Audio Described Live Theater Performances for the 2019-2020 Season

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Please come to the exciting live theater productions with audio description during the remainder of the 2019-2020 theater season.

Preshow description of sets and costumes begins 30 minutes prior to curtain. Arrive early to allow time to get headsets, programs and be seated.

The following audio described performances will be at the designated theatres listed below:


American Repertory Theater

64 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge
617-547-8300
www.americanrepertorytheater.org
To purchase tickets for these performances, email boxoffice@amrep.org. For access questions, contact access@amrep.org or 617-492-2000 x8819. 

Moby Dick

Moby-Dick

Audio Described: Friday, January 10, 2020 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, January 11, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Music, lyrics, book, and orchestrations by Dave Malloy. Based on Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. In this new musical adaptation of Moby-Dick, Ishmael, Captain Ahab, and his crew pursue the elusive great white whale aboard the Pequod. Herman Melville’s nineteenth-century vision of America collides head-on with the present.

Gloria: A Life

Gloria: A Life

Audio described performances are planned for Gloria in late February 2020. Dates will be announced by early December 2019. 

Written by Emily Mann. Directed by Diane Paulus. This new play about Gloria Steinem and the women she has partnered with in a decades-long fight for equality is brought to life by a dynamic ensemble of performers. Fifty years after Gloria began raising her voice for equality, her vision is as urgent as ever. The first act is Gloria’s story; the second is our own.

1776

1776

Audio Described: Friday, June 26, 2020 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, June 27, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Book by Peter Stone. Music and Lyrics by Sherman Edwards. Directed by Diane Paulus. They knew they would make history, but not what history would make of them. Fed up with living under the tyranny of British rule, John Adams attempts to persuade his fellow members of the Continental Congress to vote in favor of American Independence and sign the Declaration. But how much is he willing to compromise in the pursuit of freedom? And who does that freedom belong to? Diane Paulus directs a new production of this Tony Award-winning musical, reexamining this pivotal moment in American history.


Broadway Across America, Citizens Bank Opera House 

539 Washington Street, Boston, MA 
www.boston.broadway.com/
For tickets contact the Opera House Ambassador Program, Tuesday-Sunday from 12 to 9:00 PM at 617-259-3416 or email PhoneAmbassador@Bostonoperahouse.com.

The Lion King

The Lion King

Audio Described: Sunday, October 6 at 1:00 PM

Cost: $39.50

A lively stage adaptation of the Academy Award-winning 1994 Disney film, The Lion King is the story of a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands. Born into the royal family, precocious cub, Simba, spends his days exploring the sprawling savanna grasslands and idolizing his kingly father, Mufasa, while youthfully shirking the responsibility his position in life requires. When an unthinkable tragedy, orchestrated by Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, takes his father’s life, Simba flees the Pride Lands, leaving his loss and the life he knew behind. Eventually companioned by two hilarious and unlikely friends, Simba starts a new life. But when the weight of responsibility and a desperate plea from the now ravaged Pride Lands come to find the adult prince, Simba must take on a formidable enemy, and fulfill his destiny to be king. The Lion King is a story of love and redemption that nobody should miss.

Come From Away

Come From Away

Audio Described: Sunday, November 10 at 1:00 PM

Cost: $44.50

Broadway’s Come From Away is based on a remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small Newfoundland town that welcomed them. Cultures clashed and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night, and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. On 9-11, the world stopped. On 9-12, their stories moved us all.

Cats

Cats

Audio Described: Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 1:00 PM

Cost: $44.50

CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, is now on tour across North America! Audiences are rediscovering this beloved musical with breathtaking music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater—”Memory”. Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Everything makes this production a new CATS for a new generation!

Mean Girls

Mean Girls

Audio Described: Sunday, February 2, 2020, at 1:00 PM

Cost: $44.50

Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming, but ruthless, Regina George. But, when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.

Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof

Audio Described: Sunday, March 1, 2020, at 1:00 PM

Cost: $44.50

The original production won ten Tony Awards, including a special Tony for the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. Based on the original production by Jerome Robbins, this wonderful cast and lavish orchestra tell the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family. Featuring the Broadway classics “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life,” Fiddler on the Roof will introduce a new generation to this uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! to love! to life!

NOTE: This production is at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St.

The Band’s Visit

The Band’s Visit

Audio Described: Sunday, March 29, 2020, at 1:00 PM

Cost: $44.50

The Band’s Visit rejoices in the way music brings us to life, brings us to laughter, brings us to tears, and ultimately, brings us together. In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up. The Band’s Visit features music and lyrics by Tony Award winner David Yazbek, and book by Tony and Drama Critics Circle Award winner Itamar Moses. Based on the screenplay by Eran Kolirin.

Anastasia

Anastasia

Audio Described: Sunday, July 12, 2020, at 1:00 PM

Cost: $44.50

Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia is on a journey across America at last!

From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Anastasia is based on the book by celebrated playwright Terrence McNally, and a new score by Stephen Flaherty, and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens.

Summer

Summer

Audio Described: Sunday, August 9, 2020, at 1:00 PM

Cost: $44.50

Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the famed songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise and descent. The show features a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff.”


Emerson/Paramount Center

559 Washington Street, Boston, MA
www.emersonparamount.org
(617) 824-8400

Passengers

Passengers

Audio Described: October 13, 2:00 PM

Our 10th Anniversary season opens with the U.S. premiere of Passengers marking the return of The 7 Fingers and their signature electrifying and endearing mix of circus, theatre, illusion, music and dance.

An Iliad

An Iliad

Audio Described: November 24, 2:00 PM

An Iliad unfurls the final weeks of a legendary, decade-long siege where Greek legends mercilessly battled over the fall of Troy.

Detroit Red

Detroit Red

Audio Described: February 15, 2020, 2:00 PM

This world premiere of Detroit Red uplifts Malcolm X’s under-examined, life-shaping experiences as a young man who called Boston home.

Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis

Audio described: May 17, 2020, at 2:00 PM

Legendary author Franz Kafka’s most famous literary invention becomes a 3D reality in this awe-inspiring and surprisingly funny adaptation of Metamorphosis.


Hanover Theater for the Performing Arts

2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA
www.thehanovertheatre.org
For tickets call (877) 571-7469, or email info@thehanovertheater.com
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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Audio Described: Sunday, September 29 at 1:00 PM

Witness the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom in the Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical. 

The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong

Audio Described: Sunday, November 3 at 1:00 PM

“Broadway’s funniest and longest-running play” (New York Post) is “madcap mania with Monty Python in its blood.” (Associated Press) 

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Audio Described: Saturday, December 21 at 2:00 PM

Our family holiday tradition returns! Warm your heart with Troy Siebels’ lavish and innovative adaption of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. 

A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale

Audio Described: Sunday, January 19, 2020 at 1:00 PM

The New York Times hails A Bronx Tale as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.” 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Audio Described: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 1:00 PM

Visit a world of pure imagination with this everlasting showstopper based on the classic Roald Dahl story and featuring songs from the original film. “Broadway’s big treat!” (Entertainment Weekly)

Bandstand

Bandstand

Audio Described: Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM

“An original musical with loads of fun music, expressive dance and a will to grapple with topical issues.” (New York Magazine) Bandstand is “a high-powered and superb new musical! An urgent testimonial to the healing and restorative power of the arts.” 

An American in Paris

An American in Paris

Audio Described: Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 1:00 PM

The Academy Award-winning film is born anew as a Broadway musical, bringing the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin. 

Miss Saigon

Miss Saigon

Audio Described: Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 1:00 PM

“The new Miss Saigon soars to the rafters! Relive the thrill, the lush melodies and sprawling splendor.” (NYT


Huntington Theatre Company

264 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA
www.huntingtontheatre.org
(617) 273-1558
Tickets: Contact Meg O’Brien at MObrien@huntingtontheatre.org
Tickets are $20 for each patron, and one additional guest.

