<![CDATA[RSS Feed | Citi Performing Arts Center]]> <![CDATA[RSS Feed]]> en Mon, 20 Oct 2014 17:00:00 GMT <![CDATA[In the Mood]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2760 Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:00:00 GMT Hop aboard the "Chattanooga Choo Choo" to “Tuxedo Junction" and get "In the Mood" to hear a “Moonlight Serenade” performed by a 13-piece Big Band and a half dozen singer-dancers with some hot boogie woogie when In The Mood hits the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre, May 12 - 24.

In The Mood is a fully staged tribute to Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, The Andrews Sisters and big band greats of the '40s. Complete with period costumes and choreography, In The Mood celebrates America's greatest generation that listened and boogied to up-tempo big band rhythms and danced to intimate ballads. Experience the jazzy, brassy, sentimental and patriotic music of the World War II era.

“a toe-tapping nostalgic ride to yesteryear.” –Brad Downall, Director, Glema Mahr Center for the Arts, Madisonville, KY

“a wonderful rendition of Halcyon days put to music.” –Margaret Webster, Dover Plains, NY

“a wonderfully entertaining two hours of good tunes intertwined with high-stepping moves and sassy vocals.” –Albert Rodriguez, Seattle Gay News October 17, 2012

“Our emotions ran from goose bumps to tears.” –Ken and Elaine Aubrey, West Springfield, MA

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<![CDATA[Yusuf/Cat Stevens: Peace Train…Late Again Tour]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2701 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:00:00 GMT Yusuf/Cat Stevens announced that he will embark on his first North American tour in over 35 years, giving fans in Boston the opportunity to hear his remarkable catalog and superb new songs live, many for the first time. The Peace Train…Late Again tour will hit the Wang Theatre on December 7.

Tickets for the general public go on sale on Saturday, September 27th at 10:00am.

This will be a 100% paperless ticket event. Please review the paperless ticket guidelines before purchasing tickets.

On Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, Yusuf returns to the roots of his teenage musical inspiration: American blues and R&B, using these genres to explore humanity’s climb to freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London. Each track on the album revives the age-old themes of freedom and peace that have marked more than four decades of Yusuf’s musical career. Stunning originals like “I Was Raised In Babylon” and “Cat And The Dog Trap” plus covers of blues-pop and American song standards (“Big Boss Man,” “You Are My Sunshine”) and a moving version of Edgar Winter’s “Dying To Live,” find Yusuf as strong of voice and as engaging a performer as ever.

Tell ‘Em I’m Gone is available now for pre-order at physical and digital music retailers.

“Although I was to venture through many lyrical terrains, melodious valleys and cadences during my fifty-year musical and spiritual exploration, and though many would agree that I have covered a lot of ground, there was always one path I meant to take. Hidden in the background behind my renowned troubadour persona lurked an R&B alter-self waiting to be let free,” Yusuf says of the new album. “What’s powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message which emerged, lyrically. It suddenly stared me in the face: the innate struggle for Freedom! Isn’t that what most human beings dream of? Music and the Blues particularly was a means of escape for many chained to the destiny of the rich and powerful.”

"Yusuf continues to make music that resonates in its beauty and universally empowering themes,” says Adam Block, President, Sony Music’s Legacy Recordings. “It's both humbling and thrilling to be given the opportunity to have him become a member of the Legacy family. We look forward to working together to create new platforms for Yusuf's future recordings while celebrating his remarkable career with stories we'll tell from the artist's personal archive.”

Having first found fame as a teenage heartthrob singer in 1960s England, Cat Stevens gained worldwide acclaim for his intimate and affecting works in the 1970s. His compositions “Wild World,” “Peace Train,” “Father and Son” and “Morning Has Broken” remain staples of the folk genre. Following a conversion to the Islamic faith in 1977, Stevens retired from the music business to work with and support causes in education and humanitarian relief. In 2006 Yusuf returned to pop music with the album An Other Cup. Yusuf was also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2014.

‘TELL ’EM I’M GONE’ TRACK LIST
I Was Raised In Babylon (Yusuf)
Big Boss Man (Luther Dixon-Al Smith)
Dying To Live (Edgar Winter)
You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis-Charles Mitchell, arr. Yusuf)
Editing Floor Blues (Yusuf)
Cat And The Dog Trap (Yusuf)
Gold Digger (Yusuf)
The Devil Came From Kansas (Gary Brooker-Keith Reid)
Tell ‘Em I’m Gone (originally “Take This Hammer,” arr. Yusuf)
Doors (Yusuf)

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<![CDATA[John Mellencamp - Plain Spoken Tour]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2678 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:00:00 GMT
VIP packages are available. Click Select Ticket Type on the Ticketmaster page and select The Diamond VIP Package. Find VIP Package details HERE.

John Mellencamp announced dates for his upcoming Plain Spoken tour beginning in January 2015 throughout the summer. “The Voice of the Heartland” will play 80 shows including a stop in Boston at the Citi Performing Art Center Wang Theatre on April 15, 2015. The special guest is Carlene Carter.

On September 23rd, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp will release one of the most distinguished records of his career, Plain Spoken on Republic Records. Plain Spoken includes ten stunningly elegant and soul-searching Americana gems.

“The music looks back toward … ‘Blood On The Tracks,’ with strummed guitars, brushes on the drums and neck-rack harmonica, and the words ponder trouble, power, love, God, freedom and mortality.” says THE NEW YORK TIMES. Plain Spoken is set to be hailed as an unparalleled new chapter in Mellencamp’s distinctive songbook.

Grammy-winning musician John Mellencamp has touched the heart and souls of music listeners and influenced American Culture with enduring songs, he is also one of the most successful live concert performers in the world. A man with a conscience, he used his visibility and influence to advocate an issue that hit close to home and became one of the founding members of Farm Aid, an organization that began in 1985 to raise awareness about the loss of family farms. The Farm Aid concerts have raised over $45 million to promote a resilient family farm system of agriculture.

In 2014, he also signed a historic "lifetime recording contract" with Republic Records for the release of Plain Spoken and all of his albums to follow. Universal Music Enterprises continues to represent the artist's prominent catalog as well. Mercury/UME recently released his latest live album, John Mellencamp Sings Trouble No More Live at Town Hall, this past summer.

Concert goers will receive a digital download of the Plain Spoken record with purchase of tickets to the tour (One download code per ticket for online and phone purchases only; does not apply to box office or outlet ticket purchases.). The new album, Plain Spoken, to be released on September 23, 2014. Ticket buyers will receive an email from Ticketmaster once the album has been released and the download is ready. If tickets are purchased after September 23rd, an email will be sent within 7 days of order. This promotion is available until August 5th, 2015, and is valid for United States and Canadian residents only.

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<![CDATA[Laurie Berkner Solo The Rock Till You Drop Tour with special guest Susie Lampert]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2672 Mon, 08 Sep 2014 20:00:00 GMT Children’s music superstar and preschool television favorite Laurie Berkner is coming to the Citi Shubert Theatre on November 8 at 11AM. Laurie is having a busy year, with both solo and Laurie Berkner Band concerts and the October release of her ninth album, a compilation of greatest hits titled The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection (Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie).

Says Laurie, “As soon as I released The Best of the Laurie Berkner Band, I couldn’t wait for my next compilation to come out, because there were so many songs that I felt should have been included on that album! Now that The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection is finally here, I’m thrilled that it will not only include those hits, but also songs I’ve written since then that have already become classics. With a total of 22 favorite songs, this really is the ‘Ultimate’ collection!”

Laurie Berkner’s upcoming concerts will showcase many songs from The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection plus an array of other fan favorites, such as “Bumblebee (Buzz Buzz),” “Victor Vito,” and “We Are The Dinosaurs.” This year’s festive holiday shows will also highlight traditional and original songs of the season, including “Jingle Bells,” “Santa’s Coming to My House Tonight,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Candle Chase.”

Dubbed “one of the hippest children’s artists” by FamilyFun Magazine, Laurie Berkner’s original songs, albums, DVDs, music videos, and books leave no doubt: Laurie is the uncrowned queen of children’s music and the power behind the progressive “kindie rock” movement.

Laurie Berkner was the first artist to ever appear in music videos on Nick Jr. and was featured in nearly all of the episodes of the channel’s Jack’s Big Music Show. She currently stars in the animated musical short-form series Sing It, Laurie! on the Sprout preschool channel (owned by NBC) and makes regular appearances on Sprout’s Sunny Side Up Show.

A former preschool music teacher by day and indie rocker by night, Laurie Berkner started selling her music over ten years ago out of her living room on her own label, Two Tomatoes Records. The Laurie Berkner Band has received tremendous critical acclaim. Time Magazine lauded Laurie as “a kind of sippy-cup Sheryl Crow…Berkner inhabits a kid’s curious perspective in her lyrics and pens folk-pop melodies that bear repeated – very repeated – listenings.” The Wall Street Journal called Laurie “one of the most popular children’s performers in America … Her music is distinctive because it speaks to kids without talking down to them, charming youngsters without boring grown-ups.”

The Laurie Berkner Band features: Laurie Berkner, vocals/guitar; Susie Lampert, keyboards; Brady Rymer, bass; and Bobby Golden, drums/percussion.

VIP tickets are available for $103.75 each which include a Meet & Greet and photo opportunity.

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<![CDATA[ArtWeek Returns! Expanded into 27 Greater Boston Area Neighborhoods and Towns Featuring 77 All-New Events]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/182 Fri, 05 Sep 2014 10:00:00 GMT Fall Edition September 26 - October 5
A 10 Day Celebration of the Arts and Culture in Boston and Beyond

ArtWeek
noun:
a collection of unique events and experiences throughout the city that highlights the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and creative community in Boston and neighboring communities.
adjective:
involve, invigorate, imaginative

Stealth Yarn Bombing; a Wearable Art Extravaganza; a hot CD release party featuring live jazz, sizzling BBQ and fiery libations; an iconic experience at the 30th anniversary screening of the Talking Heads documentary “Stop Making Sense” with costumed participants and 80’s karaoke; or a chance to exhibit your artwork along with Sidewalk Sam – these are one-of-a-kind experiences featured in this Fall’s edition of ArtWeek.

ArtWeek Boston kicks-off its third edition September 26 - October 5, as 77 events resulting from collaborations between more than 130 organizations and partners will take place in 27 Greater Boston area neighborhoods, in Boston and outside the city, including Cambridge, Lowell, South Hamilton and Harvard, MA.

In keeping with the tradition established in the two previous editions, Fall ArtWeek will bring a full array of artistic and creative experiences, designed to involve, invigorate and ignite imaginations and interaction with audiences. Events will be offered for all audiences, including families, sleek sophisticates, young professionals, and cognoscenti, featuring global cultural experiences from free to $50. More than half of the events are free, and many of the paid events are very affordably priced at $5 - $20.

Spring ArtWeek 2014 featured events ranging from welding and sand casting classes to a percussion performance in an ice bar; painting to live blues, to a tropical interpretation of the Fort Point channel; photos and couture hair-do to open rehearsals; music, dance, theatre, and public art. This second edition of ArtWeek demonstrated growth of more than double the size of the inaugural ArtWeek (Fall 2013) - more than 60 events and collaborations of more than 140 organizations and partners through 22 Boston neighborhoods, and outside the city, in Cambridge, Somerville, and Lowell.

The inaugural Fall ArtWeek 2013 featured uniquely popular events like Celebrity Series of Boston’s “Play Me, I’m Yours!” street piano festival, a progressive dinner at Citi Center’s historic theatres, and a Xylograph-Your-Xylophone date night workshop. The fall initiative involved over 60 organizations and partnerships that spanned 11 different neighborhoods.

“We’re very excited about the 3rd edition of ArtWeek! The expansion into more neighborhoods and communities, and the increased number and range of events are a strong testimony to the public’s embrace of ArtWeek. During the Spring ArtWeek, audiences experienced a vast range of cultural experiences,” said Joe Spaulding, CEO and President of Citi Performing Arts Center, in announcing the Fall 2014 dates. “They took Capoeira classes to live music; they experienced a rare, open rehearsal at Emmanuel Music; joined “Fork and Tune,” aAre dining experience that used an iconic pop album as inspiration for a 4 course meal; visited an art exhibition in a shipping container on the Rose Kennedy Greenway; and enjoyed the only classical music concert in Greater Boston dedicated to Latino composers! We are seeing that this new model works: collaborations between the creative community and area businesses create innovative experiences, spanning multiple disciplines, to neighborhoods throughout the city, and now to other cities and towns."

The full schedule of Fall ArtWeek offerings is available at www.artweekboston.org

ArtWeek is designed to rapidly become a new Boston tradition as well as a model for statewide and national expansion. In July 2014, ArtWeek was highlighted by Americans for the Arts as an innovative national model as part of its ‘Profiles in Creativity’ series, reinforcing the power of ArtWeek as a new Boston tradition.

In May 2013, ArtPlace America awarded a $151,368 grant to Citi Performing Arts Center in support of ArtWeek. It was chosen from over 1,200 applications nationwide as an exceptional example of creative placemaking.

ArtWeek is presented by Highland Street Foundation, produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, and supported by ArtPlace America. ArtWeek is also proud to collaborate with major media partners including WCVB-TV and MeTV, Boston.com, the Metro, and Greater Media (including radio stations Magic 106.7, Country 102.5, HOT 96.9. 92.9 WBOS, and WROR 105.7), Improper Bostonian, Titan Cares, and NECN. Other supporters include the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, FluidReview, CO Everywhere, Long Haul Films, and W Boston. All ArtWeek partners are passionately committed to enlivening and enriching creative communities for both residents and visitors in the City of Boston and beyond, and in continuing to build Boston and Massachusetts’ reputation as exciting places to be.

Fall ArtWeek Boston is September 26 – October 5, 2014. For a full schedule and more information, visit www.artweekboston.org.

 

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About Highland Street Foundation

Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $145 million to many worthy non-profit organizations.  It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit www.highlandstreet.org

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 130 grants totaling $42.1 million to 130 organizations in 90 U.S. communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut).  Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.  ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.  ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley. For further information, please go to www.artplaceamerica.org .


About Citi Performing Arts Center

Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions.  As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience.  For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org or    www.artweekboston.org

 

 

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<![CDATA[ArtWeek Boston]]> http://www.artweekboston.org Tue, 02 Sep 2014 18:00:00 GMT ArtWeek Boston kicks-off its third edition September 26 - October 5, with 77 one-of-a-kind experiences celebrating arts, culture, and creativity. These unique events highlight collaborations between over 130 organizations and partners and will take place in more than 27 neighborhoods and towns.

Yarn bombing, a kids rock concert, a parking space turned urban art park, an exclusive taste of the Revolution, a five-star sketch session at the Four Seasons Boston, a futuristic fashion runway show created by scientists and designer teams, an MIT Arts Hackathon, and the launch of the nation’s first literary cultural district – these are just a few of the creative experiences that will be highlighted during Fall ArtWeek. All are designed to involve, invigorate and ignite imaginations and interaction with audiences of all ages. ArtWeek is presented by Highland Street Foundation, is a community initiative of Citi Performing Arts Center, and is supported by ArtPlace America.

Fall ArtWeek runs September 26–October 5, 2014.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Series Presents Ira Glass, Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass - "Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host"]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2622 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:00:00 GMT This American Life host Ira Glass has been working with Monica Bill Barnes & Company to invent a show that combines two art forms that, as Glass puts it, “have no business being together—dance and radio.” One is all words and no visuals. One is all visuals and no words. The result is a funny, lively and very talky evening of dance and stories that brought down the house in its first test run at Carnegie Hall. “What makes it work,” says Glass “is a shared sensibility. As dancers, Monica and Anna are these amazingly relatable and funny storytellers without words.”

The Dance Series is sponsored by The Little Family Foundation and the John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Series Presents Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2631 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:00:00 GMT Founded in 2003, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet has distinguished itself through its exceptionally talented corps of sixteen dancers, its constant quest for new forms and an extraordinary repertory of work by some of the world’s most forward-thinking choreographers.

“The 16-member Cedar Lake…has become a New York success story, possibly the country's most innovative contemporary ballet troupe with an A-list repertoire, and an accent on creation that few companies worldwide can match.” —New York Times

The Dance Series is sponsored by The Little Family Foundation and the John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation.

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Series Presents Brian Brooks Moving Company]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2634 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:00:00 GMT Guggenheim Fellowship recipient Brian Brooks is a daring choreographer, concocting precise, kinetic, and volatile choreography that tests the threshold of physical endurance. In addition to Brooks’ choreography, Wendy Whelan joins Brooks for a collaborative duet that was originally choreographed to be part of the Celebrity Series’ 2013-14 season.

“Brooks loves to shatter conventional notions of the human capacity for strength and endurance.” —Dance Magazine

Sponsored by Jann E. Leeming and Spring Sirkin

The Dance Series is sponsored by The Little Family Foundation and the John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Series Presents Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2630 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:00:00 GMT The magnificent Ailey company continues its exciting new expansion of repertoire under Artistic Director Robert Battle while celebrating the core works that have made it the world’s leading modern dance company.

“Ailey’s (relatively) new artistic director, has brought in an encouraging amount of good-quality work that is either new, or at least new to the company and its faithful audiences.” —The New York Times

“The company is dancing better than ever.” —The New Yorker

Celebrity Society Professionals Event

Sponsored by Tufts Health Plan

The Dance Series is sponsored by The Little Family Foundation and the John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation.

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<![CDATA[An Evening with Joe Bonamassa]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2633 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 20:00:00 GMT Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa will perform a one-night-only show in Boston at the Citi Wang Theatre January 21, 2015 at 8 PM. Bonamassa is touring in support of his new studio album, Different Shades Of Blue.

STUDENT DISCOUNT
20% discount. Available on all price levels at the Box Office only. Limit 2 tickets per valid student ID.

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<![CDATA[Ryan Adams]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2599 Tue, 12 Aug 2014 20:00:00 GMT Ryan Adams returns to Boston for one night only on November 18 at the Citi Wang Theatre. Butch Walker will open the show.

Ryan Adams' new self-titled album is out on PAX-AM/Blue Note. 11 new songs, beginning with "Gimme Something Good," the first vinyl single to go #1 at the Amazon.com music store. "Gimme Something Good" is also an Entertainment Weekly Must List recipient ("scorches with Stonesian bravado and a fist-pump-worthy chorus"), praised by Time ("a gritty guitar-driven jam perfect for cranking on the stereo while summertime cruising up Main Street... highlights Adams' sustained ability to play intimate-sounding arena rock"), Stereogum ("he doesn’t seem to have lost a songwriting step. This thing is a total knockout."), and others.

Recorded at PAX-AM with help from Jeremy Stacey (drums), Benmont Tench (keys), Mike Viola (all sorts of stuff), Marshall Vore (drums, percussion), Tal Wilkenfeld (bass), and additional assists from Johnny Depp and Mandy Moore.
]]> CitiCenter_Shows_2599 <![CDATA[Diana Krall]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2569 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 20:00:00 GMT Five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and world renowned singer Diana Krall has reschedule her Boston appearance in support of her "Wallflower World Tour," to February 25 at 8PM the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre. Her fall tour was postponed due to illness. Krall's U.S. Tour is in support of her stunning new album Wallflower. Tickets purchased for the original Dec 2 date will be honored on the newly rescheduled date.

Krall will be performing pop classics such as The Mamas and the Papas' "California Dreaming" and the Eagles' "Desperado," and Bob Dylan's "Wallflower," which inspired the album's title track, among others. Krall will be accompanied onstage by Anthony Wilson (guitar), Dennis Crouch (bass), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Karriem Riggins (drums) and Patrick Warren (Keyboards).

Diana Krall is the only jazz singer to have eight albums debut at the top of the Billboard Jazz Albums chart. To date, she has won five Grammy® Awards, eight Juno® Awards and has also earned nine gold, three platinum and seven multi-platinum albums. Her unique artistry transcends any single musical style and has made her one of the most recognizable artists of our time.

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<![CDATA[Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2560 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:00:00 GMT
VIP packages available for the October 8 performance. Click Special Offers on the Ticketmaster page and select VIP Package
. VIP Package includes, one of the best seats in the house and an autographed copy of Theresa's new book You Can't Make This Stuff Up.

Theresa Caputo, psychic medium and star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, will be appearing live at the Citi Wang Theatre in Boston for two shows on Tuesday, October 7 and 8 at 7:30pm. Theresa will give interactive readings to audience members throughout the show and will also share personal stories about her life and her unique gifts. Purchasing a ticket does not guarantee a reading.

New episodes of Long Island Medium began to air August 3rd on TLC. The highly-rated show follows Theresa’s life as a typical Long Island wife and mom with one very big difference…she can communicate with the dead. Since she cannot “turn off” this gift, messages from departed loved ones can come through at any time. The local car mechanic, manicurist or cashier at the bagel shop may find themselves receiving a spontaneous reading from Theresa as she goes about her day. The unique challenges that her special abilities create for her husband of 22 years, Larry, and her two children, aged 20 and 24, and how they cope, are also a main theme on the show.

Theresa’s second book titled “You Can’t Make This Stuff Up” is scheduled to be released September 30th, 2014. Her first book titled “There’s More to Life Than This” debuted at #2 on the NY Times Best Seller List in the fall of 2013.

Theresa has been a practicing medium for 10 years and is a certified medium with the Forever-Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to connecting science with the afterlife. She helps individuals find closure by connecting them with their departed loved ones. For Theresa, this is not just her job... this is her life. Learn more about Theresa at theresacaputo.com.

Ticket prices subject to change without notice.

]]> CitiCenter_Shows_2560 <![CDATA[Celebrity Series Presents PILOBOLUS]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2564 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:00:00 GMT Over their 40-plus year history, Pilobolus has appeared at the Olympics, the Oscars, and around the world. This unique and wildly creative dance ensemble continues to amuse, innovate and astonish audiences.

Full program includes:

On the Nature of Things [2014]*
Performed by three dancers balanced on a column, On The Nature Of Things explores the power desire and its connection to shame and revenge.

All Is Not Lost [2011]
The live companion to Pilobolus' video collaboration with the Grammy-winning band OK Go changes the way we look at dance through a kaleidoscopic view.

Automaton [2012]
Automation takes place in a world that allows us to view multiple angles at the same time and questions the difference between human and machine.

[esc] [2013]
Masters of trickery, Penn & Teller, team with Pilobolus to create the ultimate piece of gripping, do-not-try-this-at-home choreography.

Sweet Purgatory [1991]
Commissioned for Pilobolus’ 20th anniversary, this remarkable piece traces a path from Hades, through Purgatory, to Hope.

"It’s as if we’re being given a fleeting glimpse of the inner workings of the universe."

The New York

Celebrity Society Professionals Event

The Dance Series is sponsored by The Little Family Foundation and the John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation.

Student Rush tickets are available in advance in person at the box office for the Friday and Saturday performances. $20.00 per ticket, 2 tickets per ID, Cash only.

*Contains partial nudity

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<![CDATA[Celebrity Series Presents Tania Pérez-Salas Compañia de Danza]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2565 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:00:00 GMT The contemporary choreographer Tania Pérez-Salas and her Compañía de Danza, which is based in Mexico City, are internationally celebrated for dramatically vivid, scintillating approach to modern dance.

“The peerless Mexican artist Tania Pérez-Salas has revealed herself as a beautiful, energetic dancer, creator of deeply moving and emotive works.” —Progrés Lyon

“Seeing Tania Pérez -Salas’ work is like being inside her head. One of the premier modern dance companies … [the company] clearly draws its power from Perez-Salas, and her surrealistic visions filled the stage and invaded the senses.” —Washington Post

Student Rush tickets are available in advance in person at the box office. $20.00 per ticket, 2 tickets per ID, Cash only.

The Dance Series is sponsored by the Little Family Foundation and the John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation.

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<![CDATA[Dishing With The Divas A Musical Comedy]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2467 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 20:00:00 GMT Ladies, Divas, Broads!

The Producers of Girls Night: The Musical and Cuff Me: A Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody are bringing a new show to Citi Shubert Theatre on March 27 - Dishing With The Divas A Musical Comedy!

Premium Seating Available!

Dishing With The Divas A Musical Comedy is a high energy show about the final live studio broadcast of the hit talk show “GIRL TALK” on WPMS radio. The two radio hosts and their most popular regular guest Sex Therapist, Dr. Lauda (think Sofia Vergara), are going out in style! The ladies love to dish about life, love, sex, marriage, relationships, friendships, motherhood, careers, food, alcohol, and yes, men in any capacity. This show will have you dishing, dancing, laughing and singing from start to finish as these three talented ladies bust hits by artists such as The Pointer Sisters, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Aretha Franklin, and many more!

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<![CDATA[ArtWeek Returns! Fall Edition September 26 - October 5]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/180 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 10:00:00 GMT ArtWeek
noun:
a collection of unique events and experiences throughout the city that highlights the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and creative community in Boston and neighboring communities.
adjective:
involve, invigorate, imaginative

ArtWeek Boston kicks-off its third edition September 26 - October 5, as collaborations between organizations and partners will take place through more than a dozen Boston neighborhoods, and outside the city, in Cambridge, Somerville and Lowell.

In keeping with the tradition established in the two previous editions, Fall ArtWeek will bring a full array of artistic and creative experiences, designed to involve, invigorate and ignite imaginations and interaction with audiences. Events will be offered for all audiences, including families, sleek sophisticates, young professionals, and cognoscenti, featuring global cultural experiences from free to $50.

A hot CD release party featuring live jazz, sizzling BBQ and fiery libations; a Wearable Art Extravaganza; an iconic experience at the 30th anniversary screening of the Talking Heads documentary “Stop Making Sense” with costumed participants and 80’s karaoke; or a chance to exhibit your artwork along with Sidewalk Sam – these are one-of-a-kind experiences featured in this Fall’s edition of ArtWeek.

Spring ArtWeek 2014 featured events ranging from welding and sand casting classes to a percussion performance in an ice bar; painting to live blues, to a tropical interpretation of the Fort Point channel; photos and couture hair-do to open rehearsals; music, dance, theatre, and public art. This second edition of ArtWeek demonstrated growth of more than double the size of the inaugural ArtWeek (Fall 2013) - more than 60 events and collaborations of more than 140 organizations and partners through 22 Boston neighborhoods, and outside the city, in Cambridge, Somerville, and Lowell.

The inaugural Fall ArtWeek 2013 featured uniquely popular events like Celebrity Series of Boston’s “Play Me, I’m Yours!” street piano festival, a progressive dinner at Citi Center’s historic theatres, and a Xylograph-Your-Xylophone date night workshop. The fall initiative involved over 60 organizations and partnerships that spanned 11 different neighborhoods.

“During the Spring ArtWeek, audiences experienced a vast range of cultural experiences,” said Joe Spaulding, CEO and President of Citi Performing Arts Center, in announcing the Fall 2014 dates. “They took Capoeira classes to live music; they experienced a rare, open rehearsal at Emmanuel Music; joined “Fork and Tune,” a dining experience that used an iconic pop album as inspiration for a 4 course meal; visited an art exhibition in a shipping container on the Rose Kennedy Greenway; and enjoyed the only classical music concert in Greater Boston dedicated to Latino composers! We are seeing that this new model works: collaborations between the creative community and area businesses create innovative experiences, spanning multiple disciplines, to neighborhoods throughout the city, and now to other cities."

The full schedule of Fall ArtWeek offerings will be available in early September at www.artweekboston.org

ArtWeek is designed to rapidly become a new Boston tradition as well as a model for statewide and national expansion. In July 2014, ArtWeek was highlighted by Americans for the Arts as an innovative national model as part of its ‘Profiles in Creativity’ series, reinforcing the power of ArtWeek as a new Boston tradition.

In May 2013, ArtPlace America awarded a $151,368 grant to Citi Performing Arts Center in support of ArtWeek. It was chosen from over 1,200 applications nationwide as an exceptional example of creative placemaking. ArtWeek is presented by Highland Street Foundation, produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, and supported by ArtPlace America. ArtWeek is also proud to collaborate with major media partners including WCVB-TV and MeTV, Boston.com, the Metro, and Greater Media (including radio stations Magic 106.7, Country 102.5, HOT 96.9. 92.9 WBOS, and WROR 105.7), Improper Bostonian, Titan Cares, and NECN. Other supporters include the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, FluidReview, CO Everywhere, Long Haul Films, and W Boston. All ArtWeek partners are passionately committed to enlivening and enriching creative communities for both residents and visitors in the City of Boston and beyond, and in continuing to build Boston and Massachusetts’ reputation as exciting places to be.

Fall ArtWeek Boston is September 26 – October 5, 2014. For a full schedule and more information, visit www.artweekboston.org.

 

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About Highland Street Foundation

Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $145 million to many worthy non-profit organizations.  It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit www.highlandstreet.org

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 130 grants totaling $42.1 million to 130 organizations in 90 U.S. communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut).  Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.  ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.  ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley. For further information, please go to www.artplaceamerica.org .


About Citi Performing Arts Center

Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions.  As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience.  For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org or    www.artweekboston.org

 

 

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<![CDATA[Walden Woods Project – Eagles in Concert]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2551 Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:00:00 GMT Robert Redford is the recipient of the Walden Woods Project’s 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award in recognition of his enduring commitment to a range of environmental initiatives. WWP founder Don Henley will present the award during a fundraising event on Tuesday, September 16 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, featuring an intimate concert by the Eagles. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; Program begins at 8 p.m.; Eagles concert at 9 p.m.

Proceeds from the event will support the mission of the Walden Woods Project, the Massachusetts-based charity founded in 1990. The organization protects Thoreau’s Walden Woods and applies Thoreau’s philosophy through educational programs that address the global environmental challenges of the 21st century.

Don Henley praised Redford’s environmental leadership saying, “Bob Redford was an environmentalist long before the well-being of our natural resources became an international concern. Throughout his extraordinary career as an acclaimed actor, director and producer, he has devoted himself to myriad environmental initiatives too lengthy to enumerate. Redford has stated, "I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend?” I can’t agree more. Whether he is defending the integrity of the public lands we leave as our legacy to future generations; whether he is lobbying Congress for the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, fighting for the protection of the dwindling herds of America’s iconic wild mustangs or advocating for measures to curb climate change, he puts the full measure of his time and talent, and the force of his convictions, behind all the compelling environmental causes he supports. The Walden Woods Project is honored to present its 2014 Global Environmental Leadership Award to Robert Redford.”

The Global Environmental Leadership Award is given to the individual or organization that represents vision, creativity, dedication and sacrifice in addressing global environmental challenges. The award seeks to recognize significant achievement in the areas of climate stability, biodiversity, natural resource stewardship, human understanding, and global environmental policy. It draws its inspiration from the foundational thinking of Henry David Thoreau and builds upon his ageless principles of environmental stewardship, global interconnectedness and personal responsibility. The first Global Environmental Leadership Award was presented in 2012 to President Bill Clinton for his landmark efforts to address climate change via the Clinton Climate Initiative/Clinton Foundation. The 2014 award will be presented to the dedicated political and environmental activist, Robert Redford, in recognition of his life-long passion for nature and issues of social justice. The Global Environmental Leadership Award is presented every two years.

For nearly 25 years, the Walden Woods Project has preserved the land, literature and legacy of Henry David Thoreau. The historic Walden Woods is known as “the cradle of the Environmental movement”. Large tracts of Thoreau’s woods have been saved by the Walden Woods Project and are protected in perpetuity. Further sites are in urgent need of preservation. Complementing the organization’s conservation work are a series of local, national and global education programs based on Thoreau’s philosophy and designed to engage students, teachers and the general public in the themes of natural resources preservation and stewardship. The Walden Woods Project also manages the finest Thoreau research library in the world just a short walk from Walden Pond. Go to walden.org for further information on the Walden Woods Project.

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera's Mozart’s Don Giovanni]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2523 Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:00:00 GMT Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart | Libretto by Lorenzo Da Ponte
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

Don Giovanni is a man obsessed. Women rule his life; he desires them, he seduces them, he runs from them. In Mozart’s most celebrated drama, women lead Giovanni from the bedroom to the gates of hell. In this new BLO production, Jennifer Johnson Cano sings the role of Donna Elvira, the woman scorned who pursues Giovanni to the ends of the earth, with new sensation Duncan Rock in the title role. Vivid and transfixing, Mozart’s work is filled with exquisite music, intense drama, and comedic insights.

Conducted by
David Angus

Directed by
Emma Griffin

DUNCAN ROCK* as Don Giovanni
JENNIFER JOHNSON CANO* as Donna Elvira
KEVIN BURDETTE as Leporello
JOHN BELLEMER as Don Ottavio
with Meredith Hansen, Steven Humes,
Chelsea Basler, and David Cushing

Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus

*Boston Lyric Opera debut

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera's Janáček’s Kátya Kabanová]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2522 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:00:00 GMT Music by Leoš Janáček | Libretto by Francesco Vincenc Cervinka

Sung in an English translation by Norman Tucker

Performed for the first time in BLO’s history, Janáček’s sweeping Kátya Kabanová is a juxtaposition of extraordinary beauty and fateful oppression. The opera paints a tragic portrait of provincial life in the story of a woman suffocated by her cowardly husband and tyrannical mother-in-law. Finally she finds both liberation and tormenting guilt in the arms of another man. Janáček’s deeply moving and melodic score evokes freedom both longed for and feared. Elaine Alvarez, making her Boston Lyric Opera debut in the title role, has been praised by the Chicago Tribune for “conveying lyric pathos [that] seems to come as naturally as breathing.”

Conducted by
David Angus

Directed by
Tim Albery

ELAINE ALVAREZ* as Kátya Kabanová
RAYMOND VERY* as Boris Grigoryevich
ELIZABETH BYRNE* as Kabachina
SANDRA PIQUES EDDY as Varvara
with James Demler, Alan Schneider,
Omar Najmi, David McFerrin, Chelsea Basler, and Rachel Hauge

Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus

*Boston Lyric Opera debut

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera's Verdi's La Traviata]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2521 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Music by Giuseppe Verdi | Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Sung in Italian with projected English translation

Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata, not seen at BLO in nearly a decade, returns in a glorious new production. The tale of Violetta, a worldly courtesan with all the men of Paris at her feet, takes a wrenching turn when she risks all for a chance at enduring love. Anya Matanovic makes her Boston Lyric Opera debut in the role opposite Weston Hurt as the father who will stop at nothing to protect his family’s honor. His son Alfredo loses and regains Violetta, leading to one of the greatest scenes of reconciliation in all of opera.

La Traviata contains mature themes. There will be some implied nudity in this production.

$20 Student Rush tickets are available day of show, best available, 2 tickets per ID. Cash only.

Conducted by
Arthur Fagen

Directed by
Chas Rader-Shieber

ANYA MATANOVIC* as Violetta
MICHAEL WADE LEE* as Alfredo Germont
WESTON HURT as Giorgio Germont
with Jon Jurgens, Chelsea Basler,
David Kravitz, David Cushing,
David Wadden and Rachel Hauge

Boston Lyric Opera Orchestra and Chorus

*Boston Lyric Opera Debut

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<![CDATA[Jason Mraz and Raining Jane]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2493 Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:00:00 GMT Jason Mraz and Raining Jane come to the Citi Wang Theatre for two nights, Friday, September 12 and Saturday, September 13. Mraz is touring in support of his new album "YES!"

"'YES!" tells a love story, from the initial intoxication to the inevitable goodbye. Every moment of an ordinary day is magic in "Hello, You Beautiful Thing."

Like Mraz’s previous albums, "YES!" is cheerfully optimistic, as evidenced by the single, "Love Someone." But the real standouts are the more introspective tracks, like the cello-driven "You Can Rely on Me" and the downbeat "A World With You." "Let’s throw caution to the wind and start over again," he sings as a cello cries. "I want to see the world the way I see a world with you.'"

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<![CDATA[Natalie Merchant]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2333 Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:00:00 GMT Natalie Merchant’s summer U.S. tour dates, which were postponed due to illness, have been rescheduled for the fall. Her Boston tour date at the Citi Shubert Theatre will be September 15. Tickets purchased for the original July 16 date will be honored on the newly rescheduled date.

Merchant’s new self-titled album out now on Nonesuch Records marks her sixth solo collection. This self-produced album is the work of a mature artist with a clear and distinctive voice. Long appreciated for the depth and substance of her writing, Merchant has never shied away from weighty themes or subjects for her lyrics. She describes the new release as informed “by experience and keen observation,” dealing with issues of “love gained and lost, regret, denial, surrender, greed, destructiveness, defeat, and occasional triumph.”

Combining three decades of experience in song writing and album making, Merchant’s production style is nuanced and pure. Her voice is framed by a balanced blend of electric and acoustic sound throughout with musicianship of exceptional quality. String, brass, and woodwind arrangements mingle with Hammond organ and electric guitar improvisations. Players include John Medeski, Shawn Pelton, Clark Gayton, Uri Sharlin, Jesse Murphy, Erik Della Penna, Gabriel Gordon, and guest vocalists Simi Stone, Elizabeth Mitchell and gospel singer Corliss Stafford.

July 16 ticket holders who can't attend the September 15 rescheduled show can receive refunds at the point of purchase.

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<![CDATA[Neil Young]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2495 Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:00:00 GMT “An absolutely jaw-dropping two hour and 20-minute show... It was, without a doubt, one of the greatest Neil Young shows of the past decade" Rolling Stone

Neil Young will be appearing for 2 nights only – October 5th and 6th at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston.

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<![CDATA[His Holiness The Dalai Lama: Eight Verses of Mind Training]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2491 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 23:00:00 GMT His Holiness the Dalai Lama is coming to Boston. The event will include a special transmission on Bodhicitta “The Awakening Mind” and a separate commentary on “The Eight Verses of Mind Training”.

The event is scheduled to take place at the Citi Wang Theatre on October 30, 2014 from 9am till 3pm with a one hour lunch break from 11:30am - 12:30pm. The day of teaching is sponsored by the Prajna Upadesa Foundation, a local non-profit organization dedicated to spreading wellbeing through the publication of classical Nalanda texts, study, and meditation practice.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989 for his non-violent struggle for the liberation of Tibet. He has consistently advocated policies of non-violence, even in the face of extreme aggression. He is also the first Nobel Laureate to be recognized for his concern for global environmental problems. He was awarded the United States highest civilian honor, The Congressional Gold Medal in 2007 and in 2012 received The Templeton Prize which honors a living person who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.

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<![CDATA[Irving Berlin’s White Christmas The Musical]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2468 Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:00:00 GMT This holiday season discover the perfect gift for everyone on your list! Start with a timeless tale of joy and goodwill, fill it with classic Irving Berlin songs, top it off with glorious dancing and lots of snow and you have IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS THE MUSICAL. Performances begin December 16 at the Wang Theatre for this must-see classic in a lavish new production that the New York Times says to “put on your wish list.” IRVING BERLIN’S WHITE CHRISTMAS tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

"Plenty of razzmatazz, including snow! You’ll leave the theatre humming Irving Berlin’s irresistibly hummable tunes!"
- The Boston Globe

"A holiday card come to life!"
- Daily News

"Enchanting as a first snow!"
- San Francisco Examiner

"Joyous! Warmhearted and uplifting. Don’t forget to bring the kids; this is their kind of show."
- Hollywood Reporter

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<![CDATA[Annie The Musical]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2463 Mon, 23 Jun 2014 20:00:00 GMT Leapin’ Lizards!

The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.

Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as "It’s the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street," "I Don’t Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism, "Tomorrow."

Overflowing! Big, warm-hearted and funny!
- New York Post

Lovable…charming…gutsy!
- New York Times

One of the best family musicals ever penned.
- Chicago Tribune

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<![CDATA[Bill O'Reilly & Dennis Miller: Bolder and Fresher 2014]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2449 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 20:00:00 GMT Meet and Greet Experiences Available!
  • Premium Seating
  • An opportunity to meet Bill and Dennis immediately after the show
  • An opportunity to take a picture with Bill and Dennis
  • An autographed gift to take home
Must have presale code to take advantage of VIP Package presale offer. Look for this option under VIP Package Venue Presale Offer.

Bill O'Reilly, godfather of "no spin" and in-your-face television, and Dennis Miller, the king of references and rants, are teaming up to take the Boston by storm!

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<![CDATA[Gaither Vocal Band]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2434 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 22:00:00 GMT Multi-Grammy Award-winner Bill Gaither will host an evening of music, laughter and encouragement with the Gaither Vocal Band at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on Friday, September 5, 2014.

Year after year, Bill Gaither and the Gaither Vocal Band, with the all-star line-up of David Phelps, Wes Hampton, Adam Crabb and Todd Suttles, have brought the Homecoming Tour into cities worldwide, showcasing gospel music’s finest talent and drawing in new listeners of all ages. Joining The Gaither Vocal Band for this special evening in Boston will be guitarist Kevin Williams.

Gaither continues to be delighted by audiences' response to the concerts, now more than 40 years after he quit his day job as a teacher: “I've always said it all starts with a great song, and we are fortunate that each concert includes great songs that have stood the test of time. With all the musical choices that are available now, there is still a special place for the joy and optimism that reside in Gospel music. Good news never gets old.”

Named ASCAP's Songwriters of the Century, Bill and Gloria Gaither have written more than 700 popular gospel songs throughout their multi-decade career, including favorite standards “He Touched Me,” Because He Lives,” and “There's Just Something About That Name.” Since 1992, when Gaither began recording the celebrated Homecoming series of DVDs and CDs, almost every volume has gone either gold or platinum, with sales totaling approximately 100 million volumes. The programs appear regularly on television networks around the world.

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<![CDATA[Community Auditions - Star of the Day]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2437 Mon, 16 Jun 2014 20:00:00 GMT New England’s own “Community Auditions – Star of the Day” returns for its 45th Season. The show kicks off the 2014-2015 season with a live taping at the historic Strand Theatre, this Sunday, June 22 from 10AM to 6PM.

This season promises to be spectacular! New host Billy Costa, from KISS 108, will be joined by a variety of Boston’s favorite entertainment personalities, as well as international recording artist, David Osmond. The public is invited to participate as part of the live theatre audience - cheering on their favorite performers and even signing up for the chance to compete on a future program.

Before there was American Idol, America’s Got Talent, or The Voice…New England’s rising stars had Community Auditions – Star of the Day, the longest-running entertainment TV show in history. Friends, family and the public are invited to be part of this long-standing tradition and take part in a live taping of six episodes of Community Auditions at the iconic Strand Theatre, in Dorchester, this Sunday, June 22nd.

Guests will see competitors perform and be rated by a rotating panel of celebrity judges. In order to pick the “Star of the Day”, remember, “Your vote STILL holds the key!” Audience participation will help determine the final winners.

Judges this Sunday will include; Magic 106.7’s Candy O’Terry, Farrenheit’s Charlie Farren, Sib Hashian of the band Boston, Jessica from Rhode Island’s 92 PRO-FM, and comedian and film star Steve Sweeney.

Doors open at 10 AM, for Sunday’s Community Auditions – Star of the Day taping at the Strand Theatre. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The Strand Theatre is located at 543 Columbia Road in Boston’s Uphams Corner neighborhood.

Episodes of Community Auditions – Star of the Day, recorded at the Strand Theatre on Sunday, June 22nd, will be broadcast throughout New England. Programs are presented on Fridays, Saturday and Sundays. Check local listings for times. Community Auditions – Star of the Day is supported by the City of Boston and the Citi Performing Arts Center. For information on Community Auditions – Star of the Day, visit www.communityauditions.com.

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<![CDATA[Ghost Brothers of Darkland County]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2433 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 20:00:00 GMT Southern gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will perform in Boston on Friday, November 21 for one night only. Written by best-selling author Stephen King, with music by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp, and musical direction by Grammy Award-winning T Bone Burnett. The cast features actor/writer/producer Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga) and actress/writer/singer Gina Gershon (Killer Joe, House of Versace, Boeing, Boeing) playing the lead roles of Joe McCandless and Monique McCandless respectively.

This extraordinary collaboration 16 years in the making, and blend of unique musical and staging styles. Throughout the production, the eerie blues ‘n’ roots music reveals the inner workings of the characters as opposed to just propelling the play’s narrative, with only a few songs directly advancing the plot. The haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, begins with Joe McCandless reflecting on a past tragedy involving his two older brothers battling over a girl which ended in the unfortunate deaths of all three. Now with Joe as an adult and two boys of his own, he’s watching an all too familiar scenario play out before his eyes. With his sons at each other’s throats, Joe’s story will either save or destroy the McCandless family.

GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY CAST

    Joe McCandless - Billy Burke
    Monique McCandless - Gina Gershon
    The Shape - Jake La Botz
    Zydeco Cowboy - Jesse Lenant
    Drake McCandless - Joe Tippett
    Frank McCandless - Lucas Kavner
    Anna Wicklow - Kylie Brown
    Dan Coker - Eric Moore
    Andy McCandless - Travis Smith
    Jack McCandless - Peter Albrink
    Jenna Farrell - Kate Ferber
    Young Joe Zac - Ballard
    Featured Background Vocalist - Carlene Carter
    Newt Hoggenbeck / Ensemble - Joe Jung
    Ensemble - Gwen Hughes
    Ensemble - Rob Lawhon

BAND
Music Supervision & Arrangements, Band Leader, Guitarist - Andy York
Percussion - Dane Clark
Keyboards & Harmonica - Troye Kinnett
Upright Bass - Jon E. Gee

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<![CDATA[An Evening with King Crimson]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2421 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 03:15:00 GMT VIP Ticket Packages Available!
Look for this option under Special Offers.
For VIP Package descriptions, click here.

King Crimson returns to the stage this fall with a two night stop at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre on September 15 and 16.
This is their first US tour since 2008. Born on January 13th, 1969, in the basement of the Fulham Palace Cafe, London, this is the 8th incarnation of King Crimson, with:
Gavin Harrison (drums), Bill Rieflin (drums), Pat Mastelotto (drums), Tony Levin (bass and vocals), Mel Collins (Sax, flute), Jakko Jakszyk (guitar, vocals) and Robert Fripp (guitar).
In his DGM Diary for September 6th, 2013, when King Crimson’s return to live performance was announced to an outbreak of media frenzy, fan adoration and spontaneous outpourings of affection, Fripp wrote:
At 18.55 King Crimson VIII moved to its next stage of actualization
This is a very different reformation to what has gone before: seven players, four English and three American, with three drummers.
The Point Of Crim-Seeing was of a conventional Back Line reconfigured as the Front Line, The Seven-Headed Beast of Crim is in Go! mode.

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<![CDATA[Alton Brown Live! – The Edible Inevitable Tour]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2389 Mon, 02 Jun 2014 16:00:00 GMT Alton Brown, Iron Chef host and renowned television personality is taking his brand of quirky humor and culinary science on the road with the “Alton Brown Live! The Edible Inevitable Tour.” Brown appears at Citi Shubert Theatre on Friday, November 14.

Recently named Best Food TV Personality at The Munchies, Brown’s tour promises to be an eventful evening of stand-up comedy, talk show antics, multimedia lecture, live music and food experimentation. Be prepared. Ponchos will be involved. The show will offer an interactive component in which audience members will have the opportunity to serve as Brown’s trusted assistants on stage. For those hoping to sip at the pure source of Brownian wit and wisdom, this is a must-see extravaganza for the whole family.

Brown said, "I've been cultivating material for this show for about a decade so it'll feel pretty darned good to finally get it out of my head and onto a stage. I feel we've come up with some pretty amazing food demos, and the multi-media segments are solid….but I do have to say I'm a bit nervous about the singing parts."

A limited number of Obstructed View seats for $28.75 are available for purchase in person at the box office.

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<![CDATA[An Evening With Al Pacino]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2391 Tue, 27 May 2014 20:00:00 GMT An Evening With Al Pacino will celebrate one of the most acclaimed careers in acting history in an intimate theatre setting, with the actor himself, as he shares his passion for acting and directing. The evening will explore his time Off-Broadway in the ‘60s right up to the present day, and will include some never heard before stories and some never before seen clips, as well as the rare chance to speak directly with Pacino.

