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THEATER REVIEW: “Fiorello!” @ Berkshire Theatre Group [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Chelsea Groen and Dan Cassin in Fiorello (photo: Emma Rothenberg-Ware)

Chelsea Groen and Dan Cassin in “Fiorello!” (photo: Emma Rothenberg-Ware)

Theater review by Larry Murray

Back in 1959, Fiorello! was the hit show that scooped up a Pulitzer Prize for best drama, and tied with the The Sound of Music for the Tony as best musical, leaving Gypsy in the dust. Tom Bosley, as Fiorello LaGuardia, won best actor.

As delivered by a youthful cast, Fiorello! moves right along with a breezy score by Jerry Bock, clever lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and this is a good thing because the weak link is a thin, choppy book which has undergone various revisions over the years. The program credits Jerome Weidman and George Abbott for the version currently on stage at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. It seems close (if not identical) to the original, which I saw some 56 years ago. Memories fade, though I remember how much I enjoyed songs like “Politics and Poker,” “Little Tin Box” and “Till Tomorrow.”

The cast of Fiorello! is uniformly excellent, a parade of characters and caricatures that easily delight today’s audiences just as they did those a half century ago. Who doesn’t love to watch love blossom on stage between a policeman – a sturdy Dan Cassin – and the radical striker, Dora (Chelsea Groen).

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Berkshire Jazz Collective Plays Benefit Concert for the Richie duPont Award [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Berkshire Theatre Group Holds 11th Annual Richie duPont Award Event featuring The Berkshire Jazz Collective to Raise Funds for BTG PLAYS! Camp Scholarships

Berkshire Theatre Group Holds 11th Annual Richie duPont Award Event featuring The Berkshire Jazz Collective to Raise Funds for BTG PLAYS! Camp Scholarships

Berkshire Theatre Group is planning the 11th Annual Richie duPont Award Event featuring the Berkshire Jazz Collective on Friday (May 27) at 7pm at The Garage in Pittsfield. Anchored by Andy Wrba, Bill Chapman and Benny Kohn, the Berkshire Jazz Collective is the choice jazz band of the Berkshires. The BJC has featured special guests including Charles Neville (saxophone), Benito Gonzales (piano), Marisa Massery (vocals), Armen Donelian (piano) and more of the regions finest musicians.

Tickets to the 11th Annual Richie duPont Award Event are $15 for adults, and $10 for ages 18 and under in advance; and $20 for adults and $15 for ages 18 and under the day of show. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444, or online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain.

All proceeds benefit BTG’s Richie duPont Award. The Richie duPont Award started in memory of the talented young actor and member of the BTG Community, Richie duPont. The fund was established in 2005 to enable children to pursue their dreams of being on stage and afford them the opportunity to attend one of BTG PLAYS! camp sessions.

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WAM Theatre Presents “Special” in Workshop Production [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, March 14th, 2016

Special

WAM Theatre is co-producing a workshop production of Special with playwright and actress Rachel Siegel at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge for a three-day run beginning on Friday (March 18). Created and performed by Siegel, and based on personal experience and interviews with mothers of children with special needs, Special follows one woman’s journey after she discovers she is pregnant with a child with Down syndrome.

WAM Advisory Board member Jayne Atkinson will direct this funny, unstinting and ultimately inspiring look into the complexities and possibilities of love. “I am very honored to be part of Special,” Atkinson said. “It is a humorous, poignant, at times dark journey – an eye of the needle experience that will move us all deeply.”

“I did a lot of writing during my pregnancy with [our son with Down Syndrome], and knew that I would do something with it eventually,” Siegel explained. “I wanted to broaden the story and interview other mothers, but I really didn’t know any other parents of special needs children. Then I found this wonderful organization called Whole Children in Hadley, started by mothers who knew they needed this kind of group for their own children and for themselves. There I met wonderful women, wonderful mothers, who wanted to do the best for their children. And they agreed to be interviewed by me.”

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Berkshire Theatre Group Announces 2016 Season: From “Little Shop of Horrors” to “Cat on Hot Tin Roof” [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
Judd Hirsch

Judd Hirsch

In one of the strongest programs it has offered in many years, the Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO Kate Maguire have announced their 2016 summer theater season plus an assortment of lively acts at The Garage and the Colonial Theatre. Some casting has been revealed – Judd Hirsch, David Adkins, Corinna May, Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat with a further casting announcement and details to be made within the next several weeks.

