Based on the beloved picture book by Pat Mora, Tomas and the Library Lady tells the story of Tomas, the son of migrant workers who spends long days in the fields harvesting crops. When he meets a kind librarian who introduces him to the world of books, Tomas discovers the power of imagination and limitless possibilities. Performed in English and Spanish, this multi-lingual play at Portland's Winningstad Theatre promotes literacy while encouraging cultural diversity.
World-famous performing-arts troupe Shen Yun summons an ancient Chinese world to vibrant life via traditional music, dance and acrobatics, along with spectacular animated backdrops, historically authentic costumes and thunderous orchestral sound. Their latest exciting stage extravaganza, Experience a Divine Culture, stars a cast of 100 in a wildly colorful, exhilarating and heartfelt journey through 5,000 years of glorious civilization, now on the verge of disappearing completely. You'll see more than a dozen dance pieces, each with its own story, as well as several solo vocal and instrumental performances as part of the show Broadway World calls "extravagantly beautiful," when it arrives on stage at Portland's Keller Auditorium.
A hit at the 2016 Humana Festival of New American Plays, This Random World explores the many lives that may be happening just out of reach of our own. As it mines the comedy of missed connections, this funny, intimate and heartbreaking play follows a series of intersecting lives: A mother determined to maintain her independence, a daughter who longs for adventure, two sisters seeking common ground, and an internet prank gone wrong. This Portland Actors Conservatory production of Steven Dietz's This Random World investigates what it is to love, to lose, and be touched by the myth of serendipity.
Peppa Pig -- star of her own hit children's animated series on Nick Jr. -- is bringing her rambunctious, fun-filled stage show to Portland. In Peppa Pig Live! Peppa Pig's Big Splash!, Peppa, her brother George, and the rest of her family and friends come to life as full-sized puppets. This 80-minute extravaganza at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall is filled with lots of singing, dancing, laughing and mud puddle jumping. It's a fast-paced, funny musical performance that's perfect for preschoolers.
N. Richard Nash's The Rainmaker has it all: faith, love, humor, emotion and even a little magic. Farm girl Lizzie Curry is best described as "plain." Her marriage prospects and dreams of escape are as dry as her family's drought-ridden farm. Her dad and brothers' efforts to marry her off are laughable. Enter the fast-thinking, smooth-talking "rainmaker" Starbuck, who could solve both the romantic issue and drought problem. Lizzie's father gives the man the last of the family's savings and holds onto his hat. Will Starbuck turn out to be a con man and a liar or is he a hero with magical powers? Nash's funny and poignant American tale brings out the true power of hope during hard times. See this sweet charmer at Vancouver's Magenta Theater.
"Too good to be true!" raves the New York Post for Jersey Boys, the 2006 Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning Best Musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famers The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how four blue-collar kids became one of the greatest successes in pop music history. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30! Jersey Boys features their hit songs "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Rag Doll," "Oh What a Night" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off You." "The crowd goes wild!" cheers The New York Times.
Puccini's story of love, loss and the artistic world of 19th-century Paris comes to vibrant life in this stunning Portland Opera production at Keller Auditorium. Featuring strikingly designed sets and costumes, not to mention a bevy of brilliant young singers, La Boheme finds the poor poet Rodolfo and the painter Marcello drawn into a tangle of love and jealousy after the frail Mimi knocks on their door, desperately seeking help. These youthful dreamers navigate the complicated maze of romance amid the colorful Bohemian enclaves of the city and its snowy streets, until they realize they can no longer hide from the world's harsh realities. A huge hit when Puccini premiered it in 1896, the opera's popularity and power have not dimmed since.
An American in Paris is the new hit musical about an American solider, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director-choreographer and 2015 Tony Award-winner Christopher Wheldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with Tony Award-winning orchestrations of unforgettable works from George and Ira Gershwin in the four-time Tony Award-winning production that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2014-2015 season!
The acclaimed Broadway classic returns! As part of their 50th Anniversary Season, Roundabout Theatre Company is proud to present Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall’s (Into the Woods, Nine and Chicago, the films) Tony Award-winning production of Cabaret.
Welcome to the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the Emcee, Sally Bowles and a raucous ensemble take the stage nightly to tantalize the crowd––and to leave their troubles outside. But as life in pre-WWII Germany grows more and more uncertain, will the decadent allure of Berlin nightlife be enough to get them through their dangerous times? Come hear some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Cabaret,” “Willkommen” and “Maybe This Time.” Right this way, your table’s waiting at Cabaret, John Kander, Fred Ebb And Joe Masteroff’s Tony-winning musical about following your heart while the world loses its way.