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The Purists - 2019 - Boston

$25-$95

A thrilling world premiere by an exciting new voice, The Purists brings Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, “Pose” on FX) to the Huntington to direct this soaring new play by Dan McCabe. A former rapper, a DJ, and a showtunes-loving telesales director have become an unlikely group who hang out and spar about music on a stoop in Queens. But when an impromptu rap battle erupts between two younger female emcees, everything gets questioned. With raw emotion and uproarious humor, The Purists asks, what is friendship? How can we embrace new ideas? And what does it mean to be wholly yourself?

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Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA

(Boston, MA)
527 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
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by BWW News Desk - Sep 3, 2019
Performances of The Purists at Huntington Theatre Company recently began. The Billy Porter directed production has released a first look at the show!
by Jan Nargi - Sep 19, 2019
There's more gray than black and white in the scintillating new play THE PURISTS written by Dan McCabe and directed by Billy Porter. Receiving its rollicking world premiere at the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston, this rap versus Broadway battle for musical purity between an ex-rapper, a hip-hop DJ and a showtunes aficionado finds common ground among this disparate group of stoop dwellers and thus throws staunchly held beliefs about music, self, and others into serious question.
by Caroline Cronin - Sep 17, 2019
The BBC Proms closed another year with literal bangs, as the Last Night of the Proms played out at Proms in the Park in a blaze of fireworks, alongside the more traditional classical performances over at the Royal Albert Hall.
by Caroline Cronin - Sep 17, 2019
Caissie Levy made her triumphant return across the Atlantic on Sunday night, marking her first UK performance since 2013. Club 11 London has delivered some brilliant Broadway belters to us over the past year, but the inclusion of Levy in this repertoire has elevated its offering to the next level.
by BWW News Desk - Sep 13, 2019
The Purists at Huntington Theatre Company recently opened and critics were in attendance. Find out what they thought of the Billy Porter directed production!
by BWW News Desk - Oct 8, 2019
Full casting has been announced for Cinderella a?" a truly innovative new family pantomime from Imagine Theatre and Fairfield Halls, playing in the world-class 1,802 seat Phoenix Concert Hall from Tuesday 10 December 2019 to Sunday 5 January 2020, with a press night on Thursday 12 December,
by Peter Nason - Oct 5, 2015
This production is a fascinating twist on a classic, always thrilling, but is it necessary?
by BWW News Desk - Oct 25, 2011
On November 9, 2011 Hart House Theatre presents Shakespeare's most popular tragedy. Murder, betrayal and the super-natural take centre stage in this timeless epic that creeps under the skin and lays bare the dangers of ambition and the corruption of power.
by Caryn Robbins - Oct 17, 2016
Early reviews are in and BWW will be updating this story as more critics weigh in and reveal whether they are 'regular Frankie fans'!
by BWW News Desk - Nov 9, 2011
On November 9, 2011 Hart House Theatre presents Shakespeare's most popular tragedy. Murder, betrayal and the super-natural take centre stage in this timeless epic that creeps under the skin and lays bare the dangers of ambition and the corruption of power.
by BWW News Desk - May 14, 2020
Playwright E.M. Lewis is the 2020 recipient of the Harold and Mimi Steinberg / American Theatre Critics Association New Play Award.
by BWW News Desk - May 11, 2020
Among tonight's winners was the pre-Broadway engagement of Six the Musical. which took home Outstanding Visiting Production for its run at ART, while David Byrne's American Utopia was honored with Best Visiting Performance, Musical.
by Gil Kaan - May 10, 2018
A Broadway Baby for years in supporting and featured roles, Billy Porter won his Tony Award for 'Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical' in his first leading role on Broadway as Lola in Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein's KINKY BOOTS in 2013. Billy will be bringing his dulcet vocals and his razor-sharp wit to The Soraya June 2, 2018 in his THE SOUL OF RICHARD RODGERS. Billy managed to take a break from his non-stop schedule of creativity to chat with me.
by Louisa Brady - Mar 6, 2016
Playwright Larry Kramer published a list of his 10 Favorite Books on the New York Times earlier this week, being the next in editor Aaron Hicklin's series for his website One Grand Books. Read the full list of Kramer's selections, including plays by Eugene O'Neill and Tennessee Williams, and his reasons why below!
by BWW News Desk - Mar 3, 2005
The 2006 revival of A Chorus Line will play at San Franciso's Curran Theatre in its original Bennett staging.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2019
Huntington Theatre Company Artistic Director Peter DuBois and Managing Director Michael Maso announce the lineup of their 2019-2020 season, featuring three world premieres, a Pulitzer Prize-winning play, a classic Tony Award-winning comedy by one of the world's most celebrated playwrights, and two adaptations of powerful literary works. 
