On Thursday, April 19th the Central Square Theater Company presents The Women Who Mapped The Stars. The show follows five women in the late 1800s who work at the Harvard College Observatory. “Computers” – women employed for half a man’s salary to analyze astronomic data — show us that the universe is larger than we ever dreamed. Learn the story of these five amazing women who changed the way astronomers saw the universe.
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This play may be 35 years old but its story is as relevant today as it was the day it was first performed in the U.K. Career-driven Marlene has just landed the top job at a London employment agency over a male colleague. To celebrate, she hosts a lavish dinner with a group of famous and adventurous historical women who cheer the successes and bemoan the sacrifices required to be a “top girl” in a man’s world.
Very excited to have tickets to see one of the 36 performances of the World Premiere of Moulin Rouge! The Musical, which will play at the newly remodeled Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston’s Theater District from June 27 – August 5.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical will star Karen Olivo (Tony Award® for West Side Story, In the Heights), Aaron Tveit (Catch Me If You Can, Next to Normal), Danny Burstein (six-time Tony Award®-nominee, Fiddler On the Roof, Cabaret), Sahr Ngaujah (Tony® and Olivier award-nominated for Fela), Tam Mutu (Doctor Zhivago, Encores’ Hey, Look Me Over! and The New Yorkers), Ricky Rojas (Burn the Floor) and Robyn Hurder (Nice Work If You Can Get It, Chicago).
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.
As in the film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the last 50 years. The stage musical will feature many of the iconic songs from the movie and as well as recent hits released since the movie premiered 15 years ago.
In a little less than a month the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.) will present the world premiere and original story, Jagged Little Pill, which was inspired by the themes and emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette’s 1995, Grammy Award-winning album.
Following a family grappling with uncomfortable truths about many of the urgent issues deeply affecting our communities and our world today, this world premiere musical is directed by Diane Paulus (Waitress, Finding Neverland,Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess) and features a book by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno).
The production opens May 5 and runs through July 15.
Later this week The Lyric Stage Company in the Back Bay will open their new show, Anna Christie. The Pulitzer Prize winning play by Eugene O’Neill still has tickets available, but the show which opens on Friday, April 6 will close on May 6 so get your tickets while they remain available. Tickets to the show are $55 each.
Local theater companies have a mix of musicals and plays with several shows centered on strong women like Central Square Theater’s world premiere, The Women Who Mapped The Stars and the 1980s play Top Girls at The Huntington. Several plays have strong gay themes including The Gold Dust Orphans eagerly anticipated Brokelahomo! and Company One’s WIG OUT. And The SpeakEasy Stage combines history and drama when they share the true story about George Takei and his family in, ALLEGIANCE.
Anna Christie, April 6 – May 6 at Lyric Stage Company is a Pulitzer Prize winning classic play by Eugene O’Neill that remains remarkably current and filled with with fierce physicality, humor, and drama.
The Women Who Mapped The Stars, April 19 – May 20 at the Central Square Theater is a world premiere play by Joyce Van Dyke about five women in the late 1800s who were working at Harvard College Observatory and made discoveries that changed the way astronomers saw the universe.
Top Girls, April 20 – May 20 at The Huntington Theater may have been written in the early 1980s but its focus on the role of women in society and what being a successful woman means (and the sacrifices one makes) remains as relevant today as it did when it was first produced 35 years ago.
Brokelahomo!, April 26 – May 27 from The Gold Dust Orphans at The Ramrod Performing Arts Center Ryan Landry and his Gold Dust Orphans treat all of Boston with their raucous musical Western which is guaranteed to leave you laughing your a$$ off. Be sure to check it out before the show closes and heads to Provincetown for the summer.
WIG OUT, April 27 – May 13 from Company One at The Oberon From Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s WIG OUT! is the catwalk showdown of the year. Fueled by a R&B playlist, WIG OUT! is a divine exploration of drag ball culture, chosen family, and the desire to be desired.
Two Jews Walk Into A War, April 28 – May 20 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.
ALLEGIANCE, May 4 – June 2 at SpeakEasy Stage 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.
In case you missed it, earlier this month The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) announced that they will return with annual free performances of William Shakespeare on the Boston Common this summer.
This year’s production, Richard III, will run from July 18 – August 5 over by the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common. Performances will be Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; with one 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 4.
Directed by Steven Maler
July 18 – August 5, 2018
FREE and open to the public