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

2016/2017 Encore Series Media Sponsor

Nia Holloway as “Nala” and “The Lionesses” in THE LION KING North American Tour. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone and the touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo: Joan Marcus.

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2016/2017 Season Media Sponsor

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

The PPAC / The VETS Families Wish Everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season! Happy 2017!

JANUARY SHOWTIMES 2017

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SHOW TIMES

JANUARY 2017

JOHN CLEESE & THE HOLY GRAIL

Saturday, January 14 at 7:30P

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Ring in 2017 with tickets to a PPAC Show!


CALENDAR

Q-SHEET BOX OFFICE / ONLINE

HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE HOURS

JANUARY

Saturday, 12/31 (New Year’s Eve): 10A to 2P / Sunday, 1/1 (New Year’s Day): The PPAC Box Office will be CLOSED and The VETS Box Office will open for SALUTE TO VIENNA at noon. / Monday, 1/2: CLOSED

ADMINISTRATION

1 At The VETS: Salute to Vienna at 2P 3 ARTS Scholarships 2017 Applications Now Available 7 - 8 At The VETS: PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue 14 John Cleese & The Holy Grail at 7:30P 25 At The VETS: Vocalosity at 7:30P 28 At The VETS: Billy Gilman Live in Concert at 8P

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.”

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ARTS Scholarships 2017, sponsored by The Textron Charitable Trust and PPAC Annual Fund donors, will provide 30 scholarships valued up to $500 each to qualified talented young Rhode Island artists. These scholarships provide students with opportunities to attend local summer arts educational programs that will broaden their experiences in a chosen area of study. Applicants must be between the ages of 11 and 14 by June 1.

Applications for ARTS Scholarships 2017 will be available on Tuesday, January 3 at www.ppacri.org and in person at PPAC’s Administrative Office, which is located at 220 Weybosset Street on the 2nd Floor. The Administrative Office is open Monday through Friday, 9A to 6P. Completed applications must be submitted to Cynthia Goldsmith at PPAC, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903 no later than 3P on Wednesday, March 1. For more information, please visit www.ppacri.org or call (401) 574-3105.

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RECOMMENDED ATTIRE

PPAC IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS 2017!

FACEBOOK at

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

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

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 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).

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

HOLIDAY BOX OFFICE HOURS

JANUARY

Saturday, 12/31 (New Year’s Eve): 10A to 2P / Sunday, 1/1 (New Year’s Day): The PPAC Box Office will be CLOSED and The VETS Box Office will open for SALUTE TO VIENNA at noon. / Monday, 1/2: CLOSED

ADMINISTRATION

1 At The VETS: Salute to Vienna at 2P 3 ARTS Scholarships 2017 Applications Now Available 7 - 8 At The VETS: PAW Patrol Live!: Race to the Rescue 14 John Cleese & The Holy Grail at 7:30P 25 At The VETS: Vocalosity at 7:30P 28 At The VETS: Billy Gilman Live in Concert at 8P

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.”

smart casual clothing

ARTS Scholarships 2017, sponsored by The Textron Charitable Trust and PPAC Annual Fund donors, will provide 30 scholarships valued up to $500 each to qualified talented young Rhode Island artists. These scholarships provide students with opportunities to attend local summer arts educational programs that will broaden their experiences in a chosen area of study. Applicants must be between the ages of 11 and 14 by June 1.

Applications for ARTS Scholarships 2017 will be available on Tuesday, January 3 at www.ppacri.org and in person at PPAC’s Administrative Office, which is located at 220 Weybosset Street on the 2nd Floor. The Administrative Office is open Monday through Friday, 9A to 6P. Completed applications must be submitted to Cynthia Goldsmith at PPAC, 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI 02903 no later than 3P on Wednesday, March 1. For more information, please visit www.ppacri.org or call (401) 574-3105.

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TWITTER

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

RECOMMENDED ATTIRE

PPAC IS ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS 2017!

FACEBOOK at

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

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

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 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).