by BWW News Desk - Mar 26, 2014
The Fleshtones will perform at Bridge Street Live on Saturday, April 5th, 2014 at 8:00 PM. Tickets are $14 GA, $24 VIP.
by BWW News Desk - Mar 21, 2018
 F*It Club, the New York Innovative Award-winning film and theatre company, continues its annual series of short, commissioned world-premiere plays at the IRT Theater as part of their 3B Development Series in Manhattan's West Village with The Spring Fling: Chemistry, seven new short plays by Mario Correa (Tail! Spin!), Jahna Ferron-Smith (Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood), Jon Kern (Modern Terrorism), Dan McCabe (Christina Martinez), Mara Nelson-Greenberg (Do You Feel Anger?), Erica Saleh (Channel Zero, Wisdom of the Crowd) and Amy Staats (Eddie and Dave).
by Gary Naylor - Mar 12, 2015
Gary Naylor sees a ballet version of Romeo and Juliet that builds the story through scenes drawing on a wide range of music and dance.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2019
Tony® Award-nominated singer and performer RAMIN KARIMLOO today announces the release of his second full-length album, From Now On, available August 2nd from Sony Masterworks Broadway. Available for preorder now, the 12-song collection places the consummate showman behind the mic for a series of musical theater and film covers that illuminate the range of his instantly recognizable voice. Making its debut alongside today's preorder is a new cover of Dear Evan Hansen classic 'Waving Through a Window,' giving listeners a taste of what can be expected from the forthcoming full-length - listen here.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 26, 2018
Vassar & New York Stage and Film have announced additional casting for the highly anticipated 34th Powerhouse Season in Poughkeepsie, NY, which is currently running through Sunday, July 29.
by E.H. Reiter - Jun 2, 2019
It is also a universal truth that PRIDE AND PREJUDICE will be portrayed with the stiff formality of prior Austen adaptations - it's the law.  Thankfully, the Kate Hamill adaption now playing at the Cygnet Theatre through June 16th takes all of the starch out of the proceedings and adds in a bit of zany fun instead.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 18, 2019
Huntington Theatre Company announced today that tickets to The Purists are now on sale to the general public. The world premiere play, directed by Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, 'Pose' on FX), will begin performances at the South EndCalderwood Pavilion at the BCA (527 Tremont St., Boston) on Friday, August 30, 2019 and will run through Sunday, September 29, 2019.
by BWW News Desk - Jun 17, 2020
Huntington Theatre Company celebrated its first ever virtual gala fundraiser, Spotlight on Trailblazers, on Monday, June 15, 2020, streaming on the Huntington's Facebook and YouTube channels. The event will be reprised in a highlights version broadcast on Boston's WCVB-TV Channel 5 on Saturday, June 20 at 7:30pm.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 9, 2020
Huntington Theatre Company has announced the election of 4 new board members, and the promotion of two Huntington Advisors to Trustee level. The election took place during the Huntington's year-end meeting of the Board of Trustees and Advisors on June 8, 2020.
by Barry Lenny - Jul 5, 2013
One of Shakespeare's earliest works, and his shortest, The Comedy of Errors is an exciting first time collaboration between the illustrious and highly respected specialist group, Bell Shakespeare, and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. It is premiering in Adelaide before embarking on an Australian tour during the months ahead.
by BWW News Desk - Jul 31, 2019
Huntington Theatre Company announced today the cast and creative team for the world premiere production of The Purists.
by TV News Desk - Jul 31, 2017
AMC has announced from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour that it will be producing a year-round documentary series AMC VISIONARIES, partnering with prolific artists to unveil the untold stories and fascinating histories of pop culture genres from the masters themselves.
by Barry Lenny - Jul 19, 2018
Catherine Campbell, Hew Parham, and Sean Weatherly bring enthusiasm and energy to the production.
by Andrew Child - Jan 27, 2020
What do young artists (many with intersecting, marginalized identities) think about where Boston theatre will go in the 2020s? a?oeNo one's gonna want to work with me after reading this,a?? Geena Forristall laughed when asked. Although a light-hearted comment, it is backed up with an all too unfortunate truth. As a non-binary theatre artist who uses they/ them pronouns, Forristall admits to being limited in where they can work in Boston. a?oeMaybe it's just me being picky, but I just won't work for theatres whose leadership refuses to respect my identity.a??
