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PRINCETON, NJ — Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen and Executive Director Martin Miller today announced that McCarter will stage the world premiere of Empire Records, a new musical comedy based on the beloved 1990s cult-classic film. The adaptation features an original rock score by Jonathan Larson Grant winner and Princeton native Zoe Sarnak, with a book penned by the film’s screenwriter, Carol Heikkinen. Directed by Trip Cullman (Broadway: Choir Boy, Lobby Hero) with choreography by Ellenore Scott (Broadway: Funny Girl), this high-energy musical adaptation is set to capture the hearts of audiences with dynamic and defiant characters, throwback nostalgia, and an electrifying soundtrack. Empire Records is produced by special arrangement with Bill Weiner, Hunter Arnold, and Cody Lassen.

McCarter Theatre Company celebrates the inaugural season of Director of presented programming by Paula Abreu, starting with performance by iconic singer, songwriter, visual artist and author Patti Smith.

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McCarter Theatre Center announced that Martin Miller, who led the Obie Award-winning TheatreSquared in Fayetteville, Arkansas through a major transformation over more than a decade as its leader, has been named Executive Director. Miller, a Princeton resident with close ties to the community, joins McCarter from one of America’s leading organizations for debuting new theatrical work, and will draw on his impressive experience growing an organization into a major powerhouse.

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With lineup of inspired theatrical productions, world-class music and dance, spoken word, and more! The Performing Arts Center’s diverse season includes visits from marquee names including Patti Smith, David Sedaris, and Jhumpa Lahiri, alongside Pulitzer-Nominated plays and new productions of classic favorites.

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BARD AT THE GATE announces 3rd season: 4 plays by women, including U.S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo.
Season begins October 19 with SHAPESHIFTER by Laura Schellhardt
Also new this season: all productions streamed by BROADWAY ON DEMAND.

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McCarter has announced its 2022-23 season featuring a robust lineup of theater, music, dance, comedy, spoken word, and family programming - and a special Toni Morrison project in partnership with Princeton University. The artists and stories shared are joyous, thought-provoking, moving, invigorating, and mostly brand new to McCarter.

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Abreu takes on role of Presented Events Curator following 60-year tenure of Bill Lockwood. 

We are thrilled to welcome Paula Abreu who will begin to work with McCarter’s Artistic team this summer, joining the company full-time in September 2022.

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PRINCETON, NJ - McCarter rings in Spring with Ride The Cyclone: The Musical - a wholly unexpected, wildly imaginative story that delivers surprises at every turn. The first show to be directed by McCarter’s new Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen, with book, music & lyrics by Brooke Maxwell & Jacob Richmond, The New York Times described the show as “…high-spirited and just plain fun…like an all-access pass to Disneyland.”  Watch Show Trailer

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McCarter is thrilled to announce new Board Chair W. Rochelle Calhoun and the appointment of five new trustees. Princeton’s premier cultural hub for the performing arts, the organization will expand its scope of leadership expertise and deepen relationships across Central New Jersey and Princeton University in welcoming Elliott Asarnow, James Barrood, Rohit Mehrotra, Neha Desai Shah, and David Walker to the Board, led by President Rochelle Calhoun.

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After a remarkable and distinguished career at McCarter, Bill Lockwood will be stepping down as the Director of Special Programming at the end of June 2022.

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McCarter has partnered with The Drama League to offer a two-year experience for early-career stage directors, supported by an unprecedented $100, 000 scholarship prize per recipient, health care insurance reimbursement, and a wide range of unparalleled opportunities.

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BARD AT THE GATE - one of the break-out play series borne of last year’s lockdown - will return for an additional two seasons starting this fall when Paula Vogel's virtual start-up partners with McCarter Theatre Center.

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The series of live music performances will kick off on April 25, 2021, and take place Sundays from 4-6pm through June 20, 2021. The free experience will safely reconnect the community with an afternoon of family-friendly entertainment for all ages.

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Earlier this week, the 2021 recipients of the BOLD Theatre Women's Leadership grants were announced and Sarah Rasmussen was once again selected for this honor. Sarah had been part of the original cohort of grant recipients during her tenure at the Jungle Theater in Minneapolis. This award offers substantial support of $250,000 per year for two years.

