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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 17, 2012 Page 11 NOW PLAYING r COMEDY UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN SHA NA NA -- "New York City's superstars, have the most amazing resume in rock and roll. They appeared at Woodstock, performed regularly at the Fillmore East, had their own TV variety show, and were featured in the movie "Grease" m and most of 'em earned degrees from Columbia University too. Sha Na Na has made vintage rock 'n' roll their own, and they still perform for hep cats and hippies alike." See MUSIC SECTION for more details. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com MADONNA -- September 4, 2012. Madonna has a record breaking 37 Top I0 hits on Billboard's Hot I00 Singles Chart along with a record breaking 40 Number l's on Billboard's Dance/Club Play Song Charts. No other act has more Top 10's on the Hot 100 or Number l's on the Club Chart. Madonna has sold over 300 million albums and holds the record for the most successful tour by a solo artist in history. She is a seven time Grammy winning singer, song- writer, producer and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Her last CD "Hard Candy," debuted at Number 1 in 37 countries including the U.S. pr FREE EVENTS Special Events CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WANG 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA (617) 482-9393 www.Citicenter.org CELTIC THUNDER VOYAGE September 22. Surpassing sales of one million units combined the musical phenomenon that is Celtic Thunder has just been hailed as Billboard's Top World Music Artist, along with Top World Music Imprint and Top World Album of 2011 for their album, Heritage. Celtic Thunder began 2012 with a new CD and DVD concert spe- cial, Voyage. Voyage continues to pay homage to the musical culture of Ire- land, while exploring the musical jour- ney each soloist has undertaken since the beginning of Celtic Thun- der four years ago. The group perfor- mances highlight the diversity of Irish music and song; from the powerful rendition of "Dulaman" to the love song "Maid of Culmore," the collection also features a rousing performance of "Galway Girl" and beloved Irish party song "My Irish Molly-O." Celtic Thunder's successful resume in- cludes performing for President Obama at The White House's St. Patrick's Day celebration in 2009, opening New York City's famed St. Patrick's Day Parade two consecutive years in a row (2008 & 2009), and most notably six hit Public Television spe- cials and numerous sold out concerts all across America. IDINA MENZEL -- September 29. Tony Award-winning actress, singer ITALIAN EVENTS & PROGRAMS BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION - 290 Northern Ave, Boston, MA www.LiveNation.com IL VOLO - Saturday, September 8, 2012. "Already certified platinum in their homeland and several other countries, II Volo has captured the hearts of Americans of all ages fol-lowing their U.S. American Idol debut and appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America and Ellen. Their single "O Solo Mio" has been seen by over one million fans on YouTube and their self-titled debut, which is a mix of re-imagined classics and original material produced by the multi Grammy Award-win- ning Humberto Gatica and the world renowned Italian singer/producer Tony Renis, is heading toward platinum status in the U.S." For more information on II Volo, visit ILVoloMusic, conx WILBUR THEATRE - 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA www.TheWilburTheatre.eom SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO -- September 14, 2012. "What's Wrong With People?" asks Sebastian Maniscalco in his hilarious new hit stand- up special airing on Showtime. In "WhaVs Wrong with People," he brings his witheringly sarcastic and exasperated take on modern behavior and decorum, trying to bridge the gap between the Italian-American Old World he grew up in and the world we live in today. The result is an original, highly relatable stand-up comedy tour de force that has Sebastian per- forming sold-out concerts worldwide. BERKLEE PERFORMANCE CENTER - 136 Mass Ave., Boston 617-747-2261 www.BerkleeBPC.com FRANCO CORSO: A TRIBUTE TO ANDREA BOCELLI & FRIENDS m Saturday, September 15. With a voice that melts hearts and instills pas- sion, Franco Corso is the newest Italian singing sensation in America. His distinctive and powerful baritone voice has been called elegant and pro- vocative. With award-winning singer-songwrlter Briana Cash. ITALIAN RADIO PROGRAMS "The Sicilian Corner" 10:00 am to 12 Noon every Friday with host Tom Zappala and Mike Lomazzo and "The Italian Show" with Nunzio DiMarca every Sunday from 10:00 am-l:00 pm. Go to www.1110wccmanucom. =Italia Oggi" Sundays I:00 pm to 2:00 pm with host Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www.1460WXBR.corn, "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franciosa Show" Sun-days from 12 Noon to 3:00 pm on WLYN 1360 AM and WAZN 1470 AM. =Guido Ollva Italian Hour" 8:00 am-9:00 am Sundays on WSRO 650 AM and online at www.wsro.com. "Radio Italia Units" - Thursdays 2:00 pm-3:00 pm on www.zumix.org/ 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 www.MusicNotNoise.com. and songwriter. Idina Menzel, star of Broadway's Wicked and the original stage production of Rent, will bring her new live show backed by a full orches- tra. Garnering huge critical