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DECEMBER SHOWTIMES 2016 National Touring Company. Kristen Beth Williams as Sibella Hallward and Kevin Massey as Monty Navarro in a scene from “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder.” Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

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2016/2017 Season Media Sponsor

2016/2017 Broadway Series Sponsor

The Providence Performing Arts Center would like to thank the following sponsors:

PPAC Square 220 Weybosset Street Providence, Rhode Island 02903-3783

PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

(L to R) Sam Cieri and Mackenzie Lesser-Roy from the ONCE tour company © Joan Marcus

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PART OF THE BROADWAY SERIES SPONSORED BY:

SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL

a publication of the Providence Performing Arts Center

SHOW TIMES DECEMBER 2016

DECEMBER 2 - 4 MEDIA SPONSOR:

Happy Holidays! The PPAC’s/The VETS’ Holiday Sale is on Saturday, December 3!

DECEMBER 6 - 11

SPONSORED BY:


CALENDAR

Q-SHEET BOX OFFICE / ONLINE

HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE HOURS

DECEMBER

Saturday 12/24 (Christmas Eve): 10A to noon / Sunday 12/25 (Christmas): Closed Saturday 12/31 (New Year’s Eve): 10A to 2P / Sunday 1/1 (New Year’s Day): PPAC will be closed and VETS will be open for SALUTE TO VIENNA at least two hours prior to curtain time.

ADMINISTRATION

1 The Piano Guys at 7:30P

Limited availability! Call the Box Office for available locations.

2 – 4 Once

SPONSORED BY

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.

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR

3 PPAC’s / The VETS’ Holiday Sale

Online sales begin at 12:01A; window and phone sales begin at 9A

3 – 4 At The VETS: Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

6 – 11 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder PART OF THE BROADWAY SERIES SPONSORED BY:

8 At The VETS: Norah Jones: Day Breaks World Tour at 8P 14 At The VETS: WGBH Presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan at 7:30P

16 – 18 Festival Ballet Providence’s “The Nutcracker”

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

DIRECT RESPONSE

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

DIRECTIONS TO PPAC

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.”

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 PATRON SAFETY NOTICE: Guests entering PPAC are

BROADWAY LIGHTS UP PPAC SQUARE PPAC recently launched the National Tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I to great critical and audience acclaim.  This launch marks the 13th National Tour at PPAC since 2008, the first being LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL.  Photo: Stephanie Izzo

Follow us on

FACEBOOK at

www.facebook.com/ProvPACRI

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 for purchase in any denomination at the PPAC Box Office and online. Gift Card sleeves include special pre- and post-show offerings from Gracie’s Restaurant, located at 194 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903.

subject to search at the discretion of management, which may include pat down or scan by metal detector wands. NO laptops, briefcases, or suitcases are allowed in the venue. PPAC does not provide storage or holding for confiscated or prohibited items. Outside food and drink are also NOT allowed in the building. Please note that a Providence Police detail is on site at all PPAC events. PPAC management reserves the right to change this 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 upon request for Saturday 2P performances of the Broadway and Encore Series as well as other presentations. For details, please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787).

Follow us on TWITTER at www.twitter.com/ProvPACRI

GROUP SALES

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.

Follow us on

INSTAGRAM @ProvPacRI

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

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


CALENDAR

Q-SHEET BOX OFFICE / ONLINE

HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE HOURS

DECEMBER

Saturday 12/24 (Christmas Eve): 10A to noon / Sunday 12/25 (Christmas): Closed Saturday 12/31 (New Year’s Eve): 10A to 2P / Sunday 1/1 (New Year’s Day): PPAC will be closed and VETS will be open for SALUTE TO VIENNA at least two hours prior to curtain time.

ADMINISTRATION

1 The Piano Guys at 7:30P

Limited availability! Call the Box Office for available locations.

2 – 4 Once

SPONSORED BY

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.

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR

3 PPAC’s / The VETS’ Holiday Sale

Online sales begin at 12:01A; window and phone sales begin at 9A

3 – 4 At The VETS: Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic

6 – 11 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder PART OF THE BROADWAY SERIES SPONSORED BY:

8 At The VETS: Norah Jones: Day Breaks World Tour at 8P 14 At The VETS: WGBH Presents A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan at 7:30P

16 – 18 Festival Ballet Providence’s “The Nutcracker”

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

DIRECT RESPONSE

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

DIRECTIONS TO PPAC

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.”

