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POST-GAZETTE, APRIL 20, 2012 Page11 t NOW PLAYING UPTOWN COMEDY Norah Jones will be appearing at the Bank of America Pavilion on July 1. Norah's debut album Come Away With Me was released in 2002 and sold 22 million copies worldwide and won five Grammy Awards. See MUSIC SECTION for further details. THEATER MUSIC 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, based on the Acad- emy Award-winning animated feature film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musi- cal love story is fllled with unforget- table characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney's Beauty and the Beast! ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS 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. "i'his 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 humor and quicksilver improvisation where the audience becomes part of the action and gets to solve the crime. DANCE AMERICAN REPERTORY THEATER Oberon, 2 Arrow St., Harvard Sq., Cambridge, MA 617-547-S300 wwwJumericanRepertoryTheat 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. 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. Neff 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. AEROSMITII- July 17, 2012. America's greatest rock and roll band, will start your summer sizzling and have you dancing around the fires of rock n" roll again. After blowing away audiences in South America and Ja- pan, the Bad Boys from Boston are back to rock America's soul, with The Global Warming Tour. The band cel- ebrated their fortieth anniversary in 2010 and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. This quintessen- tial live act truly defined rock and roll as we know it, bringing their heart- pounding sound and millions of fans to their feet over the past four de- cades. Aerosmith are a living piece of American music history, having sold over 150 million albums worldwide and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Cheap Trick will open the show. BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION 290 Northern Ave, Boston, MA AN EVENING WITH YANNI UNDER THE STARS -- Sunday, June I0. 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 alrplay 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 1. Norah Jones has set a May 1 release date for Little Broken Hearts (Blue Note/EMI), 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 10 years ago with the 2002 re- lease 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 prevailing 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 Corbin 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. 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 Kirtri. The production is danced to the score by Ludwig Minkus, arranged by John Lanehbery with sets and cos- tumes by Nicholas Georgiadis. FANCY FREE -- May 10 through May 20, 2012 . Fancy Free is head- lined by Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free, and includes Peter Martins' Barber Violin Concerto and Harald Lander's l~tudes. Robbins' Fancy Free was the master choreographer's first ballet, premiered on April 18, 1944. It would become one of his greatest successes and be one of the most popular bal- lets in American history. The work marked the emergence of both Robbins' talent as a choreographer and the talents of a young composer, Leonard Bernstein. Fancy Free follows the story of sailors on shore leave get- ting into a bit of romantic mischief. The one-act ballet has been referred to as "an homage to classical ballet training." The work begins simply with dancers at a barre and ends with a sequence of thrilling choreography. PARRIS ROOM @ NED DEVINE'S Faneuil Hall Market Place, LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 75 State St., Boston, MA 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 617-263-6887 978-454-2299 ALL THE SINGLE LADIES -- Sat- DAUGHTRY m Monday, April 23. urday evenings at 7:30 pm. The latest Daughtry has scored four No. 1 hits, production from Boston's award-win- garnered four Grammy nominations, ning Improv Asylum, is perfect for sold over seven million albums and groups of ladles looking for a wild night played sold out concerts around the of comedy, dancing and a whole lot of world in less than four years, excitement! During your night out, Daughtry's self-titled debut was the you will watch four friends set out for fastest selling rock debut in one last wild night out before one of Soundscan history and its follow up them gets married. After a few drinks, Leave This Town marked the quintet's old feuds and new secrets threaten second consecutive No. 1 album, their good time, and only some songs Daughtry's latest album Break The and dancing can help them work Spell, which was certified gold in 4 through it. The performers interact weeks, builds on the band's reputa- and dance with all the guests! Guests tion for melodic hooks and anthemic who are at the show to celebrate choruses while providing a powerful something will also be included in the showcase for Chris Daughtry's emo- show and may