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


Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P Purchase Gala Tickets: dsantos@ppacri.org ▪ Non-Gala Tickets: www.ppacri.org

FIVE MONTHS OUT F E B R U A RY / M A R C H Lewis Black: The Rant, White & Blue Tour

Friday, February 3 at 8P Shen Yun

Saturday, February 4 at 7:30P The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Disney’s The Lion King

February 28 – March 19

Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P

Deadline for ARTS Scholarships 2017 Applications

Wednesday, March 1 no later than 3P

42nd Street

March 24 – 26

APRIL Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels

Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend”

Rent – 20th Anniversary Tour

AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen

April 7 – 9

April 21 – 23

Saturday, April 29 at 8P

M AY / J U N E Chicago

May 2 – 7

Matilda the Musical

May 17 – 21

February 7 – 12

PPAC Gala: Spend the Night with Billy Crystal

February 7 – 12

Thursday, April 6 at 7P

Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone and the touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo: Joan Marcus.

PPAC ANNUAL GALA: SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL

Riverdance – the 20th Anniversary World Tour

June 2 – 4

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play!

Tickets: $78 - $36 The acclaimed National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is “one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” (The New York Times). Tony Award® winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse) directs this “dazzling” (Associated Press) adaptation by two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens that brings Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel to “extraordinary” life (TIME Magazine). In Providence, the CURIOUS INCIDENT cast THIS DAZZLING will star Juilliard graduate Adam Langdon PRODUCTION LEAVES as Christopher, Gene Gillette (War Horse) as THE AUDIENCE Ed, Felicity Jones Latta (Metamorphoses) as Judy, Maria Elena Ramirez (Fish in the Dark) FEELING INSPIRED as Siobhan, and Amelia White (The Heiress) AND HOPEFUL. as Mrs. Alexander. The ensemble includes - Jennifer Farrar, AP Brian Robert Burns (War Horse), Francesca Choy-Kee (Disgraced), Josephine Hall (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), John Hemphill (School of Rock), Robyn Kerr (Dark Vanilla Jungle), Kathy McCafferty (Dada Woof Papa Hot), Tim McKiernan (War Horse), J. Paul Nicholas (Blood and Gifts), Geoffrey Wade (Translations), and Tim Wright (Curious Incident/Broadway). Benjamin Wheelwright (Curious Incident/Broadway) will play Christopher at certain performances. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally brilliant but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads him to an earth-shattering discovery and on a journey that will transform his life forever. /CuriousBroadway //

@CuriousBroadway // #CuriousIncident

PART OF THE BROADWAY SERIES SPONSORED BY:

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


Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P Purchase Gala Tickets: dsantos@ppacri.org ▪ Non-Gala Tickets: www.ppacri.org

FIVE MONTHS OUT F E B R U A RY / M A R C H Lewis Black: The Rant, White & Blue Tour

Friday, February 3 at 8P Shen Yun

Saturday, February 4 at 7:30P The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Disney’s The Lion King

February 28 – March 19

Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P

Deadline for ARTS Scholarships 2017 Applications

Wednesday, March 1 no later than 3P

42nd Street

March 24 – 26

APRIL Celtic Woman: Voices of Angels

Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend”

Rent – 20th Anniversary Tour

AC2: An Intimate Evening with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen

April 7 – 9

April 21 – 23

Saturday, April 29 at 8P

M AY / J U N E Chicago

May 2 – 7

Matilda the Musical

May 17 – 21

February 7 – 12

PPAC Gala: Spend the Night with Billy Crystal

February 7 – 12

Thursday, April 6 at 7P

Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone and the touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo: Joan Marcus.

PPAC ANNUAL GALA: SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL

Riverdance – the 20th Anniversary World Tour

June 2 – 4

Winner of 5 Tony Awards, including Best Play!

