At the planetarium, drag shows that are out of this world

At the Museum of Science planetarium, a new kind of immersive variety show is aimed at an adult, late-night crowd.

Lindsay Crouse (left) and Jennie Israel in “Dancing at Lughnasa.’’

Stage Review

A dance of regret in Gloucester Stage’s ‘Lughnasa’

Lindsay Crouse delivers another standout performance in “Dancing at Lughnasa,’’ Brian Friel’s Tony-winning drama of thwarted dreams.

Beyoncé performed at a Get Out the Vote concert in Cleveland Saturday.


When Beyoncé called, ‘Jagged Little Pill’ choreographer left Cambridge for Paris

Celebrated choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui missed a few previews of the ART production to work with Queen Bey on her new video.

Lauren Patten plays Jo in “Jagged Little Pill.”

Lauren Patten is a showstopper you oughta get to know

Patten’s signature moment in ART’s “Jagged Little Pill” brings the audience to its feet night after night.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, June 25-July 1

A photography exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum, Michael Che at The Wilbur, Summer Film Series, and more.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Bono, Beyoncé, Neko, and Hamlet

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.


Choreographer reveals what it was like to work with Beyonce, Jay-Z

Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui was finishing up previews on “Jagged Little Pill” at the ART when he got a call about a project — one that had to be kept under wraps.

Construction issue forces two-week delay for ‘Moulin Rouge!’

The world premiere of the musical — and the reopening of Emerson Colonial Theatre — has been pushed back to July 10.

Summer Arts Preview 2018

Summer Arts preview

// The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

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17ticketgaller Michael Mazur: Along the Shoreline at Albert Merola Gallery through July 4, 2018. Busy Beach 2008 60 x 96 oil paint on canvas. Image courtesy of the Albert Merola Gallery.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Paul Simon kicks off his Homeward Bound: The Farewell Tour in Vancouver, British Columbia, on Wednesday, May 16, 2018. The tour will continue on to cover North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. (Jimmy Jeong/The Canadian Press via AP)

Things to Do

The Weekender: Pop papas, rockin’ dads, and the godfather of gospel

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Kathy Griffin

Head held high, Kathy Griffin is done making apologies

The comic’s ill-considered photo shoot with a ketchup-stained mask of President Trump was a PR disaster. But now she’s back in the public eye and back on the road.

Paul Melendy as Hamlet in “Noir Hamlet.”

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Something’s rotten in LA, but a hard-boiled Hamlet is on the case

“Noir Hamlet” is playwright John Minigan’s clever reimagining of the tale of the Melancholy Dane.

A view of renovations at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in April. Before a support beam for a steel grid above the stage failed over the weekend, the theater was scheduled to reopen in late June.

Construction mishap at Colonial could delay ‘Moulin Rouge!’

A beam that supports a new steel grid above the stage failed, raising the question of whether the world premiere at the refurbished theater might be affected.

Dave Chappelle and Jon Stewart

Stand-up, then a sit-down with Dave Chappelle, Jon Stewart, and Michael Che at the Wang

The three-hour show, the first of five in Boston, ended with a free-for-all conversation about race, gender, and politics.

Kelli O’Hara presents Tony Shalhoub with the Tony Award for best leading actor in a musical, for his performance in “The Band’s Visit.”

‘The Band’s Visit’ wins big at Tony Awards

The intimate musical about unexpected connections in the Middle East harvested a whopping 10 Tonys, while “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’’ won six awards, including best play.

The ancient Roman Farnese Sarcophagus is the centerpiece of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s “Life, Death & Revelry” exhibition.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston June 11-17

“Life, Death, & Revelry” at the Gardner museum, Alonzo Bodden at Laugh Boston, Rockport Chamber Music Festival, and more.

Lin-Manuel Miranda (raising his arm) and the rest of the Broadway cast of the musical “Hamilton” onstage at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York in 2015.

Fans can pre-register now for a shot at tickets to ‘Hamilton’ in Boston

Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 19.

US singer Paul Simon performs on stage at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre in the Spanish Basque city of Barakaldo on November 17, 2016. / AFP / ANDER GILLENEA (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images) 10ticketpop

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Paige Davis (center) plays the title character in “Mame.”

Stage Review

A ‘Mame’ that’s a bit short on magic

North Shore Music Theatre has mounted an amiable but uneven production of the Jerry Herman musical about a carefree bohemian confronted with child-raising responsibilities.

“SpongeBob SquarePants” is one of the major contenders for Tony Awards.

Tony Awards

Picks and predictions for the Tonys

“Angels in America,” “Harry Potter,” “My Fair Lady,” and “The Band’s Visit” lead the list of contenders.

(L-R) SANDRA BULLOCK as Debbie, CATE BLANCHETT as Lou, RIHANNA as Nine Ball, MINDY KALING as Amita, AWKWAFINA as Constance, HELENA BONHAM CARTER as Rose, ANNE HATHAWAY as Daphne Kluger and SARAH PAULSON as Tammy in the 2018 film

Things to Do

The Weekender: Thieving divas, noir gangsters, and . . . is that the sun?!

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

David Morse joined Boston Repertory Theatre at 17.

David Morse’s Boston years set the stage for Tony recognition

The North Shore native — nominated for “The Iceman Cometh” — turned to theater during a tumultuous time.

Liz Phair performing at the Sinclair.

Music review

Liz Phair slips back into ‘Guyville’ at the Sinclair

Her show, in which she still reveled in being a provocateuse, was both nostalgia and a renewal of vows.

The Yotel Sky Lounge in the Seaport.

Eight romantic summer dates in the Boston area

Here are eight summertime date ideas in Boston and beyond, whether you hope to woo a potential paramour or rekindle a flame.

