Posts Tagged ‘Berkshire On Stage’

First Look at Artists Slated for Mr. Finn’s Cabaret [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, May 8th, 2015
Mr. Finn’s Cabaret is hidden away under the St. Germain Stage on Linden Street in Pittsfield, but is the classiest nightspot in the Berkshires. (photo: Stephen Sorokoff)

Mr. Finn’s Cabaret is hidden away under the St. Germain Stage on Linden Street in Pittsfield, but it’s the classiest nightspot in the Berkshires. (photo: Stephen Sorokoff)

Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theater in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of artistic director Julianne Boyd and managing director Tristan Wilson, is proud to announce the 2015 season of performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield.

Named for William Finn, the two-time Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist of Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and the artistic producer of BSC’s Musical Theatre Lab, Mr. Finn’s Cabaret celebrates its third season with an eclectic mix of performers from May through October as part of Barrington Stage Company’s 2015 season.

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Williamstown Theatre Festival Adds Six Special Events to Busy 2015 Season Calendar [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

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The Williamstown Theatre Festival has added a batch of new, exciting special events to their 2015 season line-up. In addition to the Main Stage and Nikos Stage productions, the 61st season will also include: Paradise Lew (Monday, July 13), an evening of stand-up with Williamstown veteran Lewis Black; straight from its hit Off-Broadway run, a one-night-only concert performance of Benjamin Scheuer’s The Lion (Sunday, July 19); the return of the stripped-down musical comedy duo the Skivvies (Sunday & Monday, July 26 & 27); The Darrell Hammond Project (Monday, August 10), with “Saturday Night Live” impersonation icon Darrell Hammond; for the first time ever at Williamstown, one of the most-celebrated musical improv shows in the world, Baby Wants Candy (Thursday-Saturday, August 20–22); as well as this summer’s Free Theatre production, Song for a Future Generation (July 15–18 & 21–24).

As previously announced, WTF’s Main Stage Season will include William Inge’s Off the Main Road directed by Evan Cabnet and featuring Kyra Sedgwick in her WTF debut (June 30–July 19); the world premiere of the 2012 L. Arnold Weissberger New Play Award-winner Paradise Blue by Dominique Morisseau; directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson (July 22–August 2), and six-time Tony® Award-winner Audra McDonald and Tony nominee Will Swenson in Nobel laureate Eugene O’Neill’s masterpiece: A Moon for the Misbegotten, directed by Gordon Edelstein (August 5–August 23).

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Multi-Faceted Singer-Songwriter Rufus Wainwright to Shine @ Mahaiwe on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

By Larry Murray

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center will present “The Best of Rufus Wainwright” at 8pm on Saturday (May 9). “We look forward to an incredible evening with this exceptional artist,” said Mahaiwe Executive Director Beryl Jolly. “He is truly one of the great male vocalists and songwriters of his generation.”

The New York-born, Montreal-raised singer-songwriter is the son of folk music luminaries Loudon Wainwright III and Kate McGarrigle and the brother of Martha Wainwright, but he has achieved his success by carving out his own singular sound in the worlds of rock, opera, theater, dance and film. He has released seven studio albums, three DVDs and three live albums. He has also collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Elton John, David Byrne, Boy George, Joni Mitchell, Pet Shop Boys, Robbie Williams and producer Mark Ronson, among others. His latest album, Vibrate: The Best of Rufus Wainwright, was released in 2014 on Universal.

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For Cameron Esposito, the “L-Word” is “Laugh” – at MASS MoCA on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, May 4th, 2015
Comic Cameron Esposito will surprise you in more ways than one

Comic Cameron Esposito will surprise you in more ways than one.

In the world of great comics there is hardly a funnier or more riveting performer out there, and so Cameron Esposito is our top pick of the month.

On-the-rise LA-based comic, Esposito – who haunts late-night TV, hosts two hilarious podcasts, and authors a column for The Onion’s AV Club – has “a stylish presence” and “a gift for plugging punchlines into personal stories” (New York Times). Come to MASS MoCA in North Adams at 8pm on Saturday (May 9) and find out why Jay Leno called her “the future of comedy.”

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Shows That Began in the Berkshires Earn 13 Tony Nominations [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

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By Larry Murray

The nominations for the 2015 Tony Awards were announced yesterday (Tuesday, April 28). While mostly a marketing gimmick to hype Broadway shows, they are still a major achievement since bringing a show to Broadway is a basic requirement for eligibility. While nationwide there are 20,000-plus full equity productions each year, there are just 40-50 that make it to Broadway, where they can play for years.