Tickets: $78 - $36 The acclaimed National Theatre production of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME is “one of the most fully immersive works ever to wallop Broadway” (The New York Times). Tony Award® winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse) directs this “dazzling” (Associated Press) adaptation by two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens that brings Mark Haddon’s internationally best-selling novel to “extraordinary” life (TIME Magazine). In Providence, the CURIOUS INCIDENT cast THIS DAZZLING will star Juilliard graduate Adam Langdon PRODUCTION LEAVES as Christopher, Gene Gillette (War Horse) as THE AUDIENCE Ed, Felicity Jones Latta (Metamorphoses) as Judy, Maria Elena Ramirez (Fish in the Dark) FEELING INSPIRED as Siobhan, and Amelia White (The Heiress) AND HOPEFUL. as Mrs. Alexander. The ensemble includes - Jennifer Farrar, AP Brian Robert Burns (War Horse), Francesca Choy-Kee (Disgraced), Josephine Hall (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), John Hemphill (School of Rock), Robyn Kerr (Dark Vanilla Jungle), Kathy McCafferty (Dada Woof Papa Hot), Tim McKiernan (War Horse), J. Paul Nicholas (Blood and Gifts), Geoffrey Wade (Translations), and Tim Wright (Curious Incident/Broadway). Benjamin Wheelwright (Curious Incident/Broadway) will play Christopher at certain performances. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain; he is exceptionally brilliant but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads him to an earth-shattering discovery and on a journey that will transform his life forever. /CuriousBroadway //

@CuriousBroadway // #CuriousIncident

PART OF THE BROADWAY SERIES SPONSORED BY:

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


"Make 'Em Laugh, Make 'Em Laugh!": Nights of Comedy at PPAC

PPAC ANNUAL GALA: SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL Photo by Steve Schofield

Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P Gala Tickets: $300 each and can be purchased by contacting Donna Santos at dsantos@ppacri.org Non-Gala Tickets: $200 - $45 Tony® and Emmy Award®-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer, and director BILLY CRYSTAL comes to PPAC for the first time ever this March, where he will perform hs show "Spend the Night with Billy Crystal" as part of the 2017 PPAC Gala.

The PPAC Gala is a fundraiser for the Theatre and is a black-tie optional event. Gala tickets include prime seating to Mr. Crystal's performance, a post-show party at PPAC, and parking. Gala tickets are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law. A stand-up comic turned television star, Mr. Crystal found fame as a movie funnyman with starring roles in blockbusters such as When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, and Analyze This. He was much loved as the acclaimed nine-time host of the Academy Awards, an achievement topped only by Bob Hope, who hosted the Oscars 19 times. Also an award-winning author, Crystal's latest memoir, Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? was an instant New York Times' best-seller.

JOHN CLEESE & THE HOLY GRAIL Saturday, January 14 at 7:30P A limited number of VIP Tickets are available for $250; this includes a photo by a professional photographer, no autographs. All photos will be posted for downloading after the show. All other tickets are $85 - $65. Living comedy legend, JOHN CLEESE, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A this January. John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build as the audience will watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen.

LEWIS BLACK: THE RANT, WHITE & BLUE TOUR Friday, February 3 at 8P Tickets: $59.50 - $29.50 Providence’s favorite angry optimist, LEWIS BLACK, returns to PPAC. Black’s live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is the rare comic who has the ability to make an audience laugh themselves silly while making compelling observations on the absurdity of our world.

SHEN YUN Saturday, February 4 at 7:30P Tickets: $120 - $70 Celebrate the Chinese New Year with an unforgettable event. Inspired by the rich spirit of ancient culture, Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life classical Chinese dance and music in a gloriously colorful and exhilarating show. For one show only, its masterful choreography and graceful routines will light up the stage, with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in stunning synchronized patterns. Stateof-the-art backdrops conjure up celestial palaces and blossoming landscapes, while a live orchestra combines the best of Chinese and Western composition. The breathtaking beauty of SHEN YUN is not to be missed.

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.


"Make 'Em Laugh, Make 'Em Laugh!": Nights of Comedy at PPAC

PPAC ANNUAL GALA: SPEND THE NIGHT WITH BILLY CRYSTAL Photo by Steve Schofield

Thursday, March 23 at 7:30P Gala Tickets: $300 each and can be purchased by contacting Donna Santos at dsantos@ppacri.org Non-Gala Tickets: $200 - $45 Tony® and Emmy Award®-winning comedian, actor, producer, writer, and director BILLY CRYSTAL comes to PPAC for the first time ever this March, where he will perform hs show "Spend the Night with Billy Crystal" as part of the 2017 PPAC Gala.

