Shen Yun Performing Arts Returning to Boston in January

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Boston is well known for offering a variety of live entertainment options throughout the year. If you are looking for a fun and interesting opportunity to enjoy one of these live shows, you might want to consider the Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Enter a Divine Land production that will be coming to Boston January 22nd through the 24th.

The Show

The Shen Yun Performing Arts company will be bringing a brand new show to Boston this year. Just as with other performances, the show will include spectacular Chinese music and dance complete with amazing costumes and a full orchestra featuring both Chinese and Western instruments. Spanning 5,000 years of Chinese dynasties, regions and legends, the show features animated backdrops and talented dancers demonstrating a variety of ethnic and folk dances. The show also features drums, powerful vocalists and martial arts as it takes audiences on a journey to the Middle Kingdom or “the Land of the Divine.”

Based in New York, Shen Yun Performing Arts is the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company. While the company has performed in Boston in the past, the show coming to the area in January offers a new story with different performances and numbers. Entitled “Enter a Divine Land,” the production runs 2 hours and 15 minutes, including an intermission.

The Boston Opera House

The Shen Yun Performing Arts will be bringing its production to the Boston Opera House. Originally built as the B.F. Keith Memorial Theatre movie palace in 1928, the building was designed by prominent theater architect Thomas W. Lamb. Recognized for its elaborate designs, the theater was officially opened on October 29, 1928 as it was dedicated to vaudeville pioneer B.F. Keith.

Although the theater operator changed short after it was opened, it remained a leading movie showcase in the city through the 1950s. Sack Theaters company acquired the theater in 1965, at which time it was renamed the Savoy Theater. Ultimately, the movie house was closed and rededicated in 1980. At this time, it was transformed into the home for the Opera Company of Boston and was renamed the Boston Opera House.

After being essentially abandoned in the 1990s, the Boston Opera House was ultimately restored in 2004. This was accomplished after Mayor Thomas Menino and Senator Edward Kennedy helped the theater achieve landmark status. Today, it hosts a number of touring Broadway shows and serves as the home of the Boston Ballet.

The Shen Yun Performing Arts will bring its show to the Boston Opera House on January 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Friday will offer one 7:30 PM performance, while Saturday will feature a 2:00 PM and 7:30 PM show. Sunday will offer a 2:00 PM matinee only. Prices range from $60 to $175 and the performance will begin promptly on time. Opera or ballet performance attire is recommended and children must be four our older to attend the show. The Boston Opera House is located at 539 Washington Street.

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