Tickets are on sale now for one of the best bargains in town this summer: the new Left Bank Cabaret series in the Music Hall Loft on Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Beginning on July 25 with the hiphop dancers from Harlem, The Wondertwins, and ending on August 9 with the popular contemporary vocalist Taylor O’Donnell, the series features six musical acts to reflect a range of highly talented artists.
Now in its tenth year, Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth is all about celebrating the winter, the warmth, the light, and our collective memories of holidays past.
he Music Hall has announced six new shows coming to its already robust fall season of performances, cinema, and literary events on stage and on screen in two theaters. Tickets go on sale first to Music Hall members Saturday, July 5 and are on sale to non-members starting Saturday, July 19.
There’s no better way to beat the heat of summer than by viewing a great film in the cool comfort of the Music Hall Historic Theater on Chestnut Street, or in the Loft on Congress Street.
The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series welcomes Matthew Berry, acclaimed ESPN columnist and Senior Fantasy Sports Analyst, on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. Berry will discuss FANTASY LIFE: The Outrageous, Uplifting and Heartbreaking World of Fantasy Sports From the Guy Who’s Lived It, his bestselling tribute to the world of fantasy sports.
Originally formed over a dozen years ago while students together at Indiana University, male a cappella group Straight No Chaser has reassembled and reemerged as a phenomenon. These singers are the real deal; the captivating sound of ten unadulterated human voices coming together to make extraordinary music with both heart and a sense of humor.
A month of critically acclaimed cinema, featuring Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin, Jesse Eisenberg in The Double, and indie hit Only Lovers Left Alive. Plus, National Theatre of London HD Broadcast of King Lear
The Bestselling author of The Good Mother and The Senator’s Wife comes to Portsmouth with her gripping new novel, The Arsonist.
Concerts. Comics. Cinema. And Celebrated Authors.
Plus: Historic Tours + Tech Tours
On stage, on screen in two theaters
The cool place to be on hot summer nights!
Weekly films open each Friday night - at 7pm each night
May brings exceptional cinema and dazzling entertainment to The Music Hall almost every night of the week, and a wide array of summer events have just been announced!
The Music Hall’s Innovation and Leadership Forum and Writers in the Loft series welcome Award-winning ABC News Anchor Dan Harris (Nightline, Good Morning America) on Tuesday, June 10, 2014. Harris will discuss his #1 New York Times bestseller, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works—A True Story, the meditation guide for skeptics that has taken the country by storm.
Sneak a peek at the kitchens we all dream of – sleek and contemporary, cozy and traditional, packed with innovation and imagination – as The Music Hall presents its popular Annual Kitchen Tour. Now in its 23rd year, this benefit for The Music Hall will feature kitchens and dining spaces in and around beautiful and historic Rye, New Hampshire. This year tour-goers will be able to visit 11 homes and see 12 kitchens. The 2014 Kitchen Tour will be held Saturday, May 3rd from 10am to 3pm.
Dirty Wars follows investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill, author of the international bestseller Blackwater, into the heart of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond. Part political thriller and part detective story, Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into one of the most important and underreported stories of our time.
The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series welcomes ornithologist David Allen Sibley, New York Times bestselling author and illustrator of THE SIBLEY GUIDE TO BIRDS, on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Sibley will lead a show-and-tell discussion of the highly anticipated, completely revised second edition of his landmark guide.
The bestselling humorist comes to town with his first book of all new, previously unpublished, material since 2007. In THE BABY BOOM O’Rourke turns his lens on his fellow post-war babies in attempt to understand, explain, and celebrate the glorious mess made by his own baby boom generation!
The Music Hall is excited to welcome the award-winning fiction writer Mona Simpson with her powerful new novel, Casebook, as part of the Writers in the Loft series.
The excitement of the best national music festivals returns to Portsmouth for a third year as one unforgettable Spring weekend showcases a packed three-day festival at multiple venues in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire - with headlining acts, Feist and Natalie Merchant. The all-inclusive Festival pass ($125) and individual tickets are on sale now!
Back by popular demand on Sun., March 16 at 4pm! The Music Hall welcomes back the world’s top selling jazz instrumentalist, trumpeter Chris Botti, who will be introducing many immensely talented musicians to perform with him.
The Music Hall’s Writers in the Loft series welcomes novelist and essayist Walter Kirn, author of Up in the Air, on Wed., March 26 at 7pm. Kirn will discuss his forthcoming memoir BLOOD WILL OUT – already named a USA Today Top 10 Best Book of Winter 2014 – in which he writes about his unsuspecting ten-year friendship with the imposter and murderer who called himself Clark Rockefeller.
