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POST-GAZETTE, JANUARY 23, 2015 Page11 UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN COMEDY The Devine Miss M will be in Boston on June 15th at TD Garden. See MUSIC section for further details. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com NEIL DIAMOND -- March 23, 2015. Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Nell Diamond will released his new CD "Melody Road," on October 21st. "Melody Road," his first album of new songs since 2008. Come March, Dia- mond will embark on a North Ameri- can concert tour that includes dates in the Unites States, Mexico and Canada. Diamond's career began in the 1960s and continues on today with such fan favorites as: "Crack!in' Rosie," "Song Sung Blue," "Longfellow Serenade," "I've Been This Way Before," "If You Know What I Mean," "Desiree," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "America, " "Yesterday's Songs," "Heartlight," "I'm a Believer" and Red Sox Nation's anthem "Sweet Caroline," A show not to be missed! Tickets are now on sale. BETTE MIDLER --- June 12, 2015. More than 40 years after her debut album, Bette Midler continues to own the stage no matter where she per- forms, thanks to her charismatic pres- ence and divine voice. With several classics in her catalog including "The Rose," "Do You Want to Dance, "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," and "Wind Beneath My Wings." Seize the oppor- tunity to see the legendary Bette Midler sing live. BARRY MANILOW -- June 16, 2015. Prom No. 1 hits to multi-Plati- num-selling albums and numerous awards, this Brooklyn-born singer- songwriter's skills have captivated fans around the world for decades, so get your Barry Manilow tickets for the next tour to experience the legendary art- ist live in concert. U2 -- July I0, 11, 14 & 15, 2015. Join U2 on their iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour 2015. The band are heading out on the road again, play- ing indoor arenas for the first time in a decade. The iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour will see U2 play 19 cities worldwide with pairs of shows in each city. Special shows are being planned for Dublin for the end of next year to benefit the U2-initiated Music Generation project and details Will follow once they are finalized. *We are going to try to have a completely DANCE THEATER ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" -- 10:00 am to Noon every Friday with hosts Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to,www.111~corrL "Italia Oggi" -- Sundays 1i:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. Go to www.1460WXBR.corru "Dolce Vita Radio" -- DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franciosa Show" -- Sundays from 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 www.wsro.com. "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.com. "L'Italia Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Emanuele Capoano -- Thursdays 2:00 pro-4:00 pro. Visit www.zumix.org/radio or litaliachiamo.wordpress.com; email: litaliachiamoshow@gmail.com. Tel. 857-334-0868. "Intervallo Musicale" -- Sundays 10:00-10:30 am; Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR" 1600 AM and online at www.wunr.con~ different feeling from night oneCOLONIAL THEATRE to night two," said Bono, "and have 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA some fun playing with the idea of (817) 462-9898 innocence and experience. More to www.Boston-Theater.com be revealed!" DIRTY DANCING -- April 28 to May 10, 2015. The 1987 movie is an ORPHEUM THEATRE untouchable musical classic, and has I Hamilton Place, Boston, MA sealed the sadly departed Patrick 617-482-0106 Swayze's place in the cult movie www.OrpheumTheatreBoston.eom canon. A massive box office success JEFF BECK -- Apri119, 2015. Beck's at the time, it has spawned numer- career took off in the mid-1960s, after ous imitators, a belated sequel and replacing Eric Clapton as lead guitar- *nobody puts Baby in the corner" ist for The Yardbirds on the recom- branded merchandise for toddlers. mendation of his friend Jimmy Page. The stage version made its debut in He played on several of the rock 2004 in Australia. Adapted by the group's hits, such as Heart Full of Soul, movie's original scribe Eleanor Shapes of Thlngs and Over Under Side- Bergstein, this North American tour- ways Dounu Over the years, Beck has ing production hews closely to the plot collaborated with Stevie Wonder, of the movie, packing in all its Diana Ross, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, anthemic anthems (I Had the Time of Roger Waters, Les Paul, Jon Bon Jovi, My Life, Hungry Eyes) and cheesy one- Stanley Clarke, Herbie Hancock and liners with aplomb. It delivers every- Joss Stone among many others. Beck thing the audiences can hope for -- has twice been inducted into the lots of sexy dancing and rock 'n' roll. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once with Taking on the unenviable task of rep- The Yardbirds in 1992 and once as a licating Swayze's charm (and hunky solo artist in 2009. He has won nu- good looks) in this tour is Samuel merous Grammy Awards, includingPergande (Cirque Du Soleil: La two at the 2011 Grammy Award Cel- Nouba), while Jillian Mueller (Ameri- ebration when he won Best Rock In- can Idiot) is the Baby to his Johnny. strumental Performance for *Hammer- head" and Best Pop instrumental per- CAMBRIDGE YMCA formance for "Nessun Dorma," both 820 Massachusetts Avenue, from his last studio album, Emotion & Cambridge, Ma Commotion. 617-424-6634, x222. www.BostonChildrensTheatre.org STUART LITTLE -- January 31 through February 8, 2015. Presented by the Boston Children's Theatre, this is a family-friendly musical. Audiences will meet Stuart Little, a small mouse born into a human family in New York City with his brother George and the family's spiteful cat Snowbell. Based on the classic children's book by E.B. White. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 561 Main Street, Melrose, MA (781) 665-4470 www.BrownPaperTickets.com/ event/895584 ITALIAN OPERA AND WHAT BROADWAY DID TO IT -- Friday, January 23, 2015. Starring sopranos Laura Hansen and Kristyn Taylor, and baritone Frank Walker, singing arias, duets and trios from favorite Italian operas followed by Broadway's version of "drama, drama, drama!" HOUSE OF BLUES 15 Lansdowne Street Boston, MA 888-693-BLUE (2583) www.HouseOfBlues.eom DROPKICK MURPHYS -- March 12- 15, 2015. The Dropkick Murphys are going on their inaugural Celtic Punk Invasion Tour which will hit several dates on the east coast as well as going overseas to Ireland and the UK. The Massachusetts natives then will play Boston at the House of Blues on March 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th. The show on the 14th has the most expensive average ticket, signifi- cantly higher than the tour average. Luckily for fans there is an earlier show that same day for those who can not get to the evening show. After that the Dropkick Murphys head overseas to play Dublin, Ireland on St. Patricks day for the first time in their career. SHUBERT THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-482-9393 www.CitiCenter.org/Theatres/ Shubert DISHING WITH THE DIVAS -- A MUSICAL COMEDY -- March 27, 2015. The high-energy performance surrounds the final live studio broad- cast 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 stylel 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 audiences dishing, dancing, laughing and singing from start to finish as these three talented ladies belt out hits by artists such as The Pointer Sisters, Jennifer Lopez, Carrie Underwood, Aretha Franklin, and many more! BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouseOnline, corn MOTOWN -- January 27 to Feb- runty 15, 2015. The smash hit Motown the Mus/ca/ Is making its way across the country in its first national tour! Featuring over 40 classic songs such as *My Girl," "What's Going On," "Dancing in the Street," "I Heard it Through the Grapevine" and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." The true story behind the beat that changed minds, touched lives and took the world by storm, Motown shows how artists like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Tempta- tions and more created the sound- track that transformed America. DCU CENTER 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 800-653-8000 www.DCUCenter.com PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDERS -- February 7-8, 2015. The Professional Bull RIders announced that fans will again be able to watch the best bull riders and top bucking bulls when the PBR Touring Pro Division (TPD) returns to the DCU Center. Fans will witness thrilling 8-second rides and jaw-dropping wrecks throughout the adrenaline-soaked performance as the PBR's insanely brave cowboys risk it all against monstrous animal athletes that can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds. This year's event will feature a special opportunity for bull riding fans to get the ultimate in fan experience. MONSTER JAM -- February 13- 15, 2015. Welcome to Monster Jam, an incredible family-friendly experi- ence starring the biggest performers on four wheels: Monster Jam mon- ster trucks. These twelve-feet-tall, ten-thousand-pound machines will bring you to your feet, racing and ripping up a custom-designed track full of obstacles to soar over -- OR smash through. Monster Jam provides a massive night's entertainment tailored perfectly for your family's budget, and these colorful larger- than-life beasts are sure to capture the hearts of both young and old. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com WWE SMACKDOWN -- January 27, 2015. WWE is returning to Boston just two days after Royal Rumble! John Cena, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns & Dean Ambrose vs. Money in the Bank Contract Winner Seth Rollins, Kane, Big Show & Bray Wyatt! See your fa- vorite WWE Superstars: The Usos Rusev and many morei Card is sub- ject to change. DISNEY ON ICE: FROZEN -- Feb- ruary 13-22, 2015. The show that we've all been waiting for is finally here! Disney on Ice presents the blockbuster hit Frozen in a spectacu- lar production that promises to de- light and exhilarate fans old and young. The story of two royal sisters, kept apart by a terrible secret, Frozen is about family sticking together through thick and thin and accepting who you are. Join Elsa and Anna, with all your favorites, including the hilari- ous Olaf, adorable Kristoff and his trusty reindeer Sven, this is to be an astonishing show. from the world- class talent that will be whizzing through the wintry wonderland, to the special effects that will transport you straight to Arendelle and beyond. Fea- turing an Oscar winning soundtrack, including the epic Let it Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman, Frozen is going to be Disney's biggest ice show to date, and the event of the year you won't want to miss! NORMAN SMITH ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER Chickatawbut Road, Milton, MA, (617) 333-0690 www.MassAudubon.org/bluehills SNOW SHOE SHUFFLE -- Sun- day, January 25, 2015. This is a fam- ily-friendly event for both snow shoe beginners and for those with more ,experience. Join us on the top of Chickatawbut Hill to learn snowshoe basics and then hit the trail. If there is no snow, we will still hit the trails in our hiking boots. Along the way, we will look for animal tracks and other signs of winter wildlife. Suitable for adults and children ages 6 and up. Registration is required. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA 617-248-9700 www.TheWilburTheatre.com DEMETRI MARTIN -- January 3 I, 2015. One of the more unconven- tional stand-up comics on the na- tional circuit, he is known for using one-liners and drawings on a large pad, as well as accompanying his jokes with music on either guitar, har- monica, piano, keyboard, glockenspiel, toy bells, ukulele, or tambourine, even having them play all at once to pre- vent editing of his shows for TV! CRAIG FERGUSON'S HOT & GRUMPY TOUR: WALKING THE EARTH -- February 14, 2015. Craig Ferguson entered the world of late night comedy following a diverse and eclectic career that encompasses film, television and the stage. On Decem- ber 19th, 2014, Ferguson concluded his nine-year run as the host of CBS's *The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," which has set all-time viewer records and earned him a Primetime Emmy nomination during its run. Ferguson can currently be seen as the host of the new syndi- cated game show "Celebrity Name Game," from executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Ferguson recently lent his voice to the animated features "How to Train Your Dragon" and its sequel, "How to Train Your Dragon 2," as well as the Disney animated features, "Winnie the Pooh" and *Brave." BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouseOnline.com LADY OF THE CAMELLIAS -- Feb- ruary 8-26, 2015. From the 1848 novel by Alexandre Dumas comes this heartbreaking ballet. Pirst created by the iconic American choreographer John Neumeir, with a score from Chopin for the Pr/ma Ballerina of the the Stuttgart Ballet in 1978, The Lady. of the Came/!ins is a touching story of what could have been, based on the tragic love life of Dumas himself. You may not know The Lady of the Camel- //as, but you'll have heard of it's im- pact on popular culture, having in- spired the opera La Traviata, to the high energy spectacle Moulin Rouge. It's the story of a young, impoverished artist Armand who falls for a tragically tuberculosis ridden courtesan, the beautiful Marguerite. Begging her to run away with him to the country, she yields, leaving the trappings of her luxurious life behind. But it is his own father that provides the spanner in the works, convincing the lovestruck Marguerite to leave Armand, as their association will ulti- mately destroy the reputation of the family. Watch the Boston Ballet in- terpret this beautiful tale of suffer- ing, love and fragility. THE CROSBY WHISTLE STOP 24 Roland Street, Charlestown, MA 978-884-7690 www.BostonSwingCentral.com SWING DANCE EVERY FRI- DAY NIGHT -- Come and check out Boston's most exciting swing dance. Conveniently located in Sullivan Square less than a five minute walk from the T. Free parking is available. A killer line up of DJ's and live bands every Friday night. A beginner les- son is included in the price of admis- sion from 8:00-9:00 pm prior to social dancing from 9:00 pm-12:00 am. No partner or prior experience is required. All ages and dance levels welcome. 7