MAY 8 – JUNE 2

Choice

Playwright Winnie Holzman brings her trademark wit and ability to weave social issues into compelling, relatable stories as she explores one of the most polarizing subjects of our time through a refreshingly humorous— and profoundly human — lens.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 1 / 8:00 PM

Chris Botti

With a career spanning over two decades, GRAMMY award-winner Chris Botti effortlessly blends genres from jazz to pop to rock, creating a musical experience that is both unique and captivating. 

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SUNDAY, JUNE 2 / 7:00PM

An Evening with Esperanza Spalding

GRAMMY award-winner Esperanza Spalding’s journey is as captivating as her music. Witness her groundbreaking talent in a performance that redefines the boundaries of jazz. 

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5 / 7:30PM

Lakecia Benjamin

Celebrated for her unique blend of R&B, jazz, and funk, the vibrant young saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin's music pulses with energy and versatility.

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JUNE 7 - JUNE 8

STOMP

Eight dancers wield brooms, garbage cans, and even the kitchen sink to in an electric performance that has become a worldwide phenomenon.

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24/25 Season


SEPTEMBER 6 - OCTOBER 6, 2024

Empire Records

A world-premiere musical adaptation of the ‘90’s cult-classic film of the same name with an original rock score by Zoe Sarnak and book by original screenwriter Carol Heikkinen. Overflowing with optimism, rooftop dancing, and the spirit of punk rock, Empire Records tells the story of a band of idealist misfits fighting to save their beloved record store from a corporate takeover. 

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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20 / 7:30PM

Michael Feinstein in Because of You My Tribute to Tony Bennett featuring the Carnegie Hall Ensemble

Joined by the dynamic Carnegie Hall Ensemble, Michael Feinstein celebrates the unparalleled legacy of his late friend Tony Bennett with heartfelt renditions of Bennett’s greatest hits.

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 28 / 7:30PM

Ballet Hispánico

Experience the vibrancy and passion of Ballet Hispánico, a leader in Latinx culture and dance for over 50 years.

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THURSDAY OCTOBER 3 / 7:30PM

An Evening with David Sedaris

Humorist, and Princeton favorite, David Sedaris returns to McCarter following the release of his newest books, A Carnival of Snackery and Pretty Ugly.

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 4 / 7PM

Encanto: The Sing Along Concert Film

Create magical memories with the whole family. This interactive performance and screening features live music by Banda de la Casita, bringing Disney’s beloved film to life. 

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OCTOBER 9 - 13, 2024

Duel Reality

An all-ages epic, gravity-defying spectacle from the acclaimed cirque company The 7 Fingers (Water for Elephants, Pippin). Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, two feuding families engage in a battle of skill, each competition more daring than the last – while a pair of star-crossed lovers struggles to escape the showdown.

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 18 / 7:30PM

Rosanne Cash with John Leventhal

Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal will revisit the music and stories behind The Wheel, celebrating the album's 30th anniversary.  

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FRIDAY OCTOBER 25 / 7:30PM

SW!NG OUT

Swing by for SW!NG OUT, an exhilarating evening of live music and spectacular swing dance culminating in an on-stage jam session inviting the audience to join in on the fun.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6 / 7:30PM

Yunchan Lim 피아니스트 임윤찬

McCarter Debut Artist and 2022 Cliburn Gold Medalist International Piano Competition winner, Yunchan Lim, a precocious teen with prodigious talent marries technical brilliance with youthful emotion in this classical piano performance. 

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FRIDAY NOVEMBER 8 / 7:30PM

The Hot Sardines

The Hot Sardines are bringing their infectious energy to McCarter, promising an evening of timeless jazz music, with a fresh twist that only they can deliver. 

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THURSDAY NOVEMBER 21 / 7:30PM

Randall Goosby Returns: Renaissance Quartet

Rooted in tradition yet boldly embracing the spirit of the 21st century, these four virtuosos journey through diverse musical landscapes, infused with jazz influences and remarkable technical prowess. 

