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PPAC
2008 Season
September to December 2008 Posted September 23, 2008
Providence Performing Arts
31th Season


The grand dame of Rhode Island theaters offers an eclectic performance and entertainment mix.


SEPTEMBER


September 21, & 23 TO 28, 2008
Legally Blond
Times: Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00 & 8:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 21 at 6:30pm, Sunday, Sept. 28 at 1:00pm
Tickets: $46.00 to $73.00
2008/2009 Contemporary Classics Series

The hilarious MGM film is Broadway's new smash hit musical, and now Legally Blond The Musical is coming to you. Legally Blond follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde who doesn't take "no" for an answer. When her boyfriend dumps her for someone more serious, Elle puts down the credit card, hits the books, and sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before: Harvard Law. Along the way, Elle proves that being true to yourself never goes out of style. After turning Broadway and MTV hot pink, this "Feel-Good Song and Dance Juggernaut" ( New York Magazine) is "The Best New Musical Around!"

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September 29, 2008
Alanis Morissette
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: $75.50, $52.50, $42.50
Special Show

A dozen years after the breakthrough debut of Jagged Little Pill, an album which earned four Grammys, sold 30 million records and spawned a dedicated worldwide fan base, Alanis Morissette remains not only an enduringly popular artist, but one whose success stems from a fierce commitment to authenticity and, to an equal extent, vulnerability.

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OCTOBER


October 2, 2008
Victim
Time: 7:00pm
Tickets: $100.00 (includes Red Carpet Premier), $49.00 (General Admission)
World Movie Premiere

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October 11, 2008
Dan Zanes & Friends
Time: 2:00pm
Tickets: $15.00, $23.00, $30.00
First Works Providence

It's Woodstock for kids! In the world of family music, Grammy Award-winning Dan Zanes is a total superstar. The former lead singer for The Del Fuegos, Dan and his band perform exuberant folk-rock music for enthusiastic kids and their equally enthusiastic parents. Dan's totally fun live performance includes music from his just released CD, Nueva York, and a delightful mix of sea chanteys, Broadway tunes, West Indian folk music, good ol' fashioned rock and roll and lots more. It's one big music party, and everyone's invited! Co-presented by FirstWorks, the Providence Performing Arts Center, and the City of Providence

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October 14, 2008
Lisa Williams
Time: 7:00pm
Tickets: $35.50 to 68.50
Special Show

Lisa Williams is an internationally acclaimed Medium and Clairvoyant who has an amazing ability to communicate with loved ones and friends who have passed on to the "other side". Born in England, Lisa was discovered by Merv Griffin and has her own hit show Lisa Williams, Life Among the Dead, which is going into its second series on Lifetime TV. As well as appearing on Good Morning America, Oprah and The Jimmy Kimmel Show, Lisa has just completed her first book published by Simon and Schuster. In addition to her readings in front of large audiences, Lisa does personal readings and is a trained Reiki and Crystal Healer. She works with loved ones and spirit guides of the audience to help resolve past issues, inform them of situations that they may find themselves in, and give closure and healing.

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October 17, 2008
Experience Hendrix
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: $79.50, $59.50, $39.50
Special Show

2008 Tribute Tour

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October 21, 2008
The Rite of Spring
Time: 7:00pm
Tickets: $18.00, $28.00, $38.00
First Works Providence

Fourteen utterly distinct dancers from Mali, Benin, Nigeria and Senegal come together for Heddy Maalem's interpretation of The Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du Printemps). Maalem's Rite, straightforward and without artifice, is placed in urban Africa and inspired by the choreographer's time in Lagos, Nigeria, a city of 12 million people. Highly dynamic dance sequences and overwhelming group scenes are intertwined with intense scenes of silence and film projections exemplifying the unpredictability of human emotion - a provocative contrast to the music. Heddy Maalem was born in Algeria. His extensive training in boxing and aikido continue to influence his choreography, which is marked by precision, sparse vocabulary and clarity. Co-presented by FirstWorks, the Providence Performing Arts Center, and the City of Providence.

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October 24, 2008
Jerry Seinfeld
Time: 7:00pm &am[; 9:00pm
Tickets: $79.50, $59.50, $39.50
Special Show

Due to popular demand, America's premier comedian is hitting the road in a return to his first love - stand-up comedy. Recently hailed as "the master stand-up comic of his generation", Jerry Seinfeld returns to PPAC on Friday, October 24 for two shows.

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NOVEMBER


November 1, 2008
An Evening with Dolly Parton
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: $128.00, $98.00, $78.00, $68.00
Concert & the Annual PPAC Gala

For the first time ever at PPAC, the star of this year's Annual Gala will be the most honored female country performer of all time, Dolly Parton. Fundraising gala ($250.00 per person) includes a prime seat for the concert and post performance festivities. The black-tie preferred post-performance reception will include live music and hors d'oeuvres and dessert stations from some of the finest restaurants in Rhode Island, amid the spectacular atmosphere of the beautifully restored Grand Lobby.