The Purists

The Purists

Audio Described: Friday, September 27 at 10:00 AM (Student Matinee) and Saturday, September 28 at 2:00 PM

Location: South End, Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 539 Tremont St., Boston 

A thrilling world premiere by an exciting new voice, The Purists brings Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots, “Pose” on FX) to the Huntington to direct this new play by Dan McCabe. A former rapper, a DJ, and a showtunes-loving telesales director have become an unlikely group who hang out and spar about music on a stoop in Queens. But when an impromptu rap battle erupts between two younger female emcees, everything gets questioned. With raw emotion and uproarious humor, The Purists asks, what is friendship? How can we embrace new ideas? And what does it mean to be wholly yourself?

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

Audio Described: Saturday, October 5 at 2:00 PM

Location: Avenue of the Arts-Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston

Tom Stoppard’s Tony Award-winning Best Play arrives in a marvelously funny, spectacularly beautiful new production. This modern-day classic tragicomedy imagines the lives of two minor characters from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. As the story unfolds, they voice their confusion about the play that’s being performed without them, untangling bigger questions about life and death, reality and art. It’s all from the pen of Academy Award and four-time Best Play Tony Award winner Stoppard (Shakespeare in Love, The Real Thing, Arcadia), and directed by the Huntington’s own Artistic Director, Peter DuBois.

Quixote Nuevo

Quixote Nuevo

Audio Described: Saturday, November 23 at 2:00 PM

Location: Avenue of the Arts-Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston

One of literature’s most vibrant and memorable characters, Cervantes’ Don Quixote is boldly brought to life by award-winning playwright Octavio Solis and director KJ Sanchez in this hysterically funny and exceptionally poetic adaptation of the classic novel. Transported to a border town in Texas, the eccentric, brilliant knight embarks on a cross-desert quest to reunite with a long-lost love. Chased by Death himself – in the form of roving bands of mariachi Calacas – Quixote always leads with his heart in a world of people led astray by their brains. Quixote Nuevo is a triumphant celebration and a rich, contemporary, theatrical fable that has been created anew by Solis, one of the storytellers behind the Disney/Pixar film Coco.We All Fall Down

We All Fall Down

Audio Described: Saturday, January 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Location: South End, Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 539 Tremont St., Boston 

Linda and Saul Stein still live in the Westchester home where they raised their two beautiful daughters. But when Saul unexpectedly retires, Linda summons the family to celebrate Passover for the first time in decades. Linda tends slightly toward the theatrical (okay, a lot), and their family has never been particularly religious (okay, not at all). So their comic attempts to bring the Seder to life go from riotous to heartwrenching in this play from Huntington Playwriting Fellow and Somerville resident Lila Rose Kaplan, directed by Obie Award winner Melia Bensussen. Can this family come together, or will an age-old tradition tear them apart?

Sweat

Sweat

Audio Described: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Location: Avenue of the Arts-Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston

The Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-nominated Best Play by Lynn Nottage (Ruined) comes alive in a moving and urgently relevant new production directed by Kimberly Senior (The Niceties). Based on interviews with the residents of Reading, Pennsylvania, a group of close friends struggle to stay connected when their factory is at risk of collapse. In a neighborhood bar, each of them reaches for their piece of the American dream. Can their friendships survive this test? Nottage weaves a tale of trust and doubt, longtime bonds and short-term possibilities. 

Our Daughters, Like Pillars

Our Daughters, Like Pillars

Audio Described: April 18, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Location: South End, Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA, 539 Tremont St., Boston 

It’s a surprise to everyone when Lavinia invites her sisters and their mother to a gorgeous summer house in New Hampshire for a vacation that she hopes will last forever. But when the sisters’ stepmother Missy – the woman who inherited their dad’s everything – shows up unannounced, long-simmering feuds flare up and family bonds are called into question. Where is this family heading? Can they be happy with what they’ve been given? And who invited Missy? Obie Award-winning playwright and Boston native Kirsten Greenidge (Luck of the Irish, Milk Like Sugar) and director Kimberly Senior (The Niceties) tell the incredibly funny and moving story of one whirlwind weekend in the life of a contemporary black American family.

