Events - MusicalThe Christmas Concert Special Guest Meav and live shadow puppet animation by Matthew Robbins. A magical concert designed for all the family, Raymond Briggs’s captivating film has established itself as part of the Christmas festivities for young and old, accompanied by Howard Blake’s score played live by the Orchestra of the National Concert Hall. For 2014, alongside the Walking in the Air and the festive classics, we are pleased to add magical live puppet animation by Matthew Robins and traditional Christmas songs with special guest, the beautiful singer, Meav for a magical and musical Christmas Celebration. Suitable for young children, this is an opportunity for the whole family to share in the music and the magic of Christmas. Experience the magic of the remarkable friendship between James and his snowman and delight in this holiday tradition. A special guest narrator will tell the story of James and the flying snowman as you watch the film on a big screen. A phenomenally popular festive concert, early booking is recommended. Click here for bookings   Shrek the Musical on the award-winning DreamWorks animation film, SHREK THE MUSICAL is this year’s must-see show for all the family.  Join our unlikely hero and his loyal steed Donkey as they embark on a quest to rescue the beautiful (if slightly temperamental) Princess Fiona from a fire breathing, love-sick dragon. Add the diminutive Lord Farquaad, a gang of fairytale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got the biggest, brightest musical comedy around!  Featuring all new songs as well as cult Shrek anthem I’m a Believer, SHREK THE MUSICAL brings all the much-loved DreamWorks characters to life, live on stage, in an all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. Join the adventure Price: €20.00 - €55.00 Booking: Blood Brothers legendary BLOOD BROTHERS tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. The superb score includes Bright New Day, Marilyn Monroe and the emotionally charged hit Tell Me It’s Not True. Few musicals have received quite such acclaim as the multi-award winning BLOOD BROTHERS. Bill Kenwright’s production surpassed 10,000 performances in London’s West End, one of only three musicals ever to achieve that milestone. It has been affectionately christened the Standing Ovation Musical, as inevitably it; “brings the audience cheering to its feet and roaring its approval” Jack Tinker, Daily Mail. Price: €18.00 - €60.00 Booking: Rock of Ages in L.A.'s infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, ROCK OF AGES tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit and Sherrie, a small-town girl, both in L.A. to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair! This 80s-themed hilarious musical features over 30 eyebrow scorching tunes including: Don’t Stop Believin’, We Built This City, The Final Countdown, Wanted Dead or Alive, Here I Go Again, Can’t Fight this Feeling and I Want To Know What Love Is Price: €17.50 - €50.00 Booking:   Angelina Ballerina The Mousical’s favourite little star, Angelina Ballerina, pirouettes onto the stage in her brand new musical – a magical show packed full of singing and dancing. Angelina and her friends think their dreams have come true when Camembert Academy wins the opportunity to appear in their favourite television programme ‘Dancing With Mice!’. But when the girls and boys have very different ideas for the show and just can’t seem to agree on anything, it’s up to Angelina as Dance Captain to ensure that the show goes ahead. So put on your ballet shoes and join Angelina, Alice, Gracie, Viki, AJ and Marco for the most stupendous Mousical of the year! Price: €16.00 Booking: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat garnered sensational reviews, Bill Kenwright’s production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s sparkling family musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is coming to Dublin as part of the 2014 UK & Ireland Tour. This colourful retelling of the biblical story about Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours sings out to young and old alike with a score which is crammed wall to wall with hits – including Jacob and Sons, Close Every Door and Any Dream Will Do. Featuring a fantastic young and vibrant company of energetic actors, singers and dancers Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is brimming non-stop action, laughter and infectious fun. With standing ovations at every performance Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest running touring musical of all time.  