Boston Theatre District shows for 2015 include an exciting mix of Broadway favorites, musicals, comedies, experimental theater, and heart-warming family shows.
Boston's thriving downtown Theatre District is more exciting than ever.
You'll love the splendor of the magnificent Boston Opera House and other historic theaters.
But don't miss the gorgeous new performance spaces at Emerson College as well as Boston's many other smaller venues.
Use the following list of Boston theater performances to plan your schedule, find great seats, get theater tickets, and even check out best shows for kids. If you plan ahead, you may even be able to get half-price tickets.
Quick Links: Addresses for major Boston theaters (bottom of this page)
Boston Opera House - January 27 - February 15
Soak up legends about Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson and other motor town favorites in this uplifting story about the founder of the Motown record label as he turns his longtime dream into an amazing reality. You'll sing along with classic broadway hits such as "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" and "My Girl."
Joe Bonamassa - Wang Center tickets - January 21
Shen Yun Performing Arts - Boston Opera House - Jan 23-25
Ira Glass: 3 Acts 2 Dancers 1 Radio Host - Shubert Theatre tickets - Jan 24-25
Billy Idol - Orpheum Theatre tickets - January 31
Disney on Ice: Frozen - TD Garden - February 13-22
Elsa and Anna are sisters and princesses, but Elsa has an incredible secret and as this secret takes control of her she flees her home with Anna deparately following to try to save her. You will be blown away by Frozen's magical modern twist on a princess story about fear, trust, and love.
Boston Opera House - Through March 8
Follow the story of Armand, a poor young artist who finds his true love with someone he can never be with and feel his love, pain, and yearning as he attempts to run away with his forbidden love, the Lady of the Camellias. This magnificent ballet will bring you to a deeper understanding of love and desire.
Brian Brooks Moving Company - Shubert Theatre tickets - Through March 1
Gov't Mule - Orpheum - March 12
Boston Lyric Opera: Katya Kabanova - Shubert Theatre tickets- March 13-22
Tristan & Yseult - Cutler Majestic Theatre - March 13-14
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater - Wang Theatre - March 26-29
Disney with the Divas: A Musical Comedy - Shubert Theatre tickets - March 27
Colonial Theatre - April 28 - May 10
Come see this unbeatable 1987 classic about mixing classes, titillating dancing, and love, as a young dance teacher at a resort, Johnny, takes young beautiful upper-class Baby on a journey to discover an exciting and wild new life. Dirty Dancing mixes rock 'n' roll and sultry dancing for a wonderful evening that will leave you smiling.
Damien Rice - Orpheum Theatre - April 7
Celtic Thunder - Orpheum Theatre - April 11
John Mellencamo - Wang Center - April 15
Jeff Beck - Orpheum Theatre - April 19
Disney Live! Mickey's Magic Show - Agganis Arena - April 24-26
Shubert Theatre - May 1-10
Love can be difficult. Come see Don Giovanni for a night of comedy, seduction, jealousy, and death, while listening to some of the best music composed one of the best musicians of all time.
Boston Opera House - June 23-July 5
For orphaned boys like Jack and his crew, life is the same day by day selling newspapers, but suddenly their business takes a turn for the worst and the boys must band together in protest. Come laugh and sing along with Jack and his boys in this comedic musical Newsies. You'll leave with a smile and a skip in you're walk.
Boston Opera House - August 11-August 23
Charlie Price inherits his father's shoe factory that is about to go out of business, that is until he meets Lola, a charming drag queen who needs new boots. Kinky Boots is about friendship and the power to overcome discrimination. This wonderful musical will leave you with a joyous feeling.
Boston Ballet: The Nutcracker - Boston Opera House - Dates TBD
Boston Ballet: The Nutcracker - Boston Opera House - Through Dec 31
Urban Nutcracker - John Hancock Hall at Back Bay Events Center - Dates TBD
Disney on Ice - Agganis Arena - Dates TBD
Charles Playhouse: On-Going
Don't wear your good clothes (hint: they hand out rain ponchos) but do expect to have a ton of fun at Boston's funniest show put on by bald blue guys. None-stop story-telling, comedy, music, theatrics, and audience interaction. Perfect family show for all ages.
Charles Playhouse: On-Going
Part theater, part improv, Shear Madness revolves around a zany plot featuring a murder in a hair salon, but audience involvement means the show has a different ending every night - so you can see it more than once for lots of laughs and entertainment. Best for children 13 and over, unless you want to explain all the innuendos (or count on your kids not to understand them).
70s disco hits and a great dance floor set the stage for The Donkey Show - but that's just the beginning. Mirror balls, feathered divas, roller skaters, and hustle queens inspired by Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream are part of an interactive show that unfolds around you.
Boston's compact size means that if you're staying in central Boston, you can easily walk to the Theatre District theaters.
But if you're driving into the city for a performance, you will need a place to park.
To find the closest garages, check out our suggestions for nearby parking. There are also a few small lots near Washington Street.
For the easiest parking experience - "easiest" meaning you're not gridlocked in our 1-lane, 1-way streets around the Theatre District when all the shows end - park in the huge garage under Boston Common and walk a block or two to your theater.
925 Commonwealth Ave, Boston (on BU campus)
American Repertory Theatre
64 Brattle Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge; www.americanrepertorytheater.org; (617) 547-8300
Boston Center for the Arts (BCA) - Click on Tickets on the top menu bar
539 Tremont Street, South End
Boston Opera House
539 Washington Street, Theatre District
Boston University Theatre
264 Huntington Ave, Fenway
74 Warrenton Street, Theatre District
106 Boylston Street, Theatre District
Cutler Majestic Theatre at Emerson College
219 Tremont Street, Theatre District
Lyric Stage Company Theatre
140 Clarendon Street, 2nd Floor (between Trinity Place and Stuart Street); Back Bay
Marine Industrial Park (primarily a summer venue)
Northern Ave and Drydock Ave (head toward the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, South Boston Waterfront
Oberon at American Repertory Theatre
2 Arrow Street, Cambridge
1 Hamilton Place, Historic Downtown Boston
559 Washington Street, Theatre District
45 Quincy Street, Cambridge
Shubert Theatre (part of Citi Performing Arts Center)
265 Tremont Street, Theatre District
Stuart Street Playhouse - CLOSED
200 Stuart Street, Bay Village
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Fenway neighborhood
100 Legends Way, West End
Wang Center (part of Citi Performing Arts Center)
270 Tremont Street, Theatre District
Wheelock Family Theatre
200 The Riverway, Fenway
246 Tremont Street, Theatre District
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