Boston Calling organizers reveal details about Memorial Day Weekend festival

It’s not just about the music.

Reflecting a vision of diversity, New Rep names a new artistic director

Michael J. Bobbitt, the head of a Maryland children’s theater, will become the first African-American leader at the Watertown-based company.

Robert De Niro introduces a performance by Bruce Springsteen at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Michael Zorn/Invision/AP)


You could grab a drink with Robert De Niro in Boston

The Oscar winner is hosting an exclusive cocktail party — and Tribeca Film Institute fund-raiser — in Boston with Chazz Palminteri.

The Story Behind the Book

How a high schooler’s obsession became a biography

Holly Van Leuven’s “Ray Bolger” is the first biography of the legendary Boston native.

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Dance Review

Boston Ballet brings ‘Coppélia’ to splendid life

The production, highlighted opening night by Misa Kuranaga’s Swanilda, is an absolute charmer.

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Essays encourage personal quests; Yale Series of Younger Poets winner

“Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance’’ is edited by Edie Meidav and Emmalie Dropkin.

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The Weekender: Frightening ‘Us,’ funny ballet, Phish-y music

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


‘The Audacity’: It’s her story, and her story, and hers, too

Sleeping Weazel’s documentary play blends the stories of sexism, harrassment, and worse from dozens of women.

Happy Place, the ‘most Instagrammable pop-up in America,’ is coming to Boston

Happy Place, a pop-up exhibit known for being the perfect place to take selfies, will take up in the former Marshalls space in the Back Bay in April.

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Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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Sarah Pothier plays Tatyana and Mark Linehan has the title role in “Onegin.”

Stage Review

A floundering ‘Onegin’ at Greater Boston Stage Company

The US premiere of a musical based on works by Pushkin and Tchaikovsky adds up to much less than the sum of its parts.

Brett Johnson is bringing his one-man show “Poly-Theist” to the Boston area.

The straight and narrow path that, somehow, led to an open marriage

In his biographical one-man show, “Poly-Theist,” comic Brett Johnson describes his religious upbringing and conventional marriage, until it wasn’t.

Huntington offers free ‘Romeo and Juliet’ tickets to anyone 25 and younger

The offer is in effect for the remaining two weeks of the show’s run at the Huntington Avenue Theatre.

Stage Review

Alessandro Sciarroni juggles time at the ICA

His “UNTITLED_I will be there when you die” deploys four jugglers in a perpetual-motion meditation where time never stops; neither do the performers.

From left, Liam Brennan, Jeff Harmer, Hamish Riddle, and Andrew Macklin in “An Inspector Calls.”

Stage Review

In ‘An Inspector Calls’ at ArtsEmerson, the crime of privilege

J.B. Priestley’s 1945 drama as revived by director Stephen Daldry offers a biting criticism of capitalist hypocrisy and class divisions, disguised at first as an Edwardian mystery.

FILE - In this June 2, 2018 file photo, Ariana Grande performs at Wango Tango in Los Angeles. Grande will return with a new tour in 2019 nearly two years after a terrorist attack during her concert in the United Kingdom. Grande announced Friday, Oct. 26, that her 42-date Sweetener World Tour will kick off March 18 in Albany, N.Y. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

With a family like Sara Porkalob’s, the stories don’t stop at ‘Dragon Lady’

The Filipino-American playwright and actress will return to Oberon to perform the first and second pieces of her planned “Dragon Cycle” trilogy.

Boston Ballet’s Derek Dunn, on his toes

Impressive for his technical brilliance as well as his expressivity and deep musicality, the 24-year-old Dunn is a star on the rise.

Boston, MA - 3/15/2018 - Vocalist Al Barr performs with Dropkick Murphys at the House of Blues in Boston. (Ben Stas for The Boston Globe)

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The Weekender: Dropkicks (and left hooks), prowling bros, and a rising son

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

FILE -- Diane Paulus, the artistic director of the American Repertory Theater Institute at Harvard University, and a prominent Broadway director, in New York, May 3, 2016. Despite being at the worldÕs wealthiest university, the acting institute's students receive modest financial aid and leave with a median of $78,000 in debt in exchange for a master of liberal arts degree from the Harvard Extension School. (Tony Cenicola/The New York Times)


ART gala to celebrate Diane Paulus and Drew Gilpin Faust

The event will toast the 10th anniversary season of artistic director Diane Paulus and honor Harvard President Emerita Drew Gilpin Faust.

