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THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall
2/20-2/21/2013
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/17/2013 THE SOUND OF MUSIC
Chapel Hill-Chauncy Hall
2/20-2/21/2013
The final collaboration between Rodgers & Hammerstein was destined to become the world's most beloved musical. When a postulant proves too high-spirited for the religious life, she is dispatched to serve as governess for the seven children of a widowed naval Captain. Her growing rapport with the youngsters, coupled with her generosity of spirit, gradually captures the heart of the stern Captain, and they marry. Upon returning from their honeymoon they discover that Austria has been invaded by the Nazis, who demand the Captain's immediate service in their navy. The family's narrow escape over the mountains to Switzerland on the eve of World War II provides one of the most thrilling and inspirational finales ever presented in the theatre. The motion picture version remains the most popular movie musical of all time.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Book by Howard Lindsay & Russel Crouse; Suggested by `The Trapp Family Singers` by Maria Augusta Trapp
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/17/2013 INTO THE WOODS
RIVERS SCHOOL
2/21-2/22/2013
The Brothers Grimm hit Broadway with an epic fairytale where worlds collide. James Lapine and Stephen Sondheim take everyone's favorite storybook characters and brings them together for a timeless yet relevant piece and rare modern classic.The story follows a Baker and his wife who wish to have a child, Cinderella who wishes to attend the King's Festival, and Jack who wishes his cow would give milk. When the Baker and his wife learn that they cannot have a child because of a Witch's curse, the two set off on a journey to break the curse. Everyone's wish is granted, but the consequences of their actions return to haunt them later with disastrous results.One of Sondheim's most popular works, INTO THE WOODS is a musically sophisticated show with the opportunity to feature actors adept at dark comedy. Designers will especially enjoy highlighting the fantastical elements of this magical word.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/17/2013 AVENUE Q
SUFFOLK UNIVERSITY
2/21-2/23/2013
meta charset="utf-8"Winner of the TONY® ?TRIPLE CROWN? for BEST MUSICAL, BEST SCORE and BEST nbsp;BOOK,nbsp;bAVENUE Q nbsp;/bis part flesh, part felt and packed with heart.nbsp;nbsp;bAVENUE Q/bis a laugh-out-loud musical thatnbsp;tells the timeless story of a nbsp;recent college grad named Princeton who moves into a shabby New York nbsp;apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There, he meets Kate (the girl nbsp;next door), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the internet sexpert), Lucy The Slut (need we say more?), and other colorful types who help nbsp;PRINCETON finally discover his purpose in life!brbrBe sure to visitnbsp;a href="http://www.mtishows.com/content.asp?id=6_3_0_5"MTI's Prop Shop/anbsp;to see ournbsp;AVENUE Qnbsp;puppets to rent!
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/17/2013 DAMN YANKEES
TABOR ACADEMY
2/21-2/23/2013
Faust meets professional baseball in the Broadway classic DAMN YANKEES. Middle-aged baseball fanatic Joe Boyd trades his soul to the Devil, also known as Mr. Applegate, for a chance to lead his favorite team to victory in the pennant race against the New York Yankees. As young baseball sensation Joe Hardy, he transforms the hapless Washington Senators into a winning team, only to realize the true worth of the life he's left behind. Joe ultimately outsmarts Applegate, returns to his former self, and shepherds the Senators to the World Series.Light, fast-paced and devilishly clever, DAMN YANKEES is a home-run hit featuring all-American subject matter and an irreverent sense of humor. The perfect choice for a high school's spring musical or community theatre production, DAMN YANKEES is sure to please. 
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THE WINTER'S TALE
Semel Theater
2/21-2/24/2013
By William Shakespeare Directed by Melia Bensussen An irrationally jealous king imprisons his queen for infidelity, banishes his newborn daughter, and orders the death of her suspected lover, his childhood friend. Despite the tragic cruelty and despair, cold hearts can be redeemed, broken hearts restored, and love reborn.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/17/2013 URINETOWN
GROTON SCHOOL
2/22-2/24/2013
One of the most uproariously funny musicals in recent years, URINETOWN is a hilarious tale of greed, corruption, love, and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, URINETOWN is an irreverently humorous satire in which no one is safe from scrutiny. Praised for reinvigorating the very notion of what a musical could be, URINETOWN catapults the "comedic romp"? into the new millennium with its outrageous perspective, wickedly modern wit, and sustained ability to produce gales of unbridled laughter.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/17/2013 GUYS & DOLLS
WILBRAHAM MONSON ACADEMY
2/15-2/24/2013
Set in Damon Runyon's mythical New York City, this oddball romantic comedy - considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy - soars with the spirit of Broadway as it introduces us to a cast of vivid characters who have become legends in the canon: Sarah Brown, the upright but uptight "mission doll," out to reform the evildoers of Time Square; Sky Masterson, the slick, high-rolling gambler who woos her on a bet and ends up falling in love; Adelaide, the chronically ill nightclub performer whose condition is brought on by the fact she's been engaged to the same man for 14 years; and Nathan Detroit, her devoted fiance, desperate as always to find a spot for his infamous floating crap game.Everything works out in the end, thanks to the machinations of Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling's hilarious, fast-paced book and Frank Loesser's bright, brassy, immortal score, which takes us from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, Cuba, and even into the sewers of New York City. Funny and romantic, GUYS AND DOLLS is ideal for audiences and performers of any age.
