Providence Performing Arts Center News

BWW Review: Magical MATILDA: THE MUSICAL at PPACBWW Review: Magical MATILDA: THE MUSICAL at PPAC
by Andria Tieman - May 19, 2017

Adapting a beloved children's classic to Broadway is so fraught with landmines that it's a wonder people even attempt it since it seems like there's no way to possibly make something as fantastic as the original.  Good thing Denis Kelly (Book) and Tim Minchin (Music & Lyrics) are braver and more creative than most because they managed to create something that is both brand new and also incredibly faithful to the original.  Roald Dahl, author of the book Matilda, has such a unique voice and bizarre ways to torture the children in his stories, usually by placing them at the mercy of moronic adults that one worries anything based on his work coming out post 2010 would be sanitized and inoffensive to the point of being a pale shadow of the original.  Well, MATILDA: THE MUSICAL has all the pigtail tossing and forced feeding one requires from the Matilda story, along with some fantastically cheeky songs, and excellent performances all around. (more...)

Diana Krall's New Album 'Turn Up The Quiet' Makes Impressive Debut on Multiple Billboard ChartsDiana Krall's New Album 'Turn Up The Quiet' Makes Impressive Debut on Multiple Billboard Charts
by BWW News Desk - May 16, 2017

Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall debuted at #1 on Billboard's Traditional Jazz Charts, #1 on the current Jazz Albums charts, #1 on iTunes Jazz Charts, #7 on Billboard's Top Current Album Chart. (more...)

Riverdance Brings 20th Anniversary World Tour to PPAC, 6/2 - 4Riverdance Brings 20th Anniversary World Tour to PPAC, 6/2 - 4
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

The 20th Anniversary World Tour will play a strictly limited engagement at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) from June 2 - June 4, 2017. Celebrating an extraordinary milestone for an incredible show, The Edinburgh Evening News raves about RIVERDANCE - The 20th Anniversary World Tour, "As for the flaws? Well, there simply aren't any. Here's to another 20 years!" (more...)

Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World 5/5 - IN THE HEIGHTS in DC, 42ND STREET in Denver, TITLE OF SHOW in Baltimore and More!Regional Roundup: Top New Features This Week Around Our Broadway World 5/5 - IN THE HEIGHTS in DC, 42ND STREET in Denver, TITLE OF SHOW in Baltimore and More!
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

BroadwayWorld presents a comprehensive weekly roundup of regional stories around our Broadway World, which include videos, editor spotlights, regional reviews and more. This week, we feature a Spanish adaptation of IN THE HEIGHTS in Washington, DC, HERE LIES LOVE at Seattle Rep, and WEST SIDE STORY in Los Angeles, just to name a few. Check out our top features below! (more...)

Diana Krall's 'Turn Up The Quiet' Out TodayDiana Krall's 'Turn Up The Quiet' Out Today
by BWW News Desk - May 5, 2017

Multiple GRAMMY® Award-winning jazz pianist and world-renowned singer, Diana Krall joins LIVE WITH KELLY AND RYAN today to perform the song 'L-O-V-E' from her charming new album 'Turn Up The Quiet,' out today. (more...)

BWW Review: Emotionally Raw RENT Is Not To Be Missed at PPACBWW Review: Emotionally Raw RENT Is Not To Be Missed at PPAC
by Andria Tieman - Apr 9, 2017

It's hard to believe that the musical RENT is 20 year old, but watching it in 2017 it remains shockingly relevant, and strangely stuck in time.  The story of the bohemian squatters in New York's Alphabet City seems almost like a museum piece about the horrors of AIDS, but at the same time, considering all of the technological developments of the last 20 year, the time of RENT should feel even more foreign. Gay marriage is now the law of the land and AIDS is no longer a death sentence, but many of the other struggles these beloved characters face are still real and universal.  RENT is a story of the 90's, but it's also a beautiful story of friendships and how they evolve.  The cast of this current touring production certainly have some big shoes to fill, but many of them manage to shake off the albatrosses of previous classic performances and make these roles uniquely their own. (more...)

PPAC Offering $23 Front Row Seats for RENT 20th Anniversary TourPPAC Offering $23 Front Row Seats for RENT 20th Anniversary Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 31, 2017

The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) today announced that seats in the first two rows of the orchestra section will be available for $23 for each performance of RENT, the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical. (more...)

PPAC's Community Outreach Committee Announces Winners of the ARTS Scholarships 2017 ProgramPPAC's Community Outreach Committee Announces Winners of the ARTS Scholarships 2017 Program
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

Jo-Ann Ragosta, Chairperson of the ARTS Scholarships 2017 program, along with the members of the Community Outreach Committee of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), are pleased to announce the winners of the ARTS Scholarships 2017 program, sponsored by the Textron Charitable Trust and PPAC Annual Fund Donors.  This year's program will award scholarships to 36 talented Rhode Island students, ages 11 - 14, each of whom will receive a scholarship of up to $500 to attend a local summer arts education program of their choice (please see below for the list of ARTS Scholarships 2017 winners). (more...)

Providence Performing Arts Center Offering NEXT STOP BROADWAY Musical Theatre IntensiveProvidence Performing Arts Center Offering NEXT STOP BROADWAY Musical Theatre Intensive
by BWW News Desk - Mar 28, 2017

The NEXT STOP BROADWAY program, presented by the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) Monday through Friday, August 14 - 18, 2017, will consist of classes, workshops, and rehearsals focused on classic Broadway shows.  (more...)

