Superheroes set for ‘legendary battle’

Superheroes set for ‘legendary battle’

PROVIDENCE – Marvel fans will assemble for a “live, legendary battle to defend the universe from evil,” with fights repeating seven times April 26-29 at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The Avengers, the Guardians of the Galaxy and Spider-Man join forces with Doctor Strange, master of the mystic arts, in a race against time to recover the Wand of Watoomb before it falls into Loki’s hands in this all-new, spectacular arena stunt show.

Produced by Feld entertainment, Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes is running the following seven performances at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center:

• Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m.

• Friday, April 27, 7 p.m.

• Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

• Sunday, April 29, noon and 4 p.m.

 Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Groot and Drax make their live production debut bringing their courage and misfit wit to Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes. Alongside Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Black Panther, Hulk, Black Widow, Wasp and Iron Fist, the Guardians of the Galaxy help fight the scheming, menacing and loathsome villains Loki, Yondu and Green Goblin.

“Audiences will join in the quest that sparks new feuds with old foes, pitting student against mentor, sister against sister and brother against brother,” states a release.

 Witness cutting-edge special effects, aerial maneuvers, pyrotechnics, martial arts, motorcycle stunts and vast 3D video projection mapping in this “completely new thrilling adventure.” Fans of all ages will be immersed in the Marvel Universe and experience it all with their family live.

Connor Vansandt, who plays both a villain, Spider-Man opponent Rhino, and a hero in the show, Groot, said rehearsals for the live stunt show began last May. He said fans of all ages will enjoy the action.

“If you love superheroes, you’ve got to see the show,” he said.

More than 25 famous heroes and villains, including Black Panther and Spider-Man, will work their magic on stage.

“There’s really nothing else like it,” Vansandt told The Breeze. The live action, with full special effects and a new stage and storyline, allows the audience an up-close experience, said Vansandt, and it also allows the performers to see the faces of those watching. He said it’s a rewarding experience to see the joy in children’s faces.

Vansandt said the physical demands of the show are tremendous. The costumes make already difficult stunts “exponentially harder,” he said, due to the weight of materials designed to make performers seem as much like the real-life characters as possible. Four layers of costumes make for drenching sweat and the need to hydrate throughout.

While on tour, Vansandt said he and some of his castmates enjoy going to local gymnastics and 
parkour gyms to hang out.

The upcoming show runs for about one hour, 45 minutes. Most of the 43 actors and performers appear in five or six scenes, and are constantly rotating into the show.

 Tickets for the show start at $15. All seats are reserved, and tickets are available at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center Box Office, at or by calling 800-745-3000. For group sales, call 401-273-5000.

The new arena stunt show Marvel Universe LIVE! Age of Heroes runs at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, in Providence, April 26-29.