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Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”) and Gardar Thor Cortes (“The Phantom”) star in Love Never Dies. Photo: Joan Marcus.

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Sydney Patrick and Lance Bordelon in the National Tour of Kinky Boots. Photo credit: Matthew Murphy.

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DECEMBER 8 – 10 ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR: SPONSORED BY:

BOSTON POPS ESPLANADE ORCHESTRA Keith Lockhart, Conductor

DECEMBER 26 – 31

PART OF THE

BROADWAY SERIES

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22 AT 8P Sponsored by:

Media Sponsors:


CALENDAR

Q-SHEET BOX OFFICE / ONLINE

DECEMBER

In Partnership with WPRI 12 and FOX Providence, PPAC is pleased to continue our annual holiday tradition of collecting new, unwrapped toys for children throughout the state of Rhode Island for Toys for Tots. Please bring your donation to any performance of FINDING NEVERLAND and KINKY BOOTS, and to our Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 2. Place your new, unwrapped toy in the Toys for Tots box, located near the Box Office window. Thank you in advance for helping us make the Season so much brighter!

Nov 28 – Dec 3

Finding Neverland

PART OF THE

Nov 29

Family Night at Finding Neverland at 7P

MEDIA SPONSORS:

2

Holiday Sale - PPAC / The VETS Online sales begin at 12:01A; window and phone sales begin at 9A

2–3

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

8 – 10

SPONSORED BY:

Kinky Boots

Designated Family Show

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR:

20

At The VETS: WGBH Presents “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan” at 7:30P

26 – 31

MEDIA SPONSORS:

Love Never Dies

PART OF THE

30

SPONSORED BY:

BROADWAY SERIES

At The VETS: Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert at 2P

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@ProvPacRI

FACEBOOK at

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GROUP SALES

Phone (401) 574-3136 Email direct@ppacri.org Fax (401) 421-5767 Hours M-F, 9A-5P

Phone (401) 574-3162 Email phiatt@ppacri.org Fax (401) 421-5767 Hours M-F, 9A-5P

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 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

Festival Ballet Providence Presents “The Nutcracker”

2017 Holiday Pops Tour: Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra – Keith Lockhart, conductor at 8P

DIRECT RESPONSE

Phone (401) 421-2997 Email info@ppacri.org Fax (401) 421-5767 Hours M-F, 9A-6P

smart casual clothing

15 – 17

22

ADMINISTRATION

DIRECTIONS TO PPAC

Designated Family Show

BROADWAY SERIES

Phone (401) 421-ARTS (2787) Email patron_feedback@ppacri.org Fax (401) 351-7827 Regular Box Office Hours M – F, 10A – 5P; Sat, 10A – 2P and two hours prior to all curtain times on show dates. 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

PATRON SAFETY NOTICE: PPAC requests that all guests

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, suitcases, and outside food and beverages are not allowed in the building. Any items confiscated will not be returned. 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).

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 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


CALENDAR

Q-SHEET BOX OFFICE / ONLINE

DECEMBER

In Partnership with WPRI 12 and FOX Providence, PPAC is pleased to continue our annual holiday tradition of collecting new, unwrapped toys for children throughout the state of Rhode Island for Toys for Tots. Please bring your donation to any performance of FINDING NEVERLAND and KINKY BOOTS, and to our Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 2. Place your new, unwrapped toy in the Toys for Tots box, located near the Box Office window. Thank you in advance for helping us make the Season so much brighter!

Nov 28 – Dec 3

Finding Neverland

PART OF THE

Nov 29

Family Night at Finding Neverland at 7P

MEDIA SPONSORS:

2

Holiday Sale - PPAC / The VETS Online sales begin at 12:01A; window and phone sales begin at 9A

2–3

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

8 – 10

SPONSORED BY:

Kinky Boots

Designated Family Show

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR:

20

At The VETS: WGBH Presents “A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O’Donovan” at 7:30P

26 – 31

MEDIA SPONSORS:

Love Never Dies

PART OF THE

30

SPONSORED BY:

BROADWAY SERIES

At The VETS: Salute to Vienna New Year’s Concert at 2P

Follow us on

Follow us on

Follow us on

www.facebook.com/ProvPACRI

@ProvPACRI

@ProvPacRI

FACEBOOK at

TWITTER

GROUP SALES

Phone (401) 574-3136 Email direct@ppacri.org Fax (401) 421-5767 Hours M-F, 9A-5P

Phone (401) 574-3162 Email phiatt@ppacri.org Fax (401) 421-5767 Hours M-F, 9A-5P

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 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

