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POST-GAZETTE, MAY 6, 2011 Page 11 NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS Audiences of all ages will marvel as the jungle comes to life when North Shore Music Theatre presents TARZAN, the musical based on the popular 1999 Disney film and beloved story by Edgar Rice Burroughs. This classic tale unfolds in early 1900's as a shipwreck leaves an infant orphan on the West African shore. The helpless baby is taken under the protection of a gorilla tribe and becomes part of their family. When he eventually encounters his first human, Jane Porter, both of their worlds transform forever. TARZAN features the songs from Disney's film as well as many new songs written specifically for the Broadway production. The show's Grammy Award-winning musical score, written by singer/songwriter Phil Collins, sets the jungle beat for this high flying musical, making this the "must see" show this summer. Check out Theater Section for details. NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 2011 SEASON - My Fair Lady June 7-19, Tarzan July 12-24, Foot- loose! August 16-28, The King & I September 27-October 9, Legally Blonde November 1-13, A Christ- mas Carol December 2-23, Debbie Reynolds, July 27 & 28, Harvey Robbins" Royalty of Doo-Wopp August 6, Marie Osmond August 29. B.B. King September I, Steve Tyrell September 10, Harvey Robbins" Royaly of Rock "N Roll October 22, Pinoeehio July 22, Snow White July 29, Cinderella's Wedding August 5, Little Red Riding Hood August 26, 201 I. NSMT will continue to add concerts and special events to the schedule throughout the sea- son. For information about subscrip- tions and tickets, visit www.nsmt.org, contact the Box Office at 978-232- 7200, or visit in person at 62 Dun- ham Road, Beverly, 01915. Gift cer- tificates are also currently on sale through the NSMT box office. THE LYRIC STAGE COMPANY 140 Clarendon St., Boston, MA ANIMAL CRACKERS MADCAP MUSICAL MAYIIEM! - Now through June 4, 201 I. Hilarity ensues in this classic Marx Brothers musical when Mrs. Rittenhouse's swanky house party honoring the African explorer Screwball antics arise as the guests search for the thief, resulting in this *uproarious slapstick comedy" (New York Times). Visit www.lyricstage.com or call 617-585-5678 for tickets. LOEB DRAMA CENTER 64 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA THE GERSHWINS' PORGY AND BESS - August 17, 2011 - October 2, 9.011. by George Gershwin, Dubose and Dorothy Heyward, and Ira Gershwinadapted by Suzan-Lori Parks and Diedre Murray; directed by Diane Paulus; choreographed by Ron K. Brown. In 1935, Porgy and Bess premiered at the Colonial Theater in Boston. Now, 76 years later, the A.R.T. brings back Porgy and Bess in a new production featuring intema- tionally renowned stars Audra McDonald as Bess, Norm Lewis as Porgy, and David Alan Grier as Sport- ing Life. A.R.T. Artistic Director and Tony Award nominee Diane Paulus directs this revival adapted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (l'opdog/Underdog, The America Play, Venus) and OBIE-winning com- poser Diedre Murray {Running Man, Best of Both Worlds). This classic American tale is set in the 1930s in Catfish Row, a neighborhood in Charleston, South Carolina. Bess, beautiful and troubled, turns to Porgy, the crippled beggar, in search of safety after her possessive loer Crown com- mits murder. As Porgy and Bess's love grows, their future is threatened by Crown and the conniving Sporting Life. This heartbreaking love story boasts some of the most famous and beloved works from the Great Ameri- can Songbook, including: "Summer- time," "Bess, You Is My Woman," "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "I Loves You, Porgy." THREE PIANOS - August 17, 2011 - October 2, 2011. By Rick Burkhardt, Alec Duffy and Dave Malioywith music from Franz Schubert's Winterreise, Op. 89, D911 (1828) directed by Rachel Chavkin The OBIE-winning hit music- theater event - that wowed audiences and critics alike in its sold-out runs at the Ontological-Hysteric Theater and New York Theatre Workshop - is a theatrical explosion of Franz Schubert's song cycle Winterreise. Filled with fantastical touches and inventive arrangements, Three Pianos is a colorful and imaginative evening exploring Schubert's