Emerson Colonial Theatre

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I cannot believe how diverse this place is! I love when centers can offer multiple forms of entertainment and accommodate for others! I have a high respect for this community and the outstanding decorum on display! I hope that there will be more centers like this, and I cannot wait to attend them soon enough! In the meantime, I, like many others, have took to the internet for comfort in these times and one event page that I follow is the Giulio Gari Foundation’s Salon Series Live. They host popular guest speakers within the performing arts industry and their next guest on March 31st is going to be none other than Steven LaBrie! He is an amazing baritone with an extensive career in the opera field and acclaim for his performances in “La Boheme” and “Figaro” all the while maintaining his passion and charm! He is a true inspiration for me, and I hope that some others can join me in viewing his amazing vocals!
Please take a few minutes to read, watch and act. Thank you!
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?

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.

Emerson Colonial Theatre will reopen to a jam-packed slate of shows beginning in September - The Boston Globe 07/08/2021

Emerson Colonial Theatre will reopen to a jam-packed slate of shows beginning in September - The Boston Globe

All the news that's fit to print! Boston's Crown Jewel is reopening this September! Sign up for our newsletter at EmersonColonialTheatre.com for presale access to shows like FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME, Leslie Odom, Jr., Trixie Mattel and Katya Live and more! Also announced is a new speaker series featuring Neil Gaiman, Fran Lebowitz, Anne Lamott and Sarah Koenig!

Emerson Colonial Theatre will reopen to a jam-packed slate of shows beginning in September - The Boston Globe The theater's roster includes a new speakers series, musicals, concerts, and holiday shows.

07/07/2021

We’ve got some extra special news coming very soon - but this one, we just couldn’t keep quiet! JUST ANNOUNCED: Trixie Mattel and Katya are hitting the road and coming to Boston in this parody homage to the classic girls’ road trip buddy comedies from the 90s and 2000s to today. At the Colonial on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 8pm! Tickets for this outrageous comedic musical drag show spectacular go on sale next Friday, July 16 at 12 noon!

We’ve got some extra special news coming very soon - but this one, we just couldn’t keep quiet! JUST ANNOUNCED: Trixie Mattel and Katya are hitting the road and coming to Boston in this parody homage to the classic girls’ road trip buddy comedies from the 90s and 2000s to today. At the Colonial on Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 8pm! Tickets for this outrageous comedic musical drag show spectacular go on sale next Friday, July 16 at 12 noon!

06/02/2021

Be sure to watch MasterChef Season 11 that starts tonight on Fox. We can't wait to see who from this season will be joining the MasterChef Live! cast when it comes to the Emerson Colonial Theatre on November 12, 2021. Get your tickets today!

https://www.emersoncolonialtheatre.com/Online/article/masterchef-live

Be sure to watch MasterChef Season 11 that starts tonight on Fox. We can't wait to see who from this season will be joining the MasterChef Live! cast when it comes to the Emerson Colonial Theatre on November 12, 2021. Get your tickets today!

https://www.emersoncolonialtheatre.com/Online/article/masterchef-live

05/27/2021

Come work at the Emerson Colonial Theatre! We're currently looking for a Director of Marketing and Communications: emersoncolonialtheatre.com/Online/article/jobs

Come work at the Emerson Colonial Theatre! We're currently looking for a Director of Marketing and Communications: emersoncolonialtheatre.com/Online/article/jobs

Neil Diamond Bio-Musical Sets Sights on Broadway 04/06/2021

Neil Diamond Bio-Musical Sets Sights on Broadway

Good times never seemed so good - we're excited that A Beautiful Noise will premiere in Boston next summer! Click here for more information: emersoncolonialtheatre.com/Online/article/a-beautiful-noise/

Neil Diamond Bio-Musical Sets Sights on Broadway “A Beautiful Noise,” featuring songs from the hit-maker's deep catalog, will play a monthlong run in Boston in 2022, with New York planned next.

03/27/2021

On this #WorldTheatreDay we celebrate our staff, creatives, performers, stagehands, and local communities who come together to create and experience the magic of live performance. We can't wait to safely welcome everyone back to our venues and make that magic again!