Al Pacino has created some of the most indelible character portrayals in cinema history, starring in over forty films that include The Godfather Trilogy, Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Scent of a Woman, Sea of Love, Dick Tracy, Heat, Scarface, Any Given Sunday, Donnie Brasco, Angels in America and most recently You Don’t Know Jack and Phil Spector for HBO. He is an eight-time Academy Award nominee and an Oscar Award winner for his performance in Scent of a Woman. His performances for HBO have garnered Golden Globe and Emmy awards for Angels in America and You Don’t Know Jack. He is one of the rare winners of the triple crown of acting: the Oscar, Tony and Emmy Award. He is also the winner of the 2012 National Medal of Arts, AFI Life Achievement Award and American Cinematheque Award.

Meet and Greet Experience - SOLD OUT
An Evening with Al Pacino Meet and Greet Experience includes One (1) ticket to attend An Evening with Al Pacino in the first 10 rows, an Invitation to an exclusive meet & greet and photo opportunity with Al Pacino, One (1) autographed 8x10" photograph of Al Pacino, Official An Evening with Al Pacino program, and an On-site Experience Concierge.

Presented in Boston by S2BN Entertainment.

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<![CDATA[Roberto Carlos]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2384 Mon, 19 May 2014 20:00:00 GMT Roberto Carlos, the living example of the worldwide success of Brazilian popular music, will perform on stage at Citi Wang Theatre on October 4th!

With a career spanning 52 years, Roberto Carlos is the number-one artist in Brazil as well as in Latin America. A singer and songwriter with over 500 songs to his credit, a youth idol, and the greatest representative of a cultural movement called Jovem Guarda in the 1960s, he found his identity in romantic songs and consolidated his success in the 1970s. Without clinging to fads, he forged his own path, leaving a trail of songs that speak of love, solidarity, and trust in tomorrow.

In April 2010, at the height of commemorations of his 50 years in music, Roberto Carlos was honored by the president of his record label, Sony Music, with a trophy for the more than 120 million products (records, CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs) sold around the world. At the time Richard Sender, President of Sony Music International, declared: “Michael Jackson is the king of pop; Elvis the King of Rock; and Roberto Carlos is the king of Latin music.”

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<![CDATA[Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2382 Fri, 16 May 2014 22:00:00 GMT The original television classic comes to life!

First airing in 1964, RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER has become a beloved Christmas classic – capturing the hearts and wonder of generations of fans. Now, 50 years later, something magical is happening as the beloved classic soars off the screen and onto the Shubert Theatre stage this holiday season. Join us in celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television and come see all of your favorite characters from the special including, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the Misfit Toys and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in the all new RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.

It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special. Don’t miss this wonderful new holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Beloved heartwarming memories which last a lifetime are just waiting to be made. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage. Script adaptation by Robert Penola. Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.

For more information on the show, visit RudolphTheMusical.

Show runs 90 minutes including intermission.

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<![CDATA[CITI CENTER HONORED FOR DIVERSITY BY ROSOFF AWARDS]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/179 Thu, 15 May 2014 10:00:00 GMT May 15, 2014 – The Ad Club of Boston awarded the Citi Performing Arts Center with the Non-Profit Initiative Award last night at the Annual Rosoff Awards. Citi Performing Arts Center was recognized for its strategic commitment to broad-based access and outreach to diverse communities including its City Spotlights Leadership Program, an innovative summer job program for inner city Boston teens, and extensive free ticket access network serving diverse neighborhood partners.

The Rosoff Award presentation spotlighted Citi Center’s inclusion and diversity strategies inherent in both its programming and education offerings, but particularly applauded the City Spotlights Leadership Program. Approaching its fourth year, the City Spotlights Leadership Program uniquely empowers Boston’s diverse youth to expand upon their existing strengths, take an active role in their personal and professional development, and become engaged leaders amongst their peers, in the workplace, and in their communities.

“As a nonprofit performing arts center, a commitment to community is core to our mission. While our iconic theatres and on-stage programming are most visible, our community and educational programs are 100% free and also reach thousands of Boston’s most diverse residents each year” said Citi Performing Arts Center CEO Josiah Spaulding. “And we couldn’t be prouder that Mayor Walsh mentioned the impact of his visit with our Teen Leaders last summer, especially since our goal is to double the program and employ 60 urban youth by next summer!”

Celebrating its 18th year, the Rosoff Awards were created to honor corporations in the Boston business community that are devoted to building an inclusive workplace environment, or are committed to supporting diversity, mentoring and inclusion programs in Greater Boston. The spirit of the Rosoff Awards is expressed in the continuing message to the business community, that in the 21st century, workplace diversity is no longer an option. It is more than a means of acknowledging and achieving social justice. It has grown into an essential component to the health, vibrancy, success and growth of our businesses.

Other 2014 Rosoff Award Recipients include Ernst & Young (Internal Diversity Initiative Award), Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (External Diversity Award), Arnold Worldwide for CDC (Marketing to a Diverse Audience Award), and Mary Grimes Finley from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care won the Mentor Award.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center

Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions.  As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience.  For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: May 15, 2014
Contact: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

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<![CDATA[The Piano Guys - A Family Christmas]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2361 Mon, 05 May 2014 20:00:00 GMT the Utah-based classical-pop group, The Piano Guys, are bringing their “A Family Christmas” tour to the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on December 9, 2014.

Utah’s favorite dads, The Piano Guys, announce the next leg of their U.S. tour with festive performances in December just in time for the holidays. Cellist, Steven Sharp Nelson, and pianist, Jon Schmidt, will perform their unique versions of songs such as the hit, “Let It Go” from Disney’s critically acclaimed film, Frozen as well a beautiful rendition of Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years.” For their holiday performances, audiences can expect to sing along to classics like “Silent Night,” “We Three Kings” and a medley of “Winter Wonderland/Let It Snow.”

The Piano Guys began making music videos for fun and their “hobby” turned into a worldwide phenomenon as their self-made YouTube videos continue to amass millions of views. Their latest self-made music video, “The Mission / How Great Thou Art” was inspired by an ambitious goal to film at all Seven Wonders of the World. The Great Wall of China was the first Wonder of the World where they shot their video for “Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends.” To date, the Utah-based classical-pop group has released three major label albums on Portrait/Sony Music Masterworks: The Piano Guys, The Piano Guys 2, and a holiday album called A Family Christmas. The members of the group include Steven Sharp Nelson, Jon Schmidt, Al Van der Beek and Paul Anderson. Their unique style has garnered rave reviews and performances on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, Katie, CBS This Morning, Fox & Friends among others.

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<![CDATA[Mamma Mia!]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2371 Mon, 05 May 2014 18:00:00 GMT A mother. A daughter. 3 possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget! Over 45 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show! Writer Catherine Johnson's sunny, funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings 3 men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, and every night everyone's having the time of their lives!

STUDENT and SENIOR Rush starting will be available 2 hours prior to show time. Tickets are $27.00, there is a one (1) ticket per person with valid ID, subject to availability.

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<![CDATA[The Nick and Knight Tour]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2364 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 20:15:00 GMT Mega boy band singer-songwriters Nick Carter from Backstreet Boys and Jordan Knight from New Kids on The Block are releasing a collaborative album titled ‘Nick & Knight.’ Nick and Jordan will bring their tour to Boston on October 8th at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre.

Plans are to release an official first single this summer, with hitmakers Jeremy Skaller, J Kash & Nate Campany, The Stereotypes, Mario Marchetti and Halatrax among others lending their talents to the ‘Nick & Knight’s’ project.

Nick Carter is the blonde haired, blue eyed, breakout star of world-renowned singing group, Backstreet Boys, one of the highest selling bands in history. An internationally acclaimed singer and songwriter, Nick has won fans over with his musical and on screen talents, as well as his undeniable heartthrob status. Starting his career as the youngest member of the Backstreet Boys at the tender age of twelve, Carter has toured the world with the group for the last 14 years. Selling over 80 million records worldwide to date, the band has earned five Grammy nominations and countless Billboard, MTV Video, American Music, RIAA, People’s Choice and other awards. In 2001 the group was labeled the highest paid live entertainers when they grossed over $350 million in ticket sales. In 1999 Backstreet solidified one of the largest record deals ever, signing a deal for $60 million with Jive. From 1992 until today, the Backstreet Boys have toured around the world several times over, released six albums and broken several records. Selling over 80 million records worldwide is an incredible accomplishment and they hold the record for selling the most albums in one week with 5 million. Carter has been ranked #1 on the list of Teen Scene Magazine’s “Hottest Under 21,” Teen People named him “The Biggest Teen Idol” in 2000, E! Online has described him as the most gorgeous celebrity on the planet and in 2000 he was voted one of People Magazines “50 Most Beautiful People.” In 2002 he released his debut solo album, Now or Never, which was certified gold. In 2004 he starred in a horror film called, The Hollow, which was a remake of the classic Sleepy Hollow. Carter is currently gearing up for the summer VH1 premiere of his new docu-series “I ‘Heart’ Nick Carter” which focuses on him and his fiancée’s path to saying ‘I Do.’

Most recognized as the lead singer of New Kids on The Block, Jordan Knight was first introduced to fans through the group’s self-titled, debut album release in 1986. As a songwriter, he wrote his first Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit song “I’ll Be Your Everything” at the age of 17 for singer Tommy Page, which remained on the charts for 14 weeks and became RIAA certified gold. After selling over 80 million albums worldwide through the release of 6 group albums, Knight broke from NKOTB to embark on a successful solo career, which produced 4 Top 40 singles. His critically acclaimed debut self-titled album release in 1999 became RIAA certified gold and produced the Billboard Top 10 single, “Give It To You” which sold over a million copies and was nominated for Best Dance Video at the MTV Video Music Awards. Much to the delight of their loyal fans, Knight and NKOTB reunited in 2007, returning to the charts once again with “The Block,” the group’s first studio album in 14 years. With the album debuting at #1 on the Billboard Pop Album chart and #2 on the overall Top 200 chart, the group promoted their new release through a sold-out, 48-city worldwide tour. In 2011, Knight released his first solo effort in 6 years with the release of his highly successful independent album “Unfinished” which coincided with a national sold-out tour. For more information on ‘Nick & Knight,’ and detailed tour schedule information, visit http://nickandknight.com.

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<![CDATA[oneMIC]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2314 Mon, 07 Apr 2014 19:00:00 GMT oneMIC - One Moment Inspiring Creativity”

Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education Department invites the Boston community to explore their creative talents on Saturday, April 26th at oneMIC - One Moment Inspiring Creativity”. As part of ArtWeek Boston, Citi Center is partnering with LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston and Community Auditions to offer guests memorable artistic experiences within one of the City’s most historic performing arts venue, the Citi Wang Theatre.

LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston activities will occur in the Wang Theatre Grand Lobby from 10AM-1PM allowing visitors a sneak peek experience before its official Somerville location opens in May. Children can build from LEGO brick pits and watch demonstrations by the new LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston Master LEGO Brick Builder Ian Coffey. A special “Boston, Built By Me” activity invites participants to create a Boston neighborhood using LEGO bricks where they will be judged by a representatives from the Boston Society of Architects and Mayor Marty Walsh's team for a chance to win a oneMIC prize pack!

From 1PM-3PM, members of the community can showcase their vocal and musical talents on the world-famous Citi Wang Stage for a chance to appear on Community Auditions’ “Star of the Day” the well-known regional produced television talent show. Celebrity judges include Magic 106.7 Morning Drive Host Candy O’Terry, Actor/Comedian/Radio Host Steve Sweeney and Citi Center CEO & President, Josiah Spaulding. Musical artists and acts should register online to ensure a scheduled performance time; day-of registration will be available on location if audition space is still available. At the conclusion of the auditions, the newly-announced host of “Star of the Day” will award five “golden ticket” winners who will participate in the final Community Auditions competition, broadcast on WCVB - Channel 5.

The free event provides guests with a special opportunity to experience the historic Citi Wang Theatre, and for some, to perform on its iconic stage. OneMIC will include other interactive activities include an Autograph Wall to sign and paparazzi photos taken by Pretty Instant Photography.

This is a free community event and is appropriate for all ages. Registration is highly encouraged but not required.

Community Auditions Sign-Up

REGISTER for your preferred audition time with Community Auditions at oneMIC. Time slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. So be sure to register early! Any participant under 18 years of age must have a release signed by a parent or guardian. Forms will be available at the event.

For more information and a schedule of ArtWeek events visit ArtweekBoston.org.

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<![CDATA[Spring ArtWeek Kick-off]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/172 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:00:00 GMT Spring ArtWeek
Spring Edition April 25 – May 4, 2014
-- A Celebration of the Arts and Culture in Boston --

Art Bingo…welding and sand casting classes …percussion performance in an ice bar…painting to live blues… a tropical interpretation of the Fort Point channel…photos and couture hair-do…open rehearsals…music, dance, theatre, public art…the Spring edition of ArtWeek brings a full array of artistic and creative experiences to Boston!

ArtWeek Boston kicks-off its second season April 25 – May 4, as more than 60 events - collaborations of more than 140 organizations and partners – involve, invigorate and ignite imaginations and interaction through 12 Boston neighborhoods, and outside the city, in Cambridge, Somerville, and Lowell. Reflecting growth of more than double the size of the inaugural ArtWeek last fall, the Spring edition offers events for all audiences, including families, sleek sophisticates, young professionals, and cognoscenti, featuring global cultural experiences from free to $50.

“During the Spring ArtWeek, audiences can experience a vast range of cultural experiences,” said Joe Spaulding, CEO and President of Citi Performing Arts Center, in announcing the schedule. “Take a Capoeira class to live music; sit in on a rare, open rehearsal at Emmanuel Music; join “Fork and Tune,” a dining experience that uses an iconic pop album as inspiration for a 7 course meal; visit an art exhibition in a shipping container at the Flash Forward Festival on the Rose Kennedy Greenway; or experience the only classical music concert in Greater Boston dedicated to Latino composers! These collaborations between the creative community and area businesses create innovative experiences, spanning multiple disciplines, to neighborhoods throughout the city."

The full schedule of Spring ArtWeek offerings is now available at artweekboston.org

ArtWeek experiences are curated to inspire and engage people in surprising ways and unexpected places. Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, ArtWeek showcases arts and cultural organizations collaborating with local businesses to create unique experiences designed to engage and involve audience members. Each ArtWeek event links with local partners to enhance the participant experience, drive neighborhood economic impact, and build awareness about the area’s creative economy.

The inaugural Fall ArtWeek featured over 2 dozen uniquely popular events like Celebrity Series of Boston’s “Play Me, I’m Yours!” street piano festival, a progressive dinner at Citi Center’s historic theatres, and a Xylograph-Your-Xylophone date night workshop. The fall initiative involved over 60 organizations and partnerships that spanned 11 different neighborhoods.

ArtWeek is designed to rapidly become a new Boston tradition as well as a model for statewide and national expansion.

In May 2013, ArtPlace America awarded a $151,368 grant to Citi Performing Arts Center in support of ArtWeek. It was chosen from over 1,200 applications nationwide as an exceptional example of creative placemaking.

ArtWeek is presented by Highland Street Foundation, produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, and supported by ArtPlace America. ArtWeek is also proud to collaborate with major media partners including WCVB-TV and MeTV, the Metro, and Greater Media (including radio stations Magic 106.7, Country 102.5, HOT 96.9. 92.9 WBOS, and WROR 105.7) and the Improper Bostonian. Other supporters include the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, FluidReview, CO Everywhere, Long Haul Films, and W Boston. Since its launch in Fall 2013, the number of Spring ArtWeek events and partnerships has doubled in size. All ArtWeek partners are passionately committed to enlivening and enriching creative communities for both residents and visitors in the City of Boston and beyond, and in continuing to build Boston and Massachusetts’ reputation as exciting places to be.

Spring ArtWeek Boston is April 25-May 4, 2014. For a full schedule and more information, visit artweekboston.org

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About Highland Street Foundation
Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $145 million to many worthy non-profit organizations. It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit Highlandstreet.org

About ArtPlace America
ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 130 grants totaling $42.1 million to 130 organizations in 90 U.S. communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut). Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors. ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley. For further information, please go to artplaceamerica.org

About Citi Performing Arts Center:
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts] is a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater community. Citi Performing Arts Center is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As guardian of historic venues—the Wang, Shubert, and Emerson Colonial theatres—Citi Performing Arts Center honors all aspects of the arts. Through numerous community outreach educational efforts, collaborations, and partnerships, Citi Performing Arts Center strives to educate and inspire greater appreciation for creativity as an essential component to the fabric of our society. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: April 4, 2014
Contacts: Kathy Rochefort | (617) 247-1299 | kathy@rochefortassociates.com

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<![CDATA[David Gray]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2302 Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:00:00 GMT David Gray returns to Boston at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre on Saturday, May 3rd at 7:30PM. John Smith opens.

Limited View seats are available for purchase in person at the Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office

David Gray has established himself as one of the UK’s leading music artists both at home and overseas. Gray’s commercial success is also backed up by a critical consensus and countless accolades. His 2009 release Draw The Line was met with critical praise and garnered the artist a series of high profile television appearances, as well as two sold out tours of the US. Foundling, Gray's 9th studio album picked up where Draw the Line left off and created a new chapter of lush, soulful songs that found the artist returning to his folk music roots. Foundling debuted at #9 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart, marking Gray's highest release position of his career and was met with critical praise by Entertainment Weekly who described it as “all warm arrangements and real emotion,” while USA Today said “ ‘A Moment Changes Everything’ is his most infectious single since 2000's ‘Babylon.’ ”

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<![CDATA[The Moth Mainstage]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2293 Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:00:00 GMT This event is sold out. Tickets available solely through WBUR's pledge drive.

The Moth Mainstage show returns to Boston on Friday, April 11, and we’re thrilled to welcome the Moth to its new larger venue, the historic Citi Shubert Theatre on Tremont Street.

The show’s theme is “Coming Home: The Moth in Boston” – and what could be better than to come home to Boston’s legendary theater district? Introduced by Radio Boston’s Anthony Brooks and Meghna Chakrabarti, the delightful Ophira Eisenberg once again joins as emcee.

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<![CDATA[Legends of Boston Comedy]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1794 Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:00:00 GMT The Legends of Boston Comedy Show comes to Boston's Citi Shubert Theatre for one very special night only on Saturday, June 14th!

This amazing lineup stars Boston comedy superstar Lenny Clarke, "The Godfather of Boston Comedy," Don Gavin, "The Funniest Man You've Never Heard Of,"Kenny Rogerson and hometown favorite Tony V.

See the comedians that ushered in the golden age of Boston comedy! Never once giving up on their love for comedy has put these 4 performers in the icon category for comedy fans of all ages. With hilarious material, impeccable stage presence, and some of the best Boston accents you’ve ever heard, the Legends of Boston Comedy Show presented by Laugh Boston will be one of this summer’s most talked about events.

ABOUT THE COMEDIANS
Lenny Clarke
"Veteran Boston stand-up comedian Lenny Clarke has an oddly calibrated act — his material and his perspective is very much in an old-school Don Rickles vein, but his attitude is very much that of a quick-witted young comic. This contrast comes wrapped in a conversational, deceptively genial delivery, with just brief moments of clowning. Clarke is also unpredictable in a very good way on stage — you don’t know where he’s going to go next. It’s never the same show twice. He’s a unique and funny performer … truly worth catching". — NYC Review

Tony V
Tony V started his stand-up comedy career in 1982 after attending several shows at Boston’s prestigious Comedy Connection. He wandered in one night, quite by accident, looking for a little stress relief from a high pressure job as a case worker at the Somerville Mental Health Center. Tony was working his way toward a Masters degree in social work having graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B. S. in Psychology. It was not long after that he took to the stage himself. Tony’s street wise humor tempered with a genuine feel for the human condition quickly propelled him to headliner status on the national comedy club circuit.

Kenny Rogerson
The Funniest Man You've Never Heard Of, KEN ROGERSON started his comedy career working the Chicago club circuit and at the famed Second City. After touring with the improvisational troupe The Comedy Rangers, Ken moved east and became a central part of the now famous and infamous exploding Boston comedy scene of the 1980's as documented in the film "When Standup Stood Out". There he honed his standup act to a fine edge "…sharp enough to cut the head off a rabbit at thirty yards."
Fresh off the Rescue Me Comedy Tour and recently completing taping the Billy Gardell Showtime Special you may also have seen him as "Kevin the Biker Fireman" on F/X's hit show "Rescue Me" starring Denis Leary or as "Pat the Cop" on ABC's "It's All Relative" with Lenny Clarke. He has also made numerous other television appearances on such shows as NBC's , "Late night with Conan O'Brien", "The Late Show with David Letterman", "Comics Come Home" for Comedy Central and Showtime's "A Pair of Jokes" just to name a few. Of the time he spends working in Los Angeles, Rogerson says "Being in L.A. is weird for me, because I grew up on Earth."

Don Gavin
Don is considered the Godfather of Boston Comedy. He was one of the original founders of the famous Ding-Ho Comedy Club in Cambridge, MA (a launching pad for some of the funniest, brightest and most original comic talent in America.) Later, Don founded Nick's Comedy Stop & was a pioneer at the Comedy Connection. Don has toured every state of the union performing in clubs, theatres, festivals, colleges & corporate events. Don has performed in over 100 countries with his work with the USO & cruise ships. Don is lightning quick & a sure fire hit wherever he performs.

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<![CDATA[Citi Center Presents Free Family Events Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/170 Tue, 04 Feb 2014 11:00:00 GMT Citi Center Presents Free Family Events Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy

Inspirational readings take place February 15 – February 22 at Local Community Centers, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and Boston Public Library

BOSTON (February 4, 2014) – Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education Department invites families to participate in empowering interactive readings of Kadir Nelson’s “I Have A Dream” picture book inspired by the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during February School Vacation Week from February 15 to February 22. The free “Interactive Readings: Stories Alive!” workshops will take place at local community centers, Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) sites and Boston Public Library branches across the city. Led by Citi Center’s Teaching Artist Toni Bee, the activities include readings of Kadir Nelson’s “I Have A Dream” with audience performance interactions, poetry workshops and take-home activities. Attendees of the readings will have an opportunity to win a copy of Kadir Nelson’s book, “I Have A Dream.”

All workshops are free and are appropriate for all ages. No registration is necessary. For more on Citi Performing Arts Center’s year-round community outreach and education programs, visit citicenter.org/education. Dates, times, and locations of events are listed below:
Saturday, February 15
Downtown Boston
Quincy's Place, Faneuil Hall Marketplace (11AM – 12PM)
Chinatown
TUFTS Floating Hospital (2PM-3PM) (patients’ families only)

Tuesday, February 18
Dorchester
Boys & Girls Club, Dorchester at Denney Center (10AM-11AM)
Boys & Girls Club, Dorchester at Marr Clubhouse (12PM-1PM)
North End
BCYF Holland (2PM – 3PM)
BCYF Nazzaro (4PM – 5PM)

Wednesday, February 19
Cambridge
Cambridge Allston Community Arts Center (10AM – 11AM)
Margaret Fuller House (11AM – 12PM)
Cambridge Public Library (2PM – 3PM)
Allston
BCYF Jackson/Mann in Allston (4PM – 5PM)

Thursday, February 20
East Boston
BCYF Paris Street (11AM – 12PM)
Chelsea
Jordan Boys & Girls Club (1PM – 2PM)
BCYF Charlestown (3PM – 4PM)

Friday, February 21
Roxbury
Boston Public Library, Dudley Branch (10AM – 11AM)
BCYF Tobin (11:30AM – 12:30PM)
Back Bay
Boston Public Library, Central at Copley Square (2PM – 3PM)
Chinatown
BCYF Quincy (4PM – 5PM)

Saturday, February 22
Downtown Boston
Dorchester Quincy’s Place, Faneuil Hall Marketplace (11AM-12PM)
Dorchester
Boston Public Library, Lower Mills Branch (1:30PM – 2:30PM)

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About Citi Performing Arts Center:
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts] is a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater community. Citi Performing Arts Center is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As guardian of historic venues—the Wang, Shubert, and Emerson Colonial theatres—Citi Performing Arts Center honors all aspects of the arts. Through numerous community outreach educational efforts, collaborations, and partnerships, Citi Performing Arts Center strives to educate and inspire greater appreciation for creativity as an essential component to the fabric of our society. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: February 4, 2014
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<![CDATA[Spring ArtWeek]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/168 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 11:00:00 GMT Spring ArtWeek
April 25 – May 4, 2014
-- Request for Proposals Now Available –
--Improper Bostonian and CO Everywhere join as ArtWeek Partners--

BOSTON (February 3, 2014) – Citi Performing Arts Center released the Request for Proposals (RFP) for Spring ArtWeek Boston, now available at ArtWeekBoston.org. ArtWeek Boston, a community initiative of the Citi Performing Arts Center in partnership with presenting sponsor Highland Street Foundation, is a biannual 10-day celebration of the arts, culture, and creative community. ArtWeek engages diverse audiences through unique, one-of-a-kind experiences that are accessible throughout the area. Spring ArtWeek is scheduled from April 25 through May 4, 2014, and features experiences from Free to $50.

ArtWeek is excited to announce that the Improper Bostonian, greater Boston’s original guide to entertainment and culture has come on board as the print magazine sponsor. In addition, CO Everywhere, an up and coming platform that connects users to all of the social happenings in any circled area, has become a social media partner. The Improper Bostonian and CO Everywhere join a growing group of ArtWeek’s sponsors and partners that provide pivotal support in making ArtWeek a success. Bridging the gap between tradition and innovation, ArtWeek’s experiences are curated to inspire and engage people in surprising ways and unexpected places. The inaugural Fall ArtWeek featured over 50 uniquely popular events like Celebrity Series of Boston’s “Play Me, I’m Yours!” street piano festival, a progressive dinner at Citi Center’s historic theatres, and a Xylograph-Your-Xylophone date night workshop. The fall initiative involved over 60 organizations and partnerships that spanned 11 different neighborhoods.

Application deadlines are February 28 (for inclusion in a print pocket guide) and March 14. Citi Performing Arts center/ArtWeek staff are available for brief coaching sessions on creative partnerships; and event submissions from outside Greater Boston will also be considered. Applications and online event rsvp links are available at ArtWeekBoston.org.

ArtWeek is presented by Highland Street Foundation, produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, and supported by ArtPlace America.  ArtWeek is also proud to collaborate with major media partners including WCVB-TV and MeTV, the Metro, the Improper Bostonian, and Greater Media (including radio stations Magic 106.7, Country 102.5, HOT 96.9. 92.9 WBOS, and WROR 105.7). Other supporters include the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, ArtsBoston, FluidReview, W Boston and CO Everywhere.  All ArtWeek partners are passionately committed to enlivening and enriching creative communities for both residents and visitors in the City of Boston, and in continuing to build Boston’s reputation as an exciting place to be.

Spring ArtWeek Boston is April 25-May 4, 2014. For a full schedule and more information, visit ArtWeekBoston.org

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About Highland Street Foundation

Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $145 million to many worthy non-profit organizations.  It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit www.highlandstreet.org

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 130 grants totaling $42.1 million to 130 organizations in 90 U.S. communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut).  Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.  ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.  ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley. For further information, please go to www.artplaceamerica.org .


About Citi Performing Arts Center

Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions.  As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience.  For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org or    www.artweekboston.org

 

 

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<![CDATA[Eddie Izzard – Force Majeure]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2233 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 21:00:00 GMT Eddie Izzard The World Tour – America 2014
3 shows at the Citi Wang Theatre, Thursday, May 8, Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10.
The man the London Sunday Times calls “The Greatest British Stand-Up Comedian of his Generation” returns to America with his World Tour “force majeure”

One of the most acclaimed comedians of his generation, Izzard’s unique, tangential, absurd, and surreal comic narratives are lauded for their creativity and wit, earning him a New York Drama Desk Award and two Emmys for Dress to Kill, two British Comedy Awards for Top Stand-Up Comedian, and an Olivier Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement.

In the U.S., Izzard is the first solo stand-up comedian to perform at the Hollywood Bowl; has sold-out three consecutive nights at Radio City Music Hall and toured arenas throughout the U.S. including a sold-out show at Madison Square Garden.

On TV, Izzard most recently guest starred in the series, Hannibal, on NBC. He starred in and served as a producer on the critically acclaimed FX Network Show, The Riches, opposite Minnie Driver, guest starred in the final season of Showtime’s United States of Tara, and his 2010 documentary, Believe: The Eddie Izzard Story, received an Emmy nomination.

His long list of film and stage credits includes Valkyrie opposite Tom Cruise, Steven Soderbergh's Ocean’s Thirteen and Ocean’s Twelve opposite George Clooney and Brad Pitt, David Mamet's Race and The Cryptogram, the title role in Marlowe's Edward II, and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg in London and on Broadway which won him a handful of awards, including a Tony nomination for Best Actor.

Eddie Izzard - the man who turned talking ‘Bollocks’ into an art form…..

“Sheer Comic Genius. His humor reflects the scattershot lunacy of Monty Python, but with flashes of Robin Williams’s manic energy and a sophisticated silliness that is entirely his own. He is the most brilliant stand-up comedian of his generation.” - The New York Times

“Hilarious! He has the acid snap of a white Richard Prior, merged with all the Monty Pythons at once.” Toronto Star

“Surreal awesomeness.” GQ - UK

"He walks onstage to the roaring tumult usually reserved for rock stars and soon has the audience busting a gut about the Spanish Inquisition and chaos theory. Such is the phenomenon of Eddie Izzard, funniest man, in, well, pretty much all of the known universe." The LA Times

“John Cleese calls him the funniest man in England and the "Lost Python." No surprise: Izzard's whimsical, sophisticated and often bizarre monologues do delve deeply into Monty-Python-like absurdity.” Toronto Star

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<![CDATA[Girls Night: The Musical]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2224 Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:00:00 GMT
PREMIUM SEATING TICKETS AVAILABLE

Girls Night: The Musical has been thrilling audiences and earning raves from critics throughout North America since it began touring after its sensational Off-Broadway debut.
This touching and hilarious 'tell-it-like-it-is' musical takes audiences on a journey into the lives of a group of female friends. Audience members can’t help but laugh, cry and even sing and dance in the aisles to some the most popular hit songs of the 80s and 90s!
Follow five friends as they re-live their past, celebrate their present, and look to the future on a wild and hilarious night out ... and you'll recognize a bit of yourselves in each one of them! It is described as “Desperate Housewives meets Mamma Mia” (Applause Magazine) and “As funny and outrageous as Sex & the City!” (The Advocate). Girls Night is packed with hits “Lady Marmalade,” “It’s Raining Men,” “Man I Feel Like A Woman,” “I Will Survive,” “We are Family” and many more!

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<![CDATA[Intelligent.ly Exchange Brings Young Managers Together at Citi Center]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/166 Tue, 14 Jan 2014 11:00:00 GMT January 14, 2014 (Boston) – A start-up based on start-ups - Intelligent.ly Exchange, a program created by dunnhumby’s Dave Balter and Smarterer’s Sarah Hodges, brings together new managers from rapidly scaling companies across Boston to develop core management skills and inspire leadership. Drawing from Boston’s ecosystem of high-growth startups, Intelligent.ly Exchange includes exceptional individuals from diverse companies, who will share unique perspectives and common challenges, learning through expert facilitation, peer collaboration, and practical application.

Intelligent.ly is partnering with the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre to host the six sessions across six months for 26 new managers. Managers will leave their offices once a month to take part in a behind-the-scenes experience crafted to spark creativity and conversation, soaking in expert presentations on stage, and joining small discussion groups in theater boxes and dressing rooms.

“We believe the arts, creativity, and business innovation are closely linked. In fact, in a 2010 global IBM study, CEOs revealed that the most valuable C-level skill was “creativity.” Our unique partnership with Intelligent.ly provides these young leaders exclusive access to inspiring spaces and opportunities for creative learning, while also introducing them to the connection between business and community leadership. We can’t wait to watch the sparks fly!” -Josiah Spaulding Jr., CEO and President, Citi Performing Arts Center

Companies participating in the first session include Dyn, HubSpot, Brand Networks, TripAdvisor, The Grommet, WordStream and host site Citi Center.

Intelligent.ly is currently accepting companies into the second Exchange session, which begins in March 2014. In addition to the Exchange program, Intelligent.ly offers weekly evening workshops that cost between $20 and $50 and are hosted at 290 Congress St. in Communispace’s building. Balter says that classes cover topics related to building and growing a startup, from product development to business strategy and marketing.*

The first session begins Tuesday, January 14, with a networking opportunity for participants, and runs through June, 2014.

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About Intelligent.ly
Intelligent.ly brings together startup team members from Boston and beyond to learn through collaboration with experts and each other. Founded in May 2012, the company has hosted hundreds of evening workshops around how to build and grow a startup, covering topics like marketing, product management, and UX. Intelligent.ly Exchange, provides a fresh approach to developing skills for new managers from high-growth companies. Visit Intelligent.ly Exchange to learn the skills you need to win, from people who’ve done it before.

About the Citi Performing Arts Center
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of award-winning and free educational and community programs; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to Citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: January 14, 2014
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center | jbanks@citicenter.org
Dana Artz | Intelligent.ly | dana@intelligent.ly

*Source: Boston Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/boston/blog/startups/2012/02/startup-intelligently-wants-to-make.html

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<![CDATA[Chelsea Handler]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2204 Tue, 07 Jan 2014 21:00:00 GMT Second Show Added!
Due to overwhelming demand, Chelsea Handler is adding a late show in Boston!
TWO SHOWS on Friday, March 7 at 7PM and 10PM.

Superstar comedian, author and talk show host, Chelsea Handler, brings her national stand-up comedy tour in support of the release of her fifth book, Uganda Be Kidding Me Live to the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on Friday, March 7 for two shows.

Perhaps best known as the outspoken host of E!’s late night talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” Handler continues to offer international audiences her fearless honesty and tongue-in-cheek commentary every weeknight. “I've decided to go on tour and support my new book, Uganda Be Kidding Me. I think we all know how much I love the sound of my own voice” said Handler.

Handler’s latest book Uganda Be Kidding Me will release on March 4th. In this hilarious and absurd collection of travel essays Chelsea delivers some of her favorite stories while also giving travelers her (not to be believed) guide to etiquette, hot spots, and answers to some of the most asked travel questions.

A leading nonfiction author, Handler had three books ranked at #1, #2, and #3 on the Bestseller Lists simultaneously on March 28th, 2010 and currently has four bestselling books in print – a remarkable feat for any author. Her upcoming Uganda Be Kidding Me, will be the third book published by her Grand Central imprint “Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book,” the first Was Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me, and the second was Ross Mathew's Man Up: Tales Of My Delusional Self-Confidence which released in May 2013. Her first book, My Horizontal Life: A Collection Of One Night Stands (Bloomsbury Publishing), sold over a million copies in more than 20 countries. Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea (Simon Spotlight), Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang (Grand Central Publishing), and her most recent Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me (Borderline Amazing/A Chelsea Handler Book) all debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List.

In 2010, Chelsea partnered with Live Nation and Belvedere Vodka for the “Chelsea Chelsea Bang Bang” comedy tour, which was extended three times, drawing more than 250,000 fans in 44 markets and grossing more than $16 million. In 2011, she brought along her friends and regulars from “Chelsea Lately” on her “Lies That Chelsea Handler Told Me” comedy tour, which sold out in the top 20 US markets.

Visit Chelsea's website for more information

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<![CDATA[Shen Yun Performing Arts]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2119 Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Brilliant. Inspiring. Glorious.

Shen Yun Performing Arts presents classical Chinese dance and music in a lavishly colorful and exhilarating show. Its masterful choreography ranges from grand imperial processions to legions of thunderous drums, with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in stunning synchronized patterns.

Spectacular visuals take you to another world, with blossoming landscapes and celestial palaces appearing on beautiful animated backdrops. Groundbreaking music seamlessly combines the best of the East and West, giving each dance an unmistakable flair.

Ancient legends of virtue and modern tales of courage are brought to life by over a dozen dances and songs, making for one extraordinary, uplifting, and unforgettable experience.

The Shen Yun Difference

Shen Yun Performing Arts brings together over a hundred of the world’s foremost classically trained dancers, choreographers, and musicians. Based in New York, Shen Yun is independent of China’s political regime. It seeks to revive and breathe new life into traditional Chinese culture while providing an experience of sublime beauty.

“Brilliant choreography… extravagantly beautiful.”
– Broadway World

“Inspired… These beautiful, gifted people are expressing something that’s both pure and good.”
– Philadelphia Weekly

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<![CDATA[Wendy Whelan - Restless Creature]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2026 Wed, 01 Jan 2014 12:00:00 GMT Following hip surgery that took place just one week after the August 2013 premiere of her Restless Creature, Wendy Whelan, in consultation with her doctors, has concluded that her body needs more time to heal and that she must postpone her spring 2014 inaugural U.S. tour of the work. The Celebrity Series of Boston performances on March 28-29, 2014 at the Citi Shubert Theatre will be cancelled and are not able to be rescheduled this season.

Whelan said, "It is with careful thought and with the support of my wellness team that I have decided to postpone the tour of my project Restless Creature, until I have made a more complete recovery from the hip surgery I had last August. I have worked diligently following my surgery to meet my deadline for being rehearsal ready, but I simply need more time to strengthen and heal. I have to honor my body's wishes. I know I will continue to make progress, and I hope to bring these wonderful new pieces of choreography to life very soon with the physicality they both deserve and require to be shown at their absolute best."

"We wish Wendy the best for a speedy recovery," says Celebrity Series President and Executive Director, Gary Dunning. "This has been a project that has been in development for more than two years and is a stunning showcase of her talent and the talents of her co-choreographers. I'm sorry that Celebrity Series audiences will not have a chance to see her new venture and see her stretch her creative boundaries at this time."

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<![CDATA[Official 2013 World Series Film Premiere Presented by Budweiser]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2163 Wed, 20 Nov 2013 21:00:00 GMT Major League Baseball Productions and the Boston Red Sox on Monday night, November 25, will host the Official 2013 World Series Film Premiere presented by Budweiser with a red carpet event at Boston’s famed Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. The Official 2013 World Series Film hits stores the following morning (Tuesday 11/26) on DVD and Blu-Ray and is also available digitally. The Official 2013 World Series Film, an annual Fall Classic tradition produced by Major League Baseball since 1943, is the definitive historical record of the event, telling the story of the Red Sox’ World Series run through comprehensive highlights, behind-the-scenes access and exclusive interviews.

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<![CDATA[Kazakhstan Gala]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2136 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 21:00:00 GMT Maestro Aidar Torybaev with Eurasian Symphony Orchestra from the Republic of Kazakhstan have embark on their first US tour and will perform at the Citi Shubert Theatre on December 5th at 8PM. Featured soloist is Ms. Aiman K. Mussakhajayeva.

Program

  • Erkegali Rahmadiyev : Dairabay
  • Niccolò Paganini: 12 Caprices orchestrated by Myroslav Skoryk
  • Intermission (20min)
  • Aram Kachaturian: Violin Concerto in D minor AIMAN MUSSAKHAJAYEVA ( violin)
  • Fritz Kreisler - Gaetano Pugnani : Preludio e allegro

Obstructed view seats available for $25.
Student/Senior Discount ticket available by phone or online.
These tickets must be picked up at the Box Office, anytime after purchase.
Patrons who purchase this offer must present a Student or Senior (65 and over) ID to pick up tickets.
PURCHASE STUDENT & SENIOR TICKETS

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<![CDATA[Bryan Adams]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/654 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 20:00:00 GMT Bryan Adams brings his highly successful acoustic concert tour to the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre on Friday, December 6.

The show at the Citi Shubert Theatre provides a rare opportunity for fans to see Adams as they've not seen him before: solo-acoustic and intimate. Here’s what the critics are saying:

"Armed only with a small array of acoustic guitars, Adams packed enthusiastic fans — sometimes a bit too enthusiastic — into the intimate Sheldon for a great night of music and insight." St. Louis Post Dispatch

"They sang along with the ever-so-familiar choruses, filled in vocal gaps he left for them, clapped the missing drum parts, hummed the missing solos, and roared their approval after every offering, right up to a long and hearty standing ovation after 'Run To You'." Toronto Star

Bryan Adams has sold over 65 million records, toured six continents and achieved #1 status in over 40 countries around the world. With hits like, "Cuts Like A Knife", "Summer of '69", "Kids Wanna Rock", "Can't Stop This Thing We've Started", "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You", "Open Road" and most recently "Thought I'd Seen Everything", Adams’ status as one of the great songwriters of our time has been solidified.

Visit the official Bryan Adams site to learn more about the tour.

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Brings Interactive Arts to Dudley Square]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/161 Mon, 14 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT Interactive Arts Festival returns November 2 to Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library

BOSTON (October 11, 2013) – Citi Performing Arts Center invites students and families to participate in a free arts festival including workshops and performances from local artists on Saturday, November 2, from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. This community-based festival, sponsored in part by the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund, will include roving entertainment, library scavenger hunts, face painting, performances by the Citi Performing Arts Teen Council and artist-led workshops in poetry, dance, theater enjoyable for all ages.

Featured artists at the November 2 event will include Citi Center’s 2012-13 Community Artist Fellow Toni Bee, who will conduct poetry workshops, and award winning actress and musician Valerie Stephens, who will conduct a storytelling workshop, plus many more. “We hope this family festival crosses generations in highlighting various aspects of performance arts and bridges cultures and communities through shared creative experiences” said Citi Center Education Director, Corey Evans.

All workshops are free and appropriate for all ages. To RSVP for this year’s festival, please call Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education Department at 617-532-1256 or email eintern@citicenter.org. For more on Citi Performing Arts Center’s year-round community outreach and education programs, visit citicenter.org.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center:
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts] is a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater community. Citi Performing Arts Center is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As guardian of historic venues—the Wang, Shubert, and Emerson Colonial theatres—Citi Performing Arts Center honors all aspects of the arts. Through numerous community outreach educational efforts, collaborations, and partnerships, Citi Performing Arts Center strives to educate and inspire greater appreciation for creativity as an essential component to the fabric of our society. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: October 14, 2013
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<![CDATA[Douglas Burbo named Senior Director of Institutional Advancement]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/160 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 10:00:00 GMT BOSTON (October 7, 2013) – Citi Performing Arts Center announces the appointment of Douglas Burbo as the Senior Director of Institutional Advancement. With over 20 years of sales, business development, and fundraising experience in the for profit and non-profit sectors, Burbo will lead the organization’s fundraising efforts in building new corporate, individual, and institutional sources of philanthropic support for Citi Performing Arts Center’s nonprofit mission.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to grow Citi Performing Arts Center’s base of support for the outstanding work it does both on stage and off stage. As a locally and nationally recognized nonprofit with three iconic buildings including the Citi Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, I am eager to introduce more people in the community to the important work of the Center” said Doug, Senior Director of Institutional Advancement.

"Doug’s experience will be a tremendous asset to Citi Performing Arts Center in expanding support for community programs like our signature City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program, a unique summer employment program for urban teens, and our new ArtWeek Boston initiative, as well as for the critical preservation of our historic theatres," said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO.

Doug joins the management team with more than 20 years of combined experience in management, business development, sales and marketing, and non-profit fundraising in domestic and international environments. Prior to joining Citi Center, Doug served for ten years at the Museum of Science Boston, overseeing corporate development activities. While at the museum, Doug focused on corporate membership, the Museum’s capital campaign, and creating and implementing a dynamic corporate sponsorship program that dramatically increased revenues and enhanced the Museum’s partnerships with the business sector and community leaders. Doug has also served as the Director of Business Development at Trilogy Inc., and Director of National and Local Advertising Sales at the Boston Business Journal.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center:
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts] is a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater community. Citi Performing Arts Center is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As guardian of historic venues—the Wang, Shubert, and Emerson Colonial theatres—Citi Performing Arts Center honors all aspects of the arts. Through numerous community outreach educational efforts, collaborations, and partnerships, Citi Performing Arts Center strives to educate and inspire greater appreciation for creativity as an essential component to the fabric of our society. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: October 7, 2013
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<![CDATA[50 Shades! The Musical - The Original Parody]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2070 Mon, 23 Sep 2013 19:00:00 GMT “50 Shades! is a very good laugh and is impossible to resist!" - The Chicago Tribune

Student/Senior tickets now available at the Citi Center Box Office only. Two (2) tickets limit per ID. Price is $22.50 per ticket.

50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL, the hilarious parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon, will play the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre on November 7th & 8th. A sexy, hysterical musical romp, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL is a laugh out loud night of fun that you won’t want to miss!

A resounding hit in Chicago and New York, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 50 SHADES! THE MUSICAL opens with a ladies book club deciding to read Fifty Shades of Grey. Through their interpretation of the novel, the audience is led on an uproarious roller coaster ride of this unlikely bestseller. The show is full of dance numbers and original songs delivered by an outrageous cast with a live, on-stage band.

Experience the show that had sold-out audiences in Boston, New York and Chicago screaming for more!

Official Website - 50shadesmusical.com

50 Shades! The Musical is not associated with, endorsed or authorized by E.L. James or Vintage Books.

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<![CDATA[ArtWeek Boston Debuts September 27 – October 6 A Celebration of the Arts in Boston]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/163 Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:00:00 GMT Pop-up theatre performance…authentic Spanish opera,…a tech jam by geeks with a beat…open artist studios…pianos across the city…digital finger painting…master classes…story hours…exclusive backstage tours…Indian music and dance…dinners and drinks…these are just a handful of the creative experiences happening in the area during ArtWeek Boston.  The full schedule of offerings is now available at artweekboston.org

ArtWeek Boston, a celebration of the arts in Boston, kicks-off its first season September 27 – October 6.  The new initiative, presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, showcases arts and cultural organizations collaborating with local businesses to create unique experiences designed to engage and involve audience members.

Loosely based on Restaurant Week, ArtWeek is a collection of curated events/experiences that highlight the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and entertainment in Boston. Each ArtWeek event links with local partners to enhance the participant experience, drive neighborhood economic impact, and build awareness about the area’s creative economy. ArtWeek is designed to rapidly become a new Boston tradition as well as a model for statewide and national expansion.

During the inaugural Fall ArtWeek, audiences can experience “The Magic of Mozart,” a free family day with Boston Lyric Opera, Zoo New England and Handel & Haydn Society at the Boston Public Library; pop-up theatre performances by Fiddlehead Theatre at Restaurant Laura in Dorchester; or the “Play Me, I’m Yours” festival, a free, week-long interactive piano extravaganza happening throughout Boston’s neighborhoods hosted by the Celebrity Series of Boston. These creative experiences and more will span disciplines and represent a broad range of arts organizations with many events free to the public.

In announcing the full schedule, Joe Spaulding, CEO and President of Citi Performing Arts Center, said, “We live in an immensely diverse, creative community! The dozens of collaborations between the creative community and area businesses are unique, exciting, and varied; they will involve and introduce the public to new companies, artists, and neighborhoods."

 

 

In May 2013, ArtPlace America awarded a $151,368 grant to Citi Performing Arts Center in support of ArtWeek.   It was chosen from over 1,200 applications nationwide as an exceptional example of creative placemaking.

ArtWeek is presented by Highland Street Foundation, produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, and supported by ArtPlace America.  ArtWeek is also proud to collaborate with major media partners including WCVB-TV and MeTV, the Metro, and Greater Media (including radio stations Magic 106.7, Country 102.5, HOT 96.9. 92.9 WBOS, and WROR 105.7). Other supporters include the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism, and W Boston.  All ArtWeek partners are passionately committed to enlivening and enriching creative communities for both residents and visitors in the City of Boston, and in continuing to build Boston’s reputation as an exciting place to be.

ArtWeek Boston is September 27-October 6, 2013 and April 25-May 4, 2014. For a full schedule and more information, visit www.artweekboston.org

 

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About Highland Street Foundation

Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $145 million to many worthy non-profit organizations.  It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit www.highlandstreet.org

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 130 grants totaling $42.1 million to 130 organizations in 90 U.S. communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut).  Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.  ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.  ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley. For further information, please go to www.artplaceamerica.org .


About Citi Performing Arts Center

Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions.  As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience.  For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org or    www.artweekboston.org

 

 

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<![CDATA[Mark Morris Dance Group]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2025 Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:00:00 GMT Celebrity Series of Boston co-commissioned this fully-staged production of Mozart’s arrangement of Handel’s opera, Acis and Galatea, by director and choreographer Mark Morris.

