North Shore Music Theatre

North Shore Music Theatre, Beverly: Hours, Address, North Shore Music Theatre Reviews: 4.5/5

North Shore Music Theatre
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
NSMT is an award-winning 1500-seat theatre in the round producing nationally/regionally acclaimed Broadway musicals, celebrity concerts, kids’ shows, and year-round education programs for all ages. Single tickets, group discounts and dining reservations available at
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Very good

Josh P
Beverly, MA118 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
I've seen a number of productions at North Shore Music Theater, and I've also seen a number of productions on Broadway. While the sets at NSMT may not be as elaborate as those in NYC (primarily because NSMT doesn't show the same production for three years straight), the choreography, direction, and talent of the performers is on par with what you would see on the Big Stage. That's not an exaggeration; I stand behind that statement.

This is also a North Shore gem and an artistic respite in a place that's dominated by cement and angry commuters. We should not let NSMT fall into arrears. I urge everyone to get out and support local culture. Take your significant other or your kids to one of their fantastic shows. (I have no affiliation with NSMT; I'm just a big fan.)
Written October 20, 2016
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Baltimore, MD5,368 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
June 2, 2015 (Tuesday) - While staying at the Springhill Suites at Peabody, I glanced at a local newspaper and saw that "Dream Girls" was playing that night at the North Shore Music Theater. Since we were in the area for only a couple of days, I called the theater and reserved two seats. Other than Broadway at New York City, it is rare to find a performance offered on a Tuesday night.

We made a good decision to go to see "Dream Girls" at the North Shore Music Theater. Although I do not have any pictures of the outside or the inside of the theater, you can take my word for it, you will be impressed. Outside parking can be close at $10 or regular at zero dollars. We chose the zero and it was fine. It may be a little wait to get out to the main road because theater is accessed through a residential neighborhood.

Once inside the theater, we were impressed with the quality and the visibility. Our seats were in section L right next to one of the aisles that the performers used to enter the stage. Our seats were $59 each but here is a slight booking charge. The show was very professional with props coming from under the stage but not so much to interfere with seeing the performers. The cast was excellent with good voices and facial expressions. The costumes were also well done.

If we lived in the area, we would go back for another show.
Written July 18, 2015
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Cape Town Central, South Africa1,527 contributions
Oct 2019 • Solo
Watching Sunset Boulevard at the North Shore Music Theatre was extraordinary. North Shore had the opportunity to do something quite remarkable by having Alice Ripley play Norma Desmond, after she had played the original Betty Schaefer on the Broadway run of the musical Sunset Boulevard. Add to this, the dynamic element of the theatre in the round (although technically in 3/4 as one section had been closed off and a stage created on it), with images of Norma all over the theatre reminding the audience of the faded star Norma Desmond. The director interpretation of the dead version (ghost) of the Joe Gillis character walking around throughout was an interesting choice but at times difficult to see the connection. Stellar performances from Alice Ripley and her version of “As if we never said goodbye” absolutely haunting. Nicholas Rodriguez as Joe Gillis was one of the best I have seen and his voice and expression brought this character to life. The cast overall were energetic and there was a vibrancy and the quality of the orchestra was to be commended. In the round is always a challenge, in a positive way, and requires direct interaction with the performers. There was a standing ovation at the end of the production. I still think of Ripley’s amazing version of “As if we never said goodbye” and am very thankful to have had the experience.
Written October 9, 2019
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Chelmsford, MA71 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Just did first act of Oklahoma- they opened with a horse falling off the stage, dated story women as victim, an embarrassment really- north shore has fallen a long way from its west side story days-
Written June 13, 2019
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Thank you for your review. We rely on patrons to share their opinions open and honestly, and we accept yours with great respect. NSMT takes pride in producing shows that are thought provoking—works that get the audience thinking about a time and place that may be very different (or quite similar) to our current climate. Oklahoma is no exception. The show itself is dated, as it was written in 1943—but it’s strong themes of love, optimism, and a community coming together, while also addressing the darker realities of life (violence, bullying, and injustice) allow us to reflect on our own world today in 2019 and what we can do as people to keep moving forward. It is very important to note that Patrick, our trained stage/stunt horse, thankfully did not fall off the stage—but rather tripped while walking up the ramp and quickly recovered within seconds during the scene. We’re so grateful no one was hurt or injured, namely Patrick, his trainer/owner who accompanies him the entire duration, nor the actor who plays Curly. Safety is top priority at NSMT, and we don’t take such events lightly. Rest assured, we will continue to conduct routine rehearsals with the horse and cast to ensure smooth sailing for all. We thank you again for coming to the show, and sharing your experience openly with us.​
Written June 14, 2019
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Londonderry, NH52 contributions
Jul 2018 • Couples
Hey friends recently My wife and I won tickets to see the musical Peter Pan.We arrived early enough to have dinner and relax. Dinner was fantastic!!! North Shore Music Theater caters out before every production. This time we noticed it was catered by Relish catering. Delicious!!! Let me tell you if you ever have the opportunity to try the Theaters restaurant ask for Meghan she was our waitress. Outstanding , friendly, sharp as a tack and we were her 1st table ever working for them. Can you say Biggg Tip!!!! Peter Pan the musical was OK Just OK. This show was designed basically for the little ones. I personally noticed 4 older teens and 2 adults dosing off. Friends for free it was Fantastic Fun!!
Written July 15, 2018
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Salisbury, MA91 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
I can't believe it has taken so long to get to the North Shore Music Theatre! A christmas Carol is a big annual production and well-loved - and now I know why. But I want also to say what a amazing experience this theater -in-the-round provides. EVery seat is close to the action, the aisles are well used by the cast, giving an intimate experience in a large space. THe amazing mechanics of the stage itself allow for almost impossible scene changes and effects - and the lighting and performances roll on constantly - you never notice where one scene ends and another begins. A wonderful place for families and adults alike to immerse themselves in musical theater!
Written January 2, 2018
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Sharon C
Beverly, MA33 contributions
Dec 2015 • Family
I admit it had been a few years since I visited the NS Music Theatre. Over the past few decades, my husband and I have regularly seen plays and musicals in Boston, the last being "The Book of Mormon" (meh!). What I remember about those excursions is being crammed into a seat intended for someone Tiny Tim's size. Not only that, the seats in those old theaters are ancient; when you're sitting for two hours straight, you feel it. Additionally, you develop a stiff neck from tilting your head in order to see around the person in front of you. And did I mention the cost of two tickets at a Boston theatre? You could stay at The Four Seasons with what you'll pay at the box office, providing you reach the box office after driving up and down dark, crowded streets searching for a parking space.

