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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 7, 2017 PAGE 11 UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN THEATER Don't miss Lincoln Center Theater's critically acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I, playing at the Boston Opera House. See THEATER SECTION for more details. (Photo by Matthew Murphy) MUSEUMS MUSIC TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com TOM PETTY & THE ]~aP-BP~G~S --- July 20-21, 2017. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers will embark on a lengthy U.S. tour this spring to cel- ebrate the 40th anniversary of their self-tiffed debut album. Joe Walsh will serve as opener for most of the tour. Petty is an Am. cr~can musician, s'in~er, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known as the lead singer of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, but is also known as a member and co-founder of the late 1980s supergroup the Traveling Wil- burys (under the pseudonyms of Charlie T. Wflbury, Jr. and Muddy Wilbury}, and his early band Mudcrutch. Petty has recorded a number of hit singles with the Heartbreakers and as a solo artist, many of which are mainstays on adult contemporary and classic rock radio. Petty has sold more than 80 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2002, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. DANCE FENWAY PARK 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA www.LiveNat/on.com NEW HEDS ON THE BLOCK~ PAULA ABDUL, & BOYZ H MEN-- July 8, 2017. New Kids on the Block are on tour and they're bringing Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men along for the ride! =Our fans know we love to bring them a party, and this tour is no exception," Donnie Wahlberg said in a statement. "It's not just a show, it's an experience. Paula Abdul is such a pop icon and Boyz II Men are one of the best RS~ acts of all time. It's going to be a night of hit after hit, and we canl wait to deliver the Total Package to our fans!" The Total Package marks Abdurs first return to touring in 25 years! FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE WITH BACKSTREET BOYS, NELLY, AND CHRIS LANE -- Friday, July 7, 2017. Florida Georgia Line, a country music pair consisting of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, released their third album, Dig Your Roots, in August 2016. Florida Georgia Line cruised to fame as the vocal duo of the year during the 2013 Country Music Awards. Their "Cruises remix featuring Nelly also won the 2013 single of the year from the American Mu- sic Awards. Last year, the AMAs named them the favorite country duo or group, as well. Pop fans -- particularly MiUen- nials -- are more likely to recognize the Backstreet Boys and Nelly. The ~0s boy band has sold over 130 million records and remains one of the best-selling mu- sic artists. The group collaborated with FGL on "God, Your Mama, and Me" last year. Nelly is one of the best-selling rap artists, with Grammy Awards for best male rap solo performance and best rap performance by a duo or group for his hits "Hot in Herre" and "Shake Ya Tailfeather.~ Chris Lane's solo career launched in 2014 with the debut single =Broken Windshield View/ Other hits like "Fix~ and "For Her" have climbed the country radio charts over the past year. LADY ~GA-- September 1-2, 2017. The tour supports Gaga's latest studio album, Joanne -- her first solo effort since 2013's Artpop -- which spawned two singles in addition to selling nearly 1 million units worldwide in just over three months. The 30-year-old has fronted several successful tours in the past, including the $227.4 million- grossing Monster Ball Tour (2009-11), the Barn This Way Ball (2012-2013), and ArtRave: The Artpop Ball in 2014. BLUE ~ BANK PAVILION 290 Northern Ave., Boston, MA www.LiveNatio~com DIANA ROSS --July 27, 2017. The original Dival Diana Ross has won a ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sic/I/an Comer~ -- every Friday 10:00 am to Noon with hosts Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Best in Ital/an Mus/c" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to unvw.lllOwccmatracorra "Italia Oggi" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. "Dolce Wits Radio" -- Sundays DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.corm "The Nick Franciosa Show~ -- Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour~ -- Sundays 8:00 am-9:00 am on WSRO 650 AM and online at www.wsro.cotru "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 7:00 pro-2:00 am on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit unvw.MusicNotNoise.corra "h'Ital/a Chiamo Ital/an Radio 8how~ hosted by Stefano Marchese and Elisa Meazzini- Thursdays 3:00 pm-4:15 pm. Visit litaliachiamo.com; email: litaliachiamoshow@gmail.cortL Tel. 857-334-0868. "lnter~fllo Musicale" -- Sundays 10:00-10:30 am; Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR 1600 AM and online at www.wunr.corm dozen Grammys, sold over I00 million records world-wide, and was nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Billie Holiday in The Lady Sings the Blues. In 1976, Billboard named-her the great- est female entertainer of the century, and there was a lot more to come from Ross after that. What really matters is that Ross remains an enthralling stage presence, a singer of such poise and remarkable vocal gifts that she's able to hold an audience in the palm of her hand from the moment she steps out into the spotlight right up until she leaves the stage. Ross' career spans some 60 years, from her work with The Supremes ("Baby Love," "Where Did Our Love Go?") to her solo material ~'I'm Coming Out," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough'). BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouse .corn THE KING AND I -- April 11-23, 2017: Lincoln Center Theater's criti- cally acclaimed production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher won four 2015 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical. Bartlett Sher is re- united with the award-winning creative team from South Pacific and The Light in the Piazza. One of Rodgers & Ham- merstein's finest works, The King and I boasts a score which features such beloved classics as =Getting to Know You,~ "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance/ and "Something Wonderful? Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the mod- ernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. MAMMA MIAI -- May 30-June 4, 2017. Set in a beach resort in the Medi- terranean, Mamma Mia/tells the story of Sophie, a bride-to-be with one wish: to have her absent father walk her down the aisle. After reading passages about three old lovers in her mom's diary, Sophie sends each a wedding invitation in hopes of learning which is her dad. The.arrival of the men from her past is surprising to Donna, SOphie's fiercely independent mother, who prides her- self on getting through life without a man, and highly amusing to Donna's two best gal pals. The more Sophie and her mother struggle to find truth and understanding, the more it threatens to tear them apart and wreck Sophie's dream wedding. The songs are all culled from the Swedish super-group ABBA's songbook, and this is one Broadway show where singing along (and dancing ~n the aisles) is encouraged. Though kids will love the cool music and the energetic dancing, the plot can bring up some questions for the little ones. But nothing's very explicit and the tone is cheery throughout, making it a safe family destination. SHUBERT THEATRE 265 Tremont Street, Boston, MA S00-840-9227 www.Shubert.org RENT --April II-23, 2017. In 1996, an original rock musical by a little- known composer opened on Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Two decades later, Jonathan Larson's RENT continues to speak loudly to audi- ences across generations and the globe. This Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award@-winning masterpiece returns to the stage in a vibrant 20th anniversary touring production. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bo- hdme, RENT follows a year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams in the shad- ow of HIV/AIDS without sell- ing out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this time- less celebration of friendship and cre- ativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that matters -- love. WANG THEATER Citi Performing Arts Center 270 Tremont Street Boston, MA 800-9S2-2798 www.CitiCenter.org ANNIE -- May 9-21, 2017. The world's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. This production of Ann/e will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award@-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, Annie includes such unforget- table songs as "It's the Hard Knock Life," "Easy Street,~ "I Don't Need Anything But You,~ plus the eternal anthem of optimism, ~romorrow/ NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 978-232-7200 www.NSMT.org THE MUSIC MAN -- June 6-18, 2017. One of the most cherished Ameri- can classics, The Music Man, marches onto the North Shore Music Theatre stage to kick off the 2017 musical sea- son. Join us for the timeless story of the fast-talking salesman, Harold Hill, who cons the good folks of River City, Iowa, into believing that he can teach their children to play in a marching band. Before the fraudulent teacher can skip town with the loot, Harold's got trouble when he falls for the quick-witted, not to mention beautiful, small town librarian, Marian. A slice of Americana you won't want to miss! STONEHAM THEATRE 395 Main Street, Stoaeham, MA 781-279-2200 www.StonehamTheatre.org I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI -- June 8-25, 2017, D/sh with Giulia! For Giulia, an Italian New Yorker trying to navigate life as a single gal, a new date is the perfect oppor- tunity to show off her home cooking. While preparing a three-course dinner from scratch, she recounts stories of good Italian food and bad boyfriends. Her superior cuisine far surpasses her inferior taste in men in this mouth- watering new comedy. Eight audience members at each performance can even purchase seats to join Giulia on stage and be served the dinner she is cooking during the show! SMITH COLLEGE MUSEUM OF ART 20 Elm Street at Bedford Terrace Northampton, MA 413-585-2760 www.SCMA. Smith.Edl/Artmuseum LEISURE AND LUXERY IN THE AGE OF NERO: THE VILLAS OF OPLONTIS NEAR POMPEII-- Now through August 13, 2017. This the first major exhibition of works from the Roman archaeological site Oplontis. Located on the Neapolitan coast, Oplontis was buried and preserved when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. The exhibition, features 250 artifacts =.on view for the first tiny outside Italy, includes ornate jewelry sculpture, gold and silver coins, ceramcs, frescos, and ordinary utilitarian obj~ts that together demonstrate the dispa-ities of wealth, social class, and consunption in Roman life. This is the final stq~ on a national tour and the only East Coast venue. A major scholarly catalog will accompany the exhibition. Background on the Oplontis site: www.oplmtisproject.org. MUSEUM OF FINE AR~S, BOSTON 465 Huntington Ave~e, Boston 617-267-9300 www.MFA.org PAST IS PRESER': REVIVAL JEWELRY -- Now tl-ough August 19, 2018. Whether coFing or choos- ing