The Music Hall’s Innovation and Leadership Forum and Writers in the Loft series welcome Daniel H. Pink, the New York Times bestselling author of Drive and A Whole New Mind, on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Pink takes the stage to discuss the just-released paperback edition of his latest book, TO SELL IS HUMAN: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others, which sat atop The Washington Post bestseller list and ranked #1 bestseller on the Wall Street Journal and New York Times lists for business books in 2012.
March is another robust month of cinema at The Music Hall, featuring films from the Coen Brothers, Telluride by the Sea favorites, highly acclaimed productions from Belgium and France, and much more.
Outstanding musical theater of true Broadway quality comes to Portsmouth! Reforging a partnership that began more than half a century ago, two of northern New England’s most revered cultural institutions, The Music Hall in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and The Ogunquit Playhouse in Ogunquit, Maine, announce a partnership that will bring a closer connection between the two communities and deepen the program offerings for Seacoast audiences.
Every show is unique! Known for her honesty, and an off-kilter view of the world, Paula’s ability to create humor on the spot is legendary. Whether she’s talking about politics or being a single working mom with 3 kids, her quirky observations and timing have earned her the reputation of being one of the best comics working today.
THE MUSIC HALL’S INNOVATION and LEADERSHIP and WRITERS IN THE LOFT series present DEBORA L. SPAR and her national bestseller about the current state of feminism WONDER WOMEN: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection Thursday, February 20, 7pm. Our community partner for this event is the New Hampshire Women’s Initiative.
Three master guitarists meet to perform an exquisite evening of Latin, Brazilian, and jazz. Three-time Grammy Award-winning Sharon Isbin teams up with the iconic jazz master Stanley Jordan and Brazil’s leading guitarist Romero Lubambo for an electrifying experience that’s not to be missed.
The Board of Trustees of The Music Hall, the Seacoast’s premier performing arts center with two theaters in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, is hosting a free 135th Anniversary Community Open House at its landmark Victorian theater at 28 Chestnut Street Portsmouth, New Hampshire Sunday January 26, 2014 at 1pm, followed by a Family Classic Film at 4pm: The Wizard of Oz.
Now in its ninth year, Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth will once again offer the irresistible Candlelight Stroll that Strawbery Banke Museum has offered for 34 years, and the live holiday shows, opera broadcasts and films in The Music Hall’s landmark Historic Theater and the intimate Music Hall Loft, in this elegant and delightful holiday downtown.
Unique one-stop shopping that supports your local, independent theater! From gift memberships, tickets, movie passes & gift certificates, to membership in The Music Hall Wine Club, or great Music Hall merchandise. Also, this year don’t miss the Pickwick’s Mercantile Vintage Christmas cart.
The Music Hall, the performing arts center featuring entertainment from around the world in its landmark 900-seat Historic Theater and the chic, intimate Music Hall Loft, is pleased to announce C&J Bus Lines has signed on as its first community sponsor for the Community Development Finance Authority’s (CDFA) Tax Credit Program.
Among the most beloved rock stars ever, the B-52s bring their brand of energetic dance-rock to the landmark 1878 Historic Theater on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:30pm.
The Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth and its restaurant partners are ready to celebrate Restaurant Week Portsmouth and the Seacoast, November 7-16, 2013.
The moment Music Hall patrons have been waiting for has arrived – the unveiling of the crystal chandelier in the dome of the Historic Theater auditorium. It all happens at the Crystal Ball, an annual fundraiser, Saturday November 16, 2013 at 7:30pm at The Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
A series committed to community building, entrepreneurship and personal growth.
Known for their inventive, athletic, witty, collaborative performance works on stage and screen, the awe inspiring dance theatre company returns to the Music Hall to capture our imaginations again.
The Music Hall is participating in National Bullying Awareness + Prevention Month by offering two programs bookending the month of October with School Days Series: Mad Dog & Me: Bullying and the Power of Kindness and a Film Matters screening and post-film panel discussion of Bully.
In collaboration with Gundalow Company, Seacoast Science Center, Kent Stephens’ Stage Force, and Conservation Law Foundation. From literary and theatrical productions to conversations and cruises Ocean Awareness Week spotlights the importance of healthy oceans. The first Portsmouth Ocean Prize will be awarded.
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award Winner A. Scott Berg with his monumental new biography: Wilson.
