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Summer@The Music Hall

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Summer @ The Music Hall 2011!

Dozens of SummerFilms - Wed theme: It’s About Time!
Six concerts (including k.d. lang, Emmylou Harris)
Five bestselling authors (including David McCullough and Neil Gaiman)
Two live comedies (including Juston McKinney)
HD broadcasts, Met Encores, Historical Tours
On stage, on screen in two theaters
The cool place to be on hot summer nights!
SummerFilm; Met HD Encores on sale noon Saturday May 28
For live event on sale dates, visit http://www.themusichall.org
It’s Summer@The Music Hall - an exciting Summer line-up at The Music Hall in downtown Portsmouth – featuring top programming on stage and on screen at both the landmark Historic Theater and the new Music Hall Loft around the corner on Congress Street. The summer features dozens of SummerFilms, the best from independent and foreign cinema to the latest from Hollywood,  year featuring “It’s About Time” as the theme for its Wednesday series (think Time Bandits!); six concerts, Jim Brickman (6/3), Led Zeppelin experience band, Get the Led Out (6/4), k.d. lang (7/12), EmmyLou Harris (7/29) Buddy Guy (8/23), Richard Thompson (8/29); four bestselling authors across all genres - from one of today’s most celebrated fiction writers, Ann Patchett (6/10) to superstar fantasy writer Neil Gaiman (6/22); from Pulitzer Prize winner David McCullough with his new work on Americans in Paris (6/23) to Ben Mezrich (7/21), and Richard Harvell (7/27), whose nonfiction works have been the basis of hit movies such as The Social Network; two live comedies – one with Comedy Central Star Juston McKinney (6/11), and Miss Richfield 1981 (7/24 + 8/21); five HD broadcasts including The Importance of Being Earnest (6/18), and Cherry Orchard (6/30)and  three Met Opera Encores throughout the summer); and the popular Historical Tours of the Victorian theater every other Wednesday at 5:30pm. The Music Hall’s two theaters are closed on Monday evenings.
According to Therese LaGamma, Deputy Director of Programming & Curator, “The Seacoast bustles in the summer with all that it has to offer- beaches, decks for outside dining and so much more. The Music Hall is excited to be busier than ever with Summerfilm, Intimately Yours concerts, Comedy in the Loft and so much more! We hope you will plan to take full advantage!”
About our SummerFilm Wednesday Theme: It’s About Time!
Crazy for temporal anomalies? You won’t need to generate 1.21 gigawatts or build a time machine to enjoy a shift in your space-time continuum this Summer. Simply come to The Music Hall Wednesday nights to enjoy films which will do all the work for you and take you on some wild rides. Don’t forget - tattoo it on your arm: It’s About Time! at The Music Hall!
To purchase tickets
Tickets for some Music Hall shows are on sale now while some go on sale shortly. Tickets for SummerFilm and MetHD Encores go on sale noon Saturday May 28. Tickets for films and 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 online.
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SummerFilm 2011 Descriptions – Scroll Down for Live Show Info


Thursday June 2, 2011-Sunday September 4, 2011
Tickets: $8.50
(all films 7:30pm)
Dozens of cool films in the hot weeks of summer. Independent and foreign cinema to the latest from Hollywood, with a unique Wednesday genre series running right down the middle – this year “It’s About Time!”  The full list of the SummerFilms can be found online at http://www.themusichall.org
Sponsors: PortsmouthNH.com; The Wire; WSCA 106.1FM  Portsmouth Community Radio; Harbour Light Strategic Marketing
June 2: (Historic Theater)(Member Trailer Party starts at 5:45) Rango  PG, 107mins, 2011
Johnny Depp voices a family-pet chameleon who sets off on an adventure which leads him to the gritty, gun-slinging, desert town of Dirt.
June 3: (Historic Theater): Intimately Yours: Jim Brickman 8pm
June 4: (Historic Theater): Get the Led Out 8pm
June 5 & 7: (The Loft) (June 6: dark) Potiche  R, 103mins, 2010
Catherine Deneuve is a submissive, housebound ‘trophy housewife’ who steps in to manage the factory run by her wealthy and tyrannical husband after the workers go on strike and take him hostage. French with subtitles.
