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Just Announced! Bob Newhart & Lee Child and More!

Famed funnyman Bob Newhart headlines the list of new shows just announced by The Music Hall that will go on sale to members Saturday July 7 and to non-members Saturday July 21. The season of sensational concerts, laugh therapy, bestselling authors, on screen gems, and more continues with a diverse selection of shows at the Music Hall’s two venues.

Something for Everyone

Taking the stage in the Hilarity series is the one and only Bob Newhart on Thursday, October 4, followed on October 27 with top comedians Bernadette Pauley and Al Ducharme in a double bill at the Loft. The Music Hall remains at the fore of the literary scene with mega bestselling mystery writer Lee Child on Thursday, September 13 at Writers @ The Loft. In keeping with the tradition of the Portsmouth Singer-Songwriter Festival, patrons can see amazing local talent at Live @The Loft: Round Robin on August 25, guest curated by noted Seacoast musician Guy Capecelatro III, who is also performing. To spice up the mix, put on your party shoes Thursday, July 12 for the Listening Party @ The Loft, with DJ Marchand spinning vintage tunes that pay tribute to the kings and queens of disco. And a must-see for opera buffs on Saturday, August 11 - a special Met@The Music Hall documentary: Wagner’s Dream, about the staging of opera’s most monumental work, Wagner’s Ring cycle.

“The momentum that began last month will continue on July 7, when we open the doors of the Historic Theater at 10 am for First Saturday,” says Executive Director and Lead Curator Patricia Lynch. “Members don’t want to miss getting first dibs on their favorite seats for everyone from legendary comedian Bob Newhart to bestselling mystery author Lee Child to our Round Robin of talented local singer-songwriters at the Loft—and much more. Bring your family and friends for a fun morning in Portsmouth at First Saturday—your friends can become members on the spot and start getting benefits!”

As well, The Music Hall’s year-round cinema continues during the month of July with a great selection of just-released films—starting with Woody Allen’s latest comedy, To Rome With Love on July 6. “It’s the perfect summer movie, filled with whimsy and atmosphere in Woody’s inimitable style,” says Programming Coordinator Chris Curtis.

Season Sponsor: The River House

On Sale to Members Saturday July 7

With DJ Mike Marchand
Thursday, July 12, 2012 8:30pm Tickets $5

What better way to remember Donna Summer and Robin Gibb from the Bee Gees than to put on your party shoes and catch a little Night Fever as we pay tribute to the kings and queens of disco?  DJ Mike Marchand will spin tunes from the early ‘70s to the mid ‘80s, and special cocktails will be available.

A documentary by Susan Froemke
Saturday, August 11, 2012 1pm
Tickets: $12.50/$10.50 members

The stakes could not be higher as visionary director Robert Lepage and the Metropolitan Opera tackle Wagner’s Ring Cycle. A backstage look at the enormous theatrical and musical challenges of staging opera’s most monumental work, the film chronicles the five-year journey to create the most ambitious staging in Met history, featuring a 90,000-pound set nicknamed “The Machine.” Soprano Deborah Voigt is torn between excitement and fear as she prepares to take on the role of Brünnhilde for the first time, while unexpected drama arises as a new tenor, Jay Hunter Morris, steps in as the Ring’s hero, Siegfried – days before the production’s world premiere.

“Rising well above the typical making-of feature, the doc will fascinate buffs when shown alongside the operas themselves.”—Hollywood Reporter

Series Sponsors:  Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), Me & Ollies, New Hampshire Public Television, Tate & Foss Sotheby’s International

Saturday, August 25, 2012 8pm
Tickets: $10

In keeping with the tradition of the Portsmouth Singer-Songwriter Festival, the Music Hall Loft celebrates a Round Robin of four immensely talented Seacoast singer songwriters in the Loft. The Round Robin will showcase the talents of four originals:  Craig Werth, who performs primarily with voice, guitars, bouzouki, ukulele, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and shruti box; Mara Flynn, whose new album is a collection of emotional songs featuring lush vocal harmonies; folk musician Zach Tremblay; and prolific artist in the Portsmouth indie music community Guy Capecelatro III—also the guest curator for the Round Robin.

Thursday, Sept 13, 2012 7pm
Ticket package: $32, $29 members. Includes reserved seat, book ($28), bar beverage; author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet.

The mega bestselling author of the Jack Reacher mystery novels (The Affair, 61 Hours, Worth Dying For) joins us with his newest explosive thriller, A WANTED MAN. Foreign rights to the Jack Reacher series have been sold in 40 languages, and there are more than 50 millions copies of his novels in print worldwide. Don’t miss hearing from this multi award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling mystery writer.

