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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013 SWEENEY TODD
GORDON COLLEGE
1/25-2/2/2013
The rare instance of a musical thriller, Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's chilling, suspenseful, heart-pounding masterpiece of murderous barber-ism and culinary crime tells the infamous tale of the unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th century London seeking revenge against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. His thirst for blood soon expands to include his unfortunate customers, and the resourceful proprietress of the pie shop downstairs soon has the people of London lining up in droves with her mysterious new meat pie recipe!Sophisticated, macabre, visceral and uncompromising, SWEENEY TODD nevertheless has a great sense of fun, mixing intense drama with howlingly funny moments of dark humor: audiences find themselves laughing hysterically one moment and gasping in surprise the next.At the show's core is a challenging score of epic proportion with two tasty tour de force roles in Sweeney and his comic female accomplice Mrs. Lovett. Although it has been extremely popular with opera companies and in concert presentation, SWEENEY TODD is equally effective as an intimate chamber musical.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013Roald Dahl'S WILLY WONKA JR in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> Roald Dahl'S WILLY WONKA JR
LEVENTHAL SIDMAN Jewish Community Center
2/2-2/2/2013
Roald Dahl's timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to life in this stage adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features the songs from the classic family film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.Roald Dahl's WILLY WONKA JR., featuring a memorable score by Leslie Bricusse (JEKYLL & HYDE, DOCTOR DOLITTLE) and Anthony Newley, follows enigmatic candy manufacturer Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. The children must learn to follow Mr. Wonka's rules in the factory--or suffer the consequences.This scrumdidilyumptious musical is guaranteed to delight everyone's sweet tooth. With this show's flexible cast size, featuring roles for all ages, your production will take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination!
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33 VARIATIONS
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
1/4-2/2/2013
Lyric Stage: - Moises Kaufman; dir: Spiro Veloudos.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013Elton John AND Tim Rice'S AIDA SCHOOL EDITION in Broadway" border="0" height="100" width="100" align="right"> Elton John AND Tim Rice'S AIDA SCHOOL EDITION
BROCCOLI HALL
2/1-2/2/2013
Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA SCHOOL EDITION is a contemporary musical take on a grand classic tale of the timeless bond between an enslaved Nubian princess and an Egyptian soldier. As forbidden love blossoms between them, the young lovers are forced to face death or part forever. Together, they set a shining example of true devotion that ultimately transcends the vast cultural differences between their warring nations, heralding a time of unprecedented peace and prosperity.With a pop-rock score that features stirring ballads and rousing choral numbers, Elton John and Tim Rice's AIDA SCHOOL EDITION is a modern crowd pleaser that embraces multi-cultural casting and exuberant dancing, staging and singing.
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INVISIBLE MAN
Huntington Theatre Company
1/4-2/3/2013
"I am an invisible man." An idealistic young African-American man searches for identity and his place in the world in this epic journey through 1930s AmericA. Ellison's landmark American novel about race, power, freedom, and liberty comes to life in this gripping theatrical adaptation.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013 MARRY ME A LITTLE
New Repertory Theatre
1/13-2/3/2013
MARRY ME A LITTLE uses several unknown songs by the undisputed master of the contemporary Broadway musical to tell a charming and bittersweet tale of love, loneliness and survival as a modern single. Two single strangers, left alone in their studio apartments on a Saturday night, pass their time with sweetly secret, unshared fantasies, never knowing that they're just a floor away from each other and the end of their lonely dreams. Originally conceived by director Norman Rene and playwright Craig Lucas (Prelude To A Kiss), this ingeniously-constructed ?revusical? is told entirely through songs either written early in Sondheim?s career (including numbers SATURDAY NIGHT) or cut from his groundbreaking Broadway musicals (A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, COMPANY, FOLLIES and A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC). A must for Sondheim aficionados, this easily produced one-act musical is also perfect as a benefit, curtain warmer or second-stage production, as it can be played on virtually any existing set - or no set at all. It's a smart, funny, sophisticated and moving evening, and a fascinating l
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013 WEST SIDE STORY
DUXBURY HIGH SCHOOL
2/1-2/3/2013
The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmarkBroadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet istransported to modern-day New York City, as two young idealistic loversfind themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American"Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a worldof hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative,heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time.Highlighting the talents of a young ensemble cast, WEST SIDE STORY has found popularity in schools as well as professional theatres throughout the world. Its exciting, sophisticated score by Bernstein and Sondheim is often considered Broadway's finest--its songs part of the nation's musical heritage. As originally staged by the legendary Jerome Robbins, the show is an impressive showcase for accomplished dancers (a guide featuring the original choreography is available for rental). And with a reduced orchestration and transpositions on demand, this masterpiece is easier to mount than ever before!
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013 TARZAN
LYNNFIELD MIDDLE SCHOOL
2/1-2/3/2013
Based on Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes and the smash-hit 1999 Disney animated film, TARZAN tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan - now a man - encounters strangers like himself for the first time.  TARZAN features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song, "You'll Be in My Heart", and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013 RENT-SCHOOL EDITION
SALEM HIGH SCHOOL
2/1-2/3/2013
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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THE MOUNTAINTOP
Central Square Theater
1/10-2/3/2013
Main Stage: - Katori Hall; dir: Megan Sandberg-Zakian.