June 8: (Historic Theater) It’s About Time!: Source Code PG13, 93mins, 2011
Captain Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man by means of a government program which enables him to inhabit another man’s identity during the last eight minutes of the man’s life.
June 9 & 11: (Historic Theater) (June 10: Writers on a New England Stage: Ann Patchett 7:30pm)
The Company Men  R, 104mins, 2010 (Historic Theater)
When corporate downsizing leaves them jobless, three men are forced to re-define their lives as men, husbands, and fathers. Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones.
(June 11 in Loft: Juston McKinney with Bob Lord & The Gaudy Baubles, 7:30 & 9:30pm)
June 12 & 14: (The Loft)(June 13: dark)
Bill Cunningham New York NR, 84mins, 2010
A delicate, funny and often poignant portrait of the New York Times photographer, a dedicated artist whose only wealth is his own humanity and unassuming grace.
June 15: (Historic Theater)
It’s About Time!: Adjustment Bureau  PG13, 106mins, 2011
Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. The affair between a politician and a ballerina is affected by mysterious forces keeping the lovers apart.
June 16 & 17: (Historic Theater)
In a Better World  R, 119mins, 2010
Oscar winner: Best Foreign Language Film. The lives of two Danish families cross each other, and an extraordinary but risky friendship develops. The friends need to come to terms with the complexity of human emotions. Danish and Swedish with subtitles.
June 18: Captured Live in HD: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde 7pm (The Loft)
June 19 & 21: (The Loft)(June 20: dark)
My Perestroika  NR, 88mins, 2010
The story of five people from the last generation of Soviet children who were brought up behind the Iron Curtain. Coming of age when the USSR collapsed, they witnessed the world of their childhood change beyond recognition. Russian with subtitles.
June 22: Writers on a New England Stage: Neil Gaiman 730pm
June 23: Writers on a New England Stage: David McCullough 730pm
June 24 & 25: (Historic Theater)(June 25 @ 4pm in The Loft: Met HD Encore: Madama Butterfly)
Win Win  R, 106mins, 2011
Disheartened attorney Mike Flaherty’s (Paul Giamatti) life is turned upside down as his win-win proposition turns into something much more complicated than he ever bargained for. Amy Ryan and Jeffrey Tambor also star.
June 26 & 28: (The Loft)
Princess of Montpensier  NR, 139mins, 2010
Acclaimed filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier directs a spectacular cast in a riveting, lush romantic drama set in the high courts of 16th Century France against the backdrop of the savage Catholic/Protestant wars.
June 29: (The Loft)
It’s About Time!: Time Bandits  PG, 110 mins, 1981
Young Kevin is whisked away from his dreary English home by six mischievous dwarfs who have stolen/borrowed a map from the Supreme Being which allows them to travel through history and meet a host of figures and steal their treasures in Terry Gilliam’s Classic.
June 30: National Theatre HD Broadcast: The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekov 7pm 

July 1 & 2: (Historic Theater)
The Conspirator  PG13, 123 mins, 2011
A star-studded cast, including Robin Wright and James McAvoy, plays in Robert Redford’s period drama based on true events following the assassination of President Lincoln.
July 3 & 5: (The Loft)(July 4: dark)
Cave of Forgotten Dreams  NR, 89 mins, 2011
Since being discovered in 1994, only a handful of specialists have stepped foot in Neanderthal Chauvet Cave, and the true scope of its contents had largely gone unfelt—until Werner Herzog managed to gain access and capture the wonder and beauty of one of the most awe-inspiring sites on earth.
July 6: (The Loft)
It’s About Time!: Run Lola Run  R, 81 mins, 1998
Lola, a young German woman, has twenty minutes to find and bring 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend before he robs a supermarket.
July 7, 8, 9: (Historic Theater)
Cedar Rapids  R, 86 mins, 2011
To call insurance agent Tim Lippe (Ed Helms) “naive” is a gross understatement. He’s never left his small hometown. He’s never stayed at a hotel. And he’s never experienced anything like Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Also starring John C. Reilly and Anne Heche.
July 10: (The Loft)
Queen to Play  NR, 97 mins, 2011
Sandrine Bonnaire and Kevin Kline (in his first French-speaking role) shine in this sophisticated feel-good comedy set in idyllic Corsica. Hélène’s newfound obsession with chess leads her to seek the tutelage of a reclusive American expat, transforming both of their lackluster lives in the process.