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<![CDATA[Paul Taylor Dance Company]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2036 Sun, 25 Aug 2013 20:00:00 GMT An icon of American dance returns to Boston to perform the Boston premiere of Perpetual Dawn (2013), Private Domain (1969) and Black Tuesday (2001). The Paul Taylor Dance Company, established in 1954, is one of the world's most highly respected and sought-after modern dance ensembles.

“Paul Taylor is without question the greatest living American choreographer.”San Francisco Chronicle

“The Paul Taylor Dance Company, led by a wizard, shows monumental taste in everything it does.”The Montreal Gazette

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<![CDATA[Voca People]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2014 Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:10:00 GMT YOU WON’T BELIEVE YOUR EARS!!!

VOCA PEOPLE is a dynamic, intergalactic musical theater experience that bridges languages, cultures…and planets and they will be at the Cit Shubert Theatre for three shows on October 25 & 26!

VOCA PEOPLE stars 8 “Vocal Acrobats” who are literally out-of-this-world, and features “Chaplin-esque” physical comedy, enchanting a cappella harmonies, the art of Beat Box, and more. This purely vocal performance that's great for all ages will send you into orbit and leave you grinning ear-to-ear!

What began as an overnight YouTube sensation is a now world-renowned show that has dazzled audiences in over 20 countries around the globe since 2009, from South America, to the USA, Canada, Europe and the Middle East.

Hailed as “The coolest show EVER!” by Late Night’s Jimmy Fallon, this interactive musical event played for over a year on Off-Broadway and is New York City's 2012 winner of the Lortel award for "Theatrical Experience," a prize first claimed by the Blue Man Group.

The Voca People have just completed their first major US tour of over 30 cities nationwide in April 2013, with another major US tour in Spring and Fall of 2014.

Featuring over 70 songs from Mozart to Madonna to Run DMC, and more:
NO INSTRUMENTS, NO SOUND TRICKS.
ONLY STUNNING VOCAL TALENT!

Don’t miss out! See it live and hear for yourself what the buzz is about!

voca-people.com

See what Voca People are all about!

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<![CDATA[Cyndi Lauper]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2011 Tue, 20 Aug 2013 19:00:00 GMT For the past 30 years, Cyndi Lauper has been dazzling—and surprising—her fans all over the world. A multi-talented artist and one of music’s most beloved icons, she has racked up global record sales of over 50 million (and 14 Grammy nominations) and has won countless awards, from a Grammy and an Emmy to numerous honors for her tireless activism. Don't miss her when she performs at the Citi Wang Theatre on Saturday, October 19 at 8PM. Hunter Valentine will open the show.

Join us for an 80s themed night starting at the Emerald Lounge with Lauren Beckham Falcone from The Loren & Wally Morning Show on 105.7 WROR, where you will be treated to one Cyndi inspired cocktail and James Joseph Salon, Boston's most award winning salon and winner of 2013 Best Salon by the Improper Bostonian, will create 80's hairstyles (braid, bun, or ponytail) for guests to help prepare you for the show. The Package prices includes one Orchestra or Balcony seat to the show, a pre-show cocktail at the Emerald Lounge, 80's hairstyle by James Joseph Salon and parking at the 200 Stuart St. garage, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Valid on October 19, 2013 only.

Cyndi Lauper Emerald Lounge 80s Hairbar Package #1
Each Package costs $82.00 (all gratuities and taxes are factored in - additional service charges and handling fees may apply if you order via the web or telephone) and includes:

  • One (1) 2nd Price Seat (Orchestra regularly-priced at $65) for Cyndi Lauper at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre
  • A pre-show Cyndi inspired cocktail at the Emerald Lounge on the night of the show
  • 80s Hairbar: Boston salon James Joseph will create 80's hairstyles (braid, bun, or ponytail) for guests to help prepare you for the show
  • Parking at the 200 Stuart St. Garage for 10/19/2013 only

Get the Cyndi Lauper Emerald Lounge 80s Hairbar Package #1 HERE

Cyndi Lauper Emerald Lounge 80s Hairbar Package #2
Each Package costs $62.00 (all gratuities and taxes are factored in - additional service charges and handling fees may apply if you order via the web or telephone) and includes:

  • One (1) 3rd Price Seat (Balcony regularly-priced at $45) for Cyndi Lauper at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre
  • A pre-show Cyndi inspired cocktail at the Emerald Lounge on the night of the show
  • 80s Hairbar: Boston salon James Joseph will create 80's hairstyles (braid, bun, or ponytail) for guests to help prepare you for the show.
  • Parking at the 200 Stuart St. Garage for 10/19/2013 (night of the show) only

Get the Cyndi Lauper Emerald Lounge 80s Hairbar Package #2 HERE



This year brings another series of spectacular firsts for Cyndi, as well as a celebration of her three decades in the music industry. To her lengthy list of accomplishments, she can now add Broadway composer, Tony Award winner, star of her own TV show, and author.

This summer, Cyndi embarked on the She's So Unusual Tour to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of her iconic debut album of the same name which spawned four Top-5 hits on the Billboard 100 (Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Time After Time, She Bop and All Through the Night).

She will play the album in its entirety as part of the show each night to honor and thank her legion of fans that have stood by her since the beginning.

Cyndi, who won great acclaim with her 2006 stage debut as Jenny in The Threepenny Opera, has written the music and lyrics for the much-anticipated Broadway adaptation of the British film Kinky Boots. The show won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Best Leading Man and Best Score. Cyndi became the first solo woman ever to win the Tony for Best Score.

The new musical, which opened on The Great White Way in April brings together a powerhouse team: Cyndi, legendary producers Daryl Roth and Hal Luftig, four-time Tony® Award-winner Harvey Fierstein (who wrote the book) and venerable director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell.

“Kinky Boots is the kind of joyous, inspirational musical that we love and are excited to share with audiences,” say Roth and Luftig. Inspired by a true story, it’s the tale of one Charlie Price, who is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England following the sudden death of his father. Help arrives from the unlikeliest angel—a charismatic drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalize the ailing business and help one another grow into the men their fathers dreamed they would become. In the process—and buoyed by Cyndi’s unforgettable score of instant classics, from lively comic tunes to bring-down-the-house stunners—they transform an entire community through the power of acceptance. It’s a message that could not be more timely.

Looking to the near future, Cyndi will once again turn back to her first love - music. For now, she’s mum on the details of her next album and tour, but one thing is for sure: it’s yet another invigorating challenge for this ever-changing artist—a woman who is never afraid to push herself creatively, and take her many fans along for the ride. For more information about Cyndi, please visit her website at: www.cyndilauper.com.

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<![CDATA[Gordon Lightfoot]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1993 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 20:00:00 GMT Folk-rock legend Gordon Lightfoot brings his 50 Years on the Carefree Highway tour to the Citi Shubert Theatre on November 7th.

Lightfoot has recorded 20 albums and has five Grammy nominations. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June 2012.

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<![CDATA[Citi Center welcomes Highland Street Foundation as the Title Sponsor for ArtWeek Boston]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/156 Thu, 15 Aug 2013 10:00:00 GMT

PRESS RELEASE

Release Date:     August 14, 2013
Contact:                Kathy Rochefort, Rochefort & Associates

(617) 247-1299 | kathy@rochefortassociates.com

 

Citi Center welcomes Highland Street Foundation as the

Title Sponsor for ArtWeek Boston

BOSTON (August 14, 2013) - Citi Performing Arts Center is pleased to announce that Highland Street Foundation will be the title sponsor of ArtWeek Boston, a new initiative set to launch in September of 2013.  Highland Street Foundation has a strong interest in providing educational and enriching experiences for families and children, across Massachusetts. The foundation views ArtWeek as a unique opportunity to expand its commitment to the arts while increasing accessibility to a broad and diverse range of audiences.

ArtWeek Boston, loosely based on Restaurant Week, is a collection of curated events/experiences throughout the city that highlights the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and entertainment in Boston. Each ArtWeek event links with local partners to enhance the customer experience, drive neighborhood economic impact, and build awareness about the area’s creative economy. ArtWeek is designed to rapidly become a new Boston tradition as well as a model for statewide and national expansion.

During the Fall ArtWeek, audiences can experience a “Magic of Mozart” free family day with Boston Lyric Opera, Zoo New England and Handel and Haydn at the Boston Public Library, pop-up theatre performances by Fiddlehead Theatre in Dorchester, or the “Play Me, I’m Yours” festival hosted by the Celebrity Series of Boston, a free, week-long interactive piano extravaganza happening throughout Boston’s neighborhoods. These creative experiences and more will span across disciplines and represent a broad range of arts organizations with many events free to the public.

Joe Spaulding, CEO and President of Citi Performing Arts Center, says, “Partnering with Highland Street Foundation to launch a concept like ArtWeek is extremely exciting as we work together to highlight the amazing array of creative experiences available within our communities.  The growth and success of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays during the summer months is something we hope to mirror as ArtWeek expands.” 

The Highland Street Foundation focuses its efforts on providing access and opportunities in the area of education, housing, mentorship, health care, environment and the arts. Blake Jordan, Executive Director of Highland Street stated that “ArtWeek Boston is an innovative initiative that will help spotlight the rich cultural offerings within our community.  We are excited about the opportunity to attract those who don’t normally engage in these types of experiences, particularly children and families. We’ve had great success bringing in new audiences to museums through our Free Fun Fridays program and we look forward to similar results with ArtWeek.”

In May 2013, ArtPlace America awarded a $151,368 grant to the Citi Performing Arts Center in support of ArtWeek.   It was chosen from over 1,200 applications nationwide as an exceptional example of creative placemaking.

The first ArtWeek is scheduled for September 27-October 6, 2013. For more information, visit www.artweekboston.org.

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About Highland Street Foundation

Since its establishment in 1989, the Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $145 million to many worthy non-profit organizations.  It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, please visit www.highlandstreet.org.

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 130 grants totaling $42.1 million to 130 organizations in 90 U.S. communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut).  Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors.  ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.  ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley. For further information, please go to www.artplaceamerica.org .


About Citi Performing Arts Center

Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes the Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions.  As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience.  For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org or www.artweekboston.org

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<![CDATA[Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses - Second Quest]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1992 Mon, 12 Aug 2013 23:00:00 GMT The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returns to the Citi Wang Theatre with 'Second Quest,’ on Saturday, November 2.

Journey back to the land of Hyrule with Second Quest, the next chapter in the acclaimed world tour, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses, featuring new music and visuals from highly requested titles Skyward Sword, Spirit Tracks, and Link's Awakening, while preserving perennial classics Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, and A Link to the Past in the groundbreaking four-movement symphony that took the world by storm in Goddesses' first season. With over a half-hour of new content, Second Quest is not only a feast for the eyes and ears, but the definitive Zelda experience, a magical event you won't want to miss!

VIP Premium Ticket Package Available*
Each PACKAGE costs $150.00 and includes:

  • One (1) Premium Top Price Ticket within the first 10 rows of the theatre
  • One (1) Numbered, Limited-Edition Tour Poster, autographed by the show’s creators
  • One (1) Official “The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses” Tour T-Shirt
  • Get the VIP Premium Ticket Package HERE

Wheelchair Accessible VIP Premium Ticket Package Available*
There are a limited amount of wheelchair accessible seats available for the VIP package. 1st seat only is Wheelchair Accessible; up to 3 additional companion seats are available at the time of purchase.
Get the Wheelchair Accessible VIP Premium Ticket Package HERE

*Please note you will be contacted via e-mail a few days prior to the actual show date with additional details concerning your VIP package. Information will be sent to the e-mail address provided at the time of purchase.
All packages are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable; No Refunds will be given under any circumstances except in the case of show cancellation. No Name changes will be permitted under any circumstances. Offer subject to availability; seating is limited. Service fees and handling charges apply to internet and phone orders only and are separate from the ticket price. There are no additional fees when you purchase in person at the Citi Performing Arts Center box office.
All ticket prices include a $3.75 Facility Fee

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<![CDATA[Chris Cornell]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1994 Sat, 10 Aug 2013 01:45:00 GMT Obstructed View seating available. Inquire in person only at the Citi Performing Arts Center box office.

Chris Cornell will bring his Fall tour to the Citi Shubert Theatre on Friday, November 15. He is playing a series of intimate shows highlighting songs he has written throughout his illustrious career. This is the first time US fans will hear acoustic arrangements of songs from 2012's critically-acclaimed King Animal, Soundgarden’s first new studio album in over 16 years. American/Sri Lankan folk artist, Bhi Bhiman, will support Cornell on tour.

2011's first ever Songbook Tour sold out in minutes, and included performances at esteemed venues and festivals around the world including Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Sydney Opera House in Australia.

This year also marks the launch of The Chris and Vicky Cornell Foundation, which gives aid to the most vulnerable children. One dollar of every ticket sold on the tour will be donated to the Foundation, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit ChildHaven’s Creative Music Therapy Program Expansion. Visit http://www.childhaven.org/ for more information on the ChildHaven and the program.

Praise for Chris Cornell’s Songbook performances:
“This was a show that gathered its power from humility, a good surprise from a man of Mr. Cornell’s skill set.” – New York Times "Sometimes you don't recognize the full power of a voice until you strip everything away from it. Such was the case with Chris Cornell's drop dead great show at Town Hall last night....the approach served to reveal both the full force, and the utter control, of his singing. It made it clear, at last, just how much skill he brings to his vocals, as well as how rare his timbre remains." - New York Daily News "The two-hour, nearly two-dozen-song performance was a master class in the fine art of solo performance....he wove tender folk-tinged ballads, hard-rock torch songs, and soaring anthems into a cohesive whole, telling a few tales in between, "Storytellers''-style." - Boston Globe "Chris Cornell is a touchstone for an entire generation of music fans. The rocker turned in a show befitting his status at a capacity House of Blues on Sunday night, rewarding fans and providing a new look at some beloved tunes." - Dallas Morning News

Chris Cornell has the ability to connect with listeners like few others of our time. He has maintained his own unique identity over more than two decades as a singer, songwriter, and lyricist, and has contributed to the catalogs of celebrated rock bands Soundgarden, Audioslave and Temple of The Dog. As a solo artist, Chris has contributed original songs to multiple movie soundtracks, including the 2013 summer blockbuster Man of Steel, and became the first American male singer to write and perform the theme song for the James Bond franchise in Casino Royale. He was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his original song, “The Keeper” written for the film Machine Gun Preacher and wrote the song “Live to Rise” performed by Soundgarden in the mega-hit Disney film The Avengers. Cornell also had the honor of performing at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors Gala, and at the 2013 Obama Presidential Inaugural Ball.

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<![CDATA[Brian Wilson & Jeff Beck]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1985 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 23:00:00 GMT Legendary music icons and Grammy® Award winners, Brian Wilson (Co-founder Beach Boys) and Jeff Beck (Yardbirds) head out on the road for a co-headlining North American tour. Two of the music industry's most celebrated entertainers will headline the Citi Wang Theatre on October 9th. Wilson’s former band mates Al Jardine & David Marks will join Wilson and Beck.

Beck recently joined Wilson in the studio as a guest on Wilson's upcoming album on Capitol Records. “Jeff is one of the most amazing guitarists I’ve ever worked with and his vibe is inspiring,” says Wilson. “I feel having Jeff Beck co-headline with me is a cool and exciting addition. We’ve got some new tunes we want to try out on a live crowd as well as doing some great music from our catalogues.”

Wilson is one of popular music's most deeply revered figures, the creative force behind some of the most cherished recordings in rock history. Indeed, it is no exaggeration to call Brian Wilson one of the most influential composers of the last century. Wilson was barely out of his teens when he co-created some of the most beloved records ever... nine consecutive gold albums that featured such classics as "Surfer Girl," “In My Room,” “I Get Around,” “Don’t Worry Baby,” "Fun, Fun, Fun," “Help Me, Rhonda” and "California Girls"...just to name a handful of the more than two dozen Top 40 hits Wilson co-wrote, arranged, produced and performed with The Beach Boys.

Known as one of the most influential lead guitarists in rock, Beck was ranked among the top 5 guitarists in Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” He has earned wide critical praise and received the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance six times and Best Pop Instrumental Performance once. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice; as a member of the Yardbirds (1992) and as a solo artist (2009).

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<![CDATA[Anything We Want: Fiona Apple & Blake Mills]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1963 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:00:00 GMT This fall, in a collaborative performance, Fiona Apple and Blake Mills will embark on a 12 date, North American tour. Their “Anything We Want: An Evening With Fiona Apple & Blake Mills” tour will stop at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston, MA on October 23.

While the dates for the run have already been finalized, the show itself is still in development. The artists, however, were persuaded to share a few of the details:
1) "We were sent an assignment to write three or four sentences."
2)"These sentences should communicate that we, Fiona Apple & Blake Mills (that's us), are doing a little tour as a duo."
3)"We know it'll be something special, and we aren't being coy here -- it's just that we have about 26% of an idea of what the f*ck we will be playing for you."
4)"It was our understanding that the 4th sentence was optional, but here is something that is true: the uncertainty excites us."

The tour will featuring songs from their respective catalogues as well as some original yet to be released material. For more information on the tour visit www.anythingwewant.us.

Fiona Apple made her debut at age 19 with 1996’s Tidal, which is certified triple Platinum and includes the GRAMMY®-winning single “Criminal.” 1999’s When the Pawn… was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “the work of an original” and 2005’s Extraordinary Machine was named the top album of the year by The New York Times. Her latest release, The Idler Wheel…, entered the Billboard 200 at No. 3, becoming the Epic Records recording artist’s highest-charting album yet. SPIN pronounced “Every Single Night,” the album’s first single, “a revelation,” Rolling Stone named “Hot Knife” one of the “50 Best Songs of 2012” and Pitchfork named The Idler Wheel… one of the “5 best records of 2012.” The video for “Hot Knife,” directed by filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson, can be seen at here.

Blake Mills has one of the most diverse careers in music today. As a collaborator with Fiona Apple, Mills served as both opening act and guitarist throughout The Idler Wheel… tour. He released his first solo album, the self-produced Break Mirrors, to much acclaim, following his tenure with his first group, the esteemed Simon Dawes (now well known simply as Dawes). Recognized as one of the industry’s most creative and in demand musicians, Mills has worked with a wide array of artists, from Julian Casablancas, Lucinda Williams, and Jackson Browne to Band of Horses and Cass McCombs; as a producer he’s helmed sessions for Conor Oberst, Billy Gibbons, Sara Watkins, Sky Ferreira and Jesca Hoop. Currently, Mills is readying his second record, a still untitled full-length album set for release in early 2014 on Verve Records/Record Collection.

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<![CDATA[John Legend]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1962 Mon, 29 Jul 2013 20:00:00 GMT John Legend brings his Made to Love Tour to Boston on October 22nd. R&B songstress Tamar Braxton will open.

Love in the Future is the upcoming fourth studio album by American R&B and soul singer-songwriter John Legend. The album is scheduled to be released on September 3, 2013. The album, executive produced by Legend, Kanye West and Dave Tozer, features guest appearances from Rick Ross, Stacy Barthe and Seal. Legend has won nine Grammy Awards as well as the Starlight Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE
Purchase a VIP Ticket Package for John Legend at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre.
JE T'AIME VIP Ticket Package*
Each JE T'AIME VIP Ticket Package costs $535.00 with no additional charges. It includes:

  • 1 (ONE) Front Row Ticket
  • Meet and Greet with John Legend
  • Individual Photo with John Legend
  • Access to Pre-show Sound Check/Rehearsal
  • Pre-show Drinks and Snacks
  • Crowd-free Merchandise Shopping (where available)
  • One (1) Exclusive Merchandise Item
  • Collectible laminate to remember your evening
  • On-site check-in staff
  • Get the JE T'AIME VIP Ticket Package HERE

TI AMO VIP Ticket Package*
Each TI AMO Package costs $435.00 with no additional charges. It includes:

  • 1 (ONE) One (1) Premium Top Price Ticket
  • VIP Entrance
  • Access to Pre-show Sound Check/Rehearsal
  • Pre-show Drinks and Snacks
  • Crowd-free Merchandise Shopping (where available)
  • One (1) Exclusive Merchandise Item
  • Collectible laminate to remember your evening
  • On-site check-in staff
  • Get the TI AMO HERE

VIP SILVER Ticket Package*
Each SILVER Ticket Package costs $180.00 with no additional charges. It includes:

  • 1 (ONE) Premium 2nd Price Level Ticket
  • Exclusive merchandise item
  • Collectible laminate to remember your evening
  • Get the SILVER Ticket Package HERE

*JE T'AIME and TI AMO VIP Ticket Packages are Will-Call Only. The original purchaser and all members of the party must be in attendance at the time of pick-up and enter the venue together. A valid ID is required. Please note the sound check will take place prior to the show, so please plan on early arrival to the venue.
You will be contacted via e-mail a few days prior to the actual show date with additional details concerning your VIP package. Information will be sent to the e-mail address provided at the time of purchase.
All packages are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable; No Refunds will be given under any circumstances except in the case of show cancellation. No Name changes will be permitted under any circumstances.
VIP merchandise will be shipped directly to each package purchaser at the address provided at the time of purchase; delivery may occur after event date. Please allow a minimum of 30 days after the event to receive your package. Merchandise is not needed for entry into the show; the VIP laminate does not gain or authorize access into the venue or any backstage areas. It is for commemorative purposes only.
Packages are open to U.S and Canadian Addresses Only.
If you have questions regarding your purchase, please contact SLO VIP Guest Services team by phone or email: (888) SLO-4TIX / slocustomerservice@slotix.com
All ticket prices include a $3.75 Facility Fee and $1.00 Artist Charity Fee.

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<![CDATA[An Evening with Bob & David (and Posehn)]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1944 Mon, 22 Jul 2013 20:00:00 GMT Obstructed View seating available. Inquire in person only at the Citi Performing Arts Center box office.

David Cross and Bob Odenkirk have announced the upcoming September 10 release of their new book, entitled HOLLYWOOD SAID NO! Orphaned Film Scripts, Bastard Scenes, and Abandoned Darlings from the Creators of Mr. Show. In support of the book, the Emmy Award-winning creators and stars of Mr. Show with Bob and David will embark on a multi-city book-signing tour, as well as their first official stand-up comedy shows together since their sold-out national tour in 2002. They arrive at the Shubert Theatre on Friday, September 13th.

Written with friend and fellow Mr. Show alum, Brian Posehn, HOLLYWOOD SAID NO! is a collection of never-before-seen scripts, including full-length scripts for Bob and David Make a Movie (fleshed out with brand-new storyboards by acclaimed artist Mike Mitchell) and the satire, Hooray For America! The book also includes a section of "constructive" notes written by a "studio executive,” a bonus section of orphaned sketch ideas from the Mr. Show days and beyond, as well as a section of reminiscences from Bob and David to add context and back story on what went right and what went wrong. For the first time ever, fans can take a peek at the scripts that didn't get the green light from Hollywood and ponder a world we can only dream about.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Bob Odenkirk and David Cross created, wrote and starred in the highly influential, Emmy-nominated sketch program, Mr. Show, which aired for four seasons on HBO from 1995 to 1998. Bob Odenkirk is an actor, writer, film director and comedian who has contributed writing and performing to: Saturday Night Live, The Ben Stiller Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David, Tenacious D, Tim and Eric Awesome Show, and many other cutting-edge comedy programs. He has also contributed to The New Yorker and monthly to Vice magazine. As an actor he is currently starring on the Emmy® Award-winning show Breaking Bad and is appearing in Alexander Payne's fall feature Nebraska. He is executive producing and writing (and sometimes appearing in) the new IFC channel sketch comedy show; The Birthday Boys!

David Cross is an Emmy® Award winner for his work on The Ben Stiller Show. He can currently be seen reprising his role as ‘Dr. Tobias Fünke’ on the fourth season of Arrested Development, which was released in May on Netflix. He co-created the sketch comedy show, Mr. Show with Bob and David, with Bob Odenkirk, receiving Emmy® Award nominations for both Writing and Music & Lyrics, and was a writer and contributor for Tenacious D, as well as creator, writer, producer and star of IFC’s The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret. He has appeared in such films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Year One and Men in Black. Cross has released three comedy albums, earning a 2004 Grammy Award nomination for Best Comedy Album for Shut Up You Fucking Baby. In 2009 he released the book, I Drink for a Reason, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller.]]> CitiCenter_Shows_1944 <![CDATA[2CELLOS]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1916 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:00:00 GMT “…Go and see them live, because it really is astonishing! I can’t remember seeing anything as exciting as them since I saw Jimmy Hendrix live back in the 60’s…” Elton John

Young Croatian cellists Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser, known as 2CELLOS, achieved sensational success by taking the cello to a new level and breaking the boundaries between different genres of music don't miss them on their Boston stop at the Citi Shubert Theatre on October 16 with special guests A Great Big World.

Emerald Lounge/Parking Package*
Each Package costs $62.00 (all gratuities and taxes are factored in - additional service charges and handling fees may apply if you order via the web or telephone) and includes:

  • One (1) Top Price Seat (Orchestra or Mezzanine regularly-priced at $49.75) for 2CELLOS at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre
  • A pre- or post-show cocktail at the Emerald Lounge on the night of the show
  • Parking at the 200 Stuart St. Garage

Get the 2CELLOS Emerald Lounge/Parking Package HERE

2CELLOS Emerald Lounge/Uber Package*
Each Package costs $59.50 (all gratuities and taxes are factored in - additional service charges and handling fees may apply if you order via the web or telephone) and includes:

  • One (1) Top Price Seat (Orchestra or Mezzanine regularly-priced at $49.75) for 2CELLOS at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre
  • A pre- or post-show cocktail at the Emerald Lounge on the night of the show
  • A ride to the Emerald Lounge by Uber ($25 value), inclusive of tax and gratuity. New to Uber? Sign up at www.uber.com and get an additional $25 towards your first ride!

Emerald Lounge/Uber Package more info HERE

Their unique cello version of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” took the world by storm. Within only a week, this YouTube video became a huge viral sensation leading to a record deal with Sony Masterworks and an invitation to join Elton John on his worldwide tour.

Since then, the duo has appeared on major TV shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show (multiple times), Lopez Tonight, TV Total with Stefan Raab and many others.

2CELLOS were also the first instrumental act to ever perform on the hugely popular TV series GLEE, where they appeared as special guests in the Michael Jackson tribute episode, performing “Smooth Criminal”. The 2CELLOS’ arrangement of the song, which featured Naya Rivera, debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Digital Songs Chart and landed the 2CELLOS’ debut album in the Top 100.

Sulic and Hauser have played the cello since childhood; Sulic graduated from the acclaimed Royal Academy of Music in London, and Hauser from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, both in 2011. Individually they have won prestigious prizes and awards, and have performed worldwide at renowned concert venues.

Luka and Stjepan’s successes extends far beyond YouTube and their fan base continues to grow around the world. 2CELLOS recently performed with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and are releasing their second album IN2ITION in January 2013. The album was produced by the legendary Bob Ezrin (Pink Floyd, Alice Cooper, Kiss, Deep Purple) and features an eclectic group of vocal and instrumental guests including Elton John, Steve Vai, Lang Lang, Naya Rivera and Zucherro.

Check out the 2CELLOS Facebook page - Facebook.com/2CELLOS

A Great Big World are Ian and Chad who first became friends while enrolled at NYU and studying the music business. At first, Chad encouraged Ian to start singing and actually became his manager, but they soon realized they were kindred spirits creatively, forging a musical partnership. As they developed a devout New York and online following it opened the door to much bigger things to come.

Check out A Great Big World's Facebook page - Facebook.com/AGreatBigWorld or follow them on Twitter @agreatbigworld.

*Entry to Emerald Lounge is subject to capacity restrictions and lines me be present. Reservations are highly recommended. You may make an advance reservation directly with Emerald Lounge directly by calling 617.457.2626 or online at EmeraldUltraLounge.com. Entry is 21+. Dress is at minimum business casual. Parking at 200 Stuart St. Garage is valid after 4pm on Oct. 16, 2013 Only. In order to receive discount rate on parking, you will need to bring parking ticket/voucher to the Emerald Lounge for validation.

Service charges and handling fees are separate from ticket cost and apply to internet and phone sales only. There are no service charges or handling fees when you purchase in person at the Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office. All ticket prices include a $3.75 facility fee.

This offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer or discount and cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets. All sales are final: no refunds or exchanges. Other restrictions may apply. There is a 9 ticket limit on this offer.

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<![CDATA[Patrice Cleaves named Director of Concert and Event Marketing, Citi Performing Arts Center]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/154 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:00:00 GMT BOSTON (July 1, 2013) – Citi Performing Arts Center announces the appointment of Patrice Cleaves as the Director of Concert and Event Marketing. With 13 years of sales and marketing experience in the live entertainment industry, Cleaves will lead the organization’s show-related marketing, advertising, promotions and outreach initiatives towards building new concert and family audiences for Citi Center venues including the Wang, Shubert, and Emerson Colonial Theatres.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to take Citi Performing Arts Center to new levels of success within their live concert, event, arts, cultural, and educational experiences at the Citi Wang, Shubert and Emerson Colonial Theatres,” said Patrice, Director of Concert and Event Marketing.

"Patrice’s experience will be a tremendous asset to Citi Performing Arts Center and create a strong presence in Boston for our three historic theatres as we continue to expand access to popular arts, cultural, and entertainment offerings," said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO.

Prior to joining Citi Center, Patrice was a Director of Marketing & Sales with Feld Entertainment, Inc., producers of Disney On Ice, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, and Monster Jam for over 10 years in Boston and San Francisco. Patrice is known for her award-winning successes in creating and implementing creative marketing and sales campaigns, building sponsorship relationships, launching strategic social media strategies, and creating new business opportunities.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center:
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts] is a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater community. Citi Performing Arts Center is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As guardian of historic venues—the Wang, Shubert, and Emerson Colonial theatres—Citi Performing Arts Center honors all aspects of the arts. Through numerous community outreach educational efforts, collaborations, and partnerships, Citi Performing Arts Center strives to educate and inspire greater appreciation for creativity as an essential component to the fabric of our society. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: July 8, 2013
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

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<![CDATA[Trailer Park Boys' Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, Randy, & Mr. Lahey]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1907 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 20:00:00 GMT The Trailer Park Boys bring their DEAR SANTA CLAUS, GO F#@K YOURSELF TOUR featuring Ricky, Julian, Bubbles, Randy, & Mr. Lahey to the Citi Wang Theatre on Friday, December 13th.

Ricky, Julian and Bubbles are back with a BRAND NEW live show, but this time they are not alone. Mr. Lahey and Randy will be there in all their drunken glory!

When Bubbles tries to spread the true meaning of Christmas to the world, his good-hearted plans are botched by Julian wanting to cash in on the Festive season and Ricky's relentless pursuit to meet the real Santa. And if that wasn't enough, all three of them have to deal with the very intoxicated Jim Lahey and his cheeseburger eating sidekick, Randy.

Spend an evening with the boys for a Christmas show you will never forget.

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera's The Magic Flute]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1899 Tue, 25 Jun 2013 01:00:00 GMT World Premiere, New English Adaptation

Mozart’s magical world is unearthed when a group of college students goes on an archeological trip to the Yucatan and one is bitten by a snake.

Celebrating the depth and breadth of Boston’s artistic talent, BLO has assembled a cast and creative team with national and international credentials, and roots in the Boston arts community, including Andrew Garland, Meredith Hansen, and Zach Borichevsky. This new English language adaptation by former BLO Artistic Director Leon Major, Kelley Rourke, and our own John Conklin showcases Mozart’s exuberant score.

The October 4 world premiere will inaugurate The Opera Gala, A Season Opening Celebration.

Advance Student tickets are available in person at the box office with a valid student ID. Tickets are half-off, limit 1 ticket per student; select areas available.

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<![CDATA[Radiolab Live Apocalyptical]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1884 Mon, 17 Jun 2013 19:00:00 GMT VIP SEATING AVAILABLE
Each VIP Seat costs $150.00. It includes:
  • 1 Pit Seat
  • Post-show meet & greet with Jad and Robert
  • Photo op and a limited edition tour souvenir

Purchase a VIP SEAT HERE

Cataclysmic destruction. Surprising survival. In this new live stage performance, Radiolab turns its gaze to the topic of endings, both blazingly fast and agonizingly slow. With their signature blend of storytelling, science, and music, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich romp through hundreds of millions of years of history to arrive at the end, again and again. They've got comedian Ophira Eisenberg joining the party in Boston and a cinematic live score created before your eyes by On Fillmore and Noveller, the evening will be a thought- provoking and laughter-inducing dance on the grave of our inevitable demise.

On Fillmore, the acoustic upright bass and percussion duo featuring bassist Darin Gray and drummer Glenn Kotche (of Wilco), was formed after performing together with experimental rock musician and producer Jim O’Rourke in the summer of 2000. On Fillmore has released 4 full-length albums, including its most recent release Extended Vacation on Austin-based label Dead Oceans. The pair’s earlier recordings include a self-titled LP that explores a highly disciplined song structure reflecting a new breed of elastic minimalism, and Sleeps with Fishes (Drag City, 2004), which layers a string and tuned-metal combination on beds of field recordings from the environments surrounding the members’ respective homes in Chicago and St. Louis. The result is a pixilated paean to lullabies, location, and liberation. The experimental duo have a close working relationship with the Brazilian trio +2 and have scored two film works: a soundtrack to NYC filmmaker J.T. Petty’s disturbing and haunting documentary “S&Man” (screened at both the SXSW and Toronto Film Festivals) and the soundtrack to his film “Blood Red Earth,” a prequel to the Film “The Borrowers” (Lions Gate). On Fillmore are recording their 5th album, which will release on Dead Oceans.

Noveller is the solo electric guitar project of Brooklyn-based composer and filmmaker Sarah Lipstate. Handling the guitar as her muse, Lipstate summons a sonic palette so rich as to challenge the listener to conceive of how it’s housed in a single instrument manipulated by a solitary performer. Her one-woman guitar soundscapes have captured the attention of NPR, The Village Voice, Time Out New York, and The Wall Street Journal. She has written original music in collaboration with composer Nathan Larson for several feature film scores. In 2012, The D.C. based ensemble, Low End String Quartet, premiered her commissioned piece for quartet, “Into the Midnight Sun,” at the Reston Community Center in Reston, VA. Noveller has toured the U.S. and internationally, at times supporting acts such as Xiu Xiu, the Jesus Lizard, U.S. Girls, Aidan Baker, and Emeralds. Lipstate has collaborated with several renowned musicians, including live improvised duo performances with Carla Bozulich (Evangelista, The Geraldine Fibbers), David Wm. Sims (the Jesus Lizard, Scratch Acid), and Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth). She has previously performed as a member of Cold Cave, Parts & Labor, and One Umbrella. Lipstate has also participated in Rhys Chatham’s Guitar Army, Ben Frost’s “Music for 6 Guitars” Ensemble, and Glenn Branca’s 100 guitar ensemble.

Ophira Eisenberg is the host of NPR's Ask Me Another. A familiar face in the comedy world, Eisenberg moved to New York in 2001 from Canada and performs stand-up regularly at comedy clubs in the city as well as headlines across the United States, Canada and Europe. She tours as a host and storyteller with The Moth and is featured on The Moth Radio Hour and podcast. Selected as one of New York Magazine's "Top 10 Comics that Funny People Find Funny," and featured in the New York Times as a skilled comedian and storyteller with a "bleakly stylish" sense of humor, Ophira has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central, The Today Show, VH-1 and more. Her debut memoir, Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy, was recently optioned by Zucker Productions.

RADIOLAB is the innovative, Peabody Award-winning public radio sensation about wonder, discovery and big ideas. Co-hosted by veteran science reporter Robert Krulwich and McArthur “Genius” Jad Abumrad, the show tackles topics as diverse as why people see different colors in the same place, what machines can reveal about humanity, and why people get stressed out on a supermarket line. RADIOLAB can be heard on more than 435 public radio stations across the country and has an avid national and international podcast audience. A Radiolab app is available for download on both Andoird and iPhone platforms. Downloads, web exclusives, a blog, and more are available at www.radiolab.org. Radiolab is produced by WNYC, the most listened-to public radio station in the country.

Jad Abumrad is an award-winning producer and composer who has been called “a new young master of the radio craft,” and was recently named a 2011 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. The son of a scientist and a doctor, Jad Abumrad did most of his growing up in Tennessee, before studying creative writing and music composition at Oberlin College in Ohio. Following graduation, Abumrad wrote music for films, and reported and produced documentaries for a variety of local and national public radio programs, including On the Media, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and WNYC’s “24 Hours at the Edge of Ground Zero.”

Robert Krulwich is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and NPR Science Correspondent who has been hailed as “the most inventive network reporter in television” by TV Guide. His specialty is explaining complex subjects – science, technology, economics – in a style that is clear, compelling, and entertaining. He has explored the structure of DNA with a banana, explained arbitrage by wearing Groucho glasses, and illustrated the Texaco-Pennzoil battle with Barbie and Ken dolls. A Special Correspondent for ABC News, Krulwich appears regularly on Nightline and other news programs, including ABC News Tonight and Good Morning America.

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<![CDATA[LAUGH BOSTON COMES TO THE THEATRE DISTRICT]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/153 Tue, 04 Jun 2013 10:00:00 GMT Boston, MA (May 29, 2013) – They’ll be laughing in the aisles at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre, as comedy takes the stage! Presented by Laugh Boston in association with the Citi Performing Arts Center, a new comedy series will debut this summer, bringing national names to the venue.

The current schedule is listed below; more dates will be announced in the near future.

  • Legends of Boston Comedy - Saturday, June 22, 8 pm; tickets $28.75 - $48.75, now on sale. Starring Boston comedy superstar Lenny Clarke, "The Godfather of Boston Comedy," Don Gavin, “The Undisputed King of Boston Comedy,” Steve Sweeney and hometown favorite Tony V.
  • Nick DiPaolo - Saturday, September 14, 8 pm; tickets $33.25, now on sale.
  • The Onion Live! - Saturday, October 18, 8 pm; prices and sale date TBA.
  • Juston McKinney - Saturday, November 9, 8 pm; ticket prices and sale date TBA.

Laugh Boston is a partnership of John Tobin and Chet Harding and Norm Laviolette, (co-founders of Improv Asylum). The group will open a stand-alone comedy club, Laugh Boston, at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel in the Seaport District this spring.

Announcing the new series, Josiah Spaulding, Citi Center President and CEO said “the Citi Shubert Theatre is the perfect space for the series. It is intimate, comfortable, and has a large enough seating capacity at 1500 seats to accommodate these national level performers.” We have been trying to expand our programming at the Shubert; why not comedy?! We just needed the right partners, and we have found that with John, Chet and Norm. We are excited about Laugh Boston’s vision to presenting comedy in Boston.”

"Boston has always been known as a great town for local and national stand-up comedy. With our Citi Center partnership at the beautiful and historic Shubert Theatre as well as our upcoming 300 seat theater in the Seaport District, Laugh Boston will be able to bring a variety of top comedy talent to the city which will revitalize the comedy scene and return Boston to its rightful place as the best comedy city in the world" stated Chet Harding.

Full details will be announced soon. For more information, visit citicenter.org or call (866) 348-9738.

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Publicity Contact:
Kathy Rochefort, Rochefort and Associates; 617-247-1299
kathy@rochefortassociates.com

About Citi Performing Arts Center:
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts] is a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater community. Citi Performing Arts Center is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As guardian of historic venues—the Wang, Shubert, and Emerson Colonial theatres—Citi Performing Arts Center honors all aspects of the arts. Through numerous community outreach educational efforts, collaborations, and partnerships, Citi Performing Arts Center strives to educate and inspire greater appreciation for creativity as an essential component to the fabric of our society. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

Chet Harding
A co-founder, CEO and Executive Producer of Improv Asylum (as seen on HBO, ABC and profiled in Dewars' national advertising), Chet has years of general business experience as well. Prior to opening Improv Asylum, Chet worked at Leo Burnett Advertising and Polaroid. At Polaroid, he was their Director of North American Advertising and PR for four years, overseeing the company's national advertising, multi-million dollar media buying and planning, and PR. At Leo Burnett, he worked in New Business Development, as well as on the Kellogg's account, including product development for new cereals.

At Polaroid, Chet won a Marketing Excellence Award and worked on several Clio award-winning ads/campaigns. He has also been published in the Harvard Journal of Negotiation.

At Improv Asylum, Chet has combined his corporate and acting/directing backgrounds to establish a nationally- recognized training program that utilizes improvisational techniques to break down conventional corporate thinking and to introduce a new set of skills to drive individual and team success.

Norm Laviolette
As co-founder and President of Improv Asylum, Norm brings corporate as well as military experience toward the continued development and expansion of Improv Asylum's theatrical and business divisions. As an actor, writer and producer, Norm has written and produced several renowned television pilots and feature scripts. He was Executive Producer of the Emmy Nominated Improv Asylum's Vanity Project, as well as Executive Producer of Second City Boston, the hit musical "You're A Good Man, Scott Brown" and the cult classic "All The Single Ladies".

Prior to a career in comedy, Norm worked for a marketing firm out of New York City promoting various Microsoft product launches. He is a former member of the Massachusetts and Vermont Army National Guard and a graduate of the Massachusetts Military Academy's Officer Candidate School. Norm continues to lead Improv Asylum's strategic business and artistic vision locally, nationally and globally.

John Tobin
John Tobin brings both political and entertainment experience to the venture. John was elected District 6 representative to the Boston City Council in 2001, and was re-elected 4 times. He left the City Council and began working at Northeastern University in August 2010 as the first Vice President of City & Community Affairs. In addition, Tobin has worked in the Boston comedy scene since 1992 when he started as a doorman at a local comedy club. He has been a comedy booker for several years and produces comedy events throughout the city.

Today, Tobin owns Theatre District Productions, a live comedy production company that produces and operates shows at Nick’s Comedy Stop in Boston and Cambridge.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: May 29, 2013
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org
Publicity Contact: Kathy Rochefort | Rochefort and Associates | 617-247-1299 |kathy@rochefortassociates.com

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Receives $150,000 Grant from ArtPlace America to Fund ArtWeek Boston]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/162 Mon, 20 May 2013 10:00:00 GMT A Collection of Curated Events/Experiences Throughout the City Highlighting the Quality and Diversity of Arts, Culture, and Entertainment in Boston

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Boston, MA, May 20, 2013 - ArtPlace America announced today the award of a $151,368 grant  to the Citi Performing Arts Center for ArtWeek Boston®. ArtWeek was chosen from over 1,200 applications as an exceptional example of creative placemaking.

 

ArtPlace America is a collaboration of leading national and regional foundations, banks and federal agencies committed to accelerating creative placemaking – putting art at the heart of a portfolio of strategies designed to revitalize communities. This is ArtPlace America’s third cycle of grant awards. With this round of grants, in total, ArtPlace America has awarded 134 grants to 130 projects in 90 communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut) for a total of $42.1 million.

 

Modeled on Restaurant Week, ArtWeek Boston®, is designed to become a new biannual tradition with the goal of making the arts more accessible to everyone. ArtWeek is an innovative collection of curated events/experiences throughout the city that highlights the quality and diversity of arts, culture, and entertainment in Boston. Each ArtWeek event will link with local businesses to enhance the customer experience, drive neighborhood economic impact, build awareness about the area’s creative economy, and attract both residents and visitors eager to share in ArtWeek’s unique experiences. Launched and developed in Boston, the goal is to replicate it nationally and internationally within 2-3 years.

 

“With ArtWeek, we can use the arts to strengthen our local economy,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO of the Citi Performing Arts Center. “Mayor Menino and the City of Boston is an invaluable partner in ArtWeek’s neighborhood engagement strategy, and working with the Greater Boston Convention and Tourism Bureau and Massachusetts Department of Tourism, we are excited about ArtWeek’s potential on regional, national, and international levels.” The Creative Community (museums, performing, artistic communities, and others) are ready and excited to unite and innovate under the vision of ArtWeek, creating a timely model for collaboration linked to economic revitalization that uniquely supports the Principles of Creative Placemaking.”

 

 “ArtPlace America recognizes the central role arts and cultural activities can have in the revitalization of American cities,” said Rip Rapson, chair of ArtPlace America’s Presidents’ Council. “With this grant award ArtPlace America is directing individual project support to scores of creative, high-impact projects throughout the country.”

 

“ArtPlace America is also continuing to break new ground in drawing together some of the nation's leading foundations to think -- in a concerted way -- about how these kind of projects can become more widespread,” continued Rapson.

 

The 54 organizations that received grants were selected from over 1200 applications. Inquiries came from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia. Grant amounts range from $750,000 to $33,000 with an average grant size of just over $280,000. 

 

The complete list of 2013/2014 ArtPlace America awards can be found at www.artplaceamerica.org

 

About ArtPlace America

ArtPlace America provides grants and loans, supports research, and conducts outreach and advocacy. To date, ArtPlace America has awarded 130 grants totaling $42.1 million to 130 organizations in 90 U.S. communities (and a statewide project in the state of Connecticut).

Foundations participating in ArtPlace America include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation, and two anonymous donors. 

ArtPlace America also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.

ArtPlace America is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife, and Morgan Stanley.

ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Founded in 1976, Citi Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit innovator and steward of iconic venues, providing arts, entertainment, cultural, and educational experiences to the greater community and is one of the nation’s foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As guardian of historic venues—the Wang, Shubert, and Emerson Colonial theatres— that anchor Boston's downtown theatre district and generate an economic impact of over $70M annually, Citi Center is New England’s largest cultural venue. The organization plays a unique and vital role in the cultural life of Boston, serving the community as an integrator, honoring all aspects of the performing arts, including dance, opera, Broadway, classical and popular music. With a strategic commitment to provide broad-based access, diverse programming, and community outreach, Citi Center serves the full breadth of Boston’s diverse population with multidisciplinary programming and arts education. For more than 20 years, Citi Center has offered arts education to the greater Boston community and since 1988 has reached more than 200,000 children, youth, families and teachers with awarding-winning arts education programming. Over the last five years, Citi Center has collaborated with 148 neighborhood groups, 13 libraries, 23 community centers, 51 local arts groups, and 43 schools. Leveraging these partnerships 1and our community network (300 organizations), Citi Center has delivered relevant programs that have measurably impacted our community. Uniquely using the Balanced Scorecard (a Fortune 500 management framework), Citi Center is recognized as a forward-thinking and best practice nonprofit arts organization and cultural champion. For further information, see www.citicenter.org.

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<![CDATA[Laugh Boston presents Nick DiPaolo]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1852 Tue, 07 May 2013 20:00:00 GMT Club Pre-sale will be Thursday, May 9th from 10AM to 10PM

VIP BOXES AVAILABLE
LAUGH BOSTON Presents in association with Citi Performing Arts Center Nick Di Paolo at the Citi Shubert Theatre
Purchase a VIP Box with dedicated wait service.
VIP Box Package* - ONLY 8 AVAILABLE
Each VIP Box Package costs $300.00 with no additional charges. It includes:

  • 4 (FOUR) Private Box Seats
  • Dedicated Bar Wait Service in the box

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"The Winnipeg Press said it best: “Gentle as a starved wolverine and as predictable as a tipsy-hop through a minefield”. Nick DiPaolo’s honest and acerbic comedy has made him a sought after voice on stage, television and radio for years and earned him two Emmy Nominations for writing.

DiPaolo’s career took off after he appeared on “HBO’s Young Comedian Special”. He has since written and performed four standup specials and four CDs. The most recent standup effort being a one hour Showtime special entitled “Raw Nerve”.

He was a regular for the whole two year run of “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and became a staple on the Comedy Central roasts. Other notable television and film credits include “Louie”, “Lucky Louie”, Artie Lange’s “Beer League” a guest starring role on “The Sopranos” and “The Chris Rock Show”, where he was a writer for two seasons as well. Writing credits also include the 77th Annual Academy Awards and the MTV Music Video Awards.

For years he has been a favorite guest on radio shows including “The Howard Stern Show”, “The Opie and Anthony Show” and “The Dennis Miller Show” to name a few. He also hosted “The Nick DiPaolo Show” in New York City in 2007 and “The Nick and Artie Show” from 2011-2012.

Nick DiPaolo is probably one of the most authentic voices whether on or off stage. He’s referred to as a comic's comic because there are no facades, no act. It’s all Nick DiPaolo, all the time."

