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    Colonial adds ‘Cinderella,’ concerts to its calendar

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    “Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella” comes to the Emerson Colonial Theater in December.

    Once it finally reopens, the newly renovated Emerson Colonial Theatre will play host to a slate of shows this fall and winter that will range from “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella’’ to “The Hip Hop Nutcracker’’ to performances by Michael McDonald, Rufus Wainwright, and Heather Headley.

    The Ambassador Theatre Group, which operates the Colonial under a long-term lease with theater owner Emerson College, announced the programming schedule Wednesday morning for the months following the run of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.’’ A world premiere that will reopen the Colonial after nearly three years of being dark, “Moulin Rouge!’’ is slated to debut on July 10 after a delay caused by a construction problem and to conclude Aug. 19.

    McDonald will perform on Sept. 22, followed on Sept. 28 by “Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games.’’ Then Headley, who won a Tony Award in 2000 for her performance in the title role of “Aida,’’ will bring her show, “Broadway My Way,’’ to the Colonial on Nov. 3. Wainwright’s “All These Poses Anniversary Tour’’ will arrive on Dec. 5, followed on Dec. 8 by “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis,’’ and then “The Hip Hop Nutcracker’’ on Dec. 15-16.


    “Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella’’ — which was first broadcast on television in 1957, starring Julie Andrews, and didn’t premiere on Broadway until 2013, starring Laura Osnes — will play the Colonial from Dec. 18-30.

    Tickets for all shows are on sale now and can be purchased at, by calling 888-616-0272, or in person at the box office at 106 Boylston St.

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