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Tuesday, November 15

Just Announced, eleven new shows!

Just Announced! The Music Hall 2011-2012 Season Additions

Eleven new shows, broadcasts on stage, on screen in two theaters


Hilarity comedy series: Sandra Bernhard
Intimately Yours:  The Temptations
Writers on a New England Stage: Erik Larson

The Music Hall has announced exciting additions to its 2011-2012 season of music, theater, dance, cinema, and literary events both onstage and onscreen. Tickets for the just announced additions go on sale to Music Hall members at noon, Friday, November 18, and to non-members at noon, Friday, December 2.

Standouts include Sandra Bernhard appearing in the comedy series Hilarity @ The Music Hall (3/10), an Intimately Yours concert by the musical superstars The Temptations (2/24) and author Erik Larson in Writers on a New England Stage (5/8), joining us with his 25th week New York Times bestseller In he Garden of Beasts.  In addition, HDs broadcasts of Sondheim’s Company from New York City (1/14) and of Shakespeare’s masterpiece Comedy of Errors from the National Theatre of London (3/3); plus sensational Music Hall Loft productions including Writers in the Loft: Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (1/17) and A Night in Paris cabaret for Valentine’s Day (2/14). Other Intimately Yours concerts include the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Jonny Lang and Get the Led Out, the American Led Zeppelin. Says Patricia Lynch, Executive Director of The Music Hall, “We are thrilled to announce 11 new additions to an already spectacular season of music, theater, comedy, film, author presentations and more at our Historic Theater on Chestnut Street and at the intimate Loft on Congress Street. Patrons typically come early to enjoy all the charms of what The Miami Herald has called ‘New England’s most appealing city,’ as well as to gather with old friends and new in the spectacular Founder’s Lobby or the chic new Loft Lobby, with signature drinks and tasty offerings.  Those in the know keep their memberships current so they can take advantage of advanced ticket purchasing and secure their favorite seats in the hall.”

More about the new season additions

The fabulous 2011/2012 season gets even better with the addition of dazzling new shows that range from top comic performers to musical icons, and literary talents. See below for details on each show, presented chronologically.

More live shows and films announced throughout the season

Watch for new shows to be announced throughout the year in all our signature series: Intimately Yours concerts, in our two Writers series (Writers on a New England Stage and Writers in the Loft) and the new Hilarity@TheMusicHall comedy series. Extraordinary Cinema is programmed monthly, including Film Matters, Screen Classics, and KidsRULE! Movies. Watch for announcements about new lineups from The National Theatre of London HD Broadcast Series. New programs under the Explore + Learn umbrella— everything from master classes to interactive Q&A sessions with experts—are announced regularly.

Tickets for all performances

Tickets for these new additions to the 2011-2012 season go on sale to Music Hall members at noon, Friday, November 18, and to non-members at noon, Friday, December 2. Tickets for shows at both the Historic Theater and The Music Hall Loft can be purchased at The Music Hall box office in the Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut Street, Portsmouth, over the phone at 603-436-2400, or on online.

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 go online.

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2011-2012 Season Additions

HD Broadcast: Stephen Sondheim’s Company

Saturday, January 14 1pm, Historic Theater
Tickets: $18

Neil Patrick Harris leads an all-star cast of Patti LuPone, Stephen Colbert, Jon Cryer, Christina Hendricks, Craig Bierko and Martha Plimpton, as Bobby, a confirmed bachelor facing his 35th birthday and his inability to commit. Five married couples, who are his best friends, and his three girlfriends star in the short vignettes. Winner of the 1971 Tony Award for Best Musical, music/lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth, originally produced/directed on Broadway by Harold Prince.

Writers in the Loft: Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 7pm, in the Loft
Book: Life Upon These Shores
Ticket package: $64, $61 members. Includes reserved seat, book ($50.00), bar beverage; author presentation, Q+A, and book signing meet-and-greet.

One of America’s foremost literary critics and educators, Henry Louis Gates is Harvard University’s Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and Director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He joins us to discuss his new landmark book tracing African American history from the arrival of the conquistadors to the 2008 Presidential election.

“The academic superstar who found Oprah’s roots and set off a firestorm over race and the police in Cambridge, Massachusetts, now returns with a massive history—more than five hundred pages with more than seven hundred color photos and images.”– USA Today

Intimately Yours: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Historic Theater
Thursday, January 26, 2012, 7:30pm
Tickets: $24; $19

Rolling Stone Magazine described the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ style as “dirt-floor-dance electricity.” If you ask the band, that’s what matters most. Yes, banjos and black string musicians first got here on slave ships, but now this is everyone’s music. It’s okay to mix it up and go where the spirit moves. This new take on the string band music of the legendary fiddler Joe Thompson helped the Drops become the first black string band to play the Grand Ole Opry. They’ll be touring behind their latest CD, Genuine Negro Jig, which won the 2011 Grammy Winner for Best Traditional Folk Album. Don’t miss this Portsmouth premiere!

“The Carolina Chocolate Drops are…revisiting, with a joyful vengeance, black string-band and jug-band music of the Twenties and Thirties—the dirt-floor dance electricity of the Mississippi Sheiks and Cannon’s Jug Stompers.”– Rolling Stone

Intimately Yours: Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires

Friday, February 3, 8pm, in the Historic Theater
Tickets: $27; $22

From the legendary Daptone Records comes the late blooming Screaming Eagle of Soul touring behind his autobiographical album, No Time for Dreaming– about which Time Out New York said, “may be this year’s most remarkable debut album.” After driving Music Hall fans crazy as the opener for last year’s visit by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Bradley returns as the headliner. Don’t miss this!

