Bill Nye at Wilbur Theatre
The bow-tie wearing Science Guy who was such a vital part of 90’s childhoods has returned to the spotlight with a vengeance! Originally trained as a mechanical engineer (his first major contribution to science was creating a tube for the Boeing 747 designed to dampen steering mechanism vibration), Nye has since branched out to create a sundial utilized on the Mars Exploration Rover, and become an outspoken advocate for science education and clean energy. Bill Nye the Science Guy has been busy these days; from his 2013 stint on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” to the release of his newest book: Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation.
Nye’s book, and his outspoken public appearances, have certainly sparked some controversy. His February 4th debate with creationist Ken Ham in Kentucky was so widely publicized that it’s difficult to imagine not encountering some mention of it in the press. Despite tackling what is certainly a heated subject, Nye always proceeds with respect; standing on the irrefutable scientific facts of a case rather than bombastic claims.
Nye’s latest rash of appearances in support of his book and his mission of education have proven to be charming, clever, and (dare we say) informational. A combination of lecture, comedy show, and inspirational message, Nye is all ready to bring to the stage a revamp of his nostalgic science demonstrations along with sober-faced discussions of scientific method and climate change. Above all, Nye is a proponent of encouraging education and critical thinking amongst a generation that he fervently believes can and will make the world a better place. His public appearances have proven inspirational and eye opening for audiences of all ages; from the now-adult viewers of his multi-Emmy award winning show, to the children of this generation. Particularly focused on spreading the word about what he calls the P, B, & J (Passion, Beauty, and Joy) of science, Bill Nye the Science Guy keep audiences laughing while making them think.
The show will be coming to Boston for one night only – Thursday December 18th. Starting at 8:00 PM, Nye will grace the stage of Boston’s Wilbur Theatre, a gem in the historical downtown theatre district.
And what better host to an old classic entertainer than an old classic stage? The Wilbur Theatre celebrates its 100th birthday this year. Built by the Shubert brothers (Sam, Lee, and J.J.) in 1914, the theatre was first opened in 1915 and named for its manager, A.L. Wilbur. It was the first Boston theatre to draw architectural inspiration from American Colonial styles rather than European ones, making this beauty a true all-American venue. In July of 2008, the theatre received a repertoire revitalization spear-headed by Bill Blumenreich (former owner of the Comedy Connection). From comedy, to music, to A-list celebrity talks, the Wilbur is now Boston’s place to go for a night on the town. Bill Nye’s talk is just the latest of the Wilbur’s offerings, which change on a weekly basis.
If you want to catch Bill Nye in Boston, you’ll have to act fast. Tickets for this fully seated event are available via the Wilbur Theatre website, but hurry; they’re going fast and nearly gone!