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DECEMBER 10-29, 2019

A Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Adapted by David Thompson
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

Create memories with the ones you love at this annual holiday tradition at Princeton's Tony Award-winning theatre.

Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future and watch as this story comes to life around you! 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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FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2019

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips, director
Reflections: A Program for the Holiday Season

The world’s leading exponents of a cappella Renaissance sacred music in Reflections, a special program for the holiday season. Co-presented with The Princeton Singers.

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DECEMBER 13 & 14, 2019

John Pizzarelli & Catherine Russell

Billie & Blue Eyes

These two premier interpreters of jazz standards and the “great American songbook” return for two “holiday nights” with a new program continuing their tribute to Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra.

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JANUARY 10 – FEBRUARY 9, 2020

Goodnight Nobody

By Rachel Bonds
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli

Think: The Big Chill meets This Is Us.
 
In this deeply moving and funny world premiere, a group of old friends reconnect after years apart. Reminiscing over the mishaps of motherhood to the miss-steps of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll; the realities of life prove that “adulting” is hard.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2020

Richard Thompson

Named by Rolling Stone as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Richard Thompson is also one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and prolific songwriters.

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020

The Mikado

with the New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players and Orchestra

Gilbert & Sullivan’s operetta masterpiece is re-imagined in a new and innovative version combining the real-life characters of D’Oyly Carte’s Victorian London with the Japanese settings of the G&S original.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 31, 2020

The Big Time

Presented by Princeton Symphony Orchestra and McCarter Theatre Center
A New Musical Comedy
Book by Douglas Carter Beane
Music and lyrics by Douglas J. Cohen

A concert and staged reading of a hilarious new musical comedy from the author of Broadway’s Sister ActCinderella, and Xanadu.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2020

Andy Borowitz

Make America Not Embarassing Again... Again

The man The Washington Post calls "America's finest fake-news creator and sharpest political satirist” returns to McCarter for another evening of sold-out smash-hit comedy.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2020

Yamato Drummers of Japan

Passion

After 3,500 performances in 54 different countries, Yamato truly justifies its slogan of giving energy to the world. The recipe: take a large Odaiko drum (weight: over 500 kg), add an assortment of Taiko drums of various sizes, and the result? The “passion” that has kept this troupe of drumming athletes going for 26 years!

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020

Dance Theatre of Harlem

For 50 years, DTH has inspired the world with a revolutionary vision of a multi-ethnic ballet company, performing ground-breaking works with power and grace.

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TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2020

Gregory Porter

Known for his warm baritone vocals, Gregory Porter rose to acclaim in the 2010s with his earthy, cross-pollinated brand of jazz, soul, and gospel. A gifted singer of standards as well as more contemporary soul material, Porter has earned favorable comparisons to his idols Nat King Cole, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder.

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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Yuja Wang, piano

This dazzling and electrifying keyboard superstar returns with a program of Debussy, Schoenberg, and Brahms.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2020

Claire Chase, flute

Claire Chase has reimagined the repertoire for the flute for over 23 years, proving that difficult music can delight. A MacArthur Fellow, winner of the Avery Fischer Prize, professor at Harvard, and co-founder of the ICE (the nation’s foremost new-music ensemble), her Princeton debut will feature PAN, a participatory performance for flutists, electronics, and community participation.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020

Jake Shimabukuro Trio

with Dave Preston, guitar
and Nolan Verner, bass

The native Hawaiian who has single-handedly transformed the four-stringed ukelele into a concert instrument of incredible virtuosity is back, playing everything from Bach to Hendrix to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2020

Romeo & Juliet

National Ballet Theatre of Odessa

Ukraine’s principal ballet company brings a new production of one of classic ballet’s all-time favorites set to Prokofiev’s beautiful score.

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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2020

Russian Renaissance

This quartet of musicians from Moscow is chamber music with a twist, re-defining the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments: balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion, and balalaika contrabasso, playing everything from Bach to Ellington and Tchaikovsky.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

Lewis Black

It Gets Better Every Day

Lewis Black’s live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. He’s the rare comic who can cause an audience to laugh themselves into incontinence while making compelling points about the absurdity of our world.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020

Mummenschanz

The Musicians of Silence

The ordinary becomes extraordinary when colorful abstract shapes and forms spring to life in their latest spectacle You & Me, for audiences of all ages.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020

Laurie Berkner

Sensory-Friendly Solo Acoustic Concert

Laurie Berkner’s Solo Acoustic Sensory-Friendly Concerts are a special way to give your child a chance to experience music they love, performed live. The shows are highly-acclaimed and welcome fans of all ages and abilities.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020

The Laurie Berkner Band

The “Queen of Kindie Rock” returns to McCarter for another special musical event! VIP Meet & Greet tickets are available for this performance.

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2020

Bruce Hornsby and yMusic

The creatively insatiable pianist and singer-songwriter returns to McCarter with a unique sextet that blends chamber music with the indie-pop world.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020

Joey Alexander Trio

with special guest the Edmar Castañeda Trio

Sixteen-year-old Joey Alexander continues to set the jazz world agog with his keyboard genius, as he has done ever since his US debut at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis at the age of eleven. The Colombian-born jazz harp virtuoso Edmar Castañeda has brought both an unfamiliar instrument and his own original voice to jazz with versatility and enchanting charisma.

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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29, 2020

Isaac Mizrahi

Fresh off of a three-week residency at Café Carlyle in New York City, Isaac Mizrahi makes his triumphant return for one night only with his new show, Movie Stars and Supermodels! 

