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Page 10 POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 6, 2012 . NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, by Charles Busch, focuses on the burgeoning midlife crisis of an upper-class, upper- crust, Upper West Side woman who fights to better herself through frequent night time visits to museums and theaters. See THEATER for more details. local history to enlighten today's youth with positive messages of tol- erance and acceptance. WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE Wheelock College 200 The Riverway Boston, MA 617-879-2300 THE WIZARD OF OZ - Friday, Feb- ruary 3, Friday, February 10, Friday, February 17, Friday, Februai;y 24. Based on the classic 1939 MGM movie with a score co-written by the legend- ary Harold Arlen, this magical produc- tion will sweep audiences off their feet, from the moment the tornado twists its way into Kansas. Young farm girl Dorothy and her little dog Toto are transported "Over the Rainbow," where they meet the Cowardly Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow on the Yellow Brick Road, and travel to- gether in search of the great and powerful Wizard himself. Featuring such classic songs as "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" and "If I Only Had a Brain," The Wizard of Oz is sure to cast its timeless spell over the entire family. pr COMEDY ARSENAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS - BLACK BOX THEATRE 321 Arsenal St., Watertown, MA 617-923-8487 THE TALE OF THE ALLER- GIST'S WIFE - Friday, January 20, Friday, January 27, 2012. This adult social satire by Charles Busch focuses on the burgeoning mjdlife crisis of an upper-class, upper-crust, Upper- West-Side woman, the wife of a doc- tor, who strives to better herself through frequent nighttime visits to museums and theaters. Her neuro- ses about being mediocre come to a boiling point when she pitches a fit at a Disney Store, resulting in substan- tial damage to both the merchandise and her psyche. Running for nearly 800 performances on Broadway start- ing in 2000, this show received Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics nomi- nations for Best Play, and Charles Busch won the Outer Critics Award for Outstanding Playwriting. Joe Stallone directs. This play is for ma- ture audiences due to adult content. TALIAh EVENTS & PRO(IRAMS BOSTON CHILDREN'S THEATRE The Wimberly Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts 527 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-933-8600 REFELCTIONS OF A ROCK LOB- STER -- March 3 through March 1 I, 2012. After being bullied relentlessly, 17 year-old student Aaron Fricke from Cumberland, Rhode Island sued his high school in 1980 for the right to escort his boyfriend to his senior prom. In the tradition of The Diary of Anne Frank and To Kill a Mockingbird, this play deals with issues of bullying and prejudice. Boston Children's Theatre Is most proud to bring a story from BOSTON CHILDREN'S THEATRE The Plaza Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts 539 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-933-8600 JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH -- March 17 through 25, 2012. A magical peachl An incredible journey! Insect friends! In James and the Giant Peach, Roald Dahl's story comes hi- lariously to life in this family show that reveals the wickedness of some and the goodness of others. Follow James, the wise Old-Green-Grasshopper and the pessimistic Earthworm on their wild adventure. And, don't forget James' mean Aunt Spiker and cruel Aunt Sponge! BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 AMERICAN IDIOT - January 24 through 29, 2012. Based on Green Day's smash-hit album and featuring such songs as: "Wake Me Up When September.Ends," "Holiday and the blockbuster title track, this Boston premiere tells the story of three life- long friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of surburbia. LES MISERABLES -- March 13, 2012 through April I, 2012. Les MisGrables has been seen by over 53 million people in 38 countries and 21 languages since its first London performance in October 1985. The original Broadway production opened on March 12, 1987, at the Broadway Theatre, winning seven Tony Awards that season, including Best Musical. The show went on to play a total of 6,680 performances. Based on Victor Hugo's epic novel. Relentless police- man Javert pursues escaped convict Jean Valjean over decades through the tumult of revolutionary France. Valjean becomes a mayor, agrees to raise the daughter of dying prostitute and joins the fight for freedom. None of this impresses the single-minded Javert, until the day ValJean saves his life. Score includes "Who Am I?," "A Little Fall of Rain," *One Day More," "Bring Him Home" and "I Dreamed a Dream." BEAUTY AND THE BEAST -- May 29 through June 3, 2012. Tale as old as time, true as it can be. Disney's Beauty and the Beast, the smash hit Broadway musical, is coming to youI Based on the Academy Award-win- ning animated feature film, this eye- popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling pro- duction numbers including *Be Our Guest" and the beloved title Song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's Beauty and the Beastl SHUBERT THEATER 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 866-348-9738 THE ADDAMS FAMILY - Febru- ary 7-19, 2012. They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky -- c'mon, you know that tune! A dream cast takes on the quirky characters in a new and original Addams Family tale. As the musical begins, there are storm clouds gathering over the Addams Family home. Wednesday is failing in love, young Pugsley, jealous of his sister's attention, begs her to keep torturing him severely, while mother Morticia fears being upstaged and discarded by her daughter's lurch into womanhood ... like yesterday's roadkill. But when outsiders come to dinner, the events of one night will change forever this famously maca- bre family -- a family so very different from your own -- or maybe not. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 www.LowellAudit orium, corn COME FLY AWAY  Thursday, March I, 2012. "Come Fly Away" is the new Broadway musical that brings together the legendary vocals of Frank Sinatra and the creative vision of Tony Award-winner Twyla Tharp (Movin' Out). This one-of-a-kind experience combines the seductive vocals of "Ol' Blue Eyes" with the sizzling sound of a llve on-stage big band and the vis- ceral thrill of Tharp's choreography. As 14 of the world's best dancers tell the story of four couples falling in and out of love, you will experience the exhilaration of a first kiss, the excite- ment of a first dance, and the bitter- sweet moments of a first good-bye in a world of sparkling romance and astonishing beauty. Come Fly Away features a host of beloved Sinatra clas- sics, including "Fly Me to the Moon," "My Way," "New York, New York" and "Witchcraft." WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA GLEN CAMPBELL GOODBYE TOUR  Thursday, February 23, 2012. The legendary singer/ songwriter released his final studio album, "Ghost on the Canvas." De- spite the diagnosis of Alzheimers, Glen will hit the road for his "Goodbye Tour". "I still love making music," says Campbell. "And I still love performing for my fans. I'd like to thank them for sticking with me through thick and thin." Glen Campbell is best known for a series of hits in the 1960s and 1970s. Campbell's hits include: "Gentle on My Mind," "By the Time I Get to Phoenix," "Wichita Lineman," "Galveston," "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights." Campbell made history by winning four Grammys in both country and pop categories in 1967. For "Gentle on My Mind" he received two awards in coun- try & western, "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" did the same in pop. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 REAL OLDIES LIVE -- Friday, March 23, 2012. Join us for a classic night of Doo-Wop for Real Oldies Live! Don't miss your chance to enjoy the fun-loving, toe-tapping tunes of art- ists Gary "US" Bonds, The Cleftones, The Orlons, and Johnny Tillotson and the Tuttie Frutties. Gary "US" Bonds created legendary party" record, "Quarter to Three," a number one hit with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and influence a generation. He is also known for "School is Out," "School is In," "Dear Lady Twist," "Twist, Twist Senora," "Seven Day Weekend," and others. He has performed throughout the world, rising to a status so high that on a 1963 tour of Europe, he head- lined above a group of relative new- comers The Beatles. A rare distinc- tion for Gary is that he managed to transcend the decades with hits. The Cleftones are known for hits *Little Girl of Mine," "Can't We Be Sweet- hearts," and "String Around My Heart." Also, appearing, The Orlons, who are a predominantly female group from Philadelphia, had some dance and novelty gems in the early '60s: *The Wah Watusi," "Don't Hang Up," and "South Street." You wouldn't want to miss Johnny Tillotson, who is famous for chart records "Poetry In Motion," "It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'," "With- out You," "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On," and many more. TD GARDEN Causeway Street, Boston NEIL DIAMOND - June 23, 2012. Rock and Pop Icon Neil Diamond, a 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame In- ductee and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree, will take his greatest hits on the road on a much-anticipated North American tour. Neil Diamond has had numerous hits including: "Forever in Blue Jeans," Cherry, Cherry," *Sweet Caroline," "I'm a Be- liever," "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Red, Red Wine," "America" and many more. Neil's musical career spans nearly five decades, Neff has sold more than 125 million albums worldwide, with a remarkable track record of 16 Top Ten albums, and 37 Top Ten singles. A Grammy Award-winning artist, Diamond has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriter's Hall of Fame and is a re- cipient of the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award. Among Neils's many other honors, he has received a Golden Globe Award, 12 Grammy nominations and was named the 2009 MusiCares Person of the Year. SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB Double Tree Hotel 400 Soldiers Road, Boston, MA 617-562-4111 DAVID SANBORN - February 10, 2012. Renowned and revered the world over as one of the greatest saxo- phone players of all-time, David Sanborn is an artist whose music has inspired countless other musicians while creating a body of work that spans the genres of rock 'n' roll, R&B, pop and jazz. A naturally gifted performer, David has helped defined the saxophone's modern sound while influencing a generation. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 GEORGE LOPEZ - Friday, Janu- ary 20, 2012 and Saturday, January 21, 2012. George Lopez is a multi- talented entertainer whose career encompasses television, f'flm, standup comedy and now late-night television. "Lopez Tonight" represents Lopez's return to series television after co- creating, writing, producing and star- ring in Warner Bros. Television's groundbreaking hit sitcom George Lopez, which ran for six seasons on ABC. George Lopez remains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broad- cast stations and cable's Nick at Nite, ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly pro- grams in syndication. Lopez has risen to become one. of the premier come- dic talents in the entertainment in- dustry. He has been praised by audi- ences and critics alike for his work in television, film and standup, as well as his extensive charity work with various foundations. AMAZING JOHNATHAN -- Satur- day, January 28, 2012. The Amazing Johnathan is an eccentric comic ma- gician whose bizarre humor and unseripted antics have earned him widespread recognition as one of the most original and unique performers today. His DVD, "Wrong on Every Level" is the latest example to prove this point. The Amazing Johnathan has performed for audiences all over the world. Despite making regular ap- ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" 11:00 am to I:00 pm every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian 8how" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Go to www. "Itali a oggi" Sundays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franciosa Show" Sun- days from 12 Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at "Radio Italia Unita" - Thursdays pearances on national television shows, his live shows are what Amaz- ing Johnathan thrives on. He has lit- erally destroyed audiences and stages with a style that has been described as a cross between Steve Martin and Alice Cooper. With his impulsive, raw humor and abrasive wit, he keeps audiences on the edge of their seats while exhibiting spontaneous magic and showcasing impressive special effects. The Amazing Johnathan Show has added new material but still showcases the same impulsive, bizarre humor and abrasive wit that has earned him widespread critical acclaim. COLIN QUINN: LONG STORY SHORT - Sunday, January 29, 2012. In "Long Story Short," Colin Quinn focuses his "articulate brand of com- edy" on the demise of empires, includ- ing our own. More than standup com- edy, "Long Story Short" is a hilarious blend of incisive observation, sharp commentary, and Colin's channeling of the personalities of the past. From Socrates to Snooki, Quinn is at his satirical best, taking on the attitudes, appetites and bad habits that toppled the world's most powerful nations. Long Story Short proves that through- out human history, the joke has always been on us. ETTA MAY'S WHITE TRASH DIARY - Tuesday, February 7, 2012. What's the best way to describe Etta May?. "Minnie Pearl with a migraine." To put it simply, when Etta May takes the stage, she is the reigning Queen of Southern Sass. She reflects "You know you're getting fat when you sit in the bathtub and the water in the toilet risesI" Born and raised in Bald Knob, Arkansas, Etta May grew up alongside nine older brothers, who referred to their baby sister as "the human sacrifice." In fact, Etta May's parents - her father, a potpourri farmer, and her mother, bedridden by constant childbearing, -- did not realize Etta May was a girl until she required a training bra. Etta May met her husband, Delbert, an aspiring truck driver, at a friend's kegger. From across the yard their eyes locked in a love look. Nine months later, she was blessed with a boy, followed by a girl and two more boys. "That's where my comedy comes from. I just wait for my husband or kids to do something stu- pid, and then I write it down." Etta May, will take you on a redneck ride through the Deep South. DAVID SPADE -- Friday, Febru- ary 10, 2012. Born in Birmingham, MI, but raised in Scottsdale, AZ, Spade first made a name for himself as a standup comedian. He spent most of the '80s performing in clubs, theaters, and college campuses. He joined the cast of Lorne Michael's long-running television show Saturday Night Live in 1990 as a writer and a performer. On the show, he soon gained popu- larity for such recurring sketches such as "The Hollywood Minute" in which Spade would sarcastically shred some of Tinseltown's biggest stars with his nasty comments. Spade also proved an able impersonator of celebrities ranging from Jeff Foxworthy to Tom Petty. Spade has appeared on many television talk shows and guest starred on several series. He began his film career in the late '80s playing a small role in Police Academy 4: Citi- zens on Patrol. In the '90s, he began playing major supporting roles in such films as Coneheads (1993) and P.C.U. (1994). He and former SNL alumni Chris Farley shared top billing in two popular comedies, Tommy Boy (1995) and Black Sheep {1996). Spade starred opposite Joe Pesci and Dyan Cannon in Eight Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997). In 1997, Spade returned to series tele- vision in the sitcom Just Shoot Me and also has a starring role in the popular sitcom Rules of Engagement. 2:00 pm-3:00 pm on radio or itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information, log onto "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 - Every Sunday 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Delia Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit DANTE ALIGHIERI CULTURAL CENTER 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge, MA 781-640-3637 BEAUTIFUL CLASSIC ITALIAN OPERA ARIAS -- Sunday, Janu- ary 15, 3:00 pm. Sponsored by the Pirandello Lyceum. Free to Pirandello members. Public invited.