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November 8, 2008
Momix
Time: 7:00pm
Tickets: 28.00, $38.00, $48.00
First Works Providence

Is it illusion or reality? With spectacle that defies gravity, Momix makes you gaze in awe and wonder as its movement-magicians fool the naked eye using light, shadow, humor and the human body. Marvel at the very best of Momix, a company that - after 20 years - continues to capture the imagination of audiences worldwide with luminous fantasy and theatrical brilliance. Momix evokes "the high points of Disney's Fantasia and Cirque du Soleil at its slickest" - The Sunday Age. Co-presented by FirstWorks, the Providence Performing Arts Center, and the City of Providence.

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DECEMBER


December 2 to 7, 2008
Grease
Times: Tuesdays at 7:00pm, Wednesdays & Thursdays at 7:30pm
Fridays at 8:00pm, Saturdays at 2:00 & 8:00pm,Sundays at 1:00 & 6:30pm
Tickets: $68.00 to $41.00
2008/2009 Contemporary Classics Series

The one that you want is back! Take a trip to a simpler time of poodle skirts, drive-ins, and T-birds. Bad boy Danny and girl next door Sandy fall in love all over again to the tune of your favorite songs: Summer Nights, Greased Lightnin', and We Go Together, as well as additional songs from the hit movie: Grease, Hopelessly Devoted to You, and You're the One That I Want. So throw your mittens around your kittens and Hand Jive the night away with the show that'll make you want to stand up and shout, A-wop-bop-a-loo-bop A-wop-bam-boom!

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December 2 to 7, 2008
The Nutcracker
Times: Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 2:00 & 7:00pm
Sunday, December 14 at 1:00 & 6:30pm
Tickets: $18.00 to $83.00
Festival Ballet Providence

The holidays are not complete without The Nutcracker! No other December event delivers the awe-inspiring spectacle of this stunning production, which features Tchaikovsky's magnificent score, glittering costumes, and breath-taking dancing. As noted in The Providence Journal, "Festival Ballet Providence delivers a lavish, full-scale...delve-into-the-dream production... " Celebrate the spirit of the season with the entire family. It's never too late to start your own holiday tradition by taking the trip with Clara to the Land of Sweets! Purchase early for best seating availability.

Festival Ballet Providence Season 2008/2009

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December 18, 2008
A Christmas Celtic Sojurn
Times: 7:30pm
Tickets: $45.00 to $65.00
Special Show

A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan, was first launched in 2003 and reflected the easy, relaxed and diverse offerings of the yearly national radio program. Irish super group Solas, led by Seamus Egan who has taken on the role of Music Director for Christmas Celtic Sojourn, will take the stage. Singer Sean Keane will make a rare New England appearance. Cara Dillon, one of the fastest rising stars in Irish traditional music, will be joined by her husband, pianist Sam Lakeman. Boston-based Dance director, Kieran Jordan is planning what has become one of the most anticipated aspects of the show, its spectacular Irish dancing.

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December 21, 2008
The Von Trapp Children with the RI Philharmonic
Times: 6:30pm
Tickets: $38.00 to $58.00
Special Show

The Sound of Music captured the hearts of millions when the film debuted in 1965. Now, forty years later, the von Trapp's family legacy is born anew. Meet the von Trapp Children: Sofia (19), Melanie (17), Amanda (16), and Justin (13). They are the great-grandchildren of Captain von Trapp, father of the famous singing family whose story captivated the world in the musical The Sound of Music. The children have continued the tradition of the family's exceptional musical gift and love of singing, sharing songs and heart-warming family stories of life before and after coming to America. The von Trapp Children perform a variety of folk and classical songs from various European and American traditions, as well as timeless pieces from The Sound of Music. The children's effervescent voices mesh the way only a family's can, and musicians and audiences of all ages recognize the children's beautiful harmonic blend and pristine tone.

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Save Money & Get Better Seats - Become a Subscriber

PPAC Subscribers receive a host of benefits, including guaranteed seat location, exchange privileges, advance ordering, and more. For to subscribe to the 2007/2008 Citizens Bank Broadway Series and the 2008/2009 Contemporary Classics Series, contact the Box Office at 401-421-2787. The Box Office is open from 10A – 6P Monday through Friday and noon – 5P on Saturdays.

Subscribers are invited to consider joining The President’s Club; some of the special features offered exclusively by The President's Club include use of a private lounge area with restroom access, coat check, light fare, and much more. Subscribers may purchase a membership for two by making a $500 tax-deductible donation to the PPAC Annual Fund. The President's Club will be open during all subscription performances and other selected performances. For more information please contact Executive Assistant for Development, Patricia Neves, at or 401-574-3122.

Group Sales

Schools, organizations, clubs, churches, families, and friends who wish to obtain more information on group sales of 20 or more, please contact Paul Hiatt at (401) 574-3162 or
Details regarding reception rooms and restaurant packages are available for groups upon request.

Even More Information!

Family shows and special engagements will be announced at a later date; visit ppacri.org for the most current information. Please note that all dates, programs, and artists are subject to change without notice.

For inquiries and information about advertising in the CenterStage program book, please contact Sharon Corcoran, CenterStage advertising sales representative, at or call 401-574-3136.



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Providence Performing Arts

Providence Performing Arts Center
220 Weybosset Street
Providence RI
Box Office: 401-421-2787
Website: http://www.ppacri.org

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