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“You’ll be “Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree” at Brenda Lee’s Christmas Show starring Brenda Lee with special guests Johnny Tillotson and The Barons on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 7:55 p.m. at The Hanover Theatre in Worcester.

Brenda Lee, the only female performer to be inducted into both the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Country Hall of Fame, will sing the hits that made her the ’60s top-charted female artist in the first half of the show followed by Christmas and holiday songs in the second half.”


Nearly 100 cast members of the Ballet Arts Worcester, including the Ballet company’s 80 Bay State children, will team up with the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra and the All Saints Choir next month to present a production of the Nutcracker at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester.

“I am very excited to be collaborating with these fine organizations, for they will add a heightened experience for all”, quotes, Jennifer Agbay, artistic director of Ballet Arts Worcester.

More than 100 children, ranging in age from 7 to 17, auditioned for the ballet. The 80 children that were cast are from eastern and central Massachusetts, from Worcester to Boston.
”The dancers are exhibiting a great work ethic, they are all very easy to work with, and it is thrilling to see their technical skill and artistry grow, right before my very eyes!” states, Agbay.

The children will appear in the Nutcracker in a variety of roles, including party children, rats, soldiers, angles, sheep, flowers and snowflakes. The role of Clara is played by West Boylston resident Rachele Perla, who is 14 years of age.

The annual performance of this Nutcracker is being held at Worcester’s Hanover Theatre between December 4 and 7. For ticket information please call 877-571-7469 or visit http://www.thehanovertheatre.org

The cast for this show will also include professionals from the Festival Ballet, Providence, including Lauren Kennedy and Mark Harootian.

Other adult ballet dancers include Thiago Fillipi, a student at the Boston Ballet School, who is also a native of Brazil; the Ballet Arts Worcester’s professional ballet dancers, Ana Luisa Thompson and Rebekah Bohnet Fontane will also appear in the production.

Orla Fallon at Hanover Theatre Nov. 15

Distant ShoreOrla Fallon joins Jim Brickman on


at Hanover Theatre, November 15



Former Celtic Woman star vocalist and harpist, Orla Fallon, has announced her first ever series of solo concert dates in support of her recent release, Distant Shore, and just recorded Christmas single, “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas.”  The Irish singer will also accompany platinum instrumentalist Jim Brickman at several concert appearances on his upcoming “Beautiful World” Christmas Tour, which begins November 11th in Newport News, VA.  Fallon continues to appear nationwide as a guest vocalist on Brickman’s PBS Special, “Beautiful World.”

Fallon has received much praise for Distant Shore.  Billboard Magazine noted that in releasing Distant Shore, Fallon is, “…combining her Irish roots with her appreciation for America’s heartland…”  Inside World Music commented,  “The Irish maiden soothes the soul with a pristine voice backed by some contemporary choral arrangements and mostly modern instrumentation…the rather pop-focused, “Dancing in the Moonlight,” is a sweet song about love that is sure to make feet happy with dancing maneuvers.”

Additionally, Fallon will be releasing her recently-recorded version of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” to radio later this month.  The track was recorded in Nashville and was arranged and produced by veteran producer, Dan Shea.

Distant Shore was produced by Shea and Eoghan O’Neill.  O’Neill is a founding member of the seminal Irish folk-rock band Moving Hearts, and was a musical Director of Riverdance-The Show.  For the past five years O’Neill has shared the world stage with Orla as Celtic Woman’s Musical Director and bassist.  Shea, a multi-platinum American producer, whose long resume of hit pop productions includes tracks by Mariah Carey, Carlos Santana, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Martina McBride, produced and/or co-produced six tracks on Distant Shore. Nashville’s Green Hill Music and EMI released the album in the U.S. on September 22, 2009 with international release dates to follow.

Orla Fallon toured the world as a soloist in the phenomenally popular performing troupe Celtic Woman for four years, and recorded with them the three albums which held a record-setting 95 consecutive weeks at the No. 1 position on the Billboard World Music Albums chart.  During Fallon’s four years in the group, Celtic Woman sold more than 4 million CDs and DVDs, played seven U.S. tours, and performed for more than 800,000 people.  Meanwhile, the three Celtic Woman PBS Specials have aired more than 13,658 times on 685 PBS stations across the country, covering 97% of US television households.  Fallon’s first solo album, The Water Is Wide, debuted on that chart in the Top 10 upon its U.S. release in 2006.


Hanover Theatre New Season

The Hanover Theatre welcomed the press and members of the community over to the celebrated theater last week to herald its upcoming season with much fanfair. The lobby was packed, characters from upcoming performances lined the hall (Chorus Line girls stretching on the floor, a Legally Blonde-type with her lap dog, etc).  Of course, I was going to post the entire season up on our A&E blog that night…but, um, yeah, its taken me a while…and while I have many excuses, right now I’m going with ‘Better Late than Never.’

The season is jam packed with quite the variety, as you can see below. Hope you have your season tickets already, or at the least, have marked your calendar for your favorite shows!

A Singularly Sensational Season of Broadway at The Hanover Theatre!

Hide your daughters . . . Cry-Baby is hitting the road!  October 16 to 18, 2009 for this Tony Award nominated powerhouse from the brilliant mind of John Waters (the writer of Hairspray). Set in 1950s Baltimore, Cry-Baby tells the story of bad-boy rock ‘n roller, Wade “Cry-Baby” Walker. This hilarious dance-happy show will have audiences dancing and rolling in the aisles!

Legally Blonde
Turning Broadway in Worcester hot pink from November 25 – 29, 2009! Legally Blonde, the hilarious MGM film is now a smash hit musical. Legally Blonde follows sorority star Elle Woods, an underestimated blonde sorority girl who sets out to go where no Delta Nu has gone before – Harvard Law. Fluff and blow dry your Chihuahua, and get ready to dance in the aisles, because Legally Blonde the Musical is coming to Worcester!

A Chorus Line
Want classic Broadway? You owe it to yourself to see A Chorus Line, Broadway’s longest running musical, at The Hanover Theatre from March 19 to 21, 2010. This winner of nine Tony Awards, including “Best Musical” and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is a timeless classic sure to thrill the whole family.

Riverdance, the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto the world stage thrilling millions; will play five Farewell Performances at The Hanover Theatre from April 9 to 11, 2010. Whether it’s your first time or your fifth, you won’t want to miss these farewell performances of Riverdance!

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
NETworks presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast from April 30 – May 2, 2010 the smash hit Broadway musical based on the Academy Award-winning animated feature film. This lush romantic eye-popping spectacle is a musical for the entire family. Experience the romance and enchantment of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast at The Hanover Theatre!

Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
“God bless us, everyone!” You know the story. You love the message of Christmas redemption, and the love for mankind that the season brings. Join us December 18 – 20, 2009 for our spectacular production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. As a special benefit, subscribers get first access to Hanover Theatre’s most popular show of 2008.

Cirque Dreams Illumination
Illumination is an all new journey by Cirque Dreams, the creators of Jungle Fantasy, one of our most successful shows to date. This international cast of world-class acrobats, athletes, musicians and one of a kind artists breathe life into an original musical score, and illuminate the thrilling cityscape. After the sold out run of Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, our Broadway Series subscribers get first access to the February 18 and 19, 2010 performances of Cirque Dreams Illumination!

Soulja Boy & Fabolous at the Hanover Theatre

Soulja Boy & Fabolous with Worcester's own NyneWest at the Hanover Theater April 29th

Soulja Boy & Fabolous with Worcester's own NyneWest at the Hanover Theater April 29th