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<![CDATA[A Midsummer’s Night with THE MONKEES]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1844 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 22:00:00 GMT The Monkees return to the road in July for their 24-date American tour - "A Midsummer's Night with the Monkees". Second stop of the tour will be the Wang Theatre on July 16th. The tour will feature original members Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork.

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<![CDATA[Steely Dan Mood Swings 2013: 8 Miles To Pancake Day]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1840 Wed, 24 Apr 2013 01:00:00 GMT Legendary jazz-rock icons Walter Becker and Donald Fagen bring their Mood Swings: 8 Miles To Pancake Day Tour to the Citi Wang Theatre on September 24 & 25. September 24 will feature a performance of the album Aja and other hits. September 25 will be a night of Steely Dan's greatest hits.

Concertgoers can expect an evening of the same high-level of musical excellence that garnered raves from fans and critics alike, and which was described by The Los Angeles Times thusly: "Everyone gathered Friday evening was a believer — and they were treated to something close to rapture." The Chicago Sun-Times raved "This was different. This was live. This was vibrant. This was a cascade of color carried along by Fagen, Becker, eight brilliant supporting musicians and three superb backing vocalists."

Onstage, Donald and Walter will be joined by these same eight brilliant supporting musicians, now appearing as The Bipolar Allstars (featuring Keith Carlock on drums, Freddie Washington on bass, Jim Beard on keyboards, and Jon Herington on guitar), along with The Borderline Brats — three sublime, soulful songbirds. Together, they will treat audiences to selections from The Dan's extraordinary four-decade catalog, rich with infectious tunes, bodacious harmonies, irresistible grooves, and sleek, subversive lyrics — punctuated by blazing solo work and rich ensembles. As always with the adventurous Fagen and Becker, a few surprises may be in store as well.

Visit www.steelydan.com for up-to-the minute tour news and information.

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<![CDATA[Straight No Chaser]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1833 Thu, 18 Apr 2013 01:00:00 GMT Straight No Chaser bring their Under The Influence North American Tour at the Citi Wang Theatre on December 10. The tour celebrates the release of the acclaimed a cappella group’s eagerly awaited new album, Under the Influence. Caroline Glaser of NBC’s The Voice will open the show.

Under the Influence sees the acclaimed a cappella group reimagining a selection of their all time favorite songs alongside many of the superstar artists and undisputed music icons that made them famous. Produced by Mark Kibble – a founding member of the legendary a cappella group Take 6 and one of Straight No Chaser’s primary influences – the album includes unprecedented collaborations with some of popular music’s best and brightest – including Phil Collins, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Dolly Parton, Rob Thomas, Seal, and Jason Mraz – as Straight No Chaser put their distinctive and inimitable spin on songs known and loved the world over.

The upcoming tour mark a milestone for Straight No Chaser as they feature the return of founding member Steve Morgan, who rejoins the group after the departure late last year of Ryan Ahlwardt. Fans can meet the newest/oldest member of SNC at Straight No Chaser’s official YouTube channel.

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera's Open House]]> http://blo.org/events/open-house/ Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT FREE for all ages!

From backstage to the balcony and everywhere in between, BLO’s Open House gives you an all-access pass to experience opera in a casual, exciting way! There is something for everyone, whether you’re an opera veteran or you’re giving it a try for the first time. Come see how much fun opera can be!

For the most up to date schedule of events visit BLO Open House.

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<![CDATA[Diana Ross]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1821 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 03:00:00 GMT Back by popular demand, Diana Ross returns to Boston! Don’t miss the one and only Diana Ross when her "Summer 2013: Greatest Hits Tour" plays the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston on Friday, August 9 at 8pm.

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<![CDATA[Tegan and Sara]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1820 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Tegan and Sara hit the Citi Wang Theatre on Friday, July 26 as part of their Summer Tour promoting their 7th studio album – Heartthrob. Opening for the duo will be Lucius.

Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Their unique ability to bridge the pop and indie worlds has allowed their music to cross all traditional boundaries of genre, from being covered by The White Stripes to collaborating with superstar DJs such as Tiesto and David Guetta. They have sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young.

Tegan and Sara have a special message for Boston fans. Check it out below.

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<![CDATA[Citi Center Presents Free Family Events inspired by Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan!]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/149 Wed, 03 Apr 2013 10:00:00 GMT Peter Pan-inspired activities to take place April 13 and 20 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and Boston Public Libraries

BOSTON (April 3, 2013) – Citi Performing Arts Center invites families to participate in interactive workshops inspired by the production of Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan! from April 13 through 20. Citi Performing Arts Center will present free events at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Centers for Youth and Families locations, as well as branches of the Boston Public Library. The readings will be led by Citi Center’s Community Artist Fellow Toni Bee. Activities include an interactive reading of Flying to Neverland with Peter Pan, a children’s book adaptation of the classic tale, and a sing-along that includes two songs from the Broadway play. Participants will also have the chance to win tickets to attend Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan!, running April 23-28 at the Citi Wang Theatre.

All workshops are free and appropriate for all ages. However, the content is most applicable for children (ages 3-8). No registration is necessary. For more on Citi Performing Arts Center’s year-round community outreach and education programs, visit citicenter.org/education. Dates, times, and locations of events are listed below:

Location

Date and Time

Quincy's Place,
Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston

Saturday, April 13 at 10 AM
Saturday, April  20 at 10 AM

BCYF Blackstone Community Center, Boston

Tuesday, April 16 at 11 AM

BCYF Hennigan Community Center,
Jamaica Plain

Tuesday, April 16 at 1 PM

BCYF Roslindale Community Center, Roslindale

Tuesday, April 16 at 3 PM

BCYF Charlestown Community Center, Charlestown

Wednesday, April 17 at 10 AM

BCYF Gallivan Community Center, Mattapan

Wednesday, April 17 at 2 PM

BCYF Paris Street Community Center,
East Boston

Wednesday, April 17 at 4 PM

BCYF Nazzaro Community Center,
North End

Thursday, April 18 at 9:45 AM

Jordan Boys & Girls Club, Chelsea

Thursday, April 18 at 12 PM

BCYF Jackson/Mann Community Center, Allston

Thursday, April 18 at 2 PM

Margaret Fuller House, Cambridge

Thursday, April 18 at 4:15 PM

Boston Public Library,
Dudley Branch, Roxbury

Friday, April 19 at 10 AM

BCYF Quincy Community Center, Chinatown

Friday, April 19 at 1 PM

RELEASE DATE: 4/3/2013
CONTACT:  Julie Banks, Director of Marketing Operations
617-532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

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<![CDATA[Laugh Boston presents Juston McKinney]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1809 Fri, 29 Mar 2013 04:00:00 GMT This show originally scheduled at the Citi Shubert Theatre on November 9th at 8:00pm has been moved to the new Laugh Boston Comedy Club located at the Westin Seaport Hotel at 425 Summer Street.

The performance date and time are the same and comedian Gary Valentine has been added to the performance.

Ticket holders will be able to use their Shubert Theatre tickets at Laugh Boston for this performance and will receive premium seating. Refunds will be available at point of purchase through November 9th.

New England native Juston McKinney grew up living on the border of New Hampshire and Maine. After earning an associates degree from the very prestigious Southern Maine Community College, he was hired as a deputy Sheriff in Maine, patrolling the same border in which he grew up. But in 1997 Juston turned in his gun and badge and left the dangerous streets of rural Maine and moved to the quiet community of Queens, New York. While living in NYC he worked his way into the weekend line-up at Comic Strip Live, Stand-up New York, Dangerfield’s, Gotham, and Caroline’s on Broadway. He has had sitcom development deals with Warner Brothers, CBS Productions, Comedy Central and IFC. In 2000 the New York Times called him “destined for stardom”. Which he admits, hasn’t really happened yet…

He has had 2 Comedy Central specials including his half hour Comedy Central Presents and most recently his 1-hour special Juston McKinney-A Middle-Class Hole, which was released by Warner Bros. on DVD/CD. He has appeared numerous times on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and appeared on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. He was chosen to be part of the Blue Collar Comedy Next Generation Tour, with Bill Engval, which aired on TBS.

He currently lives in New Hampshire with his wife, kids and dogs.

*There are no other service charges or fees associated with this offer. This offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer or discount and cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets. All sales are final: No refunds or exchanges. All ticket prices include a $3.75 Facility Fee.

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<![CDATA[Shaping Sound Dance Company]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1782 Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:00:00 GMT PREMIUM SEATING AVAILABLE
Get the best seats in the house for $89.00 each.
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The dance dream that spawned Oxygen's hit show All The Right Moves goes from screen to stage: Shaping Sound premieres its first-ever live national tour! Experience the exhilarating collaboration of dance's new visionaries as they mash up music genres and styles in one explosive performance. Emmy- nominated choreographers and So You Think You Can Dance superstars Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance, and Kyle Robinson lead a dynamic company of contemporary dancers from SYTYCD, Dancing With The Stars, and international tours with recording artists and world-renowned dance companies. A visually stunning showcase of movement, speed, physical strength, and pure passion – don’t miss the brand new live experience that is Shaping Sound.

Learn more about Shaping Sound at their site shapingsoundco.com

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<![CDATA[Capitol Steps]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1769 Fri, 15 Mar 2013 02:00:00 GMT VIP BOXES AVAILABLE
LAUGH BOSTON Presents CAPITOL STEPS at the Citi Shubert Theatre
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VIP Box Package* - ONLY 8 AVAILABLE
Each VIP Box Package costs $300.00 with no additional charges. It includes:

  • 4 (FOUR) Private Box Seats
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Thirty years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom ("Don't quit your day job!"), and although not all of the current members of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together the performers have worked in a total of eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of collective House and Senate staff experience.

The material is updated constantly. Current examples include songs about Mitt Romney's plea to the GOP ("Help Me Fake It to the Right") and President Obama's class warfare ("If I Tax a Rich Man"). In addition, we offer our own take on such trending topics as Secret Service indiscretions and the EU's money woes and what to do with Greece. No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can bet the Capitol Steps will tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy?!

*There are no other service charges or fees associated with this offer. This offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer or discount and cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets. All sales are final: No refunds or exchanges. All ticket prices include a $3.75 Facility Fee.

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<![CDATA[I Love Lucy]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1760 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT American Express Gold Card, Platinum Card® and Centurion® members can purchase preferred seating on the specific performance ticket page they are interested in.

Performance runs 95 minutes with no intermission.

Available day-of, starting 2 hours prior to each performance:

$25 Rush Tickets (Cash only) available only at the box office for Students, Seniors, Military and Equity members.

I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history! America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel – is live on stage and in color for the very first time!

It’s 1952 and you are a member of the studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar I LOVE LUCY® episodes. Imagine stepping back in time onto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where a charming host entertains and enlightens you to the behind-the-scenes filming process, the 1950s hi-fidelity technology and this brand-new thing called “television.” The episodes begin and you witness, firsthand, the side-splitting antics of that crazy redhead in the Ricardo’s New York apartment and thrill to the Cuban sounds of “The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra” at the famed Tropicana Nightclub. In-between scenes? The Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles of the show’s newest sponsors in perfect 50s style harmony. Can you say “Brylcreem?!”

L.A. Examiner’s Ron Irwin says I LOVE LUCY® LIVE ON STAGE is “an absolutely brilliant and utterly engaging tribute to that iconic television show!” TV Guide’s William Keck calls it “the most entertaining stage production I’ve seen in years – including Broadway!”

The truth is in the title – whether young or old, everybody really does LOVE LUCY!

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<![CDATA[Million Dollar Quartet]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1759 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 05:00:00 GMT

American Express Gold Card, Platinum Card® and Centurion® members can purchase preferred seating.

To purchase use the American Express button.

Student and Senior tickets (2 tickets per ID) are available only at the Citi Center Box Office in advance for $27.00.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, inspired by the electrifying true story of the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time.

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians were gathered together by Sam Phillips, the “Father of Rock ’n’ Roll” at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions of all time. MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET brings that legendary night to life with an irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets, betrayal and celebrations featuring timeless hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame... at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!

For more information, visit: Milliondollarquartetlive.com

The Saturday, October 19 performance at 2PM will offer an Open Caption. Buy tickets for Open Caption HERE

The Sunday, October 20 performance at 1PM will offer an Audio Described. Buy tickets for Audio Described HERE

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<![CDATA[A Christmas Story, The Musical]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1758 Tue, 12 Mar 2013 03:00:00 GMT

Preferred Seating available to American Express Gold Card, Platinum Card® and Centurion® members.

To purchase Preferred Seating tickets use the American Express button.


Student and Senior Rush tickets available.

  • $25 cash only
  • One ticket per person at the box office
  • Day of show only, one hour prior to curtain
  • Subject to availability
  • Students must present a valid college ID; Seniors must be 65+

SHOW RUN TIME

ACT I: 60 Minutes
Intermission: 20 Minutes
ACT II: 60 Minutes

Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Actions 200-shot Range Model Air Rifle. A Christmas Story, The Musical is the hilarious account of Ralphie’s desperate quest to ensure that this most perfect of gifts ends up under his tree this Christmas. Honored with 3 2013 Tony Award® nominations for Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score, A Christmas Story is directed by Tony Award-winner John Rando and choreographed by Warren Carlyle. This new musical based on the classic 1983 movie, which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd, features funny and heartfelt songs by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul and a faithful yet inventive book by Joseph Robinette.

The New York Times says, “I WAS DAZZLED” and the Associated Press calls it, “A CHARMING TRIUMPH INFUSED WITH UTTER JOY.”A Christmas Story captures holiday wonder with such deliciously wicked wit that it is sure to delight children and grown-ups alike!

“A TRUE GIFT!” – New York Magazine

“THE BEST DARN MUSICAL I’VE SEEN IN YEARS!” – WOR Radio

“Run fast and get your tickets.” – WNBC

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<![CDATA[Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson plays Thick as a Brick]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1745 Tue, 26 Feb 2013 04:00:00 GMT Ian Anderson performs Thick As A Brick in its entirety for the first time since 1972, as part of his world tour.

This tour will feature a more theatrical production with video, additional musicians and a troupe of dancing elephants. (Just kidding about the dancing elephants: they don't dance.....)

In 1972, Ian wrote the music (and the lyrics which were credited at the time to the fictitious character, 8 year-old Gerald Bostock, whose parents lied about his age) and recorded with Jethro Tull, Thick As A Brick. The record became a number one Billboard album and enjoyed huge commercial success in most countries of the world. The album featured only one song, lasting nearly 45 minutes. To accommodate the album on LP vinyl and cassette, the seamless track was split on both sides of the record. It reached number one on the US Billboard Pop Albums chart.

Since 1972, the album has never been performed in its entirety although a few minutes of the material have been a regular repertoire staple in both Tull and IA solo shows over the years.

Now, scheduled for performance again in 2013, Ian will bring the original album to the Wang Theatre on Saturday, October 12. It will be performed in its entirety with band, and additional guests.

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<![CDATA[Jamel Debbouze]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1726 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 21:00:00 GMT Don't miss French comedian Jamel Debbouze in Boston on his 2013 International Tour.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS SHOW IS ENTIRELY IN FRENCH.

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<![CDATA[Citi Center Presents Free Family Events During School Vacation Week]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/147 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:00:00 GMT Interactive Arts Festival to take place February 23 at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library

BOSTON (February 4, 2013) – Citi Performing Arts Center invites students and families to participate in a free arts festival including workshops and performances from local artists on Saturday, February 23 from 10 AM – 2 PM at the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library. This community-based festival will include roving entertainment, workshops on poetry, hip hop, theater, library scavenger hunts, performances and creative fun for the whole family. This program is sponsored in part by the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund.

Artists include Citi Center’s Community Artist Fellow Toni Bee, the founder of Up You Mighty Race Company, Akiba Abaka, Jean Appolon of Jean Appolon Expressions, Valerie Stephens who is an award winning actress and musician, and more.

All workshops are free and appropriate for all ages. To RSVP, please call Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education Department at 617-532-1256 or email eintern@citicenter.org. For more on Citi Performing Arts Center’s year-round community outreach and education programs, visit citicenter.org/education.

ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre, Shubert Theatre and Emerson Colonial Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: February 7, 2013
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

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<![CDATA[Theresa Caputo Live: The Experience]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1713 Sat, 26 Jan 2013 03:00:00 GMT Theresa Caputo, star of the hit TLC show, Long Island Medium, gives live readings to audience members throughout the show. In addition, Theresa will share personal stories about her unique and fascinating life balancing the unpredictability of her psychic gifts while maintaining her role as a typical Long Island wife and mom. Although Theresa will be giving readings to various audience members throughout her show, the purchase of a ticket does not guarantee a reading.

Show Length: Approx. 120 minutes – no intermission
Late comers will be seated at the discretion of the Front of House Manager

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<![CDATA[Citi Center named 1 of 104 Finalists for ArtPlace Creative Placemaking Grants]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/143 Wed, 23 Jan 2013 11:00:00 GMT (Chicago, IL, January 15, 2013) Citi Performing Arts Center is one of 104 applicants along 72 communities in 33 states and the District of Columbia to be named a finalists for grants from ArtPlace, an initiative to accelerate creative placemaking across the U.S. through grants and loans, research, communication and advocacy. Only two Massachusetts organizations were named finalists. You can see the complete list of finalists here.

ArtPlace is a collaboration of 13 leading national and regional foundations and six of the nation’s largest banks. ArtPlace also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council.

The selected applicants represent the best of the 1,225 letters of inquiry from across the country. Inquiries came from 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and American Samoa. Finalists were chosen for their potential to transform communities through placing art and culture at the heart of portfolios of integrated strategies that drive vibrancy and diversity.

“In this third ArtPlace funding cycle, the proposals just keep getting stronger,” noted Carol Coletta, director of ArtPlace. “It is testimony to the growing interest in creative placemaking across the country, as well as the capability of artists and their community partners to do this work.”

This year’s grant recipients will be announced in May. To date, ArtPlace has distributed $26.9 million to 76 organizations in 46 communities across the country.

Participating foundations include Bloomberg Philanthropies, The Ford Foundation, The James Irvine Foundation, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, The McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The William Penn Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Rasmuson Foundation, The Surdna Foundation and two anonymous donors. ArtPlace also seeks advice and counsel from close working relationships with various federal agencies, including the National Endowment for the Arts, the departments of Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Education, and Transportation, along with leadership from the White House Office of Management and Budget and the Domestic Policy Council. ArtPlace is also supported by a $12 million loan fund capitalized by six major financial institutions and managed by the Nonprofit Finance Fund. Participating institutions are Bank of America, Citi, Deutsche Bank, Chase, MetLife and Morgan Stanley.

ArtPlace funds in all 50 states and U.S. territories. Certain ArtPlace funders have a deep commitment to their local communities and have provided funding for specific states or communities. Currently, these include: Akron, Charlotte, Detroit, Macon, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, San Jose, and St. Paul, as well as communities in Alaska, Arizona, California, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Washington and Wisconsin.

For more information please visit ArtPlace.

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<![CDATA[New Year's Eve with Steve Sweeney and Friends]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1661 Mon, 26 Nov 2012 23:00:00 GMT VIP BOXES AVAILABLE
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VIP Box Package* - ONLY 8 AVAILABLE
Each VIP Box Package costs $250.00 with no additional charges. It includes:

  • 4 (FOUR) Private Box Seats
  • Dedicated Bar Wait Service in the box

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Catch Boston’s own comedy legend Steve Sweeney on December 31st at 7:30PM in a special New Year’s Eve performance at the Citi Shubert Theatre presented by Laugh Boston. Steve will be joined by Joe Yannetty and Bethany Van Delft as we laugh out 2012.

Steve Sweeney’s accent and idiosyncratic mannerisms are trademarks of his stand-up act, headlining at comedy clubs across the country, including Caroline's Comedy Club in New York City. He’s known for his use of dialects and great insight into the New England political scene. You might even recognize the Charlestown native from one of many small parts in films such as Rodney Dangerfield's Back to School, Judd Apatow's Celtic Pride, and There's Something About Mary with Ben Stiller.

Joining Steve are Joe Yannetty, a seasoned professional, drawing on his travels, his Italian heritage, family situations and Boston blue-collar upbringing to bring family-oriented comedy to audiences around the world and Bethany Van Delft, a founding member/producer of “Colorstruck: Women of Color in Comedy”, New England’s first and only women of color comedy showcase. She is a core member of the touring show “5 Funny Females”.

*There are no other service charges or fees associated with this offer. This offer is subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer or discount and cannot be applied to previously purchased tickets. All sales are final: No refunds or exchanges. All ticket prices include a $3.75 Facility Fee.

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<![CDATA[Citi Center’s Annual Gala Celebrates Joe Spaulding’s Leadership and Raises $500,000]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/136 Tue, 20 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT Proceeds from the event honoring Spaulding’s 25th Anniversary as President and CEO Benefit Citi Center’s education programs and historic theatre preservation.

Boston, MA (November 20, 2012) – On Wednesday, November 14th, Citi Performing Arts Center turned the spotlight on Joe Spaulding and the past 25 years of accomplishments under his leadership. Looking back on the many memorable performances that have marked Spaulding’s career, 350 guests celebrated the milestone occasion inside the Wang Theatre, with cocktails in the Grand Lobby, dinner and dancing on the renowned stage, and performances throughout. The evening raised $500,000 to benefit Citi Center’s award-winning City Spotlights Summer Leadership Program and the preservation of Citi Center’s historic theatres.

The evening included performances and remarks by the many community partners who have worked alongside Spaulding to revitalize Boston’s historic Theatre District, restore its historic venues, and provide free arts opportunities for Boston’s most underserved. Speakers included Board Chairman Scott Sperling of Wayland, Charley Polachi of Boston (Board Emeriti), and former Board Chairman Bill and his wife Susan Poduska of Weston, and a proclamation from Mayor Thomas M. Menino read by Chris Cook of West Roxbury, Director of the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events. Performers included longtime partner, Express Yourself, the Beverly-based nonprofit which immerses young people from Department of Mental Health facilities in the creative arts, City Spotlights Teen Leaders from Citi Center’s signature arts-intensive work-study program, and Toni Bee, Citi Center’s Artist Fellow and current Cambridge Poet Populist. Guests were also able to record their own messages of congratulations during the cocktail hour, and the messages were later shown onstage.

Over the past 25 years that Spaulding has served as President and CEO, Citi Performing Arts Center has been a driving force behind the extraordinary revival of the Theatre District, balancing a commitment to preserving Citi Center’s historic venues—the Wang, Shubert, and Emerson Colonial Theatres—and inspiring the next generation of creative leaders through award-winning arts education programs. Unwavering in his support for the performing arts, quality entertainment, and community commitment, Joe Spaulding has been a passionate arts advocate for the arts in the City of Boston.

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PRESS RELEASE Release Date: November 20, 2012
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<![CDATA[Citi Center Presents Free Family Events During Holiday Season]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/134 Fri, 16 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT Grinch-inspired activities to take place November 17-December 22 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Centers for Youth and Families and Boston Public Library Branches

BOSTON (November 16, 2012) – Citi Performing Arts Center invites families to participate in workshops inspired by Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Between November 17 and December 22, Citi Performing Arts Center will present free events at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, and Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) sites and Boston Public Library branches across the city. Led by Citi Center’s Artist Fellow Toni Bee, the activities include readings of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, poetry workshops during which participants will create their own original work, and costume contests. Participants will also have the chance to win tickets to attend Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, running November 23-December 9, at the Citi Wang Theatre.

Workshops are free and appropriate for all ages. No registration is necessary. For more on Citi Performing Arts Center’s year-round community outreach and education programs, visit citicenter.org/education. Dates, times, and locations of events are listed below:

LOCATION DATE AND TIME

  • Boston Quincy's Place, Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Saturday, November 24 at 10-11 AM
Saturday, December 1 at 10-11 AM
Saturday, December 8 at 10-11 AM

  • West Roxbury BCYF Roche Community Center Monday, December 10 at 3-4 PM
  • North End BCYF Nazzaro Center Wednesday, December 12 at 4-5 PM
  • East Boston Paris Street Community Center Friday, December 14 at 4-5 PM
  • Dorchester Boston Public Library, Lower Mills Saturday, December 15 at 12-1 PM
  • Dorchester Boston Public Library, Adams Street Saturday, December 15 at 2-3 PM
  • Roxbury BCYF Shelburne Community Center Monday, December 17 at 3-4 PM
  • Dorchester BCYF Leahy Holloran Wednesday, December 19 at 3-4 PM
  • Chinatown BCYF Quincy Community Center Friday, December 21 at 3-5 PM
  • Brighton Boston Public Library, Faneuil Saturday, December 22 at 12-1 PM
  • Mattapan Boston Public Library, Mattapan Saturday, December 22 at 4-4:50 PM

Download the free event flyer here.

To access the curriculum guide for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, click here.

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PRESS RELEASE Release Date: November 16, 2012
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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Names Toni ―Bee Brooks as Community Artist Fellow]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/131 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 11:00:00 GMT Bee to work with Citi Center to develop, deliver, and advocate for arts education programming in area schools, libraries, and community centers

BOSTON (November 8, 2012) – Citi Performing Arts Center is proud to name Toni ―Bee Brooks as its Community Artist Fellow for 2012-13. Working with Citi Center’s Education Department, Bee will develop, deliver, and advocate for arts education programming in the Greater Boston Area, encouraging youth and adults in public schools, libraries, and community centers to express their creative voices. Bee will be hosting upcoming interactive readings of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! for youth and families at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston Public Library branches, and Boston Centers for Youth and Families sites. See the full listings of dates and times at citicenter.org/grinch.

The arts teach us how to communicate across the artistic realm, the business world and the borders of our community—empowering future leaders to make positive change in our increasingly global community,‖ said Toni Bee, Community Artist Fellow. ―I am thrilled to be in a position where I can work with these youth and expand their minds through poetry and the performing arts."

As Citi Performing Arts Center’s Community Artist Fellow, Toni Bee inspires youth and adults to connect with their community through creativity. A writer, photographer, and community advocate, Bee says she writes wherever she goes. Discovering poetry at age 15, Toni Bee became a freelance journalist for community newspapers after high school and while in college, created a writing club and held seasonal poetry readings. Writing even sustained her during her stint in a homeless shelter when she was pregnant with her daughter. After moving to Cambridge in 2004, Bee continued publicizing artistic events while publishing in the Cambridge Chronicle, writing and performing poetry at local events, and hosting her own talk show at Cambridge Community Television (CCTV). In 2011, Bee was named the Cambridge Poet Populist, charged with leading workshops, performing at local events, and promoting poetry in the city during her two-year term.

"Throughout her life, Toni has empowered teens and adults to use their creative voices to make an impact in their communities,‖ said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. ―Citi Performing Arts Center shares the belief that youth who have a creative life become thinkers, doers and leaders in their communities, making Toni the perfect partner."

Since 1988, Citi Performing Arts Center’s award winning education programs have reached 220,000 youth, families, and teachers with free opportunities to experience the arts and learn life skills in a creative environment. Since 2010, it has expanded with key city-wide partnerships including the Boston Public Schools, Boston Public Library, and Boston Centers for Youth and Families. Of particular note is its signature City Spotlights Leadership Program which provides local area teens with meaningful summer employment in the arts and life and job skills training. Learn more at citicenter.org/education

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Reopens Emerson Colonial Theatre]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/126 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 10:00:00 GMT Boston’s oldest continuously operating theatre to reopen on October 25th for first performance under Citi Center’s management.

BOSTON (October 24, 2012) – The Emerson Colonial Theatre will reopen on October 25, 2012, for the first performance under Citi Performing Arts Center’s management and since the historic theatre went dark in July 2011. The newly-renamed Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre’s first show of what Emerson College President Lee Pelton calls “the next chapter of this historic theater’s history,” will be a special performance by James Taylor in support of United States Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. Other upcoming performances include Memphis (December 11-23), Jersey Boys (January 30-March 3, 2013), and the pre-Broadway run ofTuck Everlasting (May 26-June 15, 2013). Information about upcoming events can be found at citicenter.org/events.

In September 2011, Citi Performing Arts Center and Emerson College announced they had reached a three-year lease agreement, under which Citi Center would take responsibility for operating the 112-year-old theatre and work with booking partner, Broadway Across America, to program the venue with touring Broadway productions. Located on Boylston Street across from the Boston Common, the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre is Boston’s longest continuously operating theatre, a record that remains untarnished thanks to the new agreement which went into effect on July 1, 2012. Famous for hosting pre-Broadway tryouts of legendary musicals like Anything Goes, La Cage aux Folles, Oklahoma!, and Porgy and Bess, the theatre’s historic facilities underwent substantial repair and maintenance efforts over the course of the summer in preparation for the return of patrons.

Upon the September 2011 announcement of the plan to reopen the theatre, Citi Center President and CEO, Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr. said: “Citi Performing Arts Center is recognized nationally as a nonprofit expert in maintaining and running beautiful historic theatres, so this partnership made perfect sense for us.” Citi Center also manages two other historic venues in Boston’s Theatre District—the Wang and Shubert Theatres.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino also noted: “This partnership between Citi Performing Arts Center, Emerson College, and Broadway Across America speaks to the strength and importance of collaboration. I am so excited to be able to once again attend a performance in this beautiful and historic venue.”

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<![CDATA[An Intimate Musical Evening with James Taylor in support of Elizabeth Warren]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1644 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 23:00:00 GMT An Intimate Musical Evening with James Taylor

In Support of the Elizabeth Warren

Democrat for United States Senate Massachusetts


Wednesday Evening, October 24 at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre

Doors at 5:30PM Program 7:00PM - 9:00PM

On Sale Now

To purchase tickets please visit:

ELIZABETHWARREN.COM/JAMESTAYLOR

or for more information please contact Judy at 617.591.2850

or email JTRSVP@elizabethwarren.com

PAID FOR BY ELIZABETH FOR MA

Contributions or gifts to Elizabeth for MA are not tax deductible.

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<![CDATA[An Evening with Joe Bonamassa]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1607 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:00:00 GMT Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa will perform at the Wang Theatre on May 10, 2013 at 8 p.m. The one-night-only show is in support of his brand new solo album Driving Towards the Daylight, which made its debut at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, the eighth time a Bonamassa album has debuted at #1.

Bonamassa’s new album is receiving rave reviews: All Music Guide said, “the arrangements and guitars mesh together like whiskey and soda” and MSN.com calls it “nothing less than astounding.” American Songwriter ranks Bonamassa “among our greatest living guitar players.” Across the pond, UK’s Guitar & Bass says its “one of his best,” The Sun calls Bonamassa’s playing “jawdropping,” and Guitarist said “his guitar, voice and songs are simply better than ever.”

Also recently released is the DVD/Blu-ray Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre – Live from New York, which showcases the stunning and sold-out two-night performance at New York City’s legendary Beacon Theatre last November and features special guest Paul Rodgers, John Hiatt and Beth Hart. The two-DVD set includes a bonus disc of special features with two extra songs, behind-the-scenes footage and a photo gallery.

Besides his own solo work, Bonamassa has kept himself busy with multiple side projects. He formed hard rock band Black Country Communion (BCC) with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol); releasing two albums – 2010’s self-titled debut and 2011’s sophomore album 2 – and a live two-disc DVD Live Over Europe during the span of twelve months. Just named “Best New Band of the Last 10 Years” by VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, the group recorded a third studio album, Afterglow, set for release on October 30, 2012. Bonamassa also recently collaborated with one of music’s most powerful female voices – singer-songwriter Beth Hart. Hart and Bonamassa come together on the new covers album Don’t Explain, featuring scorching versions of 10 classic songs first made famous by artists including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Delaney & Bonnie, Bill Withers and Aretha Franklin.

Bonamassa tours the world regularly and his ability to connect with live audiences is epic. He generally has no opening act and he never leaves the stage until the last encore two hours later. During his 2011 tour, Bonamassa wowed crowds across the U.S. playing some of the largest tour markets and venues yet, with sold-out shows in Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle and two sold-out shows at Beacon Theatre. After a show at the Grove of Anaheim, The Orange County Register’s Ben Wener raved, “I haven’t seen anything so dazzling since Steve Ray Vaughan at the Wiltern in ’86.”

A child prodigy, Bonamassa opened shows at age 12 for blues legend B.B. King, who said after first seeing him play, “This kid's potential is unbelievable…He's one of a kind.” Bonamassa’s recording career began in the early ’90s with Bloodline, a rock-blues group also featuring Robby Krieger’s son Waylon and Miles Davis’ son Erin. His solo debut was in 2000 with the Tom Dowd-produced A New Day Yesterday.

Get the free download of the single “Driving Towards The Daylight” HERE. Watch the official music video for the title track “Driving Towards The Daylight”.

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<![CDATA[Jerry Seinfeld]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1586 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 20:00:00 GMT Don't miss Jerry Seinfeld as he returns to Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on Saturday, November 17th.

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<![CDATA[City Spotlights Leadership Program named one of Boston Business Journal’s Spotlight Charities]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/130 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:00:00 GMT Citi Performing Arts Center’s signature arts education program highlighted at Boston Business Journal’s Corporate Citizenship Summit.

BOSTON (September 13, 2012) – On September 12, 2012, the Boston Business Journal highlighted Citi Performing Arts Center’s City Spotlights Leadership Program as a Spotlight Charity at its annual Corporate Citizenship Summit. The event honored 71 of Massachusetts’ top companies for charitable giving, and benefited the nonprofit organization’s education program, as well as Life is Good Playmakers.

In Summer 2012, 28 teens representing 15 neighborhoods and 20 different Boston-area schools—most of whom had no formal arts training and little-to-no arts opportunities in their classrooms—participated in the City Spotlights Leadership Program. For five weeks in July and August, the teen leaders were given the chance to develop leadership and 21st century skills, while also receiving intensive dance, theater, and music training from professional artists and community leaders. The program culminated in 95 original performances, reaching 15,886 people across the city. The teen leaders also conducted workshops for Boston youth, and showcased their work in a capstone performance in the Citi Wang Theatre’s Grand Lobby.

At the Boston Business Journal event, Citi Center President and CEO, Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., introduced the City Spotlights Leadership Program to the 700+ attendees and showed a short video of the 28 teen participants of the program performing their original song, “No More.” The video can be viewed at citicenter.org/gallery.

“Citi Performing Arts Center is so proud of the talented youth in the City Spotlights Leadership Program who have used their creativity to inspire our community,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., Citi Center’s President and CEO, “And we thank Boston’s civic-minded corporations who share the belief that business and creativity work well together.”

Aligned with Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s youth job creation initiative, the City Spotlights Leadership Program is free-of-charge and enables teens to earn a small stipend while learning leadership, professional, and performance skills, exploring community change, receiving instruction and mentorship by professional artists and community leaders, delivering peer-to-peer programs in local community centers, and performing through an innovative street theatre tour. Corporate donations from the Boston Business Journal event will help underwrite the cost of the Summer 2013 session.

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<![CDATA[Jackie Evancho]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1583 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 20:00:00 GMT When Jackie Evancho submitted a video to YouTube to compete for a slot on “America’s Got Talent” she could never have predicted that a little push of the “send” button would eventually send her to the top of the entertainment industry.

Most recently, Jackie has tried her hand at both acting and modeling. She will make her acting debut in a Robert Redford-directed film “The Company You Keep” coming out later this year. And she was tapped to star in the Fall 2012 GUESS Kids clothing campaign, which will be unveiled late summer 2012.

Jackie's third album, "Songs from the Silver Screen" will hit stores on October 2. See her perform songs off her new album at the Citi Wang Theatre on February 1 at 7:30 PM.

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<![CDATA[Chicago The Musical]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1574 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 02:00:00 GMT Christie Brinkley, one of the world’s most successful supermodels, will make her highly anticipated Boston debut in CHICAGO. Catch her red-handed with John O'Hurley as Billy Flynn for a strictly limited 6-show engagement at the Citi Wang Theatre November 1-4!

There’s never been a better time to experience CHICAGO, Broadway’s razzle-dazzle smash. A sensational tale of sin, corruption and all that jazz, CHICAGO has everything you could want in a musical: knockout dancing, an edge-of-your-seat story and one showstopper after another.

With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, CHICAGO is the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Cast Recording.

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<![CDATA[So You Think You Can Dance]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1547 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 21:05:00 GMT

American Express Cardmembers can purchase tickets starting Thursday, August 23rd at 10AM. Preferred Seating available to Gold Card, Platinum Card® and Centurion® members.

To purchase tickets use the American Express button beginning Thursday, August 23rd at 10AM.

So You Think You Can Dance’s ninth-season Top 10 finalists will be hitting the road this fall making their way across North America as part of the 2012 live tour, sponsored by Just Dance 4, the world¹s No. 1 dance game franchise. The season 9 tour line-up, which will hit the Wang Theatre on November 16th, will include the following top 10 finalists: Audrey, Chehon, Cole, Cyrus, Eliana, George, Lindsay, Tiffany, Will and Witney.

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<![CDATA[John Legend]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1531 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 20:00:00 GMT The John Legend performance scheduled to take place at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on October 30, 2012 at 7:30pm has been canceled.

Refunds and returns can be made at the point of purchase.

Please note: If you ordered directly through the Citi Performing Arts Center box office with a credit card - either in person, over the phone, or via the internet – your order has been refunded. Cash refunds must be made in person at the box office.

If you have additional questions please contact Citi Performing Arts Center at 866-348-9738 or visit the Citi Performing Arts Center box office.

Please visit his website for additional information - JohnLegend.com

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<![CDATA[Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1538 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 20:00:00 GMT Citi Performing Arts Center presents the critically acclaimed, record-breaking Broadway musical production Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at the Citi Wang Theatre during the 2012 holiday season. The classic, whimsical tale will enchant audiences Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 9.

Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas” (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss) from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos.

Citi Performing Arts Center Education Department is hosting a family friendly series of free interactive readings of Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. For dates, times and information, click here.

To access the curriculum guide for Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, click here.

Show run time is 84 minutes

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<![CDATA[Russell Brand]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1537 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 03:00:00 GMT Russell Brand's performance scheduled for 8pm this Saturday, September 15th at the Citi Wang Theatre has been moved to the Citi Shubert Theatre (located directly across Tremont Street from the Citi Wang Theatre). Performance date and time will remain the same, and all Citi Wang Theatre tickets will be honored at the new venue.

Russell Brand shot to fame in the U.S. in 2008 when he was seen as rocker 'Aldous Snow' in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. Since then, the British star has become an international comedic success.

Recently Brand can currently be seen in FX Network’s “Brand X.” Russell’s six episode, half-hour, unscripted late night series, which he is also producing. The show is taped in front of a live studio audience and features Brand’s take on current events, pop culture and politics. The show was just picked up for a second season.

Brand has appeared in Warner Bros. ROCK OF AGES, ARTHUR, Universal’s HOP, GET HIM TO THE GREEK, FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, Disney’s BEDTIME STORIES and Miramax’s THE TEMPEST.

Also an acclaimed author, Brand has written two books, “My Booky Wook: A Memoir of Sex, Drugs and Stand-Up,” which was on The New York Times best-seller list for five weeks in a row, and the follow up, “Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal.”

Brand hosted the 2012 MTV Movie Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards in 2008; he hosted the MTV VMA’s again in 2009 and garnered the biggest VMA audience since 2004, with nearly nine million viewers.

Beginning his career as a stand-up comedian, Brand rose to fame in the UK in 2003 for his “Big Brother” spin-off, “Big Brother’s Big Mouth.” He launched his first nationwide tour, Shame, in 2006; the show was released on DVD as Russell Brand: Live. Brand launched his second nationwide tour in 2007, Russell Brand: Only Joking; released on DVD as Russell Brand: Doin’ Life. He brought his stand-up comedy tour to the United States in 2009 with his tour, Russell Brand: Scandalous.

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<![CDATA[Ballet Folklórico de México]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1524 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 21:00:00 GMT

Mexico’s national dance company, Ballet Folklórico de México, is a visual feast of Mexican regional folk dances in whirling colors. Founded in 1952 by dancer-choreographer Amalia Hernández, the company of 48 dancers, musicians and singers incorporates a wide range of rituals, from Mayan and Aztec to modern traditions, all with spectacular theatrical flair.

$20 Student Rush tickets are available day of the show starting 1 hour prior to curtain at the box office. Limit of 2 tickets per valid student ID; CASH ONLY.

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera presents Madama Butterfly]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1504 Thu, 21 Jun 2012 23:00:00 GMT

New BLO production

Sung in Italian with projected English translation

Puccini fuses soaring musical lyricism with deep psychological and emotional depth in one of the most devastating love stories ever told on the opera stage.

A young geisha turns her back on everything she has known and experienced and, in her marriage to an American naval officer, attempts to recreate herself. In the ensuing clash of cultures, the results are ultimately tragic. Her psychological journey is evoked through music of compelling lyric strength and devastating pathos that reveal her obsessions, her fragility and her endless capacity for love.

Soprano Yunah Lee makes her BLO debut in her signature role as Cio-Cio San, and mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor debuts as Suzuki.

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<![CDATA[Morrissey]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1488 Mon, 18 Jun 2012 20:00:00 GMT Club pre-sale tickets will be available Thursday, June 21st from 10AM - 10PM.

Morrissey has just announced a sizeable fall North American tour, that kicks off in Boston at the Wang Theatre on October 5th. All tour dates are with Kristeen Young.

Morrissey will perform greatest hits from his legendary catalog as well as new unreleased songs. This is the first time Morrissey will be performing in Boston in over three years.

Morrissey is recognized as one of the most prominent artists of his generation and has been an idol for people around the world. Pitchfork has called him "one of the most singular figures in Western popular culture from the last twenty years." Morrissey’s influence can be seen and felt throughout the music of countless artists who have noted him as their inspiration.

“Morrissey isn't just any singer: he has become one of the defining rock stars of the past few decades by virtue of his grand voice, his grander songs, and his charming habit of playing with melodrama." The New York Times

Listen to our Spotify playlist of Morrissey songs below!

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera presents Cosi Fan Tutte]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1506 Thu, 14 Jun 2012 23:17:00 GMT

New BLO production

Sung in English

Mozart—master of the ambiguities of love—explores the battle between passion and reason through the lens of a playful and, at times, deeply serious farce.

Set on a sunny Neapolitan beach under the looming threat of Mount Vesuvius, two young men gamble that their fiancées will remain faithful, even under the utmost pressure. Così Fan Tutte is light, airy, ravishing and yet, in the end, moving and serious; proof that love is, indeed, a dangerous game.

British baritone Thomas Allen makes his BLO debut as the production’s stage director as well as onstage in his signature role, Don Alfonso. Allen is an established star of the world’s greatest opera houses, recently celebrating his 40th anniversary with the Royal Opera House,Covent Garden.

Caroline Worra and Sandra Piques Eddy return as the sisters Fiordiligi and Dorabella.

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<![CDATA[The Australian Pink Floyd - Exposed In The Light Tour]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1485 Mon, 11 Jun 2012 19:00:00 GMT Described in 2011 by The Times in London as “Setting the gold standard”, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is a live touring sensation which has now sold over three million tickets worldwide, and the band have created an incredible show for the “Exposed In The Light” 2012 dates. Taking its title from the lyrics of the Floyd classic “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, the 2012 “Exposed In The Light” tour will be a true Pink Floyd ‘immersion’, bolstered by new lasers, new lights and even more jaw-dropping video effects. The 2012 tour is going to be a truly multi-media sensory experience.

TAPFS is known for pushing the boundaries and taking the concert experience to a new level but the 2012 show sets the bar even higher; set the controls for the heart of the sun…. Also confirmed is Pink Floyd veteran Lorelei McBroom will be appearing on this tour. Lorelei’s credentials are staggering; she toured with Pink Floyd on the “Momentary Lapse of Reason” and “Delicate Sound of Thunder” tours, appeared in the videos for “The Dogs of War”, On The Turning Away” and the “Pink Floyd Live In Venice” TV broadcast. She also performed “The Great Gig In The Sky” with Pink Floyd; a song she will now perform with TAPFS.

Emerging back in 1988, the original and credible Floyd act TAPFS has been getting bigger and better ever since. The band were described by Floyd drummer Nick Mason on BBC 5 Live as “Very good, probably better than we are,” and even engaged by David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday celebration! The Mirror hailed the act quite simply as, “The kings of the genre”.

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<![CDATA[The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1476 Tue, 05 Jun 2012 18:00:00 GMT Every performance to date of "The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses” has sold out far in advance. Don't miss your opportunity to get great seats early!

Backed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and concert choir, "The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses” brings the world's most popular video game series to life on the big screen with dynamic and compelling music and video! Enjoy original music spanning 25 years of adventure from the celebrated Zelda franchise, uniting music and visuals in a way never before realized.

"The Legend of Zelda™: Symphony of the Goddesses" is the first ever video game themed concert to feature a complete 4 movement symphony, showcasing the work of Nintendo composer and sound director Koji Kondo.

Witness 25 years of video game history unfolding complete with gorgeous and cinematic video presentation, synced to picture with the game’s sensational, thematic and action-packed music played live by a full symphony orchestra.

The Legend of Zelda™ is among the most famous media franchises of all time. Over 62 million copies of the game have been sold since its introduction in 1986, grossing more than Avatar and Titanic combined.

Beyond the fifteen Zelda video games, Zelda’s popularity has spawned a book series, comic book, Saturday morning cartoon, and even its own breakfast cereal. The most recent game, Skyward Sword, set a new record for the franchise, selling over 550,000 copies in a week and becoming Zelda's fastest-selling title. Nintendo’s fan club and mailing list continue to add over a million new members every year throughout the world.

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<![CDATA[Mummenschanz, 40th Anniversary]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1440 Fri, 25 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT

For 40 years, audiences of all ages have been delighted by the incredible humor, versatility and pure imagination of Mummenschanz. The celebrated Swiss performance troupe has captivated the world with its groundbreaking non-verbal theatre of movement and transformation.

Student Rush
$20 CASH ONLY (2 tickets max per ID). Available for all evening performances starting 90 minutes prior to curtain.

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<![CDATA[Lar Lubovitch Dance Company]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1439 Thu, 24 May 2012 19:00:00 GMT

The Lar Lubovitch Dance Company was created in 1968 to realize the artistic vision of Lar Lubovitch, one of this country's foremost choreographers. Over the past 41 years, the company has gained a reputation as one of the world's top-ranked modern dance companies, performing in virtually every state of the US, as well more than 30 other countries. Lar Lubovitch has been cited by The New York Times as "one of the ten best choreographers in the world," and the company has been called a "national treasure" by Variety.

The Program includes:

North Star (1978)
Choreography: Lar Lubovitch
Music: Philip Glass, “North Star”

Little Rhapsodies (2007)
Choreography: Lar Lubovitch
Music: Robert Schumann, “Symphonic Etudes,” Opus 13

Crisis Variations (2011)
Choreography: Lar Lubovitch
Music: Yevgeniy Sharlat (“Crisis Variations” is a suite for five players based
on Franz Liszt’s “Transcendental Etudes” for piano)

The Legend of Ten (2010)
Choreography: Lar Lubovitch
Music: Johannes Brahms, “Quintet for Piano and Strings in F Minor,
Opus 34,” Movements I & IV

The Celebrity Series of Boston Dance Series is sponsored by The Little Family Foundation and the John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation. Media Partner is WGBH

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<![CDATA[Leonard Cohen]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1427 Fri, 04 May 2012 03:00:00 GMT Legendary singer/songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen will grace the Wang Theatre stage with a new live show on Saturday, December 15th. Cohen’s “Old Ideas World Tour 2012” follows on the heels of his previously announced European concert dates. The tour, celebrates Cohen’s highly acclaimed twelfth studio album, Old Ideas. The album debuted at #1 across the globe, making it the highest charting album of his career. For more tour information visit www.LeonardCohen.com.

The “Old Ideas World Tour 2012” follows Cohen’s triumphant 2008-2010 world tour – his first in 15 years -- which was met with overwhelming praise. The New York Times reported that “Mr. Cohen sang these words with a kind of gracious generosity…awash in wild applause,” while The San Jose Mercury News reported “The show underscored what his fans already know: Leonard Cohen is one of the greatest singer-songwriters in the history of popular music.” The Victoria Times Colonist reported that Cohen received “an automatic standing ovation at what was clearly the Church of Leonard.” The Vancouver Sun called the show “nothing short of a religious experience” and the Toronto Sun declared Leonard Cohen “Charming, funny, poignant, smart, sharp, sexy… he is still a ladykiller.”

