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SHOW TIMES

APRIL 2017

Additional Performance Added!

APRIL 7 – 9 SPONSORED BY

APRIL 21 – 23

APRIL SHOWTIMES 2017


APRIL

CALENDAR 6

BOX OFFICE / ONLINE

Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels at 7P

7–9 9

Q-SHEET

Rent – 20th Anniversary Tour

SPONSORED BY

At The VETS: Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-In Tour at 7P

10

Group Sales Event with John O'Hurley, star of CHICAGO

By reservation only for group leaders. Turn to PPAC News for more information!

21 – 23 28

Sesame Street Live! “Make a New Friend”

At The VETS: Wild Kratts Live! At 7P

MAY

AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen at 8P

7

BROADWAY SERIES

At The VETS: Chris Botti - Live in Concert at 7P

12 – 14

At The VETS: Festival Ballet Providence Presents Cinderella

17 – 21

Matilda the Musical

PART OF THE

17

BROADWAY SERIES

With the purchase of one regularly-priced ticket, guests can receive one complimentary ticket of equal value for a child aged 18 or younger. Call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or visit the Box Office window for more information and to order Family Night tickets.

22

Deadline for Subscription Renewal and Ten Payment Plan Option CHECK OUT OUR NEW APP! Our revamped mobile app is

phone (401) 574-3136 email direct@ppacri.org fax (401) 421-5767 hours M-F, 9A-5P

RECOMMENDED ATTIRE smart casual clothing

BE SAFE; BE SMART! PPAC is your only official ticketing source for tickets to a PPAC/The VETS performance. For more information, please visit www.ppacri.org or www.thevetsri.com arrive as early as possible and bring minimal personal belongings to the Theatre. Guests entering PPAC are subject to search at the discretion of management, which may include pat down or scan by metal detector wands. All bags are subject to search; bags that pass inspection must fit comfortably under a guest’s seat. Laptops, briefcases, or suitcases are NOT allowed in the venue. Outside food and beverage are also not permitted allowed in building. PPAC does not provide an area to check bags, coats, or any personal belongings. Please note that a Providence Police detail is on site at all PPAC events. PPAC management reserves the right to change their security policy or implement any security measures required for any performance without advance notice.

Accessibility Services are available through the House Manager’s desk in the Grand Lobby and through the Box Office. Services include assistive listening devices and wheelchair accessible seating. Sign Interpretation, open caption, and/or visual description services are available. For details, please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787).

now available to download (for free) in your Google Marketplace or App Store. The PPAC app is your go-to source for the latest PPAC news. Follow us on

Follow us on

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www.facebook.com/ProvPACRI

@ProvPACRI

@ProvPacRI

TWITTER

DIRECT RESPONSE

PATRON SAFETY NOTICE: PPAC requests that all guests

Family Night at Matilda the Musical at 7P

FACEBOOK at

phone (401) 421-2997 email info@ppacri.org fax (401) 421-5767 hours M-F, 9A-6P

From points north: take 95S to the Atwells Ave exit 21. Go straight through 4 traffic lights and turn left at the 5th traffic light onto Broad St, which becomes Weybosset St. From points south (take 95N to Point St exit 20) and from points east (take 195W to Point St exit 1A): proceed straight at the traffic light at end of exit onto E Franklin St. At Broad St, turn right at the light (Broad St becomes Weybosset St). PPAC will be on the right side of Weybosset. From Worcester/Western Massachusetts: Take 90E to exit 10A (Worcester/Providence, Route 146/20), which will lead to Route 146S (Providence). Take Route 146S and merge onto 95S in Providence. Then, follow directions for “from points north.”

Chicago – Starring John O’Hurley!

PART OF THE

ADMINISTRATION

DIRECTIONS TO PPAC

29

2–7

phone (401) 421-ARTS (2787) email patron_feedback@ppacri.org fax (401) 351-7827 Regular Box Office Hours are M-F, 10A-5P; Sat., 10A-2P and two hours prior to all curtain times. Please call to check on-site hours for The VETS Box Office. Visit ppacri.org or thevetsri.com for additional information and to order tickets.

INSTAGRAM

www.ppacri.org (401) 421-ARTS (2787) 220 Weybosset Street, Providence

GROUP SALES

phone (401) 574-3162 email phiatt@ppacri.org fax (401) 421-5767 hours M-F, 9A-5P

LATE ARRIVALS POLICY

Please be sure to leave yourself adequate time for travel and parking so you may be in your seats before curtain time. Touring shows mandate that we hold latecomers in the lobby until an appropriate moment in the performance before seating them (sometimes as long as 20 minutes) in order to minimize disruption to other audience members.