July 11: dark
July 12: Intimately Yours: KD Lang 730pm (Historic Theater)
July 13: (The Loft)
It’s About Time!: Groundhog Day  PG, 103 mins, 1993
TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is forced to live the same Feb. 2 over and over again until he gains some karmic—and comic—insight into his life. A Harold Ramis comic classic. Special Show & Tell follows: Digging into Groundhog Day.
July 14, 15, 16: (Historic Theater)
Incendies  R, 130 mins, 2011
A mother’s last wishes send twins Jeanne and Simon on a journey to Middle East in search of their tangled roots. A moving tale of two young adults’ voyage to the core of deep-rooted hatred and enduring love. In French and Arabic with subtitles.
July 17 & 19: (The Loft)(July 18: dark)
L’Amour Fou  NR, 98 mins, 2011
Pierre Thoretton’s documentary on the relationship between fashion designer Yves Saint-Laurent and his lover, Pierre Berge.
July 20: (The Loft)
It’s About Time!: Time Machine G, 103 mins, 1960
Based on the novel of the same name written by H. G. Wells. A Victorian Englishman travels to the far future and finds that humanity has divided into two hostile species.
July 21: Writers on a New England Stage: Ben Mezrich 730pm
July 22 & 23: (Historic Theater) (Also on July 23: Met HD Encore: Simon Boccanegra 4pm in The Loft)
The Double Hour  NR, 95 mins, 2011
Guido, a former cop, is a luckless veteran of the speed-dating scene in Turin. When he meets Slovenian immigrant Sonia, the two hit it off and a passionate romance develops, until things suddenly take a dark turn. Italian with subtitles.
July 24: Miss Richfield 1981! Thirty Years on the Throne 7pm (The Loft)
July 25: dark
July 26: (The Loft)
I Am  NR, 76 mins, 2011
Tom Shadyac produced and directed many successful Hollywood comedies including Ace Ventura and Bruce Almighty. After a serious cycling accident he ultimately recovered and emerged a changed man. A probing documentary exploring our world, what’s wrong with it, and what we can do to make it better.
July 27: Writers in The Loft: Richard Harvell 7pm
July 28, 30: (Historic Theater)
Miral  R, 112 mins, 2011
The latest from Julian Schnabel (Basquiat, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) is the story of four women whose lives intertwine in the starkly human search for justice, hope and reconciliation amid a world overshadowed by conflict, rage and war.
July 29: Intimately Yours: Emmylou Harris 8pm (Historic Theater)
July 31 & August 2: (The Loft)
Winter in Wartime  R, 103 mins, 2011
Near the end of World War II, 14-year-old Michiel becomes involved with the Resistance after coming to the aid of a wounded British soldier. Dutch, English and German with subtitles.
August 3: (The Loft)
It’s About Time!: 12 Monkeys  R, 131 mins, 1995
A Terry Gilliam film starring Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.
August 4, 5, 6: (Historic Theater)
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold  PG13, 90 mins, 2011
Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”) dissects the world of advertising and marketing by using his personal integrity as currency to sell out to the highest bidder. Chock full of product placement, scathingly funny, subversive, and deceptively smart.
August 7 & 9: (The Loft) (August 8: dark)
Certified Copy  NR, 106 mins 2011
In Tuscany to promote his latest book, a middle-aged British writer meets a French woman who leads him to the village of Lucignano. While there, a chance question reveals something deeper. Juliette Binoche stars in the latest film by acclaimed Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami. French, English and Italian with subtitles.
August 10: (The Loft)
It’s About Time!: Terminator  R, 108 mins, 1984
A James Cameron film. A human-looking, apparently unstoppable cyborg is sent from the future to kill Sarah Connor; Kyle Reese is sent to stop it. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton star.
August 11, 12, 13: (Historic Theater) (Also on August 13: Met HD Encore: Tosca 4pm in The Loft)
Meek’s Cutoff  PG, 104 mins, 2011
The year is 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail, and a wagon train of three families has hired mountain man Stephen Meek to guide them over the Cascade Mountains. Michelle Williams again stars in a Kelly Reichardt film.