Mackenzie Lesser-Roy stars in “Once.”

For the woman who plays Girl, once wasn’t enough

Former Boston Conservatory student Mackenzie Lesser-Roy is starring in “Once” at SpeakEasy Stage Company after originally playing the part in the national tour.

Elisa Clark and Monica Bill Barnes in “Happy Hour.”

Dance Review

Puffing, preening, and a funny, poignant ‘Happy Hour’

Two women dancers play bros looking to hit on women at an office party in this marvelous show from Monica Bill Barnes & Company.

Chris Redd

Chris Redd aims to be a singular stand-up and ‘SNL’ team player

The young comic comes to town to perform at WBUR’s new CitySpace venue.

Left to right: Erika Henningsen (Cady Heron), Ashley Park (Gretchen Wieners), Taylor Louderman (Regina George), Kate Rockwell (Karen Smith), Barrett Wilbert Weed (Janis Sarkisian), and the Company of Mean Girls.

Broadway in Boston’s 2019-20 season features ‘Mean Girls,’ ‘Fiddler,’ ‘Band’s Visit’

Returning favorites include “The Lion King,” “Chicago,” and “Cats.”

Members of Ate9 Dance Company in “calling glenn.”

Dance Review

Ate9 Dance Company is breathtaking in Boston

Mere mortals shouldn’t be able to move the way the extraordinary dancers of this company do.

From left: Lasha Khozashvili, Patrick Yocum, and Jessica Burrows in Boston Ballet’s “Full on Forsythe.”

Dance Review

Boston Ballet is in top form with ‘Full on Forsythe’

With an entire evening devoted to the distinguished American choreographer William Forsythe, the company went all out.

This image released by Disney-Marvel Studios shows Brie Larson in a scene from

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The Weekender: ‘Captain Marvel,’ Kelly Clarkson, Aretha Franklin, and other heroes

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

Connections | Magazine

The wedding was a lark, but the marriage has been a gift

This couple is still happily sharing costar billing after 35 years.

Stilt walkers at the 2018 South Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, March 11-17

A jazz concert, a comic book extravaganza, Southie’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and more.

Drake White performs at the Faster Horses Music Festival in the Brooklyn Trails Campground at Michigan International Speedway on Friday, July 21, 2017, in Brooklyn, Mich. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

George Hampe and Lily Santiago

Stage Review

A tale of modern lovers, star-crossed but not quite tragic enough

An illustrious supporting cast, not the two leads, provides most of the pleasure in Peter DuBois’s production of “Romeo and Juliet’’ at Huntington Theatre Company.

There’s more to Brian Regan than just being a stand-up guy

One of the best comics around is finally getting opportunities that eluded him earlier in his career.

Vermont native Anaïs Mitchell at the Walter Kerr Theatre in New York.

The Arts Issue

A folk opera from Vermont heads to Broadway

Anaïs Mitchell grew up on a sheep farm in Vermont. Now her musical “Hadestown” is headed for theater’s brightest lights.

Malpaso Dance Company returns to The Yard on Martha’s Vineyard this summer.

The Arts Issue

39 must-see performances, exhibitions, and arts events in New England

The lowdown from the Globe’s arts writers on the new season’s most eagerly anticipated performances, shows, and exhibitions across the region.

Joey McIntyre (Rene Cervantes)

Joey McIntyre on why he moved his family across the country last year to pursue a Broadway career

“Not to be dramatic, but on my deathbed, I wouldn’t say, ‘I wish I had hung in there for a few more pilot seasons in LA,’” said McIntyre, who’s currently starring on Broadway in the musical “Waitress.”

From left: Christine Kavanagh, Jeff Harmer, and Lianne Harvey in ArtsEmerson’s production of J.B. Priestley’s “An Inspector Calls.”