music, life. and times. Set on a blustery winter night, three friends, each manning a piano, lead the audience through fragments of Schubert's fame)us work while grap- pling with fundamental questions about the nature of music and drink- ing too much. The three pianists slip into a wild reenactment of a *Schubertiad," a musical salon party thrown by Schubert and his friends, connecting the two groups through the centuries. An evening of hilarity and heartbreak unfolds, in which the au- dience is invited to the party. Compo- sitional mayhem, shifting rivalries, and some unfortunate butchery of the German language ensue. AS YOU LIKE IT - December 7, 2011 - lanuary 8, 2012. By William Shakespearefeaturing members of The A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Ad- vanced Theater Training Class of 2012 *All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players" in Shakespeare's beloved pastoral com- edy As You Like It. This classic tale follows Rosalind and her friend Celia's escape from a deadly conspiracy into nature's wild, liberating arms. What follows is an unconventional romance with everything from wrestling matches to cross-dressing shepherds culminating in a finale so joyful that spring will seem just around the cor- ner. Building on the success of the 2010 - 2011 Season's sold-out Alice vs. Wonderland on the Loeb Mainstage, As You Like It will feature members of the graduating Institute Class of 2012. For more information call 617-547-8300 or you may log onto www.amerlcanrepertorytheater.org. You may also join as a 2010/2011 sub- scriber to receive discounts and spe- cial promotions. CITIWANG THEATRE 270 Tremont St., Boston, MA DEEP PURPLE: THE SONGS THAT BUILT ROCK - June 7, 2011 at 8 pm. This is Deep Purple's first tour in North America in four years and will feature classic members Inn Gillan (lead vocals), Roger Glover (bass) and fan Paice (drums, percus- sion) along with Steve Morse (guitar) and Don Airey (keyboards). It will also be the bands first time in North America with a symphony orchestra. Throughout its career, DEEP PURPLE -- who formed in England in 1968 and released their debut album that year--has sold over i00 million albums worldwide. Iconic hits include "Smoke On The Water," "Highway Star," "Space Truckin'," "Hush" and *My Woman From Tokyo." Log onto www.telecharge.com for tickets. OLD SOUTH CHURCH'S CHAPEL 645 Boylston St., Boston, MA ALLA COHEN PRESENTS: "AN EVENING CONCERT OF OPERA- BUFFA AND INSTRUMENTAL CHAMBER ENSEMBLES" FEATUR- ING THE CUNNING HOUSEKEEPER - Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 PM. Alla Elana Cohen is a distinguished com- poser, pianist, music theorist and teacher who came from Russia to the United States in 1989. She had re- ceived her education in Moscow, graduating from The Moscow State Tchaikovsky Conservatory with the highest honors of distinction. In De- cember of 2010, The National Acad- emy of Music's Greece office' in con- junction with the Municipal Conser- vatories in Neapolis and Sykies, Greece awarded Ms. Cohen the In- ternational Prize for Excellence in Composition. Tickets are available now at www.allacohen.tix.com and some will also be available at the door. For information, call 617-536- 1970. TD GARDEN Causeway St., Boston, MA JOSH GROBAN - July 26. 2011. This is Groban's first full-scale global arena tour since 2007, when the in- te(nationally renowned singer and songwr"  hit the road for his hugely successful, sold-out 81-city Awake World Tour. The "Straight To You" Tour will bring the feel of a theater experience to an arena setting through stage design, lighting, and projection, as well as through the spontaneity and interactivity Groban delighted his fans with during last year's "Before We Begin" shows. Log onto www.ticketmaster.com for tick- ets or call 800-745-3000. SYMPHONY HALL 301 Mass Ave.. Boston, MA MARDI GR/ - May 17, 2011 8:00 PM. The Boston Pops pays tribute to the music of Mardi Gras celebrations from around the world, including New Orleans and Rio de Janeiro. Globe- trotting jazz ambassadors the Dukes of Dixieland join the Pops to infuse strands of pop, gospel, and country with authentic New Orleans sounds and songs like "Honky Tonk Train Blues" and "When The Saints Go Marching In." The program will also include a brand new