11 Shows in Boston for Evening Entertainment

11 Shows in Boston for Evening Entertainment

Looking for something fun to do in the evening in this popular New England city? Here are 11 shows to see in Boston.

Boston, the hub of New England, is a great place for entertainment. There are many fun things to do. When you are there you will want to find something to do in the evening hours. You may want to stay out late. You want some fun. Here are some great shows that pack in the fun and entertainment just for you.

Blue Man Group

Charles Playhouse
74 Warrenton Street
(617) 426-6912

Good fun for the family except children under three who are not allowed in the theater with evening shows on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays of this month and next. There will be a 7:30pm show on Sunday, February 14 for a Valentine's date. Watch the group that goes through 78 gallons of blue tempura paint a week! Be warned, the first few rows are a splash zone! Combining music, technology, and comedy they put on a performance appealing to all ages.

You can expect to see a show featuring blue men who do not speak but love to bang on drums. Audience participation is expected and encouraged! The show is constantly evolving so no one is sure what will happen next. If you've seen them before don't think you can't see them again. Everyone must have a ticket and they can be purchased online at www.blueman.com or by phone at 1-800-BLUE-MAN. There will be noise and strobe lighting, and the show will last approximately 100 minutes (an hour and 40 minutes), so take this into account when deciding on seeing this spectacular show.


Avenue of the Arts / BU Theater
264 Huntington Ave.
(617) 266-7900
Box Office: (617) 266-0800

The play by Ayad Akhtar that won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize will be in Boston from January 8 to February 7. After climbing the corporate ladder and trying to distance himself from his Muslim roots, New York lawyer Amir and his wife, Emily, host a dinner party. Conversations shatter their views on race, religion, and each other. This is a controversial play.

Rajesh Bose plays Amir. TV credits include “Elementary,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Damages,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Criminal Minds,” and "The Sopranos." His wife, Emily, is played by Nicole Lowrance. She graduated from Julliard and her TV appearances are “Law & Order,” “Whoopi,” “Guiding Light,” and “American Masters.”

Tickets can be purchased online and cost from $20 to $76. Shows are presented every night except Mondays.

Shear Madness

Charles Playhouse
74 Warrenton Street
(617) 426-6912

Also appearing at the Charles Playhouse on a regular basis is the play Shear Madness. Shear Madness delights audiences with the combination of mystery and improv. I probably do not have to tell you this show is set inside a hair salon—a mystery in a hair salon. With the outcome never being the same, just like with the Blue Man Group, seeing the show over and over again is a new experience each time. Shear Madness has been voted "Best Comedy" by the Boston Globe seven times, and it has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running play in the USA! The play has been running at Charles Playhouse since January 29, 1980.

Bistany's Mysteries

40 Prospect Street
Cambridge, MA
(617) 576-1253

"Three Different Novels. Three Different Settings. Three Different Murders" is the slogan for Bistany's Mysteries put on by Improv Boston, Fridays at 10PM from January 8 until January 22. General Admission is $18 and sales end at 9PM (one hour before the start of the show). Tickets can be purchased online at eventbrite.com. Student tickets can only be purchased at the door the night of the show.

Improv Boston is a non-profit comedy theater offering weekly classes and shows.

Boston Symphony Orchestra

301 Massachusetts Avenue
(617) 266-1492
Tickets (888) 266-1200

With thirteen evening shows in January and sixteen evening shows in February, the Boston Symphony Orchestra is a classy way to spend your night out. Thursdays, every week brings a new concert to the stage featuring composers Mozart, Dvořák, Mendelssohn, Prokofiev, Strauss, Haydn, Berlioz, and others. Wednesday, January 20 at 5:30PM is BSO 101: Are you Listening? Shakespeare in Music featuring Marc Mandel with BSO double bass player James Orleans. January 27 is the Boston Speakers Series with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The BSO 101: Are You Listening on February 10 is Beethoven Revisited and the following Wednesday the Boston Speaker Series features Diana Nyad.

