Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston continues its 47th consecutive summer season with the hilariously entertaining Kiss Me, Kate, at the Robinson Theatre (617 Lexington St. Waltham, MA, 02452). Starring Broadway couple Sarah Pfisterer as Lilli Vanessi/Kate (The Phantom of the Opera, Reagle’s My Fair Lady) and Rick Hilsabeck as Fred Graham/Petruchio (Billy Elliot, Reagle’s My Fair Lady), Cole Porter’s hilarious musical recounts the madcap backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a production of The Taming of the Shrew. Reagle will close out its summer season from August 6-16 with Wonderful Town, starring Katie Anne Clarke and Jennifer Ellis. Individual tickets range from $35 to $63; season subscriptions and group tickets are available at a discount. Tickets can be purchased at www.reaglemusictheatre.com, by calling 781-891-5600, or at the theater box office.
Kiss Me, Kate: Thurs, July 9th at 2:00 p.m.; Fri, July 10th at 7:30 p.m.; Sat, July 11th at 2:00 p.m.; Sun, July 12th at 2:00 p.m.; Thurs, July 16th at 7:30 p.m.; Fri, July 17th at 7:30 p.m.; Sat, July 18th at 2:00 p.m.; Sun, July 19th at 2:00 p.m.
Cole Porter’s most successful musical, Kiss Me, Kate opened on Broadway in 1948 and ran for 1,077 performances. It won five Tony Awards in 1949, including "Best Musical," "Best Script," and "Best Score," the same number the revival claimed in 2000. The musical comedy features the unforgettable hits “Too Darn Hot,” “Another Op’nin, Another Show,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter, Book by Sam and Bella Spewack.
Will Lyman will portray the aging king who rashly gives away his kingdom to his treacherous daughters. Steven Maler will direct this 20th-anniversary production of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s “Free Shakespeare on the Common’’ series, with a set by Tony Award-winning scenic designer Beowulf Boritt. July 22-Aug. 9. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common. www.commshakes.org Tuesdays-Saturdays at 8PM, Sundays at 7PM. Matinée on August 8 at 3PM.
Upstairs at the Charles, this is another long-run hit that takes theatre to another level. It's new. It's cool. BLUE MAN GROUP has updated the wildly popular theatrical show in Boston! Taking a closer look at the technology that both surrounds and isolates us, BLUE MAN GROUP showcases technogeek ingenuity while uniting the audience in primal, collective exhilaration. Signature BLUE MAN GROUP moments combine with breathtakingly fun new pieces for an explosive evening of entertainment It's a happening . . . ninety minutes of non-verbal mayhem. Actors painted blue from head to toe play drums, mime and most of all amuse. Their look at life is totally off the wall. The ultimate "theatre of the absurd." A must-see-to-believe event.
Tues.-Fri 8 p.m.
Sat 6:30 and 9:30pm.
Sun at 3 & 7 p.m.
Tickets: $35 and $45.
Upstairs at the Charles Playhouse, 74 Warrenton St., Boston
Tips for the Bargain Bunch!
You may be able to catch theatre in Boston for half price. Here are places where you can get discounted tickets:
BosTix sells tickets to a good variety of shows at their locations in Copley Square and Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, and the Holyoke Center in Harvard Square, Cambridge. BosTix is also a Ticketmaster outlet. Hours are 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Not all shows offer tickets through BosTix.
The Huntington Repertory Theatre sells half-price tickets within two hours of showtime for Tuesday through Thursday performances.
The American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge offers discounts to students for unsold tickets 30 minutes before showtime, and at 11 a.m. Monday, and "pay what you can" tickets are sold for available Saturday matinees.
The Charles Playhouse on Warrenton Street in Boston is offering free admission for volunteer ushers needed for its current long-run production of "Blue Man Group." Arrive one hour before showtime, and stay 15 minutes after to help clean up. You need to wear all black. If you're interested, call (617) 426-6912 for more information.