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Opening Tuesday, November 21
The 2016 Tony Award winner for best musical revival, The Color Purple, plays the Shubert Theatre. Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the 1985 film, the show, set in early-20th-century rural Georgia, tells the timeless tale of how Celie survives abuse through love and friendship. The three-person composer/lyricist team included Berklee-trained Stephen Bray. Through December 3. Tickets start at $48. bochcenter.org
Friday-Sunday, November 24-26
The Modern Times Theater brings The Perils of Mr. Punch — an updated Punch and Judy story with all of the fun and none of the violence — to Brookline’s Puppet Showplace Theatre. Live music accompanies the madcap adventures of Mr. Punch and his “up-cycled” puppet friends as he attempts to work off a big Thanksgiving feast. Friday 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 1 and 3 p.m. $15. puppetshowplace.org
TUBA OR NOT TUBA?
Saturday, November 25
Scores of tuba players will flock to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for Boston Tuba Christmas, with participants of all ages from around New England. To play ($10), register your horn and yourself in advance, and bring your own music stand. Last year’s extravaganza drew 147 musicians. 2 p.m. Free for spectators. bostontubachristmas.com
SUGAR PLUM DREAMS
Opening Saturday, November 25
Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre’s interpretation of The Nutcracker is back for its 30th anniversary season. The holiday classic features a cast of over 100 students aged 6 to 18 from the company’s school performing with professionals. At Emerson College’s Cutler Majestic Theatre through December 10; at the Strand Theatre in Dorchester December 15 through 24. Tickets start at $20. ballettheatre.org
ROYAL GOOD TIME
Saturday-Sunday, November 25
Written when Handel was just 19, Almira, his first opera, comes to New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall for the Boston Early Music Festival’s 10th year of Thanksgiving weekend opera. The tale of a queen’s quest for love features soprano Teresa Wakim, a Boston University grad, as Princess Bellante. Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 3 p.m. Tickets start at $20. bemf.orgShare your event news. Send information on Boston-area happenings at least three weeks in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow us on Twitter @BostonGlobeMag.