Cutler Majestic Theatre

Irving Berlin's White Christmas at the Wang Theatre, December 16th through 28th. 

Irving Berlin's White Christmas tells the story of a song-and-dance team putting on a show in a magical Vermont inn and falling for a stunning sister act in the process. Full of dancing, laughter and some of the greatest songs ever written! Give everyone the gift they’re dreaming of with this merry and bright holiday musical.

Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer: The Musical. December 9th - 14th at the Schubert Theatre

 

Celebrating Rudolph’s 50 years on television, come see all of your favorite characters from the special including, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius, the Misfit Toys and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in the all new RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL

 

Black Nativity at Paramount Center December 5th - 21st 

Produced by the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA), Boston’s production of the Black Nativity is the longest-running performance of Hughes’s gospel play, which includes music and dance.

One of the City’s favorite holiday traditions, this year’s run will consist of 12 performances from December 5 through December 21 at Emerson’s Paramount Mainstage. Tickets are $45, $36, and $32, and can be purchased online at www.paramountboston.org.

Necessary Monsters at SpeakEasy December 5th - Jan 3rd

Sex, murder, and terrible danger lurk just around the corner in Necessary Monsters, the new reality-bending comedy from John Kuntz, author of the award-winning plays The Salt Girl and The Hotel Nepenthe. Through a series of intricately connected stories, Kuntz pulls us into the labyrinth of the human psyche for this dream-like and darkly hilarious look at the ways that we do violence and the stories we create to keep us up at night.

Lyric Stage Mounts Hilarious "Allergist's Wife" until Dec 20th.


A middle-aged Upper-West-Side doctor’s wife is devoted to mornings at the Whitney, afternoons at MOMA, and evenings at BAM. Plunged into a mid-life crisis of Medea-like proportions, she’s shaken out of her lethargy by the reappearance of a fascinating and somewhat mysterious childhood friend.  Filled with passion and humor, the New York Times called The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife a “window-rattling comedy of mid-life malaise.”
This production is part of 30 YEARS OF CHARLES BUSCH — A CELEBRATION!, marking the 30th anniversary of the Off-Broadway debut of Charles Busch (Vampire Lesbians of Sodom in 1985) as well as the 15th anniversary of his Broadway debut (The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife in 2000). .

A Christmas Carol : Hanover Theatre, December 19th through 28th, North Shore Music Theatre December 5 through 21st. 

A Christmas Carol has become a holiday favorite throughout New England. Based on the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol tells the tale of curmudgeonly miser Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future hoping to change his destiny and save his soul.

The Little Prince at Watertown's New Rep Theatre, November 22 through December 21. 

An imaginative new take on the beloved novella, The Little Prince tells the story of a world-weary aviator and a mysterious, regal little boy who help each other discover rare and unique insights into love, loss, and laughter. Filled with enchanting music and heartfelt lyrics, it has been touted by critics around the country for its appeal to all ages.

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn at Cutler Majestic December 12 through 21. 

For this its 12th season, WGBH's A Christmas Celtic Sojourne is exploring the rich music, singing, and dance that crossed over from Ireland and Scotland and to the new world to become Appalachian old-time, country, and bluegrass. Celtic-music aficionado and storyteller Brian O'Donovan has assembled some of the best musicins, singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic and traditional American music worlds and beyond!

The Christmas Revels at Cambridge's Sanders Theatre December 12- 28

The 44th annual Christmas Revels journeys to Victorian England for a joyous theatrical production set in the amazing Crystal Palace originally erected for London's Great Exhibition of 1851. A radiant cast of more than 100 performers will entertain you with music hall songs and holiday carols.

Long-Running Hits

 

Shear Madness
Shear Madness ImageBoston's and the country's longest-running non-musical has been playing to full houses ever since it opened in 1980. A murder mystery set in a unisex hair salon, it is a unique theatrical experience. It started in Boston and has played all over the world, including Budapest, Rome, and Mexico City. The audience gets involved in this interactive whodunit. The actors keep it fresh and topical and in the cozy atmosphere of the Charles Playhouse, it makes for a fun, lighthearted evening's entertainment. Through the years, it has developed a cult-like following, and many have seen it numerous times. The ending changes depending on the audience. In honor of its 20th anniversary here in Boston, there will be special fundraising activities to benefit Rosie's Place in its efforts to create a Wellness Center at its South End facility.

Tuesday - Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 3 and 7 p.m.
Tickets: (617) 426-5225
Charles Playhouse, Warrenton Street, Boston

 

 

Blue Man Group

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.