Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba" and the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace." This feel-good musical has delighted audiences throughout the world, and now you can experience this "Peggy Sue"-perb show for yourself at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.
Are your kids feeling imaginative? Well, grab your family and come on out to flex those creative muscles at Kerplunk!, where each show is a unique musical adventure created from audience suggestions. Whether it's filled with space pirates, talking dogs or trees that like to wrap people up in hugs, every performance is based on fresh ideas from the crowd, so no two shows are the same at the Rockwell in Somerville.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 11:00am
Set in the Deep South, Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, sees racial injustice envelop a small-town community. Through courage and compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch seeks the truth, and his feisty daughter, Scout -- a young girl on the cusp of adulthood -- brings new hope to a neighborhood in turmoil. Christopher Sergel's stage adaptation truly allows Lee's lyrical text to soar to new heights, exploring issues of race and class through multiple points of view. Experience this powerful coming-of-age story at Concord's Umbrella Annex.
Friday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 3:00pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 30, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Apr. 6, 2018 / 8:00pm
Improv comedy and Broadway musicals collide in Boston's Unscripted Musical Project. The B.U.M.P. troupe takes a single suggestion from the audience and uses it to spontaneously create a fully improvised one-act musical spectacular. The heroes and villains invent hilarious lyrics and choreography to tell their story, while a full band dreams up a score to match. Because every show is totally unique, you never know just what B.U.M.P. will come up with, but with veterans of Chicago's legendary Second City and Improv Olympic as well as ImprovBoston and Improv Asylum performing, you can be sure this show won't be your typical Broadway musical. Experience the mirth at Davis Square Theatre in Somerville.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 9:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 9:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 9:00pm
Featuring music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5 is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Three unlikely friends conspire to take control of their company and learn that there's nothing they can't do -- even in a "man's world." Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, experience the madness at Arlington Friends of the Drama.
Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 8:00pm
New Repertory Theatre revives Lonely Planet to commemorate the play's 25th anniversary. Playwright Steven Dietz tells the story of two friends during the height of the AIDS epidemic in America. While Carl is able to see beyond the confines of Jody's map store, Jody refuses to acknowledge what's happening outside. This humorous and touching play brings a tale of friendship, loss and hope to Watertown's Mosesian Center for the Arts.
Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Frank McCourt (Angela's Ashes, 'Tis), The Irish ... and How They Got That Way tells the story of the Irish experience on both sides of the pond. It's filled with McCourt's unique humor and draws on his personal experience as an Irish-American. Told through a revue of songs, this ironic and loving look at the Irish people includes everything from "Danny Boy" and "I'm a Yankee Doodle Dandy" to "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" by modern Irish rockers U2. Catch this Greater Boston Stage Company production just in time for St. Paddy's Day!
Thursday, Mar. 8, 2018 / 7:30pm Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 3:00pm Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pm Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 2:00pm
Georg Philipp Telemann, one of the most prolific composers in history, wrote over 40 compositions based on the Passion texts, including the magnificent Telemann's St. Luke Passion of 1744. Join us at Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory for a very special and rare performance featuring the Grammy Award-nominated Boston Baroque Chorus accompanied by world-class soloists Thomas Cooley, tenor (Evangelist) Andrew Garland, baritone (Jesus) and Teresa Wakim, soprano. The Boston Baroque Orchestra and Chorus will be conducted by Martin Pearlman.
Travel back in time to one of the key events in American history at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum. Climb aboard a replica ship and toss a crate of tea overboard, then take a look at one of the original tea chests (only two remain in existence). Interact with live actors, take in an award-winning multisensory film and enjoy 3D holographic interactive exhibits. Don't forget to stop in at Abigail's Tea Room for a colonial teatime or a hearty lunch. It all adds up to a vibrant experience that will bring this legendary chapter of our history to life. TripAdvisor users voted it the Best Family Museum in Boston and Yankee Magazine named it Best New Museum.
