It’s a good time of the year for a show, and it doesn’t have to be ‘The Nutcracker’

There are many musicals, plays, and concerts to be enjoyed all over Greater Boston, not just in the city.

Qya Cristal, Taryn Lane, and Ryan Landry in Landry and the Gold Dust Orphans’ “A Nightmare on Elf Street.”

Stage Review

Gold Dust Orphans dip into horror for ‘Nightmare on Elf Street,’ and it’s a giddy slay ride

Neither Ryan Landry nor his Orphans have ever had any difficulty choosing which side of the naughty-or-nice line to stand on.

From left: Bobbie Steinbach, Pier Lamia Porter, and Benjamin Evett in New Repertory Theatre’s production of “1776.”

Stage Review

In ‘1776,’ the (less interesting) room where it happens

Nontraditional casting is not enough to energize this stodgy musical at New Repertory Theatre.

Boston Ballet members in “The Nutcracker” at the Boston Opera House.

Dance Review

Boston Ballet keeps its ‘Nutcracker’ in tune

The holiday classic owes its popularity in large part to its fabulous score, as Boston Ballet’s new music director, Mischa Santora, made his official company debut.

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Stage Review

Conversation, camaraderie, and contention in ‘Barber Shop Chronicles’

Amid changes in their countries and their lives, African men talk it through in the American Repertory Theater production.

A sweet and engaging ‘Nutcracker’

Mateo’s slightly streamlined version of the ballet, set to a recorded score, focuses on the ballet’s dreamlike fantasy from the moment the curtain arises.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 10-16

Ansel Adams exhibit at the MFA, tips on traveling better from globe-trotting journalists, the Cultural Survival Bazaar, and more.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Visionary singers, stirring stories, and RuPaul’s ‘Holi-slay Spectacular’

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

Holiday Arts Preview 2018

Holiday arts preview 2018

// Best things to see, do this holiday season

From dancing sugarplums to a musical “Grinch,” there’s a bounty of theater, music, TV, and other attractions to enjoy.

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A scene from Dava Whisenant’s “Bathtubs Over Broadway.”

Movie Review

In Focus: Appliances take center stage in ‘Bathtubs Over Broadway’

A documentary about the strange and hidden world of industrial musicals.

Dennis Krausnick (center) rehearsed playing Polonius, with Jason Asprey as Hamlet and Tina Packer as Gertrude in Lenox.

Dennis Krausnick, actor and playwright who helped found Shakespeare & Company, dies at 76

Mr. Krausnick taught thousands of students and also directed or acted in countless productions.

Roger Ailes (center right) with Richard Nixon in 1968 in a scene from “Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes.”

Movie Review

Roger Ailes: the man who created Fox News

A new documentary looks at a very influential career.

Christopher Swan in Alaska.

The VIP Lounge with stage actor Christopher Swan

The Barre, Vt., native is a Sox fan and excited about coming to Boston for a two-week run (Dec. 18-30) of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella — The Musical” at the Emerson Colonial Theatre.

Davron S. Monroe and Yewande Odetoyinbo in “Breath & Imagination” at Lyric Stage.

Stage Review

‘Breath & Imagination’ — and virtuosity, too — at Lyric Stage

Davron S. Monroe excels as the great Boston tenor Roland Hayes.

Man of the Hour. Choreographer: Itzik Galili. (c) Grant Stinnett

Dance review

Boston Dance Theater makes impressive local debut

Co-directed by Boston-born dancer Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and acclaimed Israeli choreographer/dancer Itzik Galili, the company promises to be a lively addition to New England arts.

November 11, 2018, York, PA- Gavin Lee stars as the Grinch alongside Mackenzie Mercer as Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical at Penn State York’s Pullo Center. (Jordan Bush for The Boston Globe) Topic: 18holidaytheater

Stage Review

How the ‘Grinch’ stole my good mood

Talented star Gavin Lee can’t save this musical adaptation at the Wang Theatre, which misses the impish wit of Dr. Seuss’s tale.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Dec. 3-9

Hanukkah at the MFA, the Harvard Square Holiday Fair, and more.

