Last Chance: Avenue Q at OSTC

Don't let the puppets fool you: With nude scenes and songs like "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," Avenue Q is as edgy as it gets.

  Every now and then, you'll see a great show and the songs will knock around in your head for days. You'll sing them first thing in the morning. You'll sing them by the office Keurig. You'll sing them to your kid at bathtime. Oklahoma! was a recent example. But "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" is quite different from “It…

Here's Your Chance to Own a Piece of the Tent

Collectibles featuring Warwick Musical Theatre's iconic circular stage will help raise funds for Ocean State Theatre Company.

Many Rhode Islanders fondly remember the Tent, also known as Warwick Musical Theatre from 1955 to 1999. Although the location is now a Lowe’s, here’s your chance to own a memento from the theater. The nonprofit Ocean State Theatre Company received a donation from Larry Bonoff to offer the public original pieces of the circular stage from the Warwick Musical…

Behind the Scenes with Stars from Bullets Over Broadway

We spoke with actors Michael Williams and Jemma Jane about their roles in the musical, now showing at PPAC.

Bullets Over Broadway, the musical adapted from Woody Allen’s 1994 film of the same name, follows the story of David Shayne, who (looking for funding) casts Olive, the talentless girlfriend of mobster Nick Valenti, in his Broadway production. The play was originally brought to the stage by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, who directed and choreographed the musical. And…

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…