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 PATRON SAFETY NOTICE: Guests entering PPAC are

BROADWAY LIGHTS UP PPAC SQUARE PPAC recently launched the National Tour of the Lincoln Center Theater Production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I to great critical and audience acclaim.  This launch marks the 13th National Tour at PPAC since 2008, the first being LEGALLY BLONDE, THE MUSICAL.  Photo: Stephanie Izzo

Follow us on

FACEBOOK at

www.facebook.com/ProvPACRI

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 for purchase in any denomination at the PPAC Box Office and online. Gift Card sleeves include special pre- and post-show offerings from Gracie’s Restaurant, located at 194 Washington Street, Providence, RI 02903.

subject to search at the discretion of management, which may include pat down or scan by metal detector wands. NO laptops, briefcases, or suitcases are allowed in the venue. PPAC does not provide storage or holding for confiscated or prohibited items. Outside food and drink are also NOT allowed in the building. Please note that a Providence Police detail is on site at all PPAC events. PPAC management reserves the right to change this 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 upon request for Saturday 2P performances of the Broadway and Encore Series as well as other presentations. For details, please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787).

Follow us on TWITTER at www.twitter.com/ProvPACRI

GROUP SALES

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.

Follow us on

INSTAGRAM @ProvPacRI

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

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


MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR PPAC’S / THE VETS’ HOLIDAY SALE! SHOWS AT PPAC

SHOWS AT THE VETS

TACO/WHITE FAMILY FOUNDATION BROADWAY SERIES1 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder December 6 – 11

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30P

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time February 7 – 12

A Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert Sunday, January 1 at 2P

Disney’s The Lion King+ February 28 – March 19

Vocalosity Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30P

From 9A to 11A: enjoy coffee and doughnuts (compliments of PPAC), take a picture with Santa Claus, and enter to win special prizes!

Chicago May 2 – 7

From 9A to 10:30A: The Coastline Show Chorus will be “making spirits bright” with a mix of holiday renditions.

Matilda the Musical May 17 – 21

FirstWorks Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company Friday, February 3 at 8P

SAVE*

25%

ON SELECTED SEATING AND PERFORMANCES FOR MOST UPCOMING SHOWS AT PPAC’S/THE VETS’ ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3!

PPAC will be accepting donations for Toys for Tots throughout the day – be sure to bring a new, unwrapped toy with you! The Holiday Sale discount is available in person at the Box Office (220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence) and by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) from 9A to 8P on Saturday, December 3 ONLY. Discounted prices are in effect online at www.ppacri.org and www.thevetsri.com from 12:01A to 11:59P on Saturday, December 3 – please enter the code MITTENS to access the discount for PPAC shows and the code ICESKATES to access the discount for shows at The VETS.

The Holidays are the perfect time to give the gift of a memorable live performance experience! PPAC and The VETS' 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, $100) or www.thevetsri.com. PPAC gift card sleeve includes pre- and post-show offerings from Gracie's Restaurant.

(Sat. & Sun. matinees excluded)

Festival Ballet Providence’s Romeo & Juliet February 10 -12

ENCORE SERIES Once2 December 2 – 4

FirstWorks Presents Rennie Harris Puremovement Friday, February 24 at 8P

(Sat. matinee excluded)

42nd Street3 March 24 – 26 Riverdance - the 20th Anniversary World Tour June 2 - 4 BROADWAY SPECIAL Rent - 20th Anniversary Tour April 7 - 9 CONTEMPORARY Festival Ballet Providence’s The Nutcracker December 16 – 18 John Cleese & the Holy Grail Saturday, January 14 at 7:30P

Aaron Tveit Sunday, February 26 at 7P Kathy Griffin Sunday, April 9 at 7P Festival Ballet Providence’s Cinderella May 12 – 14

Watch for additional news on PPAC’S CYBER MONDAY OFFER and PPAC’S / THE VETS’ HOLIDAY SALE!