Festival Ballet Providence Presents “The Nutcracker”

2017 Holiday Pops Tour: Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra – Keith Lockhart, conductor at 8P

DIRECT RESPONSE

Phone (401) 421-2997 Email info@ppacri.org Fax (401) 421-5767 Hours M-F, 9A-6P

smart casual clothing

15 – 17

22

ADMINISTRATION

DIRECTIONS TO PPAC

Designated Family Show

BROADWAY SERIES

Phone (401) 421-ARTS (2787) Email patron_feedback@ppacri.org Fax (401) 351-7827 Regular Box Office Hours M – F, 10A – 5P; Sat, 10A – 2P and two hours prior to all curtain times on show dates. 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

PATRON SAFETY NOTICE: PPAC requests that all guests

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, suitcases, and outside food and beverages are not allowed in the building. Any items confiscated will not be returned. 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).

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 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


PARTICIPATING PPAC SHOWS*

iday Sale l o H PPAC & The VETS

TACO/WHITE FAMILY FOUNDATION BROADWAY SERIES1 Finding Neverland November 28 – December 3

ENCORE SERIES2 Kinky Boots3 December 8 – 10

F and Sun eve, and Sat mat perfs included

The Illusionists – Live from Broadway™4 January 19 – 21

Sun eve performance included

Love Never Dies The spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera December 26 – 31

All evening perfs included

BROADWAY SPECIAL Beautiful – The Carole King Musical February 27 – March 4

Tu – F, and Sun eve perfs included

Tu – Th eve perfs included

The Bodyguard Starring Deborah Cox January 9 – 14

CONTEMPORARY SPECIALS Festival Ballet Providence Presents “The Nutcracker” December 15 – 17

ALL perfs included. Deborah Cox will not perform at the Sat Mat & Sun Eve performances of THE BODYGUARD. Also, this show is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

The Holidays are a perfect time to give the gift of a PPAC show! 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. Our gift card sleeve includes special complimentary offerings from Gracie’s Restaurant and Ellie’s Bakery.

Save 25%+ on selected seating and performances for most upcoming shows at PPAC’s/The VETS’ Annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 2!

Discounted prices are in effect online at www.ppacri.org and www.thevetsri.com from 12:01A to 11:59P on Saturday, December 2 ONLY – please enter the code SOLSTICE to access the discount for PPAC Shows and the code WREATH to access the discount for shows at The VETS. Holiday Sale seating is available for selected locations on a show-by-show basis. VIP and Golden Circle seating are excluded from the offer. 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.

2017 Holiday Pops Tour: Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, Conductor5 Friday, December 22 at 8P

On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Musical January 30 – February 4 ALL perfs included

Limited quantity available

An American in Paris March 13 – 18

Jay Leno with opening act Hawkward Thursday, March 22 at 7:30P

Tu – F, and Sun eve perfs included

Limited quantity available

Something Rotten! May 15 – 20

Brian Regan Thursday, May 10 at 7:30P

Tu – F, and Sun eve perfs included

Limited quantity available

PARTICIPATING VETS’ SHOWS* A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan Wednesday, December 20 at 7:30P Salute to Vienna: New Year's Concert Saturday, December 30 at 2P Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway Sunday, January 21 at 7P

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 2 ONLY.

ALL perfs included

ARRIVAL from Sweden: The Music of ABBA Thursday, February 1 at 7:30P Chefs: A Sizzling Kitchen Showdown Sunday, February 18 at 7P FirstWorks Presents American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook Thursday, February 22 at 7:30P Red Hot Chilli Pipers Sunday, March 18 at 7P

Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After The Curtain Thursday, January 25 at 7:30P

Festival Ballet Providence Presents "Little Mermaid" April 27 - 29

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Sunday, January 28 at 7P

ALL perfs included

PART OF THE

BROADWAY SERIES

1

SEASON MEDIA SPONSOR:

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR: 2

3

SPONSORED BY:

4

SPONSORED BY:

SPONSORED BY:

5

+

BOARD of

DIRECTORS

*Listing current as of print date. Check www.ppacri.org and www.thevetsri.com for the latest!