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INVISIBLE MAN
Huntington Theatre Company
1/4-2/3/2013
The Huntington's Boston University Theatre: - adapt: Oren Jacoby; dir: Christopher McElroen.
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SHAKESPEARE'S WILL
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
1/10-2/3/2013
- Vern Thiessen; music: Marc Desmoreaux; dir: Miles Potter.
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OTHER DESERT CITIES
SpeakEasy Stage Company
1/11-2/7/2013
Wimberly Theatre: - Jon Robin Baitz; dir: Scott Edmiston.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
NORTH READING HIGH SCHOOL
2/1-2/9/2013
9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL, with music and lyrics by Dolly Parton and book by Patricia Resnick, is based on the 1980 hit movie Nine to Five.Pushed to the boiling point by their boss, three female co-workers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical, lying, hypocritical bigot they call their boss. They conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Set in the late 1970s, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is a hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era. Outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is about teaming up and taking care of business.This high-energy show is ideal for a large, mostly female cast. With its jubilant score and easily relatable characters, 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL is the perfect show for community theaters or high schools.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013 DISNEY'S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
TYNGSBOROUGH HIGH SCHOOL
2/1-2/9/2013
Step into the enchanted world of Broadway's modern classic, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! Based on the Academy-Award winning animated feature, the stage version includes all of the wonderful songs written 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. Maruice'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 enthralled Broadway audiences for over 13 years. This "tale as old as time" is filled with spectacular costume and set opportunities, or even more simply staged, Disney's BEAUTY AND THE BEAST offers a great opportunity to bring your entire community together for family theatre at its best.
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SUNSET BOULEVARD
Nextdoor Theater
1/11-2/9/2013
SUNSET BOULEVARD weaves a magnificent tale of faded glory and unfulfilled ambition. Silent movie star Norma Desmond longs for a return to the big screen, having been discarded by tinsel town with the advent of 'talkies.' Her glamour has faded in all but her mind. When she meets struggling Hollywood screen-writer Joe Gillis in dramatic circumstances, their subsequent passionate and volatile relationship leads to an unforeseen and tragic conclusion. Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book and Lyrics by Don Black & Christopher Hampton; Based on the Billy Wilder Film
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013 THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTER
Paramount Center Mainstage
1/29-2/10/2013
ArtsEmerson: The World On Stage presents The Servant of Two Masters. Identities are mistaken, engagements are broken and lovers are reunited in Carlo Goldoni's commedia dell'arte masterpiece. Mayhem erupts when the wily-and chronically hungry-servant Truffaldino (played by acclaimed actor Steven Epp) hatches a zany scheme to double his wages (and his meals) by serving two masters at once. The virtuosic physical comedy of The Servant of Two Masters is directed by Christopher Bayes, whose hilarious choreography is featured in the hit stage production of Alfred Hitchcock's The 39 Steps. JAN 29 @ 7:30PM JAN 30 @ 7PM JAN 31 @ 7:30PM FEB 01 @ 8PM FEB 02 @ 2PM AND 8PM FEB 03 @ 2PM FEB 05 @ 7:30PM FEB 06 @ 7:30PM FEB 07 @ 7:30PM FEB 08 @ 8PM FEB 09 @ 2PM AND 8PM FEB 10 @ 2PM For more information visit www.artsemerson.org
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013 SHREK
STEPS OFF BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS INCORPORATED
2/3-2/10/2013
SHREK THE MUSICAL, based on the Oscar® winningDreamWorks film that started it all, brings the hilarious story ofeveryone's favorite ogre to dazzling new life on the stage. Ina faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemlyogre "? not a handsome prince "? shows up to rescue a feisty princess.Throw in a donkey who won't shut up, a bad guy with a SHORT temper, acookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, andyou've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily,there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek. Full of all-new songs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, SHREK THE MUSICAL is part romance, part twisted fairy tale and all irreverent fun for everyone!**AVAILABLE FOR LICENSES FOR PERFORMANCES BEGINNING JUNE 2013**
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
SPRINGFIELD Jewish Community Center
2/3-2/10/2013
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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THE SERVANT OF TWO MASTERS (Carlo Goldoni)
ArtsEmerson
1/29-2/10/2013
Paramount Mainstage: - adapt: Constance Congdon; dir: Christopher Bayes.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/27/2013 DISNEY'S ALADDIN JR
NEVERLAND THEATRE
2/1-2/15/2013
Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has a tail! All of your favorite characters are here in Disney's ALADDIN JR., a stage adaptation of the Disney hit film. Filled with magic, mayhem, and flying carpet rides, audiences' spirits will soar with excitement. Most of all, the tuneful, Academy award-winning score with songs including "A Whole New World" and "Friend Like Me" will certainly make this musical a favorite for many years to come!
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YOU FOR ME FOR YOU
Company One
1/18-2/16/2013
Plaza Theatre: - Mia Chung; dir: M. Bevin O'Gara.
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THE GLASS MENAGERIE
American Repertory Theater
2/2-3/3/2013
Loeb Drama Center: - dir: John Tiffany.
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