The PPAC Gala is a fundraiser for the Theatre and is a black-tie optional event. Gala tickets include prime seating to Mr. Crystal's performance, a post-show party at PPAC, and parking. Gala tickets are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law. A stand-up comic turned television star, Mr. Crystal found fame as a movie funnyman with starring roles in blockbusters such as When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, and Analyze This. He was much loved as the acclaimed nine-time host of the Academy Awards, an achievement topped only by Bob Hope, who hosted the Oscars 19 times. Also an award-winning author, Crystal's latest memoir, Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys? was an instant New York Times' best-seller.

JOHN CLEESE & THE HOLY GRAIL Saturday, January 14 at 7:30P A limited number of VIP Tickets are available for $250; this includes a photo by a professional photographer, no autographs. All photos will be posted for downloading after the show. All other tickets are $85 - $65. Living comedy legend, JOHN CLEESE, is heading in your general direction for a live and truly unforgettable evening of conversation and audience Q&A this January. John will tell stories of his life and career and you just may finally find out the air-speed of an unladen swallow. Before John silly walks his way on to the stage, the excitement will build as the audience will watch Monty Python and the Holy Grail in its entirety on the big screen.

LEWIS BLACK: THE RANT, WHITE & BLUE TOUR Friday, February 3 at 8P Tickets: $59.50 - $29.50 Providence’s favorite angry optimist, LEWIS BLACK, returns to PPAC. Black’s live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He is the rare comic who has the ability to make an audience laugh themselves silly while making compelling observations on the absurdity of our world.

SHEN YUN Saturday, February 4 at 7:30P Tickets: $120 - $70 Celebrate the Chinese New Year with an unforgettable event. Inspired by the rich spirit of ancient culture, Shen Yun Performing Arts brings to life classical Chinese dance and music in a gloriously colorful and exhilarating show. For one show only, its masterful choreography and graceful routines will light up the stage, with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in stunning synchronized patterns. Stateof-the-art backdrops conjure up celestial palaces and blossoming landscapes, while a live orchestra combines the best of Chinese and Western composition. The breathtaking beauty of SHEN YUN is not to be missed.

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.


Mukelisiwe Goba as “Rafiki” in THE LION KING North American Tour. ©Disney. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

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SALUTE TO VIENNA: NEW YEAR’S CONCERT Sunday, January 1 at 2P Tickets: $150 - $59 With the Strauss Symphony of America featuring the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Bernhard Schneider, conductor (Vienna); Patricia Nessy, soprano (Vienna); and Adam Luther, tenor (Toronto). Featuring dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine & International Champion Ballroom Dancers. More celebratory than a glass of champagne, SALUTE TO VIENNA: NEW YEAR’S CONCERT is a delight for the eyes and the ears. Welcome 2017 with this elegant concert—celebrating a two-year tradition in Providence! This New Year’s Day, a stunning new program featuring Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas will be performed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, acclaimed European singers, and ballet and ballroom dancers. Fall for the Blue Danube Waltz all over again!

February 28 – March 19 Tickets start at $30; please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ppacri.org for current prices. Tickets are available for Disney’s THE LION KING but are going fast! Disney’s THE LION KING triumphantly returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center for a limited, three-week engagement! Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director and costume designer Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. Ms. Taymor also co-designed the breathtaking masks and puppets in THE LION KING. The show also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Awardwinning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. /TheLionKingUSA // #TheLionKing PART OF THE BROADWAY SERIES SPONSORED BY:

VOCALOSITY Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30P Tickets: $55 - $29.50 VOCALOSITY is the all-new live concert event from the creative mind of artistic producer Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) that takes a cappella to a whole new level! This fast-paced production, directed and choreographed by original STOMP cast member Sean Curran, features an all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists. The dozen vocalists sing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements.

BILLY GILMAN LIVE IN CONCERT Saturday, January 28 at 8P A limited number of VIP Meet & Greet tickets are available for $75. All other tickets are $50 - $20. Rhode Island native BILLY GILMAN released the hit single “One Voice,” when he was eleven years old in 2000. His debut album was certified double platinum in the United States, and he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. Billy has burst back on to the music scene after finishing in second place on the recent season of NBC's The Voice. Welcome Billy home and celebrate all of his success during this special concert!