GIFT CARDS are available in any

denomination when purchasing by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or at the Box Office window. Only specific denominations are offered online at www.ppacri.org (i.e. $25, $50, $75, etc.). Gift card sleeve includes special complimentary offerings from Gracie's Restaurant and Ellie's Bakery, both located in downtown Providence.

The Providence Performing Arts Center is a smoke-free facility. Patrons who wish to smoke may do so outside under the marquee at scheduled intermissions. The use of E-Cigarettes is also not permitted inside the theatre.

SHOWTIMES IS A PUBLICATION OF THE PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER // Editor: P.J. Prokop Content Manager: Caitlyn DiPompo // Design: Lindsay Letourneau, Falcone Communications & Design // Printer: The Allied Group

www.ppacri.org (401) 421-ARTS (2787) 220 Weybosset Street, Providence


APRIL

CALENDAR 6

BOX OFFICE / ONLINE

Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels at 7P

7–9 9

Q-SHEET

Rent – 20th Anniversary Tour

SPONSORED BY

At The VETS: Kathy Griffin's Celebrity Run-In Tour at 7P

10

Group Sales Event with John O'Hurley, star of CHICAGO

By reservation only for group leaders. Turn to PPAC News for more information!

21 – 23 28

Sesame Street Live! “Make a New Friend”

At The VETS: Wild Kratts Live! At 7P

MAY

AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen at 8P

7

BROADWAY SERIES

At The VETS: Chris Botti - Live in Concert at 7P

12 – 14

At The VETS: Festival Ballet Providence Presents Cinderella

17 – 21

Matilda the Musical

PART OF THE

17

BROADWAY SERIES

With the purchase of one regularly-priced ticket, guests can receive one complimentary ticket of equal value for a child aged 18 or younger. Call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or visit the Box Office window for more information and to order Family Night tickets.

22

Deadline for Subscription Renewal and Ten Payment Plan Option CHECK OUT OUR NEW APP! Our revamped mobile app is

phone (401) 574-3136 email direct@ppacri.org fax (401) 421-5767 hours M-F, 9A-5P

RECOMMENDED ATTIRE smart casual clothing

BE SAFE; BE SMART! PPAC is your only official ticketing source for tickets to a PPAC/The VETS performance. For more information, please visit www.ppacri.org or www.thevetsri.com arrive as early as possible and bring minimal personal belongings to the Theatre. Guests entering PPAC are subject to search at the discretion of management, which may include pat down or scan by metal detector wands. All bags are subject to search; bags that pass inspection must fit comfortably under a guest’s seat. Laptops, briefcases, or suitcases are NOT allowed in the venue. Outside food and beverage are also not permitted allowed in building. PPAC does not provide an area to check bags, coats, or any personal belongings. Please note that a Providence Police detail is on site at all PPAC events. PPAC management reserves the right to change their security policy or implement any security measures required for any performance without advance notice.

Accessibility Services are available through the House Manager’s desk in the Grand Lobby and through the Box Office. Services include assistive listening devices and wheelchair accessible seating. Sign Interpretation, open caption, and/or visual description services are available. For details, please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787).

now available to download (for free) in your Google Marketplace or App Store. The PPAC app is your go-to source for the latest PPAC news. Follow us on

Follow us on

Follow us on

www.facebook.com/ProvPACRI

@ProvPACRI

@ProvPacRI

TWITTER

DIRECT RESPONSE

PATRON SAFETY NOTICE: PPAC requests that all guests

Family Night at Matilda the Musical at 7P

FACEBOOK at

phone (401) 421-2997 email info@ppacri.org fax (401) 421-5767 hours M-F, 9A-6P

From points north: take 95S to the Atwells Ave exit 21. Go straight through 4 traffic lights and turn left at the 5th traffic light onto Broad St, which becomes Weybosset St. From points south (take 95N to Point St exit 20) and from points east (take 195W to Point St exit 1A): proceed straight at the traffic light at end of exit onto E Franklin St. At Broad St, turn right at the light (Broad St becomes Weybosset St). PPAC will be on the right side of Weybosset. From Worcester/Western Massachusetts: Take 90E to exit 10A (Worcester/Providence, Route 146/20), which will lead to Route 146S (Providence). Take Route 146S and merge onto 95S in Providence. Then, follow directions for “from points north.”

Chicago – Starring John O’Hurley!

PART OF THE

ADMINISTRATION

DIRECTIONS TO PPAC

29

2–7

phone (401) 421-ARTS (2787) email patron_feedback@ppacri.org fax (401) 351-7827 Regular Box Office Hours are M-F, 10A-5P; Sat., 10A-2P and two hours prior to all curtain times. Please call to check on-site hours for The VETS Box Office. Visit ppacri.org or thevetsri.com for additional information and to order tickets.

