People are going crazy — again — over this giant ‘triple mural’ on Worcester’s Hanover Theatre

It was first completed a few months ago. But after the artist, Insane51, posted a video of his work this week on Instagram, the mural gained renewed attention.

LeAnne Parks and Merritt David Janes in “School of Rock.”

Stage Review

Amped-up and infectious, ‘School of Rock’ finds its groove

The musical adapted from the Jack Black movie mostly delivers a good time at the Boston Opera House.

LeAnne Parks and Merritt David Janes in “School of Rock.”

Things to do

The Weekender: ‘School of Rock,’ ‘Spamilton,’ beards, and banjos

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

From left: Vaishnavi Sharma, Eric Tucker, James Patrick Nelson, Grace Bernardo, and Edmund Lewis in Bedlam’s “Pygmalion.”

Stage Review

A ‘Pygmalion’ with a modern new face

A play that has always been about the striations and boundaries of class becomes about race, immigration, and assimilation.

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Props to Lin-Manuel Miranda, and a few pokes, in Gerard Alessandrini’s ‘Spamilton’

The Needham native known for the “Forbidden Broadway” series unleashes his satirical talent on Miranda’s blockbuster musical, “Hamilton.’’

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

A soaring vision of angels at the end of the world

Part dance, part circus, Raphaëlle Boitel’s “When Angels Fall” contemplates a world run by machines and where speech is forbidden.

Lenny Bruce film acquired by Brandeis is its own mystery

The university, which maintains a Lenny Bruce archive, bought the 12½-minute silent film at an auction, but details about its origin are sketchy.

Uma Thurman, Jesse Tyler Ferguson among stars to appear at Williamstown Theatre Festival

This summer’s shows will include Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts” and Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun.”

Winter arts guide 2019

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Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

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Self-Portrait with Hummingbird and Thorn Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907Ð1954) 1940 Oil on masonite *Nickolas Muray Collection of Modern Mexican Art, Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin *© 2018 Banco de MŽxico Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.Ê *Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Globe Magazine

Things to do in Greater Boston this winter

Your seasonal calendar of events, music, theater, and more.

The Mark Morris Dance Group in “Pepperland.”

Dance Review

‘Pepperland’: Barely Beatles, mostly Morris

Mark Morris Dance Group’s riff on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” comes across as a superficial, sentimental American response to a quirky, very British album.

Mystic Inscho and Merritt David Janes in “School of Rock: The Musical.”

The all-star band behind ‘School of Rock’

Julian Fellowes (“Downton Abbey”) and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber joined forces to adapt the hit movie into a stage musical, but it was Lloyd Webber’s wife, Madeleine, who had the inspiration.

Jade Wheeler in “Who Is Eartha Mae?”

Stage Review

‘Who Is Eartha Mae?’: A portrait of the artist as an enigma

Despite a flawed script, Jade Wheeler delivers a tour de force performance as the elusive Eartha Kitt.

An Alex Katz print hangs above an antique Chinese console just past the entry door, painted a rich, glossy red. The Back Bay is visible through the windows of the den, at the far end of the hallway.

Your Home | Makeovers

This waterfront Back Bay condo is built for modern aging

A gut rehab offers stunning Charles River views and sleek accommodations for a Boston couple as they grow older — including wider doorways that can fit a wheelchair.

A scene from the film THE LEGO MOVIE 2.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Legos, Beatles, Grammys, and eye-catching shorts

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

10nofirstnight -- Actors John Manning (left) of Westford and Jocelyn Duford of Derry, NH portray a couple in the romantic comedy

At a theater in Beverly, love takes center stage

The Larcom Theatre is seeking couples that have been together 50 years or more to be honored during the Sunday, Feb. 17, performance of the romantic comedy “First Night.”

Chairman of the Board of Trustees Jack Meyer, Artistic Director Mikko Nissinen, William Forsythe, Executive Director Meredith


Boston Ballet Ball at The Castle raises $1.8 million

The gala celebrated Boston Ballet’s partnership with choreographer William Forsythe.

A scene from Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company’s “Analogy Trilogy.”

Bill T. Jones connects three disparate lives in his ‘Analogy’ trilogy

His company will perform all three pieces at the ICA.

