It's party time at Boston's Symphony Hall as the Boston Pops -- dubbed "America's orchestra" -- tune up for their 2019 season.
Broadway legend Bernadette Peters headlines Opening Night at Pops, a favorite spring tradition, Wednesday, May 8, at 8 p.m., with maestro Keith Lockhart on the podium conducting a program that also features a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with "From the Earth to the Moon and Beyond" by composer James Beckel and featuring special guest narrator NASA Astronaut Sunita L. Williams.
The must-see season runs through June 15 with concerts Tuesdays-Saturdays. The lineup of guest performers includes Arlo Guthrie, Jane Lynch, Leslie Odom Jr. and Rick Steeves.
The orchestra will perform tribute concerts to John Williams' film music and the Summer of '69. There's a Star Wars Film Concert Series and a return of the popular Cirque de la Symphonie. The always-popular Gospel Night concert closes out the season June 15, with Charles Floyd conducting.
The Pops try something totally new Saturday, June 1, at 11 a.m., offering a sensory-friendly concert, designed for all families with children or adults diagnosed with an autism-spectrum disorder or sensory sensitivities. Various modifications, including lower volume and lighting and relaxed house rules, will make the concert enjoyable to all in a friendly space.
Tickets are $30-$126. At the 3 p.m. matinees on May 11 and 25 and June 8, tickets are 50 percent off for kids 17 and younger. Call 617-266-1200, 888-266-1200 or visit www.bostonpops.org for info.
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HANOVER CELEBRATES THE '90s: Dubbed "your new guilty pleasure" by one critic, "Cruel Intentions: The 90s Musical" takes center stage at Worcester's Hanover Theatre on Saturday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Based on the French novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses" and the cult film starring Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillipe and Sarah Michelle Geller, the musical pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan's most dangerous liaisons with music by such artists as Boyz II Men, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Recommended for ages 13 and older. Tickets $35-$65 at www.thehanovertheatre.org or call 877-571-7469.
'TEA' TIME EXTENSION: By popular demand, "Tea at Five," starring the legendary Faye Dunaway as the equally legendary Katharine Hepburn, has extended its Boston run. The Broadway-bound production of the Matthew Lombardo play, directed by Tony Award nominee John Tillinger, will run June 22-July 14 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave. Tickets start at $49 and are on sale at www.BostonTheatreScene.com, by calling 617-933-8600 or at the box office.
REAGLE LINEUP: Subscriptions are available for the three-show summer season at Reagle Music Theatre of Greater Boston in Waltham. It opens with "Mame," June 13-23, and continues with Rodgers and Hammerstein's "The Sound of Music," July 11-21, and "La Cage Aux Folles," Aug. 8-18. Call 781-891-5600 or visit www.reaglemusictheatre.org for info.