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 DiGiacinto Caprio, Darren Corrente, Esq., Jason M. DaPonte, Richard E. DiChiaro, The Hon. Jorge O. Elorza (Ex-Officio)*, Thomas P. Fay, Gary E. Furtado, Ari Gabinet, Janet Hasson, The Hon. James R. Langevin (Ex-Officio)*, Cynthia Laughlin, Barbara S. Lavine, E. Robert Lupone, Paul A. MacDonald, Robin L. Main, Esq., Rick Metters, Terrence P. Moran, George H. Nee, Gary M. Penfield, Lawrence E. Purtill, Jo-Ann Ragosta, The Hon. Gina M. Raimondo (Ex-Officio), The Hon. Jack Reed (Ex-Officio)*, Thomas J. Rossi, David Salit, Stephen Shechtman, Esq., Robert Stoico, Donald R. Sweitzer, Peter J. Troy, Susan Weiner, John Hazen White, Jr.*, William A. White, William K. Wray *Director Representatives: Theresa M. Agonia (The Hon. Jorge O. Elorza), Seth Klaiman (The Hon. James R. Langevin), Raymond Simone (The Hon. Jack Reed), Benjamin White (for John Hazen White, Jr.)


PARTICIPATING PPAC SHOWS*

iday Sale l o H PPAC & The VETS

TACO/WHITE FAMILY FOUNDATION BROADWAY SERIES1 Finding Neverland November 28 – December 3

ENCORE SERIES2 Kinky Boots3 December 8 – 10

F and Sun eve, and Sat mat perfs included

The Illusionists – Live from Broadway™4 January 19 – 21

Sun eve performance included

Love Never Dies The spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera December 26 – 31

All evening perfs included

BROADWAY SPECIAL Beautiful – The Carole King Musical February 27 – March 4

Tu – F, and Sun eve perfs included

Tu – Th eve perfs included

The Bodyguard Starring Deborah Cox January 9 – 14

CONTEMPORARY SPECIALS Festival Ballet Providence Presents “The Nutcracker” December 15 – 17

ALL perfs included. Deborah Cox will not perform at the Sat Mat & Sun Eve performances of THE BODYGUARD. Also, this show is not recommended for children under the age of 13.

The Holidays are a perfect time to give the gift of a PPAC show! 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. Our gift card sleeve includes special complimentary offerings from Gracie’s Restaurant and Ellie’s Bakery.

Save 25%+ on selected seating and performances for most upcoming shows at PPAC’s/The VETS’ Annual Holiday Sale on Saturday, December 2!

Discounted prices are in effect online at www.ppacri.org and www.thevetsri.com from 12:01A to 11:59P on Saturday, December 2 ONLY – please enter the code SOLSTICE to access the discount for PPAC Shows and the code WREATH to access the discount for shows at The VETS. Holiday Sale seating is available for selected locations on a show-by-show basis. VIP and Golden Circle seating are excluded from the offer. 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.

2017 Holiday Pops Tour: Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Keith Lockhart, Conductor5 Friday, December 22 at 8P

On Your Feet! The Emilio & Gloria Estefan Musical January 30 – February 4 ALL perfs included

Limited quantity available

An American in Paris March 13 – 18

Jay Leno with opening act Hawkward Thursday, March 22 at 7:30P

Tu – F, and Sun eve perfs included

Limited quantity available

Something Rotten! May 15 – 20

Brian Regan Thursday, May 10 at 7:30P

Tu – F, and Sun eve perfs included

Limited quantity available

PARTICIPATING VETS’ SHOWS* A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan Wednesday, December 20 at 7:30P Salute to Vienna: New Year's Concert Saturday, December 30 at 2P Neil Berg's 100 Years of Broadway Sunday, January 21 at 7P

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 2 ONLY.

ALL perfs included

ARRIVAL from Sweden: The Music of ABBA Thursday, February 1 at 7:30P Chefs: A Sizzling Kitchen Showdown Sunday, February 18 at 7P FirstWorks Presents American Rhapsody: The Gershwin Songbook Thursday, February 22 at 7:30P Red Hot Chilli Pipers Sunday, March 18 at 7P

Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After The Curtain Thursday, January 25 at 7:30P

Festival Ballet Providence Presents "Little Mermaid" April 27 - 29

Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox Sunday, January 28 at 7P

ALL perfs included

PART OF THE

BROADWAY SERIES

1

SEASON MEDIA SPONSOR:

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR: 2

3

SPONSORED BY:

4

SPONSORED BY:

SPONSORED BY:

5

+

BOARD of

DIRECTORS

*Listing current as of print date. Check www.ppacri.org and www.thevetsri.com for the latest!

