Emerson Colonial Theatre

Emerson Colonial Theatre


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What is the status of Frankie Valli show?
Beautiful theatre, nice venue, great show!
1st time and last at the Emerson. We were so looking forward too the Fiddler on the Roof! Seeing a play here in Row S of orchestra seating $200.00+ seats, was “The Most” uncomfortable seating in any Broadway show Venue we’ve been in, including Durham NC(DPAC), Cincinatti Aronoff Center, MN, Manchester NH .... & multiple other old and newer venues. The seat leg room was non existent! I’m 5ft 6in! My wife is 5ft 4in! We will never see a another show here again. Yes, that uncomfortable! Not worth the 200+ dollar price for seats in center Orchestra. Maybe the cheaper seats were more roomy???? The show was great! Seating was terrible. Such a shame for such a beautiful old ornate theatre.
Went to Fiddler On The Roof last night. Awesome show with a talented high energy cast. Thank you Emerson Colonial for putting on a first class performance
Memorable performance on 2/18 of Neil Simon's Plaza Suite with Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker at the Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston.
Saw Plaza Suite last night - it was FABULOUS!!! Jessica Sarah Parker and Matthew Broderick looked like they were having the best time working together. They were amazing...as always!!
Attended Yesterdays matinee showing. A delightful afternoon. The cast was hil the staff were very accommodating for a wheelchair-bound patron.
Attended Smokey Mountain Christmas and though I enjoyed the story adaptation, the show just wasn’t quite ready. I am sure they will get the kinks out. The sound system and possibly due to the sound board operator, was a disaster. Sound cues were constantly late or incorrect. It was like watching an early “talkie” movie where the sound track was out of sync. Seriously, whether the sound man was on Emerson Colonial payroll or part of the cast, he needs major training and needs to know the show and script. The overall feel of the show is lovely and warm, and great for families.
Frankie Cornetta
Is the set lists from the Sept. 28th David Byrne show available anywhere?
David Byrne's "American Utopia" is phenomenal!!! We saw the 8:30 performance on Sept. 21, and it was one of the most exhilarating musical-theatrical events ever. The performers were all charismatic and multi-talented, and the newly renovated theater glowed. It was a pleasure to see Byrne in top form. The only disappointing part was the amplification. The instruments were way too loud -- they drowned out the voices -- and the songs’ lyrics were often fuzzy and unintelligible. Please improve the clarity and balance of the audio!

Emerson Colonial Theatre, which opened in 1900, is the oldest continuously operated theater in Boston. The Colonial presents a wide array of programming including Broadway shows, live concerts, comedy and events.

The Emerson Colonial, Boston’s oldest theatre and arguably the birthplace of musical theatre, will undergo construction this summer to restore this gem back to its former glory. A theatre for the community, the Emerson Colonial will once again contribute to the rich cultural landscape of Boston, with a new and varied program of Broadway shows, live music, comedy and events.

Bring Music Home Boston Poster

Check out this awesome poster designed by local artist @joeymarsart as part of Bring Music Home. Each city participating has its own unique poster! The Colonial was honored to be one of the historic venues featured in this project. To learn more, or to purchase this limited poster, head to www.bringmusichome.com

CONGRATULATIONS to our favorite Bohemians Moulin Rouge The Musical!

Just a week ago, our very own Mercedes Roman-Manson spoke at the Massachusetts Live Events Coalition case push rally - "pushing" for support and positive action from our legislators. With today's announcement from Broadway, it is even more imperative that we advocate for the more than 12 MILLION events workers who remain unemployed.


📸: 13 Photography


- MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE!, originally scheduled to take place on October 17, 2020, has been rescheduled to Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 7pm.
- AN EVENING WITH YOTAM OTTOLENGHI, originally scheduled to take place on December 5, 2020, has been rescheduled to Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at 7pm.

All tickets have automatically been moved to the new date in the original seat locations.

Updated as of September 14, 2020

Since all live events were shut down in March 2020, millions of people have been impacted in an industry estimated at generating close to $1 trillion in revenue per year. Live entertainment industry workers, venues, fans and artists urge Congress to pass the RESTART act as well as extend PUA and FPUC to provide financial assistance to all those who have been impacted. Please, take 2 minutes to contact your representatives here: https://wemakeevents.org #WeMakeEvents #ExtendPUA

#RedAlertRESTART: Tonight, In effort to raise awareness about the severe economic crisis facing the entire live events industry, the Colonial and buildings around the city and nation go RED. Please take a minute to contact your representatives here: https://wemakeevents.org

PROGRAMMING UPDATE: The GREGORY PORTER: ALL RISE TOUR, originally scheduled to take place on October 4, 2020, has been rescheduled to Monday, February 22, 2021 at 7:30pm. All tickets have automatically been moved to the new date in the original seat locations.


ExtendPUA.org Industry Series | Entertainment and Live Events

ADVOCACY ALERT: Many initiatives are currently in place that directly impact Arts and Culture.

