Jared Bowen's Arts Ahead: Bach to Broadway
By Jared Bowen
BOSTON — Take advantage of great performances this weekend, and find out what's coming up this season.
Bach St. Matthew Passion
Handel and Haydn Society
March 30 at 7:30pm or April 1 at 3pm
Considered by many to be one of the greatest masterpieces of all time, Bach's brilliant work is a moving setting of the Gospel of St. Matthew. The concert also features members of the Young Men's and Women's Choruses which are part of the society's Vocal Apprenticeship Program. See a report on the society's Collaborative Youth Concert program by Greater Boston.
Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company
Boston University Theatre
Through April 8th
A quartet of blues musicians gather in a run-down 1920s Chicago studio, waiting for legendary blues singer Ma Rainey to arrive and record new sides of her old favorites. Young, hotheaded trumpeter Levee (local rising star Jason Bowen) aspires to a better life for himself and sees the emerging form of the blues as his ticket to fame and fortune. This Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play, August Wilson’s first Broadway hit, completes the Huntington’s mounting of Wilson’s Century Cycle.
Broadway Across America
Highlights from the 2012-2013 season
For the first time in several years Broadway Across America has announced a very full, very exciting season for Boston.
>>The Book of Mormon After winning 9 Tony awards in 2011, including Best Musical, Mormon is already selling out in just hours as national tour dates go on sale. It plays here next April.
>>Receiving exceptional acclaim during West End and New York runs, the drama War Horse (told largely via staggering puppetry) won five 2011 Tony awards including Best Play. It will run in Boston in October.
>>The Colonial Theatre will open once again thanks to a partnership with Broadway Across America, the Citi Performing Arts Center and Emerson College
>>Tuck Everlasting For the first time in seven years we'll receive a pre-Broadway try-out, playing at the Colonial Theatre in June, 2013
>>Also: Memphis, Sister Act and returning favorites Mary Poppins, Jersey Boys and Wicked.
Loeb Drama Center, Cambridge
The original production of Pippin premiered on Broadway in 1972. Directed by Bob Fosse, it won nine Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards, and ran until 1977. Pippin is a staple of the American Musical cannon, with the songs Corner of the Sky, Magic To Do, l Guess I’ll Miss The Man, Glory, No Time at All, Morning Glow and Love Song./p>
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Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts.
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