Sesame Street Live! "Make a New Friend" April 21 – 23

BROADWAY SERIES SPONSOR:

1

BOARD of

DIRECTORS

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR:

SPONSORED BY:

2

SPONSORED BY:

3

*Holiday Sale seating is available for selected locations on a show-by-show basis and for selected performances only. Golden Circle Seating, VIP, and Sesame Street Live’s Sunny Seats are excluded from the discount; other restrictions may apply. The Holiday Sale discount does not include PPAC’s $3 per ticket restoration charge or The VETS’ $3 per ticket facility fee. Discounted seating is subject to availability and no other offers may be combined with the Holiday Sale discount. There are no refunds or adjustments on prior purchases. Saturday evening performances in PPAC’s Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series, Encore Series, and RENT are excluded from the offer. + The Holiday Sale offer is valid for the Tuesday – Thursday performances during the first two weeks of DISNEY’S THE LION KING, 2/28 – 3/2 and 3/7 – 3/9. All other performances of DISNEY’S THE LION KING are excluded from the offer.

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


MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR PPAC’S / THE VETS’ HOLIDAY SALE! SHOWS AT PPAC

SHOWS AT THE VETS

TACO/WHITE FAMILY FOUNDATION BROADWAY SERIES1 A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder December 6 – 11

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30P

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time February 7 – 12

A Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert Sunday, January 1 at 2P

Disney’s The Lion King+ February 28 – March 19

Vocalosity Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30P

From 9A to 11A: enjoy coffee and doughnuts (compliments of PPAC), take a picture with Santa Claus, and enter to win special prizes!

Chicago May 2 – 7

From 9A to 10:30A: The Coastline Show Chorus will be “making spirits bright” with a mix of holiday renditions.

Matilda the Musical May 17 – 21

FirstWorks Presents Paul Taylor Dance Company Friday, February 3 at 8P

SAVE*

25%

ON SELECTED SEATING AND PERFORMANCES FOR MOST UPCOMING SHOWS AT PPAC’S/THE VETS’ ANNUAL HOLIDAY SALE ON SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3!

PPAC will be accepting donations for Toys for Tots throughout the day – be sure to bring a new, unwrapped toy with you! The Holiday Sale discount is available in person at the Box Office (220 Weybosset Street in downtown Providence) and by phone at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) from 9A to 8P on Saturday, December 3 ONLY. Discounted prices are in effect online at www.ppacri.org and www.thevetsri.com from 12:01A to 11:59P on Saturday, December 3 – please enter the code MITTENS to access the discount for PPAC shows and the code ICESKATES to access the discount for shows at The VETS.

The Holidays are the perfect time to give the gift of a memorable live performance experience! PPAC and The VETS' 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, $100) or www.thevetsri.com. PPAC gift card sleeve includes pre- and post-show offerings from Gracie's Restaurant.

(Sat. & Sun. matinees excluded)

Festival Ballet Providence’s Romeo & Juliet February 10 -12

ENCORE SERIES Once2 December 2 – 4

FirstWorks Presents Rennie Harris Puremovement Friday, February 24 at 8P

(Sat. matinee excluded)

42nd Street3 March 24 – 26 Riverdance - the 20th Anniversary World Tour June 2 - 4 BROADWAY SPECIAL Rent - 20th Anniversary Tour April 7 - 9 CONTEMPORARY Festival Ballet Providence’s The Nutcracker December 16 – 18 John Cleese & the Holy Grail Saturday, January 14 at 7:30P

Aaron Tveit Sunday, February 26 at 7P Kathy Griffin Sunday, April 9 at 7P Festival Ballet Providence’s Cinderella May 12 – 14

Watch for additional news on PPAC’S CYBER MONDAY OFFER and PPAC’S / THE VETS’ HOLIDAY SALE!

Sesame Street Live! "Make a New Friend" April 21 – 23

BROADWAY SERIES SPONSOR:

1

BOARD of

DIRECTORS

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR:

SPONSORED BY:

2

SPONSORED BY:

3

*Holiday Sale seating is available for selected locations on a show-by-show basis and for selected performances only. Golden Circle Seating, VIP, and Sesame Street Live’s Sunny Seats are excluded from the discount; other restrictions may apply. The Holiday Sale discount does not include PPAC’s $3 per ticket restoration charge or The VETS’ $3 per ticket facility fee. Discounted seating is subject to availability and no other offers may be combined with the Holiday Sale discount. There are no refunds or adjustments on prior purchases. Saturday evening performances in PPAC’s Taco/White Family Foundation Broadway Series, Encore Series, and RENT are excluded from the offer. + The Holiday Sale offer is valid for the Tuesday – Thursday performances during the first two weeks of DISNEY’S THE LION KING, 2/28 – 3/2 and 3/7 – 3/9. All other performances of DISNEY’S THE LION KING are excluded from the offer.

