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POST-GAZETrE, JUNE 3,2016 PAGE T1 NOW UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN COMEDY Don't miss Steven Tyler's Out on a Limb summer solo tour ... June 15m @ Laconiafest Motorcycle Music Festival, Weirs Beach Drive-In, Laconia, NH. August 10th @ Providence Performing Arts Center, Providence, RI, and September 4 @ The Wang Center, Boston. See MUSIC SECTION for details. MUSIC TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com ANDREA BOCELLI -- December 17, 2016. Bocelli has recorded fourteen solo studio albums of both pop and classi- cal music, three greatest hits albums, and nine complete operas, selling over 80 million records worldwide. He has had success as a crossover performer, bringing classical music to the top of international pop charts. In 1999, he was nominated for Best New Artist at the Gram- my Awards. "The Prayer," his duet with Celine Dion for the animated film Quest for Camelot, won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song and was nominated for an Academy Award in the same cat- egory. With the release of his classical album, Sacred Arias, Bocelli captured a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records, as he simultaneously held the top three positions on the U.S. Classical Albums charts. Sacred Arias became the biggest-selling classical crossover album by a solo artist of all time, and with over twenty million copies sold worldwide, his 1997 pop album Romanza became the best-selling al- bum by an Italian artist of any genre in history. DANCE BLUE HILLS BANK PAVILION 290 Northern Ave., Boston, MA www.LiveNat/on.com YAglgI -- July 26, 2016. This is Yanni as you know him best, performing his instrumental hits from shows that have become famous around the world, Fans will witness Yanni and his world-class musicians as they take the stage to perform his greatest instrumental hits, made famous in his shows from The Acropolis in Greece, The Taj Mahal in India, The Forbidden City in China and The Royal Albert Hall in England. For the first time ever, the live show will also in- troduce music from Yanni's new album Truth of Touch, which is the composer's first album of original studio music in almost a decade. Come hear the music that touches the world. MEGHAN TRAINOR: The Untouch- able Tour- September 24, 2016. The 22-year-old singer will kick off the Untouchable Tour on July 14~ in Vancouver, Canada, and bring the tour to a close September 24~h in Boston. Untouchable promotes Trainor's new album, Thank You, which was released on May 13% Thank You is the followup to Title, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2015. Trainor released the first single; "No," from Thank You in March, and "Better" featuring Yo Gotti in April. Trainor won Best New Artist at the Grammy Awards in February. XFINITY CENTER 885 S. Main St., Mansfield, MA www.LiveNation.eom TOBY KEITH --July 22, 2016. Toby Keith never fails to give his dedicated fans a dynamite and groundbreaking yet personal performance ... so it's no wonder that people return time and time again to see the country superstar LIVE! Grab your opportunity to catch one of the most highly-anticipated tours of the entire year ... tickets are guaranteed to sell fast, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment JIMMY BUFFETT & THE CORAL REEFER BAND -- August 20, 2016. Singer, songwriter, author, actor, and businessman Jimmy Buffett has been a staple on the American concert circuit since the early 1970s. Known for his anecdotal songs about a laid-back life on the beach, Buffett has described his music as "drunken Caribbean rock Yi' roll," or Gulf-and-Western, as it has been dubbed by others. Buffett moved to Nashville in the late 1960s with the dream of becoming a country singer, and he released his debut album in 1970. After his first marriage fell apart, he left Nashville for Key West and it was there that he developed the easy-going beach-bum persona that he has become MUSEUMS SPECIAL EVENTS THEATER 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.corn. "Italia Oggi" -- Sundays 11:00 am to Noon with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM. "Dolce Vita Radio" -- Sundays DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-1:00 pm; 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franciosa Show~ -- Sundays from Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM. "Guido Oliva Italian Hoar" -- Sundays 8:00 am-9:00 am on WSRO 650 AM and online at www.wsro.com. "Tony's Place" on MusicAmeriea 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 Italian Radio Show" hosted by Stefano Marchese and Meazzini- Thursdays 3:00 pm-4:15 pm. Visit litaliachiamo.com; email: litaliachiamoshow@grnail.