In July the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) will return for their annual free performances of William Shakespeare on the Boston Common.
This year’s production, Romeo & Juliet, is certain to draw large crowds so plan ahead and add this to your summer bucket list. The CSC production opens on Wednesday, July 19th and will run for approximately 3 weeks on the Boston Common. Performances are Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; with one 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5.
Romeo & Juliet
Directed by Allegra Libonati
July 19 – August 6, 2017
FREE and open to the public
Whenever I am contacted by readers asking for suggestions about what to do in Provincetown, I always encourage them to attend at least one performance. The array of talent found in Ptown is astounding. Not only does attending a show help to support these artists but it is also a great way to pass a few hours with friends or someone special.
Below is a listing of the talent coming to Provincetown this summer. I’ve added links to make it easier for you to get more information about these performances and to purchase tickets.
Lesley Jordan performs at the Crown & Anchor July 8-9, 2017
May 26-29 Suzanne Westenhoefe & Poppy Champlin at Post Office Cabaret
May 26-29 Julie Goldman: Lady Gentleman at The Crown and Anchor
May 26* Kate Clinton, Zombie Apocalypse at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 3 Ronna & Beverly at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 8-9 Leslie Jordan at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 8-9 Tori Scott at The Art House
Jul 10-12 Eddie Sarfarty at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 12 Peter Bisuito at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 12 Margaret Cho at the Town Hall
Aug 28-29 Sandra Bernhard at The Crown and Anchor
Varla Jean Merman’s show Bad Heroine is at the Art House June 23 – Sept 1, 2017
May 26* Miss Richfield 1981: 2020 Vision at The Crown and Anchor
June 2* Dina Martina at The Crown and Anchor
June 23* Varla Jean Merman: Bad Heroine at The Art House
Jul 8* Jinkx Monsoon at The Art House
Jul 8* Kitten N’Lou at The Art House
Jul 10 Bianca Del Rio at The Town Hall
Jul 25 Idol Worship at The Art House
Aug 14-15 Pam Ann at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 15-31 Bob The Drag Queen at The Art House
Baloney Gay All Male Revue comes to The Crown & Anchor August 8-9, 2017
May 24- June 11 Amadeus at The Provincetown Theater
June 25* GREECE (from the Gold Dust Orphans) Ptown H.S.
Jul 5-9 The Bitch is Back! Tribute to Joan Rivers at Ptown Theater
Jul 6* Chicago at Fisherman’s Hall
Jul 7-Sept 9 5 to 9 at The Art House
Jul 12-Aug 20 Metamorpheses at The Provincetown Theater
July 29-Aug 29 The Atomic Bombshells Burlesque Show at The Art House
Aug 8-9 Baloney: Gay All Male Review at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 28 Ben Rimalower: Patti Issues at The Art House
Sept 1-2 Unitard at The Art House
Steve Grand performs in Provincetown July 5 – August 31, 2017
May 14* Doug Repetti at The Crown and Anchor
May 27-28 Melissa Ferrick at The Art House
Jun 1-4 CabaretFest: Sentimental Journey in multiple locations
Jun 3 Judy Kaplansky at The Hawthorne Barn
Jun 9 Duncan Sheik at The Hawthorne Barn
Jul 1-2 Michael Cerveris at The Art House
Jul 3 Maddelynn Hatter at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 5-Aug 31 Steve Grand at The Art House
Jul 10-11 Matt Alber at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 16 Alice Ripley at The Art House
Jul 17 Suede at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 18 Seth Sikes sings Judy Garland at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 18 Judy Wheeler at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 23-27 Well Strung at The Art House
Jul 24-25 Linda Eder at The Crown and Anchor
Jul 28-29 Melissa Errico at The Art House
Jul 30 Christine Pedi at The Art House
Jul 30-Aug 8 Steven Fales: Confessions of a Mormon Boy at Crown & Anchor
Aug 4-7 Marilyn Maye at The Art House
Aug 5 Courtney Love and Todd Almond at The Town Hall
Aug 6 Brian Stokes Mitchell at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 6 Megan Hilty at The Town Hall
Aug 7 Seth Sikes sings Liza Minnelli at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 13 Sutton Foster at The Town Hall
Aug 13-14 The Skivvies at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 16-17 Kim David Smith at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 19-20 Billy Porter at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 20-21 Beth Malone at The Art House
Aug 26-27 Linda Lavin at The Crown and Anchor
Aug 27 Marisol Montavo at The Art House
Sept 3 Laura Benanti at The Town Hall
Sept 9 Ana Gasteyer at The Art House
NOTE: * means this production / performer will be playing through the remainder of the 2017 summer season.