The Bluest Eye

The Bluest Eye

Audio Described: Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 10:00 AM (student matinee) and Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 2:00 PM

Location: Avenue of the Arts-Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave., Boston 

Novel by Toni Morrison, adapted by Lydia R. Diamond. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pulitzer and Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison’s acclaimed debut novel The Bluest Eye. Brought to life as a tremendously moving theatrical event by Boston favorite Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly, Smart People), The Bluest Eye tells the story of Pecola, a young black girl who believes everything in her world would be made wonderful if only she had blue eyes. Enthralling, gorgeously written, and incredibly emotional, The Bluest Eye asks powerful questions concerning racism, beauty, and identity with stunning grace and subtlety.

 


Moonbox Production at the Boston Center for the Arts (BCA)

www.moonboxproductions.org 
(617) 864-0841

The Rocky Horror Show

The Rocky Horror Show

Audio Described: Sunday, October 27, 7:30 PM and Saturday, November 2, 7:30 PM

Location: 25 Brattle Street, Cambridge

Moonbox Productions is thrilled to present Richard O’Brien’s hilarious cult classic, The Rocky Horror Show. Produced by Sharman Altshuler and directed by David Lucey, The Rocky Horror Show is a humorous tribute to the science fiction/horror B movies of the late 1940s-1970s. The Rocky Horror Show tells the story of Brad Majors and his fiancée, Janet Weiss, who get caught in a thunderstorm with a flat tire and are forced to seek help at the castle of Dr. Frank ’N’ Furter, a transvestite scientist with a manic genius and insatiable libido. Brad, Janet, and Frank’ N’ Furter’s cohorts are swept up into the scientist’s latest experiment, a Frankenstein-style monster in the form of an artificially made, fully grown, physically perfect muscle man named Rocky Horror. The night’s misadventures will cause Brad and Janet to question everything they’ve known about themselves, each other, love, and lust. With an irresistible rock ’n’ roll score, The Rocky Horror Show is a hilarious, wild ride, that no audience will soon forget.Parade

Parade

Audio Described: Sunday, December 22, 3:00 PM and Saturday, December 28, 3:00 PM

Location: The Boston Center for the Arts, Roberts Theatre, 539 Tremont St., Boston

Parade is the Tony Award-winning musical from the composer of The Last Five Years and The Bridges of Madison County. Produced by Sharman Altshuler, directed by Jason Modica. Parade is a powerful story with a soaring musical score – an essential experience that no theatergoer should miss. Based on the true story of a trial that captivated the nation, Parade is the tale of Leo Frank, a Jewish factory-owner transplanted to Georgia and married to a Southerner. When a young girl in his employ is found murdered, Leo's life is swept up by the intense forces of anti-Semitism and sensationalistic journalism in early 20th-century Atlanta. Leo's struggle to maintain his identity in the face of extreme prejudice, his wife Lucille's arc from privileged housewife to empowered crusader for truth and justice, and a region grappling with the complexities of its history, come urgently to life in Tony-winning composer Jason Robert Brown and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Alfred Uhry’s modern musical classic. Parade offers audiences a chilling and urgent reminder of bigotry’s dire consequences.

Passing Strange

Passing Strange

Audio Described: Friday, May 29, 2020 at 8:00 PM and Saturday, May 30, 2020 at 3:00 PM

Location: The Boston Center for the Arts, Wimberly Theatre, 527 Tremont St., Boston

Moonbox Productions presents the comedy-drama rock musical, Passing Strange, produced by Sharman Altshuler and directed by Arthur Gomez. From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew, Passing Strange is a daring musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place, identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from black middle-class America to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey towards personal and artistic authenticity. Passing Strange isn’t your typical rock show, musical or biography. It examines the intersection of life and art, inspiration and creation, race and class. While it doesn’t offer easy answers, its willingness to confront hard questions over an electrifying hard-rock score, makes this production one hell of a ride.


