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January 2013 Events Image

So, maybe we forgot to do an events preview last month. Whoops! Now we’re back, though, and looking ahead to spring because – quite frankly – we are sick of this cold, snowy New England weather.

With new weather on its way here, here are a few March events we’re looking forward to:

Concerts

Taylor Swift: Taylor Swift has been on fire with her latest album, "Red," and its first few singles. The country singer’s latest tour finally kicks off March 13.

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Kenny Chesney: Kenney Chesney’s 2013 tour starts March 12. Chesney will tour with Zac Brown Band, Eli Young Band, Kacey Musgraves, and Eric Church, although the lineup in each city is different.

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Rihanna: Her 2013 Diamonds World Tour with ASAP Rocky begins in Buffalo, NY, on March 8. It’s scheduled to end July 20 in France.

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Other Concerts in March:

  • Allman Brothers Band begins their Beacon Theater run on Friday.
  • Alicia Keys begins a tour on March 7.
  • Eric Clapton begins a tour on March 14.
  • Elton John begins a brief tour on March 15.
  • Shania Twain’s Las Vegas run begins on March 19.
  • Def Leppard begins a tour on March 22.
  • The Ultra Music Festival runs from March 15 to 17 and then again March 23 to 25. The two weekends do have different lineups and schedules (albeit with some of the same performers at each one).
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Kid-friendly theater shows to get psyched about

I considered trying to mask the fact that these are actually shows I’m super excited for, but I might as well be honest: these kid-friendly theater programs look amazing. I blame the fact that I'm still secretly a kid.

Matilda – The Musical

Growing up, I was in awe of the Matilda film, starring Mara Wilson (Matilda), Danny DeVito (Mr. Wormwood), Rhea Pearlman (Mrs. Wormwood), and Embeth Davidtz (Miss Honey). Matilda was just a kid, but she walked to the library by herself, flipped a perfect pancake, tied the blue ribbon on her head in a precise bow, and even had telekinetic powers. Insert dreamy sigh. As I grew older, my love for Matilda grew, especially when I devoured Roald Dahl’s book (which the film is based on). I came to admire Matilda for her sass and smarts.

So when I saw Matilda would not just be coming to the theater but had been turned into a musical, all bets were off. Set in England, Matilda — The Musical now has everything that was wonderful about the movie, plus the added element of singing and British accents. What more could you ask for?

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Top musicals and theatre shows to see in London this autumn

The following is a guest article by Ross Patterson.

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London’s West End is one of the greatest hubs of theatrical entertainment in the world. It has borne unforgettable screenwriters, actors, directors and choreographers. Over the years the West End has housed some incredible plays and musicals, and in this article we are going to share with you the top five performances you can’t afford to miss this coming season.

Billy Elliot, Victoria Palace

Billy Elliot is a young school boy who dreams of one day becoming a ballerina. However, his journey of rising to the top of his profession puts relationships in turmoil as he turns his back on boxing to pursue his passion. First performed at London’s West End, Billy Elliot has continued to touch the hearts of thousands and now can be watched across the world.

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Fall 2012 Broadway predictions

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It's nearly September, which means it's time to make some predictions about the upcoming fall Broadway season, which is bringing a lot of different shows to the Great White Way. Check out opening dates and my predictions below.

The Anarchist: Previews Nov. 13, Opens Dec. 2
Patti LuPone and Debra Winger are both acting legends, and they combine with a David Mamet play in this production. Should be a good one, though the show is scheduled for a limited run ending February 17.

Annie: Previews Oct. 3, Opens Nov. 8
This musical first premiered on Broadway in 1977, and it ended up running for almost six years. It's a family favorite, so I think this will do really well.

Chaplin - The Musical: In previews, Opens Sep. 10
I'm not really sure how well this one will do; sure, everyone knows who Charlie Chaplin is, but I'm not sure how many people are clamoring to see him on stage these days.

A Christmas Story: Previews Nov. 6, Opens Nov. 19
So this isn't actually a new show, but it's the first time it's been on Broadway. The classic holiday movie is beloved by many, so I'm guessing the musical version on Broadway will be right up there with the Rockettes and the return of Elf this season.

Cyrano de Bergerac: Previews Sep. 14, Opens Oct. 11
This play has been on Broadway in various productions since 1898, and Broadway heavyweights Douglas Hodge and Patrick Page are lending their skills to the production, so I think this will be a big hit.

Dead Accounts: Previews Nov. 3, Opens Nov. 29
This is a new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, who also wrote last year's Seminar. The biggest draw for this show might be the fact that Katie Holmes is making her Broadway return, alongside Norbert Leo Butz (who I, and many other theater fans, love).

Glengarry Glen Ross: Previews Oct. 16, Opens Nov. 11
This David Mamet play has been on Broadway twice before, with moderately successful results. This time, though, Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale are starring in the drama, which ups the ante for sure.

Grace: Previews Sep. 13, Opens Oct. 4
Another star-powered show, with Paul Rudd and Ed Asner. Because it's a comedy starring a few great comedians, I think this one will perform well on Broadway this season.

Other New Broadway Shows:
An Enemy of the People: Previews Sep. 4, Opens Sep. 27
Golden Boy: Previews Nov. 8, Opens Dec. 6
The Heiress: Previews Oct. 7, Opens Nov. 1
The Mystery of Edwin Drood: Previews Oct. 19, Opens Nov. 13
The Performers: Previews Oct. 23, Opens Nov. 14
Rebecca - The Musical: Previews Oct. 30, Opens Nov. 18
Scandalous: Previews Oct. 13, Opens Nov. 15
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?: Previews Sep. 27, Opens Oct. 13

Do you agree with these assessments? What show are you most looking forward to this Broadway season? Tell us in the comments! And for a complete list of current and upcoming Broadway shows, visit TicketNetwork's Broadway page.

 

2012 Tony Award predictions

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The Tony Awards are rapidly approaching, with the telecast scheduled for 8/7c on June 10. Since I did pretty well last year, I decided to make some predictions about who will take home the big prizes this year. My predictions are below.

Best Play

  • Nominees: Clybourne Park, Other Desert Cities, Peter and the Starcatcher, Venus in Fur
  • Liz's pick: Venus in Fur. I've heard great things about the show, and it also stars Tony Award nominee Nina Arianda.

Best Musical

  • Nominees: Leap of Faith, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once
  • Liz's pick: Anyone notice that this category is almost entirely made up of musicals that were based on movies? I think it'll be a close race between Newsies and Once, but I think Once might squeak by with a win.

Best Book of a Musical

  • Nominees: Lysistrata Jones, Newsies, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Once
  • Liz's pick: Lysistrata Jones. I think this one might come out of the woodwork to win. The plot is hilarious and I'm guessing the book is, too.
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