INSTAGRAM

www.ppacri.org (401) 421-ARTS (2787) 220 Weybosset Street, Providence

GROUP SALES

phone (401) 574-3162 email phiatt@ppacri.org fax (401) 421-5767 hours M-F, 9A-5P

LATE ARRIVALS POLICY

Please be sure to leave yourself adequate time for travel and parking so you may be in your seats before curtain time. Touring shows mandate that we hold latecomers in the lobby until an appropriate moment in the performance before seating them (sometimes as long as 20 minutes) in order to minimize disruption to other audience members.

GIFT CARDS are available in any

denomination when purchasing by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or at the Box Office window. Only specific denominations are offered online at www.ppacri.org (i.e. $25, $50, $75, etc.). Gift card sleeve includes special complimentary offerings from Gracie's Restaurant and Ellie's Bakery, both located in downtown Providence.

The Providence Performing Arts Center is a smoke-free facility. Patrons who wish to smoke may do so outside under the marquee at scheduled intermissions. The use of E-Cigarettes is also not permitted inside the theatre.

SHOWTIMES IS A PUBLICATION OF THE PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER // Editor: P.J. Prokop Content Manager: Caitlyn DiPompo // Design: Lindsay Letourneau, Falcone Communications & Design // Printer: The Allied Group

www.ppacri.org (401) 421-ARTS (2787) 220 Weybosset Street, Providence


PPAC Celebrates 40 Years of Broadway’s Best with its 2017/2018 Season!

FUN HOME

SEASON MEDIA SPONSOR:

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR:

FAMILY NIGHT MEDIA SPONSORS:

Coming in 2018/2019 Broadway Season

New or renewing subscribers for the full Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series from the 2017/2018 Season will have first access to HAMILTON tickets when renewing for the 2018/2019 Season!

LES MISÉRABLES

THE BODYGUARD

November 7 - 12, 2017

January 9 - 14, 2018

FINDING NEVERLAND

ON YOUR FEET! THE EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN MUSICAL

November 28 December 3, 2017

There’s so much to love about Broadway! Treat yourself to an affordable luxury and subscribe today! A subscription to the full seven-show Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series starts as low as $91. Subscribers receive a host of special benefits, including GUARANTEED SEATING and ADVANCE ORDERING OPTIONS. Renewing or new subscribers who purchase a subscription by Monday, May 22 may opt in to a ten payment plan, so ordering early has its benefits!

ENCORE SERIES

BROADWAY SERIES

Family Night at FINDING NEVERLAND is Wednesday, November 29 at 7P; an on sale date for Family Night will be announced at a later date.

LOVE NEVER DIES

December 26 - 31, 2017

January 30 February 4, 2018

September 21 - 30, 2017

National Tour Launches in Providence!

KINKY BOOTS

December 8 - 10, 2017

THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY™

January 19 - 21, 2018

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

March 13 - 18, 2018

BROADWAY SPECIAL

SOMETHING ROTTEN!

BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

February 27 - March 4, 2018

May 15 - 20, 2018

Subscribe today! FOR SUBSCRIPTION RENEWALS, PLEASE CONTACT:

FOR NEW SUBSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE OR:

Box Office: (401) 421-ARTS (2787)

Sharon Corcoran: (401) 574-3136 or scorcoran@ppacri.org

Hours: M – F, 10A – 5P; Sat, 10A – 2P and two hours prior to curtain times.

Hours: M – F, 9A – 5P

PHOTO CREDITS, from top left to bottom right: Curt Bouril (“Don Kirshner”), Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”), Julia Knitel (“Carole King”), Ben Fankhauser (“Barry Mann”) and Erika Olson (“Cynthia Weil”) in BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical. Photo by Joan Marcus; Ben Krieger, Sammy, Colin Wheeler, Tyler Patrick Hennessy and Finn Faulconer in FINDING NEVERLAND. Credit Jeremy Daniel; John Owen-Jones as Valjean in LES MISÉRABLES. Photo by Matthew Murphy; Scene from LOVE NEVER DIES; Ana Villafañe as Gloria Estefan, Original Broadway Cast of ON YOUR FEET! © Matthew Murphy; Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in HAMILTON; Cast of the SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel; Kate Shindle as ‘Alison’ in FUN HOME. Photo by Joan Marcus; AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Touring Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy; Deborah Cox in THE BODYGUARD. Photo by Joan Marcus.