Brandon G. Green as Nat Turner in Nat Turner in Jerusalem. (Nile Scott Shots)

Stage Review

In ‘Nat Turner in Jerusalem,’ a raw chapter of racial history

Brandon Green stars in the Actors’ Shakespeare Project’s production of Nathan Alan Davis’s drama about the leader of the 1831 slave rebellion.

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The VIP Lounge with Tommy Do

We caught up with Do, a professional ice skater who lives in Brooklyn when he’s not on the road (and whose parents still live in Sharon), to talk about all things travel.

Director of “HAIR” Diane Paulus directing during a rehearsal at The Delecorte Theatre in Manhattan’s Central Park. (Joe Tabacca for The Globe-7/17/08) 28paulus

NBC cancels ‘Hair Live!’ broadcast that Diane Paulus was co-directing

NBC executives hinted that the network plans to focus on more family-friendly entertainment.

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Feb. 4-10

Take in a sci-fi film festival, celebrate Black History Month, head to a Rockport Music community concert, and more.

Chestnut Hill, MA--1/17/2019--Nick Swancott, a senior from NY at Boston College, poses for a portrait on the Boston College campus Thursday afternoon. Swancott plans on pursuing theater full-time after graduating in the spring. (Nathan Klima) Topic: 13TheaterPics Reporter:

Career plans can take a dramatic turn when students discover theater

For some students at Boston colleges, stage experience can upend the best-laid plans.

Angelo Paul Ramunni is the founder of the New England Accordion Connection and Museum Company.

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Lessons on compassion and mindfulness; Jewish Poetry Festival; stories of accordians and players

Narayan Helen Liebenson of the Cambridge Insight Meditation Center has written “The Magnanimous Heart.’’

Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University’s production of “Ragtime” runs through Feb. 17.

Stage Review

Wheelock’s ‘Ragtime’ is of its time and our time

Nick Vargas directs a stirring production of the 1998 musical, highlighted by Anthony Pires, Jr.’s portrayal of Coalhouse Walker, Jr.

Gerard Alessandrini has made a career spoofing Broadway stars and shows, none bigger than “Hamilton.”


The Needham native who’s the founding father of ‘Spamilton’

Needham native Gerard Alessandrini has made a career spoofing Broadway stars and shows, none bigger than “Hamilton.”

Eric Church brings his “Double Down” tour to TD Garden this weekend.

Things to do

The Weekender: Country stars, diva fever, and Patriot(s) games

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

Actor John Malkovich.


John Malkovich to star in play with echoes of Harvey Weinstein saga

Producers announced Tuesday that Malkovich will star in the world premiere of David Mamet’s ‘‘Bitter Wheat’’ in London, which recounts the fall from grace of a “depraved Hollywood mogul.”

Bryce Dallas Howard


Bryce Dallas Howard honored by Harvard’s Hasty Pudding

The actor, producer, and director will be honored with a parade through Cambridge on Thursday, to be followed by a roast where she will receive her pudding pot.

Jagged Little Pill Production Photo. Pictured: The Chorus of Jagged Little Pill. Photo: Evgenia Eliseeva


‘Jagged Little Pill’ will head to Broadway

The musical, which had its 2018 world premiere at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, is just the latest in a string of local productions that have made the leap.

This image released by Fox shows Brennin Hunt as Roger Davis from the musical

Fox’s live ‘Rent’ uses pre-taped material after actor broke his foot

The show used Saturday night’s pre-taped show — only switching to live for the finale — after Brennin Hunt, who plays the role of Roger Davis, broke his foot.

Nederlands Dans Theater 2’s “SH-BOOM” is set to popular songs from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s.

Dance Review

NDT2 has the dancers, not always the dances

Nederlands Dans Theater 2 performed a quartet of contemporary pieces at the Shubert Theatre.

Check out the Winter Arts Guide 2019

Upcoming concerts, shows, performances in theater, music, dance, art, and television.

Yan Chen


ART Institute graduate from China named a Rhodes scholar

Yan Chen was one of four winners from her country and the first to major in the arts.

Howardena Pindell, Untitled #4D, 2009. Image courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 28-Feb. 3

A multimedia exhibit at Brandeis’s Rose Art Museum, “A One-Woman Show About Eartha Kitt,” a Lunar New Year Celebration, and more.

Baker Dill (Matthew McConaughey) in SERENITY.

Things to Do

The Weekender: Matthew McConaughey, Mexican photographs, and some Canadian dude

The Globe’s picks for the best ways to spend your weekend.

