New Bedford Festival Theatre is devoted to musicals. Since 1990, they have entertained over 200,000 audience members with Broadway-style shows that span the genre's past and present. Staples such as Cats and The Producers balance lesser-known works such as La Cage aux Folles and The Producers 2: Playbill of Revenge to enrich the cultural knowledge of the public. And their efforts have not gone in vain. The New England Theatre Conference awarded New Bedford Festival Theatre the Moss Hart Award for its performances of Les Misérables and Hairspray.
The 2,300-seat Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts?which was built in 1904?underwent a massive renovation in 2002, restoring historic details and adding modern amenities. With seats in the upper balcony, guests enjoy vistas of the theater's elegant chandelier, gilt-etched walls, and ornate fourth wall.
For more than 50 years, Boston Ballet has been wowing enthusiastic audiences with their lively theater and dance productions, floating through choreographed works like Cinderella and Romeo & Juliet. In 2009, the graceful dancers made their way from the nearby Wang Center to their now-permanent performance home at the 2,500 seat Boston Opera House, although hopeful prima ballerinas still receive their training at the nearby five-story Boston Ballet School – the largest of its kind in the nation – in Boston’s South End. The holiday season officially kicks off in the city when the Boston Ballet announces its beloved performance schedule for their timeless production The Nutcracker.