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


PLAN AHEAD!

THE PIANO GUYS

JANUARY

Thursday, December 1 at 7:30P Tickets are limited for this concert; please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) for more information.

John Cleese & the Holy Grail Saturday, January 14 at 7:30P

FEBRUARY Lewis Black: The Rant, White & Blue Tour (Tickets on sale now!) Friday, February 3 at 8P

Shen Yun

Saturday, February 4 at 7:30P

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time February 7 – 12

The ONCE tour company © Joan Marcus

MARCH Disney’s The Lion King (Tickets on sale now!) February 28 – March 19

Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P

December 2 – 4

42nd Street

Tickets: $78 - $36 // Part of the Encore Series

March 24 – 26

APRIL Celtic Woman

Thursday, April 6 at 7P

Rent – 20th Anniversary Tour April 7 – 9

Sesame Street Live! "Make a New Friend" (Tickets on sale now!) April 21 – 23

AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen (Tickets on sale now!) Saturday, April 29 at 8P

MAY Chicago

May 2 – 7

Matilda the Musical May 17 – 21

JUNE Riverdance – the 20th Anniversary World Tour June 2 – 4

(L to R) Sam Cieri and Mackenzie Lesser-Roy from the ONCE tour company © Joan Marcus

PPAC Annual Gala: Spend the Night with Billy Crystal (Tickets on sale as of Dec. 2)

In 2012, ONCE was the recipient of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show also launched its first National Tour here at PPAC is 2013, and now proudly returns to the Theatre for a limited engagement.

Inspired by the eponymous independent Irish film and featuring music composed by the film’s stars Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the musical has been hailed as “the sweetest and most romantic show on Broadway. It speaks volumes about the power of music and connection” (Daily News). ONCE tells the story of a struggling Irish singer/songwriter known as Guy and a Czech pianist known as Girl who is struggling to support herself and her family. Guy and Girl embark on a brief and transformative journey as they connect over their mutual love of music.

Edna Walsh, who won the Tony Award for Best Book for ONCE, says, “…with this show…we created a community. It’s like a spotlight is shone on these people in Dublin at a specific time, and around it grows romance and creativity. And then it goes. That’s part of the loss. You see the potential for people to come together and do beautiful things, and then those things end. In Partnership with WPRI and Toys for Tots, “In addition to the story of the Guy and the Girl, we needed to be sure there are all these other love stories in the air. Each person is riffing off a love story that’s been lost, that’s got away. That was the key: for the audience to feel part of the experience, also to look at the people on the stage and go, ‘They’re us.’”

to continue our annual holiday tradition of unwrapped toys for children throughout the Island. Please bring your donation to any of ONCE or GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO MURDER and place them in the Toys for To near the Box Office window

SPONSORED BY

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.


PLAN AHEAD!

THE PIANO GUYS

JANUARY

Thursday, December 1 at 7:30P Tickets are limited for this concert; please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) for more information.

John Cleese & the Holy Grail Saturday, January 14 at 7:30P

FEBRUARY Lewis Black: The Rant, White & Blue Tour (Tickets on sale now!) Friday, February 3 at 8P

Shen Yun

Saturday, February 4 at 7:30P

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time February 7 – 12

The ONCE tour company © Joan Marcus

MARCH Disney’s The Lion King (Tickets on sale now!) February 28 – March 19

Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P

December 2 – 4

42nd Street

Tickets: $78 - $36 // Part of the Encore Series

March 24 – 26

APRIL Celtic Woman

Thursday, April 6 at 7P

Rent – 20th Anniversary Tour April 7 – 9

Sesame Street Live! "Make a New Friend" (Tickets on sale now!) April 21 – 23

AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen (Tickets on sale now!) Saturday, April 29 at 8P

MAY Chicago

May 2 – 7

Matilda the Musical May 17 – 21

JUNE Riverdance – the 20th Anniversary World Tour June 2 – 4

(L to R) Sam Cieri and Mackenzie Lesser-Roy from the ONCE tour company © Joan Marcus

PPAC Annual Gala: Spend the Night with Billy Crystal (Tickets on sale as of Dec. 2)

In 2012, ONCE was the recipient of eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The show also launched its first National Tour here at PPAC is 2013, and now proudly returns to the Theatre for a limited engagement.