Boston’s Lyric Stage Company closes their season with a fresh new adaptation of the romantic classic musical, Camelot. The well known tragic tale of King Arthur, Guenevere, Lancelot, and the Knights of the Round Table is brought into sharper focus and promises to shine brighter in the intimate setting of the Lyric Stage Company of Boston.
The Lyric Stage Company presents Camelot
May 19 – June 25, 2017 (Wednesday – Sunday)
At The Lyric Stage – 140 Clarendon Street in Back Bay
The show which opens this Friday runs for 2 hours and 15 minutes with one intermission. Shows will run Wednesday through Sunday with tickets starting at $25, which makes this roughly the price of a movie ticket so skip the movie theater for a night and check out what live entertainment is like – I can guarantee you’ll enjoy yourself and you’ll also be helping to support Boston’s growing performing arts community.
Camelot Tickets Available Here
SpeakEasy Stage Co. presents The Bridges of Madison County May 6 – June 3
This week I was able to attend SpeakEasy Stage Co.’s final production of their 2016/2017 season, The Bridges of Madison County. The musical which is based on the best selling novel and popular movie that starred Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood, comes to life on stage thanks to a talented group of actors.
Boston native, Jennifer Ellis, who plays Francesca is a beautiful counterpart to the handsome out of town photographer, Robert, played by Christiaan Smith who spends much of the second act shirtless. It wasn’t hard to get swept up in their romance, considering how beautiful Ellis voice is and the fact that half the audience was gushing whenever Smith stepped on stage (yours truly included).
Christiaan Smith is one reason to see this excellent musical from The SpeakEasy Stage
In addition to the great casting, the stage’s deconstructed design of an Iowa farmhouse and their creative use of lighting was so well thought out and executed it really deserves a mention. I wholeheartedly recommend making a point to get tickets to see this show. Assuming your other half isn’t put off by how much you’ll drool over Smith, the show makes for a great date night. In case you think I’m being overly complimentary, read The Boston Globe’s rave review, which loved Ellis and the production as well.
The Bridges of Madison County
SpeakEasy Stage at The Calderwood Pavilion
Get Your Tickets Here
The SpeakEasy Stage Co. closes their 2016-2017 season at the Calderwood Pavilion in the South End with their production of The Bridges of Madison County, which opened this past weekend and runs through Saturday, June 3rd.
The Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical tells the story of a chance meeting between a farm wife and a world-weary photographer, that leads to a soul-stirring affair.
The Bridges of Madison County
May 6 – June 3, 2017
Get Your Tickets Here
Broadway Bares, is an unrivaled evening of sexy striptease that is part burlesque and part razzle-dazzle with all proceeds going to Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. This year’s theme “Strip U” released some eye raising photos and videos for the 27th burlesque show of buff Broadway stars.
This year’s show will take place at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom June 18 and will be directed by Nick Kenkel, whose Broadway credits include “Catch Me If You Can,” “Evita” and “The Wedding Singer.
Order Your Tickets Here
Gold Dust Orphans present: GREECE May 4 – June 4, 2017
Two weeks from today is opening night for the Gold Dust Orphans latest show, Greece: A High School Musical.
Ryan Landry’s crazy creativity has combined one of America’s most recognizable and favorite musicals Grease with togas and titans. The mash up of a story line features the daughter of Zeus obsessing over the lives of mortals. When Zeus finds out he decides to send her to a public school to teach her a lesson, but no sooner does she arrive on Earth when she meets a gorgeous Trojan and all Hades breaks loose. Get your tickets while they last.
GREECE: A High School Musical
Thursday, May 4 – Sunday, June 4
At The Ramrod Performing Arts Centre