This week on Open Studio, Jared Bowen talks to the lead actors in the musical “Sing Street,” now onstage at the Huntington Theatre Company’s Calderwood Pavilion.
Based on the 2016 independent film, the musical is set in Dublin, 1982. Times are tough, money is scarce and prospects for Irish kids look bleak. “Sing Street” is told from the point of view of Conno, a teenage boy who has just moved from his private school to a tough inner-city alternative. To survive, he decides to start his own band. In turn, the music gives him — and his friends — a feeling of hope.
From there, Bowen heads over to National Geographic’s “Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience.” The exhibit made its world premiere in Boston, marking the 100th anniversary of Howard Carter’s 1922 discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, and covers more than 3,000 years of history. While a lot of immersive experiences have recently churned through the region, this latest show sets itself apart with material from the archives of National Geographic, which creates a more traditional museum-going experience.
We wrap up the show with a look at how Akron, Ohio, is turning empty storefronts into pop-up museums; promoting local artists and brightening up the city along the way.
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