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March 28, 2013

Bringing Broadway Home

Boston hosts 10 shows in upcoming season

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It’s 1952 and viewers are members of the Desilu Playhouse studio audience awaiting the filming of two hilarious and oh-so-familiar “I Love Lucy” episodes. A charming host entertains and enlightens viewers to the behind-the-scenes filming process of this brand new thing called “television.” The Crystaltone Singers perform advertising jingles in perfect ’50s-style harmony. And the sidesplitting antics of America’s favorite foursome — Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel — are presented live on stage and in color for the very first time.

‘ONCE’

Jan. 7 to 19, 2014

Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre

Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including Best Musical and winner of the 2013 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, “Once” tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who’s about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights, but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance.

Visit www.OnceMusical.com.

‘AMERICAN IDIOT’

Feb. 7 to 9, 2014

Boston Opera House

A critical sensation on Broadway and in London, the smash-hit musical “American Idiot” tells the story of three lifelong friends forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia.

Based on Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning multi-platinum album and featuring the hits “Boulevard of Broken Dreams,” “21 Guns,” “Wake Me Up When September Ends,” “Holiday” and the title track, “American Idiot” takes the American musical where it’s never gone before.

Visit www.AmericanIdiottheMusical.com.

‘FLASHDANCE, THE MUSICAL’

March 11 to 23, 2014

Citi Performing Arts Center Emerson Colonial Theatre

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of “Flashdance” is now live on stage.

With electrifying dance at its core, “Flashdance, The Musical” tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, Alex learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

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