In his sixth decade of producing critically acclaimed music, Leonard Cohen is arguably one of the greatest singer-songwriters of all time. Old Ideas, released on January 31, 2012 by Columbia Records, has earned worldwide accolades for its highly acclaimed collection of new songs. USA Today raves that "Old Ideas is the work of a master craftsman," while Rolling Stone gave the album 4 ½ stars. TIME Magazine states, “Listeners have been relying on Cohen's heartbroken yet grinning, world-weary yet hopeful voice to get through that night for decades, and this album should continue that for a whole new batch of souls." Newsday hails Old Ideas as "GRADE A... Stunningly simple, incredibly deep and destined to be a classic." The Telegraph (UK) reports that “Old Ideas is an unexpected and precious gift of new gems from an old master," and The Irish Times exclaimed that “The more you play it the better it gets." The Times (South Africa) commended it as "an album of poetic and pared-down musical genius,” and the Montreal Gazette simply states that “Lyrically, Cohen is at the top of his game."

Leonard Cohen is a master songwriter, musician and poet whose stunning body of original work has touched the lives of millions. Citing W.B Yeats, Irving Layton and Walt Whitman as literary influences, Cohen first shot to the forefront of the music industry in the 60’s and has remained an inspirational talent and contributor to the industry since he first emerged. His albums Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), I'm Your Man (1990) and Dear Heather (2004) are rightly considered classics along with the beautiful singles "Hallelujah" and "Suzanne." He has sold over 20 million albums, worldwide and published 12 books. With a career spanning five decades, Leonard Cohen has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame (2008), and the Songwriters Hall Of Fame (2010), and is a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient (2010).

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<![CDATA[Summer Job Openings for Teens in Leadership Program at Citi Performing Arts Center]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/124 Tue, 24 Apr 2012 10:00:00 GMT Youth ages 14-19 are encouraged to apply for a 5 week program to build leadership and performance skills

BOSTON (April 24, 2012) – Citi Performing Arts Center seeks youth ages 14-19, for its summer City Spotlights Leadership Program. Participants develop leadership, professional, and performance skills through a 5-week exploration of hip hop. The program takes place at Citi Performing Arts Center, July 9 through August 10. Participants receive a stipend for their work. The program culminates in a youth-created performance tour throughout Boston.

Applicants may schedule an interview by contacting Rachel Rhoades at ed1@citicenter.org or 617-532-1221. Interviews will take place weekdays beginning April 18th. Previous performing arts experience is not necessary. Applicants are asked to memorize and present a 2-minute monologue from a scripted play or published poem, sing 16 bars of a song, and bring a resume if possible.

AT A GLANCE:
WHAT City Spotlights Leadership Program
WHEN July 9 – August 10, Monday thru Friday full-time
WHERE Citi Performing Arts Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston
WHO Youth ages 14-19
Previous performing arts experience not required
Stipends available.
HOW TO APPLY Contact Rachel Rhoades at ed1@citicenter.org or 617-532-1221 to schedule an interview.
ABOUT The City Spotlights Leadership Program is part of Citi Performing Arts Center’s education programming. Programs enable every youth to explore his/her own creativity, through instruction and mentorship by professional teaching artists and peer leader trainers from the community. Programs are open to any teen with an interest in developing their creative voice. More information available at citicenter.org/education.

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ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: April 24, 2012
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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Presents Free April Vacation Arts Program at Dudley Branch Library]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/121 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 10:00:00 GMT Youth ages 11-19 are encouraged to participate in hip hop and spoken word program during April school vacation.

BOSTON (April 11, 2012) – Citi Performing Arts Center invites youth ages 11-19, to participate in the weeklong City Spotlights Spoken Word Project at the Dudley Branch Library during upcoming April school vacation week. In this FREE program, participants will develop spoken word, storytelling, and performing arts skills while exploring hip hop culture. The program takes place at the Dudley Branch Library in Roxbury from April 17-20, 3-5pm. Participants must be able to attend all sessions. At the end of the program, participants will present their original work during a poetry slam event held at the Dudley Branch Library.

Register online at citicenter.org/education or contact Che Madyun at cmadyun@citicenter.org or 617-532-1256. Previous performing arts experience is NOT necessary. The City Spotlights Spoken Word Project is generously supported by the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund of the Boston Public Library.

AT A GLANCE:
WHAT City Spotlights Spoken Word Project
WHEN April 17 - April 20
3 - 5pm
WHERE Dudley Library Branch, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA
WHO Youth ages 11-19
Previous performing arts experience not required.
HOW TO REGISTER Online at citicenter.org/education Contact Che Madyun at cmadyun@citicenter.org or 617-532-1256 with any questions.
ABOUT City Spotlights Spoken Word Project is part of Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education programming. Programs enable every youth to explore his/her own creativity, through instruction and mentorship by professional teaching artists and peer leader trainers from the community. Programs are open to any youth with an interest in developing his/her creative voice and are FREE to all participants.

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ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: April 11, 2012
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<![CDATA[Celtic Thunder Voyage]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1413 Wed, 11 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Celtic Thunder return to the Wang Theatre stage on Saturday, September 22nd for one show only!

Surpassing sales of one million units combined, the musical phenomenon that is Celtic Thunder have just been hailed as BILLBOARD’s Top World Music Artist, along with Top World Music Imprint and Top World Album of 2011 for their album, Heritage.

Celtic Thunder begins 2012 with a new CD and DVD concert special, VOYAGE. VOYAGE the concert special began broadcasting across the U.S. on Public Television stations this past March(check local listings).

VOYAGE continues to pay homage to the musical culture of Ireland, while exploring the musical journey each soloist has undertaken since the beginning of Celtic Thunder four years ago. Former members Damian McGinty and Paul Byrom have moved on - McGinty’s star continues to rise after securing a reoccurring role on FOX’s hit show GLEE (a result of winning last year’s “The GLEE Project”), while Paul Byrom launches his own solo career as well. Keith Harkin is also working on a solo project while maintaining his integral role in Celtic Thunder. He is the first artist signed to the newly helmed David Foster Verve Music Group, and is readying his forthcoming solo debut wildly anticipated by “Thunder Heads” everywhere. The rest of the ensemble including Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly, Neil Byrne, George Donaldson and Emmet Cahill welcome 13-year-old Daniel Furlong to the fold as a guest artist on this recording. The group performances highlight the diversity of Irish music and song; from the powerful rendition of “Dulaman” to the love song “Maid of Culmore,” the collection also features a rousing performance of “Galway Girl” and beloved Irish party song “My Irish Molly-O.” To view highlights of VOYAGE click here

In addition to their impressive sales statics, their official YouTube channel, “Thunder Tube” has received over twenty five million views since its inception in 2008. Celtic Thunder’s successful resume includes performing for President Obama at The White House’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration in 2009, opening New York City’s famed St. Patrick’s Day Parade two consecutive years in a row (2008 & 2009), and most notably six hit Public Television specials and numerous sold out concerts all across America.

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<![CDATA[Fiona Apple]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1410 Tue, 10 Apr 2012 03:00:00 GMT Don't miss GRAMMY®-winning artist Fiona Apple on Saturday, June 30th at the Wang Theatre as she tours in support of her first album in seven years.

Like Apple’s 1999 record, When the Pawn…, the new album’s title is a poem:

THE IDLER WHEEL IS WISER
THAN THE DRIVER OF THE SCREW
AND WHIPPING CORDS WILL SERVE YOU MORE
THAN ROPES WILL EVER DO.

“Whet your appetite for a new Fiona LP (yes!) with this tasty, arresting new ballad, which she busted out during a SXSW show,” said Rolling Stone, placing the first single “Every Single Night” on the “RS Playlist” while The New York Times marveled at how it “seesawed between lullaby and vehement chantey.”

Listen to "Every Single Night"

“Every Single Night” was one of three new songs Apple introduced on her recent sold-out spring tour – her first outing in five years. New York Magazine’s Vulture.com hailed her performances as “mind-blowing” while the Village Voice called her “a lightning-rod presence” and the Philadelphia Inquirer observed: “the word performance doesn’t seem apt. There’s nothing pat about what she does.”

"Fiona Apple has control. That’s clear from the moment she took the stage,” said The New York Times. “She has always been part blues woman, part dark cabaret singer, part illicit rock confessor. Her songs limn the erotics of danger and also the pains of disappointment, drawing equal strength from both.”

You can check out Apple performing “Every Single Night” and “Anything We Want,” another track from her upcoming album, at: fiona-apple.com

Apple made her debut at age 19 with 1996’s Tidal, which is certified triple Platinum. Rolling Stone named her Artist of the Year in 1997 and in 1998 she won a GRAMMY for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for one of the album’s singles, “Criminal.” When the Pawn…followed in 1999, and was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “the work of an original.” Extraordinary Machine debuted in the Top 10 of The Billboard 200 and appeared on numerous critics’ best-of-2005 lists.

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<![CDATA[Earth Wind & Fire Performing with Orchestra]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1393 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 17:00:00 GMT The legendary band, Earth, Wind & Fire embark on their first concert dates of the 2012 “Guiding Lights” summer concert tour with a stop in Boston on June 12th at the Wang Theatre.

A celebrated legacy of over four decades has produced 20 Grammy® Awards nominations with 8 wins. Earth, Wind & Fire’s music continues to be among the most plays songs in the world. The group’s new single, “Guiding Lights” (Sony/Legacy) is currently Top 30 on the Billboard Urban Adult Chart.

The signature sound of Earth, Wind & Fire is not easily categorized and since the group’s inception they have been profoundly influential to a powerhouse of music artists ranging from Prince to Beyoncé and generations of millions fans around the world. Earth, Wind & Fire as performed live to sold-audiences on every continent and is led by founding members, Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson.

Websites: earthwindandfire.com and efwfanclub.com.

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<![CDATA[Dukes of September Rhythm Revue]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1394 Wed, 28 Mar 2012 02:00:00 GMT Three R&B legends, singer/pianist Donald Fagen, vocalist/keyboardist Michael McDonald and singer/guitarist Boz Scaggs make up the Dukes of September Rhythm Revue coming to the Citi Wang Theatre on August 9th for one show only.

This ensemble has taken this tour across the country performing classic rock, R&B and Motown hits from the 60s and 70s. The musicians take turns on lead vocals and even perform some of their own hits. In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Fagen says that the idea behind the group “…was to play music that we all liked when we were kids — music that made us want to become musicians in the first place.”

Donald Fagen is the co-leader/founder and keyboardist for Steely Dan. Some of his hits include “Do It Again,” “Reeling in the Years,” “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “Dirty Work,” “Bodhisattva,” “My Old School,” “Night By Night,” “Pretzel Logic,” “Black Friday,” “Bad Sneakers,” and “Third World Man.”

Michael McDonald is a five-time Grammy winning artist and songwriter who is known for his work with various charitable causes, as well as his days with The Doobie Brothers. Some hits include “What a Fool Believes,” “Takin’ It to the Streets,” and his Grammy-award winning rendition of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.”

Boz Scaggs is a Grammy Award winning guitarist who you may recognize from his contributions to the Steve Miller Band. His hits include “Look What You’ve Done to Me,” “Lowdown,” “Isn’t It Time,” “Hard Times,” “Jojo,” and more!

Don’t miss these three musicians as they take you on a music revue of some of classic hits of the 60s and 70s this summer!

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<![CDATA[Crosby, Stills & Nash]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1385 Mon, 19 Mar 2012 19:00:00 GMT The CSN U.S. Summer Tour comes on the heels of their Australia/New Zealand and South American tours. Highlights for this summer's tour include the Wang Theatre on June 18th.

CSN will be donating $1 from each ticket sold on the U.S. Summer Tour to charity. In addition, special benefit seats will be available for purchase through The Guacamole Fund (www.guacfund.org). VIP packages are also available at www.crosbystillsnash.com.

The players accompanying Crosby, Stills & Nash on their 2012 tour are: Todd Caldwell (organ), Shane Fontayne (guitar), Steve DiStanislao (drums), Kevin McCormick (bass), and James Raymond (keyboards).

More than four decades since CSN first harmonized in Laurel Canyon, and played their first-ever concert as a trio at the legendary Woodstock festival, its members continue a creative partnership that is one of the most influential and enduring in music. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame two times—once with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a second time with The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and The Hollies, respectively. They have also been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, with the honor recognizing both CSN as a group, and each member as individual solo artists.

CSN’s music first became a cornerstone of rock ‘n roll with the self-titled 1969 debut LP, one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” Ever since—through changing times, various configurations, and acclaimed solo careers—Crosby, Stills & Nash have continued to tour and record as “three together.”

Visit their site at www.crosbystillsnash.com.

*You will be contacted via e-mail a few days prior to the actual show date with additional details concerning your VIP package. Information will be sent to the e-mail address provided at the time of purchase.
All packages are Non-Refundable and Non-Transferable; No Refunds will be given under any circumstances except in the case of cancellation. No Name Changes will be permitted under any circumstances. VIP merchandise will be shipped directly to each package purchaser at the address provided at the time of purchase; delivery may occur after event date. Please allow a minimum of 30 days after the event to receive your package. Merchandise is not needed for entry into the show; the VIP laminate does not gain or authorize access into the venue or any backstage areas. It is for commemorative purposes only.

 

 

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<![CDATA[Idina Menzel]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1376 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:00:00 GMT Tony Award-winning actress, singer and songwriter Idina Menzel, star of Broadway’s Wicked and the original stage production of Rent, will bring her new live show backed by a full orchestra to the Citi Wang Theatre on Saturday, September 29th.

Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl, in the blockbuster Wicked and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in the revolutionary Rent. This season, Menzel reprised her role on “Glee,” FOX’s smash hit television series, as Shelby Corcoran, Rachel’s biological mother.

“I am so thrilled to be going back on tour this summer. I am eager to reconnect with my audience, perform my favorite songs and explore some exciting new material,” said Menzel.

Amazing audiences with her captivating performances, Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in film, television, and in music. On March 6th, she released a CD and DVD entitled IDINA MENZEL LIVE: BAREFOOT AT THE SYMPHONY, a special journey through a diverse repertoire of classic pop and musical theater favorites, including a fresh spin on contemporary songs, led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch, filmed at The Royal Conservatory’s beautiful Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada. IDINA MENZEL LIVE: BAREFOOT AT THE SYMPHONY premiered on PBS stations in March.

Menzel also premiered Wicked in London’s West End to rave reviews and received a Theatergoers Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Menzel’s talents garnered a Drama Desk Award nomination, as well as a Drama League Award nomination for her role in See What I Wanna See directed by Ted Sperling at The Public Theater. Menzel also appeared in ABC’s television series “Private Practice.”

Menzel’s film credits include Disney’s romantic fable, Enchanted where she appeared opposite Susan Sarandon, Patrick Dempsey and Amy Adams; Rent, in which she reprised her role as Maureen; and a co-starring role in Robert Towne’s Ask the Dust, opposite Selma Hayek and Colin Farrell.

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<![CDATA[The Shins]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1377 Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:00:00 GMT The Shins play the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on Friday, May 4th in support of their new album Port of Morrow. Special guests Real Estate.

After a five-year hiatus, The Shins, an American indie rock band founded and fronted by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist, James Mercer, are back with a new lineup and one of the year’s most anticipated new albums, “Port of Morrow,” released in the U.S. on March 20. The band released their first track from the new album "Simple Song" earlier this year.

The band’s fourth album, “Port of Morrow,” comes five years after The Shins’ Grammy-nominated album “Wincing the Night Away” entered the Billboard 200 at No. 2. The Wang Theatre show will feature James Mercer leading a Shins lineup of Yuuki Matthews (bass), Jessica Dobson (guitar), Richard Swift (keyboards) and Joe Plummer (drums).

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<![CDATA[Memphis]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1348 Tue, 06 Mar 2012 06:00:00 GMT Student/Senior Rush
Two (2) tickets per ID available 90 minutes before show time at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre box office, cash only. Only good for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening performances. Subject to availability.

TURN UP THAT DIAL... From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS is about a radio DJ who wants to change the world and a club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.

Winner of four 2010 Tony® Awards including Best Musical, MEMPHIS features a Tony®-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony®-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony®nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway’s most exciting new destination... MEMPHIS!

Part of the Lexus Broadway In Boston Series

Season Tickets are now on sale for the 2012/2013 Series including:

To order Season Tickets visit the Broadway In Boston website or call 866-523-7469.

Tickets go on sale to the public on Sunday, September 16th at 10AM. Tickets will be available online, by phone or at the Citi Center Box Office.

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<![CDATA[Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1353 Sat, 03 Mar 2012 02:00:00 GMT Test your news knowledge at a live taping of NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Join host Peter Sagal, official judge & scorekeeper Carl Kasell, and a line-up of witty panelists for an evening of informative fun on Thursday, April 12th at 7:30PM at the Citi Wang Theatre.

A co-production of NPR & Chicago Public Radio, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me! takes a fast-paced, irreverent look at the news of the world, and the weird. It’s a modern, hilarious twist on the old-time radio quiz show, with featured games including the always popular “Not-My-Job,” which invites local and national personalities to answer questions that are out – way out – of their area of expertise.

It's a rare trip to Boston for this oddly informative quiz show. Don't Wait Wait to buy tickets – shows sell out fast!

 

 

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<![CDATA[IL DIVO]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1226 Tue, 28 Feb 2012 04:00:00 GMT Citi Performing Arts Center welcomes IL DIVO back to the Wang Theatre on Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 in support of their fifth studio album, Wicked Game and as a stop on their 2012 World Tour.

With a new show designed by Creative Director Brian Burke (Artistic Director of 'La Reve' and Celine Dion's 5 year run of 'A New Day' at Caesars Palace, both in Las Vegas), and performed with the Il Divo band and famed Boston orchestra, the 2012 tour promises to incorporate a stunning visual and musical mix of fan favourites as well as premiering songs from their new album Wicked Game.

Wicked Game, the group's fifth studio album, includes the title track (a dramatic reworking of the Chris Isaak classic), an emotionally beautiful rendering of Roy Orbison's 'Crying,' a heavenly song inspired by Samuel Barber's 'Adagio for Strings' called 'Dove L'Amore' and a stunning version of the unforgettable ‘Time To Say Goodbye’.

Recently named Artist of the Decade at the Classic BRITS, Il Divo are the most successful international musical break-out story of the millennium, selling more than 25 million albums and pioneering the classical crossover genre. Their ground-breaking success has brought an entirely new sound to vocal music and the group has more than 150 gold and platinum awards in 33 countries. Their first four albums, Il Divo, Ancora, Siempre and The Promise have achieved 50 #1 album chart positions internationally. Il Divo is Carlos Marin, Sebastien Izambard, David Miller and Urs Buhler.

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<![CDATA[CHITA RIVERA: My Broadway]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1331 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 02:00:00 GMT

LIVE ON STAGE!
TWO-TIME TONY AWARD WINNER CHITA RIVERA
PERFORMING SONGS FROM HER LEGENDARY BROADWAY CAREER IN
CHITA RIVERA: MY BROADWAY

The Boston Youth Moves’ Producers’ Circle invites you to the 2012 Swellegance Gala Benefit will feature two-time Tony Award winner CHITA RIVERA performing songs from her legendary Broadway career in her own concert CHITA RIVERA: MY BROADWAY at the Citi Shubert Theatre on Friday May 4th at 8pm. All proceeds will go to Boston Youth Moves.

Ms. Rivera will be accompanied by a 6-piece orchestra, led by musical director Michael Croiter, and will perform selections from her most celebrated musicals, including numbers from West Side Story (“America”), Sweet Charity (“Where Am I Going?” and “Big Spender”), Chicago (“All That Jazz” and “Nowadays”), Kiss of the Spider Woman,, Bye, Bye, Birdie and The Rink, and featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein, John Kander & Fred Ebb, Charles Strouse, Stephen Sondheim and Cy Coleman among others.

According to Boston Youth Moves Co-Director Jeanette Neill, "We are honored for the opportunity to share this living legend, Chita Rivera, with Boston. Chita's generosity and commitment to fostering the next generation of young artists has lead to this extraordinary ONE NIGHT ONLY performance to benefit Boston Youth Moves and we couldn't be more thrilled!"

Now in it’s 12th year, Swellegance is the embodiment of fun and sophistication. It’s an evening of smart cocktails, swell people and sophisticated entertainment that has rapidly become one of the major events in the city of Boston. Boston Youth Moves (BYM) is a non-profit, after-school arts education program whose mission is to encourage young people, through training in the art of dance, to explore their limitless potential for artistic expression and realize personal success. Begun in 1990 by Jim Viera and Jeannette Neill, BYM offers superlative dance training to teens in the Boston and greater Boston area and provides subsidized tuition for its students and offers scholarships and financial aid to students in need.

CHITA RIVERA is an accomplished and versatile actress, singer and dancer who has won two Tony Awards as Best Leading Actress in a Musical (Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Rink) and received seven additional Tony nominations. She starred in the Broadway and touring productions of The Dancer’s Life, a dazzling new musical celebrating her spectacular career, written by Terence McNally and directed by Graciela Daniele. She recreated her starring role in The Visit, the new Kander/Ebb/McNally musical at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, VA (originally done at the Goodman Theatre, Chicago in 2001). She also starred in the revival of the Broadway musical Nine with Antonio Banderas. She trained as a ballerina (from age 11) before receiving a scholarship to the American School of Ballet from legendary George Balanchine. Chita’s first appearance (age 17) was in the chorus of Call Me Madam. Her electric performance as Anita in the Broadway premiere of West Side Story (1957) brought her stardom, which she repeated in London. Her career is highlighted by starring roles in Bye Bye Birdie, The Rink (Tony Award), Chicago, Jerry’s Girls, Kiss of the Spider Woman (Tony Award), and the original Broadway casts of Guys and Dolls, Can-Can, Seventh Heaven and Mr. Wonderful. On tour: Born Yesterday, The Rose Tattoo, Call Me Madam, Threepenny Opera, Sweet Charity, Kiss Me Kate, Zorba, Can-Can with The Rockettes. Chita was awarded The Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama on August 12, 2009. She received the coveted Kennedy Center Honor in Washington, DC in December, 2002 and is the first Hispanic ever chosen to receive this award. Chita has recorded and released a new CD entitled And Now I Swing (Yellow Sound Label) and is on a nationwide concert tour of Chita Rivera: My Broadway. Her most treasured production is her daughter, singer/dancer/choreographer Lisa Mordente.

“Chita Rivera has a gleam in her eye, a smirk on her lips and a bounce in her step…you leave this show walking on air!” – The New York Times

“Chita Rivera is more than a musical theatre star. She’s a force of nature.” – Associated Press

“Chita Rivera is irresistible!” – Newsweek

“Shimmering show-biz perfection.” – Los Angeles Times
“Ever-riveting! Chita Rivera has the rare presence of a thoroughbred star!” – USA Today

“Chita Rivera is a wonder to behold.” – Wall Street Journal

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Presents FREE February Vacation Arts Program at Dudley Branch Library]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/118 Mon, 23 Jan 2012 11:00:00 GMT Youth ages 11-19 are encouraged to participate in hip hop and spoken word program during February school vacation.

BOSTON (January 23, 2012) – Citi Performing Arts Center invites youth ages 11-19, to participate in the weeklong City Spotlights Spoken Word Project at the Dudley Branch Library during upcoming school vacation week. In this FREE program, participants will develop spoken word, storytelling, and performing arts skills while exploring hip hop culture. The program takes place at the Dudley Branch Library in Roxbury from February 21-24, 3-5pm. Participants must be able to attend all sessions. At the end of the program, participants will present their original work during a poetry slam event held at the Dudley Branch Library.

Register online at citicenter.org/education or contact Ramona Lisa Alexander at ralexander@citicenter.org or 617-532-1221. Previous performing arts experience is not necessary. The City Spotlights Spoken Word Project is generously supported by the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund of the Boston Public Library.

AT A GLANCE:
WHAT City Spotlights Spoken Word Project
WHEN February 21 - February 24
3 - 5pm
WHERE Dudley Library Branch, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA
WHO Youth ages 11-19
Previous performing arts experience not required.
HOW TO REGISTER Online at citicenter.org/education Contact Siobhan Brown at sbrown@citicenter.org or 617-532-1250 with any questions.
ABOUT City Spotlights Spoken Word Project is part of Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education programming. Programs enable every youth to explore his/her own creativity, through instruction and mentorship by professional teaching artists and peer leader trainers from the community. Programs are open to any youth with an interest in developing his/her creative voice and are FREE to all participants.

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ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: January 23, 2012
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<![CDATA[Death Cab for Cutie featuring Magik*Magik Orchestra]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1295 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Citi Performing Arts Center welcomes Death Cab for Cutie featuring San Francisco’s celebrated Magik*Magik Orchestra and on Saturday, April 21 at 7:30PM. The band Low will open. Death Cab for Cutie will perform in support of their critically acclaimed album “Codes and Keys”, available now on Atlantic Records.

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<![CDATA[Ticket Access Enables 750 Youth and Families to Attend Radio City Christmas Spectacular]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/113 Wed, 04 Jan 2012 11:00:00 GMT Support for ticket access provided by Macy’s, Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation and Citi Center’s SpectrumBoston Access Fund.

BOSTON (January 4, 2012) – Citi Performing Arts Center is proud to announce that during December’s 53-performance run of Radio City Christmas Spectacular, nearly 750 youth and families attended the show free of charge thanks to support from Macy’s, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, and Citi Center’s SpectrumBoston Ticket Access Fund.

On December 11, 2011, 50 teen participants from Citi Center’s arts education programs attended the holiday show with their families through generous funding from Macy’s. On December 21, 2011, the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation celebrated its partnership with Citi Performing Arts Center by hosting over 100 youth from other partner organizations including Berklee College of Music, Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Children’s Hospital Boston, Horizon’s for Homeless Children, Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Mass Mentoring Partnership, and the Perkins School for the Blind. Attendees had the opportunity to attend a pre-show reception, meet the Rockettes, and take a behind the scenes tour of the production. Boston Celtics co-owner, Stephen Pagliuca, attended the event to present Citi Performing Arts Center with a check to expand its arts education programs for Boston youth and families.

In addition to the Macy’s and Shamrock Foundation events, Citi Center’s SpectrumBoston Ticket Access Fund distributed 600 tickets to community partners including Boston Centers for Youth and Families, the Boston Public Library, and Boston Public Schools teachers, students, principals, and arts specialists. The SpectrumBoston Ticket Access Fund annually distributes over 2,500 tickets and related classroom resources to schools and communities that would not otherwise have the opportunity or the funding to attend live performances. To become a Community Partner and join the Ticket Access Roster, please call 617-532-1256. To support the SpectrumBoston Access Fund, which please call 617-532-1289.

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ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: January 4, 2012
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<![CDATA[Lenny Kravitz]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1281 Wed, 28 Dec 2011 21:00:00 GMT The box office will open at 10 AM on Friday, 12/30.

Legendary rocker Lenny Kravitz is pleased to announce dates for his first American tour in five years. Set to kick off on January 27th right here in Boston, the nearly 20-city tour is happening in conjunction with the artist’s ninth studio album Black and White America.

Raphael Saadiq is set to join Lenny Kravitz as his special guest, making for what is sure to be a night of unforgettable music.

Regarded as one of the preeminent rock musicians of our time, Lenny Kravitz has transcended genre, style, race and class into a 20-year musical career, one which revels in the rich influences of '60s and '70s soul, rock and funk. Lenny Kravitz is a four time GRAMMY Award winner and has sold over 35 million albums worldwide. The artist’s multiple talents as a writer, producer and multi-instrumentalist have resonated through eight studio albums into a timeless catalog. This fall Lenny Kravitz released his 9th studio album, Black and White America to critical acclaim. Marking his first release of new material in three years, Black and White America is a rich rock and funk-infused collection filled with Lenny’s signature guitar riffs, compelling melodies and the undeniable anthemic lyricism that has been his trademark over the course of his 20-year career. For more information please go to lennykravitz.com.

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<![CDATA[Furthur]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1262 Sat, 10 Dec 2011 20:00:00 GMT Furthur is Phil Lesh and Bob Weir from The Grateful Dead along with Jeff Chimenti, John Kadlecik, Joe Russo, Sunshine Becker, Jeff Pehrson. Fans can expect Lesh & Weir to push the musical envelope with jaw-dropping improvisations and loving renditions of Grateful Dead classics when the take the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre stage for two shows on April 5th and 6th.

New and old fans of the Grateful Dead alike will be entranced as Phil & Bob take the musical journey “furthur”, exploring some of the Grateful Dead’s most beloved songs in a tour that promises to keep the feet stomping and the bodies shaking.

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<![CDATA[Free Spoken Word Program for Youth to Launch at Dudley Branch Library]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/112 Thu, 01 Dec 2011 11:00:00 GMT Youth ages 11-19 are encouraged to participate in six week hip hop and spoken word program in Roxbury.

BOSTON (December 1, 2011) – Citi Performing Arts Center invites youth ages 11-19, to join the winter session of the City Spotlights Spoken Word Project at the Dudley Branch Library. In this FREE program, participants will develop spoken word, storytelling, and performing arts skills while exploring hip hop culture. The program takes place every Wednesday at the Dudley Branch Library in Roxbury from January 11 to February 15, 4-5:30pm. Participants must be able to attend all sessions. At the end of six weeks, participants present their original work during a poetry slam event held at the Dudley Branch Library. The fall session of the program recently completed in November with a showcase for family and friends.

Register online at citicenter.org/education. Previous performing arts experience is not necessary. Contact Siobhan Brown at sbrown@citicenter.org or 617-532-1250 with any questions. The City Spotlights Spoken Word Project is generously supported by the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund of the Boston Public Library.

AT A GLANCE:
WHAT City Spotlights Spoken Word Project
WHEN January 11 - February 15
Wednesdays, 4 - 5:30pm
WHERE Dudley Library Branch, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA
WHO Youth ages 11-19
Previous performing arts experience not required.
HOW TO REGISTER Online at citicenter.org/education Contact Siobhan Brown at sbrown@citicenter.org or 617-532-1250 with any questions.
ABOUT City Spotlights Spoken Word Project is part of Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education programming. Programs enable every youth to explore his/her own creativity, through instruction and mentorship by professional teaching artists and peer leader trainers from the community. Programs are open to any youth with an interest in developing his/her creative voice and are FREE to all participants.

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ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: December 1, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

 

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center First Non-Profit Arts Organization Inducted into Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/111 Thu, 17 Nov 2011 11:00:00 GMT Award recognizes Citi Center as a global leader in achieving breakthrough business results and execution excellence through the Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard.

BOSTON (November 17, 2011) – Citi Performing Arts Center has been inducted into the international Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Executing Strategy, in recognition of its use of the Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard to achieve exemplary performance results. The induction ceremony took place on Wednesday, November 9th in San Diego, California at the Palladium 2011 Americas Summit.

As the first non-profit arts organization to be inducted in the Hall of Fame’s history, Citi Center joins a distinguished group of organizations from across the globe and both the public and private sectors including Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Cisco Systems, Inc., the FBI, and the Boys and Girls Club of Puerto Rico. As the leading strategic performance management tool, the Kaplan-Norton Balanced Scorecard is widely utilized among Fortune 500 companies but rarely applied in the non-profit sector and never in the arts. Created by Palladium Group co-founders Drs. Robert S. Kaplan and David P. Norton, the Balanced Scorecard links strategy to operations to drive business outcomes.

“The Balanced Scorecard has been a critical factor in Citi Performing Arts Center’s dramatic five-year transformation—identifying priorities, focusing resources, improving execution, and driving results,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO. “Citi Performing Arts Center considers itself an innovative model for non-profit arts organization and is proud to be recognized as the first in this esteemed international group.”

Using the Balanced Scorecard framework, Citi Center implemented a new vision and strategy in 2006—launching an innovative hybrid business model to balance its non-profit mission and operations, creating a community-based arts education program with depth, breadth, and impact, and investing in its cultural facilities and infrastructure to ensure sustainability. In the past five years, this strategy has driven breakthrough results, measured and reported through ClearPoint Strategy. Results include increasing both earned and contributed income, realigning board, staff, and volunteers, and launching a comprehensive evaluation strategy for education program impact.

Today, Citi Performing Arts Center’s Balanced Scorecard-driven turnaround has been cited as a best practice model, garnering media attention and leveraging support from the cultural and business communities. Citi Center gained recent national recognition from GuideStar and BridgeStar for its governance reform initiative, funding from The Kresge Foundation and Massachusetts Cultural Council for historic building reserves, and statewide awards from Arts/Learning for its high-impact arts education programs.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center
Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

About Palladium Group, Inc.
Palladium Group is the global leader in helping organizations solve their most pressing strategy execution challenges. We provide our clients with an integrated set of services—strategy and technology consulting, education, training, and certification—that deliver tangible results and enduring internal capabilities. The benefits of our approach are demonstrated through the Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Executing Strategy® which recognizes organizations that have achieved premium returns through outstanding execution. Visit ThePalladiumGroup.com.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: November 17, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

 

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<![CDATA[Kelly Clarkson]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1225 Mon, 14 Nov 2011 21:00:00 GMT Global superstar Kelly Clarkson announces her highly anticipated Stronger Tour 2012 in support of her 5th studio album, Stronger. The tour will stop at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on January 26th with special guest Matt Nathanson.

The album, Stronger, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and #2 on the Digital Albums Chart. All 5 of Kelly’s albums have debuted in the Top 3. The first single, “Mr. Know It All” has reached #4 on the iTunes Singles Chart and marks Kelly’s 9th Top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. Kelly recently won a Country Music Association award for Musical Event of the Year with Jason Aldean, for their hit single “Don’t You Wanna Stay.”

Entertainment Weekly calls Stronger, “a breakup album for the ages” while Billboard states, “she’s in her strongest form yet on fifth album Stronger.” The New York Times claims, “Ms. Clarkson is turning into the Mary J. Blige of pop,” while USA Today says “vocally, Clarkson has never sounded better.” Rolling Stone states Kelly has, “one of music’s most remarkable voices.”

Since bursting onto the music scene 10 years ago, Kelly Clarkson has released 5 studio albums (Thankful, Breakaway, My December, All I Ever Wanted, Stronger), sold over 20 million albums worldwide, 10 million albums in the US and has had 9 singles in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. She is the recipient of 2 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 2 MTV Awards, 1 Country Music Award and 11 Billboard Awards.

Visit Kelly's website.

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<![CDATA[Kresge Foundation Awards Citi Performing Arts Center $750,000 Challenge Grant]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/108 Fri, 21 Oct 2011 10:00:00 GMT BOSTON (October 20, 2011) – Citi Performing Arts Center announces that The Kresge Foundation has awarded a $750,000 Challenge Grant to fund Facilities Investment and Building Reserves projects at the Citi Wang and Shubert Theatres. The Kresge Foundation grant will support the maintenance and restoration of these historic venues as part of an ongoing capital campaign which will also expand arts education and outreach programs in Boston’s schools, community centers, and neighborhoods.

“Citi Performing Arts Center is proud to accept The Kresge Foundation’s grant which will enable urgent facilities improvements,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO. “For nearly a century, our landmark theatres have served as cultural icons in Boston. The Kresge Foundation’s support will ensure that they remain accessible and valued community assets for many years to come.”

In addition to facilities improvements, the Kresge Foundation grant will enable Citi Center to establish a Building Reserves Fund to ensure that the organization is well-capitalized into the future. The fund will help the organization guarantee continuity in the provision of programs and services, take advantage of opportunities to innovate, and provide for the inevitable need to reinvest in our facilities years from now.

“The Kresge Foundation believes that well-capitalized arts and cultural organizations are better able to execute their missions and provide effective and relevant programming,” said Alice L. Carle, Program Director for Arts and Culture. ”By supporting Citi Performing Arts Center, The Kresge Foundation seeks to contribute to the vitality of the Boston community."

Citi Performing Arts Center’s historic venues have long anchored Boston's downtown Theater District, attracting New England audiences with outstanding arts and entertainment and stimulating $56 million to the local economy. Two decades ago, the Wang Center for the Performing Arts, today known as Citi Performing Arts Center, completed a 10 year, $9.8M restoration campaign. The Kresge Foundation played a significant role in this initiative, awarding the Center $750,000 to restore the Wang Theatre to its original 1925 glory. Since then 12.2 million visitors from around the world have attended world-class performances in Citi Center’s theatres, and Citi Center’s education program has reached 200,000 children in all Boston neighborhoods.

In the past year, Citi Performing Arts Center has been recognized by local and international press for the essential role it plays in the city’s cultural community. Leading music industry magazine, Billboard ranked the Citi Wang Theatre #7 in the Top 10 Grossing Venues around the globe with capacities of 5,000 or less in its 2011 mid-year charts.

Today Citi Performing Arts Center faces the critical task of preserving the theatres’ spectacular architecture and adapting them for the 21st century. The Kresge Foundation’s Challenge Grant will support Citi Performing Arts Center’s ongoing investment in their upkeep, technical capacity, and restoration. In the coming months, Citi Center will be working to leverage public support to satisfy the grant’s matching requirement.

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ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: October 21, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

 

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<![CDATA[Free Spoken Word Program for Youth to Launch at Dudley Branch Library]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/107 Wed, 05 Oct 2011 10:00:00 GMT Youth ages 11-19 are encouraged to participate in six week hip hop and spoken word program in Roxbury

BOSTON (October 5, 2011) – Citi Performing Arts Center invites youth ages 11-19, to join its fall City Spotlights Spoken Word Project at the Dudley Library Branch. In this FREE program, participants develop spoken word, storytelling, and performing arts skills while exploring hip hop culture. The program takes place at the Dudley Branch Library in Roxbury from October 12 to November 16, from 4-5:30pm every Wednesday. Participants must be able to attend all sessions. At the end of six weeks, participants present their original work during a poetry slam event held at the Dudley Branch Library.

Register online at citicenter.org/education. Previous performing arts experience is not necessary. Contact Siobhan Brown at sbrown@citicenter.org or 617-532-1250 with any questions. The City Spotlights Spoken Word Project is generously supported by the Fellowes Athenaeum Fund of the Boston Public Library.

AT A GLANCE:
WHAT City Spotlights Spoken Word Project
WHEN October 12 - November 16
Wednesdays, 4 - 5:30pm
WHERE Dudley Library Branch, 65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA
WHO Youth ages 11-19
Previous performing arts experience not required.
HOW TO REGISTER Online at citicenter.org/education Contact Siobhan Brown at sbrown@citicenter.org or 617-532-1250 with any questions.
ABOUT City Spotlights Spoken Word Project is part of Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education programming. Programs enable every youth to explore his/her own creativity, through instruction and mentorship by professional teaching artists and peer leader trainers from the community. Programs are open to any youth with an interest in developing his/her creative voice and are FREE to all participants.

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ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: October 5, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

 

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<![CDATA[The Graveyard Shift]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1147 Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT   0  Outlook Express

No Peace for the Restless as DJ Ms. Thang spins the night away in The Addams Family honor Dance the night away onstage at the legendary Wang Theatre with ghosts of performers past! The evening includes a lively night of specialty cocktails, toxically cruel treats and dancing on graves. Dress to impress in creepy couture.

Proceeds from the evening benefit our award-winning arts education programs, the preservation of our historic theatres, and reserves for mission sustainability.

Want to attend our 85th Anniversary Gala Dinner before The Graveyard Shift? Learn more here.

 

 

The Addams Family – A New Musical Comedy runs from February 7-19, 2012 at the Citi Shubert Theatre.

 

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<![CDATA[La Cage aux Folles]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1134 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 22:00:00 GMT Click here for information on purchasing tickets for the December 14th ASL Interpreted and Open Captioned performance or call 1-866-348-9738 or (TTY 1-888-889-8587). Tickets can also be purchased at the Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office Tuesday thru Saturday from Noon to 6pm.

Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre welcomes LA CAGE AUX FOLLES. Winner of three Tony Awards® including the award for BEST MUSICAL REVIVAL, this hilarious new production was the biggest hit of the 2010 Broadway season, leaving audiences in stitches night after night!

Starring George Hamilton and Christopher Sieber, LA CAGE tells the story of Georges (George Hamilton), the owner of a glitzy nightclub in lovely Saint-Tropez, and his partner Albin (Christopher Sieber), who moonlights as the glamorous chanteuse Zaza. When Georges' son brings his fiancée's conservative parents home to meet the flashy pair, the bonds of family are put to the test as the feather boas fly! LA CAGE is a tuneful and touching tale of one family's struggle to stay together... stay fabulous... and above all else, stay true to themselves!

With a glorious score of hummable melodies and a dynamite cast featuring the "notorious and dangerous Cagelles," LA CAGE is an indisputable musical comedy classic... and this extraordinary new version shows you why!


Part of the Lexus Broadway In Boston Series

Visit the Group Sales page for information on purchasing 10+ tickets.

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<![CDATA[Sting - TWO SHOWS]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1097 Mon, 12 Sep 2011 17:00:00 GMT Sting will embark on the Back to Bass Tour throughout North America as he celebrates the 25th anniversary of his solo career by taking it back to bass…all of the hits, stripped down, as they haven't been played in years. Tickets go on sale beginning September 19th.

In support of his forthcoming box set collection Sting: 25 Years, slated for release on September 27, the tour features Sting backed by a 5-piece band in an intimate theatre setting.

Back to Bass finds Sting performing songs spanning his dynamic and enduring solo career, from his 1985 debut The Dream Of The Blue Turtles to his latest release, Live in Berlin, plus a selection of The Police’s greatest hits. Highlights include the Grammy® winners “Brand New Day” and “If I Ever Lose My Faith In You” plus fan-favorites “Englishman In New York,” “Desert Rose” and “Roxanne.” Sting will be joined by a band including his longtime guitarist Dominic Miller, Rufus Miller (guitarist), Vinnie Colaiuta (drummer), Peter Tickell (electric fiddle), and Jo Lawry(vocalist).

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of Sting's solo career, the definitive box set Sting: 25 Years, will be released on September 27, 2011. This collection captures for the first time both the highlights and rarities of Sting’s enduring solo career and contains three CDs, all re-mastered exclusively for this set and personally curated by Sting, as well as a previously unreleased live DVD, Rough, Raw & Unreleased, filmed at New York City’s Irving Plaza. The discs are housed in a hardcover book featuring rare photos, complete lyrics, and newly written commentary by Sting. In addition, Sting: The Best of 25 Years (single disc) will be released on October 18, 2011.

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<![CDATA[The Australian Pink Floyd Show]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1086 Tue, 06 Sep 2011 19:00:00 GMT Don't miss an evening with The Australian Pink Floyd Show (TAPFS) as they take the Wang Theatre stage on November 2nd at 8PM.

The Australian Pink Floyd Show is unquestionably one of the world's top classic rock tribute acts today. Floyd drummer Nick Mason has praised TAPFS as, “very good, probably better than we are,” while the group was even engaged by Floyd guitarist David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday celebration!

The upcoming tour will be TAPFS's most ambitious and spectacular ever as they debut a new quadraphonic sound system and state-of-the-art 3D stereographic technology. Don't miss the awe-inspiring Floyd-ian style laser and light show and host of over-sized inflatables - including a gigantic pink kangaroo!

Comprised of band members Steve Mac (vocals/guitar), Colin Wilson (bass and vocals), Jason Sawford (keyboards), David Domminney Fowler (guitar/vocals), Alex McNamara (vocals), Mike Kidson (saxophone), Paul Bonney (drums), Bianca Glynn (vocals), Emily Lynn (vocals), and Lara Smiles (vocals), TAPFS was originally formed in 1988. Over the years, the group has played to wildly enthusiastic audiences worldwide, paying tribute to the group that issued such all-time classic albums as "Dark Side of the Moon," "Wish You Were Here," and "The Wall," as well as the rock radio standards "Money," "Wish You Were Here," "Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)" and "Comfortably Numb."

The Australian Pink Floyd Show continues to rack up accolades, including being described as "setting the gold standard" and being praised as "The best tribute band in the world" (Sunday Times) and "The living embodiment of a Floyd show. If you love the Floyd, you’ll love this" (Liverpool Echo).

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<![CDATA[Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1078 Tue, 30 Aug 2011 22:00:00 GMT Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds make their Boston debut November 12 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre with special guests The Hours.


Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, the debut album, is available November 8 on Sour Mash Records. Pre-order yours now at noelgallagher.com. The first single "The Death of You and Me" is available now.

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<![CDATA[Job Openings for Teens in Fall Leadership Program at Citi Performing Arts Center]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/103 Tue, 23 Aug 2011 10:00:00 GMT Youth ages 14-19 are encouraged to apply for 8 week program to build leadership and performance skills

BOSTON (August 23, 2011) – Citi Performing Arts Center seeks youth ages 14-19, for its fall City Spotlights Leadership Program. Participants develop leadership, professional skills, and performance training in music and spoken word through an 8-week program – this fall’s session will be an exploration of hip hop culture. The program takes place at Citi Performing Arts Center from September 27th through November 18th, afterschool every Tuesday and Thursday. Participants receive a stipend for their work and must be able to attend all sessions. The program culminates in a performance tour throughout Boston. Read more about this past summer’s session here: citicenter.org/about/blogs/.

Applicants may schedule an interview by contacting Ramona Alexander at ralexander@citicenter.org or 617-532-1221. Interviews will take place weekdays from 3-5pm, beginning August 29th. Previous performing arts experience is not necessary. Applicants are asked to memorize and present a 2-minute monologue from a scripted play or published poem, sing 16 bars of a song, and bring a resume if possible.

AT A GLANCE:
WHAT: City Spotlights Leadership Program
WHEN: September 27 – November 18
Tuesday and Thursdays, afterschool
WHERE: Citi Performing Arts Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston
WHO: Youth ages 14-19
Previous performing arts experience not required
Stipends available
HOW TO APPLY Contact Ramona Lisa Alexander at ralexander@citicenter.org or 617-532-1221

ABOUT: The City Spotlights Leadership Program is part of Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education Programming. Programs enable every youth to explore his/her own creativity, through instruction and mentorship by professional teaching artists and peer leader trainers from the community. Programs are open to any teen with an interest in developing their creative voice. More information available at citicenter.org/education.

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ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: August 18, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

 

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre Honored as Top International Venue]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/102 Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:00:00 GMT Billboard Magazine, Improper Bostonian, and Boston.com’s A-List recognize Citi Wang Theatre as Premier Performing Arts Venue

BOSTON (August 18, 2011) – Citi Performing Arts Center announces that its landmark historic Wang Theatre has received international and local recognition as a top performing arts venue. Leading music business magazine, Billboard ranked the Citi Wang Theatre #7 in the Top 10 Grossing Venues around the globe with capacities of 5,000 or less in its 2011 mid-year charts. This honor acknowledges the Citi Wang Theatre‘s excellence in providing New England audiences with access to world-class arts and entertainment.

At the local level, the Improper Bostonian, metro Boston‘s guide to culture and entertainment, crowned the Citi Wang Theatre as Boston’s Best Venue, and for the second year, Citi Center was named to Boston.com’s A-List as Best Performing Arts Venue, thanks to hundreds of Boston.com voters. Together these honors recognize the essential role the historic theatre plays in the city‘s cultural life.

"As an iconic Boston landmark and nonprofit community arts center, Citi Performing Arts Center’s Wang Theatre has long been considered the ‘People’s Palace’” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO. “Today our historic theatre is attracting more diverse audiences than ever thanks to our programming partner Madison Square Garden Entertainment and the wide-range of performances offered on our stages—including sold-out performances of legendary artists like Neil Young, Eddie Vedder, and Paul Simon, to popular family fare including Cirque Eloize and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. We thank MSG Entertainment for their commitment as our booking partner in making the Wang Theatre the world-class destination it is today."