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MARCH 10 – 29, 2020

Sleuth

By Anthony Shaffer
Directed by Adam Immerwahr

A suspenseful game of cat-and-mouse, Anthony Shaffer’s Sleuth is a brilliant parody of the Agatha Christie thriller filled with plotted murders, jealousy, and revenge.

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FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020

Miloš

Voice of the Guitar

Montenegro-born guitarist Miloš Karadaglić has re-invented the classical guitar, following in the footsteps of John Williams in the 1960’s and shining a brilliant light on the entire history of his instrument. From Bach to the Beatles, including Spanish classics, cool Latin, and baroque fandangos, he plays it all with precision and panache.

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MARCH 14-15, 2020

The Hot Sardines

Everybody jumps on the bandwagon for the “sardine sound” when the ensemble—including their very own tap dancer—plays “le hot jazz” as it was in the era when live music was king.

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TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2020

The Peking Acrobats

Plate spinning! Bowl balancing! Pole climbing! This troupe of elite gymnasts, cyclists, jugglers, acrobats, and tumblers continue to leave family audiences spellbound with their daring demonstrations of strength, agility, balance, and artistry.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 2, 2020

A Bowie Celebration

The David Bowie alumni band performs Diamond Dogs and Ziggy Stardust in entirety.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2020

The Hit Men

Legendary Rock Supergroup

Take a star-studded journey back through rock ‘n’ roll history with the legendary performers and actual musicians who sang and played with Franki Valli, Elton John, Cat Stevens, Carole King, Jim Croce, Three Dog Night, and many more.

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APRIL 4 & 5, 2020

Cirque Éloize

Hotel

The newest creation from Canada’s Cirque Eloize is the story of a place and the travelers who come passing through it—a stopover where lives collide, intersect, and juxtapose for a brief time to generate tales and memories, combining acrobatics, theatre, dance, cinematic projections, and live music.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 2020

David Sedaris

David Sedaris’ annual visit to McCarter has become a cherished spring tradition. With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris has established himself as one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers. He is the master of satire and one of today’s most observant writers addressing the human condition.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 9, 2020

Dorrance Dance

SOUNDspace

Celebrate the astounding skill and exuberance of this show-stopping group of hoofers, created by the MacArthur Award-winning tap dancer Michelle Dorrance, who can make dance as innovative as it is engaging.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 11, 2020

Zakir Hussain Trio

with Jayanthi Kumaresh, veena
Kala Ramnath, violin

India’s great percussion master is a long-established “national treasure” and joins with two colleagues for an evening of classical Indian music.

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MONDAY, APRIL 13, 2020

Max Raabe & Palast Orchester

The Palast Orchester was founded in 1986 by Max Raabe and a group of fellow music students in order to play music from the period of Germany´s Golden Twenties. Their most recent tour will be a combination of their most recent “pop” album and original 20s arrangements.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020

Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra

with Stefon Harris + Blackout

The pianist and composer Arturo O’Farrill is the “Wynton Marsalis of Latin jazz”—its foremost ambassador and exponent, whose Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra is the genre’s big band standard-bearer and regular winner of the “Best Latin Jazz Grammy.” Stefon Harris is the pre-eminent vibraphonist in jazz today, and his latest album Sonic Creed with his band Blackout explores the music of masters Abbey Lincoln, Wayne Shorter, and Horace Silver.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020

Rosanne Cash

She Remembers Everything

One of the country’s pre-eminent singer/songwriters, Rosanne Cash returns to McCarter with her band for an evening of music from her latest album, She Remembers Everything.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22, 2020

Pilobolus

Come To Your Senses

Pilobolus returns with their usual synthesis of dance, gymnastics, theatre, and mime—all armed with wit, a little sensuality, and pretzel-like partnering. (Note: this performance may contain nudity.)

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TUESDAY, MAY 5, 2020

Handel’s Rodelinda with The English Concert

Harry Bicket, conductor
Featuring soloists Lucy Crowe, Iestyn Davies,
and Anthony Roth Costanzo

Handel’s baroque opera masterpiece with an all-star cast of vocalists including soprano Lucy Crowe and countertenors Anthony Roth Costanzo and Iestyn Davies.

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MAY 8 – JUNE 7, 2020

The Refuge Plays

By Nathan Alan Davis
Directed by Patricia McGregor

Gail, Joy, Ha-Ha & Grandma Early share a home, speak their minds - and store their secrets - in this compassionate and funny mystical drama. Award winning playwright Nathan Alan Davis explores the need for connection and love when, despite a complex past, family and forgiveness can still prevail.

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SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2020

The Art of the Movie Score

Presented by Princeton Symphony Orchestra and McCarter Theatre Center
Rossen Milanov, conductor
Daniel Rowland, violin

Experience drama, suspense, and romance — all through the magic of your favorite movie music. Close your eyes and feel the action unfold! 

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SUNDAY, MAY 10, 2020

Underwater Bubble Show

A breathtaking blend of drama, mime, dance, puppetry, juggling, contortionism, sand art, and magic, plus the amazing beauty of soap bubbles! Perfect for audiences of all ages.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 13, 2020

Igor Levit, piano

Music’s newest keyboard sensation in an all-Beethoven program, including Sonatas No. 9, 10, 11, and 29 (the Hammerklavier).

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SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020

Audra McDonald

Audra McDonald is unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both a singer and an actor. She is the winner of a record-breaking six Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and was the recipient of a 2015 National Medal of Arts.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 6, 2020

Acrobuffos

Visual, completely wordless, comedic physical theater. The Acrobuffos present sophisticated image-driven performances, playing games using poetic mime.

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