Enjoy a great variety of entertainment at The Music Hall during the month of September.
Six Movies. Three Days. One Weekend Festival of New Cinema! Now in its 15th year!
Tickets on sale to members on September 7 and to non-members on September 18. Events include Jim Belushi & Chicago Board of Comedy, Patricia Cornwell, The B-52s, and much more!
The Music Hall announces first ever sponsor for Extraordinary Cinema.
The River House returns as a 2013-2014 season sponsor.
Six Movies. Three Days. One Weekend. Festival of New Cinema in two locations: The Historic Theater and The Loft. Telluride by the Sea is now in its 15th year and Patron/Weekend Passes are on sale now. Film titles will be announced at noon on Friday August 30, 2013 and & individual film tickets will go on sale as well.
Music lovers will experience the sounds of award-winning hit-maker, pianist and recording artist as he brings one of the most entertaining and romantic concert events of the year with The Love Tour.
On Saturday, August 3, Music Hall members will have first dibs on purchasing tickets for four singular shows this fall. The outrageously funny Wanda Sykes takes the stage at the Historic Theater (9/19); the prolific, genre-spanning singer songwriter A.J. Croce performs at the Loft (10/5); and HD broadcasts straight from the London Stage include Othello at the Loft (9/28) and Macbeth at the Historic Theater (11/17).
The Music Hall is kicking off its 135th anniversary season (2013-2014) with new multi-media Historic Tours starting in September, a Crystal Ball event November 16 to install the long-awaited chandelier in the auditorium of the Historic Theater, and a birthday party in the Spring of 2014.
The comedy superstar visits The Music Hall on September 19 at 7:30 in the Historic Theater. “Easily the best comedienne performing today.” - Examiner
“Human traffickers are earning billions of dollars on the backs and in the beds of our children,” says the film’s director, Academy Award nominee, Robert Bilheimer. “And yet no one knows this is happening. We have a huge responsibility, right now, to learn the truth and act on it.” Screening Thursday July 25 at 7:30pm in the Historic Theater.
The New York Times Bestselling Author of Labor Day and The Good Daughters Joyce Maynard Launching her new novel After Her Tuesday, August 20, 7pm
Vaud & The Villains, brings their 19-piece 1930s New Orleans Orchestra & Cabaret Show to the Historic Theater on Sat., Sept. 7. Their early 20th century motif is full of bold sounds, with melodies ranging from parlor songs, spirituals and Mardi Gras classics, and pageantry that brings 1930s New Orleans to life.
Tickets on sale to members on Sat., July 6; to non-members on Sat., July 20. Events include Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Author Thomas Cahill , singer songwriters, comedy and more!
The Music Hall announced that on July 1, New Castle resident Bob Hickey will assume the position of President of the Board of Trustees. Hickey will lead The Music Hall’s Board Officers: Jo Lamprey, Vice President; Barbara Henry, Secretary; and Harry Schult, Treasurer. The officers and full board will help further The Music Hall’s commitment to helping the Seacoast flourish.
Intimately Yours: Dwight Yoakam. Summer @ The Music Hall heats up with a country music legend! On Sunday July 7, 2013 at 7:30pm in the Historic Theater. “Yoakam strides the divide between rock’s lust and country’s lament.” – Vanity Fair
The Music Hall today announced it has added several new members to its impressive Board of Trustees. Newly elected board members include, Eric Chinburg, owner of Chinburg Builders; Maile Buker, marketing specialist; Brad Honeyman, COO of Mad*Pow; Bob Lord, CEO, Parma Recordings, and Ed Garside , CFO, Optima Bank.
Tickets on sale to members on June 1; to non-members June 15. Season highlights include Margaret Atwood, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Reggie Watts, Pilobolus, and more!
The Music Hall has just announced ten new shows coming to both the Historic Theater and the Loft this summer, that span four of its celebrated signature series.
The legendary San Francisco string quartet returns to Portsmouth on Saturday April 27, 2013 8pm. “The world’s best known, most innovative contemporary music quartet.” –New York Times
A Sea Captain, A Mayor, and a Music Hall Owner — and New Hampshire’s First Printing Press Sustainable Design and Local History featured in Music Hall’s 22nd Annual Kitchen Tour Saturday, May 4, 2013 10am – 3pm. Plus, get a peek inside chic homes in Portsmouth’s Mill Pond areas.