Celebrated for its beauty and architectural significance to the City of Boston, the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since opening to audiences in 1925 as the Metropolitan Theatre, it has developed from a movie “cathedral” and home to vaudeville musicals and big bands to today’s role as an impressive venue, hosting outstanding, diverse, culturally relevant performing arts and entertainment. In the 1980s, the then-called Music Hall fell into disrepair, yet through the generosity of Dr. An and Lorraine Wang, the theatre was restored to its former glory and renamed in their honor. Through innovative partnerships with Madison Square Garden Entertainment and Citibank, the 3,600 seat Citi Wang Theatre welcomes hundreds of thousands of people throughout the year. Today, with one of the five largest stages in the country, it offers popular music, theatre, Broadway, dance and family programming to New England audiences of all ages and cultures.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera - The Inspector]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1052 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 01:00:00 GMT A BLO adaptation of the Wolf Trap world premier production

The Inspector, John Musto’s witty comic gem boasts a melodic score and features a large and talented cast of established and versatile American dramatic singers. Basing the work loosely on Gogol’s 19th century farce, The Government Inspector, Musto once again teams up with librettist Mark Campbell to create a swaggeringly funny tale of bribery, fraud, corruption (and a little discreet pimping) in 1930s Sicily.

Jake Gardner, BLO’s Music Master in 2010’s Ariadne auf Naxos, stars as Mayor Fazzobaldi and joins internationally renowned Metropolitan Opera star and Grammy nominee Victoria Livengood as Sarelda. Boston-based soprano Meredith Hansen and tenor Neal Ferreira sing the young lovers Beatrice and Tancredi in a cast conducted by David Agnus. With Julius Ahn, Dorothy Byrne, David Cushing, David Kravitz, Nicole Rodin, Kathryn Skemp, and Michelle Trainor.

Half-Off Student Tickets for the Opera may be purchased in advance at the Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office. 2 tickets per valid student ID.

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera - Macbeth]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1047 Wed, 17 Aug 2011 01:00:00 GMT Verdi, master of passionate musical excitement and creator of many of the most vivid characters in opera, slams into Shakespeare, master of almost unbearable dramatic tension and unrivalled in plumbing the depths of psychological portraiture.

The result: Macbeth- bold, terrifying, hypnotic, gripping.

Music Director David Angus will lead BLO’s esteemed orchestra and chorus while David Schweizer returns to BLO after last season’s highly successful The Emperor of Atlantis. American soprano Carter Scott, fresh from The Lyric Opera of Chicago, debuts as Lady Macbeth. The cast features Metropolitan Opera baritone Daniel Sutin, making his BLO debut as Macbeth, bass-baritone Darren K. Stokes as Banquo (Carmen, 2009; Midsummer, 2011), and celebrated Met tenor Richard Crawley as Macduff. With David Cushing, John Irvin and Michelle Trainor.

Sung in Italian

New Production

Half-Off Student Tickets for the Opera may be purchased in advance at the Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office. 2 tickets per valid student ID.

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<![CDATA[Duran Duran]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1029 Tue, 02 Aug 2011 19:00:00 GMT Duran Duran perform live October 28 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. Special guest Neon Trees will open the show. Duran Duran’s new album ‘ALL YOU NEED IS NOW’ is available now.

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<![CDATA[John Mellencamp]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1015 Thu, 28 Jul 2011 17:00:00 GMT John Mellencamp’s No Better Than This Tour is just back from a run of dates in Europe. The 17-date tour kick off right here in Boston on October 25 at the Wang Theatre.

Mellencamp’s critically acclaimed No Better Than This album recording session began at Savannah’s First African Baptist Church. Mellencamp and producer T Bone Burnett would go on to record the rest of the album at Sun Studio in Memphis and in Room 414 of San Antonio's Gunter Hotel where Robert Johnson recorded in 1936. The sessions were documented on a 55-year-old mono tape recorder using just one vintage microphone at each location.

As a reflection of the diversity of styles and material that have been a hallmark of Mellencamp's eclectic career, the No Better Than This concerts are formatted into three segments. These showcase John Mellencamp in an acoustic context, fronting a small combo recalling blues/country and rockabilly roots and with his full rock band. Musicians backing Mellencamp include Michael Wanchic (guitar), Andy York (guitar), Miriam Sturm (violin), John Gunnell (electric and upright bass), Dane Clark (drums and percussion) and Troye Kinnett (accordion/keyboards).

Each of the No Better Than This tour dates will be preceded by a screening of It’s About You, the documentary by filmmakers Kurt and Ian Markus, shot on Super 8, over the course of 2009’s Bob Dylan-John Mellencamp-Willie Nelson tour of minor league baseball stadiums. The hour-long film, both a SXSW Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival selection, chronicles the creation of the No Better Than This album that was recorded on that tour’s off days. The film will be shown at 7 PM at each of the No Better Than This Tour venues so ticket holders are advised to arrive in time to see it.

As was the case with its album namesake, No Better Than This concerts have been the subject of an impressive number of laudatory reviews. A selection of excerpts from those follows.

"Mellencamp's goal in reconfiguring these songs was clear: to establish that underneath the pop-radio polish lurked deep truths about American life. ..he went about his business without abandoning his natural animal magnetism, Mellencamp succeeded." - Los Angeles Times

"Mellencamp gloriously proved that not only is he one of America’s treasures, an incredible singer-songwriter and guitarist, he’s also a master at putting together a set." - Dallas Morning News

"..a concert that seesawed between facing mortality — full of songs about death — and a stubborn determination to live fully." - New York Times "..he maintains remarkable vocal strength. It's an instrument that's perfectly suited to a catalogue of songs that aim to provide a voice to a cast of uncelebrated working-class figures." - Richmond Times-Dispatch

"His voice, grainy and loaded with gravitas, remains as compelling and as affective as it was the day he recorded ‘Pink Houses’ in 1983. It’s a voice that’s as distinctive as any of his arguably more famous peers, from Dylan to Springsteen to Petty, and like those artists, it’s attached to a man who has kept integrity high on his priority list. Johnny Cash once referred to him as one of the ten best songwriters, and Mellencamp’s newer material didn’t disappoint in a live setting." - American Songwriter

"..it was a generous show, giving the fans what they wanted, but also allowing the leader to indulge in a more old-school style." - St Paul Pioneer Press

"This concert was superb from beginning to end, with Mellencamp and his crack band taking a stripped down, neo-folk approach until the last quarter, when he unleashed his rock 'n' roll persona. I'm loath to call anything the best, but if I have to choose, this was the concert of the year in Pittsburgh." - Pittsburgh Tribune

*Please note you will be contacted via e-mail a few days prior to the actual show date with additional details concerning your VIP package. Information will be sent to the e-mail address provided at the time of purchase.
All packages are non-transferable; no will-call name changes will be permitted under any circumstances. The person who purchases the tickets must be the same person who claims the tickets at will-call with a valid photo identification. VIP merchandise will be shipped directly to each package purchaser at the address provided at the time of purchase; delivery may occur after event date. The VIP laminate does not gain or authorize access into the venue or any backstage areas. It is for commemorative purposes only.
Packages are open to U.S and Canadian Addresses Only.
For all customer service inquiries please contact tickets@fanfire.com.
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<![CDATA[Chris Tucker]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/991 Mon, 11 Jul 2011 18:00:00 GMT Armed with a trademarked style, incomparable delivery, impeccable comedic timing and a signature voice, Atlanta native Chris Tucker brings his stand-up tour to the Wang Theatre on September 10th.

Early in his stand-up career, Tucker gained a reputation as one of the leading comics on the Los Angeles circuit and was invited to participate in hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy All-Star Jam on HBO.

As an actor, high energy Tucker paired up with one of rap’s greatest, Ice Cube, in the 1995 cult classic, Friday. As “Smokey”, Tucker utilized his keen since of comedy and acting while developing a signature silver screen persona that would gain him international fame and recognition. He then gave a notable performance alongside veteran actor Lorenz Tate in Dead Presidents and landed co-starring roles in memorable films such as Money Talks, with actor Charlie Sheen; The Fifth Element, partnered with action hero Bruce Willis; and Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown.

Beyond the popularity and notoriety of the previous years’ films, it was the 1998 blockbuster hit Rush Hour that amassed a global following to catapult Tucker to international stardom. The action comedy, starring Tucker and martial artist Jackie Chan, would transfix audiences and surpass box office records, making the feature length film a certified success. The widely popular movie spawned an even more popular sequel further establishing Tucker as one of the highest paid actors in history. The third installment of the mega hit went on to debut as the number one movie in America.

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<![CDATA[Wilco]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/992 Thu, 07 Jul 2011 21:00:00 GMT ATTENTION FANS: As part of Wilco’s effort to discourage scalping and keep tickets affordable, there is a strict 4-ticket limit per person. Multiple purchases are forbidden and violation of this policy will result in the buyer forfeiting ALL purchased tickets. All tickets will be WILL CALL ONLY and name changes will not be permitted.

Picking Up Your Tickets:

Tickets will be available for ADVANCE PICK-UP at the box office beginning at 12:15pm on the day of the show. Your entire party must be present at the time of pick-up (i.e., if you bought four tickets, all four of you must be there). *No tickets will be issued to incomplete parties.*

• Guests choosing ADVANCE PICK-UP will be issued a wristband, and only those wristbanded guests (with their tickets in hand) will be able to enter the venue through a priority entrance any time after doors open.

• Valid photo ID and credit card used to purchase the tickets are required for ticket pick-up.

Tickets are non-transferable, and name changes on ticket orders are not permitted under any circumstances. If your photo ID does not match the name on your ticket order, you will be denied entry to the venue.

• Doors open at 6:15pm. The show is scheduled to begin at 8:00pm. • All guests picking up tickets after doors open are required to immediately enter the venue. Exit and re-entry will not be permitted. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding, and we look forward to a great night with Wilco! If you have any questions about your ticket order, please call 866-348-9738.

Wilco performs live at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on September 20th in support of their new album,“The Whole Love”, available September 27. Special Guest Nick Lowe.

Wilco release their eighth studio album - The Whole Love - through their newly launched dBpm Records. It follows the band’s 2009 Grammy-nominated Wilco (The Album) and was recorded at the band’s Chicago recording studio The Loft. The Whole Love features 12 new original tunes and is produced by Jeff Tweedy with Patrick Sansone and Tom Schick.

The Whole Love is a veritable sonic stew, showcasing Wilco’s far-reaching musical prowess (multiple guitars, keyboards, synthesizers and percussion plus Mellotron, strings, loops and more) perfectly accompanying Jeff Tweedy’s provocative and insightful lyrics. The Whole Love opens with the seven-minute "Art of Almost" and concludes with the twelve-minute "One Sunday Morning (Song For Jane Smiley’s Boyfriend)." In between: 10 adventurous tunes (each clocking in at four minutes or less) including the current single, "I Might".

For more info about Wilco, visit wilcoworld.net.

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Granted $8,500 through Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Fund by EdVestors]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/101 Thu, 23 Jun 2011 10:00:00 GMT Grant will increase arts access at Madison Park High School through year-long play-writing program in 2011-2012

BOSTON (June 23, 2011) – Citi Performing Arts Center has received a $8,500 grant from the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion Fund by EdVestors to fund a year-long play-writing residency at Madison Park High School in Roxbury. Citi Performing Arts Center is one of 48 recipients of $825,000 in grants by the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative which will go to support arts education programs in 50 Boston Public Schools.

According to the 2010-11 BPS Arts Inventory, only 15% of students at Madison Park High School received any arts instruction; an increase of 10% since 2008-2009, when the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative was founded. Citi Performing Arts Center’s EdVestors Arts Program will build on past work at Madison Park in Fall 2010, when it offered a 6 week artist residency to twelfth grade students. The 2011-2012 program will supplement current creative writing offerings at the school, serving 25 students in grade 12 with weekly instruction in play-writing and culminating in the creation of original performance pieces. The residency will be taught by a professional Teaching Artist, and include an in-school performance by local guest artists and ticket access to professional productions in Boston’s Theatre District.

"Citi Performing Arts Center and the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative agree that it is a right for every youth to have a creative life, to experience art, and to express themselves creatively," said Josiah A. Spaulding, President and CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. "Citi Center is proud to be part of this initiative and will continue providing meaningful arts experiences for Boston’s youth."

As a partner in Boston’s Community Learning Initiative, Citi Performing Arts Center is committed to a collaborative model of implementing arts education programming in underserved schools. Since 2009, through support from Target Corporation and EdVestors, Citi Center has served more than 6,000 students at 25 Boston Public Schools with artist residencies, “Meet the Performing Artist” workshops, and ticket access to world-class arts performances. The 2011-2012 EdVestors Arts Program at Madison Park High School builds on the success of Citi Center’s 2010-2011 EdVestors Arts Program which served 100 students at Snowden International High School in Back Bay and Odyssey High School in South Boston with high-quality, year-long arts exposure. Learn more directly from the students who participated on our blog: citicenter.org/education/blogs.

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About the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative

Launched in February 2009, the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative is a three year effort to expand arts education within BPS.  Focused on providing equity and access to quality arts learning experiences to every BPS student, the Initiative seeks to expand arts instruction, build the capacity of the system to support school-based arts programs, and to enhance partnerships between schools, arts and cultural groups, and higher educational institutions.

The BPS arts expansion effort is a key piece of Superintendent Carol R. Johnson's Acceleration Agenda, a five-year strategic direction (2009-2014) that outlines goals and priorities for transforming the Boston Public Schools. The Initiative is supported by several collaborating donors, including the Barr Foundation, the Boston Foundation, EdVestors, Hunt Alternatives Fund, the Klarman Family Foundation, the Linde Family Foundation, and other foundations and individual donors. The Initiative is based on a report, The Arts Advantage: Expanding Arts Education in the Boston Public Schools, released in February of 2009. For more details on the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative, please visit www.edvestors.org.

 About EdVestors

EdVestors is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization dedicated to driving change in urban schools through smart, strategic private investment.  EdVestors seeks to close the opportunity gap for children by identifying and shaping the most effective school improvement initiatives and partnering with donors to invest in those efforts while supporting the project leaders with hands-on expertise.  Launched in 2002 by a group of philanthropists, educators and business leaders, EdVestors has raised and directed more than $9 million to strategic school improvement efforts in Boston.  For more information about EdVestors, visit www.edvestors.org or call 617.585.5740.


About Citi Performing Arts Center

Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions.  As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience.  For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: June 23, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center, Mayor Menino, and Teens Dedicate Wang Theatre Murals]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/94 Wed, 08 Jun 2011 10:00:00 GMT Boston, MA (June 8, 2011)Citi Performing Arts Center and Mayor Thomas M. Menino dedicated a mural created by Boston’s Mayor's Mural Crew at Citi Center’s Annual Meeting on June 8, 2011. The 75-foot long mural was dedicated to the 200,000 youth, families, and teachers in Boston’s neighborhoods who have participated in Citi Performing Arts Center’s arts education programs.

In Summer 2010, Citi Performing Arts Center sought the help of the Mayor’s Mural Crew to create a large-scale artwork celebrating Boston’s vibrant arts community. In October 2010, teen artists began work on the 4-panels and completed the project in June 2011. The panels were then installed at the historic Citi Wang Theatre, backstage across from – The Wall – an autograph wall for professional stars that includes the signatures like Paul Simon, Neil Young, and Conan O’Brien among others. The mural will become part of Citi Wang Theatre’s landmark legacy.

Through its depiction of the youth participants from Citi Center’s arts education programs and the neighborhoods of Boston, the mural honors Citi Center’s art education youth participants, celebrates the Wang Theatre’s 85 year legacy, and applauds emerging young artists like the Mural Crew. Teens from Citi Performing Arts Center’s upcoming summer job program—the City Spotlights Leadership Program—were on hand for the dedication.

The Mural Crew, now in its 20th year, began as an effort to eradicate graffiti in Dorchester’s Codman Square and is now an innovative youth development program giving urban teens an opportunity to develop public artwork. The Citi Performing Arts Center mural project was completed in collaboration with Mural Crew program leaders Heidi Schork and Gregg Bernstein, and Chris Cook from the City’s Office of Arts, Tourism, and Special Events.


Mayor Thomas M. Menino dedicates Mural while surrounded by teen artists from Mural Crew

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ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: June 8, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

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<![CDATA[Steely Dan - 3 Shows!]]> http://www.citicenter.org/steelydan Tue, 31 May 2011 21:40:00 GMT The Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office will open at 10 AM on Wednesday, June 8th and Friday, June 10th.

Steely Dan comes to the Citi Performing Arts Center for three shows on Wednesday, September 28th, Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st. Each show will feature a different setlist.

Performance Schedule:
Wednesday, September 28 – “Dawn of the Dan” (songs from their first 3 albums + greatest hits)

Friday, September 30 – “Takin’ It To the Seats” (request night + greatest hits)
Request your favorite Steely Dan song and help decide the set list.
Place your song request here!

Saturday, October 1 – “The Royal Scam” (complete album + greatest hits)

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<![CDATA[Job Openings for Teens in Summer Leadership Program at Citi Performing Arts Center]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/92 Tue, 24 May 2011 10:00:00 GMT Youth ages 14-19 are encouraged to apply for 5 week program to build leadership and performance skills

BOSTON (May 24, 2011) – Citi Performing Arts Center seeks youth ages 14-19, for its summer City Spotlights Leadership Program. Participants develop leadership, professional skills, and performance training in dance, music, spoken word and acting through a 5-week program – this summer’s session will be an exploration of hip hop culture. The program takes place at Citi Performing Arts Center from July 11th to August 12th, daily from 9am-4pm. Participants receive a stipend for their work and must be able to attend all sessions. The program culminates in a performance tour throughout Boston.

Applicants may schedule an interview by contacting Ramona Alexander at ralexander@citicenter.org or 617-532-1221. Interviews will take place weekdays from 3-6pm, beginning May 23rd. Previous performing arts experience is not necessary. Applicants are asked to memorize and present a 2-minute monologue from a scripted play or published poem and bring a resume if possible.

AT A GLANCE:
WHAT: City Spotlights Leadership Program
WHEN: July 11 – August 12
Monday through Friday, 9am – 4pm
WHERE: Citi Performing Arts Center, 270 Tremont Street, Boston
WHO: Youth ages 14-19
Previous performing arts experience not required
Stipends available
HOW TO APPLY Contact Ramona Lisa Alexander at ralexander@citicenter.org or 617-532-1221

ABOUT: The City Spotlights Leadership Program is part of Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education Programming. Programs enable every youth to explore his/her own creativity, through instruction and mentorship by professional teaching artists and peer leader trainers from the community. Programs are open to any teen with an interest in developing their creative voice. More information available at citicenter.org/education.

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ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: May 23, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

 

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<![CDATA[Radio City Christmas Spectacular 2011]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/947 Thu, 19 May 2011 20:00:00 GMT BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The Radio City Christmas SpectacularTM starring the Radio City Rockettes® is returning to Boston with an ALL NEW SHOW this Holiday Season! Experience the Spectacular like never before! Along with your traditional favorites, every performance is filled with new scenes, new sets and new songs.

Get a sneak peek in this video.

Visit the Group Sales page for information on purchasing 10+ tickets.

Enjoy a full service catered event before being swept away by the dazzling performance. Click here to learn more.

Experience the convenience of pre-ordering specially prepared meals and snacks for your enjoyment prior to seeing the show. Click here to learn more about prepared meals.

 

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<![CDATA[Daniel Tosh – TOSH TOUR ON ICE]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/938 Tue, 17 May 2011 20:00:00 GMT The insanely popular comedian Daniel Tosh announces his all-new 2011 comedy tour "Tosh Tour On Ice." The tour kicks off right here in Boston with 2 shows at the Wang Theatre on July 22nd.

The all-new tour comes on the heels of his sold out "Tosh Tour Twenty Ten" smash tour, which ran 3 short months from September – December 2010, with over 75 shows drawing more than 175,000 fans.

Host of the super successful Comedy Central series, Tosh.0, Tosh was named as one of the "10 comics to watch" by Daily Variety. Tosh is currently one of the most requested headliners in the country. He has also quickly evolved into one of the most successful acts, having performed more than seven hundred shows in his career. Tosh’s casual style and sharp material have proven to be greatly appreciated by his audiences, young and old.

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<![CDATA[Straight No Chaser]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/934 Mon, 02 May 2011 20:00:00 GMT Straight No Chaser are excited to announce the schedule for their Fall 2011 Tour, kicking off in October. Things will be bigger and better this year, and they hope to see all of you at the Wang Theatre on Friday, November 18th. They'll have brand-new songs, a brand-new stage, and the biggest production they've ever toured with. But of course, you can still expect the same ten fun-loving Straight No Chaser guys in suits (maybe with bow ties) who can't wait to see you again.

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<![CDATA[Target Corporation Recognized For Target Arts Program with Boston Public Schools and Citi Performing Arts Center]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/85 Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:00:00 GMT Receives 2011 Arts|Learning Corporate Support of Arts Education Award for Target Arts Program

BOSTON (April 25, 2011) - Target Corporation has been selected by Arts|Learning to receive the 2011 Arts|Learning Corporate Support of Arts Education Award. The award recognizes Target’s commitment to arts education in Massachusetts through its support of the Target Arts Program, a partnership between Citi Performing Arts Center and Boston Public Schools (BPS) to provide free in-school arts learning opportunities for students in grades K-12. Since 2010, Target Arts Program has served 17 Boston Public Schools and more than 6,700 students. Target Corporation will be honored at the 25th Annual Champions of the Arts Award Ceremony at the State House on May 25th.

"Like Citi Performing Arts Center, Target believes that every youth has a right to have a creative life, experience art, and express themselves creatively," said Josiah Spaulding, President and CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. "This award recognizes Target’s efforts to ensure that this vision is realized in the Boston community. We look forward to continuing to work together toward this future."

Boston Public Schools Superintendent, Carol R. Johnson adds, "We are pleased that Target has chosen to invest in our efforts to expand arts enrichment programs and engage students in creative skills building that can enhance and sometimes accelerate their core academic learning experience. This recognition of Target’s commitment to expanding access to arts experiences and education for our students is well-deserved."

As a unique city-wide partnership between Boston Public Schools, Target, and Citi Performing Arts Center, the Target Arts Program fills a critical need for performing arts programs in Boston’s public schools, providing opportunities for students to see, learn, and participate in the performing arts, both in the classroom and in the theatre. Since January 2010, the Target Arts Program has invested more than $150,000 in Boston’s youth, serving 17 Boston public schools, including 7 of the 12 Turnaround Schools, and reaching more than 6,700 K-12 students through artist residencies, in-school performance assemblies, and free tickets to local professional productions in Boston’s historic Theatre District.

For more about the Target Arts Program and see video and photos, visit Citi Performing Arts Center’s media gallery (citicenter.org/gallery/). For more information about Citi Performing Arts Center’s arts education programs, call (617) 532-1256 or visit citicenter.org/education.

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ABOUT TARGET ARTS PROGRAM
The Target Arts program is a unique city-wide collaboration among Boston’s fine arts, cultural, and municipal organizations. The program aims to improve school success, engage families, and strengthen community by giving access to Boston’s rich offerings of music, dance, visual arts, theater and cultural events to students and families who typically have no opportunity to engage in the professional performing arts. Arts and cultural enrichment celebrations will develop diverse audiences by bringing information to the community through school-based development, community outreach, and citywide collaboration. The BPS Arts Office in partnership with Citi Performing Arts Center coordinates Target Arts programming. This programming includes in-school residencies and special guest artist visits and an invitation to view professional performances at Citi Performing Arts Center and other Boston Theatre District venues.

ABOUT BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Boston Public Schools serves more than 56,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 135 schools, and in 2006 won the Broad Prize for Urban Education as the top city school district in the country. Superintendent Carol R. Johnson has made expansion of arts education one of the cornerstones of the Acceleration Agenda for the Boston Public Schools (BPS). In partnership with community organizations, Dr. Johnson has committed to giving students of all ages greater access to the arts – including music, dance, theater, visual arts, and more – during and after the school day. In 2008, Dr. Johnson convened an Arts Advisory Group and commissioned a study to assess the state of arts education in the district. Following the release of the study in February 2009, BPS, in collaboration with EdVestors and other organizations, announced the creation of a $1.5 million Arts Expansion Fund to support school-based arts programs, expand district capacity to coordinate arts education initiatives, and support research and planning efforts in support of the expansion initiative. New arts investments over the past year include the creation of a citywide marching band and high school choir, among others. In October 2009, BPS was awarded a $750,000 “Arts for Young People” planning grant from the Wallace Foundation to build on the work underway and to develop a long-term sustainability plan for expanded arts in schools across the system. For more information, visit bostonpublicschools.org.

ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.

ABOUT TARGET
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at more than 1,600 stores nationwide and at Target.com. Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of Education. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: April 25, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org
Matthew Wilder | Boston Public Schools (617) 635-9494 | mwilder2@bostonpublicschools.org
Target Communications (612) 696-3400

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<![CDATA[5 Grand Masters: European Fusion in Flowers – A Floral Art Demonstration]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/922 Fri, 22 Apr 2011 22:00:00 GMT The World Association of Flower Arrangers presents, as part of the 2011 World Flower Show, "5 Grand Masters: European Fusion in Flowers". Among the acclaimed demonstrators are Grand Masters Gregor Lersch, Alison Bradley, Brigitte Auzely, Niels Van Hemert and Carles Jubany Fontanillas.

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<![CDATA[Celtic Thunder]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/911 Mon, 11 Apr 2011 22:00:00 GMT Get ready for all the fun, excitement and entertainment of Celtic Thunder LIVE, coming to the Wang Theatre on Friday, September 23rd! Celtic Thunder is hitting the road again and embarking on a North American tour to promote their new album "Heritage".

"Heritage" is the all-new Celtic Thunder Release that focuses entirely on their Celtic and Irish roots. Featuring traditional standards such as "Whiskey in the Jar," "Black is the Color," "Skye Boat Song" and "Red, Red Rose" as well as a few beautiful love songs such as, "The Dutchman", "Noreen" and "Just a Song at Twilight." Celtic Thunder Fan Favorites such as "Heartland" and "Ireland’s Call", and the new song "A Voice in the Choir".

Watch Celtic Thunder's version of "Whiskey in the Jar"

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<![CDATA[Alison Krauss & Union Station with special guest Dawes]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/905 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 17:00:00 GMT Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas with special guest Dawes are set to hit the Wang Theatre stage on July, 28th at 8 PM.

It has been several years since Alison Krauss along with Union Station band members Dan Tyminski (guitar, mandolin and lead vocals), Barry Bales (bass and harmony vocals), Ron Block (banjo, guitar and harmony vocals), and Jerry Douglas (Dobro and harmony vocals) toured together. Their last go around saw raves from critics who witnessed "Krauss and Union Station induce awe with their musical virtuosity...pangs of heartache with their ballads of disillusionment and, most significantly, the giddiness that results from hearing a familiar tune played well." (Chicago Sun Times) It is with great pleasure that they announce their live return with a nationwide tour, set to kick off in Louisville, KY on June 4th.

Alison Krauss and her band discuss the making of their latest album, 'Paper Airplane'. 'Paper Airplane' is out April 12, 2011, on Rounder Records

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Presents 5th Annual City Spotlights Performance]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/80 Tue, 05 Apr 2011 10:00:00 GMT BOSTON (April 5, 2011) – City Spotlights, a year-long initiative of Citi Performing Arts Center’s Community Learning programming will present its 5th Annual Performance showcase on Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 7 pm in Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre’s Grand Lobby. In partnership with Boston Centers for Youth and Families, the event will spotlight four Boston communities – Chinatown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan. FREE tickets can be reserved by calling 617-532-1265.

City Spotlights is a free cultural talent event featuring performing arts groups and individual performers from the Boston neighborhoods of Chinatown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan. In this special performance, performers portray the identities of Boston neighborhoods through dance, music, theatre and song, creating a story honoring the uniqueness and richness of Boston. The event brings youth and adults from across the city together with local performing arts groups and individual performers. Special Guest Artists include: Breje (R&B and hip hop vocalist), Velma Dupont (opera vocalist), The Eliot School Before School Rock Band, The Gentleman Outfit (acoustic musicians), Herb Jackson & The Exterminators (rap group), Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts (lyrical jazz dance troupe), Thee Slap Bracelets (hip-hop dance troupe).

"City Spotlights is an opportunity to see Boston through the eyes of our neighbors.” Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, Director of Education at Citi Performing Arts Center said. “Created for members of our community by members of our community, the event celebrates what makes each Boston neighborhood unique and what unites them all."

Citi Performing Arts Center created City Spotlights in 2006 to engage Boston communities in an exploration and celebration of their individual neighborhoods through the performing arts. Preparations for this year’s event began in Fall 2010 in “spotlighted neighborhoods, with performing arts workshops at Boston Centers for Youth and Families sites including Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Hennigan Community Center in Jamaica Plain, Leahy-Holloran Community Center in Dorchester, and Mildred Avenue Community Center in Mattapan. In January 2011, teaching artists continued guiding participants to create neighborhood ensembles and an original performance that was performed for local audiences at the community centers. In March 2011, ensemble members along with local guest artists came together at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre to create a unified piece honoring all of the "spotlighted" neighborhoods, and titled "City Movement: Comings and Goings of Boston." The City Spotlights event will showcase this performance and the participants’ yearlong effort.

Josiah A. Spaulding, President and CEO, adds: “City Spotlights is an annual reminder of the profound importance of the arts in our city. Despite differences in age, neighborhood, and experience, youth and adults alike come together to create a truly unique expression of community. Programs like City Spotlights make Citi Performing Arts Center proud to call ourselves a true community arts center.

City Spotlights is a part of Citi Performing Arts Center’s Community Learning programming in Boston Centers for Youth and Families sites across Boston. Citi Performing Arts Center’s Arts Education programs are committed to helping every youth explore his/her own creativity, through instruction and mentorship by professional teaching artists from the community. Programs are open to anyone with an interest in creative programs and are FREE to all participants. Visit citicenter.org/education for more information.

WHAT 5th Annual City Spotlights Performance

WHEN Saturday, April 16, 2011 at 7pm

WHERE Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, Grand Lobby, 270 Tremont St, Boston

WHO Intergenerational ensemble bringing together participants from Chinatown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan, and special guest artists including:

• Breje - R&B and hip hop vocalist
• Velma Dupont - opera vocalist
• The Eliot School Before School Rock Band
• The Gentleman Outfit - acoustic musicians
• Herb Jackson & The Exterminators - rap group
• Roxbury Center for the Performing Arts - lyrical jazz dance troupe
• Thee Slap Bracelets - hip-hop dance troupe

TICKETS Admission is FREE | General Admission Seating
Reservation limit: 4 per household,10 per organization
Call 617-532-1265 to make reservations before Friday, April 15, at 12pm Seating available on first come, first served basis. Remaining reservation holders will be accommodated via standing room.

ABOUT City Spotlights is a free cultural event spotlighting the talent of Boston neighborhoods (Chinatown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan), featuring local performing arts groups and individual neighborhood performers. In this special performance, performers portray the identities of Boston neighborhoods through dance, music, theatre and song, creating a story honoring and celebrating the uniqueness and richness of Boston.

**Photos available upon request**

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About Citi Performing Arts Center Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: April 5, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

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<![CDATA[Deep Purple]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/882 Wed, 30 Mar 2011 20:00:00 GMT DEEP PURPLE: THE SONGS THAT BUILT ROCK tour comes to Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on June 7th. This is Deep Purple’s first tour in North America in four years and will feature classic members Ian Gillan (lead vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and Ian Paice (drums, percussion) along with Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards). It will also be the bands first time in North America with a symphony orchestra.

Throughout its career, DEEP PURPLE -- who formed in England in 1968 and released their debut album that year--has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. Iconic hits include "Smoke On The Water," "Highway Star," "Space Truckin’," "Hush" and "My Woman From Tokyo."

Deep Purple Official Website

Opening for Deep Purple is Boston's own Ernie and the Automatics featuring Ernie Boch, Barry Goudreau and Sib Hashian of Boston, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame sax icon Michael "Tunes" Antunes (John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, among others) members of Peter Wolf's House Party 5. Check out Ernie and the Automatics.

Visit the Group Sales page for information on purchasing 10+ tickets.

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<![CDATA[Eddie Vedder]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/871 Thu, 24 Mar 2011 22:00:00 GMT In support of his forthcoming solo album, Ukulele Songs, Eddie Vedder will perform at the Citi Performing Arts Center on June 16th at 7:30 PM. Special guest Glen Hansard (The Swell Season, The Frames) will join Vedder on the road.

Vedder's solo album, Ukulele Songs, will be released on Tuesday, May 31st through Pearl Jam's Monkeywrench Records. Ukulele Songs is a collection of original songs and covers performed by Vedder on ukulele. The first single from the album, "Longing to Belong," is available now digitally.

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<![CDATA[An Evening with Joe Bonamassa]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/855 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 19:00:00 GMT Student Tickets: 20 % off of all regularly priced tickets. Student prices are available in advance and on the day of the performance at the Box office with a valid student ID. Limit two tickets per ID.

Citi Performing Arts Center welcomes award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his ace touring band to Boston at the Wang Theatre on November 3rd. The one-night-only show is in support of his upcoming full-length solo album, Dust Bowl. This is Bonamassa’s ninth studio release on his own J&R Adventures label, which he created with longtime manager and business partner Roy Weisman.

Get a free download of Joe's new single at www.jbonamassa.com

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<![CDATA[Artist Fellow Derrick Ashong to Make Return Visit to Boston Public Schools]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/77 Fri, 18 Mar 2011 10:00:00 GMT Boston, MA (March 18, 2011) – Making his first visit since November 2010, globally recognized youth advocate, musician, social entrepreneur, and Oprah Radio Host, Derrick N. Ashong (DNA), will continue to promote his agenda of youth empowerment when he returns to Citi Performing Arts Center, March 21-23. As Citi Performing Arts Center’s SpectrumBoston Artist Fellow, Derrick Ashong will speak to youth both at the Center and at partner sites where Citi Center’s arts education programs are currently engaged including Boston Arts Academy, Snowden International High School, and Odyssey High School. He will discuss the many ways youth can use the arts, technology, and other creative channels to create social change.

 

  • March 21 – Derrick Ashong will lead high school interns in leadership training at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, challenging the youth to serve as community advocates.

  • March 21, 22 & 23 – Ashong will participate in student assemblies at the Snowden International High School in Back Bay and Odyssey High School in South Boston as part of Citi Performing Arts Center’s Edvestors Arts Program, which provides yearlong artist residencies to Boston Public Schools. Derrick will also speak to theatre students at Boston Arts Academy in the Fenway. During a “Meet the Performer” session at each school, he will discuss social change through art with the students.

  • March 23 – Ashong will return to Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre to take part in a City Spotlights rehearsal with youth and adults from Boston, including Chinatown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan. Participants are in the process of creating an original performance piece to be presented at the fifth annual City Spotlights event.

PREVIOUS VISIT: In November, Ashong made youth civic engagement the focus of his first visit. At Citi Performing Arts Center, Derrick helped high school interns voice their plan for a safer and better community. Inspired by Election Day, the interns created a video-letter to the Governor expressing their civic concerns and proposing a unique solution. The video was later produced in partnership with teens at the Arts High School in Newark and it premiered on Inauguration Day in January (view the video here: youtube.com/citicenter). Ashong also made stops to at Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester and Madison Park High School in Roxbury, where he challenged youth to use the arts and their voices to speak up for their beliefs. At the Mildred Avenue Community Center in Mattapan, Ashong led a how-to session in the center’s recording studio, encouraging youth to use creative channels to share their concerns for the community.

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ABOUT DERRICK ASHONG Derrick N. Ashong - or DNA as he is sometimes known - is literally the voice of a new generation. Whether heard in the eloquent expression of his thoughts on then Senator Barack Obama (as seen in one of the most viewed videos of 2008 on YouTube), in his music (as leader of the emerging band Soulfège, more information: soulfege.com) in his songwriting (as winner of the 2007 Billboard Songwriting Contest for Best Hip Hop song) or in his acting ability, the Harvard educated talent has found myriad ways to inspire, engage and activate young people with positive messages for social change.
DNA is the host of "The Derrick Ashong Experience" on SIRIUS XM's Oprah Radio. The show airs Saturdays from 12:00 - 3:00 pm ET on Oprah Radio, XM channel 156 and SIRIUS channel 195 and is streamed live on OprahRadio.com. "The Derrick Ashong Experience" is a mash-up of politics, pop-culture, social media, music and the arts, informed by Derrick's experiences and travels across the globe. DNA offers inspiration, wisdom and an open mic to listeners of all ages and welcomes a wide variety of guests from the worlds of politics, new media, entertainment, and beyond. He recently participated in the United Nations Summit and was the Keynote Speaker at the Americans in the Arts Conference. For further information, please go to derrickashong.com.

ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: March 18, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

 

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<![CDATA[Varna International Presents The 2nd Songs of Life Festival]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/817 Mon, 14 Mar 2011 20:00:00 GMT The World Premiere of “A Melancholy Beauty Oratorio” celebrating the Rescue of 49,000 Jews during the Holocaust. Come and experience this beautiful oratorio with the inspiring collaboration of over 250 musicians, consisting of children and adult choirs, Bulgarian female folk vocal ensemble, a full symphony orchestra, authentic Bulgarian folk instruments, soloists and narrators.
This classical choral-orchestral work presents a combination of traditional rhythms and folk styles that are rarely encountered today!

Featuring:
Composer: Georgi Andreev
Lyricist: Scott Cairns
Contributing Author: Aryeh Finklestein
Motet Composer: Charles Osborne
Conductor: Henry H Leck

Boston Modern Orchestra Project

The Indianapolis Children’s Choir
Conductor Henry Leck

The National Folklore Ensemble "Philip Kutev"
Artistic Director: Georgi Andreev

KHORIKOS
Director Jesse Mark Peckham

Victor Valley College Singers and Master Arts Chorale
Conductor Thomas Miller

Learn more about Songs of Life

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<![CDATA[Paul Simon]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/794 Wed, 09 Mar 2011 00:15:00 GMT VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE
Purchase a VIP Ticket Package for Paul Simon at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre.
Front Row Package* - SOLD OUT!
Each FRONT ROW PACKAGE costs $340.00 with no additional charges. It includes:

  • 1 (ONE) $115.00 Front Row Orchestra Pit Seat
  • Exclusive merchandise item
  • Collectible laminate
  • Get the FRONT ROW PACKAGE HERE

Gold Hot Seat Package* - SOLD OUT!
Each GOLD HOT SEAT PACKAGE costs $265.00 with no additional charges. It includes:

  • 1 (ONE) $115.00 Premium Orchestra or Orchestra Pit Seat
  • Exclusive merchandise item
  • Collectible laminate
  • Get the GOLD HOT SEAT PACKAGE HERE

Silver Hot Seat Package* - SOLD OUT!
Each SILVER HOT SEAT PACKAGE costs $200.00 with no additional charges. It includes:

  • 1 (ONE) $75.00 Premium Price Level 2 Orchestra Seat
  • Exclusive merchandise item
  • Collectible laminate
  • Get the SILVER HOT SEAT PACKAGE HERE

To celebrate the release of his first new record in five years, legendary artist Paul Simon has announced a very special North American tour including a date at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre in Boston, MA on June 1.

The set list will draw from his iconic career, including several songs that haven’t been performed live in many years. Also included will be songs from
So Beautiful or So What, his brand new album set for release by Hear Music/Concord Music Group on Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Before hitting the road, Simon will appear two consecutive nights, April 6th and 7th on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Produced by Phil Ramone and Paul Simon, with liner notes written by Elvis Costello, So Beautiful or So What is one of the most highly anticipated albums of the year. Rolling Stone magazine recently declared it, "His best since Graceland," and National Public Radio affirmed, '…his new music balances great poetry and pop. Paul Simon is a national treasure." In their current issue, Filter Magazine calls the new album, "…a new masterpiece from the Picasso of music."

Joining Paul for this tour is a stellar band of musicians including Cameroonian guitarist Vincent Nguini, drummer Jim Oblon, pianist Mick Rossi, saxophonist/keyboardist Andrew Snitzer, bassist Bakithi Kumalo, guitarist Mark Stewart, master percussionist Jamey Haddad and multi-instrumentalist Tony Cedras.

*Please note that you will be contacted via email approximately one week prior to show date with instructions for your package elements.
All packages are NON-TRANSFERRABLE: NO NAME CHANGES will be permitted under any circumstances. At packagers discretion, exclusive merchandise item will either be shipped directly to the address provided at purchase (alternate shipping addresses are not permitted) or available for pick-up the night of the show. If shipped, delivery of merchandise could occur after the event date. Merchandise is not needed for entry to the show. Collectible laminate is commemorative only and does not gain or authorize access into the venue or backstage areas. Offer is limited to US and Canadian Addresses only. Packager is unable to ship outside of the US, Canada or to PO boxes.

 

 

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[Neil Young with special guest Bert Jansch]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/785 Tue, 08 Mar 2011 23:00:00 GMT Legendary rocker Neil Young embarks on a solo tour that will include a pair of nights at Boston’s Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on April 19 and 20.

The tour will cover songs from his current acclaimed album, Le Noise, as well as classic tracks performed in both electric and acoustic settings. Young recently won his second-ever Grammy Award for ―Best Rock Song for ― Angry World — a track off Le Noise, which was also nominated for Best Rock Album.

The eight-song Le Noise, among Young’s most critically-embraced albums, is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician, songwriter, and multiple Grammy Award-winning producer Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, The Neville Brothers and many others. Le Noise was released by Reprise Records on September 28th, 2010.

Bert Jansch will open for Neil Young at both shows.

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<![CDATA[Cirque Eloize - iD]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/773 Mon, 07 Mar 2011 21:00:00 GMT Following sold-out engagements in Montreal and Toronto, world-renowned Cirque Éloize presents its critically-acclaimed new production Cirque Éloize iD.

Described by The Montreal Gazette as "West Side Story gone hip-hop circus," Cirque Éloize iD will play eight performances at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre from May 10 to 15.

Cirque Éloize iD transports the audience into the vibrant streets at the heart of a big city. The stage comes alive with the boundless energy of acrobats, break dancers, contortionists and a fearless stunt biker who perform against a kaleidoscope of eye-popping video projections drawn from science-fiction films, comic books and graffiti.

Learn more about Cirque Éloize on Facebook, Twitter or at cirque-eloize.com

Watch Cirque Éloize's latest creation, written and directed by Jeannot Painchaud, the encounter of the world of circus arts and the universe of urban dances.

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<![CDATA[Save the Date: The Addams Family Gala at Citi Performing Arts Center]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/74 Wed, 02 Mar 2011 11:00:00 GMT Boston, MA (March 2, 2011) – On Saturday, November 5th, guests are invited to join the family—the Addams Family—for a spine-tingling night of cocktails, dinner, and dancing at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. Dressed in haute-creepy-couture, brave guests will enter Citi Center’s macabre mansion and experience an eccentric evening honoring the Wang Theatre’s 85 year legacy and celebrating The Addams Family Musical, which comes to the Shubert Theatre February 7-19, 2012. Citi Performing Arts Center is proud to have co-produced The Addams Family Musical as part of Elephant Eye Theatrical. For performance ticket information, please visit www.citicenter.org/spooky.

Just as The Addams Family Musical has brought the original black-and-white cartoon to life in brilliant color, this anniversary affair celebrates Citi Performing Arts Center’s mission of Keeping Life Colorful for New England through the performing arts. Proceeds from the evening benefit Citi Center’s award-winning arts education and public programs—initiatives include artist residencies for youth in Boston Public Schools, community-based outreach, and the development of original American theatrical productions.

Gala tickets are available for purchase online at www.citicenter.org/gala. Please call 617-532-1220 or email rsvp@citicenter.org for more information.

Leading the Gala preparations are the ghastly Gala Co-Chairs, Betsy and Patrick Canning of Cumberland, Rhode Island, Stacey and David E. Goel of Weston, Patricia and Louis Imbriano of Stoneham, Madge and John MacNeil of Lincoln, Karen and Carmen Monks of Concord, Delphine and David J. Morton of Dover, Lauren Page and Scott McEwan of Charlestown, Sylvie Hardy and Nathan Pusey of Beverly, Aimee Empey and Chip Rives of Charlestown, Joyce and Josiah Spaulding of Charlestown, and Laurene and Scott Sperling of Wayland.

Additional committee members as of March 2nd, include Frances Andahazy and Michael Nedeau of Hull, Elizabeth Chiquoine and Joseph Moore of Cambridge, Mary Cashman and Rich Doucette of Swampscott, Julie Donahue of Andover, Kimberly and Jeff Dziama of Wellesley, Esta Gordon Epstein and Robert Epstein of Boston, Paul Guzzi of Newton, Lynne Kortenhaus of Charlestown, Christine and Jeff McCormick of Boston, Frances and Monroe Moseley of Boston, Elizabeth Nichols and George Lee of Wellesley Hills, Martha and Charley Polachi of Sherborn, Holly Safford and Charles J. Weilbrenner of Duxbury, Louis Sawyer and Michael Elefante of Winchester, and Courtney Wang of Dallas, Texas.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center
Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: March 2, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

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<![CDATA[Target Arts Program Connects In-School Arts Learning With In-Theatre Performances]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/69 Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:00:00 GMT 221 Boston Public School students and teachers attended Shen Yun Performing Arts free-of-charge after six-week in-school artist residency

Boston, MA (February 25, 2011) – Thanks to support from the Target Corporation 64 Boston public school students from the Trotter Elementary School in Dorchester and Hale Elementary School in Roxbury attended a performance by Shen Yun Performing Arts. All the students had also participated in six-week residencies with Citi Performing Arts Center teaching artists. The fourth grade participants explored multicultural folktales and legends through music, dance, and theatre and then performed themselves for almost 100 classmates. Annawon Weeden of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe also performed traditional American Indian songs and dances, and answered student questions.

At a special Community Performance on February 12th, 221 students and teachers from the Trotter Elementary, Hale Elementary, and Snowden International High School in Back Bay (where Citi Center is delivering year-long EdVestors Arts Program residencies, more information available here) received free tickets to Shen Yun Performing Arts at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. This opportunity was funded through the Target Arts Program and SpectrumBoston Access Fund.

Citi Performing Arts Center’s access initiatives, including the SpectrumBoston Access Fund, annually distribute over 2,500 tickets to recipients from communities that would not otherwise have the opportunity or the funding to attend live performances. To become a Community Partner and join the Ticket Access Roster, please call 617-532-1256. To support the SpectrumBoston Access Fund, which please call 617-532-1289.

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ABOUT TARGET ARTS PROGRAM
The Target Arts program is an in-school artist residency program funded by Target Corporation in partnership with Boston Public Schools. The program includes teaching artist residencies, special guest artist assemblies, and attending professional performances at Citi Performing Arts Center and other Boston Theatre District venues. For the 2010-2011 school year, Target Arts will partner with eight Boston Public Schools basing residencies on four professional performances, including Wicked, Radio City Christmas Spectacular, Shen Yun Performing Arts, and Antony and Cleopatra.

ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: February 25, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

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<![CDATA[Je’Caryous Johnson’s Marriage Material]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/728 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:53:00 GMT Life was good for Koren Lyles. She was up for partner, and her loving boyfriend, Joey Harris, proposes marriage. Joey persuades her into going to a couple’s retreat to make sure that they are ready for marriage. Everything comes tumbling down when her ex fiancé, Michael, and her former best friend, Jackie, are there too... Engaged! The retreat gets heated when she is forced to deal with her past, and skeletons that come out of the closet between her and Joey. The weekend turns into a whirlwind as emotions erupt, perceived friendships become fake, secrets are shouted, and old love goes to war with new love! For more info on "Marriage Material" log onto www.imreadyproductions.com

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<![CDATA[Janet Jackson – Number Ones: Up Close and Personal Tour]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/703 Tue, 08 Feb 2011 21:00:00 GMT Janet Jackson brings her "Number Ones - Up Close and Personal" 2011 World Tour to the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on March 15th for one show only!

Visit Janet's website to learn more about the tour.

Special guests Mindless Behavior

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<![CDATA[Elvis Costello and the Imposters]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/689 Mon, 07 Feb 2011 20:00:00 GMT The Bowery Presents Elvis Costello and the Imposters - "The Revolver Tour" at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on Friday, May 20th.

For the first time in 25 years, Costello will let his set-list be chosen by ”The Spectacular Spinning Songbook”, a monumental game-show wheel that features 40 song-titles, including hits, rarities and very unexpected covers.

Audience members will be invited onstage where they may spin "The Wheel" and then be offered a chance to enter the "Hostage to Fortune Go-Go Cage", while their selection is performed. Alternatively, they may choose to take a seat in the on-stage “Society Lounge”, where light refreshments will be served, during what promises to be a splendid and surprising evening.