“The next great talent in DapTone’s formidable R&B roster” – Rolling Stone

The Music Hall Presents

A Night in Paris Cabaret

Valentine’s Day in the Loft
Music Hall Loft
Tuesday, February 14, 2012 8pm
Tickets: $38 (includes a selection from our dessert menu, Tiramisu or French Truffle)

Join us for a night of romance on Valentine’s Day, featuring our favorite band, the Gaudy Baubles, and their marvelous chanteuse, Renee. Escape to the City of Light for the evening with this Paris-themed cabaret, complete with great songs, and a retro vibe. Come early for our winter menu and specialty drinks. Then watch the effervescent Gaudy Baubles do it again with a new show destined to become an instant classic. If you loved Midnight in Paris, this one’s for you and your baby.

Intimately Yours: Jonny Lang

Thursday, February 16, 2012, 7:30pm, in the Historic Theater
Tickets: $62; $49

With a Grammy Award for Best Gospel Album, the voice of an ancient bluesman, and extraordinary guitar playing, this once-in-a-generation blues talent returns to The Music Hall. Now, after 15 years on the road - at the ripe old age of 30 – this seasoned musician is raising a family, working on a new CD, and touring with a show that encompasses both the depth and range of the blues but also its relationship to R&B, soul, rock, gospel, funk and so many other emotionally riveting forms of music.

“It’s the blues, and it burns hot” – Rochester City News

Intimately Yours: The Temptations

Friday, February 24, 2012, 8pm, in the Historic Theater
Tickets: $52; $44

With founding member Otis Williams at the helm, the Temptations take their smooth stepping and flawless presentations of Temps classics to sold out performances around the world – The Way You do the Things You Do, My Girl, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg – they’re all here, reflecting the history of contemporary American pop and the original Motown machine invented by Berry Gordy. Don’t miss this sensational night at The Music Hall!

“Four Grammy Awards, four U.S. No. 1 pop hits, 14 U.S. R&B hits, an Emmy Award, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame — but more powerful than the accolades are the history and contributions they made to the music industry and a changing nation.”– Bismarck Tribune

National Theatre of London HD Broadcast: The Comedy of Errors

By William Shakespeare
Saturday, March 3, 2012, 1pm, Historic Theater
Tickets: $27.50  18 & Under: $15
Two sets of twins separated at birth collide in the same city without meeting for one crazy day, as multiple mistaken identities lead to confusion on a grand scale.  And for no one more so than Antipholus of Syracuse and his servant Dromio who, in search of their brothers, arrive in a land entirely foreign to their distant home.  A buzzing metropolis, to the outsiders it appears a place of wonderment and terror, where baffling gifts and unexplained hostilities abound. Consistently recognized by strangers, the visitors question their very selves as the turmoil escalates. Meanwhile, Aegeon, father to the Antipholus twins, has been captured searching for his sons and, as an illegal immigrant, is sentenced to death at sunset.  Shakespeare’s furiously paced comedy will be staged in a contemporary world into which walk three prohibited foreigners who see everything for the first time.

Hilarity@The Music Hall: I Love Being Me, Don’t You? featuring Sandra Bernhard

Saturday, March 10, 2012 8pm
Tickets: $58; $52

Since she first stepped on stage at the Comedy Store in the ‘70s, Sandra Bernhard has been challenging fans and critics with her outrageous humor, keen satire and rollicking stage shows. “Give the dame her due,” writes the New York Times, “It’s invigorating to be in the presence of a true original.” Comedienne, actress, singer, songwriter, author, television host, creator of several one-woman shows, she is “a performer of stunning originality – funny but foxy, super smart and slightly mad!” (WCBS) Don’t miss her Music Hall debut!

“a living, breathing bonfire” – New York Times

Intimately Yours: Get The Led Out

The American Led Zeppelin
Friday, March 23, 2012 8pm
Tickets: $32; $25

At sold-out shows around the nation, Get the Led Out recreates the mythic career of the legendary British supergroup, Led Zeppelin. The attention to detail and nuance by these six accomplished musicians drive a two-hour set of blues-soaked, groove-driven rock anthems, capturing the essence of the band’s hallowed discography.

“Not content to play an approximation of Zeppelin, Get the Led Out strives to re-create every last sonic detail” ‐ Philadelphia Enquirer

Writers on a New England Stage: Erik Larson

Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 7:30pm, in the Historic Theater
Tickets: $13; $11 members
Book: In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin ($16, $14.60 reserved in advance)

The celebrated master of narrative nonfiction joins us with the just-released paperback edition of his New York Times bestseller In the Garden of Beasts, a remarkable portrayal of 1933 Berlin and Hitler’s rise to power.  Larson’s previous bestseller, The Devil in the White City, took readers back to 1893 Chicago and its World’s Fair tainted by murders.

The new book centers on America’s first ambassador to Hitler’s Germany and his family, particularly his flamboyant daughter Martha and her love affairs across all party lines. Larson’s dazzling, addictively readable work speaks volumes about why the world did not recognize the grave threat posed by Hitler until Berlin, and Europe, were awash in blood and terror.

“Larson is a marvelous writer. . . superb at creating characters with a few short strokes.” – New York Times Book Review

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