Colonial Theatre Announces New Season of Concerts and More

Berkshire Theatre Group has announced an array of new concerts and other offering for their fall 2014 season at the Colonial Theatre and the Garage in Pittsfield as well as the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge.

The season boasts an array of talent from 10,000 Maniacs and Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan to comedian Joy Behar, from the Kinks’ Dave Davies to country-rockers the Pure Prairie League, BlackHawk and the Outlaws and beyond… Tickets are now available to members only, but will go on sale to the general public on Tuesday (August 19).

Here’s the newly announced schedule of concerts and other shows:

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CLASSIC ALBUMS LIVE: ABBEY ROAD
Saturday, September 6, 8pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$27.50, $35, $42.50, $50
The Beatles’ farewell album performed live in its entirety. “And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make…”

10,000 MANIACS
Saturday, September 27, 8pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$40, $60 & $80
With longtime vocalist Mary Ramsey at the microphone, three of the band’s original members lead the Jamestown band that scored such hits as “Hey Jack Kerouac,” “Like the Weather,” “Don’t Talk,” “What’s the Matter Here?” and “These Are Days.”

“POE”
October 4-26; previews October 2 & 3
The Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge
$35
This world premiere was written and directed by Eric Hill, starring David Adkins as the great American poet and short story writer, focusing on his final days in Baltimore, where he was found nearly dead and wandering the city.

MADE IN THE BERKSHIRES FESTIVAL
Friday-Sunday, October 11-13
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield; the Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge; and The Garage, Pittsfield
Tickets: TBA
Curated by Hilary Somers Deely and Barbara Sims, the fourth annual festival features cutting-edge theatrical works performed as staged readings, live music, film, short stories and dance in a festival atmosphere like no other, showcasing the rich artistic and cultural talent of the Berkshires.

NOAM PIKELNY & STUART DUNCAN
Thursday, October 16, 8pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$15, $25 & $35
An evening of nothing but banjo and fiddle music featuring the banjo man of the Punch Brothers and the fiddler of the Goat Rodeo Sessions.

JOY BEHAR: “ME, MY MOUTH, AND I”
Friday, October 17, 8pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$35, $50 & $65
The Emmy Award-winning stand-up comedian and 16-year veteran member of the cast of TV’s “The View” steps into the spotlight for a night of laughs.

THE EMPIRE JAZZ ORCHESTRA
Saturday, October 18, 8pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$20 & $35
As part of the 10th annual Pittsfield CityJazz Festival, Schenectady’s own big band is joined by three female guest saxophonists: Claire Daly (baritone), Ada Rovatti (alto) and Sharel Cassity (tenor). With alumni of the Berkshires Jazz Youth Ensemble.

ROMANCE, SOUL & ROCK ‘N ROLL’S “STAGE AND SCREEN”
Friday, October 24 and Saturday, October 25, 7:30pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$20
Romance, Soul & Rock N’ Roll is back for their 13th annual show,, “Stage & Screen,”
featuring beloved songs from Broadway musicals and films. Ted Concepcion directs this benefit for the Colonial Theatre.

“MEN ARE FROM MARS-WOMEN ARE FROM VENUS LIVE!”
Thursday, October 30, 7:30pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$54
Peter Story stars in the one-man fusion of theater and stand-up comedy based on The New York Times’ #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray. Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.

“LETTERS HOME”
Sunday, November 9, 2pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$20; $10 children age 16 & under
The production puts the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. The production is inspired by The New York Times op-ed article “The Things They Wrote” and the subsequent HBO documentary “Last Letters Home.”

PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE
Saturday, November 15, 8pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$30, $50 & $70
Yes, the country rockers who scored their first Top 40 hit with “Amie” way back in 1972 are still at it, although the band’s personnel has shifted considerably over the years.

DAVE DAVIES
Wednesday, November 26, 7:30pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$30, $50 & $70
A founding member of the great British Invasioneers the Kinks and an inductee of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Dave Davies and his band rumble into Pittsfield in support of his latest album, I Will Be Me.

BLACKHAWK
With THE OUTLAWS
Thursday, December 4, 8pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$39, $59 & $79
Founding members Henry Paul and Dave Robbins are carrying on the legacy of the country-rock favorites BlackHawk with their first new album in a dozen years, Brothers of the Southland. They’ll be joined by veteran country-rock pioneers the Outlaws in support of their latest album It’s About Pride.

“A CHRISTMAS CAROL”
December 14-22
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$37; $27 youth age 16 and under
It’s an annual holiday tradition based on Charles Dickens’ classic novel and adapted by Eric Hill. “God bless us, every one…”

GEORGE THOROGOOD & THE DESTROYERS
Tuesday, March 3, 7:30pm
The Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield
$45, $65 & $85
For guitarist-vocalist George Thorogood and his band the Destroyers have been cranking out bruising bar-band blues for 40 years now, and they’re celebrating the anniversary with a tour stop in Pittsfield to play “I Drink Alone,” “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” “Move It On Over,” “Bad to the Bone” and more.

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