acclaim, Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-win- ning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl, in the block- buster Wicked and in her Tony-nomi- nated role as Maureen in the revolu- tionary Rent. "I am so thrilled to be going back on tour this summer. I am eager to reconnect with my audience, perform my favorite songs and explore some exciting new material," said Menzel. GILLETTE STADIUM 1 Patriot Place, Foxborough, MA 508-543-1776 www.GilletteStadium.com Brothers of the Sun Tour fea- turing KENNY CHESNEY and TIM MCGRAW -- August 24 & 25, 2012. The New England Country Music Festival has become the cornerstone of the Gillette Stadium summer con- cert series. The NECMF is an annual summer tradition for tens of thou- sands of New Englanders. This year's lineup marks a truly momentous occasion as long time friends Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw join Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and Jake Owen. Chesney will end his 2012 Brothers of the Sun tour at Gillette Stadium where he will headline the New England Country Music Festival for the seventh time. Chesney has helped make the New England Coun- try Music Festival the largest concert series in New England. REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE 617 Lexington St., Waltham, MA 781-891-5600 wwwoReaglePlayers.com SHA NA NA - September 22. The Rock 'N' Roll Kings Twist and Shout their way to Reaglel Sha Na Na brings its rock "n' roll celebration to town in a dynamic, crowd pleasing show that includes highlights of the group's four decade journey from Woodstock, the movie Grease, The Sha Na Na TV Show, and worldwide concert touring. In an interactive show where the audience sings along, dances along and participates in a "Greaser Olym- pics," a good time is had by all ages. Hey all you teen angels and party dolls: twist, stroll and hand jive to the classics as performed by the crowned princes of doo-wop and rock 'n' roll, Sha Na Na. REMEMBERING THE 40'S -- October 13 and 14. Reagle's Classic, Popular Wartime Revuet Stroll down Memory Lane revisiting America's greatest generation during the war years. Delight once again in the sights of the 1940's -- and oh, those incred- ible, unforgettable songs! The War Front, Home Front, Big Band beat, Swing. Radio and 40's Hollywood and Broadway share center stage in our loving tribute. This is one from the heart! Of course, all WWII vets are admitted free -- as our honored guests! THE RAT PACK -- November 1 I. Straight from Las Vegas! Your favor- ite Trio just the way you remember them! Fronted by three phenomenal performers, this show brings you down memory lane to relive those crazy days at the Sands Hotel. Singing all your favorite Rat Pack songs, each per- former has studied the characters of Frank, Sammy and Dean to make sure that every detail of the original Rat Pack shows comes to life! THEATER NORTH SHORE MUSIC THEATRE 62 Dunham Road, Beverly, MA 978-232-7200 www.NSMT.org 9 TO 5: THE MUSICAL - Septem- ber 25 - October 7. Based on the wildly popular movie, with new music and lyrics by Dolly Parton, 9 to 5: The Musical tells the story of three un- likely friends who conspire to take control of their company and learn there's nothing they can't do -- even in a man's world. Outrageously funny, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, it's about teaming up and taking care of business ... about get- ting credit and getting even. DANCE CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WANG 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA {617) 482-9393 www.Citicenter.org DR. SEUSS' HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS! THE MUSI- CAL -- November 23 through December 9, 2012. Big League Pro- ductions presents the critically ac- claimed, record-breaking Broadway musical production Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The classic, whimsical tale will enchant audiences of all ages. Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole ChristmasI The Musi- cal features the hit songs "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas" (written by Albert Hague and Dr. Seuss} from the original animated series. Max the Dog narrates as the mean and scheming Grinch, whose heart is "two sizes too small," decides to steal Christmas away from the Holiday loving Whos. COLONIAL THEATRE 106 Boylston Street Boston, MA (617) 482-9393 www.Boston-Theater.com MEMPHIS - THE MUSICAL- December II through December 23. Turn up that dial ... From the under- ground dance clubs of 1950s Mem- phis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresist- ible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come albg on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laugh- ter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock "n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards including Best Musical, Mem- phts features a Tony-winnlng book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Per- fect, Now Change} and a Tony-win- ning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony nominee Christo- pher Ashley (Xanadu), and choreog- raphy is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys). Get ready to experience Broadway's most exciting new desti- nation ... Memphis. BOSTON HARBOR HOTEL 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston 617-439-7000 www.BHH.com MOVIES BY MOONLIGHT offers a chance to revisit Hollywood's silver screen and modem classics. In honor of its 25 th Anniversary. the Boston Harbor Hotel will feature