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ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY
Boston Children's Theatre
2/9-2/24/2013
Roberts Theatre: - trans: Judith Viorst; lyrics: Judith Viorst; music: Shelly Markham.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/17/2013 HONK! JR
BOSTON CHILDRENS THEATRE
2/9-2/24/2013
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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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/17/2013 DISNEY'S THE LITTLE MERMAID JR
LITTLE THEATRE OF STOUGHTON INC
2/23-2/24/2013
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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BLOOD KNOT
Boston University
2/14-3/2/2013
A scathing indictment of apartheid told through the eyes of two biracial brothers.
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THE PENELOPIAD
Boston University
2/22-3/2/2013
The events of the Odyssey as recalled by Penelope, Odysseus' ever-faithful wife.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/17/2013 9 TO 5, THE MUSICAL
MT WACHUSETT COMMUNITY COLLEGE
2/22-3/3/2013
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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THE GLASS MENAGERIE
American Repertory Theater
2/2-3/3/2013
Loeb Drama Center: - dir: John Tiffany.
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/17/2013 A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING
Cotuit Center for the Arts
2/14-3/3/2013
Taste and imagination, the two key ingredients for a first-rate revue, abound in this fresh take on the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon conceived by Tony Award winner Walter Bobbie. Over three decades after the duo's final collaboration, THE SOUND OF MUSIC, took the Great White Way by storm, it was in fact this new R&H musical that opened the 1994 Broadway season with flair and distinction, garnering wildly enthusiastic notices as well as earning two Tony nominations, including Best Musical. Here at R&H, our founding fathers probably never imagined 'Shall We Dance?' as a comic pas de deux for a towering beauty and her diminutive admirer, nor did they suspect that one day a lovelorn young lad might pose the musical question, 'How do you solve a problem like Maria?' But that's precisely the kind of invention lavished upon this new revue, with innovative musical arrangements including a sultry Andrews Sisters-esque 'I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out-a My Hair,' a swingin' 'Honeybun' worthy of the Modernaires, and a jazzy 'Kansas City' which leaves no question about how terrifically up to date the remarkable songs of R&H remain.Music by Rodgers, Richard; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II; Music Arrangements by Fred Wells; Conceived By Walter Bobbie
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MIDDLETOWN
Actors' Shakespeare Project
2/13-3/10/2013
Theater at the YMCA Cambridge: - Will Eno; dir: Doug Lockwood.
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RED
Merrimack Repertory Theatre
2/14-3/10/2013
- John Logan; dir: Charles Towers.
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LUNGS
New Repertory Theatre
2/17-3/10/2013
Black Box Theater: - Duncan Macmillan; dir: Bridget Kathleen O'Leary.
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STONES IN HIS POCKETS
The Lyric Stage Company of Boston
2/15-3/16/2013
Lyric Stage: - Marie Jones; dir: Courtney O'Connor.
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THE KING AND I
Academy of Performing Arts
2/21-3/24/2013
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the magic and beauty of the original are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through the_Hal Leonard Corporation by contacting_gettingtoknow@halleonard.com. Community theatres and youth organizations should apply by clicking on the license button below. For questions related to G2K musicals, contact an R&H representative at (800) 400-8160. Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/17/2013 THE KING AND I
Academy of Performing Arts
2/21-3/24/2013
The 'G2K' Getting To Know Series: Uniquely adapted musicals specifically for youth performers. East versus West makes for a dramatic, richly textured and ultimately uplifting tale of enormous fascination. It is 1862 in Siam when an English widow, Anna Leonowens, and her young son arrive at the Royal Palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the King to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. The King is largely considered to be a barbarian by those in the West and he seeks Anna's assistance in changing his image, if not his ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the King grow to understand and, eventually, respect one another, in a truly unique love story. In this adaptation for pre-high school students, the content has been edited to better suit younger attention spans, but all the magic and beauty of the original are still in place. You and your students will be enchanted by the timeless story and the dazzling score, while at the same time learning about theater and its production. PLEASE NOTE: All schools wishing to peruse or perform a G2K musical should apply through theaeHal Leonard Corporation by contactingaegettingtoknow@halleonard.com. Community theatres and youth organizations should apply by clicking on the license button below. For questions related to G2K musicals, contact an R&H representative at (800) 400-8160. Music by Rodgers, Richard; Book and Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
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