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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 23 / 7:30PM

The Moth

The global phenomenon featuring true stories told live comes to Princeton.

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DECEMBER 10 – 29, 2024

A Christmas Carol

McCarter's annual holiday tradition returns with magic, music, and merriment for all. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a fantastical journey through Christmases past, present and future and enjoy this classic story as it comes to life around you. Create magical memories with the ones you love as this festive spectacle ushers you into the spirit of the season with all the delight, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge himself discovers.

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MONDAY DECEMBER 16 / 7:30PM

The Brandenburg Concertos The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Hailed by the New Yorker as ‘joyous, effervescent, and yes, festive.’ As a pinnacle of Baroque musical art, the Brandenburg Concertos showcase Bach’s unmatched mastery and musical ingenuity.

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JANUARY 24 - FEBRUARY 9, 2025

Here There Are Blueberries

A celebrated new production from Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project (The Laramie Project). Based on real events, Here There Are Blueberries tells the story of newly discovered historical photographs and the shocking truth behind them—what they reveal about the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and our own humanity.

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TUESDAY FEBRUARY 4 / 7:30PM

The Crossing

A trailblazing and Grammy award-winning chamber choir helmed by the visionary Donald Nally, The Crossing pushes the boundaries of choral music presenting a dynamic fusion of new work. 

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FEBRUARY 8-9

Noli Timere

Witness the breathtaking aerial dance of Noli Timere, a collaboration between choreographer Rebecca Lazier and sculptor Janet Echelman, where dance meets engineering high above the stage.

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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 21 / 7:30PM

Czech National Symphony Orchestra

Celebrated for its vibrant interpretations and broad musical repertoire, the Czech National Symphony Orchestra (CNSO) - one of Europe’s leading orchestras - brings the heart of Czech musical tradition to the stage.

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THURSDAY FEBRUARY 27 / 7:30PM

Bereishit Dance Company

The Seoul-based Bereishit Dance Company is celebrated for its athletic precision and creative choreography, approaching Korean traditional culture from a contemporary perspective.

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MARCH 20 - APRIL 6, 2025

Legacy of Light

In Princeton, New Jersey, a brilliant astrophysicist tries to become a mother. Meanwhile—300 years earlier, in France—a mathematician, scientist, and lover to Voltaire finds out she’s about to become one. From the writer of Native Gardens and Destiny of Desire comes a bright and funny new play about life, the universe, and parenthood.

 

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TUESDAY MARCH 25 / 7:30PM

Julia Fischer, violin & Jan Lisiecki, piano

Experience the seamless harmony and technical mastery of these two musical giants in a program that celebrates the legacy and beauty of classical music. 

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THURSDAY APRIL 17 / 7:30PM

Twyla Tharp 60th Anniversary Tour

Known as one of the most influential voices in contemporary dance, celebrate Twyla Tharp’s 60 years of choreographic brilliance.

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MAY 8 - 25, 2025

Primary Trust

An absorbing and open-hearted comedy about new beginnings, NY Times Critic’s Pick, Primary Trust explores the inner and outer lives of Kenneth, a dedicated loner with a passion for drinking Mai Tais on weeknights. When he begins to face a world he’s long avoided, will he have the courage to embrace a new start in life?

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FRIDAY MAY 16 / 7:30PM

Pilobolus: re:CREATION

Pushing the boundaries of human physicality and visual artistry, audiences will journey into surreal worlds inhabited by otherworldly creatures and fantastical visions. 

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PAST EVENTS


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 11 / 1:00PM

National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine

A storied symphony returns to McCarter to perform a rich program showcasing some of Ukraine’s most talented and renowned musicians. Join a special post-concert conversation on stage: “Artists in Wartime.”

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MARCH 6 – MARCH 24

Dreamgirls

With dazzling costumes and powerhouse vocal performances, this smash hit sizzles with sparkling spirit and dance to electrify audiences.