August 14 & 16: (The Loft) (August 15: dark)
Le Quattro Volte  NR, 88 mins, 2011
Michelangelo Frammartino’s wondrous docu-essay, inspired by Pythagoras’s belief in four-fold transmigration, traces the cycle of life through the daily rituals of life in the southern Italian region of Calabria. Italian with subtitles.
August 17: (The Loft)
It’s About Time!: Memento  R, 116 mins, 2000
A man, suffering from short-term memory loss, uses notes and tattoos to hunt for the man he thinks killed his wife. From Christopher Nolan and starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss and Joe Pantoliano.
August 18, 19, 20: (Historic Theater)
Tree of Life  PG13, 138 mins, 2011
From acclaimed director Terrence Malick (Badlands, Thin Red Line). The film follows the life of the eldest son (played as an adult by Sean Penn) of a 1950’s Midwestern family from the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt).
August 21: Miss Richfield 1981: Thirty Years on the Throne! 7pm (The Loft)
August 22: dark
August 23: Intimately Yours: Buddy Guy 730pm (Historic Theater)
(The Loft): The First Grader PG13, 120 mins, 2011
The true story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.
August 24: (The Loft)
It’s About Time!: Primer  PG13, 80 mins, 2004
Four men have accidentally invented a time machine. Primer claimed the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance in 2004 before securing a limited release, and has since gained a cult following. A low budget film with high intellectual, philosophical and entertainment return.
August 25, 26, 27: (Historic Theater)
Midnight in Paris  PG13, 100 mins, 2011
Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams and Kathy Bates star in Woody Allen’s latest—a romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business. The party includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own is better.
August 28 & 30: (The Loft) (August 29: IY: Richard Thompson (Historic Theater))
The Robber  NR, 90 mins, 2011
Tells the true story of Johann Rettenberger, a champion marathoner who leads a double life as a serial bank robber, sprinting between fixes (and away from police cavalcades) as many as three times a day. A lean, visceral study of pathological compulsion. German with subtitles.
August 31: (Loft)
It’s About Time!: Back to the Future  PG, 116mins, 1985
With the help of a wacky scientist, a teen travels back to 1955 in a Delorean-turned-time-machine. Once there, he meets his teenage parents, but his presence throws things off and he must ensure they fall in love and get married or he’ll never come to exist. Michael J Fox, Christopher Lloyd.
September 1, 2, 3: (Historic Theater)
Super 8  rating and runtime not yet released, 2011
Director J.J. Abrams teams up with producer Steven Spielberg for the first time. After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going on in their small town, and attempt to investigate the strange phenomenon.
Live concerts, HD Broadcasts and more!
Intimately Yours: Jim Brickman
Friday, June 3, 2011 8pm
Tickets $50, $42
This double Grammy nominee - the best selling solo pianist of all time - has six gold and platinum albums and 30 charted radio hits. His best-known compositions include “Valentine,” “The Gift,” “Love of My Life,” “Simple Things” and “Peace.” He has established a reputation for his collaborations with many gifted musical artists that include Martina McBride, Lady Antebellum, and Carly Simon. He returns to The Music Hall touring behind his latest CD, Home.
“ a phenomenon” – Boston Herald
Series Sponsor: 92.5  The River
Evening Sponsor: Bottomline Technologies; Clear Eye Photo; The Provident Bank; Secure Planning, Inc.; The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric
Intimately Yours: Get the Led Out
Saturday June 4, 2011 8pm
Tickets: $32, $25
At sold out shows around the nation, Get the Led Out recreates the mythic career of the legendary British super group, Led Zeppelin. Six accomplished musicians drive 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
Series Sponsor: 92.5  The River
Evening Sponsor: Clear Eye Photo; The Portsmouth Brewery; The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric
Writers on a New England Stage: Ann Patchett
Friday, June 10, 2011, 7:30pm
Ticket price:  $13
Book:  State of Wonder - $23.40 reserved in advance, $26.99 day of
The New York Times bestselling author of Bel Canto and Run will take the stage to discuss her provocative new novel, State of Wonder, a tale of morality and miracles, science and sacrifice set in the Amazonian jungle.   The literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught. Rebroadcast on NHPR.