Inspired by the eponymous independent Irish film and featuring music composed by the film’s stars Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, the musical has been hailed as “the sweetest and most romantic show on Broadway. It speaks volumes about the power of music and connection” (Daily News). ONCE tells the story of a struggling Irish singer/songwriter known as Guy and a Czech pianist known as Girl who is struggling to support herself and her family. Guy and Girl embark on a brief and transformative journey as they connect over their mutual love of music.

Edna Walsh, who won the Tony Award for Best Book for ONCE, says, “…with this show…we created a community. It’s like a spotlight is shone on these people in Dublin at a specific time, and around it grows romance and creativity. And then it goes. That’s part of the loss. You see the potential for people to come together and do beautiful things, and then those things end. In Partnership with WPRI and Toys for Tots, “In addition to the story of the Guy and the Girl, we needed to be sure there are all these other love stories in the air. Each person is riffing off a love story that’s been lost, that’s got away. That was the key: for the audience to feel part of the experience, also to look at the people on the stage and go, ‘They’re us.’”

to continue our annual holiday tradition of unwrapped toys for children throughout the Island. Please bring your donation to any of ONCE or GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE TO MURDER and place them in the Toys for To near the Box Office window

SPONSORED BY

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.


National Touring Company. (L-R) Kristen Beth Williams as Sibella Hallward, Kevin Massey as Monty Navarro and Kristen Hahn as Phoebe D'Ysquith in a scene from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder." Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

WHAT’S HAPPENING AT

DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY & MINNIE’S DOORWAY TO MAGIC December 3 – 4 Tickets: Children’s tickets are $18; adult tickets are $38 - $103

December 6 – 11 Tickets: $83 - $36 A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is an “inspired and hilarious” (The New York Times) musical comedy that won four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Inspired by Roy Horniman’s 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal, GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious tale of Monty Navarro (played by Kevin Massey), a distant (and penniless) heir of the D’Ysquith Family who takes matters into his own hands and slays his eight familial competitors (all played by John Rapson) to acquire the family fortune. All the while, Monty must also juggle two romances, one with his cousin, Phoebe D’Ysquith (Kristen Hahn), and another I’ve never with Sibella Hallward (Kristen Beth Williams), who has already married for money. laughed so

hard at a Of Monty, director Darko Tresnjak says, “He’s a talented ambitious young man….and everyone Broadway in the audience responds to ambition. What musical! I said, from the moment I started working on - NPR [GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE] is, ‘this is the comic side of The Talented Mister Ripley.’ Why do people like those Patricia Highsmith books and movies? Why do we like to see people get away with it? Because, a part of us wants to get away with it – whatever it is. In this instance, casting is very, very important. And, it helps that the family is odious. And there is an injustice, they treated Monty’s mother like hell.”

PPAC is pleased collecting new, e state of Rhode y performance O LOVE AND ots box, located w.

That being said, the show is also tremendously funny. Book writer and co-lyricist Robert Freedman said, “Steve [Lutvak, composer and co-lyricist] and I had a tremendous amount of fun writing it and we kept making sure that we were keeping everything consistent in tone. And we just cracked each other up writing lyrics. We wrote lyrics together in the same room, which some people can’t conceive of, but that’s exactly how we did it. And so it was fun!” PART OF THE BROADWAY SERIES SPONSORED BY:

Open the door of your imagination to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable magical Disney moments with DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY & MINNIE’S DOORWAY TO MAGIC. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy can’t wait for you to join them and their Disney friends as they surprise and captivate audiences at “every turn of the knob!” See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst floating lanterns.