The original Wheel was famously donated to the Hartlepool Museum Of Showbusiness Machinery but it has been meticulously reconstructed from the original blueprints.

The Imposters are: Steve Nieve (keyboards); Pete Thomas (drums) and Davey Faragher (bass).

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<![CDATA[David Gray]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/659 Mon, 10 Jan 2011 21:00:00 GMT David Gray brings his Lost and Found tour to the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on February 21st, for an intimate acoustic band performance with special guest Lisa O'Neill that can’t be missed.

"The 'Lost and Found' tour embodies more than just an opportunity to play some of the quieter, more intimate songs, not only from 'Foundling' but from across my catalogue." said David. "It will provide a long anticipated platform for a completely different approach. In terms of the way that the sound of the music is captured and presented, it will be more like a recording session than a gig in many ways. Acoustic instruments will be mic’d up for their real sound, rather than going for the usual pick-up sound, and as a result volume levels both for the band and the audience will have to be kept much lower than at your average 'rock' show. Hopefully the sonic results will be more than worth the sacrifice of a few decibels. Essentially the 'Lost and Found' show will be a listening experience."

Visit the David Gray website.

Visit David's YouTube Channel to learn more about the making of his album Foundling.

Learn more about Lisa O'Neill on her myspace page.

Running Times:
Lisa O'Neill - 8:00 - 8:30
Intermission - 8:30 - 8:50
David Gray - 8:50 - 10:50

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<![CDATA[FREE Performing Arts Workshops for Youth and Adults in Chinatown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/64 Wed, 05 Jan 2011 11:00:00 GMT

BOSTON (January 5, 2011)City Spotlights, a year-long initiative of Citi Performing Arts Center Arts Education program, is now accepting Registration Forms for City Spotlights Workshops Session II for participants ages 11 to adult. The FREE workshops will take place in four featured Boston neighborhoods (Chinatown, Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, and Mattapan) in January and February. Participants will create an original performance based on an examination of individual and community identities, and perform during final showcases at select Boston Centers for Youth and Families (BCYF) Community Centers. This program is suitable for participants of all levels, including beginners, and does not require any previous training. Workshop dates and locations are listed below.

City Spotlights Workshops Session II are part of Citi Performing Arts Center’s Community Learning Initiative Programming in Boston Public Library branches and BCYF sites across the city. Citi Performing Arts Center’s Art Education programs are committed to helping every youth explore his/her own creativity, through instruction and mentorship by professional teaching artists from the community. Programs are open to anyone with an interest in creative programs and are FREE to all participants. More information about the partnership available here: citicenter.org/news.

To register for City Spotlights Workshops Session II, please sign up online at citicenter.org/education, or contact Ramona Alexander at ralexander@citicenter.org / 617-532-1221. Participants need not be residents of featured neighborhoods to take part.

WORKSHOP DATES AND LOCATIONS:

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
38 Ash Street, Boston
January 10 - February 4
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 3:30-5:30pm

Leahy–Holloran Community Center (formerly the Murphy Community Center)
1 Worrell Street, Dorchester
January 11 - February 4
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 4:30pm-6:30pm

Hennigan Community Center
100 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain
January 11 – February 4
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays from 3pm-5pm

Mildred Avenue Community Center
5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan
January 11 - February 4
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2:30pm-5:30pm

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About Citi Performing Arts Center
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please visit citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: January 5, 2011
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

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<![CDATA[Ticket Access Fund provides opportunity for 1,500 Youth and Families to attend Radio City Christmas Spectacular]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/61 Thu, 23 Dec 2010 11:00:00 GMT

Boston, MA (December 23, 2010) – Citi Performing Arts Center is proud to announce that during December’s 53-performance run of Radio City Christmas Spectacular, over 1,500 youth and families will attend shows free of charge.

During several community nights, 56 community groups across Boston including 4 Boston Centers for Youth and Families community centers, 8 Boston Public Schools and 7 Boys and Girls Clubs attended the holiday show. Citi Performing Arts Center is a Community Learning Initiative Institutional Partner—a collaboration which connects Citi Center’s arts and cultural opportunities with Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the Boston Public Library, and the Boston Public Schools (BPS).

At a special Boston Public Schools night on December 14th, 300 teachers, students and their families attended Radio City Christmas Spectacular through the Target Arts and EdVestors Arts Expansion Programs, which link weekly in-school artist residencies to professional performances. Schools that participated in the BPS Night include: Madison Park HS in Roxbury, Odyssey HS in South Boston, Snowden International HS in Back Bay, Jeremiah Burke HS and Lee Academy in Dorchester, and Ellison/Parks Early Education School in Mattapan.

After 20 students and their families attended the BPS night, Patricia Bonarrigo, Program Director of English Language Arts at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, acknowledged: "Thank you once again for the opportunities for our students and their families. It was moving to see the students with their families—aunts, mothers, grandmothers, nieces—at the performance at the Wang, something that many could never afford to do."

Before the performance, students from Snowden and Odyssey High Schools had the opportunity to meet the world-famous Rockettes during a question and answer session with several cast members. Youth asked the Rockettes about how they got their start in the performing arts, and for advice about translating that passion into a career.

The SpectrumBoston Access Fund annually distributes over 2,500 tickets to recipients from communities that would not otherwise have the opportunity or the funding to attend live performances. To become a Community Partner and join the Ticket Access Roster, please call 617-532-1256. To support the SpectrumBoston Access Fund, which please call 617-532-1289.

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ABOUT TARGET ARTS PROGRAM The Target Arts program is a unique city-wide collaboration among Boston’s fine arts, cultural, and municipal organizations. The program aims to improve school success, engage families, and strengthen community by giving access to Boston’s rich offerings of music, dance, visual arts, theater and cultural events to students and families who typically have no opportunity to engage in the professional performing arts. Arts and cultural enrichment celebrations will develop diverse audiences by bringing information to the community through school-based development, community outreach, and citywide collaboration. The BPS Arts Office in partnership with Citi Performing Arts Center coordinates Target Arts programming. This programming includes in-school residencies and special guest artist visits and an invitation to view professional performances at Citi Performing Arts Center and other Boston Theatre District venues.

ABOUT EDVESTORS ARTS EXPANSION PROGRAM The EdVestors Arts Expansion program is a year-long Musical Theatre Residency supported by a grant from Boston Public Schools Art Expansion Fund by EdVestors. For the 2010-2011 school year, Citi Performing Arts Center will be working with students and teachers at Snowden International High School in Back Bay and Odyssey High School in South Boson. The program serves students in grades 9-12. Weekly instruction in theatre arts, through the concepts of song, dance, movement, and acting, culminates in the creation of original performance pieces. Residencies are taught by Teaching Artists, and include an in-school performance by local guest artists and ticket access to professional performances.

ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.

 

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<![CDATA[FREE Story Saturday Workshops for Children at Boston Public Library this December]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/57 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 11:00:00 GMT Citi Performing Arts Center presents musical-theatre themed workshops for children ages 7-11, at the Copley Library Branch on Saturdays

Boston, MA (November 18, 2010) – Citi Performing Arts Center, in collaboration with the Boston Public Library, presents FREE musical theatre themed Story Saturday Workshops for children ages 7-11. Inspired by upcoming performances of The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, these FREE workshops focus on storytelling, creative costume-making, visual art, movement, improvisation, and acting. The workshops will be held on Saturdays, December 4th, 11th, & 18th from 1-3pm, and take place at the Boston Public Library’s Copley Branch. Participants are encouraged to attend all three workshops. Contact Ramona Lisa Alexander or 617-532-1221 for more information and registration forms. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will be presented at Citi Performing Arts Center’s Wang Theatre December 3 – 29, 2010. For ticket information, visit citicenter.org.

Story Saturday Workshops are part of Citi Performing Arts Center’s Community Learning Initiative programming in Boston Public Library branches and Boston Centers for Youth and Families sites across the city. Citi Performing Arts Center’s Art Education programs are committed to helping every youth explore his/her own creativity, through instruction and mentorship by professional teaching artists from the community. Programs are open to anyone with an interest in creative programs and are FREE to all participants. For complete program listings, visit citicenter.org/education.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: November 18, 2010
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

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<![CDATA[Artist Fellow Derrick Ashong to make Election Day Visits to Boston Public High Schools and Community Center]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/56 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 10:00:00 GMT Boston, MA (October 26, 2010) – Globally recognized youth advocate, Derrick N. Ashong (DNA), will visit Boston November 1-3 as the SpectrumBoston Artist Fellow for Citi Performing Arts Center’s Arts Education program. DNA will bring his experience as a musician, social entrepreneur, and Oprah Radio Host when he speaks and performs with youth at community centers and schools across the city, combining technology and art to empower youth to create social change.

On Election Day (November 2), Derrick will collaborate with high school interns at Citi Performing Arts Center’s Wang Theatre to create a video letter to the Massachusetts Governor-elect. The letter will address issues facing each teen’s community including Dorchester, Chelsea, East Boston, South Boston and Hyde Park; their hopes for the Governor-elect’s term; and their ideas on how to meet those challenges.

In 2008, DNA rose to fame and earned the title “YouTube Phenom” from the New York Times, when a video featuring his analysis of then-Presidential candidate Barack Obama became one of YouTube’s most viewed videos of the year. Ashong will work with Boston youth to leverage that same creative platform as a way to be engaged in the gubernatorial race.

On November 2 and 3, DNA will participate in student assembles at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester and Madison Park High School in Roxbury as part of the Target Arts Program. During a “Meet the Performer” session, he will discuss social change through art with the students.

On November 3, Derrick will visit Mattapan’s Mildred Avenue Community Center, a Boston Centers for Youth and Families site, as part of the Community Learning Initiative to lead youth in a workshop on editing original work using the center's recording studio.

For additional information about potential election-related coverage, please contact Elena Damaskos at edamaskos@citicenter.org or 617-532-1205.
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ABOUT DERRICK ASHONG Derrick N. Ashong - or DNA as he is sometimes known - is literally the voice of a new generation. Whether heard in the eloquent expression of his thoughts on then Senator Barack Obama (as seen in one of the most viewed videos of 2008 on YouTube), in his music (as leader of the emerging band Soulfège) in his songwriting (as winner of the 2007 Billboard Songwriting Contest for Best Hip Hop song) or in his acting ability, the Harvard educated talent has found myriad ways to inspire, engage and activate young people with positive messages for social change.

DNA is the host of "The Derrick Ashong Experience" on SIRIUS XM's Oprah Radio. The show airs Saturdays from 12:00 - 3:00 pm ET on Oprah Radio, XM channel 156 and SIRIUS channel 195 and is streamed live on www.OprahRadio.com. "The Derrick Ashong Experience" is a mash-up of politics, pop-culture, social media, music and the arts, informed by Derrick's experiences and travels across the globe. DNA offers inspiration, wisdom and an open mic to listeners of all ages and welcomes a wide variety of guests from the worlds of politics, new media, entertainment, and beyond. He recently participated in the United Nations Summit and was the Keynote Speaker at the Americans in the Arts Conference.

ABOUT TARGET ARTS PROGRAM The Target Arts program is a unique city-wide collaboration among Boston’s fine arts, cultural, and municipal organizations. The program aims to improve school success, engage families, and strengthen community by giving access to Boston’s rich offerings of music, dance, visual arts, theater and cultural events to students and families who typically have no opportunity to engage in the professional performing arts. Arts and cultural enrichment celebrations will develop diverse audiences by bringing information to the community through school-based development, community outreach, and citywide collaboration. The BPS Arts Office in partnership with Citi Performing Arts Center coordinates Target Arts programming. This programming includes in-school residencies and special guest artist visits and an invitation to view professional performances at Citi Performing Arts Center and other Boston Theatre District venues.

ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center named Community Learning Initiative’s First ‘Institutional Partner’]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/55 Fri, 29 Oct 2010 10:00:00 GMT Partnership will reach 1,000 youth through Arts Education programs over 2010-2011

Boston, MA (October 28, 2010) – Citi Performing Arts Center has been named the first Institutional Partner for the City of Boston’s Community Learning Initiative (CLI). The goal of the partnership is to provide in-school and out-of-school opportunities for arts learning within Boston’s neighborhoods. Since beginning in Spring 2010, the Community Learning Initiative, in partnership with Citi Performing Arts Center, has given nearly 700 youth greater exposure to the performing arts and access to performances at venues in Boston’s theater district. In 2010-2011, the project plans to reach over 1,000 youth through single and multi-session performing arts workshops held at Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) community centers and Boston Public Library branches.

Announced by Mayor Menino in November 2008, the Community Learning Initiative was established as a cohesive programming platform for youth services throughout Boston. The initiative brings together the resources of Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the Boston Public Library, and the Boston Public Schools, to connect learning in the classroom with community-based organizations. Citi Performing Arts Center was selected as an Institutional Partner based on its award-winning record of community collaboration, highlighted in 2009’s citywide public programming and education outreach initiative, SpectrumBoston. Since the partnership began, Citi Performing Arts Center has implemented musical theatre programming at CLI sites, including multi-session workshops for middle school students in Allston, East Boston, Mattapan, and Roslindale, and single-session workshops for children in the Back Bay and Chinatown. Fall plans are underway for continued programming in Mattapan and Chinatown, as well as Dorchester and Jamaica Plain.

“This institutional partnership with the Citi Performing Arts Center will allow our BCYF community centers to provide high-quality performing arts programs and activities to engage children and youth, giving them an outlet to express their creativity and celebrate the neighborhoods in which they live,” said Daphne Griffin, Executive Director of Boston Centers for Youth & Families.

“This partnership brings the performing arts into the heart of Boston’s communities—its schools, libraries, and community centers,” said Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, Director of Education at Citi Performing Arts Center. “Our goal is to provide youth with interconnected opportunities for performing arts learning and creative expression both during in- and out-of-school time. We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to empower youth throughout the city.”

Upcoming Arts Education Programs
Current and upcoming Citi Performing Arts Center Arts Education programs in CLI sites include FREE City Spotlights Workshops for ages 11+. Dates and locations are below:

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center
38 Ash Street, Boston
Tuesdays, 5– 6pm
Through November 23

Leahy–Holloran Community Center (formerly the Murphy Community Center)
1 Worrell Street, Dorchester
Fridays, 4 – 5pm
November 5 – December 17 (no workshop Nov. 26)

Hennigan Community Center
100 Heath Street, Jamaica Plain
Fridays, 4:30 – 5:30pm
November 5 – December 17 (no workshop Nov. 26)

Mildred Ave. Community Center
5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan
Wednesdays, 2 – 3pm
Through November 17

For a comprehensive schedule of Citi Performing Arts Center’s FREE Art Education programming visit: citicenter.org/education/programs/.

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ABOUT BCYF Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF)
Administrative Offices are located at 1483 Tremont Street in Mission Hill. BCYF is Boston’s largest youth and human service agency with 38 facilities. BCYF community centers are “hubs of neighborhoods,” where Boston residents can access a wide array of programs, important information and assistance. The mission of BCYF is to enhance the quality of life for Boston residents by partnering with community center councils, agencies and businesses to support children, youth, individuals and families through a wide range of comprehensive programs and services according to neighborhood needs.

ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

PRESS RELEASE
Release Date: October 28, 2010

Contacts:
Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center
(617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org

Sandy Holden | Boston Centers for Youth & Families
(617)-635-4920 x2213 | sandy.holden@cityofboston.gov

Koren Stembridge | Boston Public Library
(617) 859-2320 | kstembridge@bpl.org

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center and Boston Public Schools Partner for Second Year in “Target Arts Program”]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/50 Tue, 26 Oct 2010 10:00:00 GMT 337 Boston Public School Students attend WICKED through Target Arts Program

Boston, MA (October 26, 2010) – For the second year, Citi Performing Arts Center and Boston Public Schools (BPS) have partnered in the Target Arts Program, thanks to support from the Target Corporation. Launched in spring 2010, the Target Arts Program continues its multi-faceted approach by extending arts exposure opportunities to eight Boston public schools during the 2010-2011 academic year. The BPS Arts Department in partnership with Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education Department will give more than 4,000 students access to Boston’s rich arts offerings, through artist residencies, in-school performance assemblies, and free tickets to local professional productions.

The Target Arts Program will focus on eight Boston public schools this year. The program offers in-school residencies by Citi Performing Arts Center’s teaching artists, free tickets and a transportation stipend to attend one of four theatre productions, and a “Meet the Performers” visit during which recognized local artists will perform for the entire school. The four anchor productions are: Wicked at the Opera House, Radio City Christmas Spectacular and Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, and a production to be determined in Boston’s Theatre District.

“The Target Arts Program continues to fill a critical need for performing arts programs in our City’s schools,” said Ruth Mercado-Zizzo, Director of Education at Citi Performing Arts Center. “Citi Performing Arts Center’s partnership with Boston Public Schools provides opportunities for students to see, learn, and participate in the performing arts, both in the classroom and in the theatre.”

Residencies have already begun at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester and Madison Park High School in Roxbury, focusing on the theme of individuality. On October 14th as part of the program, 337 students attended Wicked at the Opera House as part of this overall program. The residencies will conclude in November with a visit from SpectrumBoston Artist Fellow and celebrated arts advocate, Derrick N. Ashong (DNA).

Program Details

Wicked
In September-November, tenth graders at the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester and twelfth graders Madison Park High School in Roxbury are participating in six-week artist residencies with Citi Performing Arts Center teaching artists Claudy Paul and Magalie Neff. Using the Broadway production of Wicked as a starting point, students explore the concept of individuality through the performing arts. The residency culminates in a showcase by the students for their peers at school. In November, SpectrumBoston Artist Fellow and musician, social entrepreneur, arts advocate and Oprah Radio host, Derrick N. Ashong, will visit each school to perform followed by a question and answer session. On October 14th, 337 BPS students participating in the residency as well as those from Dorchester Academy in Dorchester, English High School in Jamaica Plain, and Odyssey High School in South Boston, attended Wicked at the Opera House as part of the Target Arts Program.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
In November-December, students will participate in six-week artist residencies with Citi Performing Arts Center teaching artists; schools are being confirmed. Content will focus on dance practices from various cultures and explore how holiday traditions are expressed through movement. The residency culminates in a showcase by the students for their peers at school. Over 300 students participating in the residency as well as other Boston Public Schools will attend the Tuesday, December 14th matinee performance at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. Additional details are being confirmed.

Shen Yun Performing Arts
In January-February, students at two Boston Public Schools will participate in six-week artist residencies with Citi Performing Arts Center teaching artists. Content will explore multicultural folktales and legends through performance art forms that include music, dance, and theatre. The residency culminates in a showcase by the students for their peers at school. Guest artists connected to this theme will visit each school to perform, followed by a question and answer session. Over 200 students participating in the residency as well as other Boston Public Schools will attend the Saturday, February 12th evening performance at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. Additional details are being confirmed, including school sites and guest artists.

TBD: Final Residency and Production Spring 2011

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ABOUT TARGET ARTS PROGRAM
The Target Arts program is a unique city-wide collaboration among Boston’s fine arts, cultural, and municipal organizations. The program aims to improve school success, engage families, and strengthen community by giving access to Boston’s rich offerings of music, dance, visual arts, theater and cultural events to students and families who typically have no opportunity to engage in the professional performing arts. Arts and cultural enrichment celebrations will develop diverse audiences by bringing information to the community through school-based development, community outreach, and citywide collaboration. The BPS Arts Office in partnership with Citi Performing Arts Center coordinates Target Arts programming. This programming includes in-school residencies and special guest artist visits and an invitation to view professional performances at Citi Performing Arts Center and other Boston Theatre District venues.

ABOUT BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS
The Boston Public Schools serves more than 56,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 135 schools, and in 2006 won the Broad Prize for Urban Education as the top city school district in the country. Superintendent Carol R. Johnson has made expansion of arts education one of the cornerstones of the Acceleration Agenda for the Boston Public Schools (BPS). In partnership with community organizations, Dr. Johnson has committed to giving students of all ages greater access to the arts – including music, dance, theater, visual arts, and more – during and after the school day. In 2008, Dr. Johnson convened an Arts Advisory Group and commissioned a study to assess the state of arts education in the district. Following the release of the study in February 2009, BPS, in collaboration with EdVestors and other organizations, announced the creation of a $1.5 million Arts Expansion Fund to support school-based arts programs, expand district capacity to coordinate arts education initiatives, and support research and planning efforts in support of the expansion initiative. New arts investments over the past year include the creation of a citywide marching band and high school choir, among others. In October 2009, BPS was awarded a $750,000 “Arts for Young People” planning grant from the Wallace Foundation to build on the work underway and to develop a long-term sustainability plan for expanded arts in schools across the system. For more information, visit bostonpublicschools.org.

ABOUT CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops, lectures, and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.

ABOUT TARGET
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE:TGT) serves guests at more than 1,600 stores nationwide and at Target.com. Target is committed to providing a fun and convenient shopping experience with access to unique and highly differentiated products at affordable prices. Since 1946, the corporation has given 5 percent of its income through community grants and programs like Take Charge of Education. Today, that giving equals more than $3 million a week.

PRESS RELEASE Release Date: October 26, 2010
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org
Matthew Wilder | Boston Public Schools (617) 635-9494 | mwilder2@bostonpublicschools.org
Target Communications (612) 696-3400

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<![CDATA[T Bone Burnett Presents the Speaking Clock Revue]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/479 Wed, 15 Sep 2010 22:00:00 GMT T Bone Burnett will premiere The Speaking Clock Revue – a multi-artist concert extravaganza – on October 16 at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. The Revue will feature performances by Elton John & Leon Russell, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, Gregg Allman, Ralph Stanley, Jeff Bridges, Punch Brothers, Karen Elson, Neko Case and newcomers The Secret Sisters.

The concert will be presented in a revue format with a house band consisting of the players featured on numerous Burnett-produced recordings. It is being presented in association with Participant Media and Forthcoming Waiting for "Superman" documentary film. The concert will benefit Music and Arts Education in Public Schools.

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<![CDATA[JD Lawrence Presents "Me & Mrs. Jones"]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/458 Thu, 09 Sep 2010 21:00:00 GMT JD Lawrence Presents "Me & Mrs. Jones" cleverly brings together the lives and stories of three different women whose relationships have not always rendered the results they have hoped for. It also champions the stories of millions of women who look at everything that's wrong about their relationships, wishing it was right, wishing it was a fairytale and a dream come true.

With a marriage on the rocks, Christina Jones is a devoted and loving wife, who has lost all sense of what’s real and what’s not in her relationship and home. If she doesn’t find her way soon, she just might lose her husband for good. Lady Jasmine Jones went half on a baby, but now can’t get her ex 47-year-old wannabe rapper boyfriend, Scooter, to pay half on “the baby.” And a recently engaged Paula Jones has always relied on her looks to get everything she ever wanted in this world. But, will looks alone finally lead her to true love and down the aisle?

Bringing JD Lawrence presents "Me & Mrs. Jones" storyline to life, alongside JD Lawrence, is legendary TV actress Jackee Harry from "227" and "Sister Sister" fame, award winning actor Darrin Dewitt Henson from "Soul Food" and the hit movie "Stomp The Yard," model and actress Eva (Pigford) Marcille, winner of "America’s Next Top Model" Cycle 3, R&B singer Dave Hollister, gospel singer Tammy Turner of BET’s "Sunday Best" and comedian Red Grant.

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera's Tosca]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/405 Thu, 02 Sep 2010 18:00:00 GMT "Are you aware of what dark work is done?"

One minute, Cavaradossi is musing on his latest painting—and the diva Tosca, his beautiful, jealous lover. The next, he’s in prison with someone’s jackboot on his neck. Tosca’s options? Betrayal or rape. There are no good choices. Puccini storms the darkest of subjects with music passionate and lyrical.

Run time - 2 hours 45 minutes with two 20 minute intermissions.

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<![CDATA[Boston Business Journal Names Citibank ‘Arts Partner of the Year’]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/39 Wed, 18 Aug 2010 10:00:00 GMT Award recognizes Citibank’s leadership in Corporate Philanthropy, to be presented at the Corporate Citizenship Summit on September 10, 2010

BOSTON (August 18, 2010) – Citi Performing Arts Center is proud to announce that Citibank has been recognized by the Boston Business Journal as “Partner of the Year” in the field of the Arts. The award recognizes Citibank’s commitment to providing broad-based access to quality arts programming for youth and families in Boston’s neighborhoods and throughout New England. Citibank will be honored at the Boston Business Journal’s 2010 Corporate Citizenship Summit on September 10, 2010.

In 2006, Citibank demonstrated its philanthropic force to the Boston community and the nonprofit arts sector through a 15-year sponsorship agreement with the Wang Center for the Performing Arts (now called the Citi Performing Arts Center). Since its first Boston branches opened in 2006, despite a challenging economy, Citibank has remained steadfast in its commitment to Massachusetts and in supporting youth and families through this partnership. In the past four years, the bank’s sponsorship of Citi Performing Arts Center has provided financial resources and stability, allowing the Center to grow its award-winning education program, to reach over 27,500 youth and families through its city-wide outreach initiative SpectrumBoston, and to bring shows like White Christmas, The Color Purple and Jersey Boys to Boston-area audiences.

“Citi Performing Arts Center applauds Citibank for this well-deserved recognition as a leader in corporate philanthropy,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, President and CEO. “Citibank is a passionate partner who shares our commitment to the community by Keeping Life Colorful for Boston’s youth and families, onstage and off. While new to the Boston market only four years ago, the bank’s 15-year partnership with Citi Performing Arts Center underscored their long-term commitment to making a difference in Boston. ”

In addition to Citibank’s support of Citi Performing Arts Center, Citi and the Citi Foundation have supported hundreds of Massachusetts nonprofits since 2006, with a focus on helping organizations that serve low-to moderate-income individuals, families, and neighborhoods in the Boston area. Through these partnerships, Citi has spurred the development of affordable housing, small business education and technical assistance, asset building and financial education, access programs for higher education, foreclosure prevention, and neighborhood revitalization. Most recently, Citibank's "Our Promise" initiative included a partnership with the Camp Harbor View Foundation and the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, hosting 60 at-risk Boston children at Citi Performing Arts Center's presentation of Nick Storytime Live!.

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About Citi Performing Arts

Center Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to citicenter.org.

About Citi:

Citi, the leading global financial services company, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 140 countries. Through Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management. Additional information may be found at www.citigroup.com or www.citi.com.

 

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<![CDATA[Je'Caryous Johnson's Cheaper to Keep Her]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/379 Fri, 06 Aug 2010 18:00:00 GMT When a married couple is ready to call it quits, they always want different things. Raymond Mays (Brian McKnight) wants a divorce and Morgan Mays (Vivica A. Fox) wants alimony. When the fed-up judge bangs her gavel, she decides Morgan doesn’t deserve half… she deserves it all. Morgan gets everything—the house, Raymond’s retirement, and some would say even his self-esteem, leaving him with nothing but the thought; it would have been cheaper to keep her. Raymond has two options to prevent him from paying alimony: kill Morgan or get her married off to someone else. As ex-husband and ex-love face off with each other, broken hearts will get revenge and hearts and marital matrimony will collide only to discover if it’s easier to love her as his wife.

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<![CDATA[Covering the Mic Youth Leadership Network Accepting Applications for Youth Reporters]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/32 Tue, 03 Aug 2010 10:00:00 GMT

Boston area teens, ages 14-18 and interested in learning more about journalism, film, and broadcasting, and issues such as social justice, conservation, education, health and poverty, are encouraged to apply.

BOSTON (August 3, 2010) – Citi Performing Arts Center is eager to share an opportunity for teens in the Boston area. Image of Change’s Covering the Mic Youth Leadership Network is taking applications for youth reporters (age 14-18) in LA, Bay Area, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta areas now through Friday, August 20th.

In an effort to inspire youth to use their voice and make a positive difference, Covering The Mic encourages and supports youth to become leaders in their own community and around the world. This interactive platform provides youth an opportunity to learn about, report on and discuss a multitude of issues such as social justice, conservation, education, health and poverty. Covering The Mic youth reporters are paired with mentors that meet at least once a month to develop a story/interview about another youth making a difference in the world and creating social change. Each reporter works with their mentor to conduct an interview (live or virtual) and to create a featured piece while learning the in/outs of the mentors professional career-such as video/film production; journalism, broadcasting and spoken word performance.

Stories by Youth Reporters will be featured and promoted on a monthly basis through the Covering the Mic websites and social media platforms. Citi Performing Arts Center will be partnering with Covering the Mic to provide Boston’s youth reporter full access for a featured story on its first SpectrumBoston Artist Fellow Derrick N. Ashong (known as “DNA”). Besides covering DNA, a musician, Social Entrepreneur, Arts Advocate, Oprah Radio Host and New York Times’ dubbed “YouTube phenom,” the story will also feature his work with local area teens to produce a video letter to the Massachusetts Governor-elect and use this creative platform to voice their perspective during the upcoming election year.

To learn more about the Youth Reporter program and download an application, you may contact Image of Change at jodie@imageofchange.org or (415) 571-8975. To see past stories produced by Youth Reporters, please visit: imageofchange.com.

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About Citi Performing Arts Center Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience. For further information, please go to: citicenter.org.

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<![CDATA[America’s Got Talent 2010]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/316 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 17:00:00 GMT Following weeks of heavy competition and breathtaking performances on NBC’s #1 hit television show America’s Got Talent, the Top 10 performers from this season’s cast will embark on the first ever nationwide tour, America’s Got Talent Live. This all-star roster of the country’s most dynamic entertainers, including WINNER Michael Grimm the multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist and RUNNER UP Jackie Evancho the jaw-dropping 10-year-old classical singing sensation will join tour host Jerry Springer at the Wang Theatre on November 3rd.

The fan favorite cast of the America’s Got Talent Live tour will feature: WINNER Michael Grimm the multi-talented singer/songwriter/guitarist; RUNNER UP Jackie Evancho the jaw-dropping 10-year-old classical singing sensation from Pittsburgh, PA; 12-year-old ballroom dancing partners Anna and Patryk from New York; inspirational singing sisters Christina & Ali of Idaho Falls, ID; spectacular black-light illusion performance troupe Fighting Gravity from Blacksburg, VA; death-defying championship stunt bike rider Jeremy VanSchoonhoven of Talent, OR; mystifying magician/illusionist Michael Grasso of Cape May, NJ; glamorous baroque opera singer Prince Poppycock of Los Angeles, CA; young and energetic dance troupe Studio One Young Beast Society of Orlando, FL; and 18-year-old teen pop singer/musician Taylor Mathews of Alexandria, LA. Artist line-up scheduled to change.

America's Got Talent returned this summer with the hottest performers from across the country competing in the blockbuster reality show's fifth season. Bringing the variety show format back to the forefront of American culture each week, the show features a colorful array of hopeful future stars -- singers, dancers, comedic performers and unique acts of all ages. While each contestant has the chance to strut and perform in front of a panel of celebrity judges including Howie Mandel, Sharon Osbourne and Piers Morgan, the eventual winner was chosen by the television viewing audience.

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Names Derrick Ashong First SpectrumBoston Artist Fellow]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/10 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 17:10:25 GMT Citi Performing Arts Center Names Derrick Ashong First SpectrumBoston Artist Fellow Musician, Social Entrepreneur, Arts Advocate and Oprah Radio Host joins Award winning city-wide Arts Education program for the 2010/2011 Season

BOSTON (June 9, 2010) – Citi Performing Arts Center is proud to name Derrick N. Ashong (or DNA as he is also known) as its first SpectrumBoston Artist Fellow. Working with Citi Center’s Education Department and its award winning SpectrumBoston programs, he will connect with hundreds of Boston youth through collaborations with the Boston Public Schools, Boston Public Library, and Boston Centers for Youth and Families.

“The value of an arts education lies in its gift to expand not only a person’s ability to communicate about the world around them but their capacity for interpreting it,” says Derrick Ashong, “The purpose of an education in the arts is not to generate better artists, it is to cultivate better people.”

Host of “The Derrick Ashong Experience” on SIRIUS XM’s Oprah Radio, the New York Times dubbed him a “YouTube phenom” during the 2008 Presidential Election. Leader of the emerging band Soulfège, and winner of the 2007 Billboard World Songwriting Contest for Best Hip Hop Song, Harvard-educated DNA is an international inspiration for social change through the arts and youth involvement. His “Take Back the Mic” campaign, a youth-centered movement based on the principle of an “open-source culture” that leverages technology and community networks to empower young people, will also launch during his fellowship with Citi Center.

“Citi Performing Arts Center is excited to welcome Derrick Ashong as our first SpectrumBoston Artist Fellow,” said Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr., President and CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. “His ability to empower youth to make a positive impact in their communities and his passionate commitment to the arts, makes Derrick an ideal partner as we continue to expand our arts education programs and community outreach efforts.”

Since its launch in 2009, Citi Performing Arts Center’s award winning SpectrumBoston program has expanded with key city-wide partnerships including the Boston Public Schools, Boston Public Library, and Boston Centers for Youth and Families. Most recently in May 2010, SpectrumBoston was honored at the State House with the 2010 Arts|Learning Outstanding Arts Collaborative Award in the field of Performing Arts. Over the past 20 years, Citi Performing Arts Center’s Education Programs have reached 180,000 youth and 10,000 teachers making the institution a leader in providing, supporting, and advocating for quality arts education in Massachusetts.

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About Derrick Ashong

Derrick N. Ashong - or DNA as he is sometimes known - is literally the voice of a new generation. Whether heard in the eloquent expression of his thoughts on then Senator Barack Obama (as seen in one of the most viewed videos of 2008 on YouTube), in his music (as leader of the emerging band Soulfège) in his songwriting (as winner of the 2007 Billboard Songwriting Contest for Best Hip Hop song) or in his acting ability, the Harvard educated talent has found myriad ways to inspire, engage and activate young people with positive messages for social change.

DNA is the host of "The Derrick Ashong Experience" on SIRIUS XM's Oprah Radio. The show airs Saturdays from 12:00 - 3:00 pm ET on Oprah Radio, XM channel 156 and SIRIUS channel 195 and is streamed live on www.OprahRadio.com. "The Derrick Ashong Experience" is a mash-up of politics, pop-culture, social media, music and the arts, informed by Derrick's experiences and travels across the globe. DNA offers inspiration, wisdom and an open mic to listeners of all ages and welcomes a wide variety of guests from the worlds of politics, new media, entertainment, and beyond.

Dubbed a “YouTube phenom” by the New York Times, the Ghana, West Africa native has dedicated his life to building bridges between the fields of business, media, technology, youth culture, pop culture and politics.

A true Renaissance man, DNA has lived in such locations as Brooklyn, New York, Voorhees, New Jersey and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, and currently resides in Los Angeles. Trained in classical piano, he is also a self-taught guitarist, a natural performer and a songwriter who was involved in theater throughout primary and secondary school while learning to communicate his thoughts through poetry. After he enrolled at Harvard, Ashong met his current band members while performing in the Kuumba Singers, a university choir. Then, just before completing his studies, he was cast in Stephen Spielberg’s 1997 film, Amistad. He returned to Cambridge to finish his degree requirements before pursuing a Ph.D. in African-American Studies and Ethnomusicology, later leaving the doctoral program to pursue his artistry and advocacy full-time.

Ashong has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Mo’Nique Show, and lectured on five continents on the use of media as a tool for human development, including recent talks at the London School of Economics, King's College (Cambridge), the Reconciliation Forum in Washington, D.C., the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations and before UK Parliament on the subject of "The Obama Generation." He is a member of the internationally recognized Americas Business Council Fellowship and a participant in the Arts & Entertainment task force of the U.S.-Islamic World Forum. He is the founder of Take Back the Mic, a youth-centered cultural movement that leverages innovative uses of technology and community networks to empower young people to make a positive impact in their local communities. DNA is also on the Board of Directors for Children Mending Hearts, an organization dedicated to the global arts exchange between at-risk children in the United States and children living in conflict zones around the world.

www.derrickashong.com

www.takebackthemic.com

About Citi Performing Arts Center

Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation’s foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions. As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston’s historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community’s collective, daily experience.

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Named “Champion of the Arts”]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/3 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 10:00:00 GMT Receives Prestigious 2010 Arts|Learning Outstanding Arts Collaborative Award

Citi Performing Arts Center will be honored on May 26th

At 24th Annual Champions of the Arts Awards Ceremony at State House

 

BOSTON (May 3, 2010) – Citi Performing Arts Center has been selected by Arts|Learning to receive the 2010 Arts|Learning Outstanding Arts Collaborative Award in the field of Performing Arts. As the Massachusetts representative of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network, Arts|Learning recognizes Citi Performing Arts Center as a leader in providing, supporting, and advocating for quality arts education in Massachusetts, through the 2009 SpectrumBoston program. Citi Performing Arts Center will be honored at the 24th Annual Champions of the Arts Award Ceremony at the State House on May 26th.

"Citi Performing Arts Center believes every youth has a right to a creative life, to experience art, and to express themselves creatively" said Josiah Spaulding, President and CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. "The SpectrumBoston Education Program is a model for leveraging the resources of citywide partners and the power of community collaboration to increase the depth, breadth, and impact of arts education programs."

Citi Performing Arts Center launched SpectrumBoston in 2009, to deliver 5 months of integrated programming and arts education opportunities throughout Boston. Partner institutions included the Boston Public Library, Boston Public Schools, City of Boston, Museum of African American History, and WGBH. From February to June 2009, Citi Performing Arts Center presented Ain't Misbehavin' at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester and The Color Purple at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. The collaborative delivered in-school and out-of-school time education programs linked to onstage programming, and increased access for diverse audiences through discounted, subsidized, and free performance tickets.

In total, SpectrumBoston's 5 months of performances, events, and workshops attracted over 27,500 participants. Education programming alone reached 7 community centers, 11 library branches, and 12 schools in 18 Boston neighborhoods. Over 420 students were served through in-school residencies, artist-meet-and-greets, and library workshops; 1,500 students, teachers, families, and community groups received complimentary tickets to performances of Ain't Misbehavin' and The Color Purple. Audience diversity was achieved with African American attendance 18 times greater than traditional Broadway attendance benchmarks.

In 2010, Citi Performing Arts Center built on the success of SpectrumBoston to become a leading contributor to two of Boston's priority education reform plans: the Superintendent's Five-Year Acceleration Agenda and the Mayor's Community Learning Initiative. The Boston Public Schools and Citi Performing Arts Center were awarded a grant from Target Corporation to work with eight underperforming schools utilizing artist residences and ticket access (more information about the program available here). Citi Performing Arts Center has also become the first institutional partner of the City's Community Learning Initiative working with Boston Center for Youth and Families, Boston Public Libraries and Boston Public Schools. Through these partnerships, Citi Performing Arts Center continues to provide youth with arts education and opportunities for creative development in-school and in their communities.

For more information about the 2010 Champions of the Arts Award Ceremony and to view the complete list of winners, visit the Arts|Learning website.

For more information about Citi Performing Arts Center's Education programs, call (617) 532-1256 or visit www.citicenter.org/education.

 

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Presents FREE School Vacation Theatre Workshops]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/18 Fri, 02 Jul 2010 10:00:00 GMT Hour-long workshops take place in Boston Public Library Branches and Boston Centers for Youth and Families locations across the City during April School Vacation Week.

Citi Performing Arts Center will host 25 City Spotlights Theatre Workshops April school vacation week, adding 9 sites based on the success of last year’s vacation programs. Youth and adults, ages 9 and up, will enjoy an hour of performing arts and fun including theatre games and improvisations focusing on their personal stories and the stories of their neighborhood. The workshops will be led by City Spotlights high school interns. The free events will be held at the Boston Public Library branches and Boston Centers for Youth and Families Community Centers listed below. To register, call the branch library or community center directly, or for more information, call (617) 532-1256.

TUESDAY, APRIL 20

11 amParis Street Community Center
112 Paris Street, East Boston, MA, (617) 635-5125

o11 amJackson-Mann Community Center
500 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA (617) 635-5153

o1 pm Dudley Branch Library
65 Warren Street, Roxbury, MA, (617) 442-6186

o2pm Mattapan Branch Library

1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan, MA, (617) 298-9218 ext. 1508

o3pmGrove Hall Branch Library

41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester, MA (617) 427-3337

o3pm Tobin Community Center

1481 Tremont Street, Roxbury, MA (617) 635-5216

o4pmLeahy-Holloran Community Center

1 Worrell Street, Dorchester, MA, (617) 635-5150

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21

o1pmArchdale Community Center

125 Brookway Road, Roslindale, MA, (617) 635-5256

o1pm Kent Community Center

50 Bunker Hill Street, Charlestown, MA, (617) 635-5169 or (617) 635-5177

o1pm Perkins Community Center

155 Talbot Avenue, Dorchester, MA, (617) 635-5146

1pm Shelburne Community Center

2730 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA, (617) 635-5213

o2pm Cloud Foundation

647 Boylston Street, Boston, MA, (617) 262-2949

o2pm Roslindale Community Center

6 Cummings Highway, Roslindale, MA, (617) 635-5185

o3pm West Roxbury Community Center

1205 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury, MA (617) 635-5066

THURSDAY, APRIL 22

o11am Connolly Branch Library

433 Center Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, (617) 522-1960

o11am Mildred Avenue Community Center

1-5 Mildred Avenue, Mattapan, MA, (617) 635-1328

o1pm Agassiz Community Center

20 Child Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, (617) 635-5191

o1pm Honan-Allston Branch Library

200 N. Harvard Street, Allston, MA, (617) 787-6313

o2pm Curtis Hall Community Center

20 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA, (617) 635-5244

FRIDAY, APRIL 23

o11am Field’s Corner Branch Library

1520 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester, MA, (617) 436-2155

o11am Ohrenberger Community Center

175 West Roxbury Parkway, West Roxbury, MA, (617) 635-5183

o2pm Egleston Square Branch Library

2044 Columbus Avenue, Roxbury, MA, (617) 445-4340

o2pm Hyde Park Community Center

1179 River Street, Hyde Park, MA, (617) 635-5178

o3pm Cleveland Community Center

11 Charles Street, Dorchester, MA, (617) 635-5141

o4pm Nazzaro Community Center

30 N. Bennet Street, Boston, MA, (617) 635-5166

City Spotlights is an education and cultural program for youth exploring and celebrating four Boston neighborhoods through the performing arts (Beacon Hill and Back Bay, Fenway, the North End and Mission Hill/Roxbury). The program consists of high school internships, community performance workshops, intergenerational neighborhood ensembles, and culminates in a community event featuring local artists at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre on May 15. Past performances highlighted themes important to our City’s teens: heroes, cultural identity, violence and education.Participants also talked about their dreams, aspirations, and hopes for the future. The identities of Boston neighborhoods are portrayed through original dance, spoken word, theatre, song and multimedia, creating a story honoring the uniqueness and richness of Boston.

How to get tickets for City Spotlights: Thanks to the support of the Atlantic Charter Insurance Company, Citi Performing Arts Center is able to offer complimentary tickets. Call 617-532-1265 to reserve tickets.

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<![CDATA[Citi Performing Arts Center Granted $15,000 through Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Fund by EdVestors]]> http://www.citicenter.org/news/item/19 Wed, 23 Jun 2010 10:00:00 GMT BOSTON (June 23, 2010) – Citi Performing Arts Center has received a $15,000 grant from the Boston Public Schools (BPS) Arts Expansion Fund by EdVestors to fund year-long musical theatre residencies at the Snowden International High School in the Back Bay and Odyssey High School in South Boston. Citi Performing Arts Center is one of 31 recipients of $700,000 in grants from the BPS Arts Expansion Fund by Edvestors supporting arts education programs for more than 5,000 BPS students.

According to the 2008-2009 BPS Arts Inventory, included in The Boston Foundation's report on Arts Education in Boston Public Schools, 22% of students at Snowden International High School and 0% at Odyssey High School receive arts instruction. The Citi Performing Arts Center program will serve 120 students in grades 9-12.  Weekly instruction in theatre arts, through the concepts of song, dance, movement, and acting, culminate in the creation of original performance pieces.  Residencies will be taught by Teaching Artists, and include an in-school performance by local guest artists and ticket access to professional productions.

"Having worked in 24 Boston Public Schools since 2003, Citi Performing Arts Center is proud to provide arts education to the schools that need it most," said Josiah A. Spaulding, President and CEO of Citi Performing Arts Center. "We are grateful to the BPS Arts Expansion Fund by EdVestors for its vision to expose all of Boston's students to the arts and for its support of arts programming."

Citi Performing Arts Center has a strong record of collaboration with Boston Public Schools. In 2009, through the city-wide initiative, SpectrumBoston, Citi Performing Arts Center offered artist residencies and "Meet the Musicians" workshops at six Boston Public Schools including Snowden International High School. In Spring 2010, Citi Performing Arts Center partnered with nine "turnaround" schools, including Odyssey High School.  Funded by Target Corporation, the Target Arts Program provided artist residencies, in-school performances, and ticket access to world-class theatre reaching over 2,800 students. The EdVestors Residencies build on the Target Arts Program with an expanded format that adapts the short-term exposure model to a full-year, once-weekly residency.

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About the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative

Launched in February 2009, the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative is a three year effort to expand arts education within BPS.  Focused on providing equity and access to quality arts learning experiences to every BPS student, the Initiative seeks to expand arts instruction, build the capacity of the system to support school-based arts programs, and to enhance partnerships between schools, arts and cultural groups, and higher educational institutions.

The BPS arts expansion effort is a key piece of Superintendent Carol R. Johnson's Acceleration Agenda, a five-year strategic direction (2009-2014) that outlines goals and priorities for transforming the Boston Public Schools. The Initiative is supported by several collaborating donors, including the Barr Foundation, the Boston Foundation, EdVestors, Hunt Alternatives Fund, the Klarman Family Foundation, the Linde Family Foundation, and other foundations and individual donors. The Initiative is based on a report, The Arts Advantage: Expanding Arts Education in the Boston Public Schools, released in February of 2009. For more details on the BPS Arts Expansion Initiative, please visit www.edvestors.org.

 About EdVestors

EdVestors is an entrepreneurial nonprofit organization dedicated to driving change in urban schools through smart, strategic private investment.  EdVestors seeks to close the opportunity gap for children by identifying and shaping the most effective school improvement initiatives and partnering with donors to invest in those efforts while supporting the project leaders with hands-on expertise.  Launched in 2002 by a group of philanthropists, educators and business leaders, EdVestors has raised and directed more than $9 million to strategic school improvement efforts in Boston.  For more information about EdVestors, visit www.edvestors.org or call 617.585.5740.


About Citi Performing Arts Center

Citi Performing Arts Center [formerly The Wang Center for the Performing Arts], which includes both the Wang Theatre and Shubert Theatre, is one of the nation's foremost not-for-profit performing arts institutions.  As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, one-night engagements, international sporting events, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiative presents City Spotlights and SpectrumBoston. As a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historical Theater District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities through its education department; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations, and acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience.  For further information, please go to www.citicenter.org.

 

 

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<![CDATA[An Evening with Chris Botti]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/284 Mon, 21 Jun 2010 20:00:00 GMT Since the release of his 2004 critically acclaimed CD When I Fall In Love, Chris Botti (pronounced boat-tee) has become the largest selling American jazz instrumental artist. His success has crossed over to audiences usually reserved for pop music and his ongoing association with PBS has led to four #1 Jazz Albums, as well as multiple Gold, Platinum & Grammy Awards.

Over the past three decades, he has recorded and performed with the best in music; including Frank Sinatra, Sting, Josh Groban, Michael Buble, Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell, John Mayer, Andrea Bocelli, Joshua Bell and Aerosmith's own Steven Tyler.

Chris Botti in Boston was nominated for Best Pop Instrumental Album, Best Instrumental Arrangement for "Emmanuel" arranged by Jeremy Lubbock and Best Long Form Music Video. The concert was recorded in Boston Symphony Hall in September 2009.

 

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<![CDATA[Jerry Seinfeld]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/263 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:00:00 GMT By popular demand, Jerry Seinfeld returns to Boston's Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on Saturday, September 11 for 2 performances.