@thelionking ▪ 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.


Mukelisiwe Goba as “Rafiki” in THE LION KING North American Tour. ©Disney. Photo by Matthew Murphy.

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SALUTE TO VIENNA: NEW YEAR’S CONCERT Sunday, January 1 at 2P Tickets: $150 - $59 With the Strauss Symphony of America featuring the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra. Bernhard Schneider, conductor (Vienna); Patricia Nessy, soprano (Vienna); and Adam Luther, tenor (Toronto). Featuring dancers from Kiev-Aniko Ballet of Ukraine & International Champion Ballroom Dancers. More celebratory than a glass of champagne, SALUTE TO VIENNA: NEW YEAR’S CONCERT is a delight for the eyes and the ears. Welcome 2017 with this elegant concert—celebrating a two-year tradition in Providence! This New Year’s Day, a stunning new program featuring Strauss waltzes and sweeping melodies from operettas will be performed by the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, acclaimed European singers, and ballet and ballroom dancers. Fall for the Blue Danube Waltz all over again!

February 28 – March 19 Tickets start at $30; please call the Box Office at (401) 421-ARTS (2787) or visit www.ppacri.org for current prices. Tickets are available for Disney’s THE LION KING but are going fast! Disney’s THE LION KING triumphantly returns to the Providence Performing Arts Center for a limited, three-week engagement! Winner of six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical, THE LION KING brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award®-winning director and costume designer Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. Ms. Taymor also co-designed the breathtaking masks and puppets in THE LION KING. The show also features the extraordinary work of Tony Award-winning choreographer Garth Fagan and some of Broadway’s most recognizable music, crafted by Tony Awardwinning artists Elton John and Tim Rice. /TheLionKingUSA // #TheLionKing PART OF THE BROADWAY SERIES SPONSORED BY:

VOCALOSITY Wednesday, January 25 at 7:30P Tickets: $55 - $29.50 VOCALOSITY is the all-new live concert event from the creative mind of artistic producer Deke Sharon (Pitch Perfect, The Sing-Off) that takes a cappella to a whole new level! This fast-paced production, directed and choreographed by original STOMP cast member Sean Curran, features an all-star ensemble of diverse young vocalists. The dozen vocalists sing some of today’s chart-topping hits in brand-new arrangements.

BILLY GILMAN LIVE IN CONCERT Saturday, January 28 at 8P A limited number of VIP Meet & Greet tickets are available for $75. All other tickets are $50 - $20. Rhode Island native BILLY GILMAN released the hit single “One Voice,” when he was eleven years old in 2000. His debut album was certified double platinum in the United States, and he was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. Billy has burst back on to the music scene after finishing in second place on the recent season of NBC's The Voice. Welcome Billy home and celebrate all of his success during this special concert!

@thelionking ▪ 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 Thank you to our patrons who donated to Toys for Tots, in cooperation with WPRI, this Holiday Season. PPAC, WPRI, and Toys for Tots appreciate your kindness and generosity.

BRAVO, PPAC! A PPAC ad showcasing the thirteen National Tours that have launched on the PPAC stage since 2008 was published in the December 6, 2016 issue of Variety. To see the ad in full, visit www.ppacri.org/about/variety Photo: Stephanie Izzo

PPAC CELEBRATES PARTNERS IN PHILANTHROPY PPAC was pleased to L to R: Laura and Paul Gavin from MetLife, Tony honor and celebrate our DeFusco (MIT Lincoln Labs) and Dale Venturini from RIHA, and Alan Chille, Norbert Mongeon, J.L. "Lynn" Partners in Philanthropy, Singleton, and Claudia Zompa from PPAC. RI Hospitality Association's President/CEO Dale J. Venturini and MetLife at Twin River Casino for AFP National Philanthropy Day in November 2016. Congratulations! Photo: James Zompa

2016 HOLIDAY SALE HIGHLIGHTS

FROM BOOKS TO BROADWAY Seventh and eighth graders from Fall River’s John J Doran Community School attended A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, thanks to the From Books to Broadway educational program. From Books to Broadway is sponsored by The Robert F. Stoico / FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation. Learn more about From Books to Broadway at www.ppacri.org/ outreach/books-to-broadway Top photo: Paul Hiatt Bottom photo: Julianne Panico

L to R: John Rapson (The D'Ysquith Family), Kristen Beth Williams (Sibella Hallward), and Kevin Massey (Monty Navarro) from the National Tour of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder spoke with media members about being a part of the production and visiting Rhode Island.