In ‘An Inspector Calls,’ a dinner party among the guilty parties

A tour of the much-lauded London production makes a stop at the Cutler Majestic Theatre March 14-24.

Sean Daniels standing in the grand staircase balcony area at Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell, MA, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. Sean Daniels has adapted Jack Kerouac's unfinished 1944 novel,

Artistic director Sean Daniels to depart Merrimack Rep

After four years at the Lowell theater, he’s taking a new post as artistic director of the Arizona Theatre Company.

Mackenzie Lesser-Roy and Nile Scott Hawver in “Once.”

Stage REview

In SpeakEasy’s ‘Once,’ pondering what might have been

The charms and limitations of the Tony-winning musical are on display in Paul Melone’s production.

This film image released by Warner Bros. shows, from left, Adam Rodriguez, Kevin Nash, Channing Tatum, and Matt Bomer in a scene from

You can audition for ‘Magic Mike’ the musical before its Boston debut

A musical inspired by the male stripper-focused comedy-dramas “Magic Mike” and “Magic Mike XXL” is looking for athletic auditioners to try out for roles in the upcoming stage production at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre.

Perspective | Magazine

Why teens need live theater in the age of YouTube

The plays I saw with my dad handed us a script on every uncomfortable topic parents and children both painstakingly avoid and desperately need to discuss.

Koryu Nishikawa V, grandmaster of Hachioji Kuruma Ningyo Puppet Theater, performs with one of the troupe’s dolls.

Japanese puppet master holds a family tradition in his hands

Koryu Nishikawa V, grandmaster of an expressive form of puppetry known as kuruma ningyo, brings his troupe to Wellesley College Tuesday.

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Faye Dunaway headed to Boston to star in pre-Broadway tryout of ‘Tea at Five’

The actress will portray Katharine Hepburn in the production of Matthew Lombardo’s 2002 play.

Emily Kuroda, Wai Ching Ho, and Jo Yang in “Endlings.”

Stage Review

Worlds converge in ART’s ‘Endlings’

Celine Song’s new play dives into questions of identity, but not deeply enough.

The Curtain Call Theatre in Braintree had been threatened with $150,000 in damages.

For local ‘Mockingbird’ productions, the show will go on. Sort of

Community and amateur theater productions of “To Kill A Mockingbird” threatened with legal action by a Broadway producer may now use another version of the play.

An Ha Lim, a.k.a. “The Manipulator.”

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do in and around Boston, March 4-10

Take in the magic of The Illusionists, celebrate International Women’s Day, head to belated Chinese New Year festivities, and more.

Keith White and Will Taylor in “Birdy.”

Stage Review

Friendship takes flight in superb ‘Birdy’

A stage adaptation of William Wharton’s novel is brought stirringly to life in this Commonwealth Shakespeare production.

05socalendar - Cajun blues performer Tab Benoit performs in Plymouth. (The Spire Center)

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

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

The Curtain Call Theatre in Braintree was threatened with $150,000 in damages.

When way off Broadway still isn’t far enough

Braintree’s 70-seat Curtain Call Theatre was the latest small theater to receive a cease-and-desist letter from the powerful Broadway producer staging “To Kill A Mockingbird” in New York.

American Repertory Theater, now housed at the Loeb Drama Center in Cambridge, would move to Allston as part of a reimagined Harvard arts campus.

With a $100m gift, Harvard plans to expand arts campus in Allston

The American Repertory Theater is slated to have a new home in Allston as a part of a reimagined arts campus.

Mr. Previn’s career spanned from movie studios to hallowed concert halls.

André Previn, Oscar-winning composer and conductor, dies at 89

The pianist, composer, and conductor’s broad reach took in the worlds of Hollywood, jazz, and classical music.

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK, MAY 11, 2017 John Cameron Mitchell, actor, writer, director, is seen in Manhattan, NY. Mitchell wrote and originated the title role for

Things to Do

The Weekender: Hard-knock rockers, star-crossed lovers, and ‘Little Foxes’ 

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

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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// 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

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

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