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 DiGiacinto Caprio, Darren Corrente, Esq., Jason M. DaPonte, Richard E. DiChiaro, The Hon. Jorge O. Elorza (Ex-Officio)*, Thomas P. Fay, Gary E. Furtado, Ari Gabinet, Janet Hasson, The Hon. James R. Langevin (Ex-Officio)*, Cynthia Laughlin, Barbara S. Lavine, E. Robert Lupone, Paul A. MacDonald, Robin L. Main, Esq., Rick Metters, Terrence P. Moran, George H. Nee, Gary M. Penfield, Lawrence E. Purtill, Jo-Ann Ragosta, The Hon. Gina M. Raimondo (Ex-Officio), The Hon. Jack Reed (Ex-Officio)*, Thomas J. Rossi, David Salit, Stephen Shechtman, Esq., Robert Stoico, Donald R. Sweitzer, Peter J. Troy, Susan Weiner, John Hazen White, Jr.*, William A. White, William K. Wray *Director Representatives: Theresa M. Agonia (The Hon. Jorge O. Elorza), Seth Klaiman (The Hon. James R. Langevin), Raymond Simone (The Hon. Jack Reed), Benjamin White (for John Hazen White, Jr.)


US National Touring Company of Kinky Boots. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy.

BOSTON POPS ESPLANADE ORCHESTRA

Keith Lockhart, Conductor SPONSORED BY:

MEDIA SPONSORS:

December 8 – 10 Tickets: $81 - $39 KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six 2013 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical. This “hugely enjoyable” (Chicago Tribune) and “dazzling” (Daily News) musical is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes audiences from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in England to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. KINKY BOOTS features songs by Grammy® and Tony®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by two-time Tony® winner Jerry Mitchell, and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony® winner Harvey Fierstein.

Just Announced! WPRI 12's Eyewitness News Anchor Danielle North will be the special guest narrator for "A Visit from St. Nicholas ('Twas The Night Before Christmas)" at this concert.

Friday, December 22 at 8P Tickets: $130 - $58 The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and esteemed conductor Keith Lockhart return to PPAC to perform their beloved Holidays Pops concert. Capturing the magic of the holiday season and the winter charms of New England, the Boston Pops will perform their signature "Sleigh Ride," as well as other holiday classics, and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. They are joined by the Metropolitan Chorale, known as one of Boston’s premier choral ensembles. Santa Claus himself will make a guest appearance during the concert’s finale followed by the traditional Boston Pops Holiday Sing-a-long.

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR:

SPONSORED BY:

TOYS FOR TOTS AT KINKY BOOTS! Celebrate the season of giving and help a child this holiday season by bringing a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. In partnership with WPRI 12 and FOX Providence, PPAC will be collecting toys at all performances of KINKY BOOTS.

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.


US National Touring Company of Kinky Boots. Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy.

BOSTON POPS ESPLANADE ORCHESTRA

Keith Lockhart, Conductor SPONSORED BY:

MEDIA SPONSORS:

December 8 – 10 Tickets: $81 - $39 KINKY BOOTS is the winner of six 2013 Tony® Awards, including Best Musical. This “hugely enjoyable” (Chicago Tribune) and “dazzling” (Daily News) musical is about the friendships we discover, and the belief that you can change the world when you change your mind. Inspired by true events, KINKY BOOTS takes audiences from a gentlemen’s shoe factory in England to the glamorous catwalks of Milan. Charlie Price is struggling to live up to his father’s expectations and continue the family business of Price & Son. With the factory’s future hanging in the balance, help arrives in the unlikely but spectacular form of Lola, a fabulous performer in need of some sturdy new stilettos. KINKY BOOTS features songs by Grammy® and Tony®-winning pop icon Cyndi Lauper, direction and choreography by two-time Tony® winner Jerry Mitchell, and a book by Broadway legend and four-time Tony® winner Harvey Fierstein.

Just Announced! WPRI 12's Eyewitness News Anchor Danielle North will be the special guest narrator for "A Visit from St. Nicholas ('Twas The Night Before Christmas)" at this concert.

Friday, December 22 at 8P Tickets: $130 - $58 The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra and esteemed conductor Keith Lockhart return to PPAC to perform their beloved Holidays Pops concert. Capturing the magic of the holiday season and the winter charms of New England, the Boston Pops will perform their signature "Sleigh Ride," as well as other holiday classics, and new arrangements of seasonal favorites. They are joined by the Metropolitan Chorale, known as one of Boston’s premier choral ensembles. Santa Claus himself will make a guest appearance during the concert’s finale followed by the traditional Boston Pops Holiday Sing-a-long.