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Winner of the Nickelodeon Award for Best Children's Theater, Family Show dishes out laughs for kids and adults every Saturday on the ImprovBoston stage. This improv and music extravaganza is full of hilarious scenes, sketches and games (think Whose Line Is It Anyway? for the Phineas and Ferb set) that are completely made up on the spot based on audience suggestions. To add to the anything-goes fun, children in the audience who want to participate in the show will have a number of chances to be chosen to hop on stage and take part in the fun. ImprovBoston's Family Show is designed for the whole family to enjoy, and is geared for children between the ages of 4 and 12.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 4:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 4:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 4:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 4:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 4:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 4:00pmSaturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 4:00pmSaturday, Apr. 14, 2018 / 4:00pm
From Claudia Rankine, author of the best-selling poetry collection Citizen: An American Lyric, comes the world premiere of The White Card, a play that poses the question: "Can American society progress if whiteness stays invisible?" At 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. Don't miss this world premiere production at the Emerson Paramount Center in Boston.
Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 2:00pmWednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 / 2:00pmThursday, Mar. 15, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 2:00pmWednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 2:00pm
Come one, come all to the Improv Jones Show! For twelve years the veteran improvisers of Improv Jones have taken snippets of daily life and turned them into fast-paced, intelligent, heart-warming and hilarious comedic gold. Give them a suggestion and watch them go. Tell your friends, tell your enemies. This show at at The Riot Theater in Jamaica Plain is not to be missed.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 10:00pm Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 10:00pm Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 10:00pm Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 10:00pm Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 10:00pm Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 10:00pm Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 10:00pm Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 / 10:00pm
This holiday season, gather the gang for a Tipsy Chocolate Tour through Boston's Back Bay. Warm up with boozy-inspired chocolate selections like rum caramel-filled chocolates, champagne truffles, and a spiked hot chocolate! Enjoy the crisp autumn air, the changing leaves along Newbury Street and the festive spirit of the neighborhood while learning about the history of chocolate and its ties to Massachusetts.
Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 12:30pm (Check-in at 12:15pm)Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 12:30pm (Check-in at 12:15pm)Saturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 12:30pm (Check-in at 12:15pm)Saturday, Apr. 14, 2018 / 12:30pm (Check-in at 12:15pm)Saturday, Apr. 21, 2018 / 12:30pm Saturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 12:30pm Saturday, May. 5, 2018 / 12:30pm
1648, India. At morning's first light, the Taj Mahal, an awe-inspiring edifice representing the pinnacle of beauty and the power of an empire, will be unveiled. For the two Imperial guards who are protecting the palace, close friends since childhood, dawn's first light will set in motion a ghoulishly unthinkable task that will challenge their faith, friendship and duty. Rajiv Joseph's dark comedy incisively examines two average men who get swept up in the beauty, carnage and zealotry surrounding one of the legendary wonders of the world. Catch Guards at the Taj at Cambridge's Central Square Theater.
Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 3:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 2:00pmMonday, Mar. 5, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Mar. 8, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 3:00pm
Join John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy and Samuel Adams at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum for a night of merrymaking at Boston's only colonial tavern night experience. Raise your cider high as you sample rustic fare, including a selection of carved meats, fresh cheeses, fruits and vegetables, and hearty breads, all served buffet style. At Huzzah! Tavern Nights, you'll learn boisterous songs and cheerful dance and play 18th-century games with the Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Freedom roaming around to keep the party festive.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 7:00pm
Pass under the bright marquee and through the dim speakeasy to a timeless space where an evening's entertainment might include bouncy vaudeville, soulful sounds or fresh comedy. The glint of rhinestones signals the entrance of the sensuous stars of burlesque. Smoke and Shadows is a monthly burlesque and variety show that defies decades and genres, offering a new mix of performers from Somerville and beyond. Any given act might be carefree, poignant, sexy or thought-provoking, but no matter the specifics, Smoke and Shadows will always deliver a night of excellent entertainment at The Rockwell.
Christopher Grace has been impressing audiences with his mind-reading skills since the age of 11. Born and raised in Boston, he's traveled to more than 20 countries to dazzle celebrities, politicians, and CEOs with his seemingly "psychic" abilities. His mentalism skills have been featured on television, in print and on stages across the U.S. Now he brings his thrilling performance home to Boston for good. Neither a psychic, nor a magician, Christopher will have you wondering how he's able to read your mind so clearly -- at least when you're not laughing at his antics and engaging with your fellow audience members. Welcome to BABEL, a 90-minute intimate evening of mind-reading at The Bostonian. He will confound you with his seemingly impossible mind-reading abilities, acts of super memory, and actually entertaining rapid-fire math skills, all while getting inside your head and keeping you laughing.
Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 7:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 9:00pm
All Access Improv delivers a high-octane, completely spontaneous comedy show that's fast, furious and funny. This weekly improv showcase at Cambridge's Main Theater packs nonstop improvised scenes, songs and games into a tight hourlong timeframe. All Access combines the best improvisers from ImprovBoston's popular Family Show and the fast-paced Face Off, as well as the troupe's renowned national touring company. These daring and athletic professional comedians are committed to sweating hard so you can laugh harder. The result is blazingly quick-witted comedy, spur-of-the-moment music and, of course, your joke-fueling audience interaction.
Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 6:00pmSaturday, Apr. 14, 2018 / 6:00pm
Want striptease with your Settlers of Catan? Lasciviousness with your LAN party? Get jiggy with the Jedi? Look no further than the nerd convention of your dreams: Talk Nerdy to Me! Rogue Burlesque is geeking out hard on all your fandoms - Star Wars, Star Trek, super heroes, board games, video games, comic books -- you name it! In a dazzling celebration of boobs, butts, and brains, Rogue takes to the stage for the fourth and most epic incarnation of Talk Nerdy to Me yet! Hosted by Joan and Jim (comedian Jessie Baade and Dale Stones of Sirlesque), this nerdlesque show features performances by Brandy Wine, Cheeky DeVine, Dahlia Strack and more, with special guest Maggie Maraschino. Whether you love or hate cons, you'll feel right at home when this one comes to OBERON in Cambridge.
Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 8:00pmTuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 / 8:00pm
The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is a tip-top model of efficiency -- so why are things getting so steamy? It could have something to do with how hard new superintendent Sid Sorokin has fallen for Babe Williams, the trouble-making head of the union grievance committee. Sparks really start to fly when a workers' strike pits management against labor and ignites an outrageous battle of the sexes. Packed with fun, fiery numbers like "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway," The Weston Friendly Society's production of this romantic comedy is sure to warm up your early spring.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:30pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 2:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 2:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:30pm
Hailed as "the premier men's vocal ensemble in the United States" (Fanfare), and winner of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America, Cantus is acknowledged around the world for its programmatic versatility, artistic excellence and charismatic personality. Light is an integral part of life, from controlling our daily habits and cycles to providing nourishment, warmth and protection. But what happens when light is taken away, or restored? With seasoned masterpieces like Richard Strauss' Traumlicht and Franz Schubert's Die Nacht plus pieces that break new ground, including Eric Whitacre's Lux Aurumque and a brand new commission from Gabriel Kahane, Discovery of Light revels in the mystery, science and poetry of what it means to truly "see." Don't miss your chance to experience Cantus live when they take the stage at the Rogers Center for the Arts in North Andover.
Fascism doesn't show up in jackboots and swastikas. It arrives in the form of a polite older gentleman on Christmas Eve. Roland Schimmelpfennig's play about the failure of liberal intellectuals to confront the historic danger of extremism was written in 2015 in a German context and it's universal relevance has only become more striking this year. Winter Solstice is a portrait of liberal impotence in the face of blind conviction. Will these well-meaning dedicated people take action when facism is entertaining them in their living room? This production is Apollinaire Theatre's second Schimmelpfennig U.S. premiere staging at Chelsea Theatre Works.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 3:00pmThursday, Mar. 8, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pm
Experience the thrilling tale of adventure on the high seas in this fun-filled yarn of piracy and buried treasure. Jim Hawkins, the cabin boy on the sailing ship "Hispaniola," is drawn into this action-packed story full of unsavory characters, including the infamous Long John Silver, who leads a scramble for buried treasure on an exotic isle. The greedy mutineers fight each other for treasure as friendships come unraveled, and new alliances are formed. Good ultimately triumphs, but not without lots of twists and turns! Treasure Island springs to life at the Larcom Theatre in Beverly with all the great action and talent that The Panto Company USA is known for! The story is written for children ages 4 to 13, but it is a true family show that everyone will enjoy!