On this #WorldTheatreDay we celebrate our staff, creatives, performers, stagehands, and local communities who come together to create and experience the magic of live performance. We can't wait to safely welcome everyone back to our venues and make that magic again!

03/24/2021

PROGRAMMING UPDATE: NEW DATES ANNOUNCED FOR JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES

RESCHEDULED PERFORMANCES
JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES* – September 7-19, 2021
Rescheduled from July 13-25, 2021
GREGORY PORTER – September 17, 2021 – Rescheduled from February 22, 2021
AN EVENING WITH YOTAM OTTOLENGHI – October 6, 2021
Rescheduled from December 5, 2020
STOMP – October 8-10, 2021 – Rescheduled from April 1-3, 2021
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE! – November 12, 2021 – Rescheduled from April 20, 2021

CANCELLED PERFORMANCES
JERSEY BOYS (presented by Lexus Broadway In Boston) – March 18-22, 2020
MELISSA ETHERIDGE: THE MEDICINE SHOW – April 11, 2020
CHICAGO (presented by Lexus Broadway In Boston) – May 5-10, 2020
FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS – May 15-16, 2020

We ask all guests to hold on to tickets and await further details about potential performance reschedules. Guests will be notified and offered an opportunity to exchange into a rescheduled performance. 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!

*JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES will be performed at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Updated as of March 23, 2021

PROGRAMMING UPDATE: NEW DATES ANNOUNCED FOR JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES

RESCHEDULED PERFORMANCES
JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES* – September 7-19, 2021
Rescheduled from July 13-25, 2021
GREGORY PORTER – September 17, 2021 – Rescheduled from February 22, 2021
AN EVENING WITH YOTAM OTTOLENGHI – October 6, 2021
Rescheduled from December 5, 2020
STOMP – October 8-10, 2021 – Rescheduled from April 1-3, 2021
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE! – November 12, 2021 – Rescheduled from April 20, 2021

CANCELLED PERFORMANCES
JERSEY BOYS (presented by Lexus Broadway In Boston) – March 18-22, 2020
MELISSA ETHERIDGE: THE MEDICINE SHOW – April 11, 2020
CHICAGO (presented by Lexus Broadway In Boston) – May 5-10, 2020
FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS – May 15-16, 2020

We ask all guests to hold on to tickets and await further details about potential performance reschedules. Guests will be notified and offered an opportunity to exchange into a rescheduled performance. 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!

*JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES will be performed at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Updated as of March 23, 2021

03/23/2021

Thank you Mayor Marty Walsh! You were there with us at the very beginning, you had a vision for the role that the Colonial needed to play in this city and you and your team were with us every step of the way. We wish you all the best in Washington D.C. and will be cheering you on.

We look forward to welcoming Kim Janey and working to bring the Boston Arts and Culture scene back and even better than before. We can't wait to reopen and have you with us.

Thank you Mayor Marty Walsh! You were there with us at the very beginning, you had a vision for the role that the Colonial needed to play in this city and you and your team were with us every step of the way. We wish you all the best in Washington D.C. and will be cheering you on.

We look forward to welcoming Kim Janey and working to bring the Boston Arts and Culture scene back and even better than before. We can't wait to reopen and have you with us.

Photos from Emerson Colonial Theatre's post 03/19/2021

We are deeply saddened and outraged by the recent shootings in Atlanta, and the growing anti-Asian violence around the country. We recognize that hate crimes, racism and xenophobia against the Asian community have been recurring threads in history, and have increased significantly since the pandemic. We stand in solidarity with our Asian American & Pacific Islander communities and strongly denounce white supremacy and all forms of hate and intolerance. #stopAAPIhate

At Ambassador Theatre Group, we champion diversity on stage, among our staff, artists, and audiences. We believe theatre and music bring people together through shared experiences. We know that the only way to affect change is through engagement. As such, we are actively involved in this dialogue and committed to using our voices to affect meaningful change in our communities.

