Providence Performing Arts Center News

Providence Performing Arts Center to Host 'CURIOUS INCIDENT' Photo Scavenger HuntProvidence Performing Arts Center to Host 'CURIOUS INCIDENT' Photo Scavenger Hunt
by BWW News Desk - Jan 16, 2017

The Providence Performing Arts Center has announced that it will feature a photo scavenger hunt on their Facebook (Facebook.com/ProvPacRI) for THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME. (more...)

reach Committee Announces ARTS Scholarships 2017 Programreach Committee Announces ARTS Scholarships 2017 Program
by BWW News Desk - Jan 3, 2017

Jo-Ann Ragosta, Chairperson of the ARTSScholarships 2017 program, along with the members of the Community Outreach Committee of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), are pleased to announce that applications for theARTS Scholarships 2017 program will be available starting Tuesday, January 3, 2017; applications will then be accepted until Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 3P. (more...)


by Veronica Bruscini - Dec 31, 2016

2016 was a year for imagination and innovation on Rhode Island stages. Here's a look back on some of the productions that stole the spotlight in the Ocean State this season. (more...)

CHICAGO, Featuring John O'Hurley, Lands in Providence This SpringCHICAGO, Featuring John O'Hurley, Lands in Providence This Spring
by BWW News Desk - Dec 22, 2016

Producers Barry and Fran Weissler announced that the suave, debonair, award-winning actor and star of stage, TV & film John O'Hurley will reprise the role of Billy Flynn in Providence at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), May 2 - 7, 2017. In Providence, CHICAGO is part of the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series. (more...)

MATILDA Announces 2017 North American Tour DatesMATILDA Announces 2017 North American Tour Dates
by BWW News Desk - Dec 21, 2016

TIME Magazine's #1 Show of the Year, MATILDA THE MUSICAL, announced today the 2017 North American tour dates after a twice-extended six-month sit-down production in Toronto's Ed Mirvish Theatre, which concludes its highly successful run on January 7, 2017. (more...)

Adam Langdon to Lead 'CURIOUS INCIDENT' in Providence This FebruaryAdam Langdon to Lead 'CURIOUS INCIDENT' in Providence This February
by BWW News Desk - Dec 20, 2016

The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) has announced casting for the Providence engagement of the National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME, the Tony Award-winning new play by Simon Stephens, adapted from Mark Haddon's best-selling novel. (more...)

Casting Announced for Disney's THE LION KING at PPACCasting Announced for Disney's THE LION KING at PPAC
by BWW News Desk - Dec 19, 2016

Casting has been announced for the Providence engagement of Disney's THE LION KING. The six-time Tony Award winner triumphantly returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) for a limited three-week engagement, from Tuesday, February 28 to Sunday, March 19, 2017.  (more...)


by BWW News Desk - Dec 14, 2016

Having faced one of the most challenging times in its 39-year history after a significant number of Nutcracker costumes were stolen from a storage facility in Pawtucket, RI, Festival Ballet Providence's (FBP) annual production of the holiday classic The Nutcracker will go on as scheduled this weekend.  (more...)

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...)

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