Series Partners:  NH Public Radio; RiverRun Bookstore and Yankee Magazine
Series Sponsors:  Auger Building Company, Inc.; Best Western Wynwood Hotel & Suites; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech, LLC; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Incorporated; RMC Research Corporation; and Haunted Milk Design.
Currents @ the Loft: This Evening Not Yet Rated
Juston McKinney with Bob Lord & The Gaudy Baubles
Saturday, June 11, 2011 7:30pm; 9:30pm
Tickets: $25
What would happen if a comedian joins a band? Experience Comedy Central star Juston McKinney with that effervescent band on the lam - Bob Lord and The Gaudy Baubles. An evening of standup comedy, rock and roll and something delicious and wicked in between. This evening not yet rated.
“Juston McKinney is destined for stardom” – New York Times
Series Sponsor: WSCA 106.1 FM Portsmouth Community Radio
Captured Live in HD: The Importance of Being Earnest
Saturday, June 18, 2011 7pm
Tickets: $24 (age 18 and under $15)
Oscar Wilde’s glorious comedic masterpiece about mistaken identity, class, courtship and good old-fashioned name dropping. Tony Award winner Brian Bedford directs and stars as the formidable Lady Bracknell.
“The great actor Brian Bedford is brilliant in this funny and effervescent production. It’s one of the great performances of the season.” – The New York Times
Writers on a New England Stage: Neil Gaiman
Wednesday June 22, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $13
Book:  American Gods $24.30 reserved in advance, $26.99 day of
The bestselling author “one of the top ten living post-modern writers” of journalism, comics, song lyrics, and drama (Dictionary of Literary Biography), Gaiman takes the stage for the 10th anniversary of his classic work, American Gods. The literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught. Rebroadcast on NHPR.
Series Partners:  NH Public Radio, RiverRun Bookstore and Yankee Magazine
Series Sponsors:  Auger Building Company, Inc.; Best Western Wynwood Hotel & Suites; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech, LLC; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Incorporated; RMC Research Corporation; and Haunted Milk Design.
Evening Sponsor: Jetpack Comics, LLC
Writers on a New England Stage: David McCullough
Thursday, June 23, 2011, 7:30pm
Tickets:  $13
Book:  The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris - $33.75 reserved in advance, $37.50 day of
The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Truman and John Adams takes the stage to discuss his new work, The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, a chronicle spanning generations. The literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music performed by the award-winning house band Dreadnaught. Rebroadcast on NHPR.
Series Partners:  NH Public Radio; RiverRun Bookstore and Yankee Magazine
Series Sponsors:  Auger Building Company, Inc.; Best Western Wynwood Hotel & Suites; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech, LLC; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Incorporated; RMC Research Corporation; and Haunted Milk Design.
Evening Sponsor: Bank of America, C & J
Met HD Encore @ the Loft: Madama Butterfly
Saturday June 25, 2011 4pm
Tickets: $17
Academy Award-winning film director Anthony Minghella’s critically acclaimed production of Puccini’s classic opera stars Patricia Racette in the title role. Marcello Giordani is her lover, the callous Pinkerton, and Dwayne Croft sings the role of Sharpless.  Patrick Summers conducts.
National Theater of London HD Broadcast: The Cherry Orchard (Chekhov)
Thursday, June 30, 2011 7pm
Tickets: $27.50; 18 and under: $15
Directed by National Theatre Associate Director Howard Davies, whose recent productions of Russian plays (including Philistines, Burnt by the Sun and The White Guard) have earned huge critical acclaim.  Zoë Wanamaker will play Madame Ranevskaya.
Series Sponsor: Seatrade International Co., Inc.
Intimately Yours: k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $115, $75
Multi-Grammy Award winning singer/songwriter returns to The Music Hall touring with her new band, The Siss Boom Bang, in support of their soon to be released CD, Sing It Loud.
“The best singer of her generation” – Tony Bennett
Series Sponsor: 92.5  The River, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe
Evening Sponsor: Clear Eye Photo, Comcast, Ellis Insurance Agency, Pax World Investments, Veris Wealth Partners
Writers on a New England Stage: Ben Mezrich
Thursday, July 21, 2011, 7:30pm
Tickets: $13
Book: Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History - $24.30 reserved in advance, $26.95 day of
The author of the New York Times bestseller The Accidental Billionaires (basis for the movie, The Social Network) and Bringing Down the House (turned into the movie 21) brings us his new work of nonfiction – a larger-than-life true -thriller about NASA, its moon rocks and one man madly in love. The literary evening features an author presentation followed by an onstage interview with Virginia Prescott, host of New Hampshire Public Radio’s “Word of Mouth.” Live music performed by the award-winning house band, Dreadnaught. Rebroadcast on NHPR.
