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JUNE 2 - JUNE 17
Jazz in June
Six Events over Three Weekends – opening with 2023 GRAMMY AWARD WINNER Best New Artist, SAMARA JOY! Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy this curated line-up of live Jazz.TICKETS & INFO
FRIDAY, JUNE 9 / 8:00PM
Chucho Valdés & Paquito D'Rivera Reunion
Two legends reunite after decades apart to make sweet music together once again.TICKETS & INFO
SATURDAY, JUNE 10 / 8:00PM
Grammy Award-nominated and acclaimed Indonesian jazz pianist Joey Alexander won the Grand Prix at the 2013 Master-Jam Fest when he was nine, and by 11 years old, he became the first Indonesian artist to crack the Billboard 200 album chart.TICKETS & INFO
FRIDAY, JUNE 16 / 8:00PM
Melissa Aldana Quartet
A Blue Note tenor saxophonist from Chile brings her latest Grammy-nominated work to McCarter.TICKETS & INFO
SATURDAY, JUNE 17 / 8:00PM
Maria Schneider Orchestra
A visionary composer brings her 18-member ensemble to perform the most daring work of her career.TICKETS & INFO
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Past Performances & Events
TUESDAY, JUNE 6 / 7:30PM
Corinne Bailey Rae
From Leeds, England, singer/songwriter/musician Corinne Bailey Rae shot to stardom with her self-titled #1 UK debut album in 2006, featuring the global hits “Put Your Records On“ and “Like A Star”.TICKETS & INFO
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 / 12:00PM
Princeton Community Pride Picnic
Celebrate Princeton’s LGBTQIA+ community with music, art, activities, and our neighborhood nonprofits at the third annual occasion of this fun family-friendly event.MORE INFO
SATURDAY, JUNE 3 / 11:00AM
Oran Etkin: Timbalooloo
SPECIAL JAZZ IN JUNE FAMILY EVENT! Oran Etkin, a world-renowned clarinetist and composer strives to empower a new generation to become fluent in the language of music.
Recommended for ages 2 – 8, older or younger family members or friends are welcome, too!
FRIDAY, JUNE 2 / 8:00PM
The GRAMMYS 2023 Best New Artist lends her voice to vintage jazz and pop standards will open the Jazz in June series.TICKETS & INFO
MAY 6 – MAY 28
Blues for an Alabama Sky
In a Depression-era Harlem apartment building, a close-knit group of friends has become a chosen family.Their lives are upturned when a Southern newcomer arrives and falls hard for Angel, who is torn between a stable life in Manhattan and an exhilarating overseas adventure with Guy.LEARN MORE
MAY 26 - MAY 27
Triangle Reunions Encore Weekend: Campelot
Back for its 132nd year, the Princeton Triangle Show brings you Campelot!TICKETS & INFO
FRIDAY, MAY 19 / 8:00PM
Andy Borowitz: Profiles In Ignorance
Laugh and cry as the razor-sharp satirist and New York Times best-selling author takes us on an uproarious examination of American Politics with his newest book Profiles In Ignorance. Borowitz returns to McCarter for an evening of conversation, commentary and comedy. Princeton University’s Anne-Marie Slaughter will moderate this special evening.TICKETS & INFO
THURSDAY, MAY 18 / 7:30PM
An Evening with Richard Thompson
Powered by evocative songcraft, jaw-dropping guitar playing, and indefinable spirit, this venerable icon holds a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and counts a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Americana Music Association in Nashville, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the BBC Awards among his many accolades.TICKETS & INFO
WEDNESDAY, MAY 17 / 8:00PM
Music from the Sole: Partido
A tap dance and live music company, Music from the Sole celebrates tap's Afro-diasporic roots, particularly its connections to Afro-Brazilian dance and music, and its lineage to forms like house dance and passinho (Brazilian funk).
“This ensemble of dancers and musicians, like a samba bateria during Carnival, is quickly gathering fans who are attracted by its percussive call to good times."