FEBRUARY 3, 2021

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McCarter announces a unique collaboration with Princeton University Health Services, The 24 Hour Plays, and Innovations in Socially Distant Performance at the Lewis Center for the Arts.

A virtual theatrical experience that spotlights true stories to disrupt the stigma of mental illness.

OCTOBER 5, 2020

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New position supported by major grant from BOLD Theater Women’s Leadership Circle.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2020

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A unique digital partnership with Round House Theatre features a 4-week festival honoring living legend, experimentalist — playwright Adrienne Kennedy.

SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

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At the first Board of Trustees meeting of the season, McCarter Theatre Center president, Robert J. Caruso welcomed three new members to the board.  This was also the first board meeting for McCarter’s new Artistic Director, Sarah Rasmussen.

APRIL 23, 2020

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Innovative director and educator begins tenure on August 1.

March 31, 2020

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Outpouring of support is greatly appreciated.

MARCH 23, 2020

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The full production run of Nathan Alan Davis’ The Refuge Plays, all scheduled Presented Series events for the rest of the season including the Jazz in June Festival, and 2020 Gala featuring Michael Feinstein are affected.

MARCH 20, 2020

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Grant will provide critical support to McCarter in meeting its obligations during the current COVID-19 health crisis. 

February 26, 2020

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Two new musicals, a culture-clash comedy, and inventive and timely takes on classic tales are on deck at Princeton’s Tony-Award winning theater

February 26, 2020

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Season lineup to feature an exciting and eclectic mix of the world’s greatest musicians, dance companies, and performing artists, including several returning favorites and McCarter debuts

December 12, 2019

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Emmy Award-winner Dana Delany is featured in Rachel Bonds’ emotionally
heartfelt new work directed by Tyne Rafaeli.

NOVEMBER 20, 2019

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Bhangin’ It, a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse,is an exhilarating new musical set in the high stakes world of intercollegiate competitive Bhangra dance.

NOVEMBER 18, 2019

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Princeton’s annual holiday tradition returns December 10 – 29 with a much-loved mix of expert storytelling, community connections, and theatrical magic.

October 7, 2019

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Seven community volunteers join McCarter's existing team of arts advocates. 

September 16, 2019

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Direct from its acclaimed world-premiere run in Chicago, Lookingglass Theatre Company returns to McCarter with a galvanic adaptation of Shelley’s undying story, running October 15 – November 3.

August 20, 2019

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Performances to feature Sutton Foster, a concert of famous movie scores, and staged reading of a new musical comedy

JULY 25, 2019

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Robert J. Caruso elected to serve three year term. 

JULY 16, 2019

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Gloria: A Life runs September 6 – October 6 and is produced in association with
American Repertory Theater at Harvard University

JUNE 7, 2019

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César Alvarez, John Augustine, Rachel Bonds, Donnetta Lavinia Grays, Denis O'Hare, Jiehae Park, Lisa Peterson, Max Posner, Sarah Ruhl, and Lucy Simon to gather in Princeton for annual retreat.

JUNE 7, 2019

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Updated schedule to feature appearances from Ira Glass, Roseanne Cash, and more.

MAY 3, 2019

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2nd annual festival to feature five events in McCarter's Berlind Theatre, June 7-22.

APRIL 18, 2019

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Including Chris Botti, Acrobuffos, Mark Morris Dance Company, Ahmad Jamal, and Dark Star Orchestra.

APRIL 5, 2019

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Helmed by McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann, Skylight runs May 3 – June 2.

APRIL 2, 2019

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Ten events in four weeks bring the best of dance, rock, classica, and magic to Princeton.

MARCH 19, 2019

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Emily Mann's final season to showcase powerful themes that have defined the award-winning playwright and director’s trailblazing career.

Series features captivating stories from the next generation of artists and bold new takes on classic works.