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 11:00amSaturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 2:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 2:00pm
For this year's Annual Family Concert, Boston Musica Viva welcomes back two youth groups that exemplify artistry and professionalism through their discipline and beautiful training: the Northeast Youth Ballet and the Boston City Singers. Barbara White returns to write a new ballet for rooted in Celtic folklore and the BCS deliver a reprise of a family favorite by Bruce Adolphe, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, based on the award-winning Native American story of the same name. Beloved arts and entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik returns to narrate both works for Young Heroes of Folklore! at Boston University's Tsai Performance Center.
Boston comedy hub Improv Asylum presents The NXT Show, a fast-paced improv revue that's back for another season of on-the-fly fun. A highly trained cast of talented performers brings this new comedic bounty of sketches -- Fresh AF -- to the stage at the Asylum. Here's how it works. The cast meets for two hours each week to pitch, learn and block new sketches to put up on Sunday and Tuesday nights. Mix those new sketches with their signature improv structures and no show is ever the same twice.
Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 8:00pm
Once upon a time, a merchant lived with his three daughters ... In this classic tale of true love, when Belle asks her father for a simple rose, the seemingly harmless act of plucking the beautiful flower from a bush during his travels results in a death sentence from The Beast. Belle courageously offers her life in place of her father's, and thus sets the stage for the discovery that true love is based on inner beauty. Commonwealth Ballet Company dancers are joined by a cast of young dance students and guest artists, performing to the music of Respighi. This narrated tale of charity, honor, grace and true love comes to the stage of the Regis College Fine Arts Center.
Without a doubt the most famous play in the English language, Hamlet is much more than a collection of quotable lines, like the legendary soliloquy that begins with "To be or not to be?" It's also a thrilling tale of political intrigue, murder, madness and duels to the death. Bedlam, the acclaimed New York City theater company, brings their unique performance style to Shakespeare's greatest play with four actors performing all 25 roles. See this riveting, unexpectedly funny, stripped-down staging at Boston's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.
Wednesday, Mar. 7, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Mar. 8, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 2:00pmTuesday, Mar. 13, 2018 / 7:30pmWednesday, Mar. 14, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 2:00pm
Even if you don't consider yourself a ballet lover, consider this: In 2017, the José Mateo Ballet was named Boston's Best Date Night by The Improper Bostonian. If you take someone special there, you'll see why once you're immersed in The Sanctuary Theatre's intimate, cabaret-style surroundings that put you right at the edge of the dance floor. And when the show begins -- Stolen Hearts, a romantic collection of three original works by acclaimed artistic director José Mateo -- you just might find yourself realizing that you're more of a ballet fan than you first thought.
Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 / 8:00pm Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 / 4:00pm Friday, Mar. 2, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 8:00pm Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 4:00pm Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pm Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 8:00pm
This is the story of your life, told through music! This live concert experience takes you on a thoroughly entertaining trip back through decades of American music via a high-energy production at the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester. More than 60 memorable favorites are seamlessly woven into medleys for Decades Rewind, which re-creates the unforgettable hits of the '60s, '70s and '80s with sizzling vocalists, a backup band and more. In fact, this magical musical trip boasts more than 100 costume changes, covering everything from Aretha to Zeppelin and way beyond.
Experience the mystique surrounding the infamous Salem witch trials on the city's only comprehensive walking tour dedicated to Colonial witchcraft. During this fascinating tour, you'll examine the demographics, theories and personal stories comprising the dire events of 1692, and although many structures are long gone, you'll visit several locations connected to the witchcraft hysteria from the 17-month reign of terror. See Salem's profound Witch Trials Memorial, dedicated to the innocent victims and explore the symbolism within, shedding new light on an event that turned neighbor against neighbor.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 4:30pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 4:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 4:30pmSunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 4:30pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 4:30pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 4:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 4:30pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 4:30pm
Who knew -- tap dancing was born when Irish and African immigrants shared their melodies, moves and friendship in the secrets of the Appalachian Mountains -- the complete history of Irish dance will enchant you through music, dance and beautiful imagery for one night only. Those beats will make your heart pound, the ethereal concert vocalists will make you bust out the tissues and the quick feet and leaps of the world champion jiggers will make you ooh and aww like a kid at a firework show. Experience the epic tale of Celtic culture Stepping Out from the rural Irish farms of many moons ago to your modern-day Worcester at Mechanics Hall with the Dublin Irish Dance troupe.