-New YorkerTICKETS & INFO
THURSDAY, MAY 4 / 7:00PM
McCarter Live at the Library: How to Plan a Season with Sarah Rasmussen & Paula Abreu
McCarter Theatre Center’s Artistic Director Sarah Rasmussen and Director of Special Programming Paula Abreu will talk about their work building on McCarter’s significant legacy and evolving the organization in new ways, as well as share the process of thought, research, and planning that go into the curation of a season of produced theatre and presented events at such a unique regional performing arts center. This is a Princeton Public Library and McCarter Theatre Center community partnership event.MORE INFO
SATURDAY, APRIL 22 / 5:30PM
McCarter’s Gala is an annual tradition in our community – a time to come together, raise a glass, and celebrate the performing arts. Come to Bourbon Street (right here in Princeton) for this fun-filled evening, and McCarter’s biggest fundraising event of the year. Your support helps sustain our artistic and educational programming throughout the year. We hope you’ll join us for delectable food, festive drinks, and a first-rate performance by the incomparable Preservation Hall Jazz Band.TICKETS & INFO
SATURDAY, APRIL 22 / 7:00PM
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Preservation Hall Jazz Band, which has held the torch of New Orleans music aloft for more than 50 years, all the while carrying it enthusiastically forward as a reminder that the history, they were founded to preserve is a vibrantly living history.TICKETS & INFO
MONDAY, APRIL 17 / 7:00PM ET
CUT: A Blasphemy
Bard at the Gate's CUT: A Blasphemy is a riveting, darkly comic encounter between the legendary Samson and his addiction to the Philistine Delilah, who beguiles him with her wit, her fury as an outsider and her skills at bondage. How deeply embedded is our sense of insider privilege and how does it blind us?
Streaming Premiere: April 17, 2023 at 7pm ET
Live talk back to follow hosted by Nicole A. WatsonLEARN MORE
SUNDAY, APRIL 16 / 3:00PM
National Geographic Live: Life On The Vertical With Mark Synnott
Legendary rock climber Mark Synnott hasn’t just made the incredible first ascents of some of the world’s biggest walls—he’s explored inaccessible places in the name of science.TICKETS & INFO
SATURDAY, APRIL 15 / 8:00PM
Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra
Known as one of the finest pianists of the past 60 years, Eddie Palmieri is a bandleader, arranger and composer of salsa and Latin jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of different jazz influences.
Conocido como uno de los mejores pianistas de los últimos 60 años, Eddie Palmieri es líder de subanda, hace arreglos musicales y es compositor de salsa y jazz Latino. Sus habilidades para tocar fusiona elritmo de suherencia de Puertorriqueña con la complejidad de sus diferentes influecias de jazz.
APRIL 7 - 15, 2023
King of the Yees
Bitingly hilarious and heartbreakingly honest, King of the Yees is an epic joyride across cultural, national, and familial borders that explores what it means to truly be a Yee. Directed by guest artist Bi Jean Ngo and featuring lighting design by senior Angelica Qin.TICKETS & INFO
FRIDAY, APRIL 14 / 8:00pm
The quintessential Moth experience, a two-act show where five tellers and a notable host share true personal stories, without notes.TICKETS & INFO
SATURDAY, APRIL 8 / 8:00PM
Reduced Shakespeare Company
Now, the Reduced Shakespeare Company tackles the subject it was born to reduce. From the high-brow to the low, The Complete History of Comedy (abridged) covers comedy through the ages, from Aristophanes and Shakespeare and Moliere (Is Moliere funny? Why not?) to Vaudeville and Charlie Chaplin to The Daily Show and Anthony Weiner.TICKETS & INFO
SATURDAY, APRIL 1 / 7:00PM
Movin' + Groovin'
American Repertory Ballet presents the acclaimed production of Movin’ + Groovin’ featuring works by three of today’s most exciting and innovative choreographers. The program includes: Claire Davison’s Time Within A Time, set to the music of Fleetwood Mac; Ja’ Malik’s Moving to Bach, set to Bach’s Sonata for Violin Solo No.1; and Caili Quan’s Circadia, inspired by an eclectic music mix ranging from Boban Markovic Orchestra to Gabriella Smith’s Carrot Revolution.TICKETS & INFO
SATURDAY, MARCH 25 / 8:00PM
An Evening with Bruce Hornsby
Hornsby returns to McCarter! The 13-time Grammy nominee’s 23 albums have sold over 11 million copies worldwide, and he has appeared on over 100 records including releases with Bob Dylan, Don Henley, the Grateful Dead, Stevie Nicks, Ricky Skaggs, Bob Seger, Chaka Khan, Bon Iver, Brandon Flowers, Bonnie Raitt, Sting, Mavis Staples, Willie Nelson and more.TICKETS & INFO
FRIDAY, MARCH 24 - SATURDAY, MARCH 25 / 8:00PM
The Toni Morrison Project
Experience Workshop performances of original commissions inspired by the TONI MORRISON papers - in Partnership with Princeton University.TICKETS & INFO
SUNDAY, MARCH 19 / 3:00PM