BOARD of

DIRECTORS

Joseph W. Walsh, Esq. – Chairman; Mark T. Ryan, Esq. – First Vice Chairman; Thomas A. Tanury – Second Vice Chairman; Ellen Barnes – Secretary; Lowell W. Kinch – Treasurer Richard L. Bready, Gabriella DiGiacino Caprio, Darren Corrente, Esq., Jason M. DaPonte, Guillaume de Ramel, Richard E. DiChiaro, The Honorable Jorge O. Elorza (Ex-Officio), Thomas P. Fay, Gary E. Furtado, Ari Gabinet, Janet Hasson, Jay Howell, The Honorable James R. Langevin (Ex-Officio), Cynthia Laughlin, Barbara S. Lavine, E. Robert Lupone, Paul A. MacDonald, Robin L. Main, Esq., Lori Merolla, Terrence P. Moran, George H. Nee, The Honorable Joseph R. Paolino, Jr., Marc Paulhus, Gary M. Penfield, Lawrence E. Purtill, Jo-Ann Ragosta, The Honorable Gina M. Raimondo (Ex-Officio), The Honorable Jack Reed (Ex-Officio), Thomas J. Rossi, David Salit, Stephen Shechtman, Esq., Robert Stoico, Donald R. Sweitzer, Susan Weiner, John Hazen White, Jr., William A. White, William K. Wray Director Representatives: Theresa M. Agonia, Seth Klaiman, Raymond D. Simone


PPAC Celebrates 40 Years of Broadway’s Best with its 2017/2018 Season!

FUN HOME

SEASON MEDIA SPONSOR:

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR:

FAMILY NIGHT MEDIA SPONSORS:

Coming in 2018/2019 Broadway Season

New or renewing subscribers for the full Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series from the 2017/2018 Season will have first access to HAMILTON tickets when renewing for the 2018/2019 Season!

LES MISÉRABLES

THE BODYGUARD

November 7 - 12, 2017

January 9 - 14, 2018

FINDING NEVERLAND

ON YOUR FEET! THE EMILIO & GLORIA ESTEFAN MUSICAL

November 28 December 3, 2017

There’s so much to love about Broadway! Treat yourself to an affordable luxury and subscribe today! A subscription to the full seven-show Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series starts as low as $91. Subscribers receive a host of special benefits, including GUARANTEED SEATING and ADVANCE ORDERING OPTIONS. Renewing or new subscribers who purchase a subscription by Monday, May 22 may opt in to a ten payment plan, so ordering early has its benefits!

ENCORE SERIES

BROADWAY SERIES

Family Night at FINDING NEVERLAND is Wednesday, November 29 at 7P; an on sale date for Family Night will be announced at a later date.

LOVE NEVER DIES

December 26 - 31, 2017

January 30 February 4, 2018

September 21 - 30, 2017

National Tour Launches in Providence!

KINKY BOOTS

December 8 - 10, 2017

THE ILLUSIONISTS - LIVE FROM BROADWAY™

January 19 - 21, 2018

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS

March 13 - 18, 2018

BROADWAY SPECIAL

SOMETHING ROTTEN!

BEAUTIFUL - THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

February 27 - March 4, 2018

May 15 - 20, 2018

Subscribe today! FOR SUBSCRIPTION RENEWALS, PLEASE CONTACT:

FOR NEW SUBSCRIPTIONS, PLEASE CONTACT THE BOX OFFICE OR:

Box Office: (401) 421-ARTS (2787)

Sharon Corcoran: (401) 574-3136 or scorcoran@ppacri.org

Hours: M – F, 10A – 5P; Sat, 10A – 2P and two hours prior to curtain times.

Hours: M – F, 9A – 5P

PHOTO CREDITS, from top left to bottom right: Curt Bouril (“Don Kirshner”), Liam Tobin (“Gerry Goffin”), Julia Knitel (“Carole King”), Ben Fankhauser (“Barry Mann”) and Erika Olson (“Cynthia Weil”) in BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical. Photo by Joan Marcus; Ben Krieger, Sammy, Colin Wheeler, Tyler Patrick Hennessy and Finn Faulconer in FINDING NEVERLAND. Credit Jeremy Daniel; John Owen-Jones as Valjean in LES MISÉRABLES. Photo by Matthew Murphy; Scene from LOVE NEVER DIES; Ana Villafañe as Gloria Estefan, Original Broadway Cast of ON YOUR FEET! © Matthew Murphy; Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos, and Lin-Manuel Miranda in HAMILTON; Cast of the SOMETHING ROTTEN! National Tour. © Jeremy Daniel; Kate Shindle as ‘Alison’ in FUN HOME. Photo by Joan Marcus; AN AMERICAN IN PARIS Touring Company. Photo by Matthew Murphy; Deborah Cox in THE BODYGUARD. Photo by Joan Marcus.

