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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 11,2012 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN Mamma Mia at the Boston Opera House, June 19 through 24, 2012. See THEATER SECTION for further details. p THEATER 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 fea- ture film, this eye-popping spectacle has won the hearts of over 35 million people worldwide. This classic musi- cal love story is filled with unfor- gettable characters, lavish sets and costumes, and dazzling production numbers including "Be Our Guest" and the beloved title song. Experi- ence the romance and enchant- ment of Disney's Beauty and the Beast! MAMMA MIA! - June 19 through June 24, 2012. Set in a beach resort in the Mediterranean, Mamma M/a/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 herself on getting through life without a man, and highly amus- ing to Donna's two best gal pals. The more Sophie and her mother struggle to find truth and understand- ing, the more it threatens to tear them apart and wreck Sophie's dream wedding. 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. 8HEPJR MOJ)NF_,SS - 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 humor 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. Special Events ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 www, 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. AEROSMITH- July 17 & 19, 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 cd- 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 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 slgnificanfly 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 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 I0 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. COMCAST CENTER 885 S Main St, Mansfield, MA BRAD PAISLEY, Sunday, June 3. After wrapping the first leg of the highly successful Virtual Reality World 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 #I hits at country radio. CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WANG 270 Tremont Street, Boston, IdA (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 currently 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. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 THE TRADITION -- June 27, 2012. The Sports Museum is proud to announce this year's honorees for "The Tradition." Celebrating its I I th year, "The Tradition" is the annual summer event that honors distin- guished New England athletes. Red Sox Legend Pedro Martinez leads the honoree lineup. Also included are Honorees: Alexi Lalas, Jeremy Jacobs, Robert Parish, Chris Ernst and Rodney Harrison for the Signature Summer Celebration of Boston Sports. CITY HALL PLAZA 1 Congress Street, Boston, MA JIMMY FUND SCOOPER BOWL -- June 5-7, 2012. Perhaps what is most striking about the now famous ice cream festival is that all ice cream companies donate all the ice cream, labor, scoopers and products needed to make the event happen each year. Though they are competitors for 51 weeks of the year, during the first week of June they come together to create an event that is now known as the "unofficial start of summer" in New England. Most of the companies that participated, in 2011 have been an integral part of the event for more than 10 years" Brigham's is the only company that has been involved since the event's inception. THE BOSTON OPERA HOUSE 539 Washington St., Boston, MA 617-259-3400 FANCY FREE -- Now through May 20, 2012 . Fancy Free is head- lined by Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free, and includes Peter Martins" Barber Violin Concerto and Harald Landeffs ltudes. Robbins" Fancy Free was the master chore-ographer'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 Bemstein. 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 Hail Market Place, 75 State St., Boston, MA 617-263-6887 ALL THE SINGLE LADIES -- Sat- urday evenings at 7:30 pm. The latest production from Boston's award-win- ning Improv Asylum, is perfect for groups of ladies looking for a wild night of comedy, dancing and a whole lot of excitement! During your night out, you will watch four friends set out for one last wild night out before one of them gets married. After a few drinks, old feuds and new secrets threaten their good time, and only some songs and dancing can help them work through it. The performers interact and dance with all the guests! Guests who are at the show to celebrate something will also be included in the show and may get more than they bargained forl This interactive dance party is a hilarious hlgh-energy night from start to finish. "All the Single Ladies" will have you laugh- ing, singing 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 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 ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" I0:00 am to 12 Noon every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian 8how" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Go to www. "Italia Oggi" Sundays I: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 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 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 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 50 th anniversary of the publication of Michael Harring- ton's The Other America, historian and Harrington biographer Maurlce 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. HIGGINS ARMORY MUSEUM 100 Barber Ave., Worcester, MA www.Higgins,org The Higgins Armory Museum evolved from a PRIVATE COLLEC- TION OF ARMS AND ARMOR FROM MEDIEVAL AND RENAISSANCE EUROPE, FEUDAL JAPAN AND ANCIENT GREECE AND ROME into a world-renowned museum. Founder, John Woodman Higgins, a leading Worcester industrialist, spent a life- time building his collection. In 1929, he constructed a four-story building to house it, and in the same year, received a charter for a museum of historical and modem metal artifacts. The Armory's collection, displayed in a Gothic castle setting is extensive. The European portion consists of 3,000 armors and components, 1,000 weapons and accessories, 500 swords and daggers; i00 firearms; a tapestry, stained glass, paintings and wood carv- ings. In addition, the non-Western collection comprises 1,000 African, Islamic, Indian, and Japanese body defenses and arms. The four-story art deco Museum was one of the first all steel and glass curtain-wall structures built in America, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. On John Higgins" death in 1961, the building, collections and an endowment were given to the public. In 1979 the Museum passed out of the hands of the Higgins family and into the control of a public governing board. For more details, call 508-853- 6015 or visit 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 Danlele is an influential Italian jazz- fusion guitarist. From the beginning of his career, it was evident that his passion lay in rock nd 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 tiffed record was released, fol- lowed by Nero aMetd 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 D/o T/Bened/ca (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 Cuff. 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 studio album, Boogie Boogie Marl