National Geographic Live: Untamed with Filipe DeAndrade
Wildlife filmmaker and conservationist Filipe DeAndrade, star of Nat Geo WILD’s Untamed, gives his unfiltered look at what it’s like to come face-to-face with wild animals, survive extreme environments, and make unexpected discoveries.TICKETS & INFO
FRIDAY, MARCH 17 / 8:00PM
American violinist Randall Goosby is acclaimed for the sensitivity and intensity of his musicianship alongside his determination to make music more inclusive and accessible, as well as bringing the music of under-represented composers to light.TICKETS & INFO
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 15 / 7:30PM
Ragamala Dance Company: The Fires of Varanasi
Fires of Varanasi: Dance of the Eternal Pilgrim evokes an elaborate ritual where time is suspended and humans merge with the divine. In this theatrical reimagining, the show expands upon the birth-death-rebirth continuum in Hindu thought to honor immigrant experiences of life and death in the diaspora.TICKETS & INFO
TUESDAY, MARCH 14 / 7:00PM
"Beware the Ides of March": A Sonnet Summit
Love Shakespeare? Savor the sonnets? Join us for an in-person celebration of Shakespeare's Sonnets. Intended for all ages and experience levels, this is a fun and informal way to personally experience Shakespeare’s gift to poetic posterity. All are welcome as readers or listeners. No previous experience with Shakespeare or the Sonnets is necessary!LEARN MORE
FEBRUARY 23 – MARCH 12
Rescued from the Liverpool docks as a child, Heathcliff is adopted by the Earnshaws and taken to live at Wuthering Heights. He finds a kindred spirit in Catherine Earnshaw and a fierce love ignites. When forced apart, a brutal chain of events is unleashed.TICKETS & INFO
MARCH 2 - MARCH 4
Felon: An American Washi Tale
In partnership with the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University, McCarter invites you to Felon: An American Washi Tale. 23 years after his release from prison, MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient Reginald Dwayne Betts explores the consequences of his incarceration in a compelling solo show.TICKETS & INFO
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14 / 7:30PM
An Evening with Mandy Patinkin & Kathryn Grody
A live in-person evening full of family stories, professional anecdotes, and glimpses into their 40+ years of mostly marital bliss.TICKETS & INFO
JANUARY 31 - FEBRUARY 12
Between Two Knees
Between Two Knees is an outrageously funny and wickedly subversive intergenerational tale of familial love, loss, and connection.TICKETS & INFO
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 / 8:00PM
“For the Love of It” Jazz Vocal Collective featuring Camille Thurman
In partnership with the Program in Jazz Studies at Princeton University, McCarter invites you to a celebration of life, love, and culture through diverse musical styles and composers.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 / 8:00PM
American soul singer, and former public defender, Danielle Ponder is both empowering and a powerhouse. In 2020, NPR described her music as anthemic while compassionate; soulful, while bold and strong.TICKETS & INFO
DECEMBER 7 - 24, 2022
A Christmas Carol
Now on Stage! Buy now – tickets are selling fast for this beloved holiday tradition!
Create memories with the ones you love 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.TICKETS & INFO
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14 / 7:30PM
A Christmas Carol: Relaxed Performance
While open to everyone, relaxed performances are designed to serve individuals on the autism spectrum, those with cognitive or developmental disabilities, or other sensory sensitivities.TICKETS & INFO
DECEMBER 2 - DECEMBER 4
Princeton Dance Festival
The 2022 Princeton Dance Festival will feature new and repertory works by Ronald K. Brown, Davalois Fearon, Sun Kim, Michael J. Love, Susan Marshall, Rashaun Mitchell & Silas Riener, and Caili Quan, performed by more than 50 students in the Program in Dance at the Berlind Theatre at McCarter Theatre Center. The range of works includes rhythm tap, contemporary ballet, popping/hip-hop, modern influenced by African dance, and contemporary dance works from a multidisciplinary perspective.TICKETS & INFO
NOVEMBER 25 - NOVEMBER 27
American Repertory Ballet's The Nutcracker
This holiday favorite tells the magical story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince as they battle toy soldiers and larger-than-life mice, and travel through a whirlwind of dancing snowflakes to the Land of Sweets.TICKETS & INFO
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 19 / 8:00PM
An Intimate Evening with Dessa
Three part harmonies, existential philosophy, witty monologue, and one spilled drink. Dessa and her band (Aviva Jaye, harp; Joshua Holmgren, keys) are returning to McCarter to read performance poetry from her just-published collection Tits on The Moon (Rain Taxi), share tour stories, and perform new music.