Kate Maguire says, “Our 88th season offers a mix of treasured musicals and powerful plays. We are thrilled to present an array of productions, from Tony Award-winning classics to American and world premieres. This season is not to be missed!”

Tickets are now on sale. Summer season passes are available for purchase at $100 for a three-show pass, and $175 for a six-show pass, $75 for a three-show preview pass, $125 for a six-show preview pass.

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“Facing Our Truth:” An Evening of One-Act Plays Inspired by Trayvon Martin [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, February 1st, 2016

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Multicultural BRIDGE, WAM Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Group and Yvette “Jamuna” Sirker are joining together to present a reading of Facing Our Truth, a collection of six 10-minute plays by Winter Miller, Marcus Gardley, Dominique Morrisseau, Mona Mansour & Tala Manassah, Dan O’Brien with Quetzal Flores and A. Rey Pamatmat. Reflecting on race relations in the United States, this collection of one-acts was inspired by events surrounding the Trayvon Martin case. Berkshire Theatre Group hosts the event at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 7:30pm on Saturday (February 6), with a moderated panel and community discussion to follow.

In 2013, the New Black Fest in New York City commissioned six very diverse playwrights to write 10-minute plays on the topic of Trayvon Martin, race and/or privilege. This commission resulted in a collection of one-acts titled Facing Our Truth, which continue to be presented around the country, often around February 5, Trayvon Martin’s birthday. The purpose of Facing Our Truth is to spark serious discussion in our collective communities around these urgent issues.

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Rev Tor’s (Grateful) Dead of Winter Jam @ The Garage [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
Rev Tor and his awesome musicians

Rev Tor and his awesome musicians

Rev Tor’s fifth annual Dead of Winter Jam celebrates the music of the Grateful Dead at The Garage in Pittsfield on Thursday (January 21) at 8pm.

The Rev Tor Band, led by singer and lead guitarist Tor Krautter, has become one of the most compelling and exciting acts on the blues and jam-band circuit. This fifth annual show will be a mid-winter celebration of the music of the Grateful Dead, featuring the Rev Tor Band with guest artists the Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, Rebel Alliance, the Picky Bastards, Misty Blues, Domino Theory, Who Are You, Gina Coleman, Billy Keane, Rob Sanzone, Jennifer Schultheis, Craig Simmons, Mike Wood and Ward Woolverton.

The Rev Tor Band was formed in western Massachusetts by front man Tor Krautter in 1996. Since its conception, the band has evolved into a powerhouse on the east coast club and festival circuit, performing in venues from Maine to Florida. In their native New England, the band keeps a heavy touring schedule enthusiastically supported by a large following of dedicated fans.

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Annual “A Christmas Carol” Returns to the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, December 7th, 2015
The cast of A Christmas Carol, 2014, photo by Christina Riley.

The cast of A Christmas Carol, 2014, photo by Christina Riley.

The Berkshire Theatre Group offers their 10th annual community production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Eric Hill and co-directed by Eric Hill and Travis G. Daly, and presented for the fifth time at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. This year’s production includes 30 talented young Berkshire county actors, many of whom are returning to the Colonial Theatre, and some who are performing for the first time. A Christmas Carol runs Saturday (December 12) through Tuesday, December 22.

For many, this timeless tale is a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays with the whole family and revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas. Who doesn’t remember fondly the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is shown the error of his ways and reformed by four spirits? Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with holiday carols and the wonderment of the season.

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Made in the Berkshires Festival Kicks Off on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 19th, 2015

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Berkshire Theatre Group is pleased to announce that the Made in the Berkshires Festival will be held from Friday-Sunday (October 23-25) at the Colonial Theatre and The Garage in Pittsfield and the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, celebrating the wealth of local art and artists.

BTG’s Artistic Director/CEO Kate Maguire says, “We are so excited to present the fifth annual Made in the Berkshires Festival. This year’s line-up is bursting with Berkshire’s top talents, and is sure to be the best year yet.”

Tickets to the Made in the Berkshires Festival are now on sale and range in price from $10-$48, as well as a 3-Day All-Access Pass for $75, including: VIP Access to all events, 20% off tickets for the run of “The Homecoming” and an invitation to the closing party at Hotel on North.

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