The 730 Tavern presents a night of stand-up comedy from some of the best and funniest comedians from the NYC comedy scene for one night only. NYC Comedy Invades Boston features professional comedians and will undoubtably be a night to remember! Showcased comics include Jordan Raybould (New York Comedy Festival, The Raybould Brothers), Will Poznan (Questionable Taste, Gotham World Series of Comedy) and Bret Raybould (Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco SketchFest).
Saturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 9:30pm
Human Nature have earned their place as one of the world's finest pop vocal groups of the modern era. Mixing pop classics with doo-wop, Motown, soul standards and more, Australia's top pop vocal quartet blends retro cool with contemporary sounds with a playlist of the groups' musical influences and the greatest vocal hits of all time. Brothers Andrew and Mike Tierney, Phil Burton and Toby Allen have spent more than two decades together perfecting their performances, starring in their own popular PBS special and appearing on Oprah and Dancing with the Stars along the way. Hear everything from "Under the Boardwalk" to "Uptown Funk" at Fox Theater in Mashantucket.
If you want to see the best improv comedy in New England, you go to ImprovBoston; and if you want to see the best of the best, you go to their Mainstage show. This weekly event showcases their signature style, blending fast-paced games, hilarious scenes, skillful storytelling, memorable music and 100% voluntary audience participation into a completely unique show each Thursday. There are no rules and no boundaries, just hilarious comedy dished up by an elite cast of the best improvisers in the Northeast.
Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Mar. 8, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Mar. 15, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Mar. 29, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Apr. 5, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Apr. 12, 2018 / 7:30pmThursday, Apr. 26, 2018 / 7:30pm
It's 1429, and England has once again invaded France, claiming the throne for King Henry VI. In this epic story, George Bernard Shaw paints Joan of Arc not as a saint, witch or madwoman, but as a farm girl, an illiterate intellectual and a true genius whose focus on the individual rocked the Church and State to their core. The New York Times called Bedlam's Saint Joan, "Irresistible! Ferocious!" Four actors perform all 24 roles in this acclaimed New York City theater's production of George Bernard Shaw's masterpiece at Boston's Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.
Friday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 2:00pmThursday, Mar. 15, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 8:00pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 2:00pmTuesday, Mar. 20, 2018 / 7:30pmWednesday, Mar. 21, 2018 / 7:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 2:00pm
ImprovBoston's The Last Laugh comedy showcase is definitely not for kids. In fact, it might not even be for some adults. Every Saturday, this naughty hour of comedy delivers all the filthy fun you can handle. It's a different style of comedy each time -- from improv to sketch to stand-up -- all served up at the witching hour. Check your hang-ups at the door and settle in for something raunchy, profane and just the right kind of wrong.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 11:30pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 11:30pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 11:30pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 11:30pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 11:30pmSaturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 11:30pmSaturday, Apr. 14, 2018 / 11:30pmSaturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 11:30pm
A pair of ImprovBoston's best comedy teams battle for your approval in Face Off, an improvisational comedy competition in which your laughter and applause will determine which is the mightier team. Both groups are battling for the highly coveted Cheapest Trophy in the World, but only one team can walk away with the sweet taste of victory; the other will sulk away in hilariously agonizing defeat. The real champion, though, is the audience, who gets to enjoy a high-spirited comedy show without fear of defeat. Talk about a major win. Face Off features everything from improv games to team challenges, so kick back and enjoy the spirit of competition.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 10:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 10:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 10:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 10:00pmSaturday, Mar. 31, 2018 / 10:00pmSaturday, Apr. 7, 2018 / 10:00pmSaturday, Apr. 14, 2018 / 10:00pmSaturday, Apr. 28, 2018 / 10:00pm
Dallas-born singer Jazzmeia Horn supercharged her young career with a win in the 2015 Thelonious Monk Institute competition, going on to impress critics with her 2017 debut album, A Social Call. JazzTimes called her "a fully realized stylist and a first-rate scatter" with "vivacity, imagination, gutsiness and sociopolitical savvy." DownbeatMagazine praised her "thrilling presence, with a musical sensibility that strikes a deft balance between mid-century jazz and contemporary neo-soul." Now you can see this exciting artist in concert at Boston's 160 Mass Ave.