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<![CDATA[The Dukes of September]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/269 Tue, 15 Jun 2010 20:00:00 GMT Dukes of September Rhythm Revue featuring Donald Fagen, Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs

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<![CDATA[Belle & Sebastian with special guest Dean Wareham Plays Galaxie 500]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/209 Wed, 02 Jun 2010 20:00:00 GMT After a period of hiatus, indie darlings Belle & Sebastian are back—putting the finishing touches on a new album and embarking on their first American tour in four years. The band, which formed in Glasgow in January 1996, is often compared to influential bands such as The Smiths, as well as such legends as Love, Bob Dylan and Nick Drake.

While word on the new album remains hushed, loyal fans wait with bated breath for their first full-length, non-compilation album since 2006. Their most recent album, The Life Pursuit, became the band's highest charting release to date and was praised by critics, including influential UK online music zine Drowned in Sound, who picked the album as one of their Top 10 Best Albums of the Year. Belle & Sebastian will celebrate their return to the studio with a select handful of tour dates, including their first ever appearances in Mexico and Singapore. Additionally, the group is busy curating Bowlie 2 — the follow-up to the ATP Presented Bowlie Weekender in 1999. This one-night-only opportunity to see the legendary performers at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre is not to be missed!

 

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<![CDATA[Sheryl Crow]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/222 Tue, 01 Jun 2010 20:00:00 GMT Sheryl Crow is about to unveil her soul stylings on the new studio set 100 Miles From Memphis due for release July 20th on A&M Records. After the release of 100 Miles From Memphis Crow will debut a new live band to take her funky new sound on the road.

With special guest Brandi Carlile.

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<![CDATA[Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/229 Wed, 19 May 2010 20:00:00 GMT Super Music Friends Announced!
Saturday, Sept. 25 – Mates of State
Sunday, Sept. 26 – Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley

Fresh off a triumphant sold-out tour debut, a headlining performance at The White House, a critically-acclaimed, chart-topping album, and an appearance at Coachella that garnered rave reviews from spectators and media alike, DJ Lance Rock and the cast of YO GABBA GABBA! are heading back on the road with YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE!: THERE’S A PARTY IN MY CITY! to play to enthusiastic fans in Boston.

And they're bringing some SUPER MUSIC FRIENDS to the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre! Indie rock duo Mates of State will be stopping by Saturday, September 25. Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls, American Repertory Theater's Cabaret) and Jason Webley, who together form the musical duo Evelyn Evelyn, join the Gabbas September 26. Don't miss out on the fun!

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<![CDATA[Straight No Chaser]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/230 Sun, 02 May 2010 20:00:00 GMT If the phrase “male a cappella group” conjures up an image of students in blue blazers, ties, and khakis singing traditional college songs on ivied campuses… think again. Straight No Chaser (SNC) are neither strait-laced nor straight-faced, but neither are they vaudeville-style kitsch. As original member Randy Stine comments, “We take the music very seriously; we just don’t take ourselves too seriously.” In the process, they are reinventing the idea of a cappella on the modern pop landscape. Originally formed over a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, the group has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon – with a massive fanbase, over 20 million views on YouTube, numerous national TV appearances, and proven success with two holiday releases, 2008’s HOLIDAY SPIRITS and 2009’s CHRISTMAS CHEERS. In an era when so much pop music is the product of digital processing and vocal pro-tooling, Straight No Chaser is the real deal – the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music that is moving people in a fundamental sense… and with a sense of humor.

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<![CDATA[Natalie Merchant]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/221 Sun, 02 May 2010 20:00:00 GMT Don't miss Natalie Merchant as she tours in support of her new album Leave Your Sleep, her first studio album since 2003.

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<![CDATA[Melissa Etheridge]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/72 Mon, 26 Apr 2010 20:00:00 GMT Don't miss Grammy®, Oscar® and ASCAP award winner Etheridge performing hits from her five Platinum albums, plus pounding rockers and whisper-light ballads from her tenth studio album, Fearless Love.

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<![CDATA[Ron White]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/76 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 20:00:00 GMT Ron “Tater Salad” White is best known as the cigar smoking, scotch drinking funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon. But with two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, and CD and DVD sales of over 10 Million units, Ron has established himself as a star in his own right.

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<![CDATA[Celtic Thunder]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/830 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 10:00:00 GMT Celtic Thunder features five male vocalists from Ireland and Scotland, ranging in age from 16 to 40: Paul Byrom, George Donaldson, Keith Harkin, Ryan Kelly and Damian McGinty.
From rousing ensemble numbers to solos showcasing each members' vocal style and personality, Celtic Thunder performs powerful ballads, popular hits and heartwarming songs of love and loss from across the Celtic music spectrum -- Irish, Scottish, traditional and contemporary.
It makes for irresistible listening as the principals from this generation pay their respects to the stars of an earlier time. In the true tradition of variety the music covers a mix of styles, of songs and of singers, as the lads salute their musical heroes- from Fred Astaire to Neil Diamond, from Jim Croce to Chicago, from Michael Buble to The Beach Boys!

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<![CDATA[Radio City Christmas Spectacular]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/78 Wed, 14 Apr 2010 20:00:00 GMT ATTENTION: Ticketholders that were unable to attend the Sunday, December 26th or Monday, December 27th performances will be able to use their tickets, subject to availability, at any of the remaining 5 performances of the show, Tuesday-December 28 at 2pm or 5pm, or Wednesday-December 29th at 11am, 2pm or 5pm. In order to attend one of the alternate performances, please bring your unused tickets to the box office to be exchanged for best available seating. Please arrive early.

Direct from New York, The Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Rockettes, makes a triumphant return to The Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre! Most famous for their eye high kicks and precision dancing, the Radio City Rockettes thrilled over 350,000 Bostonians in 2004 and 2006. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this glamorous production. In addition the Rockette showstopper, “Twelve Days of Christmas,” this magical production features such legendary favorites “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and the awe-inspiring “Living Nativity.” Experience the magic of Christmas, this year in Boston. It is the perfect gift for your whole family.

Run Time
Act I - 47 minutes
Intermission - 15 minutes
Act II - 50 min

 


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<![CDATA[Jim Gaffigan]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/77 Tue, 09 Mar 2010 02:00:00 GMT Don't miss Jim Gaffigan, a comedic triple threat who has achieved major milestones in stand-up, acting, and writing, when he arrives at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre.

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<![CDATA[2 Friends Tour featuring Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/558 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 08:10:00 GMT Contemporary Christian stars, Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith bring The 2 Friends Tour to the Wang Theatre on March 5th.

Visit Amy and Michael's official websites at amygrant.com and michaelwsmith.com

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<![CDATA[Flashdance]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1766 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 06:00:00 GMT Student/Rush Tickets
$27.00 available 1 hour prior to each performance, one (1) ticket per ID (required). Subject to availability.

Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of FLASHDANCE is now live on stage. With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE-THE MUSICAL tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

Flashdance The Musical has amended their performance schedule in Boston due to extenuating travel circumstances. The performance scheduled on March 11 has been canceled. The first performance will now be March 12 and the show will continue its run through March 23 at the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre. Ticket holders for this performance may exchange their tickets to another performance of Flashdance The Musical by returning to their original point of purchase.

There will be 3 ADA performances:
March 15 Matinee – Open Caption
March 22 Matinee – ASL
March 23 Matinee – Audio Described

RUN TIME: Approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes including intermission.

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<![CDATA[Jersey Boys]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1349 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 06:00:00 GMT STUDENT/SENIOR RUSH*
Student/Senior Rush tickets are available for $29.00 a ticket; 2 per valid ID at the box office only.

More than 117,000 theatergoers cheered when JERSEY BOYS made its sell-out premiere at the Citi Performing Arts Center Shubert Theatre and 84,000 more during its triumphant Winter 2010 return to the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre! Worldwide, more than 13 million people have seen JERSEY BOYS. And now, the show that makes critics and audiences cheer is “Working Its Way Back” to Boston!

JERSEY BOYS, is the Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito, and Nick Massi. This is the story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. JERSEY BOYS features their hit songs “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What a Night,” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.”

Tickets available for the Open Captioned performance on February 23rd, 2013 at 2:00PM.

*Student/Senior Rush Details
For advance tickets, available only for Mezzanine D-M, purchase at the Citi Wang Theatre box office, Tues – Sat, 12PM – 6PM
For Day of Show tickets, available for all seating areas, purchase at Citi Wang Theatre (except Sundays) or Citi Emerson Colonial starting 2 hours at prior to the first performance of the day.

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<![CDATA[Il Divo - A Musical Affair - The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2150 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 05:20:00 GMT Club presale will be Friday, Nov. 15 at 10AM – Sunday, Nov. 17 at 10PM.

VIP Packages available. Click on the red ticket button for more information.

Following successful concerts at New York's Marquis Theater, Il Divo the record-breaking classical crossover group that has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide will bring IL DIVO - A MUSICAL AFFAIR: THE GREATEST SONGS OF BROADWAY LIVE to the Citi Wang Theatre in supports the group's sixth studio album A Musical Affairwith special guest Lea Salonga.

It's their first compilation of songs inspired by Broadway shows such as Phantom of the Opera, Carousel and West Side Story, and features stellar duet partners Barbra Streisand, Kristin Chenoweth, Nicole Scherzinger, Heather Headley and Michael Ball.

The show intertwines the most famous songs from Broadway musicals with the individual theatrical experiences of Carlos, David, Urs and Sebastien. The quartet members are no strangers to musical theatre; Carlos was cast as Marius in Les Miserables when the show first premiered in Spain in 1993, while David played Rodolfo in Broadway's La boheme in 2003, which subsequently garnered seven Tony Award nominations.

The show was developed by long-term IL DIVO collaborator and artistic director Brian Burke (La Reve and Celine Dion's residency shows in Las Vegas, Elton John, Rod Stewart and The Killers).

The album "A Musical Affair" showcases Il Divo's signature romantic and emotional interpretation of heartfelt classics like "Some Enchanted Evening" (South Pacific), "Bring Him Home" (Les Miserables), "Tonight" (West Side Story) and more. Il Divo has also provided new arrangements for these much-loved songs, as well as invited familiar Broadway and pop artists to appear on certain tracks as their duet partners. These top musicians lend their talent in songs like "The Music of the Night" (Phantom of the Opera) LIVE duet with Barbra Streisand; "All I Ask Of You" (Phantom Of The Opera) duet with Kristin Chenoweth; "Memory" (Cats) duet with Nicole Scherzinger; and "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" (The Lion King) duet with Heather Headley.

"It has been so inspiring to work with such legendary songs from the world of Broadway musicals for our new album," says Urs Buhler from IL DIVO. "We can't wait to now perform them in our own style to our fans around the world."

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<![CDATA[Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1677 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 04:45:00 GMT After a highly successful bout on Broadway, Mike Tyson is taking his acclaimed one-man show, “MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH,” on a national tour. Helmed by renowned director Spike Lee and producer James L. Nederlander. He will perform at Boston's Citi Wang Theatre on Saturday, May 4. Tickets and VIP Meet & Greet packages are on sale.

“MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH” is a rare, personal look inside the life and mind of one of the most feared men ever to wear the heavyweight crown. Directed by Academy Award nominee Spike Lee, this riveting one-man show goes beyond the headlines, behind the scenes and between the lines to deliver a must-see theatrical knockout.

For more information check out facebook.com/MikeTysonOnTour.

VIP PACKAGES AVAILABLE
Purchase a VIP Ticket for MIKE TYSON: UNDISPUTED TRUTH at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre.
SUPER VIP – MEET AND GREET - $500.00*
Includes Post-show meet & greet includes a photograph with Mike Tyson and an autographed boxing glove.
VIP – MEET AND GREET - $300.00*
Includes Post-show meet & greet with Mike Tyson.
*Prices do not include $3.75 facility fee and applicable service charges

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<![CDATA[Penn & Teller]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2076 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 04:00:00 GMT Tickets on-sale Friday, October 4 at 10AM

Penn & Teller will bring their irreverent brand of comedy and magic back to Boston for their first engagement in more than 10 Years! The post-modern bad boys of magic will play three performances only, on Friday, Jan. 24 and Saturday, Jan. 25.

“Our Vegas bosses at Caesars are co-promoting our shows in Boston, which for us is the best of both worlds. When I was growing up in Greenfield, Mass. and Teller was attending Amherst, Boston seemed like a million miles away. Now, that we live in Vegas, Boston is like coming home. Outside of Vegas, we do some of our best shows in Boston and we can't wait to come back home. It's been wicked too long," said Penn Jillette.

For nearly 40 years Penn & Teller have defied labels — and at times physics and good taste – by redefining the genre of magic and inventing their own very distinct niche in comedy.

With sold-out runs on Broadway, world tours, Emmy-winning TV specials and hundreds of outrageous appearances on everything from Letterman to Fallon, Friends to The Simpsons, Chelsea Lately to Top Chef, comedy’s only team show no signs of slowing down.

Seven-time winners , including 2013, as “Las Vegas Magicians of the Year,” their 12-year run at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino, owned by Caesars Entertainment, makes them one of the longest running and most-beloved shows in Las Vegas history, outselling every other resident magician on The Strip.

Their acclaimed Showtime series, “Penn & Teller: BS!” was nominated for 13 Emmys and is the longest-running series in the history of the network. The show tackled the fakes and frauds behind such topics as alien abduction, psychics and bottled water. Their newest television venture, “Penn & Teller Tell A Lie” for the Discovery Channel premiered last October and Penn recently showed his business savvy on the new season of NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.”

In the UK, they’ve recently completed the first series of their highly –lauded return to British television, “Penn & Teller: Fool Us!” on which up-and-comers and magic veterans try to fool Penn & Teller for a chance to star in the duos’ hit Las Vegas stage show.

Along the way, they’ve written three New York Times Best-Sellers, hosted their own Emmy nominated variety show for FX, starred in their own specials for ABC, NBC and Comedy Central and produced the critically lauded feature film documentary The Aristocrats.

As individuals, they are just as prolific. Teller co-wrote and directed the Off-Broadway thriller Play Dead, which received raves from The New York Times and Wall Street Journal and has written two books. Penn has written three books, including the New York Times Best Seller, “God No!”, hosted the NBC game show Identity , donned his ballroom shoes for the 2008 season of ABC’s hit Dancing With The Stars and competed on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice.

With inclusions in the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, as answers on Jeopardy and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, their status as cultural icons and the preeminent duo in comedy was once again reinforced when Katy Perry personally asked them to co-star in the video for her #1 song, “Waking Up in Vegas.” In April of this year the pair was honored with their very own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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<![CDATA[The Addams Family]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/776 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 03:00:00 GMT  

Girl Scout Information click here

Click here for information on purchasing tickets for the February 15th ASL Interpreted, Open Captioned and Audio Described performance.

The weird and wonderful family comes to devilishly delightful life in THE ADDAMS FAMILY. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy is created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, Drama Desk-winning composer/lyricist Andrew Lippa (The Wild Party), choreographer Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and Olivier Award-winning director/designers Phelim McDermott & Julian Crouch (Shockheaded Peter) with creative consultation by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks.

This is definitely not the same old song and dance. It’s every parent’s nightmare. Your little girl has suddenly become a young woman, and what’s worse, has fallen deliriously in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Yes, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has a “normal” boyfriend, and for parents Gomez and Morticia, this shocking development will turn the Addams house downside up. It’s a family portrait that’s completely off the wall.

Read the reviews from Chicago, New Orleans, St. Louis, Charlotte, and Tampa! Critics and audiences alike are raving about The Addams Family Musical!

Educators: Click to download The Addams Family Study Guide, StageNOTES


Kooky Family Photo Contest

See the entries that are completely off the wall.

The grand prize winner received 4 tickets to see the first family of comedy, The Addams Family Musical at the Citi Shubert Theatre in Boston.

Click here to view our Family Photo Album.

Charles Addams Caption Contest

Check out our Caption Contest. Addams Family Fans captioned creepy and kooky cartoons from Charles Addams! Winners received a Addams Family prize pack and one grand prize winner received 4 tickets for their freaky family to see The Addams Family Musical at the Citi Shubert Theatre in Boston. Visit our Citi Center Blog to view the captions.


Part of the Lexus Broadway in Boston Series
Visit the Group Sales page for information on purchasing 15+ tickets.

 

 

 

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<![CDATA[TAO Dance Theater]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2027 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 03:00:00 GMT Since its founding in 2008, TAO Dance Theater has taken China’s dance world by storm. The company has performed in every modern dance festival throughout the country and has collaborated with leading Chinese artists across genres including theatre, experimental music, film, visual arts and installation. TAO Dance Theater has been featured in performances, choreography and teaching residencies and festivals worldwide. The company has brought modern dance all over the world, including rural locations that had never before seen a modern dance performance.

Program:
‘4’: ‘'4' features a foursome navigating both internal and external spaces in constant synchronized motion and never touching. The work is a continuation of the choreographer's minimalist experimentation that explores the potential of the human body as a visual element devoid of story-telling or representation.

‘5’: In ‘5,’ which premiered in Amsterdam in 2013, the dancers do engage in physical contact, in fact they move in an indistinguishable kaleidoscopic mass of limbs and light, never dispersing even for a moment.

“It is easy to see why the choreographer and co-founder Tao Ye has captured attention as a radical new presence on the country’s burgeoning contemporary dance scene.”The Times (UK)

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<![CDATA[Cuff Me: A 50 Shades of Grey Parody]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2149 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 02:30:00 GMT Premium Seating Available!

Cuff Me! A Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody is the unauthorized hilarious parody of the Fifty Shades of Grey book phenomenon! Grab your girlfriends and get ready to laugh at this sexy, and hysterical romp, Cuff Me! The Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody, will have you dancing in the aisles as the cast of four belts out hilarious parodies of popular hit songs while spoofing the Fifty Shades of Grey book!

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera's I Puritani]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1902 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 02:00:00 GMT Elvira has been promised to one man, but loves another. When she believes the object of her affection has betrayed her, she descends into madness. Bellini’s bel canto gem unfolds during a tumultuous English civil war and features mad scenes filled with pathos and achingly beautiful music.

Troy Cook and Paul Whelan are the men trying to arrange marriage for Elvira. John Tessier and Sarah Coburn, acclaimed for their roles in BLO’s The Barber of Seville, sing the roles of the lovers, with Coburn delivering the famous tour de force soprano arias.

Advance Student tickets are available in person at the box office with a valid student ID. Tickets are half-off, limit 1 ticket per student; select areas available.

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera's Rigoletto]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1905 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 02:00:00 GMT The Duke of Mantua is always in pursuit of his next romantic conquest. His jester Rigoletto is obsessed with protecting his innocent daughter, Gilda, from the corruption, which has become a way of life in the Duke’s court. Rigoletto can lock his daughter away, but he cannot contain the passion stirring in her young heart. When a betrayed husband places a curse on the Duke and Rigoletto, a thirst for revenge leads to tragic results.

This Verdi favorite and new production is set in a rich and decadent Renaissance Italy and features some of opera’s most famous arias including “La Donna è Mobile,” and “Caro Nome.” Michael Mayes, Bruce Sledge, and Morris Robinson star with Nadine Sierra singing Gilda.

Advance Student tickets are available in person at the box office with a valid student ID. Tickets are half-off, limit 1 ticket per student; select areas available.

Show run time
Act I: 56 Minutes
Intermission: 25 Minutes
Act II: 30 Minutes
Act III: 32 Minutes
Total: Approximately 2 hours and 23 minutes

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera - The Barber of Seville]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1049 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 02:00:00 GMT Figaro, Figaro, Figaro! Rossini is undoubtedly the top dog of comic opera and The Barber of Seville is his undisputed masterpiece. Rossini generously stamps every moment with his own unique and irresistible mixture of manic madness and soaring lyricism. Patter songs, love duets, serenades, along with a shaving scene out of Max Sennett, a foiled elopement, a happy ending, and even a thunderstorm. The Barber has it all… and more.

Conducted by BLO Music Director David Angus and featuring a cast led by soprano Sarah Coburn, who has sung on the stages of Los Angeles, the Metropolitan Opera, and recently made her Vienna Staatsoper debut, is making her BLO debut as the quick-witted Rosina. Jonathan Beyer debuts as Figaro and Canadian tenor John Tessier as Count Almaviva. American opera favorite Judith Christin brings her renowned portrayal of Berta to Boston for the first time. With Steven Condy, David Cushing and Gregory Gerbrandt.

Sung in Italian

Half-Off Student Tickets for the Opera may be purchased in advance at the Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office. 2 tickets per valid student ID.

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<![CDATA[Compagnie Käfig]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2024 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 01:00:00 GMT Since their U.S. debut in 2002, this innovative French hip-hop ensemble, directed by choreographer Mourad Merzouki, has become an international phenomenon, selling out performances worldwide. After an encounter with eleven young dancers from the shantytowns of Brazil, Merzouki created works that showcase a sensational combination of athletic samba, hip-hop, and capoeira dance styles.

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<![CDATA[Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2022 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 01:00:00 GMT Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has been thrilling Boston audiences since the Celebrity Series presented their Boston debut in 1968.

Programs:
Thursday – Chroma / D-Man in the Waters (Part I) / LIFT

Friday – Ailey/Ellington: Night Creature, Pas de Duke / The River / Revelations

Saturday matinee – Ailey/Ellington: Night Creature, Pas de Duke / The River / Revelations

Saturday evening – Chroma / D-Man in the Waters (Part I) / LIFT

Sunday – Ailey/Ellington: Night Creature, Pas de Duke / The River / Revelations

“…the Rolls-Royce of American dance.”Los Angeles Times

Please arrive on time as late seating is very limited and you will be held outside the theatre until the conclusion of each piece.

Student Rush Tickets available in person at the Citi Performing Arts Center Box Office. $20.00 per ticket, 2 tickets per valid ID. Cash Only. Available in advance during normal box office hours (12-6pm Tue-Sat). Select seats available in advance; best available day of show.

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<![CDATA[Circus Oz]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2029 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 00:15:00 GMT Credited with revitalizing a traditional art form in a uniquely Australian way, Circus Oz is a rock ‘n’ roll, animal-free circus that has influenced the development of circus arts around the world since its foundation. Adults and children can enjoy Circus Oz together and appreciate the breathtaking stunts, irreverent humor, rousing music and an all-human ensemble. Circus Oz promotes the best of the Australian spirit: generosity, diversity, and death-defying bravery.

These acrobatic daredevils from down-under bring pluck and sass to their wildly entertaining, irreverent, and family-friendly performances; that’s why they are the National Circus of Australia. Circus Oz is FUN!

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera presents The Flying Dutchman]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1505 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 00:00:00 GMT

Sung in German with projected English translation

New BLO production US Premiere of the 1841 critical edition

A sea captain doomed by a curse to an existence of eternal wandering, a yearning heroine desperate to escape her restricting world – set against the uncontrolled violence of the sea. Their passionate encounter is a story of compelling tension and musical intensity. Senta, the heroine, leads a tormented life of spiritual isolation and buried secrets and this new production tells the dramatic story from her point of view as a product of her tortured imagination.

Wagner’s early masterpiece is presented in honor of his bicentennial and is recommended for mature audiences.

The new production is directed by Michael Cavanagh and stars Allison Oakes, Alfred Walker, and Gregory Frank. BLO Music Director David Angus conducts.

PLEASE NOTE: The performance on April 26th will be the US Premiere of the 1841 critical edition and will be presented without intermission (approx. 140 minutes) as originally written by Wagner. All other performance dates will be presented with an intermission. If you are currently holding tickets and prefer to attend a different performance, please contact the box office at 866-348-9738.

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<![CDATA[Grupo Corpo]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1443 Tue, 02 Jan 1753 00:00:00 GMT

Student Rush:
Student Rush tickets will be on sale an hour and a half prior to the performance. Two per student ID. Cash only. Subject to availability.

The contemporary Brazilian dance company Grupo Corpo, founded by Paulo Pederneiras in 1975, combines multiple genres of dance, such as ballet and samba, for a uniquely Brazilian style of contemporary dance.

“… an impressive fusion of ballet, samba, modern dance and what-have-you, applied to impossibly quick tempos and demanding the kind of lifts, swings and general hurling about that makes one cringe to think of the physical strain, while marveling at the dancers' skill and stamina.” – The Toronto Star

The Celebrity Series of Boston Dance Series is sponsored by The Little Family Foundation and the John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation. Media Partner is WGBH.

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<![CDATA[Celtic Woman - Songs from the Heart]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/569 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 21:00:00 GMT The international sensation Celtic Woman returns to the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre March 13th with their Songs From the Heart tour!

Visit their website at celticwoman.com.

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<![CDATA[Lewis Black - The Rant Is Due]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1648 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 21:00:00 GMT
Citi Cardmembers can purchase tickets starting Wednesday, November 14th at 10AM – Thursday, November 15th at 10PM.
To purchase with your Citi card click the Citi button.

Club pre-sale will run from Wednesday, November 14th at 10AM through Thursday, November 15th at 10PM.

“Hallelujah, our long national nightmare is over. Now we face a fiscal cliff. Sounds like an event from the X games. Here’s hoping both parties start talking to each other and stop talking to us.” - Lewis Black

LEWIS BLACK, Grammy Award-winning stand-up comedian, is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs over 200 nights a year to sell out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and United States. He is one of a few performers to sell out multiple renowned theatres including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York City Center, the Main Stage at the Mirage in Las Vegas and most recently a sold out Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in NYC.

His live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is a passionate performer who is a more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon. Lewis is the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.

LEWIS BLACK came into national prominence with his appearances on THE DAILY SHOW in 1996. Those appearances on THE DAILY SHOW led to comedy specials on HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime and Epix. In 2001, he won the Best Male Stand-Up at the American Comedy Awards. He has released eight comedy albums, including the 2007 Grammy Award-winning "The Carnegie Hall Performance." LEWIS BLACK won his second Grammy Award for his album "Stark Raving Black." Lewis has published three bestselling books, Nothing’s Sacred (Simon & Schuster, 2005), Me of Little Faith (Riverhead Books, 2008) and I’m Dreaming of a Black Christmas (Riverhead Books, 2010).

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<![CDATA[Boz Scaggs]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2183 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 21:00:00 GMT The Citi Performing Arts Center is pleased to welcome back Boz Scaggs on May 9th when he brings his Memphis tour to the Emerson Colonial Theatre.

Grammy Award-winning rock legend Boz Scaggs is on the road in support of his latest studio album, Memphis. The multi-platinum selling musician new album showcases both original songs and choice covers. Memphis was produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer) and was recorded at Willie Mitchell's legendary Royal Studio in Memphis, where the late Mitchell recorded Al Green and other Hi Records artists. Joining Scaggs on Memphis, the album, are Willie Weeks (bass), Ray Parker Jr. (guitars), Spooner Oldham (keyboards), the Memphis Horns, Lester Snell (string arrangements) and Steve Jordan (drums).

William Royce "Boz" Scaggs began a long and storied career in 1965 with the release of his first solo recording Boz. Scaggs quickly developed into an iconic singer songwriter cutting his teeth playing with Steve Miller on several highly successful projects and honing his rock and R&B chops working with the likes of the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and Duane Allman. Scaggs hit it big in 1976 achieving multi-platinum success with Silk Degrees and its follow ups. Scaggs continued on a lauded and multi-genre musical journey to the present day. He and his band continue to tour worldwide and Scaggs also performs alongside Donald Fagan and Michael McDonald in their band billed as The Dukes of September.

Raised in Texas with an abiding respect for a wide spectrum of American roots music, Scaggs has combined rock, jazz, R&B and blues to create a trademark sound. With an extensive and distinctive career that has spanned 30 years and many accolades, Scaggs continues to prove himself as one of music's most creative and original artists.

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<![CDATA[Peter Pan]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1594 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 21:00:00 GMT There will be an ASL/Open Captioned/Audio described performance on Sunday, April 28 at 6:30pm purchase tickets HERE

PREMIUM SEATING AVAILABLE
Purchase Premium Seating for Cathy Rigby is Peter Pan at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre. GET PREMIUM SEATING TICKETS HERE

Student and Senior Rush
$25 a ticket, 2 per valid ID, day of show only at the box office, cash only.

Audiences are invited to discover the magic of the two-time Emmy Award winning and two-time Tony® Award nominated production: Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN! Families and fans have their chance to ‘fly’ into the Wang Theatre for this magical production running April 23 - 28, 2013.

PETER PAN is a unique, family friendly attraction of spectacle and fantasy. The thrill of flying, timeless magical moments and a captivating hook will mesmerize young and old alike. The legend you thought you know, is now the adventure you never dreamed possible…Cathy Rigby is PETER PAN!

Joining the Tony® Award nominee Cathy Rigby is Broadway’s Brent Barrett as Mr. Darling/Hook. Brent has entertained millions of fans around the world from Broadway to the West End, concerts halls, recording studios, film and television. Kim Crosby (Cinderella in the original Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls (Sarah Brown), Jerry’s Girls) returns to play Mrs. Darling.

Join Citi Center's Education Department for a Peter Pan Story Hour at Faneuil Hall Marketplace on April 27th. Find out more about the FREE interactive workshops here. For a complete list of community readings at local BCYF, BPL and other neighborhood locations, click here

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<![CDATA[Neil Finn: Dizzy Heights Tour with guest Midlake (acoustic)]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2128 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 21:00:00 GMT Boston engagement presented by 92.5 The River

Catch Neil Finn on his Dizzy Heights Tour with guest Midlake (acoustic) at the Citi Shubert Theatre on April 7th at 7:30PM.

Neil Finn has embark on a spring tour in support of his new album Dizzy Heights out through Lester Records via Kobalt Label Services (KLS).

The follow up to Finn's last solo outing One All, Dizzy Heights was announced during a live webcast which aired on Brooklyn Vegan featuring 3 new tracks. The album was lead by a short film created by Finn for the song “Divebomber” which is now streaming on his official YouTube channel. A second track “Flying in the Face of Love” is available on iTunes now and the full album can be pre-ordered HERE.

The 11-track album was recorded between Finn’s Auckland studio, Roundhead, and Tarbox Road, the upstate New York studio ofDizzy Heights co-producer Dave Fridmann (The Flaming Lips, Tame Impala). Of his latest effort, Finn notes, “I didn’t want to make it a solo record in a stripped back singer-songwriter sort of way…I had a feeling Dave would be good at adding some odd shapes to the music, which I always welcome—making things a little more expansive. He is good at subverting things, and making things sound a bit messed up and not as obvious, rather than being too tasteful, which is always a temptation.”

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<![CDATA[Jeff Beck’s Rock & Roll Party with Imelda May & her Band]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/568 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 21:00:00 GMT Catch guitar legend Jeff Beck's Rock & Roll Party with Imelda May & Her Band at Wang Theatre for one night only on Saturday, March 26 at 8pm.

Check out the USA Today interview with Jeff Beck on his other passion - American muscle cars

 

Check out this special sneak preview of Jeff Beck & Imelda May performing "How High the Moon" at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City on what would have been Les Paul's 95th birthday.

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<![CDATA[Grease]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/296 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 21:00:00 GMT Join Danny, Sandy, Rizzo and the gang as the National Tour of Grease arrives in Boston this Spring! Starring singer/actor Dominic Fortuna, recent star of the Broadway production, as DJ Vince Fontaine, this fan-favorite musical that tells the story of teenagers in love during the soda shop culture of the 1950s. Kathleen Marshall's most recent Broadway revival, which opened in August 2007, ran for 554 performances and received a Tony nomination for Best Revival of a Musical. Don't miss your favorite numbers -- Greased Lightnin', We Go Together, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted to You and You're the One That I Want. Be There or Be Square.

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<![CDATA[Gipsy Kings featuring Nicolas Reyes and Tonino Baliardo]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/531 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 21:00:00 GMT The Gipsy Kings consist of two bands of brothers: the Reyes (Nicolas, Canut, Paul, Patchai, Andre) and the Baliardos (Tonino, Paco, Diego). The Reyes and Baliardo boys were the offspring of Spanish gypsy families that had fled into France to escape Spain’s Civil War. They grew up roaming the south of France, working harvests and making music. Jose Reyes – father of the GK’s Reyes – sang alongside guitarist Manitas de Plata and did much to popularise flamenco internationally: John Steinbeck, Charlie Chaplin, Pablo Picasso, Miles Davis and Salvador Dali were amongst the duo’s admirers. Jose split from Manitas in the 1970s and formed Los Reyes with his teenage sons. His death devastated the Reyes yet lead to their fortuitous encounter with the Baliardos at the St. Marie de la Mer Gitan pilgrimage. On that warm night, as they passed the guitar, shared songs and wine, history was shaped.

Initially, the Reyes and Baliardos busked on the streets of Cannes, played weddings and parties, young men flavouring flamenco with Western pop and Latin rhythms. When an American admirer told the band their name Los Reyes meant “The Kings” in English they realised they were born to be Gipsy Kings. In 1987 The Gipsy Kings’ self-titled debut album introduced the world to ‘rumba Gitano’ – the sound of South America’s rumba rhythm married to flamenco guitars – and with ‘Bamboleo’ the Gipsy Kings scored a huge international hit. Since then the Kings have never stopped singing to the world. Today the Gipsy Kings still live with their families in the south of France. Life may have changed for them – they no longer busk on streets or pick crops when times are hard or travel in caravans – but still, at heart, they remain Gypsies, the proud descendants of an ancient people who seduced the world with music and dance. On Pasajero, the Gipsy Kings continue their epic musical journey.

Running Times:
Act 1 - 8:00 - 8:50
Intermission
Act 2 - 9:10 - 10:00

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<![CDATA[Tony Bennett]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/582 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 21:00:00 GMT Don't miss 15-time Grammy winner and international treasure Tony Bennett when he performs live at Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre on Saturday, February 5th.

Visit his official website at tonybennett.net

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<![CDATA[Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1892 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 21:00:00 GMT DIRECT FROM BROADWAY! As “the next best thing to seeing The Beatles!” (Associated Press), RAIN performs the full range of The Beatles' discography live onstage, including the most complex and challenging songs that The Beatles themselves recorded in the studio but never performed for an audience. In addition to the updated sets that include brand new LED, High-Definition screens and multimedia content, new songs have also been included with the launch of the 2013-14 Tour. Together longer than The Beatles, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that’s as infectious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics (“I Want To Hold Your Hand,” “Hard Day’s Night,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “Let It Be,” “Come Together,” “Hey Jude” and more), this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friends!

The performance runs 2 hours and 20 minutes including intermission.

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<![CDATA[Shen Yun Performing Arts]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/392 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 21:00:00 GMT Experience Classical Chinese dance and music in gloriously colorful and exhilarating shows. An art form several millennia old, Chinese dance is refreshingly dynamic and expressive. Ancient legends and heroic figures come to life through its leaps, spins, and delicate gestures.

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<![CDATA[Mark Morris Dance Group]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2032 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 20:15:00 GMT Celebrity Series of Boston is co-commissioner of this fully-staged production of Mozart’s arrangement of Handel’s opera, Acis & Galatea, by director and choreographer Mark Morris and the Mark Morris Dance Group making its East Coast premiere.

Known as one of the greatest pastoral operas, Acis and Galatea, based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, was composed by Handel in 1718 and arranged by Mozart in 1788.

Lauded throughout his career for successful collaborations with renowned orchestras and opera singers, Mark Morris has once again assembled a stellar team for his latest project, Acis and Galatea.

Celebrated visual artist and scenic designer Adrianne Lobel, fashion icon and costume designer Isaac Mizrahi and acclaimed lighting designer Michael Chybowski will set the stage for Morris who will direct the Mark Morris Dance Group and four vocal soloists in this epic tale.

Acis and Galatea Cast
Thomas Cooley, tenor (Acis)
Sherezade Panthaki, soprano (Galatea)
Douglas Williams, baritone (Polyphemus)
Zach Finkelstein, tenor (Damon)

Acis and Galatea is a Celebrity Series of Boston / Cal Performances, Berkeley / Mark Morris Dance Group production, in association with the Harriman-Jewell Series, Kansas City; Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

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<![CDATA[Heartbeat of Home]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/2182 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 20:00:00 GMT $30.00 Student Rush Tickets Available!
Two hours prior curtain, cash only at Wang Theatre Box Office, two tickets per ID.

THE ELECTRIFYING NEW MUSIC AND DANCE SPECTACULAR

Following its World Premiere engagement in Dublin, and a sold out run in China and Ireland, Heartbeat of Home comes to Boston's Citi Wang Theatre on March 26 thru April 6, 2014 on its first North American tour, which begins in January 2014 and will include Toronto, Chicago and Detroit .

Created by the Producers and Director of Riverdance, Heartbeat of Home is a brand new tantalizing, high octane, sexy, music and dance extravaganza. This heart –stopping tour de force features the dynamic, vibrant components of traditional Irish, Latin and Afro-Cuban music and dance. The Irish Mail on Sunday hails it as ‘an extraordinary highly imaginative show’ and the Irish Independent raves that this world-class cast of thirty-seven including a ten-piece band ‘had every heart in the theatre missing a beat’.

Heartbeat of Home features a new and electrifying sound written by award-winning, Golden-Globe-nominated, composer Brian Byrne. The joyous, heart-stopping and high-energy production also features high-definition, cutting-edge projection technology.

Produced by Moya Doherty, conceived and directed by John McColgan with concept development and lyrics by award winning Irish writer Joseph O’Connor, Heartbeat of Home showcases world-class dancers from Ireland, USA, Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, Mexico and Spain and choreography by David Bolger.

The Heartbeat of Home creative team also includes John Carey (Irish Dance Choreography), Alan Farquharson (Set Design), David Torpey/Image Now (Projection Design), Peter Canning (Lighting Design), Ciaran Byrne (Sound Design), Monica Ennis and Niamh O’Connor (Costumes Styling) and Padraic Moyles (Assistant Director).

Check your local PBS listings for “The Making of Heartbeat of Home” documentary.

Heartbeat of Home – Music from the Show, featuring the hit song “Lead Me Home” by American Idol Jessica Sanchez, will be available in Canada beginning January 14, 2014 and in the United States beginning February 25, 2014 on Decca/Universal. The DVD of the show, which was recorded live in Dublin during its World Premiere run, will be released by Decca/Universal in March 2014. View the video of "Lead Me Home.”

CRITICAL PRAISE FOR HEARTBEAT OF HOME:
“An experience that, for the record, REMAINS A THRILL!” - Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“SHEER EXCITEMENT! Features high-flying step dancers. A hybrid of the original Riverdance cross pollinated with So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing With The Stars. ABSOLUTE GENIUS skyscraper sequence that Fred Astaire would have adored. Plus, a SENSATIONAL band that turns the whole theatre into a DANCE PARTY!” - Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times

“NOT TO BE MISSED —a show you will be talking about for years to come!” - Al Bresloff, Around Town Chicago

“HEARTBEAT OF HOME IS THE RIVERDANCE FOR THE NEW MILLENNIUM. Raises the bar almost out of sight.” - Dan Zeff, Chicagoland Theatre Reviews

 

RUN TIME: 2 hours and 10 minutes including one 20 minute intermission.

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera's A Midsummer Night's Dream]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/407 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 20:00:00 GMT "Out of this wood do not desire to go."

Ah, the thrill of the chase. Over hill, over dale, girdling the Earth in forty minutes—when the words are mostly Shakespeare, even the libretto sings. Britten gives us a stageful of sprites and mortals in a touching and very funny take: a dreamscape. Or is it a nightmare? Depends on how you feel about unrequited love, and donkeys.

Boston Lyric Opera's Agrippina - March 11 - 22 - Shubert Theatre

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<![CDATA[Spellbound Dance Company]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1447 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 20:00:00 GMT

This is the U.S. debut tour for Spellbound Dance Company, Italy’s leading contemporary dance ensemble. Program will include Lost for Words and Downshifting by Mauro Astolfi.

The Celebrity Series of Boston Dance Series is sponsored by The Little Family Foundation and the John S. and Cynthia Reed Foundation. Media Partner is WGBH.

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<![CDATA[Celtic Woman]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1261 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 20:00:00 GMT Celtic Woman returns to the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre as part of their BELIEVE 2012 North American Tour on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th at 8 PM.

Internationally acclaimed vocal phenomenon Celtic Woman has announced their brand-new North American tour in support of their new CD/DVD release, BELIEVE. The tour kicks off February 3rd in Nashville, TN with performances lined up in nearly 60 cities including Boston. Tickets go on-sale to the public December 16th. For complete tour schedule and ticket information, visit celticwoman.com.

Celtic Woman’s breathtaking new show, BELIEVE, features the all-female singing sensation performing classic Irish tunes, such as ‘The Water Is Wide,’ ‘Green Grow the Rushes,’ ‘A Woman’s Heart,’ and ‘The Parting Glass,’ timeless pop anthems such as ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and ‘Sailing,’ and inspirational songs including ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Ave Maria,’ with their signature Celtic Woman twist, under the distinct musical direction of Emmy-nominated music producer, David Downes. Celtic Woman’s awe-inspiring vocalists and mesmerizing violinist will be backed by a dazzling six-piece band, the Aontas Choir, and renowned championship Irish dancer.

Celtic Woman’s newest studio CD and companion DVD, BELIEVE, will be available in stores January 24 through Manhattan Records. Filmed for the first time in America in front of some of their most loyal fans at The Fox Theatre (Atlanta, GA) in September, 2011, BELIEVE: LIVE began airing December 3rd on Public Television stations around the country as part of the network’s quarterly pledge drive.

Since their March 2005 American debut on Public Television, Celtic Woman quickly emerged as a spectacular commercial success, selling more than six million CDs/DVDs and over two million concert tickets worldwide! Their genre-defining, multi-Platinum-selling projects have each held #1 positions on the Billboard World Music Charts: Celtic Woman (CD/DVD 2005), A Christmas Celebration (CD/DVD 2006), A New Journey (CD/DVD 2007), The Greatest Journey (CD/DVD 2008), and Songs From The Heart (CD/DVD 2010).

Celtic Woman’s signature sound has emerged as a transcendent force and their spectacular live shows embody a radiance and purity that connects powerfully with their adoring fan base. Celtic Woman’s all-new production, BELIEVE, marks the pinnacle of their illustrious career, a celebration of musical enchantment to be enjoyed by the entire family!

 

Visit the Group Sales page for information on purchasing 10+ tickets.

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<![CDATA[Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/317 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 20:00:00 GMT FROM ED SULLIVAN TO ABBEY ROAD! – They look like them and they sound just like them! “The next best thing to seeing The Beatles,” raves the Denver Post. All the music and vocals are performed totally live! RAIN covers the Fab Four from the earliest beginnings through the psychedelic late 60s and their long-haired hippie, hard-rocking rooftop days.

RAIN is a multi-media, multi-dimensional experience...a fusion of historical footage and hilarious television commercials from the 1960s lights up video screens and live cameras zoom in for close-ups. “A thrilling bit of time-warping nostalgia…Boomer Heaven!” raves The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Uncanny! RAIN are a quartet of fine musicians in their own right…as The Beatles, they triumph!” cheers the Boston Herald. “An adoring Valentine to The Beatles,” declares the Washington Post. Sing along with your family and friends to such Beatlemaniac favorites as "Let It Be," "Hey Jude," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," "Come Together" and "Can’t Buy Me Love."

Running Times:
Act 1 - 60 minutes
Intermission - 20 minutes
Act 2 - 60 minutes

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<![CDATA[Cake]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/567 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 19:00:00 GMT Don't miss CAKE one of the most principled, enduring, self-reliant, and best-selling artists in post-alternative rock at the Wang Theatre.

Founded in 1992 and reaching worldwide attention on the strength of their platinum albums Fashion Nugget and Prolonging The Magic, CAKE have been cited by Rolling Stone as creators of “a modern pop that is both mechanized and organic...highly developed and virtually unique.” Highlights in recent years range from raves for their latest studio album Pressure Chief (2004), and a subsequent compilation of unreleased tracks B-sides and Rarities (2007), to major success in concert, including multiple runs of their self-founded ‘Unlimited Sunshine’ tour and solo dates in large theaters and arenas worldwide.

Visit the band's website CAKEMUSIC.COM.

Check out CAKE's new song - Federal Funding - the opening track from their new album Showroom of Compassion

Showroom of Compassion (in stores January 11; pre-order on iTunes now), Cake's first album since 2004, is about as groovy as a song can possibly get with lyrics that seem as though they were lifted from an internal memo written by middle management at a government contractor. Singer John McCrea is as droll as ever, somehow merging his incredibly dry subject matter with a strange parody of detached rock swagger. In director Owen Cook's video for the song, animated construction workers build an empty coliseum on a grim, earth-toned landscape. The mood of the clip matches the sound of the tune perfectly. - Rolling Stone Magazine

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<![CDATA[Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1108 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 19:00:00 GMT

The annual visit to Boston by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has long been one of the city’s celebrated seasonal traditions. The stunningly gifted and gorgeous Ailey dancers bring fire and passion to programs of classics and exciting new works alike.

“A company whose worldwide popularity is rivaled only by the magnificence of its dancing.” – San Francisco Chronicle

“To see [Ailey’s] magic work on a capacity crowd – and by magic, I mean the galvanizing energy of its dancers – is usually the best part of the show.” – The Washington Post

Performance Program

Thursday, May 16, 7:30pm:
Petite Mort (1991)
Choreographer: Jiří Kylián | Music by: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
In/Side (2008)
Choreographer: Robert Battle | Music by: Nina Simone
Another Night (2012)
Choreographer: Kyle Abraham | Music by: Dizzy Gilespie
Minus 16 (1999)
Choreographer: Ohad Naharin | Music by: Various Artists

Friday, May 17, 8pm*:
Ailey Classics (1971-1988): Cry, Love Songs, For ‘Bird’ With Love, Revelations
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey | Music by: Various Artists
*The Friday night performance will be a tribute to dancer Renee Robinson. This will be Renee’s farewell season with the company.

Saturday, May 18, 2pm:
Grace (1999)
Choreographer: Ronald K. Brown | Music by: Duke Ellington, Roy Davis, Fela Kuti
From Before (1978)
Choreographer: Garth Fagan | Music by: Ralph MacDonald
Strange Humors (1998)
Choreographer: Robert Battle | Music by: John Mackey
Revelations (1960)
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey | Music by: Traditional

Saturday, May 18, 8pm:
Petite Mort (1991)
Choreographer: Jiří Kylián | Music by: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
In/Side (2008)
Choreographer: Robert Battle | Music by: Nina Simone
Another Night (2012)
Choreographer: Kyle Abraham | Music by: Dizzy Gilespie
Minus 16 (1999)
Choreographer: Ohad Naharin | Music by: Various Artists

Sunday, May 19, 3pm:
Grace (1999)
Choreographer: Ronald K. Brown | Music by: Duke Ellington, Roy Davis, Fela Kuti
From Before (1978)
Choreographer: Garth Fagan | Music by: Ralph MacDonald
Strange Humors (1998)
Choreographer: Robert Battle | Music by: John Mackey
Revelations (1960)
Choreographer: Alvin Ailey | Music by: Traditional

Advance Student Rush for the all performances are available at the Citi Wang Theatre box office only. Student Rush tickets are $20, cash only. Two (2) tickets per valid full-time student ID.

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<![CDATA[Celtic Woman]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/1664 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 18:00:00 GMT Singing sensation Celtic Woman brings their 2013 North American Tour to the Citi Wang Theatre. Under the distinct musical direction of Emmy®-nominated music producer, David Downes, this spectacular musical experience features Celtic Woman performing traditional Irish tunes, timeless pop anthems and inspirational songs including the return of fan favorites “You Raise Me Up,” “Orinoco Flow” and many more, all with the signature Celtic Woman sound. Don’t miss this opportunity to see Celtic Woman as you’ve never seen them before.

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<![CDATA[Boston Lyric Opera's Agrippina]]> http://www.citicenter.org/show/406 Mon, 01 Jan 1753 15:00:00 GMT Agrippina wants her rotten son to be the Emperor of Rome. What’s a mother to do? She promises anything to everyone standing in her way: Nero himself, an ambitious courtesan, a general, a couple of fawning sycophants, and half the Roman Senate. Also her husband, current Emperor Claudius. The numbers are staggering. No, really. Handel’s music soars. Come delight in his fresh musical invention and some crazy, hothouse humanity.

Boston Lyric Opera's Midsummer's Night Dream - April 29 - May 10 - Shubert Theatre

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