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POSTJGAZETTE, APRIL! 21,;2017 "PAGE 11 THEATER UPTOWN DOWNTOWN MUSEUMS '90s music sensations New Kids on the Block, Paala Abdul, & Boyz II Men will be brining the "Right Stuff," to Fenway Park for their Total Package Tour this summer. See MUSIC SECTION for more details. MUSIC TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com TOM PETTY & THE HEARBREAKERS -- 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 American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrmnentalist 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. Wllbury, 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. 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 2.013 Country Music Awards. Their "Cruise" 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 Millen- nials -- are mdre likely to recognize the Backstreet Boys and Nelly. The ~90s 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 Men last year. Nelly is one of the best-seUing 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 HerreN and "Shake Ya Tallfeather.~ 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 GAGA-- 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 successfi~l tours in the past, including the $227.4 million- grossing Monster Ball Tour (2009-11), the Born This Way Ball (2012-2013), and ArtRaue: The Artpop Ball in 2014. DANCE FENWAY PARK 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA www.LiveNation.com NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK, PAULA ABDUI,, & BOYZ H ~_,N-- July 8, 2017. New Kids on the Block are on tour and BLUE HILLS BANK PAVILION they're bringing PaulaAbdul and Boyz II 290 Northern Ave., Boston, MA Men along for the ride! "Our fans know www.LiveNation.com we love to bring them a party, and this DIANA ROSS -- July 27, 2017. The tour is no exceptionf Donnie Wahlberg original Diva! Diana Ross has won a said in a statement. =It's not just a show, dozen Grammys, sold over 100 million it's an experience. Paula Abdul is such a records world-wide, and was nominated pop icon and Boyz II Men are one of the for an Oscar for her portrayal of Billie best R&B acts of all time. It's going to Holiday in The Lady Sings the Blues. In be a night of hit after hit, and we can't 1976, Billboard named her the greatest wait to deliver the Total Package to our female entertainer of the century, and fans!" The Total Package marks Abdul's there was a lot more to come from Ross first return to touring in 25 years! after that. What really matters is that FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE WITH Ross remains an enthralling stage pres- BACKSTREET BOYS, NELLY, P..ND ence, a singer of such poise and remark- CHRIS LANE- Friday, July 7, 2017. able vocal gifts that she's able to hold an Florida Georgia Line, a country music audience in the palm of her hand from ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" -- every Friday 10:00 am to Noon with hosts Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and =The Best in Italian Music~ with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 9:00 am to Noon. Go to www. 1110wccmam.com. =Italia Oggi" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. =Dolce Vita Radlo" -- Sundays DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm; 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.conL "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.com. =Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica WPLM FM 99.1 -- Sundays 7:00 pm-2:00 am on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.com. "L'Italia Chiamo Ital/an Radio Show~ hosted by Stefano Marchese and Elisa Meazzini- Thursdays 3:00 pm-4:15 pm. Visit litaliachiamo.com; email: litaliachiamoshow@gmail.corra Tel. 857-334-0868. "Intervallo Musicale" -- Sundays 10:00-10:30 am; Host Carmine Guarino on WUNR 1600 AM and online at www.wunr.corru the moment she steps out into the spot- light 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?n) to her solo material ("I'm Coming Out," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough'}. BOSTONOPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 www.BostonOperaHouse.com 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 in 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. WICKED -- June 7-July 23, 2017. An alternative telling of the 1939 film The Ilrtzard of Oz and L. Frank Baum's classic 1900 story, The Wonderful llrzz- ard of Oz. The story is told from the perspective of the witches of the Land of Oz; its plot begins before and continues after Dorothy's arrival in Oz from Kan- sas, and it includes several references to the 1939 film and Baum's novel. Wicked tells the story of two unlikely friends, Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West} and Galinda (whose name later changes to Glinda the Good Witch}, who struggle with oppo,~ing personalities and viewpoints, rivalry over the same love-interest, reactions to the Wizard's corrupt government and, ultimately, Elphaba's public fall from grace. WANG THEATER Citi Performing Arts Center 270 Tremont Street Boston, MA 800-982-2798 www.CitiCenter.org ANNIE -- May 9-21, 2017 The worid's best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. This production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring bdok 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 L'ffe," "Easy Street," "I Don't Need Anything But You," plus the eternal anthem of optimism; "Tomorrow." NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 978-232-7200 www.NSMT.org