Based on America's No. 1 toy brand, YouTube sensation and international toy phenomenon, Shopkins Live! Shop It Up! immerses audiences in the world of Shopville using custom-designed theatrical costumes, creative onstage characters, state-of-art video and set design in Boston. Original music, songs, dance and interactive sing-a-longs are a huge part of the live show, with performances from Shoppies Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint, Rainbow Kate, Cocolette, Polli Polish and more. This is one family event at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts that you don't want to miss!
Cantata Singers returns to Boston's Jordan Hall this spring to perform Beethoven's epic Missa solemnis, paired with Schoenberg's powerful De profundis. Regarded as one of the greatest choral masterpieces of all time, Beethoven's own inscription in the score, "From the heart--may it return to the heart!" aptly describes the piece's luminous majesty and intimate power. The soloists set to showcase the work's virtuosic opulence are soprano Dana Varga, alto Emily Marvosh, tenor Yegishe Manucharyan and bass Mark Andrew Cleveland.
Prepare to witness to one of the greatest -- and funniest -- conflicts ever waged via little cardboard cards. Two wizards, bent on destroying each other because of an ancient grudge, enlist creatures of good (angels, elves, passers-by) and creatures of evil (goblins, trolls, tax collectors) to battle one another in a winner-takes-all showdown. Watch and help shape the action with your own cards as the wizards and their team of misfit fantasy junkies improvise a comedy battle for supremacy of the Riot Theater stage. This outrageous show premiered at the Geek Week Comedy Festival and just completed a feature run at ImprovBoston.
When Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady opened on Broadway, it collected six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, while the film version took home eight Oscars, including Best Picture. Based on George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, My Fair Lady is that rare musical by which all others are measured. The tale of a cockney flower girl transformed into an elegant lady features one of musical theatre's greatest scores, including "Wouldn't It Be Loverly?," "With a Little Bit of Luck," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," and more. See this classic Broadway favorite when it comes to Stage 284 at The Community House in Hamilton.
Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 2:00pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 6:30pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 2:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 6:30pm
Brooklyn's House of Waters blends unexpected instrumentation with influences spanning four continents and as many genres, including jazz, folk, world and indie rock. Fronted by "the Jimi Hendrix of the hammered dulcimer" (NPR) Max ZT, the trio also includes drummer Ignacio Rivas Bixio and six-string bass player Moto Fukushima. They're part funky jamband, part Afrobeat and part pan-Asian artists and they're playing at Boston's 160 Mass Ave.
Now in its 92nd season, the Boston Civic Symphony is the second oldest symphony orchestra in the city, distinguishing itself through an unusually broad range of music performed by exceptionally skilled students and amateurs. Enjoy performances of unexpected and contemporary works, with a special focus on American compositions with leading soloists at Jordan Hall at the New England Conservatory.
Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 2:00pm (Doura, Puccini, & Prokofiev)Sunday, May. 6, 2018 / 2:00pm (Beethoven & R. Strauss)
This Boston-based six-piece experimental rock band -- lead singer/keyboardist Courtney Swain, guitarist Ben Levin, bassist Jessica Kion, drummer Gavin Wallace-Ainsworth, violinist Chris Baum, and live sound designer Vince Welch -- breaks "new stylistic and temperamental ground" (The Boston Globe) by bringing rock, pop, minimalist, and avant-garde elements into a lush, thrilling whole that's "equal parts ingenuity and deliciousness" (The Wall Street Journal). Bent Knee will be joined by the Boston Conservatory at 160 Mass Ave in Boston.
Take a trip to the cinema, across the world and to the theater all in one sitting! The Emerson Paramount Center is screening a live performance of Angelica Cholica's Anna Karenina interpreted entirely through modern dance. No dialogue, just moving choreography. Staged in Moscow, this rendition of the Leo Tolstoy classic sold out month after month, an exciting example of the new dynamic theater scene in Russia. The story follows the wife of a Russian imperial minister who creates a wild scandal by having an affair with a handsome calvary officer, and the consequences are rough, to say the least. Find out how the events play out -- or should we say dance out -- at the Bright Family Screening Room in Boston.