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THURSDAY, MARCH 28 / 7:30PM

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

One of Chicago’s premier dance companies returns to McCarter with a multi-faceted program celebrating its 45th season.

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MARCH 29 - MARCH 30

An Evening with Jon Stewart

Live Nation presents 'An Evening with Jon Stewart' at McCarter.

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THURSDAY APRIL 4 / 7:00PM

Of Swans and Variants

This American Repertory Ballet program features an excerpt from a crown jewel of the classical ballet repertoire, Swan Lake Act II, followed by a recently choreographed contemporary piece, VARIANTS, from Artistic Director Ethan Stiefel

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SATURDAY APRIL 6 / 3:00 PM

Brains On! Live

Brains On!, the wildly popular podcast for kids, is hitting the road with a hilarious science-themed show that takes the audience on an adventure through our brains.

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MONDAY, APRIL 8 / 7:00PM

Empire Records Screening

In anticipation of McCarter Theatre Center's world premiere musical adaptation of Empire Records, we’re throwing it back to the 90’s. Celebrate Rex Manning Day with us by immersing yourself in the original cult classic on the big screen – and on the most iconic day itself!

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THURSDAY, APRIL 11, 2024 / 7:30PM

Caetano Veloso: Meu Coco

Experience the soul-stirring magic of Brazilian musical icon and GRAMMY-winner, Caetano Veloso, as he takes the stage at McCarter

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FRIDAY, APRIL 12  /  8:00PM

Zakir Hussain (tabla) with Sabir Khan (sarangi) and Debopriya Chatterjee (bansuri)

A classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order performs with a Sufi-inspired sarangi master and one of the illustrious “Flute Sisters”.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 14 / 7:00PM

Trailblazing Women of Country - A Tribute to Patsy, Loretta, and Dolly

An all-woman ensemble performs works from three titans of country music that forever shaped the genre’s voice, tone, and point of view.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 16, 2024 / 7:10PM

Snarky Puppy

This GRAMMY-winning collective of musical virtuosos defies genres and expectations, blending jazz, funk, rock, and world music into a sound that's uniquely their own - and will have you dancing in your seat.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17 / 7:30PM

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo: 50th Anniversary

The “World’s Foremost All-Male Comic Ballet Company” celebrates 50 years of leaps and laughs, in drag and en pointe.

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SATURDAY APRIL 20, 2024 at 8 PM

Shawn Colvin & KT Tunstall

Shawn Colvin, the Grammy-winning artist behind the classic "Sunny Came Home," and KT Tunstall, known for her hit "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree," will each bring their distinctive sound to a rare joint performance.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2024 at 7PM

Rodrigo y Gabriela

This Grammy-winning duo’s journey from busking on Dublin’s streets to global acclaim has shaped their unique sound and kaleidoscopic performance style.

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SUNDAY MAY 5, 2024 at 1PM

Healing Voices: Caregiver Stories on Stage

Each year New Jersey caregivers are invited to submit all forms of creative writing, including prose, poetry, and theatrical pieces that reflect the theme of caregiving or the personal healing experience. Selected pieces are woven together by professional theatre artists into a staged reading by actors, celebrating, exploring, and bearing witness to the caregiving experience. 

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TUESDAY MAY 21 / 7PM

Live at the Library: The Power of CHOICE

Winnie Holzman, writer of the hit musical WICKED and the TV sensation My So-Called Life shares the inspiration behind her new play "CHOICE". FREE at the Princeton Public Library. 

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FRIDAY MAY 24 - SATURDAY MAY 25

Ship Happens: A Cruisical

Back for its 133rd year, the Princeton Triangle Show brings you Ship Happens: A Cruisical. Join us as Triangle sets sail with a tale as old as tide. 

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TUESDAY, MAY 28 / 7:30PM

Voice and the Violin

GRAMMY Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and acclaimed soprano Larisa Martinez, alongside renowned pianist Peter Dugan, present "Voice and the Violin," an intimate evening of romantic arias and modern classics.

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