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When Broadway ruled the top 40 charts

Todd S. Purdum’s latest book, “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution.”

11Messiah Photo by Kathy Wittman, Ball Square Films. Boston Baroque Messiah at NEC's Jordan Hall. Credit Kathy Wittman (3).

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Boston, MA 11-28-18: Lawrence Rines as the Bear is pictured during a dress rehearsal of the Boston Ballet's Nutcracker held at the Boston Opera House. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)

Things to Do

The Weekender: ‘Nutcracker,’ ‘Grinch,’ and endangered elves

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

Maurice Parent, Doug Gerber, Davron Monroe, and Nile Hawver during rehearsal.

With ‘Breath & Imagination,’ troupe aims to make a powerful first impression

Front Porch Arts Collective’s inaugural production at Lyric Stage celebrates the trailblazing classical singer Roland Hayes, an inspiration to the black artists who are presenting his story.

Kyle Vincent Terry and John Douglas Thompson portray Emile Griffith in his heyday and in old age in “Man in the Ring.”

Stage Review

In Huntington’s potent ‘Man in the Ring,’ a fighter battles himself

Michael Cristofer’s drama about boxer Emile Griffith is directed with inventive muscularity by Michael Greif.

Actors play 30 characters who chatter and bicker while getting their hair shorn and beards trimmed in Inua Ellams’s “Barber Shop Chronicles.”


In ART’s ‘Barber Shop Chronicles,’ true confessions and unfiltered talk

Playwright Inua Ellams shaped his play from conversations he overheard in African barbershops.

The cast of “A Nightmare on Elf Street.”

Stages | Terry Byrne

From the Gold Dust Orphans, reindeer games and a slice of Freddy Krueger

The troupe’s annual holiday mash-up may be their last at Machine, the Orphans’ theatrical home for two decades.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Nov. 26-Dec. 2

Get your fill of holiday traditions, from the Boston Ballet’s annual staple to a seaside Christmas walk and more.

Holiday Style | Magazine

The traditions of Boston’s beloved Christmas magicians

Inside stories of Christmas from the professional entertainers whose work shifts overlap with Santa’s.

Press photo of H.E.R.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

A scene from “The Tragic Ecstasy of Girlhood’’ at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

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For a fraction of a ‘Hamilton’ ticket, you could open the door to theater excellence in Boston

Small theaters in the city offer bargains — and the possibility of being transported somewhere special.

John Legend.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Beethoven, Beatles, bisexuals, and Black Friday

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

The company of ExtraOrdinary (Gretjen Helene Photography)

Stage Review

‘ExtraOrdinary’ showcases an eventful decade of Diane Paulus

Alternately pulsing and wistful, the ART revue amounts to a Rorschach test on the subject of the Tony-winning Paulus, featuring performances from “The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess,’’ “Jagged Little Pill,’’ “Waitress,’’ “Pippin,’’ and other musicals presented there since she became artistic director.

Jessie Reyez is slated to perform at the Sinclair on Friday, Nov. 23.

5 things to do in Boston this weekend

Here are ways to get out of your home and not be bored in the city this weekend.

Visitors enjoyed the holiday lights display beside a reflecting pool at Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Your guide to surviving winter — with a little fun thrown in

We’ve got 120 days until spring and too much holiday angst to have no survival plan for the next few months. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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

‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ is Broadway-bound

The production that made its world premiere in Boston over the summer will start previews June 28 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York.

Alex Alpharaoh wrote and stars in the solo show “WET: A DACAmented Journey,’’

Stage Review

Tracing an immigrant’s precarious journey in ‘WET’

Alex Alpharaoh’s solo show, presented by ArtsEmerson, recounts a life thrown into turmoil by President Trump’s attempt to rescind the DACA program.


Grouches are ‘Grinch’ actor Gavin Lee’s specialty

“I love the way audiences connect with these outcasts,” says the star of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” who also played Squidward in “SpongeBob SquarePants” on Broadway.