get more than they tionally resonant voice, bargained for! This interactive dance party is a hilarious high-energy night from start to finish. "All the Single CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WANG 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA (617) 482-9393 EARTH WIND & FIRE -- June 12. The legendary band embark on their first concert dates of the 2012 "Guid- ing Lights" summer concert tour. Earth, Wind & Fire's music continues to be among the most plays songs in the world. The group's new single, "Guiding Lights" is cuiTently 30 on the Billboard Urban Adult Chart. Earth, Wind & Fire has performed live to sold- audiences on every continent and is led by founding members, Philip Bailey, Verdine White and Ralph Johnson. LOWELL MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM 50 East Merrimack St., Lowell, MA 978-454-2299 www.LowellAudit orium, e om HOME COMING FIGHT FEATUR- ING IRISH JOE MCCREEDY AND SEAN EKLUND -- May 9, 2012. CFC Promotions presents Home Coming Fight with local boxers Irish Joe McCreedy fighting for the USBO title and Sean Eklund will be taking on Joey Ortega on the undercard. Re- serve your tickets early because this is sure to be a sold out event. To re- serve tickets call {978) 761-8374 or email or visit or by contacting the Lowell Auditorium. THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 DON QUIXOTE - April 26 through May 6, 2012. Rudolph Nureyev's ac- claimed production of Don Quixote was last performed by Boston Ballet in 2006. The production was originally staged on Boston Ballet by Nureyev ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" I0:00 am to 12 Noon every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every ~unclay from 10:oo am to 1:00 pm. Go to www. "Italia Oggi" Sundays 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM "Dolce Vlta Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online "The Nick Franclosa 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 www.italiaunita, org. "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 - Sundays 9:00 pm- I0:00 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 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 Ladies" will have you laughing, sing- ing and dancing with all your BFFs and maybe leave with some new ones! This event is a 21+ show. JOHN F. KENNEDY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Columbia Point, Boston, MA 866-JFK- 1960 CELEBRATING THE CENTEN- NIAL OF FENWAY PARK -- April 22, 2012. Following a screening of Rooters: The Birth of the Red Sox Nalior~ Peter Nash, baseball historian and author of Boston's Royal Rooters; Richard Johnson, curator of Boston's Sports Museum; and Thomas Fitzgerald, grandson of Boston Mayor "Honey Fitz," discuss the building of the park and its passionate fans, including then-mayor John Francis Fitzgerald. Ken Casey of the Dropkick Murphys closes with a rendition of "Tessie." A CONVERSATION WITH MADELEINE ALBRIGHT -- April 26, 2012. Albright discusses her memoir, Prague Winter: A Personal Story of Remembrance and War, 1937-1948, with Ambassador Nicholas Burns, professor at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. ALAN BRINKLEY ON JFK -- May 15, 2012. Alan Brinkley, the Allan Nevins Professor of American History at Columbia University, discusses his new biography in The American Presi- dents Series, John F. Kennedy: The 35th President, 1961-1963, with his- torian Ellen Fitzpatrick. LBJ: FROM SENATE MAJORITY LEADER TO PRESIDENT, 1958- 1964 -- May 16, 2012. Pulitzer Prize winning-author Robert Caro dis- cusses the fourth volume in his biog- raphy of LBJ, The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson, with Pulitzer Prize-winning Boston Globe writer Mark Feeney. A CONVERSATION WITH CONAN O'BRIEN -- May 24, 2012. Conan O'Brien discusses the art of comedy. Seats are limited to two per person. POVERTY IN AMERICA -- June 4, 2012. On the 50m anniversary of the publication of Michael Harring- toffs The Other America, historian and Harrington biographer Maarice Isser- man joins Peter Edelman, author of So Rich, So Poor, to discuss the politics and persistence of poverty in the U.S. DAVID MCCULLOUGH ON AMER- ICANS IN PARIS -- June 7, 2012. David McCullough discusses his lat- est book, The Greater Journey, about prominent 19th-century Americans formative years in Paris. context of a moving line and in con- junction with a beautiful sound, re- quires not 0nly talent, but skilled use of technique. The most prolific tenor of all time, Luciano Pavarotti, the -ICI~ of Hig~l C'~," 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 Mta, sung in Neapolitan, was the first example of what Daniele called "tarambhi," a combination of tarantella, rhumba, and blues. In 1979 his self tiffed 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 tln Uomo in Blues, 1993's Che Dio Ti Benedica (which had two tracks produced by Chick Corea), 1995's Non Calpestare I Piori Nel Deserto, 1997's Dimmi Cosa Succede Salla 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 13th studio album, Boog/e Boog/e Man.