by BWW News Desk - Jan 23, 2017
In 2013, only days after their debut CD release, backed by an impressive $10,000+ Kickstarter campaign, THE RAILSPLITTERS performed at Rockygrass and earned the title of 'Best New Band.' They would soon become a tried-and-true staple of the Colorado music scene. In 2015, The Railsplitters went full-time and released its second album, The Faster It Goes.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 17, 2018
The Huntington Theatre Company's 2018 Breaking Ground festival of new plays will be held February 9 11, 2018 at the Huntington's home for new work, the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA. The festival is a vital part of the Huntington's new play development efforts and highlights the work of locally-based Huntington Playwriting Fellows and national writers in partnership with the Huntington. Over the last decade, Breaking Ground plays have gone on to appear at the Huntington as well as theatres in Boston, across the country, and internationally.
by Andria Tieman - Jan 17, 2017
Epic Theatre Company kicks off the new year with a delightful twist on the classic Tennessee Williams play CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.  Under expert direction from OUT LOUD Theatre's Kira Hawkridge the talented cast bring this complicated story to life with minimal fuss and a strong focus on making the dialogue shine--as it should.
by BWW News Desk - Feb 21, 2018
2018 Pyeongchang Olympics 2/20 Primetime Highlights
by BWW News Desk - Feb 14, 2018
F*It Club, the New York Innovative Award-winning film and theatre company, continues its annual series of short, commissioned world-premiere plays at the IRT Theater as part of their 3B Development Series in Manhattan's West Village with The Spring Fling: Chemistry, seven new short plays by Mario Correa (Tail! Spin!), Jahna Ferron-Smith (Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood), Jon Kern (Modern Terrorism), Dan McCabe (Christina Martinez), Mara Nelson-Greenberg (Do You Feel Anger?), Erica Saleh (Channel Zero, Wisdom of the Crowd) and Amy Staats (Eddie and Dave).
by Jeff Davis - Aug 6, 2012
Today's topic of conversation is a political bloodbath with lots of swordplay and Elizabethan costumes. No, we're not talking about GAME OF THRONES. We're talking about ROSE RAGE, The Hidden Room Theatre's daring new adaptation of Shakespeare's Henry VI Trilogy.
by Tory Gates - Aug 29, 2014
No apostrophe. No Dude. No references to the movie beyond the name. Together in various forms since 2004, the quartet has just released its first full-length CD, Tuesday Nights.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2019
Billy Porter has been the name on everyone's lips this past year from stunning at the MET Gala to his Emmy nominated performance in Pose. Now he has put the directors hat on for The Purists at Huntington Theatre Company.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 28, 2019
The Purists directed by Billy Porter begins performances at the Huntington Theatre Company soon, so here's a glimpse at the creative process!
by BWW News Desk - Aug 26, 2019
Huntington Theatre Company has announced the extension of The Purists. Due to high ticket demand, this new play about people with opposing viewpoints who choose to get along will now run at the South End/Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA from August 30 a?" October 6.
by BWW News Desk - Aug 23, 2011
Joe's Pub at the Public Theater announced today the addition of even more great shows to compliment the already impressive fall lineup at the iconic East Village venue, set to reopen October 4th from a top to bottom renovation. For more information on these performances, go to www.joespub.com.
by Gary Naylor - Aug 15, 2018
What larks! Maybe not for the purists nor for anyone looking for a Chekhovian analysis of the human condition, but a guilty pleasure full the laughs.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 26, 2018
F*It Club, the New York Innovative Award-winning film and theatre company, continues its annual series of short, commissioned world-premiere plays at the IRT Theater as part of their 3B Development Series in Manhattan's West Village with The Spring Fling: Chemistry, seven new short plays by Mario Correa (Tail! Spin!), Jahna Ferron-Smith (Ensemble Studio Theatre's Youngblood), Jon Kern (Modern Terrorism), Dan McCabe (Christina Martinez), Mara Nelson-Greenberg (Do You Feel Anger?), Erica Saleh (Channel Zero, Wisdom of the Crowd) and Amy Staats (Eddie and Dave).
by Stephi Wild - Apr 24, 2018
Powerhouse, the theater development program by Vassar and New York Stage and Film, has announced its 2018 season, according to Variety. The season will include new musicals by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, the duo behind Spring Awakening, as well as Jason Robert Brown.
by BWW News Desk - Apr 16, 2020
Two dozen nominations of outstanding actors, directors, designers and ensembles were announced today by The Boston Theater Critics Association (BTCA) for the 38th Annual Elliot Norton Awards.
by Harmony Wheeler - Apr 15, 2013
Paul Gordon has a distinctive style that has made musicals like "Emma," "Daddy Long Legs," and "Jane Eyre" successful in their smaller regional and short Broadway runs. The composer-lyricist refuses to follow the typical Broadway musical formula and instead uses his music to tell the story. But that style has also made Gordon's shows an acquired taste. Gordon's latest musical, a new take on Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," continues in this line, providing memorable tunes repeated throughout, but never quite gaining its full momentum and suffering from a relaxed, unfinished feeling.