motifs to reinteDret, jewelers have always looked b the past for inspiration. The prctice became popular in the 19th entury, as de- signers began revivir~ examples of ancient ornaments, nwly unearthed " in archaeological excavdons. Examine more than 4,000 year,of jewelry his- tory through about 70 ~bjects -- both ancient and revival -- tricing the revival movement from the lC.th to the 21st centuries. The exhibiton focuses on four types -- Archaeoagical, Classi- cal, Egyptian, and Rcn..issance. High- lights include a 1924 ~ooch, on loan from Cartier, paired wn an Egyptian winged scarab (740-69 BC) with a similar design; an 185s embellished gold brooch by CasteLni; a Renais- sance revival neck ornamnt {1900--04} designed for Tiffany 8Co.; a 1980s Bulgari necklace adornd with Macedo- nian coins; and a 2002a, kelo pendant that emulates an an(ent Etruscan granulation technique. PEABODY ESSEX MU~-UM East India Square 161 Essex Street, Salm, MA 978-745-9600, 866-74-1876 978-740-3649 m.PEM.org =IT'S AL/VEI" Class/: Horror and Si-Fi Art from the lirk IIammett Collection -- August 1,'-November 26, 2017. Kirk Hammett, b~,t known as the guitarist of the rock brad Metallica, is also an avid collector o! classic horror and sci-fi movie posters. This exhibition features 90 works that provide insight into the evolution of horror and sci-fi films and how they have played upon contemporary societal fears. Hammett acknowledges his poster collection as a source of inspiration for his own musical creativity. The exhibitim features film posters as well as collectible electric guitars, monster masks and sculptures. MICHELE & DONALD D'AMOUR MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS 220 State Street, Springfield, MA 413-263-6800 www.SpringfleldMuseums.org THE GRAND TOUR: GEORGE AND BELLE SMITH COLLECT IN ITALY. Art collectors, George and Belle Smith traveled to Europe in 1882, just after promising their art collection to the City of Springfield, MA: They planned a two- year sojourn to study and collect fine and decorative arts. Many socialites and intellects participated in the Grand Tour of Europe, a favorite activity for English and American aristocrats beginning in the late 17th century through the Victorian era. Because the Smiths enjoyed the opportunities available to them in Europe, they extended their visit by al- most four years. For two-and-a-half years, the Smiths lived in Venice, Italy, and the couple purchased the paintings on dis- play during that time, including works by No6 Bordignon, Raffaele Mainella, Pietro Pajetta, Pasquale Ruggiero, and Ettore Tito. THE NICHOLS HOUSE MUSEUM 55 Mount Vernon Street Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 617-227-6993 www.NicholsHouseMuseum.org The Nichols House Museum is located at 55 Mount Vernon Street on Beacon Hill in Boston, Massachusetts. The house in which it is located was designed by the architect Charles Bulfinch, and built by Jonathan Mason, the politician, in 1804. The building was renovated in 1830. The museum is named for Rose Standish Nichols (1872-1960), the re- nowned landscape gardener, suffragist, pacifist, and member of the Cornish Art Colony, who lived in the house between 1885 and 1960. She left the house to be used as a museum after her death. The museum preserves the lifestyle of the American upper class during Nich- ols' lifetime, with turn-of-the-century period rooms. BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouse.com THE SLEEPING BEAUTY-- April 28- May 27, 2017. Boston Ballet presents the coming-of-age fairytale The Sleeping Beauty by Marius Petipa with additional choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton. Hailed as one of the Company's trade- mark works, this quintessential produc- tion features soaring music by Peter Ilych Tchalkovsky and sumptuous sets and costumes by Emmy Award-winning designer David Walker. The Sleeping Beauty begins with the christening of Princess Aurora. All the fairies are invit- ed to bestow gifts on the young princess, except for the Fairy Carabosse. She is outraged and gives a spindle to Aurora, announcing that one day the princess will prick her finger on it and die. The Lilac Fairy has yet to present her gift, so she undermines Carabosse's curse by promising that Aurora will not die, but shall instead fall into a deep sleep for 100 years until awakened by a prince's kiss. As predicted, Aurora pricks her finger on a spindle on her 16th birthday, but the Lilac Fairy intervenes and puts Aurora and her ldngdom under a sleep- ing spell. A century later, Prince Desir~ is hunting in the forest and encounters the Lilac Fairy who leads him to Aurora. He kisses her and breaks the spell. The ballet concludes with a grand wedding celebration attended by numerous fal- rytale characters. WANG THEATER Citi Performing Arts Center 270 Tremont Street Boston, MA 800-982-2798 wwW.Cit/Center.org ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER- April 27-30, 2017. Desig- nated by Congress as "a vital American cultural ambassador to the world," it's been 57 years since Alvin Alley and his group of African-American dancers per- formed for the very first time at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Since then, they~e established themselves as one of the most eclectic and diverse dance companies in America. Helmed by Rob- ert Battle, who has has been praised by The New York Times for having "injected the company with new life," the com- pany's performances are a whirlwind of spectacularly choreographed dances, ballet, and jazz side by side with the rumba. The subject of the pieces are a uniquely African-American ruminations on the grand sweep of history and our place within it.