Josh Beagen won a necklace from Sidney Thomas Jewelers. Mary Rego won Samsonite Luggage.

PPAC and The VETS ushered in the Holiday Season during our Holiday Sale event on Saturday, December 3. Coastline Show Chorus serenaded guests in line with festive songs, Santa listened to everyone’s gift wish lists, and of course, guests won prizes. PPAC thanks our retail and restaurant partners who contributed to our Enter to Win raffles. Guests won fantastic prizes from Sidney Thomas Jewelers, Samsonite, Build-A-Bear™, Providence Biltmore, Providence Ballet, and more! Congratulations to ALL of our winners! Photos: Leah Fellman & Julianne Panico

Ron Kauffman won a one-night stay at the Providence Biltmore. Carrie Darling (right), pictured with Bob Brennan, won a four-pack of tickets to The Providence Ballet. Mary Costa also won Samsonite Luggage.


PPAC NEWS Thank you to our patrons who donated to Toys for Tots, in cooperation with WPRI, this Holiday Season. PPAC, WPRI, and Toys for Tots appreciate your kindness and generosity.

BRAVO, PPAC! A PPAC ad showcasing the thirteen National Tours that have launched on the PPAC stage since 2008 was published in the December 6, 2016 issue of Variety. To see the ad in full, visit www.ppacri.org/about/variety Photo: Stephanie Izzo

PPAC CELEBRATES PARTNERS IN PHILANTHROPY PPAC was pleased to L to R: Laura and Paul Gavin from MetLife, Tony honor and celebrate our DeFusco (MIT Lincoln Labs) and Dale Venturini from RIHA, and Alan Chille, Norbert Mongeon, J.L. "Lynn" Partners in Philanthropy, Singleton, and Claudia Zompa from PPAC. RI Hospitality Association's President/CEO Dale J. Venturini and MetLife at Twin River Casino for AFP National Philanthropy Day in November 2016. Congratulations! Photo: James Zompa

2016 HOLIDAY SALE HIGHLIGHTS

FROM BOOKS TO BROADWAY Seventh and eighth graders from Fall River’s John J Doran Community School attended A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, thanks to the From Books to Broadway educational program. From Books to Broadway is sponsored by The Robert F. Stoico / FIRSTFED Charitable Foundation. Learn more about From Books to Broadway at www.ppacri.org/ outreach/books-to-broadway Top photo: Paul Hiatt Bottom photo: Julianne Panico

L to R: John Rapson (The D'Ysquith Family), Kristen Beth Williams (Sibella Hallward), and Kevin Massey (Monty Navarro) from the National Tour of A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder spoke with media members about being a part of the production and visiting Rhode Island.

Josh Beagen won a necklace from Sidney Thomas Jewelers. Mary Rego won Samsonite Luggage.

PPAC and The VETS ushered in the Holiday Season during our Holiday Sale event on Saturday, December 3. Coastline Show Chorus serenaded guests in line with festive songs, Santa listened to everyone’s gift wish lists, and of course, guests won prizes. PPAC thanks our retail and restaurant partners who contributed to our Enter to Win raffles. Guests won fantastic prizes from Sidney Thomas Jewelers, Samsonite, Build-A-Bear™, Providence Biltmore, Providence Ballet, and more! Congratulations to ALL of our winners! Photos: Leah Fellman & Julianne Panico

Ron Kauffman won a one-night stay at the Providence Biltmore. Carrie Darling (right), pictured with Bob Brennan, won a four-pack of tickets to The Providence Ballet. Mary Costa also won Samsonite Luggage.


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Nia Holloway as “Nala” and “The Lionesses” in THE LION KING North American Tour. ©Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.

Adam Langdon as Christopher Boone and the touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Photo: Joan Marcus.

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