03/12/2021

Broadway Will Be Back - Theatre Fans Look Forward

03/08/2021

International Women's Day 2021

We are proud to spotlight our smart, passionate, creative & incredibly successful women. This year's Women's Day theme is #ChooseToChallenge & we recite "The Ocean You" (Nikita Gill) as a celebration & a call to action. #ATGIWD2021 #IWDpoetry #IWD2021

Photos from Emerson Colonial Theatre's post 02/26/2021

Kings Theatre – Brooklyn, NY: Flatbush, Brooklyn was founded when the first Dutch settlers arrived from Europe in the 1650s. Slavery was common amongst the Dutch families who used enslaved people to work the land. By 1790, 30% of Kings County residents were African Americans, and almost all were enslaved - the highest concentration of enslaved people north of the Mason-Dixon line.

An obituary in the Long Island Star on March 29, 1810, describes a “negro woman named Eve” who was buried in what is referenced as “the African burying ground of the village of Flatbush.” Local historians suggest that traces of the burial ground still exist at the junction of Bedford and Church Avenues, where human remains have been discovered on several occasions.

When the city demolished P.S. 90 in 2015, archeologists conducted test excavations to determine if the site was a burial location. Although evidence of graves was not found, several fragmented body parts were recovered. Kings Theatre was asked to participate in a feedback session with the P.S. 90 task force, who are charged with establishing how best to tell the virtually silent stories of the enslaved people of Flatbush and how best to memorialize the area.

Ambassador Theatre Group - North America celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth

Photos from Emerson Colonial Theatre's post 02/23/2021

Curran – San Francisco, CA: August Wilson has been referred to as "theater's poet of Black America." One of his most famous and beloved stage plays, FENCES, premiered at Curran in 1987. Starring James Earl Jones and Mary Alice, FENCES headed to Broadway where it won 4 Tony Awards and was awarded a Pulitzer Prize. Wilson's script tells the story of a former Negro League player, now working in the 1950s as a waste collector, struggling to provide for his family and come to terms with the events of his life.

August Wilson’s plays marked a breakthrough for black voices in theater. “Blacks have traditionally had to operate in a situation where whites have set themselves up as the custodians of the black experience,” Wilson has said. Few dramatic writers before him were able to capture the black experience in a manner that both rang true for those who had lived through it and speak to mainstream theater audiences. With pieces like FENCES, audiences were introduced to characters who were free of traditional and offensive stereotypes.

FENCES was adapted for the screen in 2016, with Denzel Washington and Viola Davis reprising their Tony Award-winning performances of lead characters Troy and Rose from the highly successful 2010 Broadway revival. The film’s premiere was held at Curran, celebrating its launch with a homecoming in the same place the play had originated 30 years earlier.

Ambassador Theatre Group - North America celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth

Photos from Emerson Colonial Theatre's post 02/19/2021

Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts – New Orleans, LA: One of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans, Tremé is recognized as one of the oldest African American neighborhoods in America. In the early 1800s Tremé residents were mainly comprised of free people of color and refugees from the Haitian revolution.

In the late 1960s, a controversial urban renewal in the Tremé neighborhood resulted in a decade of debate, and a large portion of central Tremé was torn down. The land stood vacant until the 1970s, when the city created Louis Armstrong Park in the area and named Congo Square within Armstrong Park.

Previously known as Place de Nègres, Congo Square took its name from the tradition of enslaved people who gathered there on Sundays, their day off, to sing, beat drums, sell homemade goods, and celebrate. In 1970, the park held the first New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

In 1993, the performing arts center in Louis Armstrong Park was renamed in honor of the New Orleans gospel music icon Mahalia Jackson. Often referred to as the 'Queen of Gospel', Mahalia was born in 1911 in New Orleans, where she began her lifelong dedication to gospel music.

Ambassador Theatre Group - North America celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth

Photos from Emerson Colonial Theatre's post 02/16/2021

Majestic & Empire Theatres – San Antonio, TX: In 1929 a typical evening at the Majestic Theatre featured a showing of the main movie followed by vaudeville acts. Due to Jim Crow segregation laws, when Black San Antonians wanted to attend a show at the theatres, they had to enter a separate entrance behind the building and were limited to seating in the "Colored Balcony."