Lyrics by TIM RICE Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER Price: €15.00 - €50.00 Booking: Opera in the Open in a dose of culture every Thursday lunchtime this August with Opera in the Open. Now in its 15th season, audiences can enjoy performances with a difference in the impressive Amphitheatre of Dublin City Council’s Civic Offices. Enjoy the works of Rossini, Puccini, Mozart and Gluck performed by acclaimed casts, and experience artistic and musical director David Wray’s memorable interpretations in this unique, outdoor setting. Performances Thursday 7th August - 1.00pm Orphée et Euridice - Gluck (this performance celebrates the tercentenary of the composer’s birth) Cast includes Fearghal Curtis, Edel Shannon, Kelli Ann Masterson Director: Eoin Cannon   Thursday 14th August - 1.00pm The Magic Flute - Mozart (sung in English) Cast: Sandra Oman, Donna Gallagher, Deirdre Masterson, Lawrence Thackeray, Simon Morgan, Stephen Fennelly, Kelli Ann Masterson Director: Morgan Crowley   Thursday 21st August - 1.00pm La Rondine - Puccini Cast includes Sandra Oman, Alison Langer, Lawrence Thackeray, Fearghal Curtis Director: Eoin Cannon   Thursday 28th August - 1.00pm Il Barbiere di Siviglia - Rossini Cast includes Deirdre Masterson, Simon Morgan, Lawrence Thackeray, Stephen Fennelly Director: Morgan Crowley Avenue Q just couldn’t resist bringing the laughter back! The Bold Brilliant and Best show of 2012, The Tony Award – winning Avenue Q returns this August! Avenue Q is the irresistibly charming musical about the lovably hopeless characters on a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning issues: love, work, relationships and, above all, how are you supposed to pay the bills with a BA in English? Hilarious and uproariously entertaining, with a terrific batch of songs performed by a cast of hugely talented performers and puppets, Avenue Q is the musical like no other. So don’t let your life suck – book your tickets today! Directed and choreographed by Cressida Carré and designed by Richard Evans, this production is presented by arrangement with Josef Weinberger Ltd., on behalf of Music Theatre International of New York. Price: €15 - €50 Booking: Show Boat in America’s Deep South, the story begins in 1887 on the Cotton Blossom show boat as it sets sail on the Mississippi River. Following the lives of the performers, dock workers, musicians and stagehands over a period of forty years, Show Boat is rich with nostalgia, humour, love stories and well-loved melodies including Ol’ Man River and Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man.   With all the glamour of the old American-style big family musical and a cast of over 50 talented performers, Cape Town Opera lovingly bring this classic musical back to life alongside the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra. Price: €20.00 - €60.00 Booking: New Jersey Nights smash hit show New Jersey Nights celebrating the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons at The Olympia Theatre now running til 02 August **** The Irish Times New Jersey Nights has been captivating Dublin audiences since it opened to a packed house at The Olympia Theatre last Friday. A final number of extra dates have been added to New Jersey Nights’ run at The Olympia Theatre due to phenomenal public demand. The smash hit show will now run on 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 29 & 30 July and 01 & 02 August! “This immensely gratifying tribute show will remind you just how timeless great music really is” **** The Irish Times “Brilliant show, perfect harmonies, the crowd went wild” Liverpool Echo “A thrilling concert – a 5 star performance – a must see!” "Loved the music! You'll be on your feet by the end of the show" RTE Radio 1 The show is a spectacular celebration of the music of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, and takes the audience on a nostalgic musical journey through the career of one of the biggest selling groups of all time. From the back street studio in New Jersey where it all began, this vibrant production includes all of The Four Seasons greatest hits, Including Sherry, Rag Dolls, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like A Man and so many more. The Production features an award-winning cast of singers, dancers, unique stage sets and a rockin’ on stage band. New Jersey Nights has smashed box office records right across the USA and UK and is proving to be one of the most successful touring shows of all times. This show must not be missed! Tickets from €23 including booking fee Ticketmaster In person: From 100 Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide By Telephone (24 Hour): ROI - 0818 719 300, Northern Ireland - 0844 277 44 55 Buy Online: Summer of Musicals don’t make ‘em like they used to, so sit back, relax and let them show you how it’s done at the Lighthouse Cinema’s Summer of Musicals season. It’s not often you get to see these musical gems on the big screen, so the chance to sing along with the best of the belters is not to be missed. From the cult classics to the Oscar winners, throughout June, July and August enjoy the cream of this all singing, all dancing genre. Screenings 20th June - Jersey Boys 25th and 29th June - Singin’ in the Rain 28th June - Blues Brothers 30th June - Cabaret   5th July - Cabaret 2nd and 6th July - An American In Paris 9th and 13th July - The Sound of Music 12th July - Hedwig and the Angry Inch 16th and 20th July - South Pacific 19th July - Hairspray 23rd and 27th July - Oliver! 26th July - The Rocky Horror Picture Show   30th July and 3rd August - Grease 2nd August - Grease (singalong) 6th and 10th August - Annie 9th August - Little Shop of Horrors (Director’s Cut) 13th and 17th August - West Side Story