THE MUSIC MAN -- Jun~ 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 misst YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN -- August IS-August 27, 2017. It's Alive! From the creators of Broadway's record-breaking musical comedy sensation, The Produc- ers, comes Young Frankenstein. This monster of a hit musical based on Mel Brooks' classic comedy film masterpiece is a wickedly inspired re-imagining of the legend of Frankenstein. It is the story of the bright young doctor Frankenstein ("that's FronkensteenI') who travels to Transylvania to complete the master- work of his grandfather by bringing a corpse to life. Young Frankenstein is a scientifically proven, monstrously good time at the theatre. STONEHAM THEATRE 395 Main Street, Stoneham, MA 781-279-2200 www.StonehamTheatre.org I LOVED, I LOST, I MADE SPAGHETTI -- June 8-25, 2017. Dish 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.Edn/Artmuseum LEISURE AND LUXURY IN THE AGE OF NERO: THE VILLAS OF OPLONTIS POMPEH- 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 pre- served when Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 CE. The exhibition, features 250 artifacts on view for the first time outside Italy, includes ornate jewelry, sculpture, gold and silver coins, ceramics, frescos, and ordinary utilitarian objects that together demonstrate the disparities of wealth, social class, and consumption in Roman life. This is the final stop on a national tour and the only East Coast venue. A major scholarly catalog will accompany the exhibition. Background on the Oplontis site: www.oplontispro- ject.org. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 617-267-9300 www.MFA.org PAST IS PRESENT: REVIVAL JEWELRY -- Now through August 19, 2018. Whether copying or choos- ing motifs to reinterpret, jewelers have always looked to the past for inspiration. The practice became popular in the 19th century, as de- signers began reviving examples of ancient ornaments, newly unearthed in archaeological excavations. Examine more than 4,000 years of jewelry his- tory through about 70 objects -- both ancient and revival- tracing the revival movement from the 19th to the 21st centuries. The exhibition focuses on four types -- Archaeological, Classi- cal, Egyptian, and Renaissance. High- lights include a 1924 brooch, on loan from Cartier, paired with an Egyptian winged scarab (740-660 BC) with a similar design; an 1850s embellished gold brooch by Castellani; a Renais- sance revival neck ornament (1900-04) designed for Tiffany & Co.; a 1980s Bulgari necklace adorned with Macedo- nian coins; and a 2002 Akelo pendant that emulates an ancient Etruscan granulation technique. PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM East India Square 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA 978-745-9500, 866-745-1876 978-740-3649 www.PEM.org =IT'S ALIVEI~ Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection -- August 12-November 26, 2017. Kirk Hm~mett, best known as the guitarist of the rock band Metallica, is also an avid collector of 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 pbster collection as a source of inspiration for his own musical creativity. The exhibition features film posters as well as collectible electric guitars, monster masks and sculptures. MICHELE & DONALD D'AMOUR MUSEUM OF FINE ART8 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 begin- ning 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 almost four years. For two-and- a-half years, the Smiths lived in Venice, Italy, and the couple pur- chased the paintings on display dur- ing that time, including works by No6 Bordignon, Raffaele Mainella, Pietro Pajetta, Pasquale Ruggiero, and Ettore Tito. THE NICHOLS HOUSE MUSED3~ SS 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. THE HANOVER THEATRE 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA B77.571.SHOW (7469) or 50S.$31.0800 www.TheRanoverTheatre.org JERRY SEINFELD "June 3, 2017. America's premier comedian, Jerry Seirffeld, will be performing his signature stand-up routine here in Worcester. Seinfeld has been hailed for his uncanny ability to joke about the little things in life that relate to audiences everywhere. Known for playing a semifictional version of himself in the sitcom Seinfeld, which he created and wrote with Larry David, Seinfeld was heavily involved in the Bee Movie, in which he voiced its protagonist. In 2010, he premiered a reality series called The Marriage Ref. He directed Colin Quinn in the Broadway show Long Story Short at the Helen Hayes Theater, which ran until January 2011. He is the creator and host of the web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. 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 llych 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 fal}ies 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 kingdom under a sleep- ing spell. A century later, Prince Desir6 is hunting in the forest and encounters the L'flac Fairy who leads him to Aurora. He kisses her and breaks the spell. The ballet concludes with a grand wedding celebration attended by numerous fairy- tale characters. WANG THEATER Citi Performing Arts Center 270 Tremont Street Boston, MA 800-982-2798 www.CitiCenter.org ALVIN AILEY AMERICAN DANCE THEATER- April 27-30, 2017. Desig- nated by Congress as =a vital American cultural ambassador to the woddf 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've 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 lifef 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.