BOARD of

DIRECTORS

Joseph W. Walsh, Esq. – Chairman; Mark T. Ryan, Esq. – First Vice Chairman; Thomas A. Tanury – Second Vice Chairman; Ellen Barnes – Secretary; Lowell W. Kinch – Treasurer Richard L. Bready, Gabriella DiGiacino Caprio, Darren Corrente, Esq., Jason M. DaPonte, Guillaume de Ramel, Richard E. DiChiaro, The Honorable Jorge O. Elorza (Ex-Officio), Thomas P. Fay, Gary E. Furtado, Ari Gabinet, Janet Hasson, Jay Howell, The Honorable James R. Langevin (Ex-Officio), Cynthia Laughlin, Barbara S. Lavine, E. Robert Lupone, Paul A. MacDonald, Robin L. Main, Esq., Lori Merolla, Terrence P. Moran, George H. Nee, The Honorable Joseph R. Paolino, Jr., Marc Paulhus, Gary M. Penfield, Lawrence E. Purtill, Jo-Ann Ragosta, The Honorable Gina M. Raimondo (Ex-Officio), The Honorable Jack Reed (Ex-Officio), Thomas J. Rossi, David Salit, Stephen Shechtman, Esq., Robert Stoico, Donald R. Sweitzer, Susan Weiner, John Hazen White, Jr., William A. White, William K. Wray Director Representatives: Theresa M. Agonia, Seth Klaiman, Raymond D. Simone


PPAC THANKS OUR TITLE SPONSORS FOR THE 2017 GALA: Spend the Night with Billy Crystal, Special Guest Bonnie Hunt

The Company of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

Fifth Performance added on Sunday, April 9 at 6:30P!

Turn to PPAC NEWS for a message from our sponsor!

April 7 - 9

SPONSORED BY

Tickets: $93 - $36 On April 29, 1996, an original rock musical written by a then-littleknown composer named Jonathan Larson opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Twenty years later, RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations. This completely sung-through musical features some of the most loved music in Broadway history, including “One Song Glory,” “Another Day,” “La Vie Bohème,” “Take Me or Leave Me,” and of course, “Seasons of Love.” RENT is the masterful reimagining of Puccini’s opera La Bohème, set in New York City’s East Village during the HIV/AIDS crisis. Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists who each work towards creating something lasting in the world. A resounding mantra in RENT are the words, “NO DAY BUT TODAY.” Original Michael Grief notes that, “The message of the musical is to truly appreciate the time that we have and to truly appreciate each other, because you don’t know when someone will be gone from your life.” Larson’s sudden death at the age of thirty-five a few weeks before RENT’s off-Broadway opening added a deeper sense of poignancy to that message. Larson was posthumously awarded the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the show would win the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical. Two decades after RENT premiered, the show continues to inspire a generation of creative artists that is expanding the scope of musical theatre and, in turn, reaching young audiences. All these years later, RENT retains its immediacy, imparting ideas that resonate with our humanity and reminding us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

/RENTOnTour

@RENTOnTour

@RENTOnTour

April 21 - 23 Tickets: $73 (Sunny Seats*) - $21 SESAME STREET LIVE! “Make a New Friend” invites children to join Elmo, Grover, Abby Caddaby, and their Sesame Street friends as they welcome Chanki, Grover’s friend from India. The Sesame Street gang explores the universal fun of friendship and celebrates cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! SESAME STREET LIVE! offers a fun-filled, interactive learning experience, including up-close and furry interactions on the audience floor! With high-tech stagecraft, a cleverly written script, and recognizable music that adults will enjoy sharing with children, this Broadway quality musical production features timeless lessons and music such as “Count Me In” and fun new parodies of “Hot and Cold” and “Moves Likes Jagger” that will delight audiences of all ages.

*DON’T FORGET ABOUT SUNNY SEATS! The Sunny Seats package features premium show seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet with two SESAME STREET LIVE! friends, including Elmo! Sunny Seats include a separate Meet & Greet ticket, which you’ll receive with your show tickets. Each adult and child (age 1 and up) in a group must have a Sunny Seat show ticket and Meet & Greet ticket. All Meet & Greets start one hour before show time and last 20 minutes. Latecomers may miss the opportunity. Please meet at the Sunny Seats sign in the main Lobby. Don’t forget your camera!

#rentontour All ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice. Please visit www.ppacri.org for current prices.


PPAC THANKS OUR TITLE SPONSORS FOR THE 2017 GALA: Spend the Night with Billy Crystal, Special Guest Bonnie Hunt

The Company of the RENT 20th Anniversary Tour. RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

Fifth Performance added on Sunday, April 9 at 6:30P!

Turn to PPAC NEWS for a message from our sponsor!

