Providence Performing Arts Center News

Spectacular A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is a Must-See at PPACSpectacular A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is a Must-See at PPAC
by Robert Barossi - Dec 7, 2016

It's true that there are countless musicals from yesteryear that are, and always will be, timeless classics. On the other hand, there is also a constant flow of new material being created, which runs the gamut in terms of quality and success. Many of these new works do not succeed the way that the age-old classics do. Others, though, become almost instant classics in their own right as they find critical and popular acclaim. A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder is that kind of show and the current touring production at Providence Performing Arts Center demonstrates just how fantastic this very young musical really is. (more...)

BWW Review: ONCE Was Enough at PPACBWW Review: ONCE Was Enough at PPAC
by Andria Tieman - Dec 5, 2016

ONCE, the award-winning stage musical based on the award-winning film of the same name, is an obvious addition to Broadway.  Featuring songs written by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, who also starred in the film, this production seems like it can't miss.  Unfortunately, despite excellent music and vocal and musical performances from an obviously talented cast, this production's book, by Irish playwright Enda Walsh,  seems to assume that the only people who would be interested in this show are those who have seen the movie.  Therefore, there is next-to-no character development, and random scenes inserted that make no sense to anyone not intimately familiar with the source material.  Since this is a show about music and musicians, one would think that story goes out the window then in favor of reworking this as almost a musical revue, rather than a traditional narrative.  That would have worked, since the story is a sweetly simple one and doesn't require much, but the choice was made instead to shoehorn in extra scenes of dialogue, most of which take far longer and meader far more than necessary to advance the plot, and wind up creating something that is just dull and lazy. (more...)

BWW Review: Phenomenal PIANO GUYS Bring Inspired Musicianship to the Ocean StateBWW Review: Phenomenal PIANO GUYS Bring Inspired Musicianship to the Ocean State
by Veronica Bruscini - Dec 3, 2016

Rhode Island music lovers received an early Christmas present this week. THE PIANO GUYS took center stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center on Thursday, dazzling the jam-packed house with an absolutely sensational and unforgettable evening of story and song. (more...)

Providence Performing Arts Center Announces 2017 Annual Gala SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTALProvidence Performing Arts Center Announces 2017 Annual Gala SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

The President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) J.L. "Lynn" Singleton announced today that Tony® and Emmy Award®-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer, and director BILLY CRYSTAL will perform his show "Spend the Night with Billy Crystal" as part of the 2017 PPAC Gala on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:30P. (more...)

The Providence Performing Arts Center and The VETS Announce Cyber Monday SavingsThe Providence Performing Arts Center and The VETS Announce Cyber Monday Savings
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2016

The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) and The VETS are pleased to announce that the Theatres will participate in Cyber Monday on November 28.  All ticketing purchasing* fees at www.ppacri.org and www.thevetsri.com will be waived, by using the code NOFEEPPAC28 for PPAC shows and NOFEEVETS28 for The VETS' shows. Please note that PPAC's $3 per ticket restoration charge and The VETS' $3 per ticket facility fee are still included in the final purchasing price. (more...)

CYBER MONDAY Roundup: A Guide to Online Theatre Discounts Around the Country!CYBER MONDAY Roundup: A Guide to Online Theatre Discounts Around the Country!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 27, 2016

The rush of Black Friday is behind us, but tomorrow companies will turn to digital deals and sales hoping to reel in holiday customers-and the entertainment industry is no exception! BroadwayWorld's rounded up 25 of the most exciting Cyber Monday deals from across the country, so you can save on live theatre, cabaret, dance, and classic music from the comfort of your couch. Check out the deals below, and let us know in the comments and on social media which ones we missed-and which ones you end up using! (more...)

Students From Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Music School to Perform with THE PIANO GUYS 12/1Students From Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Music School to Perform with THE PIANO GUYS 12/1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 26, 2016

The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) and the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra (RIPO) Music School are pleased to announce that five violin students will perform with social media sensations THE PIANO GUYS on Thursday, December 1 at 7:30P at PPAC. This concert will be THE PIANO GUYS' only New England appearance for 2016. (more...)

Sesame Street Live MAKE A NEW FRIEND Takes the Stage in ProvidenceSesame Street Live MAKE A NEW FRIEND Takes the Stage in Providence
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

No matter where you're from or where you've been, everyone is special - so join in! Elmo, Grover, Abby Cadabby, and their Sesame Streetfriends welcome Chamki, Grover's friend from India, to Sesame Street. Together, they explore the universal fun of friendship and celebrate cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! Sesame Street Live 'Make a New Friend'  will visit the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on Friday, April 21 through Sunday, April 23. Tickets for all seven performances go on saleMonday, November 21 at 10A and can be purchased at the PPAC Box Office (220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence), www.ppacri.org or via phone at 401-421-ARTS (2787). (more...)