In 1934, Cab Calloway and his Harlem Orchestra performed to record audiences for a week's engagement at the Majestic. Calloway was the first African-American musician to sell a million records from a single song and to have a nationally syndicated radio show. Anticipating a large turnout of Black patrons for the engagement, Majestic management opened the entire "White Balcony," including the mezzanine and balcony levels, to “Colored” patrons for the first time in its history, with tickets starting at $0.35.

After opening night, newspaper reviews exclaimed, "Thousands of All Races Hear and Appreciate Young Maestro While Here," and that the performance was "conducted in a most enjoyable and praiseworthy manner, something seldom witnessed," beginning to break a color barrier in American entertainment.

Ambassador Theatre Group - North America celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth

Photos from Emerson Colonial Theatre's post 02/12/2021

Hudson Theatre – New York, NY: As one of New York City’s oldest city performance venues, the 117-year-old Hudson Theatre has welcomed some of Broadway’s most influential stars and played host to breakout acts as a TV and radio studio. In 1956, Hudson Theatre’s stage hosted the premier of NBC’s The Steve Allen Show, featuring The Will Mastin Trio starring Sammy Davis Jr. and movie star Kim Novak as headline guests.

During 1964-66, Davis received racist hate mail while starring in the Broadway adaptation of the musical 'Golden Boy', in which his character develops a relationship with a white woman, paralleling his own in*******al relationship with May Britt. Davis was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance, and the show was said to have featured the first in*******al kiss on Broadway.

At the time Davis appeared in the musical, although New York had no laws against it, debate about in*******al marriage was still ongoing in America as Loving v. Virginia was being fought. It was only in 1967, after the musical finished performances, that anti-miscegenation laws in all states were ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Ambassador Theatre Group - North America celebrates #BlackHistoryMonth

02/10/2021

PROGRAMMING ALERT: MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE will now be on November 12, 2021.

RESCHEDULED PERFORMANCES
JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES* – July 13-25, 2021 – Rescheduled from February 9-21, 2021
GREGORY PORTER – September 17, 2021 – Rescheduled from February 22, 2021
AN EVENING WITH YOTAM OTTOLENGHI – October 6, 2021 – Rescheduled from December 5, 2020
STOMP – October 8-10, 2021 – Rescheduled from April 1-3, 2021
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE! – November 12, 2021 – Rescheduled from April 20, 2021

CANCELLED PERFORMANCES
JERSEY BOYS (presented by Lexus Broadway In Boston) – March 18-22, 2020
MELISSA ETHERIDGE: THE MEDICINE SHOW – April 11, 2020
CHICAGO (presented by Lexus Broadway In Boston) – May 5-10, 2020
FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS – May 15-16, 2020

We ask all guests to hold on to tickets and await further details about potential performance reschedules. Guests will be notified and offered an opportunity to exchange into a rescheduled performance. 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!

*JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES will be performed at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Updated as of February 10, 2021

PROGRAMMING ALERT: MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE will now be on November 12, 2021.

RESCHEDULED PERFORMANCES
JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES* – July 13-25, 2021 – Rescheduled from February 9-21, 2021
GREGORY PORTER – September 17, 2021 – Rescheduled from February 22, 2021
AN EVENING WITH YOTAM OTTOLENGHI – October 6, 2021 – Rescheduled from December 5, 2020
STOMP – October 8-10, 2021 – Rescheduled from April 1-3, 2021
MASTERCHEF JUNIOR LIVE! – November 12, 2021 – Rescheduled from April 20, 2021

CANCELLED PERFORMANCES
JERSEY BOYS (presented by Lexus Broadway In Boston) – March 18-22, 2020
MELISSA ETHERIDGE: THE MEDICINE SHOW – April 11, 2020
CHICAGO (presented by Lexus Broadway In Boston) – May 5-10, 2020
FRANKIE VALLI & THE FOUR SEASONS – May 15-16, 2020

We ask all guests to hold on to tickets and await further details about potential performance reschedules. Guests will be notified and offered an opportunity to exchange into a rescheduled performance. 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!

*JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES will be performed at the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Updated as of February 10, 2021

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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STOMP - March 27-29, 2020
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