medley about the glories of food called *What's Cookin'!" HOORAY FOR HOLLYWOOD - May 25, 2011 at 8PM. Our own Boston Pops Laureate Conductor, John Williams, the brilliant composer and conductor behind films includ- ing Jaws, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and the Harry Potter series, brings you a night of some of the most memorable movie music and film clips of all time with special empha- sis on the villians and heroes we've all grown to love. The concert also features the world premiere of Williams" Concerto for Oboe, written for Pops principal oboist Keisuke Wakao. For tickets log onto www.bso.org. WESTIN HOTEL 70 Third Avenue, Waltham, MA ITALIAN NIGHT AT THE OPERA- Thursday, May 19, 201 I. Italian Night is the WPO's Gala Finale to its 25th Anniversary Season. Sponsors receive recognition in all the Orchestra's print and on-llne promotions. Join us for a memorable evening complete with a full-course Italian dinner and wonder- ful music by great Italian composers. Featuring Soloists Diana McVey, Soprano, Ray Bauwens, Tenor. The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra, a civic symphony of the MetroWest area, began in 1985 under the direction of local musicians David J. Tierney and Harold W. McSwain, Jr. To purchase tickets, please log on to www.wphil.org or contact Sally CoUura at 781-838-1130. Sponsorship packages are available to help keep the events affordable in the metrowest area. SPINELLI'S FUNCTION FACILITY Route One South, Lynnfleld, MA NORTH END REUNION - Thurs- day, September 22, 2011 at 6PM. Enjoy music from the 50's and 60"s. Join your friends who grew up in the North End for fun times and memo- ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" 1 I:00AM to I:00PM every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" w/Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10AM to I PM www. 1110wccmam.com. "Italla Oggi" Sundays 1PM to 2PM with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www. 1460WXBR.com. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11AM-1PM Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franciosa Show" Every Sunday at 12 Noon to 3PM on radio stations WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hour" 8AM - 9AM every Sunday on WSRO 650 AM in Framingham and online at www.wsro.com. "Don Giovanni Show" Saturday mornings from 6AM-8AM and Sunday evenings 5PM-7PM on 950 AM WROL. www. dongiovannishow, com. "Tony's Place" on MusicAmerica I[ 99.1 - Every Sunday night from 9 to 10pm on MusicAmeriea host Ron Delia Chiesa presents Tony's Place on WPLM FM Easy 99.1. During the hour Ron will feature recordings by his good friend Tony Bennett. You'll hear all your Bennett favorites from his early hits to his latest Grammy winners, www.MusicNotNoise.com "Radio Italia Unita" - Every Thurs- day from 2-3PM on www.zumix.org/ radio or Itunes, college radio click on Zumix. For more information log onto www.italiaunita.org DANTE ALIGHIERI SOCIETY 41 Hampshire St., Cambridge MA GIACOMO PUCCINI EXHIBIT - May 22 -29, 2011. Monday, May 23 to Sunday, May 29 from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm: The exhibit will be free and open to the public. Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 pro: Grand Opening ceremony; There is an admission fee. Program for the ceremony: Keynote speaker Gabriella Biagi Ravenni. Pianist Matt Aucoin, tenor Brian Landry, and sopranos Barbara Quintiliani and Lisa Tamagini will perform a selection of arias from Puccini's operas. Refresh- ments, wine and canapes will be served. Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm: "Puccini at the Pictures," a lecture by Prof. Deborah Burton with piano ac- companiment and soprano Chelsea Basler from the Boston University Opera Institute. Free admission. Sat- urday, May 28, at 8:00 pm: "Oh Soave Fanciulla," a performance by sopra- nos Margaret Felice, Christine Tee- ters, Rebecca Teeters, Natalie Polito and Jennifer Hoffman from the Bos- ton Opera Collaborative, Free admis- sion, ONE HUNDRED FIFTY YEARS: REFLECTIONS ON ITALIAN UNIFI- CATION - Friday, May 13 at 6:30pro. Giuseppe Pastorelli, Consulate Gen- eral of Italy for New England Papers: Alessandro Masi, Secretary General, Dante Alighieri Society, Rome, Italy "What Historians Now Say" - Roland