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.

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.

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.

Tyler Pedersen and the four other finalists will perform solos Saturday at The Lawn on D.

The beat goes on for five vying for a Blue Man Group cameo

Saturday at Lawn on D, five drummers will compete for prizes and a chance to perform onstage with the group.

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‘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.

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.

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.

Summer Arts Preview 2018

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

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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.

Jeremiah Kissel rehearsing a swordfight in “Cyrano.”

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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.

Seth Rudetsky (left) and Mark Cortale

Series that brings Broadway stars to Provincetown may lose its home

The owner of the building that has housed the Broadway @ The Art House series since 2011 has other plans for the theater space.

Lawrence, MA - July 04, 2018: Gabriela Taveras poses for a portrait on Amesbury Street in Lawrence, MA on July 03, 2018. (Taveras, who is of Dominican, Haitian, and Chinese descent, on Sunday became the first woman of color to win the Miss Massachusetts pageant, a preliminary contest in the Miss America competition. She’ll go on to participate in the Miss America pageant, held in Atlantic City, NJ. It airs Sept. 9 on ABC. (Another independent competition crowns Miss Massachusetts USA, which leads to the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.)) (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: metro reporter:

Gabriela Taveras becomes first black woman to win Miss Massachusetts title

The Lawrence native will compete in the national Miss America pageant, which will air On ABC Sept. 9.

Fireworks exploded over the Charles River and Esplanade in 2015.

NESTOR RAMOS

The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year. And that presents some . . . challenges

Clearly, the Founding Fathers would have wanted us to have a long weekend.

Brooks Ashmanskas (left) and Matthew Broderick in “The Closet” at Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Stage review

‘The Closet’ plays sexual identity for old-fashioned laughs

While it’s set in the present day, the play featuring Matthew Broderick feels curiously dated at times.

Virginia Vale, Debra Jo Rupp, and Nemuna Ceesay in “The Cake” at Barrington Stage Company.

Stage Review

Rupp brings multiple layers to ‘The Cake’ at Barrington Stage

For a North Carolina baker of cakes, a same-sex wedding presents a choice between long-held religious convictions and loyalty to a family friend.

“Vessel” was commissioned to reflect on the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s current exhibit, “Life, Death & Revelry.”

Dance Review

A moving ‘Vessel,’ in more ways than one

The world-premiere dance theater work examines the idea of a journey from one life to another.

Ugo Laffolay performs during Cirque du Soleil’s “Luzia.”

Stage Review

A Cirque du Soleil show that’s as interested in ‘Ahh’ as ‘Wow’

The Mexico-themed “Luzia” punctuates its high-flying feats with scenes of artfully stylized stillness.

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A guide to the Fourth of July on the Esplanade

The music started at 8 p.m. and the fireworks are set for 10:30 p.m. And the MBTA is free after 9:30 p.m.

Isabelle McCalla and Clinton Greenspan star in the national tour of “Aladdin.”

A magic carpet ride onstage and off for the stars of ‘Aladdin’

The real-life romance between Clinton Greenspan and Isabelle McCalla — the show’s Aladdin and Jasmine — began over a messy burger.

Comedian Michael Che performs at the Wilbur Theater in Boston in 2017.

The Weekender: Michael Che, Kyrie Irving, and kittens

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

Will Swenson (center) plays the John Barrymore-ish Tony Cavendish in “The Royal Family of Broadway.”

Stage REview

In this family, the upstaging never stops

Harriet Harris heads an eccentric theatrical clan in “The Royal Family of Broadway,’’ getting its world premiere at Barrington Stage Company.

Magician David Blaine

David Blaine takes a licking and keeps on tricking

The magician has abused his body every which way — the block of ice stunt was the worst, he says — just to see what he can endure.

“What I love about working with Cirque du Soleil is that they always throw a curveball,” says Kelly McDonald, pictured in the “Adagio” act of “Luzia: A Waking Dream of Mexico.”

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In Cirque’s ‘Luzia,’ rainfall bathes a Mexican dreamscape

The touring production plays under the big top at Suffolk Downs through Aug. 12.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady takes questions from reporters following an NFL football minicamp practice, Thursday, June 7, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

NAMES

Backstreet Boy AJ McLean on Tom Brady’s U2 video: ‘Not everyone is supposed to be a singer’

In a video shot for TMZ Sports, McLean was very generous when it came to assessing TB12’s vocal abilities.

Colonial adds ‘Cinderella,’ concerts to its calendar

Programming at the reopened theater will include performances by Michael McDonald, Rufus Wainwright, and Heather Headley.

From left: Donald Webber Jr. as BeBe Winans, Liisi LaFontaine as Whitney Houston, and Loren Lott as CeCe Winans in “Born For This.”

Stage Review

A spirited but flawed ‘Born For This’

This bio-musical about gospel singers BeBe and CeCe Winans is a decidedly mixed bag.

Coleslaw performs inside the planetarium.

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.

Photograph: “Bean’s Bottom,” 1991, silver dye bleach print, private collection. © Sally Mann.

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.

Artist Chris Stapleton performs at the 2018 CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium on Saturday, June 9, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn. (Photo by Laura Roberts/Invision/AP) 24ticketfolk

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

This week’s picks by Globe critics.

Larry Mullen Jr, left, The Edge, Bono and Adam Clayton of U2 perform during a concert at the Apollo Theater hosted by SiriusXM on Monday, June 11, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP

Things to Do

The Weekender: Bono, Beyoncé, Neko, and Hamlet

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

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.

Beyonce and Jay-Z

NAMES

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.

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

NAMES

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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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

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