Dan Whelton is Valmont and Eddie Shields is Tourvel in “Les Liaisons Dangereuses.”

Stage Review

Sex as a weapon in Nora’s all-male ‘Liaisons’

Does a drama about 18th-century French sexual politics need a gender twist to be relevant? That’s the question the Nora Theatre Company’s production asks.

Valerie Tosi


Laugh Lines: Valerie Tosi

A joke from the comic, who plays CitySide Comedy Monday.

Extensive renovations have been made to the Emerson Colonial Theatre, which will open June 27.

After renovations, grand old Colonial Theatre prepares to open doors

When the curtain rises this month at the Colonial, the real star will be the long-shuttered hall itself.

Allyn Ann McLerie, 91, veteran of Broadway, TV, and film

Ms. McLerie’s versatility served her well on Broadway, in the dance-marathon movie “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?” (1969), and on television comedies.

Dance for World Community Festival.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston the week of June 4-10

Pride Week peaks, Cambridge dances in the streets, and more.

Globe Magazine

Summer guide: Things to do around Boston and Cambridge

Here’s a rundown of free and cheap entertainment options, from yoga and Zumba to Shakespeare and movies, all over the 617 area code.

Summer Arts preview

The best in music, theater, art, TV, and more this summer

Your must-see guide to arts and entertainment this season, from Boston to the Berkshires and beyond.

Actor Evan Gambardella alleged that a theater blogger fondled him.


Sexual assault allegations reverberate in Boston theater scene

A freelance theater critic has been blacklisted by Boston-area theaters after an actor accused him of sexual assault.

Elle Fanning and Alex Sharp in

The Weekender: Elle Fanning, fashionistas, fierceness, and family fun

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

From left: Joanne Kelly, Josh Stamberg, Nolan James Tierce, Joanna Glushak, and John Hickock

STage Review

The tragedy of Arthur Miller and the son he erased from his life

“Fall,” the play by Bernard Weinraub getting its world premiere in Boston, is by turns gut-wrenching and heartwarming, but it’s always fair-minded.

From left: Kathy St. George, Bobbie Steinbach, Kerry Dowling, Karen MacDonald, Maureen Brennan, and Sarah deLima.


In ‘Calendar Girls,’ they’re undressed for success

The play at Greater Boston Stage Company is based on the true story of a group of British women who discreetly posed nude for a calendar to raise money for charity.

The VIP Lounge with Quiana Holmes, one of the Supremes in ‘Motown the Musical’

Quiana Holmes graduated from Berklee College of Music in May 2017, and within a few months landed the role of Mary Wilson (one of the Supremes) in the national tour of “Motown the Musical,” coming to the Boston Opera House June 12-17.

“On the Town” is a personality-driven show. I looked for performers who were very vivid,” says director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall.

Pops fills the stage with Broadway talent for ‘On the Town’

Three-time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall will direct a semi-staged production featuring the likes of Andrea Martin and Andy Karl.

Sweaters in Broadway’s ‘Carousel’ come with quite a yarn

Judith Durant of Lowell spent three months knitting 13 of the 47 sweaters featured in the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical.


A big night for Alanis and ‘Jagged Little Pill’

What would opening night of “Jagged Little Pill” be without the woman whose blockbuster 1995 album inspired the musical?

Patrick Yocum as James and Misa Kuranaga as Sylphide in Boston Ballet’s dress rehearsal for “La Sylphide.”

Dance Review

Boston Ballet has the measure of Bournonville in ‘La Sylphide’

The company is fleshing out the program with a set of “Bournonville Divertissements.”

Interplay Choreography by Jerome Robbins New York City Ballet Credit Photo: Paul Kolnik nyc 212-362-7778


Putting their best feet forward for Jerome Robbins, America’s dance ‘genius’

The great choreographer’s centennial is being celebrated this year with programs at Tanglewood, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and Boston Ballet.

American Repertory Theater will present a production of “The Plough and the Stars” by Dublin’s Abbey Theatre. Pictured: Lloyd Cooney (front) and Liam Heslin.

Social issues, not Broadway aspirations, mark ART’s new season

It will also be the first ART season without a Diane Paulus-directed show since her inaugural year of 2008-09.

Maureen Keiller and Will Lyman in Israeli Stage’s production of Anat Gov’s “Oh God.”

stage review

The Almighty and his analyst in Israeli Stage’s ‘Oh God’

In this comedy by the late Anat Gov, God has issues.

The chorus in the ART’s production of “Jagged Little Pill.”

Stage Review

A ‘Jagged Little Pill’ for these times

At the ART, Alanis Morissette’s iconic 1995 album inspires a musical that feels very 2018.

Mark Erelli plays Club Passim on June 2.

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks by Globe critics.


A play for veterans, a car show, and a concert picnic

Comings and goings of businesses and other organizations in the suburbs west of Boston.

Boston Calling returns to the Harvard Athletic Complex this weekend.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Boston calls, ‘Solo’ stalls, ‘Fall’ spills, everyone grills

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

“There’s something they do that imbues these hands with some level of character, so we can actually forget that it’s literally just a hand and not a whole life and a whole person there,” says David Dower, the artistic director of ArtsEmerson.

In ‘Cold Blood,’ sleight of hand creates a different kind of magic

The theater-dance-cinema hybrid employs inventive hand choreography to represent people who inhabit enchanting dollhouse worlds.

From left: Jennifer Ellis, Rob Karma Robinson, Benjamin Evett, and John Shuman in “Madame Defarge.”

Stage Review

Gloucester Stage’s ‘Madame Defarge’ can’t knit together a compelling story

A world premiere of a musical inspired by “A Tale of Two Cities’’ gets tangled up in narrative knots.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

special section

// The Kennedy Institute opens

Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

special section

// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.