Boston Ballet names Mischa Santora its new music director

The conductor follows Jonathan McPhee, who spent 27 years in the role.

04/07/2016 BROOKLINE L-R Suk/Stein family members hold Hamilton memorabilia at their home in Brookline. The family loves the Broadway show


‘Hamilton’ ticket raffle aims to raise money for damaged library in Puerto Rico

A library in Lincoln is seeking to lend a hand to a library in Loiza, Puerto Rico.

Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit in “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.”

stage review

Puttin’ on the glitz in ‘Moulin Rouge!’

The Broadway-bound production at the beautifully restored Emerson Colonial Theatre is jaw-droppingly kitschy, hilarious, and vapid at the same time.

Dorian Gordon grew up in Dorchester, a world away from Trayvon Martin. But she’ll never forget the boy, armed with only a bag of Skittles and an iced tea, gunned down in Sanford, Fla., in 2012 for being black.

Commentary | Jeneé Osterheldt

Trayvon Martin’s death is a wound unhealed

If he’d made it home alive, Trayvon Martin would be around Dorian Gordon’s age. Six years later, the Dorchester native still grapples with his death.

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Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 20-26

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Union Improv Festival, Salsa in the Park, and more.

Retirees speak Shakespeare’s language, one hard-to-memorize line at a time

The Frances Addelson Shakespeare Players, a troupe whose members are mostly in their 70s and 80s, will take 18 months to prepare for a production of “Twelfth Night.”

Dance Review

Boston Contemporary Dance Festival shows range

With 14 different companies, pieces were on the short side and some had an unfinished feel, but there were terrific standouts.

Dance Review

Beantown Tap Festival’s faculty showcase celebrates community and diversity

The most reliably feel-good dance concert of the summer – if not the year – has to be the annual Beantown Tap Festival’s faculty showcase, “On Tap.”

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 13-19

Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, Old School Game Night, India Day Festival, and more.

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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12ticketmuseum Painter and Poet: The Art of Ashley Bryant at Portland Museum of Art through Nov. 25, 2018. Ashley Bryan (American, b. 1923) ÒOh, when the children sing in peaceÓ 2006 Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals 24-25 [Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2007] Collage of cut colored paper on paper Image: 12 x 20 1/2 in; Object: 14 7/8 x 22 1/8 in.; Mat: 20 x 26 in. Frame: 22 1/8 x 28 1/8 x 3/4 in. Collection of The Ashley Bryan Center Image courtesy of the Portland Museum of Art.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

John David Washington stars as Ron Stallworth in Spike Lee's BlacKkKlansman, a Focus Features release.Credit: David Lee / Focus Features

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘BlacKkKlansman,’ Billy Joel, and the Beantown Tapfest

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

Jenna Pollack stars as The Girl in the Polka Dot Dress in “Dark Room,” presented by Bridge Repertory Theater.

Stage review

In a compelling ‘Dark Room,’ images of mystery and despair

George Brant’s world premiere play at Bridge Rep is a series of interconnected scenes inspired by photographer Francesca Woodman, who took her own life at 22.

Aimee Doherty during a dress rehearsal of Shakespeare & Company’s “As You Like It” at the Roman Garden Theatre in Lenox.


Aimee Doherty hears the music in Shakespeare

The busy Boston actress is making her Shakespeare & Company debut in “As You Like It.”

Actress Rosie O’Donnell spoke Monday at a protest in front of the White House.

Rosie O’Donnell and Broadway stars protest outside White House

The actress told participants that it was important to make sure their voices were heard.

Mr. Ntshona shared a 1975 Tony for his performance in two antiapartheid dramas.

Winston Ntshona, 76, Tony-winning South African actor

Mr. Ntshona was honored for his performances on Broadway in two short antiapartheid dramas, and that later led to his imprisonment.

Chris Coulon, a.k.a. Tallboy, and Brian Denahy with their 2017 Beyond Walls creation.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Aug. 6-12

Beyond Walls Mural Festival, QWERTY Festival, “As You Like It,” and more.