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.com. known for. With 28 studio albums under his belt, and sell-out shows year after year, it's no wonder that Buffett has amassed a large and incredibly loyal following known as "Parrot Heads." Buf- fett will deliver an unforgettable night of fun times, hilarious stories and great music!I! SHALIN LIU PERFORMANCE CENTER 37 Main Street, Rockport, MA 978-546-7391 info~RockportMusie.org OTHELLO IN THE SERAGLIO: The Tragedy of SO.mb~l the Black Eunuch -- June 12, 2016. Othello, a uniquely powerful coffeehouse opera, tells an age-old storyof passionate love and murderous jealousy. Sfumbfil, a Black slave in 17~ ceiatury Ottoman Court, rises to power and riches, only to come to a tragic end. The opera is performed on European period instruments and traditional Turkish instruments by an ensemble of 12 musicians, singers and a storyteller.. The storyteller spins out a well-known tale, a historically-based legend of love and jealousy, intensified by the crossing of boundaries between the free and the enslaved, white and black, Muslim and non-Muslim, East and West. The opera intertwines three different tales, including The Tragedy of otheUo, the Moor of Venice by William Shakespeare, Un Capitano'Moro {A Moor- ish Captain} by Giovanbattista Giraldi (Cinzio), and KLzlaragasz'nm Piqi (The Bastard of the Chief Black Eunuch} by Re~ad Ekrem Koqu. THE KINC=B'rON TRIO -- August 28, 2016. Known for their role in the folk revival of the early '60s, their iconic takes on traditional folk classics like "Tom Dooley," and for their trademark three-part harmonies, The Kingston Trio returns to Rockport for an unfor- gettable evening of vintage folk clas- sics. Currently featuring the talents of George Grove, Bill Zorn, and Rick Dougherty, the Trio will perform be- loved hits like =M.T.A," =Worried Man,~ "Greenback DoUarf and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" among many other favorites. This summer, the Trio will be the subject of a high profile PBS special titled The Kingston Trio: An All- Star Celebration. WANG THEATER Cit/Performing Arts Center 270 Trcmont Street Boston, MA 800-982-2798 www.Clt/Center.org STEVEN TYLER ~.. Out on a Limb -- September 4, 2016. Steven Tyler has played a few solo shows as of late. The iconic rocker and budding country star shared his plans for a full-blown solo tour. Aerosmith's frontman Out on a Limb Tourwfll feature Tyler and backing band Loving Mary reworking some of his most famous hits and sharing the stories behind them; hell also weave in songs from his upcoming country project. Tyler's plans for a solo country career began swirling back in March of 2015. That April, he officially announced his signing with Big Machine Label Group's Dot Records. He released his first coun- try single, =Love is Your Name," last May. With his second country song, =Red, White & You," Tyler proves he already has a solid grip on the genre, proclaim- ing his love for America, America, and the midnight sky. %Yhen I look in your eyes, all I wanna do is/Bang, bang, baby like the 4th of July," Tyler sings before shouting out Tom Petty, and sweet potato pie, and in September, Tyler is hoping to debut a full album. SUFFOLK DOWNS 525 McClellan Highway, East Boston CIRQUE DU SOLEIL -- Now through July I0, 2016. Cirque du Soleil's brings its Kurios show to Boston for a dazzling performance sure to please the whole family. Part art, part human circus, part phantasmagoric spectacle -- nothing quite matches Cirque's unique blend of music, dance, choreography, and acro- batics. This year's performance takes place under the Grand Chapiteau at beautiful Suffolk Downs. LYNN AUDITORIUM 3 City Hall Square, Lynn, MA 781-599-SHOW www.LynnAud/torium.com JACK HANNA'S INTO THE WILD LIVE! -- October 15, 2016. America's most beloved animal expert, Jack Hanna, brings his two-time Emmy Award winning television series to the live stage with Jack Hanna's Into the Wild Live/In this awe-inspiring event, Jungle Jack will introduce you to some of the world's most spectacular animals. Jack will also share humorous stories and amazing exclusive footage from his worldwide adventures. From the jungles of Rwanda to the savannas of Australia, Jack has explored the cor- ners of the globe as one of the most visible and respected animal ambas- sadors. You've seen him appear on Da rid Letterma n, Good Morning America, and many others -- now you can enjoy Jungle Jack's infectious energy as he takes you =into the wild!" to see some of the most fascinating animals, live! IMPROVBOSTON 40 Prospect Street, Cambridge, MA 617-576-1253 www.lmprovBoston.com MAGIC: THE GATHERING: 'THE SHOW Takes Nerd Comedy to a New Level -- June 10, July 8, August 12, 2016. An improvised, interactive parody tribute to the iconic nerdcore card game, Magic: The Gathering-- has been captur- ing the hearts and imaginations of nerds and comedy lovers alike since 2011. The audience helps shape the action as two improvisers and a team of misfit fantasy junkies enlist creatures of good and evil. The wizards and their lackeys improvise every adventure, calling on goblins, skel- etons and adorable woodland creatures to battle one another in winner-takes-all battle for comedy supremacy. CAPITOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS 44 South Main Street, Concord, NH 603-225-1111 www.CCANH.com EDDIE IZZARD Force M~]eure -- July 31, 2016. The British comedian is often lauded as one of the world's most influential comics of the last 20 years, so any chance to see him in his original guise, doing stand-up, live, should be grasped with both hands, and possibly your legs, too[ Izzard is a man of many