Travis Tritt

Royale Nightclub
279 Tremont St
(617) 338-7699

January 15 at 6PM the Royale Nightclub Boston is proud to present Travis Tritt live and in concert. You do have to be 18 and older to attend. Sorry, young fans. Tickets can be purchased online. General Admission is $20. According to the ticket page, the concert should be over at 9:30pm so it's not a late-nighter. Come hear Tritt play his favorites and cover classic hits.

Travis Tritt is an American country music singer with eleven studio albums, five Billboard number one singles, a Billboard award, two Grammys, and four Country Music Awards.

Comic vs. Comic

Laugh Boston
425 Summer Street
(617) 725-2844

Wednesdays, January 20 and February 24 at 8pm, Laugh Boston will be hosting the sixty-ninety minute show styled after roast battles and roastmasters happening in Los Angeles and New York. Hosted by Sean Sullivan, each month three judges come together to judge comedic battles, declaring winners who get bragging rights and the ability to come back as judges or defenders. The judges are special guests, comedians currently working the club, and city favorites.

The show is made up of three rounds and a warm-up fight. Each fight consists of an invited comedian and the person they choose to challenge. In the first round, each comic is given sixty seconds to introduce themselves. They can sound off on the host, scorekeeper, judges, whatever they want. Not much is off limits. Winner gets fifty points. The second round, the two contestants go back and forth against each other with five jokes. Again, the winner gets fifty points. Third round, each contestant is given sixty seconds to go all out on each other. This winner gets 100 points. The tie breaker is a sudden death joke off where they roast themselves. General admission tickets are $15 and can be purchased online.

OH HELLO with Nick Kroll and John Mulaney

Wilbur Theatre
246 Tremont Street
(617) 248-9700

Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney bring their humor to Boston in this play based on a segment from Nick Kroll's Comedy Central TV show, The Kroll Show. Oh Hello centers around Gil Faizon and George St Geegland, two middle aged men from New York's Upper West Side. The title comes from their tendency to say "Oh, hello," in unison. They will present three evening shows January 31 at 8pm, February 1 at 7:30pm, and February 2 at 7:30pm. However, the Monday and Tuesday shows are officially sold out. Tickets run from $54.00 to $87.00

Nick Kroll is a comedian known for his role as Rodney Ruxin in the FXX comedy series The League and his Comedy Central series, The Kroll Show. John Mulaney is a comedian known for his work on Saturday Night Live, stand-up comedy, and his short lived Fox sitcom Mulaney.


Boston Opera House
539 Washington Street

The national tour of Pippin makes a stop in Boston in February from the 2nd to the 14th with shows every evening. This production of the famed musical is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards. Pippin is a story of one man and his journey to become extraordinary. This is his search for significance. This show features Bob Fosse style choreography and acrobatics by Les 7 Doigts De La Main. Ticket pricing is expected to increase based on demand and as we get closer to the performance date. Get your tickets early. Cheapest available right now are at $40. Can't get enough of the music? The soundtrack is available!

Sasha Allen portrays the Leading Player and Sam Lipps is Pippin. Sasha Allen is best known from the fourth season of The Voice. Lucie Arnaz, the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, is Berthe, Pippin's paternal grandmother.

Love Letters

Shubert Theater
265 Tremont
(866) 348-9738

Starring Ali McGraw and Ryan O'Neal, for six days only, to the Shubert Theater in the Boston Theater District comes this play of love in time for Valentine's Day. Running from February 2 to the 16th and reuniting the stars of the movie Love Story is this play written by A.R. Gurney and directed by Gregory Mosher. It is the story of two people from similar backgrounds following different roads and leading different lives who never let go through their fifty year friendship. Ticket start at $34 and, as is the norm, can be bought online.

Reel Big Fish

Royale Nightclub
279 Tremont St
(617) 338-7699

The USA Winter 2016 Tour with Suburban Legends and the Maxies hits Boston February 3 at 7pm. Come out to the Royale Nightclub for a night of energetic ska music from the now independent headliner. No longer mainstream, Reel Big Fish has garnered some kind of cult following. General admission cost for the show is $22, and tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com.

There are plenty of comedy, music, and theater shows to fill up your winter Boston nights. Famous names like Travis Tritt and John Mulaney are coming to town. Old favorites are still keeping things fresh at the Charles Playhouse. In the months of January and February, you are sure to find plenty of great shows to experience.

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