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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 16, 2012 Page11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Blue Man Group appearing See THEATER SECTION for ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS WILBUR THEATER 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA LATE NITE CATECHISM - Sun- day. March 25, 2012. The two-act solo performances feature Sister giving instruction to a roomful of students (the audience). Call it Loretta Young meets Carol Bumett. This is part cat- echism class, part stand-up routine. It's an interactive comedy, one of the longest running shows in Chicago now touring the US. RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES -- April 11-14. Together longer than The Beatles themselves, RAIN has mastered every song, ges- hue and nuance of the legendary four- some, delivering a totally live, note- for-note performance that's as infec- tious as it is transporting. From the early hits to later classics that The Beatles never got the chance to play live, this adoring tribute will take you back to a time when all you needed was love, and a little help from your friendsl LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 www.LowellAudit MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT -- March 28, 2012. Lovingly *ripped- off from the internationally famous comedy team's most popular motion picture, Monty Python and the Holy Graft, Monty Python's Spamalot is the winner of three 2005 Tony Awards including Best Musical and Best Di- rector (Mike Nichols), as well as the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle awards for Best Musical. Telling the legendary tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and their quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python's Spamalot features a chorus line of dancing divas and knights, flatulent Frenchmen, killer rabbits and one legless knight. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 LES MISERABLES -- Now through April l, 2012. Les Misdrables has been seen by over 53 mil- lion people in 38 countries and 21 languages since its first London the the Charles Playhouse. details. 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 policeman Javert pursues escaped convict Jean Valjean over decades through the tumult of revolutionary France. Valjean becomes a mayor, agrees to raise the daughter of a 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-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 youl Based on the Academy Award- winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people world- wide. This classic musical love story is filled with unforgettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and daz- zling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's Beauty and the Beastl CHARLES PLAYHOUSE 74 Warrenton St., Boston, MA 617-931-2787 or 617-426-6912 BLUE MAN GROUP - Ongoing. This giddily subversive off-Broadway hit serves up outrageous and inven- tive theater where three muted, blue- painted performers spoof both con- temporary art and modern technol- ogy. Wry commentary and bemusing antics are matched only by the inge- nious ways in which music and sound are created. The show has recently been updated with new performance pieces and music. SHEAR MADNESS - Ongoing. This hilarious Boston-set whodunit, where the clues change every night and the laughs come fast and furious, is a worldwide phenomenon filled with up-to-the-minute spontaneous hu- mor and quicksilver improvisation where the audience becomes part of the. action and gets to solve the crime. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 www.LowellAudit orium.c om REAL OLDIES LIVE -- Friday, March 23. Don't miss your chance to enjoy the fun-loving, toe-tapping tunes of artists Gary "US" Bonds, The Cleftones, The Orlons, and Johnny Tillotson and the Turtle Frutties. Gary "US" Bonds created the legendary party record, "Quarter to Three." He is also known for "School is Out," "School is In," "Dear Lady Twist," "Twist, Twist Senora," "Seven Day Weekend," and others. The Cleftones are known for hits "Little Girl of Mine," "Can't We Be Sweethearts," and *String Around My Heart." Also, appearing, The Orlons, who 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 "Poetry In Motion," "It Keeps Right On A Hurtin'," "Without You," "Send Me The Pillow That You Dream On," and many more. PHIL VASSAR -- March 22, 2012. With his self-titled artist debut on Arista/Nashville, Phil took his seat as country's leading piano man with the success of songs like "Carlene," "Just Another Day in Paradise" and "Six- Pack Summer." Since then he's con- tinued to prove his worth time and again with releases like "American Child," That's When I love You," "In A Real Love," "I'll Take That as a Yes (The Hot Tub Song)," "Last Day of My Life" and "Love is a Beautiful Thing." Now with 6 albums under his belt Phil is ready for the next journey in his musical career. No