Here’s a rundown of Tony nominations for this year’s Broadway shows that began here in the Berkshires:

“The Visit” (Williamstown Theatre Festival) – five nominations
“On the Town” (Barrington Stage Company) – four nominations
“The Elephant Man” (Williamstown Theatre Festival) – four nominations
“Living on Love” (Williamstown Theatre Festival) – no nominations

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Pittsfield Town Players Undertake a Musical Maritime Melodrama [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, April 27th, 2015
Town Players of Pittsfield with Bob Shepherd, Bev VanAlstyne Krol, Mae Rogers and Marty Plankey at Whitney Center for the Arts.

Town Players of Pittsfield with Bob Shepherd, Bev VanAlstyne Krol, Mae Rogers and Marty Plankey at Whitney Center for the Arts.

The Town Players of Pittsfield are planning a new musical revue to usher in the month of May.

Whatever Floats Your Boat (A Musical Maritime Melodrama), will be directed by Beverly Krol with musical accompaniment by Bob Shepherd.

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“Spring Awakening” Soars with Youthful Energy in Theatre Institute at Sage College Production [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, April 24th, 2015
L to R Amelia Morgan, Annaleigh Lester, Katie Pedro, Taylor Hoffman, Kelci Loring.

L to R Amelia Morgan, Annaleigh Lester, Katie Pedro, Taylor Hoffman, Kelci Loring.

Review by Larry Murray and Gail M. Burns

Larry Murray: With book and lyrics by Steven Sater and music by Duncan Sheik, the 2006 Tony Award-winning alternative rock musical “Spring Awakening” is now playing at Sage College’s audience-friendly Meader Little Theatre in Troy. Last performance is Sunday (April 26). I am putting all this information up front because this review is more of a “must see” reader advisory: this production with its youthful cast is directed by Leigh Strimbeck and utilizes a functional and ingenious set by Juliana Haubrich.

Gail M. Burns: The Theatre Institute at Sage is a great company that is doing some really great theatre. TIS is only five years old, but it is carrying on the tradition established on its campus by the now defunct New York State Theatre Institute, which utilized Sage facilities, faculty and students to provide quality theatre for schools and the general public from 1974-2010. The connection with Sage was NYSTI’s greatest asset, and in turn the company helped the Sage Colleges develop a robust theatre curriculum. It is not at all surprising to see what talented students select Sage today.

Larry: We haven’t had a chance to see this cutting edge musical much in these parts, the only production I can remember is the one at the University at Albany Department of Theatre which was last year. None of our Equity companies, nor even the Mac-Haydn or Theater Barn have staged it. That may because the music is so important to the whole production, and it requires violin, cello and bass in addition to piano, drums and guitar. Two or three synthesizers will never do the score justice. I was as impressed with the accomplished musicians and Music Director Marcus Schlegel, as with the actors. The cellist, Erin Rousseau, on whom much of the melody line rests, has a vibrato and intonation that infused the songs with real heart.

Gail: I saw a production of the 1890/91 Franz Wedekind play of the same name, upon which this musical is based, at Williams College many years ago. “Spring Awakening” is an ideal college show because you need to have a young cast and a fairly sophisticated audience. Really, the best way to “get away with” staging this fierce and graphic material is to bill it as education. The play has a prominent role in the development of 20th century theater, and, as you mentioned, this musical version has made history, too.

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“An Iliad,” Homer’s Epic Story of Undying Love, Chaos & Humanity @ Hubbard Hall [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

AnIlliad

By Larry Murray

Masterfully adapted by Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare from Robert Fagles’s acclaimed translation, An Iliad adapts Homer’s Trojan War epic into a gripping piece of theater that captures both the heroism and horror of war. This fierce, funny piece will ignite your imagination and leave you breathless. It stars Jeannine Haas and is directed by Sheila Siragusa at Hubbard Hall in Cambridge, in a co-production with Pauline Productions.

Greek poet Homer’s 8th-century B.C. epic, “The Iliad,” told the story of the mythical 10-year Trojan War, featuring two warrior heroes, the wrathful Greek, Achilles, and noble Hector, the peace-loving Trojan prince. Now, a lone poet travels through time, wearily sharing her often-anguished memories of that war-mongering, vengeful time nearly three millennia ago.

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