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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 ALADDIN-PRINCE STREET PLAYERS VERSION
SOLOMON SCHECHTER DAY SCHOOL
1/19-1/20/2014
Set in ancient China, thisdelightful ALADDIN uses artful Chinese theater techniques to put a new spin ona classic tale. Aladdin's quest to capture the heart of the beautiful princessMei-Ling takes him on a magical journey from rags to riches and features astage manager and his assistants who change scenery and speak to the actors,multiple options for casting, and not one, but two fantastical genies!In keeping with traditional Chinese staging, a minimal setallows the imagination to take flight. Catchy tunes, Eastern-inspired melodiesand energetic choral numbers populate this musical with just the rightcombination of momentum and mystery, insuring a magical night of storytellingfor all.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR
WAKEFIELD MEMORIAL HIGH SCHOOL
1/24-1/25/2014
Wacky, irreverent and as entertaining as it's predecessor from 1879, THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE JR. spins a hilarious farce of sentimental pirates, bumbling policemen, dim-witted young lovers, dewy-eyed daughters and an eccentric Major-General, all morally bound to the often-ridiculous dictates of honor and duty.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 A FUNNY THING...FORUM
STACY MIDDLE SCHOOL
1/23-1/25/2014
Broadway's greatest farce is light, fast-paced, witty, irreverent and one of the funniest musicals ever written. A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM takes comedy back to its roots, combining situations from time-tested, 2000 year old comedies of Roman playwright Plautus with the infectious energy of classic vaudeville.A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two.This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine--"something for everyone, a comedy tonight!"
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR
PRANA PRODUCTIONS
1/24-1/25/2014
The Emmy® Award-winning Saturday morning educational cartoon series is now the basis for one of the most fun, energetic, and easily mounted musicals ever to hit the stage! A loose, revue-like structure allows for a great deal of flexibility in staging and cast size. Set and costume design can be as simple or complex as your budget or imagination allow. And because most of the songs are so familiar and easy to learn, rehearsals are bound to be a snap. Perfect for young performers of all ages and experience levels, SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! JR. will be a hit for actors and audiences alike!
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 DISNEY'S 101 DALMATIANS KIDS
ACT ANDOVER
1/24-1/25/2014
101 DALMATION KIDS is the familiar tale of kidnappers, puppies, and villains. In a loving home in the city of London, human owners Robert and Anita live happily with Dalmatian parents Pongo and Perdita as they raise their Dalmatian puppies. Everything is quiet until the monstrous Cruella De Vil, Anita's former classmate, plots to steal the puppies for her new fur coat! Join all the dogs of London as they daringly rescue the puppies from Cruella and her bumbling henchmen.With a delightfully fun score, lovable characters, and one of the most deliciously evil villains in the Disney canon, this stage adaptation is certain to charm and delight all audiences. The adorable spotted dogs and sinister main villain provide wonderful opportunities for creative costuming.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 NEXT TO NORMAL
NEXTDOOR THEATER COMPANY
1/3-1/26/2014
Pulitzer-Prize winning rock musical NEXT TO NORMAL, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.NEXT TO NORMAL tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family's world intact.NEXT TO NORMAL is a deeply moving piece of theatre that provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. This show is ideal for community theaters, as well as colleges and regional theatre companies.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 RENT-SCHOOL EDITION
COMPANY THEATRE
1/24-1/26/2014
Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT SCHOOL EDITION is about falling in love, finding your voice and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop cultural phenomenon with songs that rock and a story that resonates with audiences of all ages.Based loosely on Puccini's La Boheme, RENT SCHOOL EDITION follows a year in the life of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York's Lower East Side, under the shadow of HIV/AIDS. The physical and emotional complications of the disease pervade the lives of Roger, Mimi, Tom, and Angel. Maureen deals with her chronic infidelity through performance art; her partner, Joanne, wonders if their relationship is worth the trouble. Benny has sold out his Bohemian ideals in exchange for a hefty income and is on the outs with his former friends. Mark, an aspiring filmmaker, feels like an outsider to life in general. How these young bohemians negotiate their dreams, loves, and conflicts provides the narrative thread to this groundbreaking musical.RENT SCHOOL EDITION is exuberant, passionate, and joyous. Schools will love the freedom and flexibility that this show offers; minimal costuming and sets are required.This adaptation has been carefully done, working with the Larson estate to retain the dramatic intent of the groundbreaking rock musical, and consists of minimal changes to language and the removal of one song ("Contact") to make it possible for many schools to perform this piece. RENT RETURNSVisit the official "Site for Rent" for NYC ticketing and more information on this new production.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 LES MISERABLES
