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December 4-29, 2018

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

This annual holiday tradition will usher you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge himself discovers.

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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, DECEMBER 28, 2018

A Christmas Carol Sensory-Friendly Performance

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

Sensory-friendly performances provide a performing arts experience that is welcoming to all individuals who are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder or other sensitivity issues and their families.

Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future and watch as our entire community—including 35 members from the greater Princeton area—brings this story to life around you!

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January 11–February 10, 2019

The Niceties

By Eleanor Burgess
Directed by Kimberly Senior

In this riveting two-person drama, a polite clash between black student and white professor explodes into an urgent and dangerous contemporary debate.

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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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MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019

All-Star Piano Quartet

McCarter welcomes four greats from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center for a program that includes piano quartets by Brahms, Dvořák, and Czech Romantic composer Josef Suk.

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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

The New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and Orchestra return to our stage with an all-time favorite.

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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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FEBRUARY 15, 16, and 17, 2018

Elevator Repair Service: Gatz

Gatz is Elevator Repair Service’s most ambitious and critically-admired theatrical endeavor: an entertaining dramatization of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece—word for word.

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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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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019

Jordi Savall & Le Concert des Nations

Tous les matins du monde

Jordi Savall, the world’s most celebrated gambist, performs music inspired by the 1992 French hit film Tous le matins du monde with his ensemble Hespèrion XXI.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2019

Farruquito

Return of a Flamenco Legend

The grandson of legendary flamenco founder “El Farruco,” Farruquito is the modern-day repository of a tradition dedicated to preserving the art in its purest form.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019

Eric Owens & Lawrence Brownlee

Eric Owens, bass-baritone
Lawrence Brownlee, tenor

Two mega-stars of today’s opera stages join forces for the first time in a once-in-a-lifetime collaboration.

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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

Laurie Berkner Sensory-Sensitive Relaxed Performance

Known as the “Pied Piper of Pre-Schoolers” or the “Queen of Kindie Rock,” Laurie Berkner is an industry unto herself. She has been a long-time fixture of children’s television (Noggin, Jack‘s Big Music Show and Sing It, Laurie!) and her original songs, music videos, books, and three original off-Broadway musicals have made her ubiquitous in American households.

Laurie Berkner will be back at McCarter this year with a special solo acoustic Relaxed Performance. Designed for people on the autism spectrum, with cognitive and developmental differences, other sensory or communication needs, Relaxed Performances provide a welcoming and judgment-free environment so that they and their families may enjoy live performance together—everyone is welcome!

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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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March 12–31, 2019

Ken Ludwig’s The Gods of Comedy

Directed by Amanda Dehnert

In this latest comedy from Ken Ludwig, a young Princeton Classics professor puts her career—and her love life—in peril, and calls on the gods of Ancient Greece to save her. 

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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

A World Of Strings

Wu Man, pipa
Ballake Sissoko, kora
Driss El Maloumi, oud
Rajery, valiha

China’s Wu Man, her nation’s master of the pipa, is joined by representatives from Madagascar, Mali, and Morocco, all playing plucked string instruments rooted in their own national traditions.

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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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MONDAY, MARCH 18, 2019

Jan Lisiecki

Impactful Polish-Canadian pianist performs a program he calls Night Music, incorporating many facets of this genre of piano repertoire, including Ravel’s Gaspard de la Nuit, Schumann’s Nachtstucke Op.23, and Chopin’s Scherzo No. 1 in b.

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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

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

Angelique 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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MONDAY, APRIL 15, 2019

Midori & Jean-Yves Thibaudet

Midori, violin
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Violinist Midori and pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet perform sonatas by Schumann, Fauré, Debussy, and Enescu. 

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MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019

Mitsuko Uchida, piano

A musician’s musician who maintains an inspired balance between head and heart, combines iconic perfection of sound with spontaneity in an all-Schubert program.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

Trinity Irish Dance Company

With its hard-driving, percussive power, lightning-fast agility, and aerial grace, Trinity represents the legacy rooted in tradition yet remains forward looking and ever-evolving.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019

Joan Baez

This performance is currently SOLD OUT.