Cirque du Soleil's Luzia - a waking dream of Mexico. (Matt Beard / Costumes: Giovanna Buzzi / 2016 Cirque du Soleil)

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Alfie Fuller (far left) and Samira Wiley at a rehearsal for “Dangerous House.”

When homophobia turns violent, home is where the danger lies

In Jen Silverman’s “Dangerous House,” two queer female characters grapple with their country’s hostility toward lesbians and gays.

CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 06: Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles perform on stage during the

Things to Do

The Weekender: Jay-Z and Beyoncé, Mila and Kate, Lenny and Jackie

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

The Russian-born Viktorina Kapitonova is joining Boston Ballet as a new principal dancer.

Russian-born principal dancer, Wellesley native join Boston Ballet for new season

Viktorina Kapitonova has taken the leap to join the troupe for the 2018-19 season as a principal dancer, arriving from Ballett Zürich.

From left: Janet Wu, Archan Basu, Madeline Wang, and Tonya Mezrich


Celebrating Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s ‘Richard III’

Supporters gathered to toast the production.

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The VIP Lounge with Kevin Clay

Visiting new cities every couple of weeks is one of the perks of performing in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical “The Book of Mormon.”

BOSTON, 7/29/2018 - From Left, Danny Burstein, Karen Olivo, and Aaron Tveit at the MFA following a Gala performance of Moulin Rouge celebrating the reopening of the Emerson Colonial Theatre Josh Reynolds for The Boston Globe (Lifestyle, fNames Kilgannon)


Emerson Colonial Theatre can, can, can at ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ reopening gala performance

Stars and drama devotees welcomed the newly restored theater back Sunday with a glitzy red carpet and party fitting of the night’s show: “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.”

Cinquecento in the South End, which offers dinner for $33 during Dine Out Boston.

Your Week Ahead

Things to do around Boston, July 30-Aug. 5

Dine Out Boston, a songwriter’s showcase, “The Music Man,” and more.

David Byrne fronts a 12-piece band for a “choreographed concert” at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 31 and Aug. 1.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Ty Burr

The Kennedy Center has new honorees — and here are more for future consideration

The Kennedy Center has named its latest honorees — and here are others to consider.

Okemo’s Timber Ripper Mountain Coaster.

Summer on the slopes: zip lines, ninja courses, and human foosball

When warm weather arrives New England ski resorts become adventure parks.

Faran Tahir (right) stars in the title role of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s production of “Richard III” on the Boston Common.

Stage Review

In this summer of our discontent, a resonant ‘Richard III’

Faran Tahir is an intense, ruthless monarch in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s unsettling production of Shakespeare’s drama.

Ori (left), Ny, and Cheyenne (seen in 2017) will perform Saturday in True Colors Creative Action Crew’s presentation of “[love girls].”

Queer youth theater conference aims to unite 

Abe Rybeck, founder and artistic director of Boston’s Theater Offensive, which is hosting the conference, talks about the value of queer youth theater. 

Jenna Pollock plays the non-speaking protagonist in “Dark Room.”


Haunting photos come alive in ‘Dark Room’

The black-and-white photographs of Francesca Woodman inspired George Brant’s “Dark Room,” which gets its world premiere in Cambridge in a production by Bridge Repertory Theater.

Director Diane Paulus, at the American Repertory Theater in 2013.


ART’s Diane Paulus to co-direct live TV broadcast of ‘Hair’

To be titled “Hair Live!,’’ it will air on NBC in May 2019.

Christian Scales rehearses a scene in Company One Theatre’s production of “Leftovers.”

Stage Review

Trying to keep dreams alive in Company One Theatre’s inventive ‘Leftovers’

A South Philadelphia family deals with financial and personal challenges while reckoning with the downfall of Bill Cosby in premiere of play by Josh Wilder.