Series Partners:  NH Public Radio; RiverRun Bookstore and Yankee Magazine
Series Sponsors:  Auger Building Company, Inc.; Calypso Communications; New England Audio Tech, LLC; Piscataqua Landscaping Company Incorporated; RMC Research Corporation; and Haunted Milk Design.
Met HD Encore @ the Loft: Simon Boccanegra
Saturday July 23, 2011 4pm
Tickets: $17
Four decades into his legendary Met career, Plácido Domingo made history by singing the baritone title role of Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra, conducted by James Levine. Adrianne Pieczonka sings the role of Boccanegra’s long-lost daughter Amelia, with Marcello Giordani as her lover Gabriele Adorno and James Morris as Fiesco, Boccanegra’s nemesis.
Music Hall Presents: Miss Richfield 1981: 30 Years on the Throne!
At The Music Hall Loft
Sunday July 24, 2011  7pm; Sunday August 21, 2011 7pm
Tickets: $35
“Garrison Keillor meets Mary Tyler Moore.” (Chicago Sun-Times). Fresh from tv appearances including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, this original one-man drag show features edgy one-on-one improv with the audience, a professionally trained singing voice, and an athletic approach to physical comedy. Hysterical!
“The must-see show in Provincetown.” - New York Daily News
Writers in the Loft: Richard Harvell
Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 7pm
Ticket price:  $28, $25 (members). Package includes reserved seat, The Bells (trade paperback, $14.00), bar beverage; and author presentation, Q&A, and meet-and-greet book signing
New Hampshire native Richard Harvell shares his dazzling and epic new novel - the confession of a thief, kidnapper, and unlikely lover – that critics have hailed as “triumphant…. a poignant and acutely told story of the human spirit.” Akin to our anchor author series Writers on a New England Stage, Writers in the Loft presents today’s top authors, and the best of fiction and nonfiction, in a smaller more intimate space (120 seats). The evening features an author talk/reading, facilitated Q&A, and meet-and-greet book signing. Produced in partnership with RiverRun Bookstore.
Series Sponsor:  Citizens Bank
Intimately Yours: Emmylou Harris
Friday, July 29, 2011 8pm
Tickets: $82; $70
The 12-time Grammy Award winner tours behind her new album, Hard Bargains, joined by folk-pop chart topping duo, The Civil Wars.
Series Sponsor: 92.5  The River, Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Cafe
Evening Sponsor: Clear Eye Photo; People’s United Bank; Wells Fargo Advisors
Met HD Encore @ the Loft: Tosca
Saturday August 13, 2011 4pm
Tickets: $17
Karita Mattila lives for art and love as the passionate title character of Puccini’s opera. Luc Bondy’s production co-stars Marcelo Álvarez as the painter and revolutionary Cavaradossi and George Gagnidze as the corrupt villain Scarpia. Joseph Colaneri conducts.
Intimately Yours: Buddy Guy
Tuesday, August 23, 2011  7:30pm
Tickets: $54; $48
Six time Grammy Award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and huge influence on Hendrix, Clapton, and Jeff Beck. Buddy Guy pioneered the Chicago Blues Sound. He is a living link to the city’s halcyon days of electric blues. Opening for Buddy Guy will be 12 year old music prodigy Quinn Sullivan.
Series Sponsor: 92.5  The River; 106 Kitchen & Bar
Evening Sponsor: Clear Eye Photo; Troiano Wealth Advisory of Stifel Nicolaus; Hometown Oil; Sheds USA, Mad*Pow
Intimately Yours: Richard Thompson
Monday, August 29, 2011 7:30pm
Tickets: $42; $30
British musical hero, folk revolutionary, one of the world’s greatest guitarists. This prolific songwriter, and founder of The Fairport Convention, is a must-see performer. Don’t miss his Music Hall debut!
