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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 28, 2014 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN DANCE Don't miss the opportunity to see a Boston Ballet performance at the Strand Theare! Check the SPECIAL EVENTS section for more details. MUSIC CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, WANG THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston 617-482-9393 IL DIVO -- May 16. The record- breaking classical crossover group that has sold more than 26 million albums worldwide will bring //D/vo -- A Musical Affair: The Greatest Songs of Broadway Live to the Citi Wang Theatre in support of the group's sixth studio album, A Musical Affair. The show intertwines the most famous songs from Broadway musicals with the individual theatrical experiences of Carlos, David, Urs and Sebastien. The album A Musical Affair show- cases II 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. II Divo has also pro- vided 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. Ht has been so inspir- ing to work with such legendary songs from the world of Broadway musicals for our new album," says Urs Buhler of II Divo. HOUSE OF BLUES 15 Lansdowne Street, Boston 888-693-2583 www.houseofblues.eom LANA DEL REY -- May 6. Eliza- beth Woolridge Grant {born June 21, 1986), known by her stage name Lana Del Rey, is an American singer- songwriter. Del Rey started writing at the age of '18 and she signed her first recording contract with 5 Points Records in 2007, releasing her first digital album Lana Del Ray in January 2010. Del Rey bought herself out of the contract with 5 Points Records in April 2010. She signed a joint contract with Interscope, Polydor, and Stranger Records in July 201 i. Del Rey's music has been noted for its cinematic sound and its references to various aspects of pop culture, particularly that of the 1950s and 1960s Ameri- cana. The singer has described her- self as a "self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra." Before signing to a major record label, Del Rey provided sole production of her music videos. Musically, she draws influence from what she deems to be the masters of each genre, including Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, Janls Joplin, ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS =The Sicil/an Corner" -- I0:00 am to Noon every Friday with hosts Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DkMarca every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to www.ll10corr "Italia oggi" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. Go to www.1460WXBR.corrr "Dolce Vita Radio"  DJ RocGardarco Mesiti I I:00 am-l:00 pm; ,.undays 90.7 FM or online "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 "Tony's Place" on MnsicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.conz "L'Italia Chiamo Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Emanuele Capoano -- Thursdays 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. Visit or; email: litaliachiamoshow@gmaiLcom. Tel. 857-334-0868. Nirvana, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, and Britney Spears, as well as from poetry and film noir. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston 617-624-1050 www.TDGardencom CHER -- April 9. The one and only Cher herself revealed that she will kick off her DPessed to Kill 49-city North American Tour begin- ning in Phoenix on March 22 "d with stops in NY, LA, Boston, Las Vegas and other major markets. The tour comes to TD Garden on Wednesday, April 9 h. Cher's previous tour, The Farewell Tour (later dubbed The Never Can Say Goodbye Tour) was one of the most successful tours ever by a solo artist. Cher played for a record-breaking 325 dates and was seen by over 5.5 million people. CITI EMERSON COLONIAL THEATRE 106 Boylston Street Boston 617-482-9393 FLASHDANCE -- Now through March 23. Celebrating its 30 m anni- versary, 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, who dreams of one day becom- ing a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambi- tions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream. Featuring musical scores that include Flashdance -- What a Feeling," Maniac, Gloria, Manhunt and I Love Rock & Roll. in addition to these hits, 16 brand new songs have been written for the musical with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Robbie Roth. This show contains some mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences. THE HANOVER THEATRE 2 Southbridge St., Worcester 877-571-SHOW (7469) LES MISERABLES -- April 4-6. This international smash-hit may be the most popular musical in the world. In 19th century France, Jean Valjean is released from 19 years of unjust imprisonment, but finds nothing in store for him but mistrust and mis- treatment. He breaks his parole in hopes of starting a new llfe, initiating a life-long struggle for redemption as he is relentlessly pursued by police inspector Javert, who refuses to be- lieve Valjean ca{n change his ways. Finally, during the Paris student up- rising of 1832, Javert must confront his ideals after Valjean spares his life and saves that of the student revolu- tlonary who has captured the heart of Valjean's adopted daughter. His world-view shattered, Javert commits suicide, and Valjean at last attains the peace he has sought for so long. HAIR -- May 6-7. The rock musi- cal that sparked a revolution and ignited a generation is back! All the original hits and new songs rediscovered from the original pro- duction are played llve by The Tribe. Although initially performed in 1967, the universal themes of indi- vlduality, experimentation and accep- tance in the face of oppression are just as resonant today. All the chart- topping songs that became anthems of counter-culture and the sexual revolution are back, including Aquarius, Let the Sun Shine In, Good Morning Starshine and Easy to be Hard. Boldl Brashl Angry and defiant! This new production returns to its rebellious and pro- vocative rootsl Join the revolution -- it's the dawning of a new ageI WARNING" This production contains nudity. 