stranger to hard work and with a strong business mind on his shoulders, Phil's taking con- trol by launching Rodeowave Enter- tainment, a full-service Record Label/ Promotions/Management company based in Nashville, TN. First up to be released is Phil's 7" album his first ever Live CD/DVD combo recorded in Nashville with brand new music included• WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA BILL MONROE -- April 21, 2012. The musical genre took its name from the Blue Grass Boys, and Monroe's music forever has defined the sound of classical bluegrass -- a five-piece acoustic string band, playing precisely and rapidly, switching solos and sing- ing in a plaintive, high lonesome voice. Not only did he invent the very sound of the music, Monroe was the mentor for several generations of musicians. Over the years, Monroe's band hosted all of the major bluegrass artists of the '50s and '60s, including Flatt & Scruggs, Reno & Smiley, Vassar Clements, Carter Stanley, and Mac Wiseman. Though the lineup of the Blue Grass Boys changed over the years, Monroe always remained devoted to bluegrass in its purest form. TD GARDEN Causeway Street, Boston BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN -- March 26, 2012. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band launched the first US leg of the 2012 "Wrecking Ball" World Tour on March 18 in Atlanta. Bruce Springsteen's 17 th studio album "Wrecking Ball" will be released on Columbia Records on March 6. "We Take Care Of Our Own," the album's first single, is "classic Springsteen" with "anguish and challenge [that] run thick and fast" (Rolling Stone); a "richly orchestrated Wall of Sound ... that nods to the 'Born to Run' era" (Billboard). Said long-time manager Jon Landau, "Bruce has dug down as deep as he can to come up with this vision of modem life. The lyrics tell a story you can't hear anywhere else and the music is his most innovative in recent years. The writing is some of the best of his career and both vet- eran fans and those who are new to Bruce will find much to love on 'Wrecking Ball.'" NEIL DIAMOND - June 23. 2012. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and 2011 Kennedy Center Honoree, will take his greatest hits on the road on a much-anticipated North American tour. Nell Diamond has had numerous hits including: "Forever in Blue Jeans," "Cherry, Cherry," "Sweet Caroline," "I'm a Believer," "Girl, You'll Be a Woman Soon," "You Don't Bring Me Flowers," "Red, Red Wine," "America" and many more. Nell's musical career spans nearly five decades. TD GARDEN Causeway Street, Boston HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS -- Saturday, March 31 doubleheader at 2:00 and 7:00 PM. The outstanding rookies include Paul "Tiny" Sturgess, the world's tallest pro basketball player at 7-8, Jonte "Too Tall" Hall, the shortest Globetrotter ever at 5-2, and Fatima "TNT" Maddox of Temple University, the team's first female player since 1993 and ninth female in team history. The new Globe- trotters also feature the top three fm- ishers from the 2011 College Slam Dunk Contest, including the reigning champ Jacob "Hops" Tucker. At 5-10, Tucker sports a 50-inch vertical leap, and his YouTube videos have garnered well over four million views. Tucker Joins slam dunk runner-up John "Jet" Williams of UNC-Asheville and semifi- nalist Darnell "Spider" Wilks of the University of Cincinnati. The 2012 rookie class has a total of three seven- footers including 7-4 Jermaine "Stretch" Middleton, the third-tallest player in team history, and 7-foot An- thony "Biggie" McClain. At 7-8, Sturgess becomes the tallest Globe- trotter ever. Player rosters in each city are subject to change. SEAPORT WORLD TRADE CENTER 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston (617) 385-5000 www.seaportboston.eom THE BOSTON FLOWER & GAR- DEN SHOW- Now through Sunday, March 18, 2012• The Boston Flower & Garden Show returns Boston offer- ing hundreds of ideas for adding the "wow" factor and a welcoming vibe to one's outdoor spaces. The theme -- First Impressions -- will showcase ways to express one's personality and style as well as add enjoyment and value to one's property. Set to the backdrop of spectacular garden dis- plays by cutting=edge landscape pro- fessionals and area nurseries, visitors to the 2012 Boston Flower & Garden Show will also enjoy hours of lectures and demonstrations by top garden writers, industry professionals and chefs, shopping from a wide market- place featuring thousands of plants and hundreds of the newest garden- ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" lh00 am to 1:00 pm every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pro. Go to www. I "Ralla Oggl" Sundays h00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesitl 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 2:00 pm-3:00 pm on radio or itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information, log onto "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerlca WPLM FM 99.1 - Every Sunday 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit BRAINTREE TOWN HALL 854 Washington Street, Braintree, MA ITALIAN FIESTA - March 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm. Featuring Italian Folk Singers and Dancers. Cake sale, raffle and light refeshments -- an enjoyable afternoon is planned. RSVP by March 20 th. One or two tables can be reserved as needed for IACO. To purchase tickets or further details, please contact Irene Gibbons at 781- 843-3251 or Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Charity Fund. WYNDHAM HOTEL, ANDOVER 123 Old River Rd., Andover, MA 1-978-346-9496 www.ATSCommunicationsma, eom AN EVENING OF ITALIAN ROMANCE featuring MICHAEL AMANTE and MARISSA FAMIG- LIETTI -- Saturday, June 9, 2012. Michael Amante is affectionately known as the "People's Tenor." He has been crowned the "Prince of High C's" for his ability to hit and sustain with ease, one of the highest notes of ing products, as well as chances to take home exciting giveaways. WORLD OF WHEELS -- March 30 through April i. America's finest hot rods and customs roll into Boston's Seaport World Trade Center. In additio to the hot rods and customs there will be celebrity appearances by New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung, Billy Bretherton from A&E Network's "Billy the Exterminator," Deena Nicole Cortese of MTV's reality series "Jersey Shore and there will be an Ol Skool Rodz Pinup Girl Contest• For dates and times of celebrity appearances and contest visit the website. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA Ticketmaster 1-800-745-3000 KATHY GRIFFIN -- March 23-24, 2012. Kathy Griffin is a multi-faceted performer with rapid tlre wit. She has been making audiences laugh for years discussing Hollywood gossip and celebrity blunders. After various TV guest spots, Kathy began gaining no- tice as a stand-up comedienne and landed her own "HBO Half Hour Com- edy Special." In 1998, HBO gave Kathy her own one-hour special, "A Hot Cup of Talk." She participated in, and won "Celebrity Mole" on ABC, and then hosted the NBC reality series "Aver- age Joe" as well as the MTV series, "Kathy's So-Called Reality." In 2010, Kathy took a dramatic turn on "Law and Order: SVU" where she riveted audiences with her portrayal of a lesbian activist with a secret. In August 2005, Kathy's reality show, "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," debuted on Bravo to rave reviews and was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Program and the second season of "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List" won Kathy her first Emmy in that same category. The third season premiered in 2007 and again won Kathy an Emmy for Out- standing Reality Program. The fourth and fifth season were nominated again for Outstanding Reality Pro- gram. The sixth and final season of "D-List" aired on Bravo during the summer of 2010. a tenor's voice. With Michael's long history of singing popular Rock and Gospel music, coupled with extensive classical Bel-Canto training, he is able to sing even higher with a strength and mastery rarely heard anywhere in the world. Being able to produce these notes consistently within the context of a moving line and in con- junction with a beautiful sound, re- quires not only talent, but skilled use of technique. The most prolific tenor of all time, Luciano Pavarotti, the "King of High C's," once described the feeling this way: "Excited and happy, but with a strong undercurrent of fear. The moment I actually hlt the note, I almost lose consciousness. A physi- cal, animal sensation seizes me. Then I regain control." Amante experiences this thrilling sensation as well. i BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER 136 Massachusetts Avenue Boston MA 02115 s : " PINO DANIELE LIVE IN BOSTON -- Saturday, June 9, 2012. Pino Daniele is an influential Italian jazz- fusion guitarist. From the beginning of his career, it was evident that his passion lay in rock and blues. His solo debut, Terra Mia, sung in Neapolitan, was the first example of what Daniele called "taramblfl," a combination of tarantella, rhumba, and blues. In 1979 his self titled record was released, fol- lowed by Nero a Met& in 1980. In 1989 Daniele took a step toward greater commercial success with the release of Mascalzone Latino, followed by 1991's Un Uomo /n Blues, 1993's Che Dio Ti Benedica (which had two tracks produced by Chick Corea), 1995"s Non Calpestare I Fiori Nel Deserto, 1997's "P" Dtmrni Cosa Succede Sulla Terra, and 2000's Medina. Two years later the singer teamed up with fellow Italian stars Francesco DeGregori, Ron, and Fiorella Mannoia for a tour, captured on the appropriately titled In Tour. In 2005 Daniele released Iguana Caf. Between 2005 and 2010, Daniele re- leased three more studio albums: // Mio Nome e Pino Daniele e Vivo Qui, Ricomincio da 30 and Electric Jam. In 2010, Daniele released his 13 th stu- dio album, Boog/e Boog/e Man.