Science rules. This week, quite possibly the most important announcement of the entire year was made. Bill Nye the Science Guy will be appearing on this season of Dancing with the Stars. Along with luminaries like ex-Scientologist Lea Remini and Snooki, Bill Nye will use his knowledge of physics to tackle the foxtrot, tango, and myriad other ballroom styles. You'll definitely want to keep abreast of his moves for this year's Winter Ball!
The Science Guy's foray into something different and new is the best way I could think of to celebrate the opening of the season in Boston! With so many exciting things opening in the coming weeks, we're finally getting to the shows and concerts we've been patiently waiting for all summer! So let's take our inaugural 2013/14 Season outing #OnTheTown!
THE JUNGLE BOOK @ HUNTINGTON THEATRE COMPANY
The Huntington is certainly getting back in the swing of things—literally—with The Jungle Book! Monkeys, bears, peacocks, and tigers abound in the gorgeous and lush world created from Mary Zimmerman's imagination. Follow the classic story of "man-cub" Mowgli as he is raised by the animals in the jungle, complete with everyone's favorite songs from the classic Disney film and new music for the show, orchestrated for an impressive traditional Indian instrumental ensemble.
☞ Don't miss the Huntington's opening 35 Below event after the September 7 performance.
The Jungle Book: Based on the Disney Animated Film and the stories of Rudyard Kipling; Book and Direction by Mary Zimmerman. At the Boston University Theatre; 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston; huntingtontheatre.org. Through October 13. @huntington
ONE MAN, TWO GUVNORS @ LYRIC STAGE COMPANY
A riproaring screwball comedy retelling of Carlo Goldoni's traditional commedia dell'arte Servant of Two Masters, Richard Bean's One Man, Two Guvnors resets the action from Venice to the UK in the 1960s. Sight gags abound as Francis Henshall unwittingly becomes employed by two men who he tries to prevent from meeting in order to avoid either learning he is employed by anyone else. I was lucky enough to have seen (and laughed until it hurt) James Cordon's Tony award-winning performance in this play on Broadway, and I am so excited to see the Lyric Stage Company open their 40th Anniversary Season with this modern masterpiece of comedy.
One Man, Two Guvnors: By Richard Bean; Directed by Spiro Veloudos. At the Lyric Stage Company of Boston; 140 Clarendon Street, Boston; lyricstage.com. Through October 12. @lyricstageco