talents; not content winning two Emmy Awards for his Dressed to Kill show, and a movie actor (Valkyrie, Ocean's Twelve, and Ocean's Thirteen}, he is also a keen learner of languages, having performed his entire Paris gig in French, and his Berlin show in German throughout. According to his team, he is planning on learning and performing his shows in Spanish, Russian and Arabic, too. Also a talented impressionist, his three most notable ones include God in the style of James Mason, Sean Connery as Noah and other characters, and Mrs. Badcrumble, a Scottish clarinet teacher, whorwas in in fact, his childhood piano teacher. WILBUR THEATRE 246 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-248-9700 www.TheWilburTheatre.com BILL MAHER -- August 27, 2016. Bill Maher has set the boundaries of political humour on what is just about allowed on American television, yet stiU manages to push the envelope on a frequent basis. His combination of un- flinching honesty and blunt obersations have earned him a staggering 23 Emmy nominations, and a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Particularly known for his hugely critical views on religion, Maher's humor squares to the left of center, and has more often than not set his crosshalrs on the right-wing political movement (particularly the Tea Party), and shows a vociferous support for uni- versal health care, same-sex marriage and environmentalism. However, since the events of 9/11, he has supported racial profiling at transport hubs, and is a supporter of gun rights. As well as his long-running television panel show Real Time with Bill Maher, he is still a keen participant on the political comedy circuit, often performing over 60 dates per year. SHUBERT THEATRE 265 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 866-348-9738 www.CitICenter.org SHOW BOAT -- June 22 through July 3, 2016. Based on Edna Ferber's bcstselling novel, this grand American musical follows the lives of the per- formers, stagehands and dock workers on the Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat. A groundbreaking show when it debuted, in 1927, Show Boat continues to touch audiences with timeless themes and unforgettable music. Featuring the classic songs "Of' Man River," "Can't Help Lovirr' Dat Man" and "Bill." Music by Jerome Kern, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, based on the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber. Show Boat is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals. Directed by Meg Fofonoff and Stacey Stephens, choreo- graphed by Wendy Hall, with music direction by Charles Peltz. NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 978-232-7200 www.NSMT.org FUNNY GIRL -- June 7-19, 2016. Bill Hanney's award-winning North Shore Music Theatre (NSMT) is proud to announce that recording artist and Broadway veteran Shoshana Bean has been cast as Fanny Brice in an all new production of Funny Girl. Funny Girl is the hit Broadway musical that tells the story of Fanny Brice's rise from the stages of Vaudeville to becoming a world-renowned Ziegfeld star. But while she was cheered onstage as a great comedian, she had a more troubled private life. The musical's beloved score includes the songs: =Peoplef "Don't Rain on My Parade," and "i'm the Great- est Star." REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE 617 Lexington St., Waltham, MS, 781-$91-5600 www.ReagleMusicTheatre.org CAROUSEL --June 9-19, 2016. Car- ousel was named the best musical of the 20th century by Time Magazine. Span- ning heaven and earth to explore themes of human frailty and resilience, Carou- sel tells the story of roguish carnival barker Billy Bigelow and mill worker Julie Jordan, who meet and fall in love. It is a story of love, violence, hope and redemption. This iconic American classic features some of the most powerful music ever written for the stage, including =If I Loved You," =Mister Snow," "June is Bustin' Out All Over,~ and the iconic "You~l Never Walk Alone." WANG THEATER Citi Performing Arts Center 270 Tremont Street Boston, MA 800-982-2798 www.CitiCenter.org MAKS & VAL LIVE ON TOUR -- July 6, 2016. The thrilling all-new smash hit dance tour of the summer! Maksim and Valenfin Chmerkovskiy, the hottest stars of ABC's hit show Dancing with the Stars, will be coming to the Citi Wang Theatre. Brothers Maksim and Valentin Chmerkovskiy are bring- ing to life the show they have dreamed about since childhood, combining an honest and unfiltered narrative of their llfe story, with the world-class dancing, creativity, and passion they are known for. Collaborating with the greatest choreographers in the business and supported by a cast of fellow dance professionals, the show will surprise and delight with timeless elegance and steamy seduction. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 617-267-9300 www.MFA.org KENNETH PAUL BLOCK ILLUSTRA- TIONS -- Through August 14, 2016. Kenneth Paul Block (1925-2009} is arguably the most important fashion illustrator of the second half of the 20~ century. His versatility and ability to create a.graceful gesture, or evoke the high-energy of the post--WWII generation make his work stand out among illustra- tors of his time.