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Blue Man Group is expanding its schedule, to a total of 18 shows, including additional matinees, during school vacation week.
Blue Man Group is expanding its schedule, to a total of 18 shows, including additional matinees, during school vacation week.Caroline Talbot/Blue Man Group/Blue Man Group

BLUE MAN GROUP The boys in blue will be even busier than usual during school vacation week. From April 15 to April 21, the Blue Man Group schedule will be expanded to a total of 18 shows, including additional matinees. If you’ve ever wanted to glow during a show, you’ll have a chance April 15-17, when free glow-in-the-dark face painting by theater staffers will be offered before performances. If you’d rather conceal your face behind an elaborate facade, April 18-21 you can decorate masks with gems, feathers, and black-light markers before the show and wear them while watching the performance. Charles Playhouse, Boston. 800-258-3626, www.blueman.com

BIG APPLE CIRCUS In her Globe review, Terry Byrne singled out for praise Emil Faltyny’s Ladder Act, a balancing act called Duo Fusion, and the trampoline team known as Spicy Circus. Featuring the married couple Ihosvanys Perez and Virginia Tuells (billed as the “strongest mom in the world”), Duo Fusion “makes astonishing core strength an equal opportunity,’’ Byrne wrote. She also lauded trainer Jenny Vidbel’s “enchanting animal acts, including matched ponies of varying sizes and a delightful combination of dogs.’’ Directed by Mark Lonergan. Through May 12. At Northshore Mall, Peabody. 800-745-3000, www.bigapplecircus.com or www.ticketmaster.com

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PJ MASKS LIVE! SAVE THE DAY A live musical version of the popular animated children’s TV series about a team of first-graders who turn into superheroes when night falls. Catboy, Gekko, and Owlette (their superhero monikers) leap into action — assisted by PJ Robot, their new friend — against the villainous Night Ninja, Luna Girl, and Romeo. Written by Shawn Kalb and directed by Jaimie Selke. April 26-28. Boch Center Wang Theatre, Boston. 800-982-2787, www.bochcenter.org/pjmasks2019

LES MISERABLES Do you hear the people sing? Cameron Mackintosh’s reimagined production of the Tony-winning blockbuster by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (among others) is coming back to Boston. Noble peasant Jean Valjean tries to start a new life in 19th-century France with Cosette, the orphan he adopted — if only the relentless police inspector Javert would let him be. Along the way, Valjean gets caught up in a student rebellion in Paris, and the audience gets to hear tunes like “I Dreamed A Dream,’’ “Master of the House,’’ and, of course, “One Day More.’’ April 16-28. Broadway In Boston. At Citizens Bank Opera House. 800-982-2787, www.broadwayinboston.com

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SESAME STREET LIVE! MAKE YOUR MAGIC When a magician visits Sesame Street to put on a magic show, Elmo is eager to take part in the event. But he doesn’t know how to perform magic. That’s about to change, however, thanks to a journey of discovery Elmo takes with a couple of new friends, joined by old pals like Big Bird, Cookie Monster, Rosita, and Grover. April 19-21. Production by Feld Entertainment. At Agganis Arena at Boston University. For groups and accessible inquiries, 617-353-4628. For all other purchases, www.ticketmaster.com

KIDSTAGE THEATER Youngsters get to take part in an interactive theater performance, contributing their ideas to a story that is made up on the spot and enacted by members of ImprovBoston, winner of the Nickelodeon award for Best Children’s Theater, as well as by the kids themselves. April 16 at 11 a.m. and noon. At KidStage Theater, Boston Children’s Museum. General admission tickets to the museum include KidStage Theater performances. 617-426-6500, www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS Before they became known for “The Little Mermaid,’’ “Beauty and the Beast,’’ and “Aladdin,’’ lyricist Howard Ashman and composer Alan Menken teamed up on the score for this enjoyably deranged musical adaptation of the Roger Corman cult classic about a bloodthirsty plant named Audrey Two and the havoc she wreaks in a flower shop and beyond. Director Tyler Dobrowsky has opted to locate this “Little Shop of Horrors’’ in Providence. Starring Jude Sandy as Seymour, Rebecca Gibel as Audrey, and Rachael Warren as the voice of Audrey Two. Recommended for ages 10 and up. Through May 12. Trinity Repertory Company, Providence. 401-351-4242, www.trinityrep.com

/PEH-LO-TAH/ A spoken-word piece with choreography, “peh-LO-tah’’ focuses on futbol, a.k.a. soccer, a.k.a. “the beautiful game.’’ It ranges from Rio de Janeiro to Haiti to Johannesburg, examining the tensions and contradictions of the sport, between the joy and freedom promised by soccer and the corruption and racial inequality that often undercuts that promise. It was conceived and written by poet-performer Marc Bamuthi Joseph, who drew on memories of his youth, as a child of Haitian immigrants, playing soccer in the United States, as well as his trip to World Cup contests. Suitable for ages 13 and up. May 1-5. ArtsEmerson. At Robert J. Orchard Stage, Paramount Center, Boston. 617-824-8400, www.artsemerson.org

THE PERILS OF MR. PUNCH: THAT’S WHAT I CALL SWEET MUSIC! A family comedy created and performed by musician-puppeteers Justin Lander and Rose Friedman that chronicles the mishaps of the loud-mouthed title character along with the dancing Bozo Brothers, a ferocious lion who can only be soothed by music, and Mr. Punch’s equally hard-to-soothe baby. In addition, folk songs, jazz, and novelty tunes will be performed on the ukulele, cornet, and bicycle pump. May 16-19. Production by Modern Times Theater. At Puppet Showplace Theater, Brookline. 617-731-6400, www.puppetshowplace.org

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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET Inspired by the legendary 1956 jam session in the Memphis studio of Sun Records that brought together Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis, “Million Dollar Quartet’’ includes performances of “Blue Suede Shoes,’’ “Great Balls of Fire,’’ “Hound Dog,’’ and “Walk the Line,’’ among others. While it doesn’t surmount the constraints of the jukebox-musical genre, at its best “Million Dollar Quartet’’ taps into the raw, freewheeling energy of early rock ’n’ roll. Directed by Ilyse Robbins. April 25-May 19. Greater Boston Stage Company, Stoneham. 781-279-2200, www.greaterbostonstage.org


Don Aucoin can be reached at aucoin@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter@GlobeAucoin.