Locally, there are four amendments currently in place that we believe are necessary to ensure further protection and relief for the arts and cultural community:
• #111
• #254
• #78 - filed by Rep. Biele, which creates a live theater tax credit pilot program that would support the recovery of presenting arts venues and get artists, technicians, front of house and artisans back to work. THIS BILL IS INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO THE COLONIAL.
• #140

These amendments would authorize Governor Baker $35 million in spending to protect arts and culture in Massachusetts.

There are also two amendments that would limit the reach and effectiveness of state relief to arts and culture:
• #133
• #244
We want to ensure that the all arts and cultural community receives the relief we need. We do not support these amendments and encourage the House not to adopt them.

The House expects to pass this bill by the end of the day, so your representative needs to hear from you as soon as possible. In most cases, the more sponsors an amendment has, the better its chances are for adoption.

Email your State Representative and let them know we need their help to protect arts and culture.


Also, please watch this video. This is the work we (and our fellow venues) are so proud to do, and our entire extended team can't wait to be back at the Colonial to bring amazing entertainment to you. In the meantime, we need your help



Face to face industries, like Arts and Entertainment, are disproportionately affected by this pandemic. They were the first to close and will be the last to ...

Today the Colonial is joining the music industry and observing Black Out Tuesday, a day to disconnect from work and reconnect with our communities. Turn off the music today, unplug and listen.


Programming update: A CONVERSATION WITH YOTAM OTTOLENGHI has been rescheduled for Saturday, December 5 at 2pm. Tickets for this new date are now on sale. Guests who hold tickets for the event will receive an email with new tickets that reflect this date change. Please feel free to email [email protected] with any questions.

One Fine Day indeed! David Byrne's American Utopia on Broadway was honored with the Elliot Norton Awards for Outstanding Visiting Production, Musical. Congrats to the entire company!!! 🧠🕺


To theatergoers everywhere: We love you. We miss you.
And we want nothing more than to be with you again.
For right now, the only way to stick together is to be apart.
But remember, this is #OnlyIntermission.
And everyone loves a great second act.

(art by Jeff Rogers)

While our staff are all staying home, we continue to work to bring amazing programming to all of Boston.

We stand with our colleagues at Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston and encourage all to stay safe and healthy. If you are an emergency or essential services worker, we cannot thank you enough for all you are doing right now, for all of us.

#wearamask #stayhome

We stand with our partners at Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture Boston, and today are helping to spread the word for all to #wearamask. Our General Manager, Erica Lynn Schwartz has been making some masks at home for essential workers. Enjoy the video!

We look forward to welcoming all back to the theatre when it is safe to do so. Until then, #stayhome. Stay Safe. Stay Healthy. Stay Strong.

In celebration of World Theatre Day, we reflect on how grateful we are for live performances and look forward to a time when we can all come safely together again to be transformed by the power of theatre. #worldtheatreday



Today is World Theatre Day, and we're flashing back to our reopening and the inspiring words from so many artists that helped us commemorate our beautiful Colonial.

So many of us have a Colonial story. Together they are #MyColonial. To commemorate the re-opening of one of the most historic theatres in the country, a grou...

Remembering Terrence McNally, whose brilliant words and passionate activism left an indelible mark our community. The Colonial was lucky enough to be the home for the national tours of Ragtime, The Full Monty, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life.

📷 Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Bum times aside, let’s focus on the good times: we wish the legendary Stephen Sondheim a very happy 90th birthday!

#Sondheim90 #stillhere #everybodyrise

[03/20/20]   Update as of 4/9/20:

The following is the most up-to-date list of performances and events that we are working to reschedule at the Colonial:

STOMP, March 27-29 - RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 1-3, 2021
JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES (at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA), March 31 - April 12

The following engagements were unable to be rescheduled and have been cancelled:
JERSEY BOYS (presented by Lexus Broadway In Boston), March 18 - 22
CHICAGO (presented by Lexus Broadway In Boston), May 5 - 10

All guests are asked to hold onto their tickets and await further details about each potential reschedule. If we are able to find a new date for the event, guests will be notified of the new date and be offered an opportunity to exchange into that performance. Those events that are ultimately not rescheduled will be automatically refunded.

We ask for your patience as we navigate calendars. We continue to monitor the ever-changing situation and wish everyone health and strength during this difficult, unprecedented time. We will see you at the Colonial soon!

[03/13/20]   UPDATED 3/20/20 at 10am EST: Under the executive order of Governor Baker announced on March 15, 2020, large public gatherings with 25 people or more will be banned effective immediately.

The well-being of our guests, staff, crew and artists is of utmost importance to the Emerson Colonial Theatre and Ambassador Theatre Group. We are suspending performances at the Colonial and working to reschedule the following events:

JERSEY BOYS (presented by Lexus Broadway in Boston), March 18 - 22
STOMP, March 27-29
JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES (at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA), March 31 - April 12

All guests are asked to hold onto their tickets and await further details about each potential reschedule. If we are able to find a new date for the event, guests will be notified of the new date and be offered an opportunity to exchange into that performance. Those events that are ultimately not rescheduled will be automatically refunded.

We ask for your patience as we navigate calendars. We will be monitoring the situation closely and look forward welcoming you back to the Colonial once it reopens.