With a career that has spanned over sixty years, Joan Baez remains a musical force of incalculable influence—the “First Lady” of the folk music movement. Her most recent album, Whistle Down The Wind, was released in the Spring of 2018 and includes songs by Tom Waits, Josh Ritter, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Rolling Stone called it “a moving reflection and summation of her life as a singer, musician and activist”.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019

Chris Botti

There’s nothing like a Chris Botti concert. He’s the complete package: a dazzling trumpeter at home in everything from jazz to pop to rock, a brilliant bandleader who lets his players shine, and a born showman whose joy at being onstage is infectious. See him live and you’ll understand why musical stars from Sting to Paul Simon to Joni Mitchell have been eager to share his stage.

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May 3–June 2, 2019

Skylight

By David Hare
Directed by Emily Mann

Winner of London’s Olivier Award for Best Play and a Tony Award®-winning hit on Broadway, David Hare’s Skylight is, says the New York Post, a “luminously beautiful and wildly truthful” love story. “Theater-going doesn't get much better than this." McCarter Artistic Director Emily Mann directs.

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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2019

Air Play

By 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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FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

Mark Morris Dance Group

Lou 100: In Honor of the Divine Mr. Harrison

McCarter favorites present a suite of works set to the quirky and irrepressibly kinetic music of the American composer Lou Harrison.

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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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Concluded Events

 

SEPTEMBER 7 – OCTOBER 7, 2018

The Age of Innocence

By Edith Wharton
Adapted for the stage by Douglas McGrath
Directed by Doug Hughes

Adapted from Edith Wharton’s novel by Douglas McGrath (EmmaNicholas Nickleby) and directed by Doug Hughes (JunkThe Father on Broadway), The Age of Innocence is both ravishingly romantic and heartbreakingly unsentimental.

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OCTOBER 17 & 18, 2018

BalletX

The Pride of Philadelphia

This pillar of the Philadelphia contemporary dance scene brings a program featuring several premieres, including two by founding choreographer Matthew Neenan.

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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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OCTOBER 9-28, 2018

Detroit ′67

By Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Jade King Carroll

NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS OUTSIDE, YOU ALWAYS HAVE FAMILY.

It’s the summer of 1967, and the songs of Motown are breaking records and breaking barriers. Chelle and her brother, Lank, are running an unlicensed after-hours joint out of their basement. Pent-up emotions erupt, and they must navigate the chaos both outside and within.

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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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NOVEMBER 9–11, 2018

Triangle Show: Night of the Laughing Dead

Talk about a necromantic comedy! Who imagined horror could be so hilarious? What happens when a zombie's foot is kicked high into the air? The scary thing would be missing this show. Get your tickets before it's too late...

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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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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018

Jessica Lang Dance

Tesseracts of Time (and other works)

Master of visual composition Jessica Lang brings a program including her collaboration with Steven Holl, architect of the Lewis Arts Complex at Princeton University.

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November 16, 17, 2018

Legally Blonde, The Musical

Presented by Lewis Center for the Arts’ Programs in Theater and Music Theater

In this non-traditionally cast version of the hit Broadway musical based on the film of the same name, audiences are invited to explore a world in which Elle, a woman of color, must navigate a new environment in her pursuit of love as she leaves her hometown and heads to Harvard Law School.

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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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November 23-25, 2018

Nutcracker

American Repertory Ballet brings the beloved classic Nutcracker to the stage with Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score, thrilling choreography and a cast of more than 100. A holiday tradition for more than 50 years (1964), American Repertory Ballet’s Nutcracker is one of the longest, continuously running Nutcracker productions in the nation.

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NOVEMBER 30 – DECEMBER 2, 2018

Princeton Dance Festival

Features repertory works by Robert Battle, staged by Elisa Clark; Mark Morris, staged by Tina Fehlandt; and Crystal Pite, staged by Alexandra Damiani, along with the premiere of new works by choreographers Marguerite Hemmings, Malcolm Low and Abby Zbikowski, one of the inaugural Hearst Choreographers in Residence, performed by Princeton students.

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DECEMBER 6 & 7, 2018

diSiac 2.0

diSiac 2.0 is a celebration of diSiac Dance Company’s 20th year of bringing dance to the Princeton community and beyond. This special performance features new works in both contemporary and hip hop styles, and we are also thrilled to be restaging two past pieces as a way to honor the alumni who have made the company what it is today.

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