The 'RANT' Returns! Lewis Black at PPAC 2/3The 'RANT' Returns! Lewis Black at PPAC 2/3
by BWW News Desk - Nov 14, 2016

LEWIS BLACK has announced live dates for 2017, including a show at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on Friday, February 3 at 8P. (more...)

BWW Review: Something Truly Wonderful - THE KING AND I National Tour Debuts at PPACBWW Review: Something Truly Wonderful - THE KING AND I National Tour Debuts at PPAC
by Veronica Bruscini - Nov 3, 2016

The much-acclaimed Lincoln Center staging of THE KING AND I celebrates a triumphant start to its national tour at the Providence Performing Arts Center. This jewel of a production is so utterly exceptional in every detail, words of praise scarcely seem to do it justice. Simply put, this is one of the finest shows to grace the PPAC stage in recent memory. (more...)

A GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER to Play PPAC This DecemberA GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER to Play PPAC This December
by BWW News Desk - Nov 2, 2016

The Tony Award-winning Best Musical A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder will play at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), December 6 - 11, 2016. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 10/30/2016Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 10/30/2016
by BWW - Oct 30, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/30/2016 for Rhode Island (more...)

Tickets for Disney's THE LION KING Go on Sale in Providence Next MonthTickets for Disney's THE LION KING Go on Sale in Providence Next Month
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2016

Disney Theatrical Productions and the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) announced today that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of Disney's THE LION KING will go on sale to the public on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 10A. Providence's most eagerly awaited return will once again leap onto the PPAC stage for a limited engagement of 3 weeks from Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 7P through Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 1P. The opening night is on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7:30P. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 10/23/2016Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 10/23/2016
by BWW - Oct 23, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/23/2016 for Rhode Island (more...)

Providence Performing Arts Center to Host 20th Anniversary RENT TourProvidence Performing Arts Center to Host 20th Anniversary RENT Tour
by BWW News Desk - Oct 17, 2016

 The producers of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour announced today that single tickets for the upcoming tour engagement at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) will go on sale on Friday, October 21, 2016 at 10A. The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour will be at PPAC April 7 - 9, 2017, with performances on Friday at 7:30P, Saturday at 2P & 8P, and Sunday at 1P.  (more...)

John Cleese to Make Appearance at PPAC Screening of MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAILJohn Cleese to Make Appearance at PPAC Screening of MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2016

Living comedy legend, JOHN CLEESE, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at Providence Performing Arts Center. Absurd and/or ridiculous questions only, please. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 10/02/2016Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 10/02/2016
by BWW - Oct 2, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 10/02/2016 for Rhode Island (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 9/30; THE WAR OF THE ROSES in Delaware, OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe and More!Regional Roundup: Top 10 Stories This Week Around the Broadway World - 9/30; THE WAR OF THE ROSES in Delaware, OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe and More!
by BWW Special Coverage - Sep 30, 2016

This week, we go around our Broadway World to feature stories in Delaware, Cleveland, San Diego and more. Check out our top 10 stories around our Broadway World below, which include THE WAR OF THE ROSES in Delaware, ALL THE WAY at Cleveland Play House, and OCTOBER SKY at The Old Globe,  just to name a few. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 9/25/2016Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 9/25/2016
by BWW - Sep 25, 2016

Upcoming Shows - Week of 9/25/2016 for Rhode Island (more...)

BWW Review: Wicked Good WICKED at PPACBWW Review: Wicked Good WICKED at PPAC
by Andria Tieman - Sep 23, 2016

The musical WICKED is officially 12 years old, but it isn't showing its age in the slightest.  If anything, in the current political climate, the far away Land of OZ feels more real than ever, and the political issues that drive Elphaba to become The Wicked Witch, draw a spooky parallel with current news stories.  That's not to say that this show is all doom and gloom, but rather just an incredibly smart prequel to the much-loved Wizard of Oz with some of the catchiest and most powerful songs ever.  Marry an excellent story with a phenomenally talented cast, fantastic sets and a powerful orchestra and you have a production that continues to amaze even through multiple viewings.  The national tour of Wicked has resulted in nearly 17 million people watching this show, and it's a pretty safe bet that most of those people would like to see it again. (more...)

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