Thus I was in for an eye-opener when I attended a matinee performance of "A Christmas Carol" in December. This was a special year for the production: The actor who plays Scrooge was celebrating his 25th year of performing the role at the NS Music Theatre. My son got tickets for the two of us after I dropped a few hints about what I wanted for Christmas.

Right from the start, I was impressed with the comfortable seats. Even though the theater was full, you never felt crowded. At the Boston theaters, the rows are so tightly packed that if you feel an itch, you can't scratch without involving your seat mate.

And best of all, you don't have to crane your neck to see the stage.The floor is on a slant, providing an all-over good view. Plus, the "theater-in-the-round" concept creates a feeling of intimacy between audience and actors. Last but not least, you don't leave the theater wondering if your car has been towed, as you do in Boston. The NS Music Theatre has plenty of parking. Did I mention the popcorn? It's better than the movies.
Written February 9, 2016
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Rockport, MA390 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
Love this theater and have seen some wonderful preformances here. Just left the production of SNF which is on it's way to Broadway. The dancing was great and some of the singers were quite good. The lead male was a little disappointing. He was a good actor and an average dancer but his voice seemed somewhat off. Maybe I am just too used to hearing the Bee Gees singing these songs! Anyway it was not the best thing we have seen here, but it was ok. Looking forward to some of the other shows coming in the fall. There is not a bad seat in the house. We had front row which was great, but have sat further back and it is just as good.
Written August 12, 2015
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Marblehead, MA28 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
I went with my very close friend to see "Sunset Boulevard". Enjoyed the show, based on the movie with Gloria Swanson and William Holden.
The only problem I had was the parking situation. You have to pay $10 for handicapped parking or someone who is handicapped has to be dropped off and the other person has to walk a country mile. I guess it isn't enough paying $75 for a ticket to the show!!
Written October 11, 2019
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Thanks for your message! Glad you enjoyed our production of SUNSET BOULEVARD. We're sorry to hear your experience with our parking was less than satisfactory. We're always committed to offering ample handicap parking options across our lots to fit the budget of every patron. As of 2019, we feature 20 free handicap spots in our free lot located approx. 20 yards from our theatre entrance (with easy access at-door drop off), along with 26 front-row spots in our paid lot. We invite you to give us a call next time you're planning your trip so we may work with you to arrange the most beneficial parking plan for you and your guests. Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you again later this season!
Written October 15, 2019
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Boxford, MA153 contributions
Aug 2019
After reading the terrific reviews for NSMT, my wife and I were really looking forward to seeing a show there. Even though many reviews state that there is not a bad seat in the house, I spent some time researching the seating chart on their website. I finally selected two seats in row K, the first row of the upper section. Well it turns out there are some pretty bad seats, like ours. Parts of the show were performed on platforms in the audience seating area, and seats in the upper section may have restricted views of these off-stage platforms because of the support beams that start just forward of row K. We sat right next to one of these supports, and as a result we had to stretch our necks yyo see the action on one of these stages. Also, the seating map itself is not very accurate. The seats I chose appeared to have no seats directly in front of them on the map - important because my wife is pretty short. Of course we had a tall couple seated directly in front of us.

I was also disappointed that the first 20 minutes of the show were devoted to a discussion between the show's producer and the venue owner. This discussion was basically a long ad for upcoming events.

As far as the revolving stage, I liked this feature for the most part. Although it must be hard to produce a musical with limited ability to change stage layouts between scenes (you can't close the curtains!) they did a good job utilizing the set. And the production was well-designed to present things fairly to all seating sections. All-in-all the show (Jersey Boys) was pretty good.

Finally, I was not a fan of the parking. Because of multiple lots and a limited number of exits it took too long to get out after the show.
Written August 24, 2019
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