MARCH 19, 2019

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The 2019-2020 Dance, Music, and Signature Series will feature an exciting and eclectic mix of the world’s greatest musicians, dance companies, and performing artists, including several returning favorites and McCarter debuts.

MARCH 5, 2019

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Partnering with Princeton University, The Migration Plays will include five ten-minute works presented on McCarter's Matthews Stage on April 14.

MARCH 4, 2019

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Live taping of "The New Yorker Radio Hour" will take place on Tuesday, May 7 at McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, New Jersey.

FEBRUARY 25, 2019

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McCarter celebrates this March with four eclectic musical events in four days.

FEBRUARY 22, 2019

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Laurie Berkner and her band returns to McCarter for two performances.

FEBRUARY 7, 2019

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The Gods of Comedy is directed by Amanda Dehnert and runs March 12–31, 2019.

JANUARY 29, 2019

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On Saturday, May 4, 2019, McCarter Theatre Center will host its Annual Gala.

JANUARY 28, 2019

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Special post-show event will take place immediately following the Tuesday, February 5 performance of Eleanor Burgess' The Niceties in McCarter's Berlind Theatre.

JANUARY 25, 2019

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McCarter fights the winter doldrums by showcasing a dozen amazing presented events.

JANUARY 14, 2019

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Three readings by three female playwrights to be featured in McCarter’s intimate Berlind Studio January 25, 28, and February 4.

JANUARY 11, 2019

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Award-Winning Playwright and Director Celebrated as Fierce Champion of Works by Women and People of Color

DECEMBER 17, 2018

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In association with Huntington Theatre Company and Manhattan Theatre Club.

DECEMBER 17, 2018

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Including The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show on January 19 and Potted Potter on January 26.

DECEMBER 13, 2018

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The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center's All-Star Piano Quartet on January 28 and The Midtown Men on February 1.

DECEMBER 10, 2018

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A powerful program of gospel, jazz, pop, and soul, honoring the life and legacy of Dr. King and the inspirational power of song.

November 29, 2018

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Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, Gatz will run February 15-17.

November 29, 2018

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Sweet sounds at McCarter this December with The Hot Sardines and The King's Singers

NOVEMBER 15, 2018

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Princeton’s annual holiday tradition returns December 4–29 with a much-loved mix of expert storytelling, community connections, and theatrical magic.

NOVEMBER 6, 2018

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Get in the spirit of the season with a wreath building workshop and a special public reading of Charles Dickens' timeless novella, both on December 1.

OCTOBER 31, 2018

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Special community event to occur on McCarter's Matthews Stage on Wednesday, November 14 at 6:30pm.

OCTOBER 23, 2018

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Appearance by Jessica Lang Dance highlight unique artistic connections between McCarter and Lewis Center Complex Architect Steven Holl.

OCTOBER 22, 2018

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Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, & Edgar Meyer and The New Chinese Acrobats

OCTOBER 5, 2018

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BalletX, Improvised Shakespeare, FRIENDS! The Musical Parody, and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

OCTOBER 4, 2018

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Hilary Parker, Daniel Herscovici, Arslan Mian, and Ben Hammond.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2018

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In association with Hartford Stage

AUGUST 8, 2018

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Douglas McGrath’s adaptation of Edith Wharton’s timeless love story to open McCarter’s 2018-2019 Theater Series, helmed by Tony Award®-winning director Doug Hughes.

AUGUST 2, 2018

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McCarter Theatre Center is proud to welcome 27 local community members who will make up this year’s Community Ensemble for its annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.

JULY 31, 2018

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McCarter Theatre Center announced today that patrons can immediately access tickets for all events throughout the upcoming 2018-2019 season.

JULY 23, 2018

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McCarter Theatre Center will celebrate the start of its new season with its 8th annual community-wide Block Party, taking place on Wednesday, August 22nd from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on McCarter’s front lawn.

July 10, 2018

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McCarter is proud to be a recipient of a $7,800 Action Grant from The New Jersey Council for the Humanities for the commissioning of plays written by emerging playwrights involved in the ongoing research project entitled "Migration: People and Cultures across Borders".