movies from 1987 for the month of August. The cool evening breeze set the stage to enjoy these classic films by the sea. Movies begin at dusk. August 17 Planes, Trains & Automobiles; August 24 Dirty Dancing and August 31 Roxanne. Boston Harbor Hotel also has a summer music series Mondays through Thursdays. For a complete listing visit bhh.corru HATCH SHELL, Esplanade, Charles River, Boston 27TH ANNUAL FREE FRIDAY FLICKS MOVIE SERIES -- August 10 Zookeeper; August 17 Puss in Boots and August 24 The Lorax, CONCERTS August 22 -- Landmarks Orches- tra Classical Concert - Landmarks Virtuosos from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; August 29 -- Landmarks Orchestra Classical Concert - Commonwealth Shakespeare Company from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pro; September 8 -- MIXfest Concert from 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm. THE HIGHLAND STREET FREE FUN FRIDAYS PROGRAM invites you to visit a designated museum or attraction in the Boston area for FREE during the summer. August 17 -- Institute of Contem- porary Art, Edward Gorey House, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Garden in The Woods, Concord Museum. August 24 -- Boston Harbor Island Alliance, U.S.S. Constitution Museum, American Textile History Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, Bas- ketball Hall of Fame. August 31 -- JFK Library & Museum, Plimoth Plan- tation, The Discovery Museums, Mass Moca and Ecotarium. SHUBERT THEATER 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-482-9393 www.ShubertTheater.org BALLET FOLKLORICO DE M]XICO -- September 22, 2012. Mexico's national dance company, Ballet Folkl6rico de MExico, is a visual feast of Mexican regional folk dances in whirling colors. Founded in 1952 by dancer-choreographer Amalia Her- nAndez, the company of 48 dancers, musicians and singers incorporates a wide range of rituals, from Mayan and Aztec to modem traditions, all with spectacular theatrical flair. PARRIS ROOM @ NED DEVINE'S Faneuil Hall Market Place, 75 State St., Boston, MA 617-263-6887 www.improvasylum.com ALL THE SINGLE LADIES -- Sat- urday evenings at 7:30 pro. A produc- tion from Boston's award-winning Improv Asylum, is perfect for groups o'f ladies looking for a wild night of com- edy, dancing and a whole lot of ex- citement! You will watch four friends set out for one last wild night out be- fore 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 in- teract and dance with the guests! Guests who are at the show to cel- ebrate something will also be included in the show and may get more than they bargaired forl This interactive dance party is a hilarious high-energy night from start to finish. A//the Single Lad/es will have you laughing, singing and dancing with your BFFs. CITI PERFORMING ARTS CENTER WANG 270 Tremont Street. Boston, MA (617} 482-9393 www.Citicenter.org RUSSELL BRAND LIVE -- Sep- tember 15, 2012. Russell Brand shot to fame in the U.S. in 2008 when he was seen as rocker 'Aldous Snow' in the Judd Apatow-produced comedy FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL. Since then, the British star has be- come an international comedic suc- cess. Recently Brand can currently be seen in FX Network's "Brand X." Russell's six episode, half-hour, unscripted late night series, which he is also producing. The show is taped in front of a live studio audience and features Brand's take on current events, pop culture and politics. The show was just picked up for a second season. Brand has appeared in Warner Bros. Rock Of Ages, Arthur, Universal's Hop, Get Him To The Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Disney's Bedtime Stories and Miramax's The Tempest. MARSHFIELD FAIR 140 Main Street Marshfleld, Ma 02050 www.MarshfleldFair.org August 17-26, 2012. The 145 th annual Marshfield Fair is fast approachingl This yearly Agricultural Fair draws hundreds of competitors in 4-H, arts and crafts, agricultural and horticultural events. The Marshfield Agricultural and Horticultural Society, sponsors of the Marshfield Fair, is dedicated to making this the premier event of Southeastern Massachu- setts. We hope everyone who attends the fair will be entertained and educated and that all attendees leave with a greater appreciation of the importance of agriculture and horticulture in our present day society. TD GARDEN 100 Legends Way, Boston, MA 617-624-1050 www.TDGarden.com WWE Night of Champions #WWENOC -- September 16, 2012. Coming to boston for the first time ever ... you can be part of a historic night where every championship will be defended. It's WWE Night of Cham- pionsl #WWENOC. A new champion was crowned at the last two "night of champions' events. Will history repeat itself? See all of your favorite super- stars of Raw and Smackdown includ- ing: John Cena, CM Punk, Randy Orton, Sheamus, The Big Show, Daniel Bryan, Alberto Del Rio, Kane, Christian, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler and moreIH Card is subject to change. KELLOGG'S TOUR OF GYMNAS- TICS CHAMPIONS 2012 -- Novem- ber 11, 2012. Tour of Gymnastics Champions featuring Team USA's top performing gymnasts following the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 2008 Olympic all-around champion Nastia Liukin will lead an impressive cast that will include members of the men's and women's 2011 World Champion- ships and 2012 Olympic teams, along with past Olympians and U.S. medal- ists in men's, women's, rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling.