Category Archives: Theater

Boston world premiere of Moulin Rouge extended

bosarts, Emerson Colonial Theatre, Boston Theater, Broadway in BostonSince the early spring I’ve been writing about the reopening of Boston’s historic Colonial Theatre and the world premiere of Moulin Rouge The Musical, which will open in the remodeled theater before heading to Broadway. Last week the organizers announced that the show would be extended (no longer closing on August 5th) and will now run from June 27 to August 19th.

The newly refurbished box office at 106 Boylston Street will open to the public for in-person purchases next week on Monday, June 18, starting at 10AM. In addition to these 16 performances, a new block of seats has been released for performances during the original engagement dates through August 5, 2018.

Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian (Aaron Tveit), and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine (Karen Olivo). Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler (Danny Burstein); the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec (Sahr Ngaujah); the greatest tango dancer – and gigolo – in all of Paris, Santiago (Ricky Rojas); the tempting Nini (Robyn Hurder); and The Duke of Monroth (Tam Mutu), the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love.

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Boston Theater options: Check out one or more of these shows before they close

Applause, gify, giphyMany of Boston’s local theater companies seasons will be concluding in the next few weeks so I wanted to encourage you to get tickets to one or more of the following local productions. Boston’s local theater scene continues to mature and get better but this doesn’t happen in a vacuum and local support is crucial.

If you’ve not been to a show from a local production company this season, make it a point to show your support and get tickets to one or more of these shows.

zeitgeist stage, boston theater, bosartsZeitgeist Stage present, Love! Valour! Compassion! Tickets remain available for most shows. Sergio and I will be going to see this on Saturday night – maybe we will see you there. Tickets remain available for Saturday’s show but if you can’t make it, hurry up because this show closes on Saturday, May 19th.

BosArts, Boston TheaterCentral Square Theater present, The Women Who Mapped The Stars, is about five women in the late 1800s who worked at Harvard College Observatory and made discoveries that changed the way astronomers saw the universe. This show closes next weekend so don’t delay in getting tickets.

BosArts, Boston TheaterThe Huntington Theatre present, Top Girls Originally written in the early 1980s, the show still resonates and continues to draw rave reviews so check this out before it closes next weekend.

BosArts, Boston TheaterThe NewRep Theatre present, Two Jews Walk Into A War  This Vaudeville-inspired play is about the last two Jews in Afghanistan who are on a mission to save Judaism in Kabul by rebuilding their synagogue and keeping the faith alive, but only if they don’t kill each other first closes next weekend.

BosArts, Boston Theater, Ryan LandryThe Gold Dust Orphans present, Brokelahomo! Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans treat all of Boston with their raucous musical set in Brokelahomo. Sergio and I saw this show and loved it. If you miss it in Boston, Ryan Landry will be bringing this to Provincetown this summer.

BosArts, Boston TheaterSpeakEasy Stage present, ALLEGIANCE is inspired by the true childhood experience of George Takei (Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek). It tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans were forced to leave their homes following the events at Pearl Harbor. ALLEGIANCE  follows the family as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

lyric stage company, bosarts, boston theaterLyric Stage Company present The Wiz Opening May 18th this much loved musical will run through June 24th at their theater in the Back Bay.

American Repertory Theater, A.R.T., Alanis MorissetteThe A.R.T. presents, Jagged Little Pill This world premiere and original story was inspired by the themes and emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette’s 1995, Grammy Award-winning album. Sergio and I will be seeing this show on the 17th. Although this show runs through July 15th – hurry up before this show completely sells out.

SpeakEasy Stage presents Allegiance

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Sam Tanabe plays Sammy Kimura in SpeakEasy Stage Company’s production of ALLEGIANCE

On Friday, May 4th The SpeakEasy Stage Company will open with their fifth and final production of their 2017 / 2018 season, ALLEGIANCE.

Inspired by the true childhood experience of TV/film actor and social media icon George Takei (Mr. Sulu on Star Trek), ALLEGIANCE tells the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans were forced to leave their homes following the events at Pearl Harbor.

This show is an uplifting testament to the power of the human spirit. It follows the Kimura family as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves. Be sure to check out this show. You’ll find it difficult to take your eyes off of the very handsome actor Sam Tanabe who you can also follow on Twitter at, @tanablems.

boston theater, bosartsALLEGIANCE
May 4 – June 2
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Book by Marc Acito, Jay Kuo & Lorenzo Thione
Music & Lyric by Jay Kuo | Directed by Paul Daigneault

SpeakEasy Stage presents Allegiance

BosArts, Boston TheaterSpeakEasy Stage Company’s next production, Allegiance, opens Friday, May 4th. The play is inspired by George Takei’s (Mr. Sulu on “Star Trek) childhood experience when his family’s lives were upended, when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans were forced to leave their homes following the events at Pearl Harbor in WWII. ALLEGIANCE  follows the family as they fight between duty and defiance, custom and change, family bonds and forbidden loves.

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Zeitgeist Stage presents Love! Valour! Compassion!

zeitgeist stage, boston theater, bosartsBoston’s Zeitgeist Stage presents, Love! Valour! Compassion! Tickets remain available for their opening weekend. The production, which opens tonight will run through Saturday, May 19th.

Love! Valour! Compassion! by Terrence McNally was the 1995 Tony Award winner for Best Play.  The gay-themed show is set at a beautiful Dutchess County farmhouse. Eight gay male friends hash out their passions, resentments, and fears over the course of thee summer weekends.  The house belongs to Gregory, a successful Broadway choreographer now approaching middle age, who fears he is losing his creativity.  Each of the guests is connected to Gregory’s work in one way or another, from his costume designer to business consultants.  Flirtations, infidelities, AIDS, truth-telling, and soul-searching mix questions about life and death with skinny dipping and a wild dress rehearsal of Swan Lake in drag.

If you’re looking for a fun evening out consider Zeitgeist Stage. The 2 hour and 30 minute play has two intermission and some of the most affordable prices for live theater in Boston with ticket prices starting at $20.

Love! Valour! Compassion!
Friday, April 27 – Saturday, May 19
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Brokelahomo opens tonight at the Ramrod Performing Arts Theatre

Gold Dust Orphans, Boston fringe theater, boston underground arts scene, Ryan LandryRyan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans newest musical, Brokelahomo, opens tonight at the Ramrod Performing Arts Theatre.  The musical which sounds like Brokeback Mountain meets Oklahoma, but really is anyone’s guess what Ryan Landry’s perverse imagination has conjured up will play Thursday thru Saturday nights with a matinee show on Saturday and a 5PM show on Sunday.

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Over 1,200 tickets have already been sold.
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Ryan Landry, gay boston, boston fringe theaterAbout Brokelahomo: Brokelahomo is a town in trouble. Overrun by dirty, outlaw gays, the few law abiding citizens left must spend their days dodging bullets, putting out church fires and fearing for their pets lives. That is until a heterosexual is sent for. Enter Dusty Rhodes, the unlikely hero of this far out fable set in the groovy 1880s! Will Dusty clean up the town? Or will the gay cattle rustlers and homo hoodlums head him off at the pass?

Company One presents WIG OUT!

BosArts, Boston TheaterStart practicing your Vogueing, then get yourself to the Oberon to see Company One’s production of WIG OUT! from the Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney. WIG OUT! is the catwalk showdown of the year. When the House of Light is challenged to a surprise ball by the rival House Di’abolique, they’ve got to leave it all on the floor to defend their family’s Legendary status. Fueled by a sizzling R&B playlist this show is a divine exploration of drag ball culture, chosen family, and the desire to be desired.

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