LeAnne Parks and Merritt David Janes in “School of Rock — The Musical,” which is coming to the Opera House.


Winter Arts Guide: Theater picks

Globe theater critic Don Aucoin’s guide to winter productions, including “Who Is Earth Mae?,’’ “Bedlam’s Pygmalion,’’ “Trigger Warning,’’ and “Spamilton: An American Parody.’’

Sean Daniels has adapted Jack Kerouac’s unfinished, long-lost novel, “The Haunted Life,’’ into a play that will premiere at Merrimack Rep from March 20 to April 14.


Early Kerouac novel is on the road to the stage, after a lengthy detour

Merrimack Rep will debut a theatrical adaptation of “The Haunted Life,’’ an autobiographical work by Lowell’s most famous author that went missing for nearly 60 years.

Boston Ballet will perform William Forsythe’s “Pas/Parts 2018” during its “Full On Forsythe” program.


Winter Arts Guide: Dance picks

It’s a season of bold movement, from blazing flamenco to a Boston Ballet world premiere.

“Hamlet 360: Thy Father’s Spirit,’’ directed by Boston’s Steven Maler, was filmed in an old vaudeville house.

Critic’s Notebook

All the virtual world’s a stage in ‘Hamlet 360’

A riveting new virtual reality video, adapted and directed by Boston’s Steven Maler, plunges the viewer into the world of Shakespeare’s tortured prince.

Taylor Goldsmith, left, and Wylie Gelber of the band Dawes perform in concert as the opening act for John Mayer during his

The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world

This week’s picks from Globe critics.

Channing Tatum (pictured in “Magic Mike”) is among the producers of a stage prequel to the hit 2012 film about a male stripper in Florida.


‘Magic Mike The Musical’ to premiere at the Colonial

Channing Tatum is among the producers of a stage prequel to the hit 2012 film about a male stripper in Florida.

The Wondertwins are the final act of the “Dance UP” series.


‘Dance UP’ series spotlights three exciting Boston companies

Presented by World Music/CRASHarts, the series includes performances by Danza Orgánica, Prometheus Dance, and the Wondertwins.

Carole King in 2016.

The some kind of wonderful of 10 Carole King classics

As “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” returns to Boston next week, here are some of the songs and signature performances that showcase King at her most magical.

Jade Wheeler, shown during rehearsal, stars as Eartha Kitt in “Who is Eartha Mae?” at the Multicultural Arts Center in Cambridge.


Solo play gives voice to an Eartha Kitt who was more than ‘glitz and glam’

Jade Wheeler’s “Who is Eartha Mae?” aims to present a fuller picture of the woman known for her sultry persona.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: <<EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO COMMERCIAL USE>> (L-R) Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots perform on stage during 2019 iHeartRadio ALTer Ego at The Forum on January 19, 2019 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Single-day Boston Calling lineups are released

The festival will be held at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston May 24-26.

Michelle Dorrance

Dance Review

Michelle Dorrance taps moves that energize, electrify

Dorrance has assembled a rock solid crew of impressive, precise technicians with vivid personalities and fabulously expressive flair.

Chris Butler (standing) plays “Othello” and Danforth Comins portrays Iago in American Repertory Theater’s presentation of “Othello.”

Stage Review

A portrait of misplaced male pride and societal prejudice in the ART’s ‘Othello’

Chris Butler delivers a masterly performance in the title role of Shakespeare’s tragedy, directed by Bill Rauch with a focus on the toll of racism and sexism.

2017 New Balance Boston Indoor Grand PrixBoston, Ma January 28, 2017 Photo: Victah Sailer@PhotoRun 631-291-3409 www.photorun.NET

Your Week Ahead

Five things to do around Boston, Jan. 21-27

New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Martin Luther King Jr. Day events, Harvard Square Taste of Chocolate Weekend, and more.

Connections | Magazine

The magic of musicals

My mother raised me to love Broadway shows. As her memory falters, can we still share that feeling?

Edward M. Kennedy Institute

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// The Kennedy Institute opens

Ahead of the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Globe Magazine explores the history of the project and Kennedy’s vision for it.

Harvard Art Museums

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// Raising the roof at Harvard Art Museums

An in-depth look at the new complex designed by architect Renzo Piano.