May 8, 2018

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McCarter Theatre Center is proud to be a recipient of an Art Works grant of $30,000 to support the McCarter LAB.

May 4, 2018

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Cirque Éloize Joshua Redman, Brookly Rider, Arlo Guthrie, Pink Martini, and Rhiannon Giddens Close Out McCarter’s 2017-2018 Presented Events

April 23, 2018

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McCarter Announces Expanded Relaxed Performances Schedule For 2018–2019

April 15, 2018

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Includes Jeremy Denk, Zakir Hussian, Dave Holland, Cirque Éloize, and Dark Star Orchestra

April 9, 2018

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McCarter Theatre Center hosts annual Gala Benefit concert. Six-time Tony Award® Winner Audra McDonald to headline.

April 6, 2018

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Jugglers, magicians, Tweedy and the Trocks at McCarter this April.

April 5, 2018

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Tony Award®-winning playwright Christopher Durang returns to Princeton with his third commissioned work for McCarter.

April 3, 2018

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Including Chucho Valdés and Roberto Fonseca

MARCH 16, 2018

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Includes Theater, Dance, Music, and Signature Series.

MARCH 6, 2018

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A nationally respected arts leader, Rosenberg will work together with McCarter’s Artistic Director/Resident Playwright Emily Mann and Special Programming Director William W. Lockwood in leading Princeton’s Tony Award winning arts institution.

MARCH 3, 2018

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Including Rudresh Mahanthappa and Anaïs Mitchell

MARCH 2, 2018

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Inaugural festival to feature four events in McCarter’s Berlind Theatre, June 8 - 15.

MARCH 1, 2018

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A successful conclusion of the Campaign for McCarter.

FEBRUARY 22, 2018

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Princeton’s Tony-Award winning launches its third annual search for local actors to appear in Dickens’ classic tale this December.

FEBRUARY 14, 2018

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Revised by writer/director Regina Taylor, Crowns features new music and lyrics, new movement, and a new focus. The production runs March 13 - April 1.

FEBRUARY 1, 2018

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Accordion Virtuosi of Russia and Sleeping Beauty from the State Ballet Theatre of Russia at McCarter on back-to-back nights

January 24, 2018

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A unique partnership is piloted to support the development of this new play.  Patricia McGregor directs, with public showing on Feb. 2-3, 2018 at McCarter.

January 19, 2018

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The Princeton Area Community Foundation is supporting McCarter's ongoing Arts Integrated Education Program in Trenton Public Schools.

January 11, 2018

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A trio of music programs start the 2018 Presented Series calendar

January 11, 2018

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A Sensory-Friendly Folk Opera.

January 8, 2018

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Current celebrating its 40th anniversary!

December 11, 2017

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Lindsay Posner directs Marie Jones’ hilariously heartfelt quick-change tour-de-force, where a small Irish town is taken over by Hollywood.

NOVEMBER 17, 2017

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A medley of festive holiday events on tap for December. Also: great gift ideas now available with multiple new events added to the 2018 schedule.

November 16, 2017

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Princeton’s annual tradition returns December 5 – 31 with an expanded scenic design, a new Community Ensemble, and enhanced holiday magic.

October 8, 2017

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Cuban Jazz from Pianist Alfredo Rodriguez and a ‘60s Celebration with Songs of Freedom

October 7, 2017

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McCarter is pleased to add these leading community volunteers to the existing roster of trustees who are outstanding arts advocates, supporters and business professionals dedicated to the support of McCarter Theatre Center, Princeton’s Tony Award-winning theatre.

October 5, 2017

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JOSHUA BELL, violin with Alessio Bax, piano – Wednesday, November 1 at 7:30 pm
LUDOVICO EINAUDI, piano – Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 pm

October 3, 2017

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The first in a series of Presented Events featuring the sights and sounds of Cuba, Malpaso Dance Company will perform on October 18 and 19 in the Berlind Theatre.

September 27, 2017

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Written and directed by Randy Johnson, A Night with Janis Joplin is a celebration of groundbreaking female vocalists including Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Bessie Smith, Nina Simone, Odetta, and Janis Joplin herself. The production runs October 10-29.