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POST-GAZETTE, AUGUST 31,2012 " &apos;Page 1"1  NOW PLAYING UPTOWN & DOWNTOWN REMEMBERING THE 40'S at the Reagle Music Theatre October 13 and 14. See MUSIC SECTION for 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 10 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 Granny 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. 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 ITALIAN EVENTS & PR()GRAMS 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.con WILBUR THEATRE - 246 Tremont St., Boston, MA www.TheWilburTheatre, corn 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 "What's Wrong with People," he brings his witheringly sarcastic and exasperated take on modem 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.eom FRANCO CORSO: A TRIBUTE TO ANDREA BOCELLI & FRIENDS Saturday, September 15. With a voice that melts hearts and instills pas- sion, Franeo Corso is the newest Italian singing sensation in America. His distinctive and powerful baritone voice has been called elegant and pro- Top World Music Artist, along wlth 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 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. REAGLE MUSIC THEATRE 617 Lexington St., Waltham, MA 781-891-5600 www.ReaglePlayers.com 8HA NA NA - September 22. Sha Na Na brings its rock 'n' roll celebra- tion to town in a dynamic, crowd pleas- ing show that includes highlights of the group's four decade journey from Woodstock, the movie Grease, The Sha Na Na TV Show, and worldwide con- cert touring. In an interactive show where the audience sings along, dances along and participates in a "Greaser Olympics," 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 Revue! 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 '40s Hollywoo d 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 i l, 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! 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 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 Christmas! 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.eom 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 < fhger /ib is ready for her big break. Come along 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- ph/s features a Tony-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Per- fect, Now Change) and a Tony-win- ning original score with music by Bon Jovl 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 31 Roxanne. Boston Harbor Hotel also has a summer music series Mondays through Thursdays. For a complete listing visit bhh.com. HATCH SHELL Esplanade, Charles River, Boston MIXFest -- Saturday, Septem- ber 8, from 3:00 to 8:00 pro. Presented by MIX 104.1 FM. This year's MixFest is quite the boys club with feel-good rockers Train, Gavin DeGraw, and Andy Grammer leading the lineup. 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 31 -- JFK Library & Museum, Plimoth Plantation, The Discovery Museums, Mass Moca and Ecotarium. 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 dren of all agesl The most electrifying edition ever of Ringling Bros.  cel- ebrates performance power that boosts circus-goers excitement. The amazing acts, which can only be seen at The Greatest Show On Earth. KELLOGG'S TOUR OF GYMNAS- TICS CHAMPIONS 2012 -- Novem- ber II, 2012. Tour of Gymnastics Champions featuring Team USA's top performing gymnasts following the 2012 Olympic Games in London. 2008 Olympic afl-around champion Nastia Liukin will lead an impressive cast that will include members of the men's and women's 2011 World Cham- pionships and 2012 Olympic teams, along with past Olympians and U.S. medalists. MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, BOSTON 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston 617-267-9300 www.MFA.org THE INVENTION OF FANTASY EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY VENICE -- Through September 30, 2012. Venice in the eighteenth century, the age of Casanova, was one of the pleasure centers of Europe, famed for its theater and opera and its carnival maskers. Even today, the city, when compared with ordinary cities, appears to be a fantasy, a dream, a hallucination. Giovanni Battista Tiepolo's volup- tuous painted cloudscapes with fig- ures opened illusionistic light- filled vistas in ceilings; his drawings and prints have a comparable aerial lightness and luminosity. He was assisted by his son Domenico, who, when he retired from painting about 1785, concentrated on making fin- ished drawings on biblical and mytho- logical themes, as well as remarkably playful and whimsical scenes of Venetian daily life. The Museum's The Milliner's Shop is one of the finest of these drawings. Other artists in the exhibition include Canaletto and the early Piranesi. 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 become an inter- national comedic success. Recently Brand can currently be seen in FX Network's *Brand X." Russell's six epi- sode, half-hour, unscrlpted 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. Brand has appeared in Rock of Ages, Arthur, Hop, Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Disney's Bedtime Stories and Miramax's The Tempest. 8HUBERT THEATER 270 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 617-482-9393 www.ShubertTheat er.org BALLET FOLKL()RICO DE MI.XICO -- September 22, 2012. Mexico's national dance company, Ballet Folkl6rico de Mxico, 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 modern traditions, all with spectacular theatrical flair. SWING CITY Oggi" Sundays I:00 to 2:00 pm with hdst Andrea Urdi 1460 AM www.1460WXBR.com. "Dolce Vita Radio" DJ Rocco Mesiti 11:00 am-l:00 pm Sundays 90.7 FM or online www.djrocco.com. "The Nick Franeiosa 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 www.wsro.com. "Radio Italia Unita" - 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- 10:00 pm on MusicAmerica. Host Ron Della Chiesa presents Tony's Place. Visit www.MusicNotNoise.com. thought-provoking and even a little romantic, it's about teaming up and taking care of business ... about get- ting credit and getting even. 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- Daniel Bryan, Alberto Del Rio, Kane, Christian, Kofi Kingston, Dolph Ziggler and more!!! Card is subject to change. RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY FULLY CHARGED -- October I0-14. Don't miss Fully Charged s, the all-new surge of cir- cus entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey where mega- watts of thrills explode off of the arena floor with breathtaking dare-devilry, superhuman stunts and never-before- seen performances that energize chil- month. Swing City holds swing dances with live music for enthusiastic swing dancers of all ages and experience levels. Founded by Marie Lawlor and Dan Mezrich in 1994 and open ever since, we make it our goal to keep swing dancing alive and kickin' by teaching dance lessons, supporting bands, and simply by bringing swing- dance lovers together in a fun and energetic party. Lessons at 8:00 pm. Live music from 9:00 pm until Mid- night. Lesssons are free with cover charge. No partner needed.