AMHERST LEISURE SERVICES
1/16-1/26/2014
This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mistreatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new life, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to believe Valjean can change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student uprising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolutionary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long.Epic, grand and uplifting, LES MISÉRABLES packs an emotional wallop that has thrilled audiences all over the world. The sung-through pop opera is ideal for a cast of exceptional singers and overflows with melodies that are already standards. A spectacle on Broadway and in London, LES MISÉRABLES is equally effective with a minimal set; it is its powerful affirmation of the human spirit that has made LES MISÉRABLES a popular masterpiece.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 DISNEY'S PETER PAN JR
ENTER STAGE LEFT
1/24-1/26/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 GODSPELL
OPEN FIELDS
1/18-1/26/2014
Conceived and originally directed by John Michael Tebelak, with music and new lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL is one of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time.Based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew, and featuring a sparkling score by Stephen Schwartz, GODSPELL boasts a string of well-loved songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day." As the cast performs "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly and hearteningly to life.Drawing from various theatrical traditions, such as clowning, pantomime, charades, acrobatics and vaudeville, GODSPELL is a groundbreaking and unique reflection on the life of Jesus, with a message of kindness, tolerance and love.GODSPELL RETURNSVisit the official Godpell on Broadway site for tickets and more information on this new production.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
ROCKPORT MIDDLE SCHOOL
1/23-1/26/2014
In a magical kingdom fathoms below, the beautiful young mermaid Ariel longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. But first, she'll have to defy her father King Triton, make a deal with the evil sea witch Ursula, and convince Prince Eric that she's the girl with the enchanting voice. Adapted from Disney's 2008 Broadway production, Disney's THE LITTLE MERMAID JR. features the hit songs "Part of Your World," "She's in Love," and the Oscar-winning "Under the Sea."
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY THE MUSICAL
WALNUT HILL SCHOOL
1/25-1/26/2014

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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY THE MUSICAL
WALNUT HILL SCHOOL
1/25-1/26/2014
FRECKLEFACE STRAWBERRY THE MUSICAL, based on the beloved New York Times Best Selling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, is a brand new family musical. You and your family can step inside the book's pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to love the skin they're in.Freckleface Strawberry will do anything to get rid of her freckles - from scrubbing them with soap, to caking on makeup, and even wearing a ski mask to school! Will her schoolmates realize it's her under the mask? Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror? With the help of her loveable schoolmates including an amazingly talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz, and a totally kooky teacher, Freckleface learns that everyone is different - and that's what makes everyone special.With soaring live music, awesome dancing, and a freckleface full of laughs, your whole family will love this brand new musical for all ages...freckles or not!
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IMAGINING MADOFF
New Repertory Theatre
1/4-1/26/2014
Black Box Theater:Deborah Margolin; dir: Elaine Vaan Hogue.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR
FILEDHEACHT MUSIC SCHOOL
1/25-1/26/2014
Step into the enchanted world of Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. Featuring songs from the Academy-Award winning animated feature, this stage version includes music by Alan Menken and the late Howard Ashman, along with new songs by Mr. Menken and Tim Rice.  Your audiences will be transported to the heart of provincial life in a lovely French town. When Maurice becomes lost in the woods on the way to the fair, he seeks shelter in an old castle, but the master of the castle is a horrible beast that takes him captive. Maurice's daughter, Belle, must then give up her freedom to save his life. Belle's taming of the unfortunate Beast and his ultimate transformation back into a handsome prince is a beloved fairy tale about very different people finding strength in one another and learning how to love. This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities. Even more simply staged, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST JR. offers students a great introduction to musical theatre, using familiar songs and characters to guide them through their production.
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WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT A PRESENTATION
Company One
1/9-2/1/2014
Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theatre:Jackie Sibblies Drury; dir: Summer L. Williams.
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WORKING
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
1/3-2/1/2014
Lyric Stage:book: Nina Fasso, Gordon Greenberg, Stephen Schwartz; music: Susan Birkenhead, Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers, Stephen Schwartz, James Taylor; dir: Ilyse Robbins.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 WORKING
Lyric Stage COMPANY
1/3-2/2/2014
Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American Workers, WORKING paints a vivid portrait of the men and women the world so often takes for granted: the schoolteacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason, and the housewife, just to name a few.This new 2010 version of WORKING is a musical exploration of 26 people from all walks of life. While most of the professions have been updated, the strength of the show is in the core truths that transcend specific professions; the key is how people's relationships to their work ultimately reveal key aspects of their humanity, regardless of the trappings of the job itself. The show, still set in contemporary America, contains timeless truths. This new version of WORKING allows the audience to get a rare glimpse of the actors and technicians working to put on a show. This raw adaptation only enhances the realistic and relatable nature of the subject matter.With extremely modest set and orchestra requirements, universal subject matter, and featuring a multi-ethnic ensemble cast of variable size, WORKING is one of the most accessible, relevant and substantive musicals ever created. The new, revised 2010 version includes updated lyrics, a streamlined book and two new songs by IN THE HEIGHTS Tony Award-winning creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorite by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, and James Taylor.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 HONK! JR
YMCA OF THE NORTH SHORE
1/24-2/2/2014
In the London season featuring the appearance of THE LION KING, HONK! became a stand-out by winning the 2000 Olivier Award (the British equivalent of the Tony® Award) for Best New Musical. HONK! JR. is a contemporary retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's The Ugly Duckling with a JOSEPH...DREAMCOAT-esque score that everyone will enjoy. HONK! JR. can be performed with simple sets and costumes. No feathers or fur necessary--making it the perfect Broadway Junior musical!
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PINKALICIOUS
Boston Children's Theatre
1/18-2/2/2014
Roberts Theatre:book: Elizabeth Kann, Victoria Kann; lyrics: John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann, Victoria Kann; music: John Gregor.
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VENUS IN FUR
Huntington Theatre Company
1/3-2/2/2014
The Huntington's Boston University Theatre:David Ives; dir: Daniel Goldstein.
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EQUALLY DIVIDED
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
1/9-2/2/2014
Nancy L Donahue Theatre:Ronald Harwood; dir: Charles Towers.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 BREAD & PUPPET THEATER: THE SHATTERER OF WORLDS
Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA)
1/23-2/2/2014
The award-winning Bread & Puppet Theater from Vermont's Northeast Kingdom presents their "The Shatterer of Worlds (chapel with naturalization services for applicants requesting citizenship in the shattered world)," a walkabout political puppet performance, enveloping audience and performers alike within the Cyclorama. Link to representative footage of "The Shatterer of Worlds" taken by Mark Dannenhauer: http://vimeo.com/75177278.
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THE COLOR PURPLE
SpeakEasy Stage Company
1/10-2/8/2014
Virginia Wimberly Theatre:book: Marsha Norman; lyrics: Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, Allee Willis; music: Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, Allee Willis; dir: Paul Daigneault.
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INSIGNIFICANCE
Central Square Theater
1/9-2/9/2014
Main Stage:Terry Johnson; dir: Daniel Gidron.
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THE WHIPPING MAN
New Repertory Theatre
1/25-2/16/2014
Charles Mosesian Theater:Matthew Lopez; dir: Benny Sato Ambush.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 HAIRSPRAY
WHEELOCK COLLEGE- "WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE"
1/24-2/23/2014
The 1950's are out and change is in the air! HAIRSPRAY, winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical, is a family-friendly musical piled bouffant high with laughter, romance, and deliriously tuneful songs.It's 1962 in Baltimore, and the lovable plus-size teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire -- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star. She must use her newfound power to dethrone the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of heartthrob Link Larkin, and integrate a TV network, all without denting her 'do!HAIRSPRAY is ideal for a large cast of strong singers and dancers. It provides great opportunities in terms of set design, costuming, and lighting choices.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014 FOOTLOOSE
Stonehill College
12/5-3/1/2014
One of the most explosive movie musicals in recent memory bursts onto the live stage with exhilarating results. When Ren and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him. To the rockin' rhythm of its Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score (the soundtrack album reached number one on the Billboard charts and has sold over 15 million copies!) and augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical, FOOTLOOSE celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind.Music by Tom Snow; Stage Adaptation by Dean Pitchford and Walter Bobbie; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford; Additional Music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman
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