ENCORE SERIES MEDIA SPONSOR:

SPONSORED BY:

TOYS FOR TOTS AT KINKY BOOTS! Celebrate the season of giving and help a child this holiday season by bringing a new, unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. In partnership with WPRI 12 and FOX Providence, PPAC will be collecting toys at all performances of KINKY BOOTS.

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.


Gardar Thor Cortes (“The Phantom”) and Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”) star in Love Never Dies. Photo: Joan Marcus.

WHAT'S HAPPENING AT

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.

The spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera

DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY & MINNIE’S DOORWAY TO MAGIC

Saturday, December 2 at 1P and 4P; Sunday, December 3 at 12P & 3P

December 26 – 31 Tickets: $84 - $42 The “Greatest Love Story Ever Told” continues with LOVE NEVER DIES. The year is 1907. Ten years have passed since his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and The Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. Despite his new life, The Phantom has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé, who is now one of the world’s finest sopranos. Christine accepts an These soaring invitation to travel from Paris Lloyd Webber to New York to perform at a renowned opera songs envelop house. In a final bid to win you in a sea of back Christine’s love, The melody. Phantom lures her, Raoul, - New York Post and their young son Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering world of Coney Island not knowing what is in store for them. The new touring production of LOVE NEVER DIES features sumptuous costume and set designs by Gabriela Tylesova and a beautiful score by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber. This “beautiful and haunting” show will be a treat for all this Holiday Season (Daily Mail). PART OF THE

BROADWAY SERIES

Tickets: $83 - $28 Open the door of your imagination and experience 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 you at “every turn of the knob!”

SALUTE TO VIENNA – NEW YEAR’S CONCERT STRAUSS SYMPHONY OF AMERICA FEATURING THE RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Saturday, December 30 at 2P Tickets: $89 - $69

Celebrate the New Year with the spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance, and the delicate beauty of ballet. Inspired by Vienna’s New Year’s Concert performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, this charming celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers from the Kiev-City Ballet with the exceptional musicianship of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.


Gardar Thor Cortes (“The Phantom”) and Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”) star in Love Never Dies. Photo: Joan Marcus.

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The spellbinding sequel to The Phantom of the Opera

DISNEY LIVE! MICKEY & MINNIE’S DOORWAY TO MAGIC

Saturday, December 2 at 1P and 4P; Sunday, December 3 at 12P & 3P

December 26 – 31 Tickets: $84 - $42 The “Greatest Love Story Ever Told” continues with LOVE NEVER DIES. The year is 1907. Ten years have passed since his disappearance from the Paris Opera House and The Phantom has escaped to a new life in New York where he lives amongst the screaming joy rides and freak shows of Coney Island. Despite his new life, The Phantom has never stopped yearning for his one true love and musical protégée, Christine Daaé, who is now one of the world’s finest sopranos. Christine accepts an These soaring invitation to travel from Paris Lloyd Webber to New York to perform at a renowned opera songs envelop house. In a final bid to win you in a sea of back Christine’s love, The melody. Phantom lures her, Raoul, - New York Post and their young son Gustave, from Manhattan to the glittering world of Coney Island not knowing what is in store for them. The new touring production of LOVE NEVER DIES features sumptuous costume and set designs by Gabriela Tylesova and a beautiful score by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber. This “beautiful and haunting” show will be a treat for all this Holiday Season (Daily Mail). PART OF THE

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Tickets: $83 - $28 Open the door of your imagination and experience 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 you at “every turn of the knob!”

SALUTE TO VIENNA – NEW YEAR’S CONCERT STRAUSS SYMPHONY OF AMERICA FEATURING THE RHODE ISLAND PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA

Saturday, December 30 at 2P Tickets: $89 - $69

Celebrate the New Year with the spirited romance of operetta, the glamour of ballroom dance, and the delicate beauty of ballet. Inspired by Vienna’s New Year’s Concert performed by the Vienna Philharmonic, this charming celebration blends acclaimed European singers and dancers from the Kiev-City Ballet with the exceptional musicianship of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra.


PPAC NEWS

Film students from the University of Rhode Island enjoyed the classic Keaton film and the stunning sounds of our Mighty Wurlitzer.