[03/11/20]   The Emerson Colonial Theatre is closely monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. The safety and security of our audience, artists and staff is our highest priority. We have added additional alcohol-based sanitizer throughout the theatre and will keep our restrooms fully stocked with tissues, soap and paper towels. We have also increased the frequency of cleaning and disinfecting in all public and backstage areas of our theatre.

If you have any ticket-related questions, please contact your point of purchase. If your point of purchase was through the Emerson Colonial Theatre, the phone number is (888) 616-0272.

At this point, we are open for business. We will remain vigilant, and fully appreciate your continued support. We look forward to welcoming you at the Emerson Colonial Theatre!

Updated as of March 11, 2020.

What a joy it’s been having our friends from Broadway In Boston and the very talented company of Fiddler on the Roof at the Colonial these past two weeks! Here’s a “tradition” we couldn’t pass up. To life, indeed!

ON SALE NOW: Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, The GRAMMY® Award-winning “singer in the Kangol hat,” swings with the earthy warmth of Nat King Cole, the soulful spirit of Stevie Wonder and the poet’s truth of Bill Withers. Don’t miss him at the Colonial for one night only October 4. Get tickets: http://bit.ly/2VF35de

A special message from Matthew from MasterChef Junior. We’re so excited for the junior chefs to bring something tasty to the Colonial one week from today!

Can you feel the beat? Stomp comes to the Colonial THREE WEEKS from tomorrow! Get tickets: http://bit.ly/2vwNBgR

📷 Steve McNicholas

COLONIAL THEATRE HISTORY: The comedic opera Prima Donna opened at the Colonial this week in 1909, starring renowned soprano Fritzi Scheff.

📷 Moffett Studio


Jacqueline Novak’s Hit Solo Show, Get on Your Knees, to Tour U.S. and England | Playbill

playbill.com Novak's acclaimed evening of stand-up and theatre will be seen in Boston, Austin, Los Angeles, Chicago, Seattle, and more.

JUST ANNOUNCED: Comedian JACQUELINE NOVAK is bringing her hit show Get On Your Knees to Boston following its four-time-extended off-Broadway run. The New York Times Critics’ Pick plays the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA from March 31-April 12. Tickets on sale Friday at 10am.

Tradition arrived back in Boston last night! The glorious Fiddler on the Roof started a two week engagement at the Colonial, presented by our friends at Broadway In Boston. We are so glad to be welcoming you all to the theatre!

Neil Simon Plaque Unveiling Event

We're still dreaming of our time in Suite 719 with Plaza Suite Broadway! Here's a closer look at the unveiling of both Neil Simon plaques to celebrate his work at the Colonial. The plaques were revealed at an event featuring Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker, Simon's wife Elaine Joyce and Colonial General Manager Erica Lynn Schwartz. Make sure to stop by the back of the orchestra level when you're at the theatre and take a look!

JUST ANNOUNCED: The one and only Frankie Valli is coming to Boston May 15-16. Start Working Your Way over to the Colonial! Tickets on sale Friday at 10am.

That’s a wrap! The wonderful company and crew of Plaza Suite Broadway are checking out of Boston and making their way to Broadway! Thank you for a wonderful February! ❤️🛎

At tonight’s performance the roles usually played by Sarah Jessica Parker will be played by Tony Award nominee Erin Dilly (Into the Woods, The Boys from Syracuse).

Matthew Broderick is currently scheduled to perform this evening.

We look forward to welcoming the delightful and comedic Erin Dilly in her debut in this wonderful production.

If you are a ticketholder for tonight's performance and have any questions or concerns you can email us at [email protected]

REGARDING THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20 PERFORMANCE: Unfortunately, tonight’s performance was canceled due to an illness just before the auditorium was opened to the public. We are so sorry for the inconvenience and the sudden nature of these circumstances. Tickets are being automatically refunded to credit cards if guests have purchased by phone, online or in person.

Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker said, “We’re absolutely devastated that this had to happen. We’ve felt such extraordinary hospitality and Boston's warm embrace as well the support of the theater community here, making disappointing tonight's audience even more heartbreaking.”

Our Story

In its storied history, the Emerson Colonial Theatre has debuted such seminal Broadway shows as Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Carousel, Follies, A Little Night Music, Grand Hotel, and La Cage aux Folles, among others.

Reviving a great theatrical tradition, Boston’s newly restored Emerson Colonial Theatre officially re-opened its doors this summer with the pre-Broadway World Premiere of Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Emerson Colonial Theatre, which opened in 1900 with a production of Ben-Hur, is the oldest continuously operated theater in Boston; as well as being amongst the most magnificent, having retained most of its original period details.

A theatre for the community, Emerson Colonial Theatre will once again contribute to the rich cultural landscape of Boston, with a new and varied program of Broadway shows, live music, comedy and events.

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Videos (show all)

Bring Music Home Boston Poster
Neil Simon Plaque Unveiling Event
PLAZA SUITE First Preview
Meet-and-Greet of Neil Simon's PLAZA SUITE
STOMP - March 27-29, 2020
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