April 7 - 9

SPONSORED BY

Tickets: $93 - $36 On April 29, 1996, an original rock musical written by a then-littleknown composer named Jonathan Larson opened on Broadway… and forever changed the landscape of American theatre. Twenty years later, RENT continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations. This completely sung-through musical features some of the most loved music in Broadway history, including “One Song Glory,” “Another Day,” “La Vie Bohème,” “Take Me or Leave Me,” and of course, “Seasons of Love.” RENT is the masterful reimagining of Puccini’s opera La Bohème, set in New York City’s East Village during the HIV/AIDS crisis. Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists who each work towards creating something lasting in the world. A resounding mantra in RENT are the words, “NO DAY BUT TODAY.” Original Michael Grief notes that, “The message of the musical is to truly appreciate the time that we have and to truly appreciate each other, because you don’t know when someone will be gone from your life.” Larson’s sudden death at the age of thirty-five a few weeks before RENT’s off-Broadway opening added a deeper sense of poignancy to that message. Larson was posthumously awarded the 1996 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the show would win the 1996 Tony Award for Best Musical. Two decades after RENT premiered, the show continues to inspire a generation of creative artists that is expanding the scope of musical theatre and, in turn, reaching young audiences. All these years later, RENT retains its immediacy, imparting ideas that resonate with our humanity and reminding us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love.

/RENTOnTour

@RENTOnTour

@RENTOnTour

April 21 - 23 Tickets: $73 (Sunny Seats*) - $21 SESAME STREET LIVE! “Make a New Friend” invites children to join Elmo, Grover, Abby Caddaby, and their Sesame Street friends as they welcome Chanki, Grover’s friend from India. The Sesame Street gang explores the universal fun of friendship and celebrates cultural similarities, from singing and dancing, to sharing cookies! SESAME STREET LIVE! offers a fun-filled, interactive learning experience, including up-close and furry interactions on the audience floor! With high-tech stagecraft, a cleverly written script, and recognizable music that adults will enjoy sharing with children, this Broadway quality musical production features timeless lessons and music such as “Count Me In” and fun new parodies of “Hot and Cold” and “Moves Likes Jagger” that will delight audiences of all ages.

*DON’T FORGET ABOUT SUNNY SEATS! The Sunny Seats package features premium show seating and a pre-show Meet & Greet with two SESAME STREET LIVE! friends, including Elmo! Sunny Seats include a separate Meet & Greet ticket, which you’ll receive with your show tickets. Each adult and child (age 1 and up) in a group must have a Sunny Seat show ticket and Meet & Greet ticket. All Meet & Greets start one hour before show time and last 20 minutes. Latecomers may miss the opportunity. Please meet at the Sunny Seats sign in the main Lobby. Don’t forget your camera!

#rentontour All ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice. Please visit www.ppacri.org for current prices.


WHAT'S HAPPENING AT

Summer Time is the Best Time for Concerts! DIANA KRALL Sunday, June 18 at 7P Tickets: $128.75 - $43.25; all ticket prices include a $3.75 charge for a download of Krall’s new album, “Turn Up the Quiet.”

JUST ANNOUNCED!

BOB DYLAN & HIS BAND Wednesday, June 21 at 8P Tickets: $129.50 - $54.50

KATHY GRIFFIN’S CELEBRITY RUN-IN TOUR Sunday, April 9 at 7P Tickets: $59 - $39 “Kathy Griffin is in wickedly funny form…for an immersion into something truly wild, there’s nothing like experiencing Kathy Griffin live.” – The Los Angeles Times Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian KATHY GRIFFIN is a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of brazen comedy. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Kathy recently released her much-anticipated second book, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index, in November 2016. The book is an A-Z compendium of the celebrities she’s met over the years and the outrageous, charming and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them.

“WHEELS OF SOUL” TOUR - TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND, WOOD BROTHERS, AND HOT TUNA Friday, July 7 at 7:30P

WILD KRATTS LIVE!

Tickets: $125 - $35

Friday, April 28 at 7P Tickets: $100 (VIP Seating) - $29

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30P Tickets: $79.50 - $49.50

All ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice. Please visit www.ppacri.org for current prices.

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, "come to real life" in a classically Wild Kratts story, where they activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescue their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

All ticket prices include a $3 per ticket facility fee and are subject to change without notice. Please visit www.thevetsri.com for current prices. Enhance your experience at The VETS with VIP Encore Lounge access – call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or purchase online.


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Summer Time is the Best Time for Concerts! DIANA KRALL Sunday, June 18 at 7P Tickets: $128.75 - $43.25; all ticket prices include a $3.75 charge for a download of Krall’s new album, “Turn Up the Quiet.”

JUST ANNOUNCED!

