Music, conversation, laughter, and much more this week as we head further into fall and the last week of October.
‘Funny Girl: The Musical’
Following its record-breaking, sell-out run in London’s West End and national tour, the critically-acclaimed musical “Funny Girl” is broadcast to Lincoln Theater, featuring Sheridan Smith in “an unforgettable star turn” (The Times). “Funny Girl” is semibiographical, based on the life and career of Broadway star, film actress, and comedienne Fanny Brice, a role made famous by Barbra Streisand on Broadway and in the 1968 film adaptation, and her stormy relationship with entrepreneur and gambler Nick Arnstein. Plays Thursday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.
Talking Music in Maine: Intimate Conversations — Dr. Richard Nickerson
Dr. Richard Nickerson has received numerous awards, including Maine Music Educator of the Year, Maine Distinguished Choral Director of the Year, and runner-up for Maine Teacher of the Year. In January 2009, he was recognized by Choral Director Magazine as one of 10 Choral Directors of Note in the United States. This past December, Nickerson was named as a top-10 finalist for the Music Educator Grammy Award.
Hosted by Aaron Robinson on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. This is a free event.
‘Tea with the Dames’ (NR; 1 hour, 24 minutes)
Dames Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, and Maggie Smith have let the cameras in on a friendship that goes back more than half a century. The four acting greats discuss their careers and reminisce about their humble beginnings in the theatre. Plays Friday, Oct 26 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct 27 at 7 p.m.; Sunday, Oct 28 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct 31 at 2 and 7 p.m.
Stories to Screen: ‘Little Women’ (60 minutes)
Join us to celebrate 150 years of this American classic with free showings of the first major dramatization of Louisa May Alcott’s novel about the lives of the four March sisters during the American Civil War as they learn to navigate love, loss, and the trials of growing up. The final episode plays Saturday, Oct. 27 at 10 a.m. This is a free event.
The Met Live in HD: Puccini’s ‘La Fanciulla del West,’ with pre-opera talk (3 hours, 22 minutes)
Soprano Eva-Maria Westbroek sings Puccini’s gun-slinging heroine in this romantic epic of the Wild West, with the heralded return of tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the role of the outlaw she loves. Conducted by Marco Armiliato. Screens Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. Pre-opera talk with Dr. Mort Achter, “The ‘Exotic’ in Opera: America as the Last Frontier,” at 11:45 a.m.
National Theatre Live: ‘Allelujah’ (R; 2 hours, 15 minutes)
Alan Bennett’s sharp and hilarious new play is “just what the doctor ordered” (Daily Telegraph). The Beth, an old-fashioned cradle-to-grave hospital serving a town in Yorkshire, is threatened with closure as part of an efficiency drive. A documentary crew, eager to capture its fight for survival, follows the daily struggle to find beds on the Dusty Springfield Geriatric Ward and the triumphs of the old people’s choir. Captured live at London’s Bridge Theatre during its limited run. Don’t miss this acclaimed production full of “sing-alongs and stinging wit” (Guardian). Plays Thursday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m.
Classic Film Club: “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940) opens Thursday, Nov. 1
“Free Solo” (PG-13) opens Saturday, Nov. 3
“A Star is Born” (R) opens Friday, Nov. 23
“Colette” (R) opens Friday, Nov. 30
“The Old Man and the Gun” (PG-13) opens Friday, Dec. 7
Upcoming special events
The Munk Debates: “The Rise of Populism,” Stephen Bannon versus David Frum, broadcast live Friday, Nov. 2 at 6:45 p.m.
LCCT presents “Crimes of The Heart,” opening Thursday, Nov. 15
Movie tickets prices are $8 and $6. Event ticket prices vary. For more information, go to lcct.org, call the box office at 563-3424, drop by at 2 Theater St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Like Lincoln Theater on Facebook. Go to lcct.org to sign up for Lincoln Theater’s weekly e-blast.