Friday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 7:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 7:00pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 1:00pm
Adam was the scariest man in the National Hockey League, but now he's been demoted to the minors, gotten high on painkillers, and trashed the locker room at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. His friends need to talk him down before he gets into real trouble, but he's got his own agenda ... and it isn't about making saves, dekes, dangles, snipes, and passes. A modern-day take on Sophocles' Ajax as seen through the lens of the last true gladiator sport, this world premiere of Walt McGough's Brawler, at Boston Playwrights' Theatre, was produced in collaboration with Kitchen Theatre Company.
Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 2:00pmThursday, Mar. 8, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 9, 2018 / 8:00pmThursday, Mar. 15, 2018 / 7:30pmFriday, Mar. 16, 2018 / 8:00pm
Contrary to popular belief, the ghosts don't go away when the sun is out. Join your costumed tour guide on this one-hour afternoon stroll to unearth Salem's deliciously dark past. Hear true tales from the city's oldest pro walking tour company about documented paranormal activity, chilling cemetery sightings, centuries-old murder cases and colonial witchcraft, and share your own personal experiences with Salem's dearly departed! These tours combine captivating storytelling, dark humor and stellar presentation to creatively convey Witch City's authentic haunted history.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 3:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 3:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 3:00pmSunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 3:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 3:00pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 3:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 3:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 3:00pm
Dear Leader cordially invites you to the quiz show at the end of civilization in You're All Gonna Die!, an improvised game show set in a dystopian future. The Quiz Master wields mind games, physical tests and audience participation as a weapon of mass enjoyment for his patron. Help the tortured subjects find the correct answers or else they'll suffer the most painful of humiliations. Journey to ImprovBoston for the game show to end all game shows.
Drawing inspiration from cult classics like Heathers and The Virgin Suicides, this production of the favorite Romeo & Juliet finds the star-crossed lovers in that most dramatic and perilous of environments: high school. With voice and text coaching by Daniel Thomas Blackwell, this production will blend old and new by recreating the dialect of Elizabethan England with the sensibilities of the 1980s. See Shakespeare as you've never seen or heard it before at Chelsea Theatre Works.
Oakland-based Ensemble Mik Nawooj, led by composer-pianist Joowan Kim, injects Western European classical compositional techniques into hip-hop to create "something that sounds giant and important" (East Bay Express). MCs Do D.A.T. and Sandman share the stage with a classical chamber ensemble (composed of flute, clarinet, violin, cello and piano), heavy bass, funky drums and a lyric soprano to perform original compositions, reinventing East Coast and West Coast classics. Don't miss this special Celebrity Series of Boston show.
Musicians of the Old Post Road is a chamber ensemble, based in the Boston area, that specializes in the period instrument performance of dynamic and diverse music from the Baroque to early Romantic eras. Many Happy Returns explores magical melodic variation atop beautiful, repeating bass lines that circle their way through works of Couperin, Telemann, Purcell, and others. Soprano Teresa Wakim will return as soloist during this performance at Old South Church in Boston.
Deutscher Konnekt: Totentanz explores how German composers through the centuries have considered death and its power to connect all humanity. The Boston Chorale Ensemble returns to the music of Hugo Distler for the magnificent Totentanz, Op. 12 (1934) for unaccompanied choir, narrator and flute. The work follows along as Death converses with individuals of various ranks, occupations and ages -- conversations that are interspersed with choral verses drawn from the poetry of the 17th century German mystic Angelus Silesius. The program, at Boston University's Marsh Chapel, also includes music by Heinrich Schütz (whose Selig sind die Toten served as inspiration for Totentanz), Max Reger, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann and Josef Rheinberger.