BOB DYLAN & HIS BAND Wednesday, June 21 at 8P Tickets: $129.50 - $54.50

KATHY GRIFFIN’S CELEBRITY RUN-IN TOUR Sunday, April 9 at 7P Tickets: $59 - $39 “Kathy Griffin is in wickedly funny form…for an immersion into something truly wild, there’s nothing like experiencing Kathy Griffin live.” – The Los Angeles Times Two-time Emmy and Grammy award-winning comedian KATHY GRIFFIN is a towering figure on television, on tour and in publishing. She breaks through the entertainment clutter with her universally recognized brand of brazen comedy. A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Kathy recently released her much-anticipated second book, Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins: My A-Z Index, in November 2016. The book is an A-Z compendium of the celebrities she’s met over the years and the outrageous, charming and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them.

“WHEELS OF SOUL” TOUR - TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND, WOOD BROTHERS, AND HOT TUNA Friday, July 7 at 7:30P

WILD KRATTS LIVE!

Tickets: $125 - $35

Friday, April 28 at 7P Tickets: $100 (VIP Seating) - $29

ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS Tuesday, July 25 at 7:30P Tickets: $79.50 - $49.50

All ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice. Please visit www.ppacri.org for current prices.

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, "come to real life" in a classically Wild Kratts story, where they activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescue their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

All ticket prices include a $3 per ticket facility fee and are subject to change without notice. Please visit www.thevetsri.com for current prices. Enhance your experience at The VETS with VIP Encore Lounge access – call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or purchase online.


PPAC NEWS NEW SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

PPAC/PFM BOARD DIRECTOR TANURY ON FOX PROVIDENCE'S EXECUTIVE SUITE

NEXT STOP BROADWAY® A MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE August 14 – 18, 2017 at PPAC Tom Tanury (left) speaks with Executive Suite host Ted Nesi.

Thomas A. Tanury, Professional Facilities Management (PFM) Board Director and Second Vice Chairman of PPAC's Board of Directors, was interviewed in an episode of FOX Providence's Executive Suite. Tanury is the Chairman of his family business, Tanury Industries. Tanury talked about the fascinating field of electroplating (metal finishing) and the steps that he has taken to make his company an innovative leader in the industry. You can watch the interview at the following link: http://bit.ly/2nODjQw

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! GROUP SALES EVENT WITH JOHN O’HURLEY ON APRIL 10 PPAC is pleased to host a special Group Sales reception with John O’Hurley, star of CHICAGO and Providence College alum, on the evening of Monday, April 10. For more information and to reserve your spot, please contact Group Sales Representative Paul Hiatt at phiatt@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3162. CHICAGO will be in Providence May 2 – 7 and is part of the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series. Discounted admission is available for groups of 15 or more.

SPONSOR ANNOUNCED FOR RENT – 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR J.L. “Lynn” Singleton is pleased to announce that MARCUM LLP is the sponsor of RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour. MARCUM is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory service firms in the United States. Anthony Scillia, Partner-in-Charge of the New England Region of MARCUM LLP, said, “We are delighted to support RENT at the Providence Performing Arts Center. RENT is an iconic show that continues to make an impact on audiences, twenty years after it opened on Broadway. MARCUM is committed to supporting non-profit organizations like PPAC who enrich the city of Providence and the state of Rhode Island." Photo credit: (L to R) Danny Harris Kornfeld, Kaleb Wells. RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

PPAC PRESENTS

Next Stop

Broadway ®

The NEXT STOP BROADWAY® program will consist of classes, workshops, and rehearsals focused on classic Broadway shows. Participants (“cast members”) will learn songs and choreography from two hit shows from the “Golden Age of Broadway,” and will also create their own presentations based on shows in the 2017/2018 PPAC Season. The “Opening Night” performance for family and friends on Friday afternoon will include the two mini-musicals and eight “Box Office Previews,” plus an “Opening Number” and a “Grand Finalé!” A cast party will follow in PPAC’s Grand Lobby. PPAC is delighted to bring the renowned and talented Karen Pisani to Providence to direct NEXT STOP BROADWAY®, a fresh, fun, and enlightening program for children ages 10 to 17. Ms. Pisani’s past credits include Dance Captain and performer in the National Touring Company of A Chorus Line; Artistic Director of the National Dance Institute/New England with Jacque D’Amboise of the N.Y.C. Ballet, Dance Captain for “Baryshnikov on Broadway” starring Liza Minnelli and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and choreographer of Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals for 32 years. Ms. Pisani will be accompanied by an experienced staff of professional Broadway choreographers, musical directors, and leading players. In addition to dance and vocal training, the program will include a mid-week “edu-tainment” segment, highlighted with film clips of Broadway shows.

For more information and to register, please contact Cynthia Goldsmith at cgoldsmith@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3105.

USHER OF THE MONTH – KIM PITZER In her 13 years of service as a member of the usher staff, Kim Pitzer has become proficient in all areas of the theatre. Often found scanning tickets at the door, Kim also serves occasionally as the Arcade Attendant and also occasionally as the Elevator Attendant. She is one of most valuable ushers! Photo courtesy of Betsy Menders

L to R: Assistant House Manager Bob Armour, Events Manager Betsy Menders, Pitzer, and House Manager Bruce Ingham.