A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN WITH BRIAN O’DONOVAN Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30P Tickets: $68 - $48 A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN WITH BRIAN O’DONOVAN has delighted radio audiences for the past twenty-eight years. For the last fourteen, the Christmastime live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christmas traditions to celebrate the music of the season. First launched in 2003, A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of its weekly national radio program. With legends of music, song, and dance from the Celtic world set to take the stage, this year’s show again promises to build its reputation as a staple of live holiday music in New England. All tickets include a $3 per ticket facility fee and are suject to change without notice. Please visit www.thevetsri.com for current prices.


National Touring Company. (L-R) Kristen Beth Williams as Sibella Hallward, Kevin Massey as Monty Navarro and Kristen Hahn as Phoebe D'Ysquith in a scene from "A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder." Photo credit: Joan Marcus.

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DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY & MINNIE’S DOORWAY TO MAGIC December 3 – 4 Tickets: Children’s tickets are $18; adult tickets are $38 - $103

December 6 – 11 Tickets: $83 - $36 A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE & MURDER is an “inspired and hilarious” (The New York Times) musical comedy that won four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Inspired by Roy Horniman’s 1907 novel Israel Rank: The Autobiography of a Criminal, GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE tells the uproarious tale of Monty Navarro (played by Kevin Massey), a distant (and penniless) heir of the D’Ysquith Family who takes matters into his own hands and slays his eight familial competitors (all played by John Rapson) to acquire the family fortune. All the while, Monty must also juggle two romances, one with his cousin, Phoebe D’Ysquith (Kristen Hahn), and another I’ve never with Sibella Hallward (Kristen Beth Williams), who has already married for money. laughed so

hard at a Of Monty, director Darko Tresnjak says, “He’s a talented ambitious young man….and everyone Broadway in the audience responds to ambition. What musical! I said, from the moment I started working on - NPR [GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE] is, ‘this is the comic side of The Talented Mister Ripley.’ Why do people like those Patricia Highsmith books and movies? Why do we like to see people get away with it? Because, a part of us wants to get away with it – whatever it is. In this instance, casting is very, very important. And, it helps that the family is odious. And there is an injustice, they treated Monty’s mother like hell.”

PPAC is pleased collecting new, e state of Rhode y performance O LOVE AND ots box, located w.

That being said, the show is also tremendously funny. Book writer and co-lyricist Robert Freedman said, “Steve [Lutvak, composer and co-lyricist] and I had a tremendous amount of fun writing it and we kept making sure that we were keeping everything consistent in tone. And we just cracked each other up writing lyrics. We wrote lyrics together in the same room, which some people can’t conceive of, but that’s exactly how we did it. And so it was fun!” PART OF THE BROADWAY SERIES SPONSORED BY:

Open the door of your imagination to reveal mesmerizing worlds of unforgettable magical Disney moments with DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY & MINNIE’S DOORWAY TO MAGIC. Mickey, Minnie, Donald, and Goofy can’t wait for you to join them and their Disney friends as they surprise and captivate audiences at “every turn of the knob!” See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella’s rags into a beautiful ball gown; the Toy Story gang defy the dimensions of Andy’s toy box; and the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst floating lanterns.

A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN WITH BRIAN O’DONOVAN Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30P Tickets: $68 - $48 A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN WITH BRIAN O’DONOVAN has delighted radio audiences for the past twenty-eight years. For the last fourteen, the Christmastime live version of the show has drawn on Celtic, Pagan, and Christmas traditions to celebrate the music of the season. First launched in 2003, A CHRISTMAS CELTIC SOJOURN reflects the compelling and diverse offerings of its weekly national radio program. With legends of music, song, and dance from the Celtic world set to take the stage, this year’s show again promises to build its reputation as a staple of live holiday music in New England. All tickets include a $3 per ticket facility fee and are suject to change without notice. Please visit www.thevetsri.com for current prices.


Photo: Steve Schofield

PPAC NEWS PPAC ANNUAL GALA: SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL

MACY’S FAMILY NIGHT AT THE KING AND I

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), is pleased to announce that beloved comedian and frequent host of the Academy Awards, BILLY CRYSTAL will perform at the 2017 PPAC Annual Gala on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P.

On Wednesday, November 2, PPAC hosted Macy’s Family Night at THE KING AND I. Student groups, including Saint Pius V School in Providence; Taunton High School; and Global Learning Charter School in Fall River, MA, were among the first to see the National Tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I.

