2018-2019 Signature Series

THEATER | MUSIC | DANCE | SIGNATURE

 

A selection of incredible events featuring award-winning and acclaimed musicians, comedians, and more.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2018

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

These costumed improvisers weave a play in the complex, often rhyming language and themes of Shakespeare’s time, complete with spontaneous songs.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2018

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody

FRIENDS! The Musical Parody is the hilarious new musical that lovingly lampoons the TV hit—celebrating the wacky misadventures of your favorite group of 20-something pals as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You’ll Unagi!

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2018

Mary Chapin Carpenter

Sometimes Just the Sky
With Special Opening Performance by Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards

Singer-songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter celebrates her upcoming album, Sometimes Just the Sky, which revisits her most well-loved songs, many of which have become an indelible part of the American songbook.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2018

Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer

Masters of the banjo, tabla, and bass fiddle respectively, these three genre-benders move with ease among the worlds of classical, bluegrass, and world music.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2018

The New Chinese Acrobats

This troupe of gymnasts, jugglers, acrobats, and tumblers will leave family audiences spellbound with their daring demonstrations of strength, agility, balance, grace, and unique artistry.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019

Cécile McLorin Salvant

with Fred Hersch, piano

Cecile McLorin Salvant returns to McCarter after picking up her third Grammy this year for The Window. Joining her will be the indispensable pianist Fred Hersch, who has re-invented the jazz standard repertoire with 14 Grammy nominations and over 50 recordings as composer, bandleader, and innovator of individualistic jazz.

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December 14 & 15, 2018

The Hot Sardines

The Hot Sardines are back for two nights of “hot” songs this holiday season.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2018

The King's Singers

McCarter favorites since 1983, The King’s Singers bring a 50th anniversary program that is especially designed for the holiday season.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019

"We Shall Overcome" A Celebration of MLK, Jr.

Featuring Damien Sneed & Band

An evening of repertoire from across the African American music traditions interwoven with spoken word from Dr. King’s speeches.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 19, 2019

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

A triple bill of Eric Carle favorites. A Black Light Production with puppetry and original music from the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 26, 2019 (2 shows)

Potted Potter

The Unauthorized Harry Experience
This gloriously goofy parody takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing (or “potting”) all seven Harry Potter books, and a real-life game of Quidditch involving the audience, into 70 hilarious minutes.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019

The Midtown Men

Four stars from the Original Broadway Cast of Jersey Boys

After sharing the stage for over a thousand performances of Broadway sensation Jersey Boys, four stars of the original cast bring their signature sound to audiences everywhere, breathing life into their favorite 1960’s hits. 

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2019

Andy Borowitz

The New York Times best-selling author and comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998 is taking his satirical news column on the road. Join Andy Borowitz for an evening of conversation & storytelling. VIP ticket upgrades are available for this performance.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2019

Pirates of Penzance

Savoyards rejoice! The masterful New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players return with one of the duo’s all-time favorites, The Pirates of Penzance. Set sail with this musical comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2019

Swan Lake

National Ballet Theatre of Odessa will delight audiences with Swan Lake, the all-time favorite classic, set to the familiar Tchaikovsky score.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019

Dianne Reeves

Be My Valentine
Masterful jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves returns with a special Valentine’s Day program.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019

I'm With Her

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan
With opening performance by Billy Strings (solo)

Sara Watkins, Sarah Jarosz, and Aoife O’Donovan have honed a special, family-like chemistry, garnering acclaim for their unique blend of instrumental interplay, combined with their indelible harmonies. The New York Times describes a live performance: “…when the three women sang together, their voices became one instrument, sharing every breath.” 

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019

Paddy Moloney and The Chieftains

The Chieftains are the embodiment of Irish music and dance. Their show always incorporates a host of other performers and guest artists to keep you guessing—including Irish step-dancers or even a bagpipe band.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 2, 2019

The Laurie Berkner Band

The “Pied Piper of Pre-Schoolers” returns to McCarter for a performance that will delight parents and children alike.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019

Ranky Tanky

This Charleston-based jazz quartet performs the timeless music of Gullah culture that has shaped much of American art, food, and language.

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SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019

Wu Man, pipa

With Yang Yi, zheng

As the world’s premier pipa virtuoso and leading ambassador of Chinese music, Wu Man has given the lute-like instrument a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. McCarter audiences may be familiar with her work already as one of the founding members and lead soloists of the Silk Road Ensemble, alongside prodigious cellist Yo-Yo Ma. Her return to Princeton will be accompanied by Yang Yi playing the zheng.

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SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2019

Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita

Transparent Water

The renowned world-jazz composer, pianist, and 7-time Grammy nominee Omar Sosa joins forces with the Senegalese kora master and vocalist Seckou Keita and Venezuelan percussionist Gustavo Ovalles for a performance which reaches for the sublime.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 5, 2019

Bollywood Boulevard

A Live Journey Through Hindi Cinema

Through live music, dance, and multimedia visuals, Bollywood Boulevard brings to life 100 years of Bollywood cinema classics, connecting the memories and nostalgia of lifelong fans while providing a deeper glimpse into the world of Hindi cinema for new audiences.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 6, 2019

Momix

Viva Momix

Momix celebrates its 37th anniversary season with selection of company favorites including excerpts from Botanica, Alchemia, Remix, Opus Cactus, and Lunar Sea.

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MONDAY, APRIL 8, 2019

An Evening with David Sedaris

With special guest Akhil Sharma

The annual visit of McCarter favorite—America’s pre-eminent humor writer, David Sedaris.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10, 2019

Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding & Leo Genovese

The Spring Quartet

Jazz masters Jack DeJohnette, Joe Lovano, Leonardo Genovese, and Esperanza Spalding collaborate in this expansive, freewheeling rampage.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019

Angélique Kidjo

For her latest album, Angelique Kidjo, one of the most electrifying performers in the pop world today, has re-imagined Talking Heads’ 1980 breakthrough album, Remain in Light. Kidjo has enhanced the originals with more direct connections to the guitars and horns of African pop, imbued with the soul and annunciatory power of her remarkable voice.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

Trinity Irish Dance Company

Everything you expect and nothing you’d imagine, Trinity Irish Dance Company brings a cutting-edge, integrity-filled vision to the stage. A dance legacy that is rooted in tradition yet forward-looking and ever evolving.

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019

Air Play

Acrobuffos

Ride the wind and dream with AIR PLAY, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe with flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen.

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SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

Ahmad Jamal

This living legend of jazz’s influence on the art of improvisation is indisputable, stretching across generations from the big-band era to bebop to cool jazz to electronic styles. These days, Jamal reserves his rare live appearances to “special occasions” – and McCarter is lucky enough to be one of them.

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