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Mormons, murderers, and mariners: 10 theater sensations coming to Boston stages this spring

Mitt Romney did his Mormon mission in France. But there are no baguettes or croissants to dip into the lukewarm proselytizing of bumbling elders Price and Cunningham, two young men sent by the Church of Latter-day Saints to convert the unfaithful of a Ugandan backwater in The Book of Mormon .
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  February 28, 2013

Photos: Boston Ballet's Nutcracker at the Opera House

Boston Ballet stages The Nutcracker at the Opera House through December 30, 2012.
By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  December 06, 2012

Boston Ballet: falling Awake

Almost every dance by Jorma Elo opens with men rushing from the wings and erupting in big, climactic leaps.
By DEBRA CASH  |  October 31, 2012

No neigh-saying War Horse at the Opera House

War Horse's puppet Joey, all chestnut mesh and cane and repurposed bicycle parts, could become America's biggest equine sensation since Secretariat.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 17, 2012

Billy Elliot the Musical hums

Swan song
Matthew Bourne meets Bertolt Brecht in Billy Elliot the Musical (at the Opera House through August 19).
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 29, 2012

Photos: Boston Ballet's Fancy Free

Boston Opera House | May 10-20, 2012
Boston Ballet performs "Fancy Free" at the Opera House on May 10-20, 2012.
By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  May 14, 2012

Photos: Boston Ballet's 'Play With Fire'

 Boston Ballet's 'Play With Fire' at the Boston Opera House
Boston Ballet's 'Play With Fire' at the Boston Opera House
By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  March 07, 2012

Boston Ballet reignites Elo, Kylián, and Bruce

From ‘Sharp’ To ‘Sharper’; Boston Ballet's "Play With Fire"
Choreographers in America rarely get to rethink and revise their work.
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 07, 2012

Spring theater offerings

Fight the good fight
Boston Playwrights' Theatre closes out its winter season with DEPORTED / A DREAM PLAY (March 8–April 1;
By MADDY MYERS  |  March 05, 2012

Boston Ballet's 'Simply Sublime'

Road to the city
Boston Ballet's "Simply Sublime" (at the Opera House through February 19) traverses 20th-century ballet's arc from Russian romance to a robust and confident neoclassicism.  
By DEBRA CASH  |  February 15, 2012

Photos: Boston Ballet's Les Sylphides

Boston Ballet performs at the Opera House
A Boston take on Michel Fokine's 1909 "ballet blanc"
By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  February 15, 2012

American Idiot rocks out

The Boston premiere of Michael Mayor's staging
As the crowd spilled in for Tuesday night's Boston premiere of Green Day's American Idiot , necks craned and fingers pointed, mohawked guys in their mid-30s and elderly couples jostled for their seats alongside teenage girls in plaid skirts and suspenders.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 26, 2012
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Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins'

Mind games
After the frenetic gutbusting of its Elo Experience and "Bella Figura" programs, Boston Ballet is closing out its 2010–2011 season with a breath of classical fresh air — or so it would seem.  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 26, 2011
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Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins,' plus a soupçon of tap

The pleasures of craft
Boston Ballet is ending the season with four prime examples of ballet choreography, displaying not only the rigors of classical technique but the different kinds of images technique can be crafted to evoke.  
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 19, 2011
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The meaning of 'THE'

Boston Ballet's 'Bella Figura'
William Forsythe's 1991 ballet The Second Detail begins with 13 dancers in ice-blue leotards and tights, facing away from the audience.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 09, 2011
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Boston Ballet's 'Bella Figura'

Everything is beautiful
"Bella figura" in Italian is more than a phrase — it's a philosophy. It makes life beautiful. "Bella Figura" as the title of Boston Ballet's latest program is an invitation to find beauty in three disparate choreographic styles — one of them incorporating topless women (as well as men).
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 02, 2011
A Midsummer Night's Dream by Boston Ballet

Boston Ballet’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

George Balanchine didn’t create a slew of full-length ballets, but it’s easy to see why a setting of Shakespeare’s ever-popular A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of them — and not just because, back home in St. Petersburg, when he was eight, he played a bug in a theater production of the Bard’s moonbeam-muddled comedy.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 25, 2011
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Jorma Elo and Anna Sokolow

What's in that box?
In silence a man slowly pushes a large, light-filled box across a dark stage. The box is bigger than an outhouse and smaller than a garage, and the light shows through only one side.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  March 30, 2011
Mary Poppins at Boston Opera House

Mary Poppins touches down at the Opera House

Mary Poppins touches down at the Opera House
"A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down," Julie Andrews sang in Walt Disney's 1964 movie-musical adaptation of Mary Poppins . The medicine in P.L. Travers's original children's stories — eight volumes spanning the years 1934–1988 — was more like a rum punch.  
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 24, 2011

Psy at the Majestic, Savion Glover at the Opera House

Getting off the ground and into it
Montreal breeds a seemingly infinite number of new-circus companies.
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 02, 2011

The Top 10 Classical Music Stories of 2010

The good, the not-so-good, and the departed
The good, the not-so-good, and the departed
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  December 21, 2010

Review: Boston Ballet's La Bayadère

Temple of love
The Ballet's opening-night performance confirmed that La Bayadère should visit the Hub more often.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 12, 2010

Review: Boston Ballet's fifth 'Night of Stars'

Promise of things to come
Now that Boston Ballet has settled into the Opera House (after nearly 30 years at the Wang Theatre) and its "Night of Stars" gala has turned five — well, the thrill might not be gone, but the novelty has worn off.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 28, 2010

Fall Classical Preview: The power of music

 And, we hope, the good health of James Levine
Here’s my Top 10 list, in chronological order, of some of the season’s most appealing and important classical music events: symphonies, chamber music, operas.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 14, 2010

Fall Dance Preview: Kick up your heels!

Dance around town
Fall dance starts at the very beginning, which is a very good place to start, with Doug Elkins and Friends’ hilarious send-up of The Sound of Music , and continues straight through to the brink of the holiday season with an authentic Gypsy “Ole!” from a pair of flamenco cousins.
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 16, 2010

Review: Wicked; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Real Inspector Hound

Spell casters
"It's a bit much," acknowledges the Wizard of Oz, emerging from under the neon-blue-eyed Lion King mask behind which he does his heavily amplified business in the Broadway blockbuster Wicked .
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 07, 2010

Photos: Boston Ballet presents Black & White (2010)

Boston Ballet presents Jiří Kylián’s Black & White
Boston Ballet's reprise of Jiří Kylián’s Black & White
By ROSALIE O'CONNOR  |  May 28, 2010

Second sight

Boston Ballet reprises Jiří Kylián’s Black & White
May in Boston has always been Storybook Ballet Month, as Boston Ballet finished off its season with Swan Lake or Sleeping Beauty or Don Quixote , something classical and highbrow and reassuring. That, after all, is what Boston audiences want, right?
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 28, 2010

Theme and variations

Boston Ballet’s ‘Ultimate Balanchine’
George Balanchine was famous for “non-story” ballets, but when you put three of his works — the usual number to fill up an evening — together, you always get some kind of narrative.
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 13, 2010

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