The PPAC Gala is a fundraiser for the Theatre and is a black-tie optional event. Gala tickets include prime seating to the performance, postshow party at PPAC, and parking. Gala tickets are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law. Individual Gala tickets may be purchased for $300 NOW by emailing Donna Santos at dsantos@ppacri.org

PPAC President J.L. “Lynn” Singleton said. “On behalf of the Theatre, we thank Macy’s for their continuing support of our Family Night program. Their sponsorship has allowed the program to thrive and has given so many children the chance to see beautiful and fun productions at our Theatre over the years.”

Tickets for SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL go on sale as of December 2. Tickets are $200 - $45 (these are not Gala tickets); all ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice.

Saint Pius V School

Global Learning Charter School

Taunton High School

Photos: Leah Fellman FAMILY NIGHT MEDIA SPONSORS

USHER OF THE MONTH Suzie Miller has been recognized as the Usher of the Month for October 2016. Suzie, and her husband Marc, are currently serving as volunteer ushers for their eleventh year. Suzie frequently works at the door, but is equally proficient working on any aisle in the orchestra or balcony. She is always extremely pleasant and helpful with patrons, and an excellent usher no matter where she works. Congratulations, Suzie! Photo: Leah Fellman

L to R: House Manager Bruce Ingham, General Manager Alan Chille, Suzie Miller, and Assistant House Manager Bob Armour.

WELCOME, JULIANNE! The PPAC Marketing Staff is pleased to welcome Julianne Panico as our new Digital Media Assistant. Julianne recently graduated from New England Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Graphics, Multimedia, and Web Design. Besides design, she loves dogs, film scores, books and of course, Broadway musicals. Her favorites are Hairspray and Wicked. Julianne is very excited to be a part of PPAC and is looking forward to working as PPAC’s new Digital Media Assistant. Photo: Caitlyn DiPompo


Photo: Steve Schofield

PPAC NEWS PPAC ANNUAL GALA: SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL

MACY’S FAMILY NIGHT AT THE KING AND I

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), is pleased to announce that beloved comedian and frequent host of the Academy Awards, BILLY CRYSTAL will perform at the 2017 PPAC Annual Gala on Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P.

On Wednesday, November 2, PPAC hosted Macy’s Family Night at THE KING AND I. Student groups, including Saint Pius V School in Providence; Taunton High School; and Global Learning Charter School in Fall River, MA, were among the first to see the National Tour of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s THE KING AND I.

The PPAC Gala is a fundraiser for the Theatre and is a black-tie optional event. Gala tickets include prime seating to the performance, postshow party at PPAC, and parking. Gala tickets are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law. Individual Gala tickets may be purchased for $300 NOW by emailing Donna Santos at dsantos@ppacri.org

PPAC President J.L. “Lynn” Singleton said. “On behalf of the Theatre, we thank Macy’s for their continuing support of our Family Night program. Their sponsorship has allowed the program to thrive and has given so many children the chance to see beautiful and fun productions at our Theatre over the years.”

Tickets for SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL go on sale as of December 2. Tickets are $200 - $45 (these are not Gala tickets); all ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice.

Saint Pius V School

Global Learning Charter School

Taunton High School

Photos: Leah Fellman FAMILY NIGHT MEDIA SPONSORS

USHER OF THE MONTH Suzie Miller has been recognized as the Usher of the Month for October 2016. Suzie, and her husband Marc, are currently serving as volunteer ushers for their eleventh year. Suzie frequently works at the door, but is equally proficient working on any aisle in the orchestra or balcony. She is always extremely pleasant and helpful with patrons, and an excellent usher no matter where she works. Congratulations, Suzie! Photo: Leah Fellman

L to R: House Manager Bruce Ingham, General Manager Alan Chille, Suzie Miller, and Assistant House Manager Bob Armour.

WELCOME, JULIANNE! The PPAC Marketing Staff is pleased to welcome Julianne Panico as our new Digital Media Assistant. Julianne recently graduated from New England Institute of Technology with a bachelor's degree in Graphics, Multimedia, and Web Design. Besides design, she loves dogs, film scores, books and of course, Broadway musicals. Her favorites are Hairspray and Wicked. Julianne is very excited to be a part of PPAC and is looking forward to working as PPAC’s new Digital Media Assistant. Photo: Caitlyn DiPompo


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