Theater & dance

‘The Color Purple,’ ‘The Humans’ slated for Shubert Theatre

Cynthia Erivo and the cast of “The Color Purple” on Broadway.
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Cynthia Erivo and the cast of “The Color Purple” on Broadway.

The Shubert Theatre at the Boch Center will host a varied lineup of productions in the 2017-18 season, from a stirring musical about an African-American woman’s journey to independence to a New York-based drama about a family’s economic insecurity and a pair of reworkings of holiday classics.

“The Color Purple’’ will be staged at the Shubert Nov. 21-Dec. 3. Winner of the Tony Award for best musical revival last year, it tells the story of Celie, who prevails over abuse and subjugation in rural Georgia by drawing on her inner strength and forging bonds with other women. Adapted from Alice Walker’s novel, “The Color Purple’’ is directed by the innovative John Doyle.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical’’ makes a return visit to the Shubert Dec. 14-17. In the teeth of a mammoth blizzard, the titular reindeer with the shiny schnoz helps Santa Claus make his Christmas deliveries.


Next up, Dec. 21-23, will be “The Hip Hop Nutcracker,’’ a contemporary take on Tchaikovsky’s music and E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale of a girl and her Nutcracker prince that relocates the story to 1980s Brooklyn. The production, which will begin with a brief set by hip-hop artist Kurtis Blow, features a dozen dancers.

The Boston premiere of Stephen Karam’s moving drama “The Humans’’ will be presented March 13-25, 2018. Winner of the Tony Award for best play last year, “The Humans’’ examines a family whose anxieties, disappointments, and secrets steadily rise to the surface during Thanksgiving dinner.

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