Monday, October 12, 2015


McCarter Theatre Center is proud to announce its full slate of will place its full slate of Fall 2015 Signature Series events. Tickets for all events through the end of the calendar year are on sale now at the Box Office, by phone at 609-258-2787 or online at

The McCarter Music Series is curated by Special Programming Director William W. Lockwood, who remains the driving force behind McCarter Theatre Center’s reputation as one of the premiere arts presenters in the country.

WHERE: McCarter Theatre, 91 University Place, Princeton

For more information on single tickets and subscription options, call the Ticket Office at 609.258.2787; email, or visit our website at

All dates and times subject to change.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 – 8:00 p.m.
Berlind Stage
Tickets: $60.00

A 2010 NEA Jazz Master in 2010 and a nine-time Grammy nominee, Kenny Barron is one of the most profound improvisers in jazz music.  His storied career has brought jazz fans over 40 albums, and has included extended associations with Stan Getz, Yusef Lateef, Freddie Hubbard, and five years with Dizzy Gillespie. Joining him will be his longtime colleagues Kiyoshi Kitagawa on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 – 8:00 p.m.
Berlind Stage
Tickets: $75.00

Celebrating the 100th birthday of Edith Piaf in 2015, Anne Carrere brings a journey through the streets of Montmartre during the halcyon Paris cabaret days of the 40s and 50s. Act one of Piaf! The Show takes you through Piaf’s genre-defining classics like La Vie en Rose, L’Hymne a L”Amour and Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien, while act two concentrates on the golden age of the post-war cabaret era with songs immortalized not only by Piaf, but by others from Josephine Baker and Chevalier to Montand, Aznavour and Jacquel Brel.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25 – 3:00 p.m.
Berlind Stage
Tickets: $60.00

Roomful of Teeth have been blazing their own new trail in the world of contemporary music, winning a 2014 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music/Small Ensemble Performance with the group’s eponymous debut album. Its eight singers compose their “repertoire without borders,” and one of their commissions, Caroline Shaw’s Partita for 8 Voices, won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013. Ms. Shaw, currently a doctoral candidate in composition at Princeton University, will join her seven group-mates for a very special evening of vocal performance.

Wynton_Marsalis_Photo by Joe MartinezWYNTON MARSALIS and the LINCOLN CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6 – 8:00 p.m.
Matthews Stage
Tickets: $75.00 - $95.00

For the first time since 1999, Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra return to McCarter. This versatile 15-member group of jazz soloists and ensemble players has been Jazz at Lincoln Center’s resident orchestra since 1988. Under Music Director Wynton Marsalis, the JLCO performs a vast repertoire: from rare historic compositions and original JLCO-commissioned works, to arrangements by Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Charles Mingus, and many more.

Arlo Guthrie-colorARLO GUTHRIE
– 50th Anniversary of Alice’s Restaurant
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 – 8:00 p.m.

Matthews Stage
Tickets: $25.00 = $56.00

Along with family, turkey, and pumpkin pie, Thanksgiving has a musical tradition in the song Alice’s Restaurant, by Arlo Guthrie. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the events on which the song are based, Arlo Guthrie returns to Alice’s after a long hiatus of performing the piece live. This special anniversary program will also feature selections from every full-length studio album he’s released since his debut in 1967. He will be joined by his band and the piece will include multi-media in the way of previously unseen images from the Guthrie archives.

UCSB A&L - "1 Radio Host, 2 Dancers" 10/19/13 Granad TheatreIRA GLASS
- Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host
FRIDAY, NOV. 21 – 8:00 p.m.
Matthews Stage
Tickets: $30.00 - $60.00

This American Life host Ira Glass joins forces with choreographer/dancer Monica Bill Barnes and dancer Anna Bass to combine two art forms— radio storytelling and dance—that have no business being together, although their work shares a sensibility. The performance includes radio interviews re-staged as dance pieces, plus stories from the lives of each of the three performers. Glass delivers his trademark narratives and the two dancers evoke characters through movement. As the title indicates, the show is in three acts (read this in Ira’s voice if it helps):  Act I: Being a performer. Act two: Falling in love and what it means to stay in love. Act three: Nothing lasts forever.

CHRISTINE EBERSOLE - Big Noise from Winnetka
SATURDAY, NOV. 29 – 8:00 p.m.
Berlind Stage
Tickets: $50.00

A longtime fixture of the New York cabaret scene, two-time Tony Award-winner Christine Ebersole has her first new show in two years: Big Noise from Winnetka. Extended twice during its initial run at NYC’s 54 Below, the show was created by Ms. Eberbsole together with her longtime music director Bette Sussman, incorporating such song selections as Alfie, Woodstock, Landslide, and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough. Ben Brantley of the New York Times said it best: “Listening to the range of her technique packed into her unmissable cabaret set pushed my admiration into something like awe.”

TAYLOR MAC - Taylor Mac’s 24-Decade History of Popular Music: 1856-1876

Berlind Stage
Tickets: $45.00

For the past 17 years  playwright, actor, cabaret performer, and singer/songwriter Taylor Mac has created events that provoke and embrace his diverse audience. His current project gives new meaning to the word ambitious: a concert series celebrating the last 240 years of popular music in America. For his McCarter appearances, Mac will interpret the popular music of the 50s and 60s….the 1850s and 1860s, that is. This two-night event consists of Songs of Polarization and Songs of Reconstruction, presented with a live band and Mac’s own idiosyncratically flamboyant style.