Porcelain teacups by Mark Shapiro of Stonepool Pottery in Worthington.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do the week of July 23-29

Hilltown 6 Pottery Tour & Sale in Western Mass., Circus Smirkus, “A Father’s Lullaby,” and more.

22tickettheater - Libby McNight as Lady Anne and Faran Tahir as Richard in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company's Production of

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Janelle Monáe (pictured July 18 in New York) plays Blue Hills Bank Pavilion Saturday.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Soul superstars, Shakespeare on the Common, and ‘Eighth Grade’

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

Bruce Springsteen won a Special Tony Award this year for his run of solo performances.

TV Critic’s Corner

‘Springsteen on Broadway’ coming to Netflix

A filmed version of the Boss’s show will stream on Dec. 15, the date of his final Broadway performance.

Andrea Goldman as Roxane and Jeremiah Kissel as Cyrano.

Stage REview

A ‘Cyrano’ with panache at Gloucester Stage

Jeremiah Kissel tackles the title role with gusto in an adaptation of the classic play.

Elena Ricardo plays the title role in the North Shore Music Theatre production of “Peter Pan.”

Stage Review

‘Peter Pan’ sometimes charms, seldom soars

North Shore Music Theatre production stars Elena Ricardo in title role of musical adaptation.

Alan Johnson, 81, choreographer for Broadway and Mel Brooks

Mr. Johnson choreographed solo shows and revues for performers including Ann-Margret, Bernadette Peters, Tommy Tune, and Shirley MacLaine.

Fans lined up for the world premiere of

A comeback role for Boston’s theater district?

A current flurry of activity and optimism suggests the downtown theater district could regain some of its former status as a proving ground for Broadway-bound productions.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Greater Boston, July 16-22

A puppet show in Brookline, Meet the Zookeepers Day, Cape League All-Stars, and more.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

15edelman Alex Edelman plays Laugh Boston July 19-21. Photo credit: Will Bremridge

Comic Alex Edelman took the long way back to Boston

Fourteen years later, he’s prepared to put a regrettable open mic set at Roggie’s in Brighton behind him.

Boston, MA - 7/1/2018 - Cast member Aaron Tveit(L), choreographer Sonya Tayeh(2nd L), cast member Karen Olivo(3rd R), director Alex Timbers(3rd R), cast member Danny Burstein(2nd R), and cast member Sahr Ngaujah(R) of

Thiings to Do

The Weekender: Casanova, Beck, Dwayne, and Jason

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

Director Rachel Chavkin speaks with the cast during a rehearsal of “Lempicka.”

In ‘Lempicka,’ an artist who lives her life in bold strokes

The world premiere musical at Williamstown Theatre Festival centers on Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka, who explored art — and life — fearlessly.

The opening number “Arabian Nights” sets the stage for Disney’s onstage version of “Aladdin.”

Stage Review

Magic and much more from a dazzling ‘Aladdin’

Michael James Scott is mesmerizing as the Genie in this spectacular Broadway in Boston touring production.

Faran Tahir will star in Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s “Richard III.”

Capturing the villainy of Richard III, from the inside out

Faran Tahir, a prolific actor in TV and films whose roots in Boston theater go back to the 1990s, stars in this summer’s Free Shakespeare on the Common production.

Jeremiah Kissel rehearsing a swordfight in “Cyrano.”


Jeremiah Kissel has a nose for playing characters like Cyrano

A new adaptation at Gloucester Stage Company meshes wordplay and romance, not to mention swordfights.

Ms. Lauryn Hill plays Blue Hills Bank Pavilion July 11.

The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more

Globe critics’ picks for concerts, shows, and events in Greater Boston this week.

Director Alex Timbers (foreground center) with (from left) Aaron Tveit, choreographer Sonya Tayeh, Karen Olivo, Danny Burstein, and Sahr Ngaujah.

A new ‘Moulin Rouge!’ for a new Colonial

The extravagant world premiere musical, getting its pre-Broadway tryout in Boston, fits hand in glove with the restored theater.

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.