Musical

Twerk Du Soleil

Wednesday / September 24, 2014 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

After 100 million views on Youtube, Todrick Hall is taking his wacky, whimsical, and hilarious hits on an international tour. Join Todrick and his amazing cast of characters as they sing, laugh, and twerk the night away. All ages welcome.

A Little Mischief: A Midsummer Musical

Wednesday / November 19, 2014 / 7:30 pm
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Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

Berklee Musical Theater Ensemble director Rene Pfister presents his original musical adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, featuring the Musical Theater Orchestra directed by Broadway veteran Eric Stern.

Have trouble understanding all that Shakespearean language? Songs like "A Little Mischief," "Curious Dream," and "Talk to the Wand" will explain it in a way every musician will love. This theatrical event will feature dancing instrumentalists and the magic of Puck, who might just come into the audience and sprinkle some love dust on you.

Cabaret

Monday / October 6, 2014 / 8:00 pm
Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
02115

The Cabaret is an intimate, live showcase of Broadway favorites as well as musical theater- inspired originals. Begun in 2012, Cabaret is a student initiative to give musical theater enthusiasts at Berklee the chance to perform in a professional setting beyond the mainstage musical season. Run successfully for two years at different Berklee venues, it has become a staple monthly event in the Berklee musical theater community. 

 

Admission: 
Free

Dreamgirls

Wednesday / October 22, 2014 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Musical Theater Club presents Dreamgirls, the Tony Award-winning musical set in the '60s and '70s that follows the explosive career of The Dreams, a dynamite fictional R&B female singing trio. The musical was adapted into a popular DreamWorks motion picture starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and others. Dreamgirls is presented by more than 50 Berklee students, including cast, crew, creative, orchestra, and producers, in conjunction with the Berklee Performance Center and Student Activities Center. 

Dreamgirls

Tuesday / October 21, 2014 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
United States
02115

The Berklee Musical Theater Club presents Dreamgirls, the Tony Award-winning musical set in the '60s and ‘70s that follows the explosive career of The Dreams, a dynamite fictional R&B female singing trio. The musical was adapted into a popular DreamWorks motion picture starring Beyoncé Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Jamie Foxx, Eddie Murphy, and others. Dreamgirls is presented by more than 50 Berklee students, including cast, crew, creative, orchestra, and producers, in conjunction with the Berklee Performance Center and Student Activities Center. 

24-Hour Musical Theater Festival

Saturday / September 20, 2014 / 7:00 pm
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
Boston
MA
02115

A celebration of all facets of musical theater at Berklee, the 24-Hour Musical Theater Festival will generate up to six brand new 10-15-minute musicals that will be written, rehearsed, and performed within 24 hours. Actors, acoustic accompanists, directors, songwriters, and playwrights will gather at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 19 and, 24 hours later, perform their creations on Saturday, September 20.

Admission: 
Free

Danilo Perez and the BGJI at Scullers

Saturday / February 15, 2014 / 8:00 pm
Scullers Jazz Club
400 Soldiers Field Road
Boston
MA
02134
Danilo Perez and students from the BGJI

Scullers Jazz Club presents Danilo Pérez: Panama 500 CD Release Celebration.

Grammy Award winner Danilo Pérez is considered to be one of the most influential and dynamic musicians of modern times. Born in Panama in 1965, Pérez quickly established himself by touring and/or recording with jazz masters such as Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Lee Konitz, Roy Haynes, Michael Brecker, and more. In 2000, Pérez joined Wayne Shorter, to form Shorter's great quartet with John Patitucci and Brian Blade. Since 2003 he has been touring with regular trio featuring Ben Street and Adam Cruz. Pérez has served as cultural ambassador to the Republic of Panama and Goodwill Ambassador to UNICEF. He currently serves as UNESCO Artist for Peace, founder and artistic director of the Panama Jazz Festival, and artistic director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

His latest project, Panama 500, is Pérez’s most ambitious project to date, the furthest evolution yet of what the pianist/composer calls “three-dimensional music.” His blend of influences makes him the ideal musical chronicler of his country’s history: already a land bridge between the Americas with a vibrant indigenous culture, Panama also began to absorb European culture into its own following Balboa’s arrival. Pérez similarly weaves together jazz and Pan-American folkloric traditions with influences from European classical music. “I have been working for years to make music that has an identity very similar to the role that Panama plays in the world,” Pérez says of the project. “It’s a place where a lot of influences from all over the world come together.” The Financial Times refers to the project as "a celebration of the historical diversity of Panama’s heritage with a firm touch and an epic reach."

Both nights feature Pérez’s longtime rhythm section comprised of bassist Ben Street and drummer Adam Cruz as well as violinist Alex Hargreaves and percussionist Roman Diaz. On Sunday, students from the Berklee Global Jazz Institute will open the concert for Pérez and his group. The BGJI students participating include guitarist Leandro Pellegrino from Brazil, harmonica player Roni Eytan from Israel, saxophonists Gustavo D’Amico from Brazil and Edmar Colon from Puerto Rico, pianist Takafumi Suenga from Japan, bassist Alex Gasser from Puerto Rico, and drummer Anthony Fung from Canada. Underlining the interconnective educational style of the BGJI experience, Sunday afternoon will feature a special introduction from David Carrasco of Harvard Divinity School, who also wrote the liner notes for the album.

Admission: 
$30 Saturday, $25 Sunday

Pinocchio: A New Musical

Thursday / May 1, 2014 / 10:00 am
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

With a jazz and pop score and a 45-minute running time, the mini-musical Pinocchio invites kids to learn and sing along. This debut young-audiences event, featuring an original score by Rene Pfister, director of the Berklee Musical Theater Ensemble, showcases students from the ensemble as well as the Berklee Musical Theater Orchestra. Join the Blues Fairy and the Funky Cricket as they try to help Pinocchio do his best to tell the truth. He will have to escape the Evil Coachman and be sneezed out of the belly of a whale before he finally becomes a real boy.

With songs like "Tell the Band to Kick It, I'm Your Cricket," "Sneezed Out by a Whale" and "I Love My Donkeys," this funky retelling of what it takes to be "real" is fun for the whole family. What makes this event more special during ArtWeek is that participants will be invited to learn one of the songs from the musical before it begins and stay for a post show talk with the performers. 

 

Admission: 
$5, general admission

Footloose: The Musical

Friday / November 22, 2013 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Berklee's Musical Theatre Club proudly presents Footloose, the live musical version of the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon that featured songs that reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 from Kenny Loggins and Deniece Williams. This production features more than 50 students, including the pit orchestra, cast, and crew. Students Tre'von Griffith (director) and Max Wolpert (music director) are at the helm for a fun, upbeat night full of comedy, music, and dancing.

Admission: 
$8, $14 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12, $18 day of show, reserved seating

Footloose: The Musical

Thursday / November 21, 2013 / 7:30 pm
Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston
MA
02115

Berklee's Musical Theatre Club proudly presents Footloose, the live musical version of the 1984 film starring Kevin Bacon that featured songs that reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 from Kenny Loggins and Deniece Williams. This production features more than 50 students, including the pit orchestra, cast, and crew. Students Tre'von Griffith (director) and Max Wolpert (music director) are at the helm for a fun, upbeat night full of comedy, music, and dancing.

Admission: 
$8, $14 in advance (discount applied at checkout), $12, $18 day of show, reserved seating

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