Sarti, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts Amherst *What Mazzini Would Say Now" Comment: Spencer M. Di Scala, Professor, Uni- versity of Massachusetts Boston, Presi- dent, Dante Alighieri Society. Refresh- ments Served. For more info log onto www.dantealighieri.net/cambridge or you may call 617-876-5160. ties. Contact Lolly Ciampa at 781-938- 9254 or RoRo DeMarco at 781-284-5945. KIWANIS CLUB OF EAST BOSTON FOXWOODS CASINO BUS TRIP - Sunday, May 15, 201 I. An East Bos- ton Kiwanis fundraiser to benefit the New England Foundation/Kiwanis Trauma Institute (KgrI). Bus leaves from the Salesian's Boys & Girls Club at 7:30 AM. Bus returns at 7:30 PM. Tickets include bus ride, keno voucher and buffet vouchers. No refunds. Please contact Marisa DiPietro at 617-650-3442 for more information. Since 1947, the Kiwanis Club of East Boston (MA) has made a significant contribution to the East Boston community. The club is a volunteer organization and funds are raised to support programs that benefit chil- dren, the elderly and other worthy individuals. WHITE'S RESTAURANT Westport, Massachusetts SENIOR TRIP Wednesday, May 18, 2011. A trip to White's Res- taurant in Westport, MA includes din- ner and a show. Bus leaves the Prado on Hanover Street at 10 AM, and returns home at 5:00 PM. Includes taxes & tip Please call Mary Romano at ABCD at 617-523-8125 for ticket price and reservations. PARAMOUNT THEATER 560 Washington St., Boston MA COMPAGNIA TPO TO LIGHT UP BOSTON WITH 'FARFALLE" - NOW Through May 15, 2011. Italy will be represented in this year's Celebrity Series of Boston by Compagnia TPO's Farfalle (Butterflies), described as *visual theatre of the senses, an immersive experience that brings together theatre and contemporary art and creates an innovative, magi- cal relationship between children .and performers." The wondrous, other worldly "sensory gardens" of Farfalle, take audiences on a mag- nificent journey through a literal and symbolic story of a butterfly's life cycle. In Butterflies the audience is immersed in the many folds of this life, "told" by two dancers moving in- side a sensitive environment made of music and digital images. For tickets log onto www.artsemerson.org. SCULLERS JAZZ CLUB 400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston, MA ROBERTA GAMBARINI - Friday, May 13, 2011 - 8 p.m. will be in Boston this spring to present her latest work, So in Love. Roberta Gambarini, born in Torino, Italy, into a family where jazz was much loved and appreciated, she began listening to this music as a child and started taking clarinet lessons when she was 12 years old. By the time she was 17, she began singing and performing in jazz clubs around Northern Italy and at the age of 18, she decided to move to Milan to pursue a career as a jazz singer. On February 12, 2008, Roberta made her major label debut with You Are There (Groovin" High/ Emarcy). a collection of 14 hauntingly beautiful melodies, with the legend- ary pianist, Hank Jones. The music was recorded in one afternoon; Roberta and Hank had no concept for the album -- just 25 tunes they liked and thought would be inter- esting to record, Call 617-562-4111 or www, seullersjazz.com for tickets CONSULATE OF ITALY, BOSTON 600 At/antic Ave 17th n. Boston, MA ARTIST FRANCA DIPIETRO ART DISPLAY - "Notes On An American Journey'. Now through June 2011. The Italian-born painter has lived in the United States for eight years, but for her entire career, she has taken stylistic inspiration from the tonali- ties traditionally found in northern European art. All these influences now come together in a new gallery exhibit of oil paintings, Di Pietro divides the 20-work collection into four diverse series that she painted between 2005 and 2011: New York, American Aerial Views. Seaside and Boston Ghost Town. Though each section has its own distinct qualities and content, Di Pietro ties them together with her "love of gray," a color that she says fascinates her and relates to her appreciation of Danish art. "I've always taken an interest in women and their world," says Di Pietro, who pays homage to one of her heroines, Louisa May Alcott, by depicting her with the "fabulous" golden dome of the State House in the background. For further information, please log onto the Consulate websie at xvw.consboston.esteri.it