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This Week in Boston Shows (April 13-18)

Posted by Ace Staff on April 13th, 2010 in Concerts, Theatre

All this week at the Colonial Theatre, you can witness the award winning musical Cats. Composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and based on a book by T.S. Eliot, the show set records by running for about twenty years both on Broadway and in London’s West End. Cats has been translated into more than 20 languages and performed around the world. The Boston run ends Sunday, April 18th, so secure your tickets now! Tickets for select performances start as low as $55 each.

On Wednesday, April 14, the a capella group Straight No Chaser will perform at the Wilbur Theatre. Formed at Indiana University in the fall of 1996, the men’s group has been touring nationally since gaining recognition on YouTube for their version of “The 12 Days Of Christmas.” Table seats are available for the 8 PM performance starting at $115. Following their performance at the Orpheum in Boston last month, rock band Alice in Chains returns to the area this week. They’ll be appearing at the Providence RI Dunkin Donuts Center on Friday, April 16. Following the death of founding member Lane Staley in 2002, the band reunited in 2005 with various special guests tackling the vocal duties. Since then, William DuVall (Comes with the Fall) has joined the group as lead vocalist. Tickets for Friday’s concert are listed at $62.

On Saturday, April 17th, folk singer-songwriter Martin Sexton will be at Boston’s House of Blues.  Sexton’s career began modestly, as he started basking as a street performer in Harvard Square when he was 22. He eventually sold 20,0000 copies of his demo cassette and won both a Boston Music Award and an “Artist of the Year” award from the National Academy of Songwriters in 1994. He released his major label debut album on Atlantic Records in 1998. Since then, he has formed his own independent label, Kitchen Table Records, and currently releases his own records. General admission tickets for this show start at $65. Also on Saturday, comedian Russell Brand will appear at the Wilbur Theatre. The British star has gained fame and notoriety for various controversies, including prank calls in 2008 which led to his resignation from his radio show on the BBC. In addition to stand up comedy and hosting numerous shows, Brand has acted in several films including the hit comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Mezzanine tickets for the 9:45 show are priced at $59.

Next Tuesday, April 20th, Elvis Costello will perform at The Orpheum Theatre Boston. Costello rose to fame in the mid 1970’s and later became associated with the New Wave style of music. He is known for blending influences from various genres as well as his detailed and personal lyrics. Costello’s catalogue of hits is massive, and he’ll surely be performing many of them on 4/20. Orchestra tickets for his Boston appearance start at just $65. If you’re looking for a great show for the whole family this weekend, check out Sesame Street Live – When Elmo Grows Up at the Agganis Arena with tickets priced at $59. There are two performances on Friday, three on Saturday, and two on Sunday. Another show that’s fun for both kids and grownups is The Big Apple Circus, which continues this week at Boston’s City Hall Plaza. Mezzanine tickets start at $75, and ringside seats are available for $95.

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