Behind the Scenes with Stars from Jersey Boys

We spoke with Matthew Dailey and Drew Seeley about their roles in the musical, now showing at PPAC.

The Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical Jersey Boys, the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, has returned to the Providence Performing Arts Center. The play is a true story of how a group of blue-collar bad boys became one of the most well known American pop groups of all time. The group wrote all of its…

Elmo and Cookie Monster Make Meeting Street Kids Smile

The beloved characters stopped by the school to spread some joy before Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance hits PPAC.

Inside the Meeting Street School in Providence, the entire student body and their teachers sit on the gymnasium floor, chattering amongst themselves. Head of school Margaret Knowlton stands in front of the microphone, claps her hands, and says, “Good morning!” Immediately the murmur stops and the children sit up straight and repeat back in a singsong voice: “Good morning!” “Why…

Central Falls High School Students See Sound of Music

Learn It to Earn It is a partnership between PPAC and Rhode Island Monthly that enables inner city students to experience a Broadway show.

Today, close to 100 students from Central Falls High School got a little culture. They were bussed into the Providence Performing Arts Center and given an opportunity to see a real live Broadway show, The Sound of Music, thanks to the Learn It to Earn It program. Rhode Island Monthly’s annual Best of Rhode Island Party, held each July, raises…

Theater Takeaway: Trinity Rep's To Kill a Mockingbird

While the stars were aligned for To Kill a Mockingbird to hit the stage, the theater's production was, with a few exceptions, a tad less celestially blessed.

Trinity Repertory Company couldn’t have picked a better time to produce To Kill a Mockingbird. The Black Lives Matter movement is still the shot heard 'round the world, Harper Lee’s first Mockingbird draft, Go Set A Watchman, was published last year, and the famed author recently died. While the stars were aligned for To Kill a Mockingbird to hit the…

Free Play Helps Families and Friends Facing Addiction

Four Legs to Stand On questions society’s views on addiction by normalizing open discussion around the topic.

Cancer and addiction: They are both diseases, but one is treated with compassion while the other is often met with shame. A free thirty-five-minute play, Four Legs to Stand On, brings the addiction crisis to the forefront by following a family that is coping with both addiction (the son, home after his first year of college) and cancer (the father)….

2nd Story Hosts "Love, Loss and What I Wore"

Written by women, directed by women, played by women: The "top-to-toe" women's project hits the stage in February.

At a fundraising bash for 2nd Story Theatre last fall, the ladies got the joke: "When you start wearing Eileen Fisher, you might as well say, 'I give up.' " And the men — well, they wanted in on it, too. The line comes from the gem of a play, Love, Loss and What I Wore, written by Nora Ephron…

Theater Takeaway: The Gamm’s Grizzly Mama

What’s more surprising than a gun-toting liberal with a deadly vendetta? George Brant’s Grizzly Mama.

Deb, an ex-housewife, drags her teenage daughter to Alaska to assassinate a loosely veiled caricature of the former governor/VP nominee/Tina Fey impersonator, Sarah Palin. (“Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental,” writes playwright George Brant. Hah.) The murder is meant to avenge Deb’s late feminist mother, an activist and writer. Deb has a big gun. No…

Preview: From Refugee Camp to Project

Everett’s hip-hop director dances his way to self-discovery.

Sokeo Ros remembers the day that started it all. As a kid, he’d heard his parents’ stories of the Cambodian genocide — in one ear and out the other, he says. But on this day, in his parents’ living room, he really listened. Ros’s mother told him about the six children before him, older brothers and sisters he never knew…

5 Reasons to See "Annie" at PPAC

The musical will bring you back to childhood and create new memories for you and your family. Tonight's 5 p.m. performance offers Family Night pricing.

PPAC’s “Annie” sent me right back to my childhood when I habitually watched the 1982 film over and over again. Memories of singing “Tomorrow” in the shower and wishing I could one day live in a mansion came flooding back to me in an instant. And then I looked at my seven-year-old niece, Olivia, sitting next to me, her eyes…

Catch a Sneak Peek of Irving Berlin's White Christmas at PPAC

The stage adaptation of the show has arrived at Providence Performing Arts Center now through Dec 13.

Rhode Island Monthly went behind the scenes today to watch two musical performances from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, including the “Sisters” song and dance number by Betty (Kerry Conte) and Judy Haynes (Kelly Sheehan). We also got to see Sean Montgomery perform as “Bob Wallace” and Jeremy Benton as “Phil Davis” as they sang and danced to “Happy Holiday” with…