Open Door Theater

The Dragonfly Theater - R.J. Grey Jr. High School
16 Charter Rd, Acton, MA
www.opendoortheater.org
978-337-7986

Into the Woods

Into the Woods 

Audio Described: Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 7:00 PM (pre-show starting at 6:30)

Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony Award-winning production, Into the Woods is a brilliant musical that combines familiar fairy tale characters in a timeless, enchanting story. A baker and his wife, yearning for a child, join Cinderella, who wants to attend the King's Festival, and Jack, who wishes his cow would give milk. Over the course of their magical wooded adventures, everyone’s wish is ultimately granted, but their actions along the way later return to haunt them.


New Repertory Theatre - Classic Repertory Company

Performances at the Perkins School for the Blind
175 North Beacon Street, Watertown

Performances are shortened student matinees, free of charge to the blind community while seats last. To reserve seats, call 617-972-7241 or email library@perkins.org. Preshow begins 15 minutes before the listed start time.

Romeo and Juliet

Audio Described: Wednesday, November 6 at 10:30 AM 

This classic tale of love and hate follows the young heroes as they fall in love despite the feud between their families. Using only the original text, this zany and youthful 90-minute adaptation breathes new life into one of the Bard's most well-loved plays. Length: 2 hours including audience talkback.

The Scarlet Letter

Audio Described: Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at 10:30 AM  

A timeless story of love, betrayal and integrity, The Scarlet Letter follows heroine Hester Prynne who forges a new morality independent of the community that publicly shames and stigmatizes her. In this striking adaptation, Hester speaks to us across time as an icon of individual thought in a world rife with moral posturing and mindless conformity. Length: 2 hours including audience talkback.


Wheelock Family Theatre

180 The Riverway, Boston
www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org
(617) 879-2300
For tickets: (617) 353-3001, or WFTtix@bu.edu

Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka 

Audio described: Sunday, November 10, 2:00 PM, Thursday, November 14, 10:30 AM (student matinee), and Saturday, November 16, 7:30 PM

Roald Dahl’s timeless musical story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir comes to chocolate-covered life. Adapted from Roald Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Recommended for ages 6-plus. Approximate running time: 2 hours 15 minutes including intermission.

Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play

Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play 

Audio described: Thursday, December 12, 10:30 AM (student matinee), and Saturday, December 14, 2:00 PM 

Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play is back for a limited engagement. Mo Willems’ Elephant & Piggie brings you a rollicking celebration of friendship and fun. With their backup trio the Squirrelles, Gerald and Piggie sing, dance and laugh their way through a day where anything can happen! Recommended for ages 3-plus. Approximate running time: 55 minutes, no intermission.

Little Women

Little Women  

Audio described: Thursday, February 6, 2020, 10:30 AM  (student matinee), and Sunday, February 16, 2020, 2:00 PM 

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s life, Little Women follows the adventures of sisters Jo, Meg, Beth, and Amy March and their experience growing up in Civil War America. Based on the book Little Women. Recommended for ages 8-plus. Approximate running time: 2 hours 30 minutes, including intermission.

Little Prince

Little Prince  

Audio described: Sunday, April 26, 2020, 2:00 PM, Friday, May 22, 2020, 10:30 AM (student matinee), and Saturday, May 23, 2020, 2:00 PM 

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic tale tells the story of a child, the little prince, who travels the universe gaining wisdom; and a weary Aviator who is forced to do the same. Based on the popular novella Le Petit Prince. Recommended for ages 8-plus. Approximate running time: 90 minutes, no intermission.

Bud Not Buddy

Bud Not Buddy   

Audio described: Friday, May 15, 2020 at 10:30 AM (student matinee), and Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 2:00 PM 

Set in Michigan during the 1930s, Bud, Not Buddy tells the story of 10-year-old Bud Caldwell, an orphan on the run from abusive foster homes, and his quest to find his father. The novel won the Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Medal for Excellence. Recommended for ages 8-plus. Approximate running time: 2 hours, including intermission.