Whether it's Family Guy or Chelsea Lately, today's "edgiest" comedy gets its edge in large part from Chris Franjola, one of Hollywood's sharpest comic minds. Best known as a panelist and sketch performer on E!'s Chelsea Lately and After Lately, Franjola is also an accomplished stand-up comic. He's performed his hilarious observations and stories about dating and everyday life on the national Comedians of Chelsea Lately tour, and even before the show premiered on E!, he was a popular national headliner in his own right, with more than 20 years of stand-up experience. In between writing gigs he still does stand-up and you can catch him when he comes to Laugh Boston.
Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018 / 8:00pmFriday, Mar. 23, 2018 / 8:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 10:15pm
Join your costumed tour guide on this 90-minute lantern-lit stroll to unearth Salem's deliciously dark past. Hear true tales about documented paranormal activity, chilling cemetery sightings, centuries-old murder cases and colonial witchcraft, and share your own personal experiences with Salem's dearly departed! These tours combine captivating storytelling, dark humor and stellar presentation to creatively convey Witch City's authentic haunted history.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 7:00pm (Office Opens at 11am)Sunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 7:00pm (Office Opens at 11am)Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 7:00pm (Office Opens at 11am)Sunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 7:00pm (Office Opens at 11am)Saturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 7:00pm (Office Opens at 11am)Sunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 7:00pm (Office Opens at 11am)Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 7:00pm (Office Opens at 11am)Sunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 7:00pm (Office Opens at 11am)
Some of NYC's funniest comedians leave the clubs of Greenwich and East Village, hitting Amesbury's BareWolf Brewing for some stand-up and good times. Since moving to New York City, James Myers has quickly become a regular at comedy clubs all over the city, as well as winning the 2015 Hoboken Comedy Festival, beating out 45 contestants and over 300 applicants. As one of the most upvoted comedians on Reddit, his StandUpShots have garnered over 30 million views on the website alone and millions more on sites like College Humor, The Chive and eBaum's World.
Salem -- few names conjure up so many powerful images. But if all you know about this famous town are the notorious witch trials, you'll be pleasantly surprised on the Salem 101: General History Tour. From its founding in 1626 to its vibrant modern day, you'll explore the other side of Salem's rich history. The birthplace of the National Guard, location of one of the most famous houses in the U.S., and home of one of the country's oldest museums, Salem has tons to discover. On this one-hour walking tour, you'll find out why without Salem, the United States may not have become the United States.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / NoonSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / NoonSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / NoonSunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / NoonSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / NoonSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / NoonSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / NoonSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / Noon
Join Salem Historical Tours on an exploration of Old Burying Point, the second-oldest documented cemetery in the nation, where you'll unearth the secrets and stories of those who are buried there. Even death can't silence the stories of these colorful Salem residents. You'll see engravings by some of the region's most notable stone carvers and discover the symbolic meaning behind urn, willow, flora and effigy imagery. Learn of Colonial-era burial practices and uncover true tales of the cemetery's most infamous occupants including Mayflower pilgrim Richard More, former governor Simon Bradstreet and Salem Witch Trials judge John Hathorne.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 / 1:00pmSunday, Mar. 4, 2018 / 1:00pmSaturday, Mar. 10, 2018 / 1:00pmSunday, Mar. 11, 2018 / 1:00pmSaturday, Mar. 17, 2018 / 1:00pmSunday, Mar. 18, 2018 / 1:00pmSaturday, Mar. 24, 2018 / 1:00pmSunday, Mar. 25, 2018 / 1:00pm
Flutist Claire Chase -- MacArthur fellow, Avery Fisher Prize winner, founder of the International Contemporary Ensemble and a "staggering virtuoso with the assurance of a rock star" (Los Angeles Times) -- makes her Celebrity Series debut at 160 Mass Avenue in Boston. This double bill also features the return of My Brightest Diamond, fronted by relentlessly collaborative and versatile composer and vocalist Shara Nova.
Jelly spotlights Boston's brightest comedians, from veterans to rising stars, with an emphasis on female talent. The sharp and cutting night of comedy includes a classic TV variety show style featuring live music, sketch, stand-up, improv and audience interaction. Travel through time to the entertainment of yesteryear with a fresh, alternative slant. The show gets going at ImprovBoston, with host Nonye Brown West, announcer Harry Gordon and the Jelly House Band with Jeff Greenwald's rock and jazz ensemble.