6TONEHAM THEATRE 395 Main Street, 6toneham 781-279-2200 THE UNBLEACHED AMERICAN -- April 10-27. Discover a piece of American history with Ernest Hogan, the "father of ragtime" and the first African Americai to perform on Broad- way. Beloved by his fans and wealthy beyond his wildest dreams, Hogan was also an infamous writer of "coon songs" that many considered offen- sive to his own race. This fascinating world-premiere play imagines the re- lationship between Ernest and the woman sent to care for him at the end of his life, as he struggles with both his own mortality and the legacy he leaves behind. Don't miss Elliot Norton Award-winning actor Johnny Lee Davenport as Ernest in his Stoneham Theatre debut! THE SECRET GARDEN -- May 15- June 8. Mary Lennox, a young orphan, is sent to England to live with her re- clusive uncle and sickly cousin. When this neglected child discovers an equally neglected garden, she begins to bring life (and a bit of magic) back to both the garden and her uncle's manor. This lush Broadway musical won 3 Tony Awards, including "Best Score of a Musical." Directed by Caitlin Lowans and Weylin Symes. CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, WANG THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston 617-482-9393 EDDIE IZZARD THE WORLD TOUR -- May 8-9. The man the /.,on- don 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, tangen- tial, absurd and surreal comic narra- tives 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 Out- standing Achievement. His comedy style takes the form of rambling whim- sical monologue and self-referential pantomime. He had a starring role as Wayne Malloy in the television series The Riches and has appeared in many films. In the U.S., Izzard is the first solo stand-up comedian to perform at the Hollywood Bowl and has sold-out three consecutive nights at Radio City Music Hall. CAPITOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS 44 South Main St., Concord, NH 603-225-1111 BILL ENGVALL -- April 13. It's the quality of sharing the humor in ev- eryday situations that has made Bill Engvall one of the top comedians to- day and among the busiest. Bill voices an animated character in a new show for CMT titled Bo. unty Hunters and ap- pears on the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars. Bill has hosted nu- merous television shows and starred in and executive produced his own self-titled sitcom for TBS, which ran for three seasons. He was one of the stars of the sketch comedy show, Blue Col/or TV, on the WB network. In 2008 Bill starred in Bait Shop which co- starred Billy Ray Cyrus and had its world premiere on the USA Network. A star of the big screen as well, Bill has appeared in several films includ- ing Strawberry Wine, Bed and Break- fast, as well as Delta Farce. Bill was part of the enormously successful Blue Collar Comedy concert films, which have sold more than 9 million units and are some of the most watched movies and specials in Comedy Central history. HYNES CONVENTION CENTER 900 Boylston Street, Boston 617-954-2000 www.MassConvention.eom STAR TREK CONVENTION -- June 21-22. The 2014 Star Trek Convention will include a great list of celebrities and offer attendees an off-the-hook, sensational week- end to remember. We are thrilled to add one of our favorites to the guest celebrity list, which already includes three captains, nino total guests and some fantastic events and attractions -- priced at an amazing deal for full days of live entertainment. SEAPORT WORLD TRADE CENTER 1 Seaport Boulevard, Boston 617-385-5000 WORLD OF WIIEELS -- March 28- 30. The 40 m Pmnual Town Fair Tire World of Wheels will return to the Seaport World Trade Center. See hundreds of custom cars, classics, hot rods, trucks, motorcycles and race cars on display under one roof. In addition there will be many feature exhibits and several cele- brity guests. For additional informa- tion, visit attend-show m'ar-28-30-boston-ma/ MARINE INDUSTRAIL PARK South Boston 877-613-0134 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - AMALUNA -- May 29-June 15. Amaluna invites you to a mysterious island ruled by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter's coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femi- ninity, renewal, rebirth and balance, marking the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men seek refuge on the island, triggering an emotional story of love between Prospera's daughter and a brave young suitor. But their love will be put to the test. The couple must face nu- merous demanding trials and over- come daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. LENOX HOTEL 61 Exeter Stree, Boston (617) 536-5300 SECOND ANNUAL DERBY DASH -- April I0. Please join the Friends of the Boston Park Ranger Mounted Unit as we kick off Derby season with an evening of juleps and derby hats. Please come dressed in your Derby best as there will be a spirited hat contest for both men and women. Jacob, Liberty, Frederick, Baron, Mystic, Winston and Otis look forward to seeing you there and helping you prep in style for the 140th run for the roses. CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER, WANG THEATRE 270 Tremont Street, Boston 617-482-9393 HEARTBEAT OF HOME -- March 26-April 6. Heartbeat of Home features a new and electrifying sound written by award-winning, Golden- Globe-nominated Composer Brian Byme. The joyous, heart-stopplng and high-energy production also features high-definition, cutting-edge projec- tion technology. Heartbeat of Home showcases world-class dancers from Ireland, USA, Australia, Britain, Canada, Italy, Mexico and' Spain and choreography by David Bolger. Music from the show features the hit song Lead Me Home by American Idol Jessica Sanchez. ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER -- May I-4. Alvin Alley American Dance Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92 "d Street Y in NYC. Led by Alvin Alley and a group of young African American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. The company has gone on to perform for an estimated 25 million people at the- aters in 48 states and 71 countries on 6 continents -- as well as millions more through tele-vision broadcasts. When Mr. Alley began creating dances, he drew upon his "blood memories" of Texas, the blues, spirt-' tuals and gospel as inspiration, which resulted in the creation of his most popular and critically acclaimed work, Revelations. Although he created 79 ballets over his lifetime, Mr.-Alley maintained that his company was not exclusively a repository for his own work. STRAND THEATRE 543 Columbia Road, Dorchester (617) 635-1403 AN EVENING OF DANCE AT THE STRAND -- Alril I I. Join the ballet's department of Education and Com- munity Initiatives for an evening of spectacular dance from all facets of Boston Ballet, including the Company, Boston Ballet If, students from Boston Ballet School and students from Boston Ballet's Department of Education and Community Initiatives. Featuring: Performances by Boston Ballet, Boston Ballet II, Boston Ballet School, Adaptive Dance, Taking Steps and Boys in Motion. This event is held in partnership between Boston Ballet, Dorchester's Strand Theater, the Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events and the Boston Public Schools. Tickets are now on sale.