This performance contains adult content.TICKETS & INFO
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMEBER 16 / 7:30PM
Internationale Bachakademie of Stuttgart
For several decades the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart has been regarded as one of the most outstanding concert choirs in the world. A particular focus since their inception has been the interpretation of the vocal works of Johann Sebastian Bach.TICKETS & INFO
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 / 3:00PM
Meet Sugar Skull, a charismatic candy skeleton determined to help a 12-year-old girl get closer than ever before to her family's rich traditions. Sugar Skull! is a colorful, musical family adventure that celebrates the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos, and the vibrant heart of Mexican culture.
Sugar Skull! es una aventura alegre y sincera que se adentra en la riqueza de las tradiciones del Día de los Muertos. Con una compañía de talentosos músicos y bailarines, esta colorida producción es el entretenimiento perfecto en este otoño para el público juvenil y familiar.TICKETS & INFO
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 / 8:00PM
The Hot Sardines
Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, The Hot Sardines are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.TICKETS & INFO
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 / 7:30PM
Jorge Drexler is an Uruguayan musician and singer-songwriter with a long professional career linked to Music and Performing Arts. During his career, he has recorded fourteen studio albums and has toured all over the world, which has allowed him to know and appreciate different territories and cultures.TICKETS & INFO
NOVEMBER 4 - NOVEMBER 6
Triangle Show: Campelot
Back for its 132nd year, the Princeton Triangle Show brings you Campelot! Can our campers (and some guy) save their beloved Camp Backwash? Come find out at the hilarious, sing-songly, and kick-laden brand-new musical Campelot, written by 11 Princeton students who have never been to camp! It’s in-tents.TICKETS & INFO
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 / 8:00PM
Since the release of her debut album Moussoulou in 1989, there’s been no respite for the Malian singer Oumou Sangaré. Notable waymarks on her rich and fruitful journey include some of the most definitive recordings in the history of contemporary African music, all released on the World Circuit label.TICKETS & INFO
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28 / 12:30PM
Behind the Scenes with Oumou Sangaré
Join us for an intimate conversation with Malian GRAMMY Award-winner musician Oumou Sangaré. One of West Africa’s most celebrated vocalists, Sangaré has collaborated with Alicia Keys, has been sampled by Beyoncé, and is praised worldwide for her powerful voice and commitment to the betterment of women.MORE INFO
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 / 3:00PM
Heralded as a "singer of immense power and fervor" and “[one] of the most powerful voices of our time” (Los Angeles Times). His work blends opera, spirituals, gospel, and anthems, as a means to tell a deeply personal story of perseverance and human connection.TICKETS & INFO
SEPTEMBER 17 - OCTOBER 16
By Sarah DeLappe
Directed by Sarah Rasmussen
Meet nine young women from a competitive high school soccer team. It’s just a few weeks until nationals and the pressure is on. Relatable and resilient, this pack of adolescent warriors will push and train for their games, while also navigating a growing understanding of their complicated world. The Wolves is about life, love, and loss on and off the Astroturf.
Parental discretion is advised for strong language and themes. AGES 14+.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16 / 3:00PM
National Geographic Live: Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of The Cretaceous with Nizar Ibrahim
Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim introduces us to Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered, and shares the incredible story of how this prehistoric giant—larger than T. rex—was found, almost lost to science, and found again.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14 / 8:00PM
A Native American and Canadian collective filled with jubilant dance and colorful regalia honoring the legacies of their elders, Indigenous Liberation is an intertribal production featuring songs, stories, and dances, led by champion pow wow dancers.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12 / 7:30PM
David Sedaris is the bestselling author of the books Calypso,Theft By Finding, Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Holidays on Ice, Naked, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9 / 3:00PM
Rhiannon Giddens With Francesco Turrisi
World-music, cross-cultural and banjo superstar MacArthur “Genius Grant" recipient, founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, singer, artistic director of Silk Road Ensemble, returns to McCarter with her frequent collaborator Francesco Turrisi, pianist and percussionist who plays the Sicilian Tamburello (tambourine).
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 / 3:00PM
Laurie Berkner Band
Recognized as “the queen of kids’ music” by People magazine, Laurie Berkner is a singer, songwriter, lyricist, and author. What sets Laurie apart? She displays an instinctive understanding of children’s natural rhythms and energy, which keeps kids enraptured and brings parents and caregivers happily along for the ride.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8 / 11:00AM
Laurie Berkner Solo! A "Greatest Hits" Sensory-Friendly Performance
Laurie Berkner is back at McCarter with her “Greatest Hits” Sensory-Friendly performance. 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.