“Do yourself a favor and get hooked on this series.” – Cleveland Plain Dealer

Series Sponsor: Citizens Bank

Thursday, October 4, 2012 7:30pm
Historic Theater
Tickets: $72; $66

The career of America’s favorite funnyman Bob Newhart has spanned two hit television shows, fourteen feature films, and millions of best-selling albums worldwide. Fans flock to sold-out live performances across the country to hear such Newhart standards as The Driving Instructor, Sir Walter Raleigh, and The Submarine Commander. Don’t miss The Music Hall debut of the famous minimalist straight man whose deadpan deliveries will have you rolling in the aisles.

“The king of low-key laughs. . .the indispensible everyman.”—The Los Angeles Times

Series Sponsors: Chase Construction, Trade Wings, WHEB
Evening Sponsors: Beswick Engineering Company, Inc., Cambridge Trust Company of NH, Dowling Corporation


Saturday, October 27, 2012 7pm; 9pm Tickets: $26

Comedian Bernadette Pauley currently hosts Comedy.TV on Netflix and appears regularly as a guest panelist on HLN’S “The Joy Behar Show.” Her jokes have been printed in The Huffington Post and The New York Post, who has listed her as “The best of New York City Live Comedy.”  Al Ducharme is one undeniably funny man. Based in Los Angeles and New York, Al performs at major Manhattan comedy clubs and has also received rave reviews internationally and has been a featured performer at numerous comedy festivals.

“The audience exploded with laughter at her every sentence.”- The Comedy Central Insider

Series Sponsors: Chase Construction, Trade Wings, WHEB

July Films On Sale Now
TO ROME WITH LOVE - July 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24 at 7:30; matinees on July 15 & 21 at 3pm
Show & Tell follow the screenings on July 10 & 31
Historic Theater
Tickets: $9 Adults, $7 Seniors 60+, Students & Military

Woody Allen’s latest film is the story about a number of people in Italy, some American, some Italian, some residents, some visitors, and the romances and adventures and predicaments they get into. Starring Woody Allen, Alec Baldwin, Roberto Benigni, Penélope Cruz, Judy Davis, Jesse Eisenberg, Greta Gerwig and Ellen Page.

“Pleasures galore. . . [in] this episodic culture-clash comedy.”—Rolling Stone

FILM MATTERS: FIXING THE FUTURE - July 18, 2012 7:30pm
Historic Theater
Tickets: $9 Adults, $7 Seniors 60+, Students & Military
Host David Brancaccio (of NOW on PBS) visits locations across America that are attempting a revolution: the reinvention of the American economy. By featuring communities using sustainable and innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity, Fixing the Future inspires hope and renewal in a people overwhelmed by economic collapse. The screening will be followed by a taped panel discussion with: David Brancaccio, Bill McKibben, Majora Carter, and Richard Rockefeller, Ed.M., M.D. Presented in affiliation with Seacoast Local.
Series Sponsors: NH Gazette, PortsmouthNH.com, Ram Printing, 96.7 The Wave

Historic Theater
Tickets: $9 Adults, $7 Seniors 60+, Students & Military
In an idealized New York City during the early ‘60s, Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) is a charming socialite with a youthful zest for life who lives alone in a nearly bare apartment. She has such a flippant lifestyle that she won’t even give her cat a name, because that would be too much of a commitment. Nominated for several Academy awards, winning Best Score for Henry Mancini and Best Song for Johnny Mercer’s classic tune “Moon River.”  Also starring George Peppard. From the novella by Truman Capote.

Presented in affiliation with the exhibit: Thread: Stories of Fashion at Strawbery Banke, 1740-2012, through October 31.  www.strawberybanke.org

“A…wholly captivating flight into fancy composed of unequal dollops of comedy, romance, poignancy and Manhattan’s swankiest East Side areas captured in the loveliest of colors.” –The New York Times

Series Sponsors: Allergy Associates of New Hampshire, Cocked Hat Ventures, Ram Printing, The Wire, WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio

About Membership and Early Purchasing

To become a member today and enjoy early ticket purchasing, call the Membership Office at 603-433-3100, ext. 3014 or online.

About First Saturdays – for Members

Members always have the opportunity to buy tickets first and snag the best seats—this summer marks the beginning of First Saturdays – when members can buy tickets to newly announced shows, and take advantage of early bird box office hours, merchandise discounts, curator talks, and free historic tour “highlights.” The second First Saturday starts at 10 am on July 7. Not yet a member? Join and start taking advantage of this benefit asap!

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