PPAC PUTS YOU… CENTERSTAGE Are you interested in advertising in CenterStage, our 2017/2018 Season program book? You are in luck…we are now accepting ad placements for the upcoming Season! Contact CenterStage advertising representative Sharon Corcoran at scorcoran@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3136 to learn more.


PPAC NEWS NEW SUMMER PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

PPAC/PFM BOARD DIRECTOR TANURY ON FOX PROVIDENCE'S EXECUTIVE SUITE

NEXT STOP BROADWAY® A MUSICAL THEATRE INTENSIVE August 14 – 18, 2017 at PPAC Tom Tanury (left) speaks with Executive Suite host Ted Nesi.

Thomas A. Tanury, Professional Facilities Management (PFM) Board Director and Second Vice Chairman of PPAC's Board of Directors, was interviewed in an episode of FOX Providence's Executive Suite. Tanury is the Chairman of his family business, Tanury Industries. Tanury talked about the fascinating field of electroplating (metal finishing) and the steps that he has taken to make his company an innovative leader in the industry. You can watch the interview at the following link: http://bit.ly/2nODjQw

MARK YOUR CALENDARS! GROUP SALES EVENT WITH JOHN O’HURLEY ON APRIL 10 PPAC is pleased to host a special Group Sales reception with John O’Hurley, star of CHICAGO and Providence College alum, on the evening of Monday, April 10. For more information and to reserve your spot, please contact Group Sales Representative Paul Hiatt at phiatt@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3162. CHICAGO will be in Providence May 2 – 7 and is part of the Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series. Discounted admission is available for groups of 15 or more.

SPONSOR ANNOUNCED FOR RENT – 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR J.L. “Lynn” Singleton is pleased to announce that MARCUM LLP is the sponsor of RENT – 20th Anniversary Tour. MARCUM is one of the largest independent public accounting and advisory service firms in the United States. Anthony Scillia, Partner-in-Charge of the New England Region of MARCUM LLP, said, “We are delighted to support RENT at the Providence Performing Arts Center. RENT is an iconic show that continues to make an impact on audiences, twenty years after it opened on Broadway. MARCUM is committed to supporting non-profit organizations like PPAC who enrich the city of Providence and the state of Rhode Island." Photo credit: (L to R) Danny Harris Kornfeld, Kaleb Wells. RENT 20th Anniversary Tour, Credit Carol Rosegg, 2016.

PPAC PRESENTS

Next Stop

Broadway ®

The NEXT STOP BROADWAY® program will consist of classes, workshops, and rehearsals focused on classic Broadway shows. Participants (“cast members”) will learn songs and choreography from two hit shows from the “Golden Age of Broadway,” and will also create their own presentations based on shows in the 2017/2018 PPAC Season. The “Opening Night” performance for family and friends on Friday afternoon will include the two mini-musicals and eight “Box Office Previews,” plus an “Opening Number” and a “Grand Finalé!” A cast party will follow in PPAC’s Grand Lobby. PPAC is delighted to bring the renowned and talented Karen Pisani to Providence to direct NEXT STOP BROADWAY®, a fresh, fun, and enlightening program for children ages 10 to 17. Ms. Pisani’s past credits include Dance Captain and performer in the National Touring Company of A Chorus Line; Artistic Director of the National Dance Institute/New England with Jacque D’Amboise of the N.Y.C. Ballet, Dance Captain for “Baryshnikov on Broadway” starring Liza Minnelli and Mikhail Baryshnikov, and choreographer of Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals for 32 years. Ms. Pisani will be accompanied by an experienced staff of professional Broadway choreographers, musical directors, and leading players. In addition to dance and vocal training, the program will include a mid-week “edu-tainment” segment, highlighted with film clips of Broadway shows.

For more information and to register, please contact Cynthia Goldsmith at cgoldsmith@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3105.

USHER OF THE MONTH – KIM PITZER In her 13 years of service as a member of the usher staff, Kim Pitzer has become proficient in all areas of the theatre. Often found scanning tickets at the door, Kim also serves occasionally as the Arcade Attendant and also occasionally as the Elevator Attendant. She is one of most valuable ushers! Photo courtesy of Betsy Menders

L to R: Assistant House Manager Bob Armour, Events Manager Betsy Menders, Pitzer, and House Manager Bruce Ingham.

PPAC PUTS YOU… CENTERSTAGE Are you interested in advertising in CenterStage, our 2017/2018 Season program book? You are in luck…we are now accepting ad placements for the upcoming Season! Contact CenterStage advertising representative Sharon Corcoran at scorcoran@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3136 to learn more.


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