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POST-GAZETTE, MARCH 30, 2012 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN DANCE BUNNY BONANZOO takes place April 7 at the Stone Zoo. See SPECIAL EVENTS for further details. (Photo by Zoo New England) WILBUR THEATER 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES -- April 11-14. Together longer than The Beatles themselves, RAIN has mastered every song, ges- ture 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 Beafles 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 - friends! BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 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 yoni 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 Beast! 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. AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA 617-547-8300 THE DONKEY SHOW - Ongoing. Bringing the ultimate disco experi- ence to Boston, this crazy circus of mirror balls, feathered divas, roller skaters and hustle queens tell the story of A Midsummer Night's Dream through great "70s anthems you know by heart. 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  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 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. Neil's musical career spans nearly five decades. ORPHEUM THEATRE 1 Hamilton Place, Boston, MA 617-482-0106 IMAGINATION MOVERS -- April 28 at 1:30 PM and 4:30 PM. Not even the Imagination Movers could have fully imagined the band's current breakthrough success. The Movers have filmed three seasons of their hit music-and-comedy series for Disney Junior and they have sold roughly 250,000 COs and DVDs to date. The Movers have become a force to be reckoned with in the concert busi- ness. Their 2011 "In a Big Warehouse" tour attracted 150,000 fans and was one of PoUstar magazine's top 100 tours of the year. They received stel- lar reviews from concertgoers thanks to the guys' highly interactive music and winning ways with an audience. BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION 290 Northern Ave, Boston, MA AN EVENING WITH YANNI UNDER THE STARS -- Sunday, June 10. Of the artists who rose to popularity as part of the new age music boom of the 1980s and '90s, few (if any) enjoyed greater or more lasting success than Yanni. Compos- ing and performing instrumental mu- sic with a pronounced sense of drama, dynamics, and romanticism, Yanni broke through to a significantly larger audience than his peers, thanks to adult alternative radio airplay and a commanding performance style that attracted fans through frequent ap- pearances on public television as well as world-wide concert tours. NORAH JONES -- Sunday, July I. Norah Jones has set a May 1 release date for Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note/EMIL her stunning new album produced by Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton). Jones has also revealed the album cover and track listing of the 12-song set, which features original songs co-written by Jones and Bur- ton. Jones first emerged on the world stage I0 years ago this month with the February 2002 release of Come Away With Me, her self-described "moody little record" that introduced a singular new voice and grew into a global phenomenon, sweeping the 2003 Grammy Awards and signaling a paradigm shift away from the pre- vailing synthetic pop music of the time. COMCAST CENTER 885 S Main St, Mansfield, MA BRAD PAISLEY, Sunday, June 3. After wrapping the first leg of the highly successful Virtual Reality Worm Tour an additional 43 dates were an- nounced. Continuing on the tour will be reigning ACM and CMA New Artist of the Year and contenders for the 2012 ACM Vocal Group or Duo The Band Perry, reigning American Idol and current nominee for the 2012 ACM New Artist Scotty McCreery and Mercury Records recording artist Easton Corbln joins the tour on se- lect dates. If ever an artist has earned the right to title an album This Is Country Music, it's Brad Paisley. It's not because he's the Country Music Association's reigning Entertainer of the Year or because his H20 Tour was 2010's top country trek in atten- dance or because he's sold more than 12 million albums and scored 18 #1 hits at country radio. LOWELL MEMORIAL "AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 DAUGHTRY- Monday April 23. Daughtry has scored four No. I hits, garnered four Grammy nominations, sold over seven million albums and played sold out concerts around the world in less than four years. Daughtry's self-titled debut was the fastest selling rock debut in Soundscan history and its follow up Leave This Town marked the quintet's Second consecutive No. I album. Daughtry's latest album Break The Spell, which was certified gold in 4 weeks, builds on the band's reputa- tion for melodic hooks and anthemic choruses while providing a powerful showcase for Chris Daughtry's emo- tionally resonant voice. ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS SEAPORT WORLD TRADE CENTER 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston (617) 385-5000 WORLD OF WHEELS -- March 30 through April 1. 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 O1 Skool Rodz Pinup Girl Contest. For dates and times of celebrity appearances and contest visit the website. STONE ZOO 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA 781-438-5100 BUNNY BONANZOO -- Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Hop on down the bunny trail to Stone Zoo where an Easter celebration awaits! Children's activities include scaven- ger hunts, crafts, opportunities to meet the zookeepers and other fun surprises. While at the Zoo, families can visit with a special guest, the Eas- ter Bunny, who will be available for photographs. Guests may take pho- tos with the Easter Bunny with their own camera. The suggested photo donation is $5.00. All' proceeds ben- efit Stone Zoo. Come early! This event takes place on a Kid's Price Satur- day (first Saturday of the month). Be- tween I0:00 AM - 12:00 PM, all guests will be charged children's admission. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 www.LowellAudit orium, corn SUPER SCIENTIFIC CIRCUS -- Tuesday, April 24. The Super Scien- tific Circus stalTing Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime, proves that science can be fun and funny. Alternately assisted and foiled by the comedlc antics of Trent the Mime, Mr. Fish uses amaz- ing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beachballs, bull whips and magic to introduce the principles of friction, inertia, centripetal force, aero- dynamics, sonic booms, air pressure and ultraviolet light. THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 DON QUIXOTE - April 26 through May 6, 2012. Rudolph Nureyev's ac- dlaimed production of Don Quixote was last performed by Boston Ballet in 2006. The production was originally staged on Boston Ballet by Nureyev himself in 1982 when Nureyev danced the leading role of Basilo, first in Bos- ton and then on a tour of the U.S., Mexico and Europe. He first choreo- graphed his version of Don Quixote in Vienna in 1966 and it would later become one of his greatest successes. Nureyev's Don Quixote is based on the Marius Petipa-Alexander Gorsky production familiar to him from his days with the Kirov. The focus is not on Miguel de Cervantes" hero but on the romance between two of the novel's minor characters, Basilo and Kirtrl. The production is danced to the score by Ludwig Minkus, arranged by John Lanchbery with sets and cos- tumes by Nicholas Georgiadis. RIVERDANCE- April 13, 2012 through April 15, 2012. Now in its 17th phenomenal year, Riverdance, the internationally acclaimed celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has touched the hearts of millions around the world, comes to you. "A phenomenon of historic proportionsI" raves The Washington Post. "An ex- plosion of sight and sound that sim- ply takes your breath away," cheers The Ctilcago Trlbtine. "A family evening unlike anything else!" de- clares The London Times. Discover why nothing in the world compares to the originall Whether it's your first time or your fifth, there is no better time to share the magic of Rtverdance with your family. ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" II:00 am to I: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 pm. Go to www. i "Italia Oggi" Sundays l: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 2:00 pm-3:00 pm on radio or itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information, log onto "Tony's Place" on MuslcAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 - Every Sunday 9:00 pm-10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit WYNDHAM HOTEL, ANDOVER 123 Old River Rd., Andover, MA 1-978-346-9496 www.ATSCommunicationsma, corn 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 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 WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont St Boston MA 02116 800-745-3000 KEVIN HART -- Friday, April 5, 2012 at 7:00pm and 9:45pm. Kevin Hart has burst onto the scene as one of the most versatile comedy actors in film and television. Kevin just wrapped his nationwide "Laugh at My Pain" tour. He was the number one comedian on Ticketmaster and in February 2011 Hart sold out the Nokia Theater two nights in a row to break a record previously set by Eddie Murphy. LOWELL AUDITORIUM 50 E. Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 COLIN MOCHRIE & BRAD SHERWOOD -- Friday, April 13, 2012. Using their quick wit, Mochrle and Sherwood take contributions from the audience to create hilarious and original scenes. Throughout the evening, the show becomes truly in- teractive as audience members are called to the stage to participate in the fun. Due to the overwhelming response of "Whose Line Is It Any- way?" both Mochrie and Sherwood can be seen performing over fifteen times a week on Comedy Central and ABC Family. Their new DVD, "Two Man Group: Live and Dangerous Comedy," is in stores. JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Columbia Point, Boston, MA 866-JFK- 1960 IN HER VOICE: JACQUELINE KENNEDY, THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS. A few months after President Kennedy's death, Jacqueline Ken- nedy recorded a series of interviews with historian and family friend Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. At the age of 34, with the White House years behind her, she was speaking for the historical record --' to preserve and" shape her husband's legacy. The interviews, held on deposit here at the Kennedy Library, were sealed for 47 years. In 2011, the 50" armiversai'y year of the Kennedy Presidency, daughter Caro- line Kennedy, decided it was the right time to share these with the public. 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 hit the note, I almost lose consciousness. A physi- cal, animal sensation seizes me. Then I regain control." Amante experiences this thrilling sensation as well. BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER 136 Massachusetts Avenue Boston MA 02115 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 in 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 Dimmi 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: II 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 Marl