JUST ANNOUNCED: 2018 PPAC GALA STEVE MARTIN AND MARTIN SHORT: AN EVENING YOU WILL FORGET FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITH STEEP CANYON RANGERS

SPOTLIGHT ON: PETER KRASINSKI AND THE WONDERS OF THE WURLITZER Peter Krasinski, renowned organist and longtime friend of the Theatre’s, gave a magical performance during his Wonders of the Wurlitzer concert in late October. Krasinski accompanied the silent film Haunted House starring Buster Keaton. Photos Courtesy of Peter Krasinski

Saturday, April 14 at 7P

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), is pleased to announce that comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will perform their “An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest of Your Life” show with the Steep Canyon Rangers at the 2018 PPAC Annual Gala on Saturday, April 14 at 7P. The PPAC Gala is a black-tie optional event. Gala tickets include prime seating to the performance, postshow party at PPAC, and parking space. 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 Tickets for STEVE MARTIN AND MARTIN SHORT are $250 - $58 (these are non-Gala tickets); all ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice.

WELCOME TO PPAC, NICK AND JOEY! Nick McNeish is our new Digital Media Assistant and is from Springfield, MA. Nick graduated from Springfield College with B.A. in Computer Graphic/Digital Arts. He is also a visual artist, and has had his work commissioned by the TV Network AMC! Before working at PPAC, Nick interned with the marketing agency GYK Antler. Joey Macari has joined our Programming Department as a Programming Assistant. She is a recent Providence College graduate where she earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts and English - Creative Writing. Originally from Stamford, CT, Joey is an actor in local theatre companies and operates her own theatre company called Mutiny Theatre Project. Top photo courtesy of Nick McNeish. Bottom photo by Caitlyn DiPompo.

DON’T MISS THESE OTHER NEWLY ADDED SHOWS AT PPAC….TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO Friday, February 9 at 7P and 9:30P

Please note: tickets are extremely limited for both performances.

TONY BENNETT

with very special guest Antonia Bennett Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30P

BRIAN REGAN Thursday, May 10 at 7:30P


PPAC NEWS

Film students from the University of Rhode Island enjoyed the classic Keaton film and the stunning sounds of our Mighty Wurlitzer.

JUST ANNOUNCED: 2018 PPAC GALA STEVE MARTIN AND MARTIN SHORT: AN EVENING YOU WILL FORGET FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WITH STEEP CANYON RANGERS

SPOTLIGHT ON: PETER KRASINSKI AND THE WONDERS OF THE WURLITZER Peter Krasinski, renowned organist and longtime friend of the Theatre’s, gave a magical performance during his Wonders of the Wurlitzer concert in late October. Krasinski accompanied the silent film Haunted House starring Buster Keaton. Photos Courtesy of Peter Krasinski

Saturday, April 14 at 7P

J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC), is pleased to announce that comedians Steve Martin and Martin Short will perform their “An Evening You Will Forget For The Rest of Your Life” show with the Steep Canyon Rangers at the 2018 PPAC Annual Gala on Saturday, April 14 at 7P. The PPAC Gala is a black-tie optional event. Gala tickets include prime seating to the performance, postshow party at PPAC, and parking space. 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 Tickets for STEVE MARTIN AND MARTIN SHORT are $250 - $58 (these are non-Gala tickets); all ticket prices include a $3 per ticket restoration charge and are subject to change without notice.

WELCOME TO PPAC, NICK AND JOEY! Nick McNeish is our new Digital Media Assistant and is from Springfield, MA. Nick graduated from Springfield College with B.A. in Computer Graphic/Digital Arts. He is also a visual artist, and has had his work commissioned by the TV Network AMC! Before working at PPAC, Nick interned with the marketing agency GYK Antler. Joey Macari has joined our Programming Department as a Programming Assistant. She is a recent Providence College graduate where she earned her B.A. in Theatre Arts and English - Creative Writing. Originally from Stamford, CT, Joey is an actor in local theatre companies and operates her own theatre company called Mutiny Theatre Project. Top photo courtesy of Nick McNeish. Bottom photo by Caitlyn DiPompo.

DON’T MISS THESE OTHER NEWLY ADDED SHOWS AT PPAC….TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW! SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO Friday, February 9 at 7P and 9:30P

Please note: tickets are extremely limited for both performances.

TONY BENNETT

with very special guest Antonia Bennett Wednesday, April 11 at 7:30P

BRIAN REGAN Thursday, May 10 at 7:30P


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Meghan Picerno (“Christine Daaé”) and Gardar Thor Cortes (“The Phantom”) star in Love Never Dies. Photo: Joan Marcus.

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