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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 U

By CAROLYN CLAY  |  March 01, 2013
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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 07, 2012
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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  |  November 02, 2012
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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 19, 2012
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Billy Elliot the Musical hums

Matthew Bourne meets Bertolt Brecht in Billy Elliot the Musical (at the Opera House through August 19).
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  July 27, 2012
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Photos: The Boston Ballet's Fancy Free

The Boston Ballet performs "Fancy Free" at the Opera House on May 10-20, 2012.
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By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  May 18, 2012


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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 09, 2012
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Boston Ballet Reignites Elo, Kylián, And Bruce

Choreographers in America rarely get to rethink and revise their work.
From ‘Sharp’ To ‘Sharper’; Boston Ballet's "Play With Fire"
By DEBRA CASH  |  March 09, 2012
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Spring theater offerings

Boston Playwrights' Theatre closes out its winter season with DEPORTED / A DREAM PLAY (March 8–April 1; bu.edu/bpt).
Fight the good fight
By MADDY MYERS  |  March 02, 2012
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Boston Ballet's 'Simply Sublime'

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.  
Road to the city
By DEBRA CASH  |  February 17, 2012
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Photos: Boston Ballet's Les Sylphides

A Boston take on Michel Fokine's 1909 "ballet blanc"
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By ERIC ANTONIOU  |  February 14, 2012


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American Idiot rocks out

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 suspende
The Boston premiere of Michael Mayor's staging
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  January 27, 2012
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Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins'

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.  
Mind games
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 20, 2011
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Boston Ballet's 'Balanchine/Robbins,' plus a soupçon of tap

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.  
The pleasures of craft
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 20, 2011
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The meaning of 'THE'

William Forsythe's 1991 ballet The Second Detail begins with 13 dancers in ice-blue leotards and tights, facing away from the audience.
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By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  May 06, 2011
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Boston Ballet's 'Bella Figura'

"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 incorporatin
Everything is beautiful
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 29, 2011


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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 b
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  April 15, 2011
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Jorma Elo and Anna Sokolow

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.
What's in that box?
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  April 01, 2011
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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
Mary Poppins touches down at the Opera House
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  February 19, 2011
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Psy at the Majestic, Savion Glover at the Opera House

Montreal breeds a seemingly infinite number of new-circus companies.
Getting off the ground and into it
By MARCIA B. SIEGEL  |  February 04, 2011
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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 24, 2010


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Review: Boston Ballet's La Bayadère

The Ballet's opening-night performance confirmed that La Bayadère should visit the Hub more often.
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By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  November 05, 2010
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Review: Boston Ballet's fifth 'Night of Stars'

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.
Promise of things to come
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  October 29, 2010
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Fall Classical Preview: The power of music

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.
 And, we hope, the good health of James Levine
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  September 17, 2010
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Fall Dance Preview: Kick up your heels!

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
Dance around town
By DEBRA CASH  |  September 17, 2010
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Review: Wicked; The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; The Real Inspector Hound

"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 .
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By CAROLYN CLAY  |  September 10, 2010


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Photos: Boston Ballet presents Black & White (2010)

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

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?
Boston Ballet reprises Jirí Kylián’s Black & White
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 21, 2010
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Theme and variations

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.
Boston Ballet’s ‘Ultimate Balanchine’
By JEFFREY GANTZ  |  May 14, 2010
Boston Ballet revisit Jirí Kylián's "Black & White"

Boston Ballet revisit Jirí Kylián's "Black & White"


Boston Ballet did Jirí Kylián's Black & White just last season, but only for a single weekend, and it was so popular, the ticket demand...
By webteam  |  May 12, 2010