Music Hall Just Announced! Hilarity: Tom Cotter Saturday May 11, 2013 8pm; Tickets: $24. On sale to members Sat April 6; to non-members Sat April 13
From The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to The Late Late Show
The Music Hall has just announced four programs coming to its Historic Theater and The Loft for the month of June. Writers on a New England Stage: Carl Hiaasen, National Theater of London HD Broadcast: The Audience, Writers in the Loft: Steve Schirripa, Hilarity: Miss Richfield 1981: Sweet and Sour Richfield: Made in China! On sale April 6, 2013 for members and on April 20, 2013 for non-members.
The popular sketch comedy group returns to The Music Hall! Headquartered in Chicago, The Second City has been performing sketch comedy in front of audiences for 50 years, making it the standard by which comedy and improv in America is judged.
Writers in The Loft: Dan Shaughnessy. Wednesday, April 10, 5pm* and 7pm. He will discuss his New York Times Bestselling Behind-the-Scenes Scoop on Legendary Manager Terry Francona, Francona: The Red Sox Years.
The Music Hall Presents – Film Matters: Girl Rising “Educate Girls. Change the World.”, Wednesday March 20, 2013 7pm. The Popular Music Hall Film Series explores global issues, local resources with top documentaries + conversation.
Just Announced! The Music Hall Presents: HD Broadcast: Great Expectations, Writers on A New England Stage: Joseph Ellis & Intimately Yours: Terence Blanchard Quintet. On sale to members Sat., Mar 16 and to non-members Sat., Mar 30 at noon.
The Music Hall Presents: Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival, Wednesday – Sunday, April 17-21, 2013. One unforgettable Spring weekend showcases Legends, Stars, & Up-And-Comers in a packed five-day festival at The Music Hall’s two venues in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
The Music Hall Presents: The Fighting Jamesons. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day early with The Music Hall! Also, Member Appreciation Night: Meet the band in the Loft after the show! Sunday March 10, 2013 7pm.
Just Announced! The Music Hall Writers in the Loft presents Elinor Lipman The View from the Penthouse B on Tuesday May 7, 2013 at 7pm. She is the “diva of dialogue” - People. Ticket package includes book, bar beverage, and author meet-and-greet/signing
The Music Hall Presents Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival Wednesday – Sunday, April 17-21, 2013. Acts include: John Prine, Aimee Mann, Sharon Van Etten, Dirty Projectors, rock poet Paul Muldoon, photojournalist Joe Stevens + many more!
The Music Hall’s Innovation and Leadership Forum and Writers in the Loft present The author of Mitten Strings for God and The Gift of an Ordinary Day, Katrina Kenison with her latest work, Magical Journey: An Apprenticeship in Contentment
With an exciting show, movie, or bestselling author appearing nearly every night at its two venues in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire, The Music Hall has an unprecedented array of entertainment coming in the next four months.
Just Announced! Carlyle Brown with his acclaimed one-man show: The Fula from America: An African Journey; Folk-Pop legends The Indigo Girls and Four First-run Films already on sale- The Intouchables; The Sessions; The Central Park Five; and A Late Quartet.
Strawbery Banke Museum + The Music Hall Present: Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth the entire month of December; Now in its eighth year of Strolls, Shows & Stayovers there will once again be a Free Vintage Christmas Trolley. There’s always great tax free shopping, galleries, restaurants, as well as, Holiday door decorations, and Market Square Carolers. For a downloadable map, visit VintageChristmasNH.org/
Met@The Music Hall has one more opera broadcast in the month of December, with a Post-Opera Dinner at The Library Restaurant adjacent to the Historic Theater, and with a pre-broadcast conversation, Opera Connection, for the December 22 opera.
Music Hall Film Matters Series: Powerhouse women in the media post film panel announced for Miss Representation, Friday November 2, 2012 “An Inconvenient Truth of sexism in the media”-IndieWire
The Music Hall has two great Film Matters coming up in November – Miss Representation Fri., November 2 and Unacceptable Levels on Tue., November 13 – both at 7pm in the Historic Theater.
We are pleased to announce the latest addition to our roster of Intimately Yours concerts – Guster: A Night of Acoustic Music Saturday January 19, 2013 at 9pm. Tickets go on sale to members noon Tuesday October 23, 2012 and on sale to the public noon Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
Writers on a New England Stage Presents: Jeffrey Toobin the prizewinning author will take the stage to discuss his current New York Times bestseller The Oath:The Obama White House and the Supreme Court on Thursday, October 25, 7:30pm
Just Announced! Hilarity @ The Music Hall Bill Cosby on Sunday, November 11, 2012, 7:30pm. Tickets go on sale to members: noon, Saturday, September 22; on sale to non-members: noon, Wednesday, October 3.