Willaim Goldman accepted his Oscar in 1977 for “All The President’s Men.”

Mike Lupica | Appreciation

Remembering William Goldman, storyteller, mentor, friend

The last time I had dinner with my hero was in September, at a restaurant out on Long Island near what had been his summer home for years.

Mischa Santora, Boston Ballet’s new music director, watches a rehearsal for “The Nutcracker.”


Conductor embraces the magic of ‘The Nutcracker’

Mischa Santora, Boston Ballet’s new music director, has never conducted the complete ballet. Now he’s diving into a score he calls “miraculous.”

Oprah Winfrey (left) and UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney chatted Thursday at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.


Oprah Winfrey raises more than $3m for UMass Lowell scholarships

Winfrey commanded the stage all night long, speaking with UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, and offering uplifting words and humorous anecdotes.

Jim Lee’s “Low Tide on the Bay of Fundy” is part of “Goldman and Lee: Shadow and Color” at Bromer Gallery.

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

James Brown and his band at the Sugar Shack on Boylston Street in 1971.

new england literary news | nina maclaughlin

A history of Boston in flyers and posters and W.E.B. Du Bois’s data visualization

Boston music journalist Brian Coleman’s new book, “Buy Me, Boston,’’ is a kind of time capsule.

Amy Schumer


Amy Schumer cancels Dallas show, is hospitalized for nausea

The comedian-actress says she’s been hospitalized for severe second-trimester nausea and apologized to fans in Dallas for canceling a stand-up show.

Eddie Redmayne in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Wizards, womanizers, welterweights, and Welles

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

Vincent Ernest Siders and Caitlin Gjerdrum will appear in “A Christmas Carol” at Central Square Theater.


Holiday arts preview: Theater picks

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to holiday-season stage productions, including “Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley,’’ “A Nightmare on Elf Street,’’ and “Black Nativity.’’

Poppy Miller (left) and Jamie Parker in “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.”


On Broadway, a wizard at midlife, a writer on the hot seat, and a Genie who refuses to be bottled up

Thinking of a theater-centric holiday trip? Here are some great reasons to head to Broadway.

“The Hip Hop Nutcracker” is at Emerson Colonial Theatre Dec. 15-16.


Holiday Arts Preview: Dance picks

From “The Hip Hop Nutcracker” to a dance version of Charles Dickens’s classic “A Christmas Carol,” a bounty of choreography celebrates the season.

From left: Bryonha Marie Parham, Melody A. Betts, and Mj Rodriguez in rehearsal for “ExtraOrdinary.”

From a decade at ART, Diane Paulus mashes up a musical medley in ‘ExtraOrdinary’

The cabaret-style show, also featuring narratives by each of the performers, is drawn from a deep well — the 30-plus musicals produced at the ART under Diane Paulus.

From left: Sarah Gazdowicz, Lisa Joyce, Alex Boyle, Daniel Thomas Blackwell, Charlotte Kinder, and Nicole Vander Laan during a rehearsal for “Twelfth Night” and “Shipwrecked.”

Stages | Terry Byrne

Moonbox troupe charts an adventurous course

The little theater company that could takes on its most ambitious effort yet: two “lost at sea” tales performed in repertory.

Gavin Lee in Pompeii.

The VIP Lounge | Gavin Lee

The VIP Lounge with Gavin Lee (a.k.a. the Grinch)

Lee will play the lead in “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical,” coming to the Wang Nov. 28 through Dec. 9.

FILE - In this June 12, 2016 file photo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of


President Trump, first lady again opt out of Kennedy Center Honors

For the second year in a row, President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will not be at the Kennedy Center Honors gala, which will be held Dec. 2.

Dance Heginbotham performing

Dance Review

Dance Heginbotham takes it easy at NEC

John Heginbotham’s use of live music attests to his heritage with Mark Morris; so does his choreography, which at this weekend’s Celebrity Series engagement was enjoyably light-hearted but verging on lightweight.

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.