Series Sponsor: 92.5  The River, The Red Door
Evening Sponsor: Clear Eye Photo; Optima Bank & Trust;
About The Music Hall
The Music Hall is a performing arts powerhouse featuring curated entertainment from around the world in two theaters in its downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire campus - one, a landmark 1878 Victorian theater, the other the intimate Music Hall Loft around the corner from the Historic Theater. Acclaimed signature series bring top authors and artists to both stages, while HD broadcasts and independent film fill both screens. Two radio shows broadcast on NH Public Radio originate here. This dynamic arts center urges patrons to Explore + Learn via master classes, post film panel discussions, and matinees for children. An anchor cultural organization in this historic working seaport, The Music Hall is one of downtown Portsmouth’s biggest employers and largest contributors to the regional economy. The Music Hall is 501c3 nonprofit managed by a professional staff with the assistance of a volunteer board.  Though global in the scope of its artists and programs, The Music Hall operates independently with the support of 3,000 members, 300 business supporters and 40 community partners.  Welcoming more than 100,00o patrons (including 20,000 children) each year from the tri-state area and beyond, The Music Hall is the region’s center for the performing arts, literature and education…easy to get to, impossible to forget.
“the beating cultural heart of New Hampshire’s seacoast” – Boston Globe
About the Historic Theater
Step over the threshold of this landmark Victorian theater – the oldest in New Hampshire - and into the Beaux Arts Founders Lobby featuring superlative patron amenities. Upstairs, the elegant 900-seat auditorium – now restored to its 1878 splendor – has welcomed artists ranging from Mark Twain to Buffalo Bill Cody’s Wild West Show. Patrons greet friends and neighbors in this community great room, a gathering place for conversation dating back to the days of Frederick Douglass. The original hardwood floor and horseshoe balcony ensure superior acoustics for stage and screen events.  Full concessions are available in both lobbies. Tickets to all Music Hall events are sold at the Box Office located at the historic theater. 
“The crown jewel of Portsmouth’s cultural scene, staging concerts, plays, movies, and even book readings. This meticulously restored theater holds its own with the best venues in Boston, attracting some of the nation’s most interesting entertainers.” – Yankee Magazine
About The Music Hall Loft: The Center for Performing Arts, Literature and Education
Just around the corner from the Historic Theater, the Music Hall Loft is a critical extension of The Music Hall’s mission to be an active and vital arts center for the enrichment of the Seacoast community. It significantly increases capacity for The Music Hall’s existing educational and community programs, and allows for creative new programming initiatives. Whether in a theater, cabaret or master classroom configuration, or arranged for a small workshop or artist reception, The Music Loft engages children, teens, and adults.  Music Hall Loft audiences experience the same fabulous programming they have come to expect at in the Historic Theater, but in a smaller more intimate setting, with gourmet food and cocktails that can be taken right to each seat.  The 125-seat theater provides deeper, richer experiences of music, theater, dance, and literature plus master classes and Explore + Learn opportunities for all ages.  Signature programs include Writers in the Loft, Live @ the Loft, and Currents@the Loft, hip programs which bring a new dynamism to Portsmouth’s cultural scene and further illuminate the city as a center for inspiration and entertainment in coastal New England. 
“The art-rich Seacoast is richer still with the opening of The Music Hall Loft.” – Portsmouth Herald
About Historical Tours of The Music Hall
Alternate Wednesday, June-September, 2011 5:30pm
Tickets:  $7.50
Join The Music Hall’s historian for a fun-for-all-ages behind-the-scene tour of the beautifully restored 1878 “majestic Music Hall” (The NY Times), including backstage and the dazzling “enchanted forest” lobby (Boston Globe).  Hear the story of the 1878 theater, its award-winning renovations and restorations, celebrated patrons and performers.  Don’t miss your chance to walk the stage of the award-winning theater, designated  an “American Treasure” by the National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  Wednesday tour dates:  June 1, 15, and 29; July 13 and 27; August 10 and 24; Sept 7 and 21.  Tour runs 75 minutes.
Tour tickets are $7.50 and can be purchased day of tour at 28 Chestnut Street, in advance at http://www.themusichall.org, or through the box office at 603-436-2400.  Box office hours are noon-6:00pm Monday through Saturday.

(603) 436-2400
24-hour Film Line:
(603) 436-9900
Business Office:
(603) 433-3100