The Gala A Benefit for The Music Hall: Saturday September 29, 2012, 7-11pm at PlaneSense, Inc. It’s the party of the year! Silent and live auction Special guest performance/musical toast: Cabaret star Ute Gfrerer Dance to tunes of DJ Mike Marchand.
The Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire announced today that its latest restoration project has been completed – the upper lobby of its landmark Historic Theater. Now as patrons head upstairs from the Beaux Arts Founders Lobby for a live show or film, they will pass through the perfect transition into the Victorian auditorium.
Telluride by the Sea is here September 14-16, 2012. See Bill Murray as Roosevelt in Hyde Park on Hudson, Academy Award best actress Marion Cotillard in Rust in Bone, Midnight’s Children adapted from Salman Rushdie. Individual tickets on sale noon Friday August 31, 2012
Just Announced! The Music Hall Country superstar Lyle Lovett, Prize-winning authors Jeffrey Toobin and Colm Toibin, delta blues virtuoso Rory Block and acclaimed singer-songwriter Melissa Ferrick. Plus, four Opera Connection discussions with Dennis Neil Kleinman.
Going on sale in July, famed funnyman Bob Newhart, blockbuster author Lee Child, plus: Hilarity double bill; Live@the Loft: Round Robin; Listening Party. There’s also Met @ The Music Hall documentary: Wagner’s Dream. First Saturday for Members. Tickets on sale to members Saturday July 7 to non-members Saturday July 21 July films also on sale - to the public Woody Allen’s latest: To Rome with Love, Fixing the Future, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Hysteria.
Alison Bechdel comes to Writers in the Loft with her newest work Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama Thursday, June 14, at 7pm “… complicated, brainy, inventive and satisfying … lightning bolts of revelation, maps of insight … in a singularly beautiful style.” – New York Times Book Review
Writers on a New England Stage welcomes The National Book Award-Winning author Joan Didion, the “Master of American Prose” joins us with her latest work Blue Nights A National Bestseller and New York Times Notable Book, Tuesday, June 19.
Comedy Highlights of Hilarity @ The Music Hall: Irish Comedy Tour, Miss Richfield 1981, & Super Secret Project. Also, Whit Stillman’s film Damsels in Distress
Welcome to Summer at The Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire! Find out why the Miami Herald calls Portsmouth “New England’s most appealing city”—with an unprecedented variety of authors, comics, concerts, and cinema coming to The Music Hall in June, July, and August.
Just Announced! Tickets on sale – June 2 to members, June 16 to general public. The internationally acclaimed author will present his latest work Joseph Anton: A Memoir on Wednesday, October 10, 7:30pm.
Just Announced! Intimately Yours: Al Green Tuesday, August 28, 2012 7:30pm. Tickets on sale to members Saturday June 2 to non-members Saturday June 16
Tickets on sale to members Saturday June 2; to non-members Saturday June 16. Season Highlights: Chris Botti, Shaolin Warriors, Natalie MacMaster, Juston McKinney; Joshua Bell, and more!
Just Announced! Met@the Music Hall 2012-2013 season: 12 opera broadcasts Tickets on sale: To new subscribers (members only): noon Saturday May 12 To members: noon Saturday May 19 To public: noon Saturday May 26
The Music Hall Presents, KidsRULE! Movie: The Secret World of Arrietty, Saturday, May 19, 2012 4pm & KidsRULE! Live: Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players Sunday, May 20, 2012 3pm.
Writers on a New England Stage welcomes America’s laureate of real life Anna Quindlen The #1 New York Times bestselling author, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, and author of A Short Guide to a Happy Life joins us with her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake Wednesday, May 23, 7:30pm.
Author presentation followed by an on-stage interview with NH Public Radio host Virginia Prescott Friday, May 18, at 7:30pm in the Historic Theater. Benefit ticket buyers can meet Dan Brown at a backstage book signing reception by purchasing a voucher for an illustrated edition of The DaVinci Code through The Music Hall box office.
The Music Hall Loft, the 124-seat theater around the corner from the organization’s landmark 1878 Historic Theater, has been recognized as a 2012 “Editors’ Choice” winner in Yankee Magazine’s Travel Guide to New England, on newsstands now. This designation is awarded by Yankee’s editors and contributors, who name select restaurants, lodgings, and attractions in New England to the exclusive list.