BWW Review: Toe-Tapping 42ND STREET Tour Brings Sunny Song and Dance to ProvidenceBWW Review: Toe-Tapping 42ND STREET Tour Brings Sunny Song and Dance to Providence
by Veronica Bruscini - Mar 25, 2017

When it comes to classic song-and-dance theater, it doesn't get much more "Broadway" than 42ND STREET. The show is breezy and buoyant, a carefree love letter to the Great White Way and to the art of the stage musical. (more...)

Disney's THE LION KING North American Tour Celebrates Record-Breaking Engagement at Providence Performing Arts CenterDisney's THE LION KING North American Tour Celebrates Record-Breaking Engagement at Providence Performing Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2017

Disney's The Lion King continues to reign across North America with a sold-out record-breaking engagement in Providence, which concluded on Sunday, March 19 at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC).  The triumphant three-week return grossed over $5.3 million at the box office and entertained more than 68,000 theatergoers during 24 performances.  (more...)

Bob Dylan & His Band to Return to PPAC This JuneBob Dylan & His Band to Return to PPAC This June
by BWW News Desk - Mar 20, 2017

BOB DYLAN & HIS BAND are set to perform on June 21, 2017 at 8 p.m. at Providence Performing Arts Center. (more...)

Performance Added to RENT 20th Anniversary Tour at PPACPerformance Added to RENT 20th Anniversary Tour at PPAC
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

J.L. 'Lynn' Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) and the producers of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour have announced that an additional performance of RENT has been added, on Sunday, April 9 at 6:30 p.m. The RENT 20th Anniversary Tour will be at PPAC April 7 - 9, 2017, with performances on Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 & 8 p.m., and Sunday at 1 & 6:30 p.m. (more...)

Title Sponsors Announced for PPAC Gala: SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTALTitle Sponsors Announced for PPAC Gala: SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL
by BWW News Desk - Mar 15, 2017

J.L. "Lynn" Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), is pleased to announce that Marcum LLP, The Providence Journal, and Taco/The White Family Foundation are the proud title sponsors for the PPAC Gala: SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL, SPECIAL GUEST BONNIE HUNT. Mr. Crystal will appear with Ms. Hunt at PPAC on Thursday, March 23at 7:30P. (more...)

THE LION KING Reschedules Tomorrow's Show in Providence Due to Winter StormTHE LION KING Reschedules Tomorrow's Show in Providence Due to Winter Storm
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

The Providence Performing Arts Center in partnership with Disney Theatrical Productions announced that the Tuesday, March 14th performance at 7pm of Disney's The Lion King has been rescheduled to Sunday, March 19 at 7pm, due to forecasted inclement weather.  (more...)

Tedeschi Trucks Band Announce WHEELS OF SOUL TourTedeschi Trucks Band Announce WHEELS OF SOUL Tour
by BWW News Desk - Mar 13, 2017

Tedeschi Trucks Band announced today that the third installment of their wildly popular Wheels of Soul Summer Tour will stop at the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) on Friday, July 7, 2017 at 7:30P. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 3/12/2017Now Playing Onstage in Rhode Island - Week of 3/12/2017
by BWW - Mar 12, 2017

Upcoming Shows - Week of 3/12/2017 for Rhode Island (more...)

THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY Added to Providence Performing Arts Center's 2017-18 Encore SeriesTHE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY Added to Providence Performing Arts Center's 2017-18 Encore Series
by BWW News Desk - Mar 7, 2017

J.L. "Lynn" Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), is pleased to announce the third show in PPAC's 2017/2018 Encore Series. The world's best-selling magic show THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY returns to Providence, January 19 - 21, 2018. (more...)

Family Night at MATILDA THE MUSICAL Announced for Wednesday, 5/17Family Night at MATILDA THE MUSICAL Announced for Wednesday, 5/17
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

The Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) is pleased to announce that Family Night at MATILDA THE MUSICAL will take place on Wednesday, May 17 at 7P.  With the purchase of one regularly-priced ticket, guests can receive one complimentary ticket of equal value for a child aged 18 or younger.  Please call (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or visit the Box Office at 220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence for more information and to order; Family Night tickets are not available online. Family Night tickets for MATILDA THE MUSICAL are available in selected locations. Tickets for Family Night are limited and are available on a first-come; first-served basis. The Family Night offer is NOT available for previous ticket purchases and may not be combined with any other offers.  All sales are final, and there are no exchanges or refunds. Standard service fees apply.  (more...)

Bonnie Hunt to Join Billy Crystal at PPAC's Annual GalaBonnie Hunt to Join Billy Crystal at PPAC's Annual Gala
by BWW News Desk - Mar 6, 2017

Spend the Night with Billy Crystal has been described as "a smorgasbord of zesty stories and sharp impressions," and a "trip down memory lane" led by Tony® and Emmy Award®-winning comedian Billy Crystal, who has been lauded as "brilliant, "eternally ageless," "mesmerizing," and "dazzling." Actress Bonnie Hunt will join Billy Crystal as moderator and interviewer on stage at the Providence Performing Arts Center's Gala on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P.  (more...)

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