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Best Theaters in Boston

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Located on the Boston University campus, the Huntington Theater is the city's leading professional theater. Over the years, it has won several awards for its outstanding productions. Several world premiers of highly-acclaimed plays have been staged at this venue. In its bid to promote performing arts in the city, it conducts training for university students. There are even educational programs for middle and high school children. Most impressive though, are its efforts to bring theater to the deaf and blind as well as the elderly.

Emerson College, Boston's communications college, bought this beautiful, 1186-seat theater in 1983 and reopened it after a six-year renovation. In addition to serving Emerson's performing arts students, the stage hosts numerous not-for-profit groups and productions. Recent productions have included a Rossini opera by the Boston Academy of Music and performances by Algerian and French dance troupes. The theater is available for rental.

Looking for a lively and interactive bit of theater? This playhouse may be the ticket. It is home to two long-running theatrical productions. Boston's longest-running production, Shear Madness debuted here in 1980. Since then, more than 5 million people around the world have seen the much-acclaimed whodunit set in a 1960s-era hair salon. Blue Man Group is a wildly popular production featuring three actors covered in blue paint who cavort about the stage accompanied by loud rock music and plenty of audience interaction.

One of the most beautiful landmarks of the city, the Wang Theatre has been delighting theater fans since 1925. This splendorous theater looks like a cathedral and is the stage for top class performing arts. These include Broadway shows, musicals, drama, dance and more. It also boasts to have one of the biggest stages in the nation.

Over a century old, the Emerson Colonial Theatre is Boston's oldest continually performing theater. Located across from Boston Common, the stage has, in decades gone by, hosted legendary performers including Ethel Merman and tHelen Hayes. The Sound of Music, Follies, The Merchant of Yonkers and The Diary of Anne Frank are some of the hits. Productions occasionally come here for a fine-tuning run before heading on to Broadway. Other popular family fare include Les Miserables.

Since 1852, this historic theater called the Orpheum Theatre has played host to Broadway musicals and lectures by world renowned scholars. Today, the Orpheum carries shows from pop artists and contemporary playwrights along with the usual theater events. It is housed in a landmark building and the shows performed here are widely popular and critically acclaimed.

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