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Anka Sings Sinatra – His Songs, My Songs, My Way

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Stuff You Should Know

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Wed May 29th - 7:00PM
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$40 - $60

Classic Albums Live performs Pink Floyd The Wall

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Sun Jun 2nd - 8:00PM
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$29 - $47

John Cleese and The Holy Grail

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Sat Jun 8th - 7:30PM
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$49 - $254

Untitled Andrew Callaghan Film Screening and Q&A

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Tue Jun 11th - 7:30PM
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Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Jun 13th - 7:30PM
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PRICE:
$30 - $50

Jeremy Piven

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Sat Jun 15th - 7:00PM
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PRICE:
$39 - $75

The Rocket Man Show

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Fri Jun 21st - 8:00PM
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PRICE:
$30 - $65

Asia: The Heat of the Moment Tour

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Jul 6th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50 - $95

Danny Go! Live

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jul 12th - 5:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $69

Gazillion Bubble Show

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Jul 21st - 2:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $69

Brad Williams

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Jul 26th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$29 - $55

Beres Hammond: Forever Giving Thanks

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Jul 31st - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$47 - $67

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
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Sun Aug 11th - 8:00PM
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PRICE:
$25 - $165

Gin Blossoms & Toad the Wet Sprocket with special guest Vertical Horizon

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Tue Aug 13th - 6:30PM
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PRICE:
$55 - $225

Dweezil Zappa: The Rox(Postroph)y Tour

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sun Aug 25th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50 - $285

Vic DiBitetto

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 7th - 7:00PM
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PRICE:
$35 - $45

Ben Schwartz & Friends

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Sep 13th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$49.50 - $99.50

An Evening with Richard Dawkins and Friends

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Sun Sep 15th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$54.50 - $199.50

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

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Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Sep 18th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$115 - $225

The Piano Guys

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Sep 19th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$50 - $252

Beth Hart

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Sep 28th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$55 - $85

Neko Case Fall Tour 2024

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 5th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$55 - $75

Bored Teachers: The Struggle Is Real! Comedy Tour

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Sat Oct 12th - 7:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$37 - $67

Last Podcast on the Left: JK Ultra Tour

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Wed Oct 16th - 7:30PM
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PRICE:
$45 - $75

Giggly Squad Live: Club Giggly

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Oct 17th - 7:30PM
The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Oct 18th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $89.50

Nick Swardson: Toilet Head

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Nov 15th - 7:30PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$39 - $49

Engelbert Humperdinck – A Winter World of Love, A Night of Holiday Classics & Greatest Hits

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Thu Dec 12th - 8:00PM
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PRICE:
$43 - $89

An Intimate Evening with David Foster & Katharine McPhee (2024)

Rescheduled from 12/8/2023 to 12/13/2024

The Wilbur Theatre Located at
246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
Phone: 617-248-9700
Fri Dec 13th - 8:00PM
SEAT TYPE: Fully seated
PRICE:
$40 - $85

Small Town Murder

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246 Tremont St, Boston, MA.
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Sat Dec 14th - 8:00PM
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PRICE:
$39.50 - $69.50

Bio

Born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa into a tight-knit Canadian family, Paul Anka didn’t waste much time getting his life in music started. He sang in the choir at Church and st

Born July 30, 1941, in Ottawa into a tight-knit Canadian family, Paul Anka didn’t waste much time getting his life in music started. He sang in the choir at Church and studied piano. He honed his writing skills with journalism courses, even working for a spell at the Ottawa Citizen. By 13, he had his own vocal group, the Bobbysoxers. He performed at every amateur night he could get to in his mother’s car, unbeknownst to her of course. Soon after, he won a trip to New York by winning a Campbell’s soup contest for IGA Food Stores that required him to spend three months collecting soup can labels. It was there his dream was solidified, he was going to make it as a singer composer; there was not a doubt in his young tenacious mind.

In 1956, he convinced his parents to let him travel to Los Angeles, where he called every record company in the phone book looking for an audition. A meeting with Modern Records led to the release of Anka’s first single, “Blau-Wile Deverest Fontaine.” It was not a hit, but Anka kept plugging away, going so far to sneak into Fats Domino’s dressing room to meet the man and his manager in Ottawa. When Anka returned New York in 1957, he scored a meeting with Don Costa, the A&R man for ABC-Paramount Records. He played him a batch of songs that included “Diana” – Costa was duly enthusiastic about the potential of the young singer and songwriter. The rapid and enormous success of “Diana”- his first number one hit – made him a star.

“They are all very autobiographical,” says Anka of his early hits. “I was alone, traveling, girls screaming, and I never got near them. I’m a teenager and feeling isolated and all that. That becomes ‘Lonely Boy.’ At record hops, I’m up on stage and all these kids are holding each other with heads on each other’s shoulders. Then I have to go have dinner in my room because there are thousands of kids outside the hotel — ‘Put Your Head on My Shoulder’ was totally that experience.

Soon Paul found himself traveling by bus with the ‘Cavalcade of Stars’ with the top names of the day in the era of segregation, performing at the Copa Cabana, the youngest entertainer ever to do so, and honing his craft surrounded by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Frankie Lyman, and Chuck Berry.

By the time the Beatles arrived in the sixties, Anka had another tool in his survival kit. “After a few hits,” he says, “I knew I was a writer, and with writers, the power was always in the pen. When I started writing for Buddy Holly and Connie Francis, I felt that it made me different for people — they’d say, ‘Hey, you can write, you can fall back on something.” Among his proudest accomplishments was writing the Academy Award-nominated theme for The Longest Day, the 1962 film in which he also starred.

Songwriting and performing “are what gave me the confidence to keep going,” he says. Becoming a junior associate of Sinatra and the Rat Pack also had its privileges. By the ‘70s, the success of “My Way” and a string of hits like “(You’re) Having My Baby” confirmed his status as an icon of popular music. His later achievements as a recording artist included “Hold Me ‘Til the Morning Comes,” a hit duet with Peter Cetera in 1983, the Spanish-language album Amigos in 1996, and Body of Work, a 1998 duets album that featured Frank Sinatra, Celine Dion, Patti LaBelle, Tom Jones and daughter Anthea Anka. If this wasn’t enough, it was revealed upon its release in 2009, that Anka co-wrote Michael Jackson’s posthumous #1 worldwide hit, “This Is It,” which has further cemented his place upon the most prolific and versatile songwriters of any generation.

Not one to rest on his laurels, Anka’s two most recent albums – Rock Swings and now Classic Songs, My Way – ingeniously featured songs originally created by some of the biggest rock performers of the day – as well as other established artists across several genres. The twist: Paul Anka did the songs ‘his way.’ His goal: “taking great songs and rework them so they’re natural for me.” With the help of his five daughters, Anka spent months researching music from the ‘80s and ‘90s, trying to find the songs that would work in the radical new context he proposed. The songs that made the cut included Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life,” Lionel Richie’s “Hello” and Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven.” Even more dramatic were his transformations of “Wonderwall” by Oasis, “Black Hole Sun” by Soundgarden and Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”

Rock Swings went Top 10 in the UK, and was certified gold in the UK, France, and Canada, hit No. 2 on Billboard’s Top Jazz Albums chart and went on to sell half a million units worldwide.

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