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Eight Musicals – Including “Rent,” “Hairspray,” “The Producers,” “Xanadu” – Primed for Mac-Haydn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
The Mac is where you find big musicals in an intimate space.

The Mac is where you find big musicals in an intimate space.

Music, action, excitement and fun are all part of the freshly announced Mac-Haydn Theatre 2015 season. It’s a summer that includes eight musicals. Five of them – yes, FIVE – are brand new to MHT shows! The most requested show from several past seasons and two other favorites are also in the schedule, which includes six Tony Award winning musicals.

Music and musicals are what Mac-Haydn is all about, and this year the sounds will range from 1920’s crooning to 1960’s musical theater hit songs to contemporary sounds. Action: from tempestuous romance to tipsy plot twists to gang rivalries to integration to roller skating – yes, we said roller skating right on Mac-Haydn’s theatre-in-the-round stage. Excitement: just in case roller skating isn’t exciting enough, there will be plenty of dynamic dancing and tap numbers, plus non-stop laughs and delightful romance. Fun: add all of that together on an oversized pizza-platter shaped stage and you get a summer full of fun – and hair-raising adventure, too – at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham.

The Baker’s Wife – The season begins with sweet music on May 21 with The Baker’s Wife, a story that serves up a tasty mix of life’s necessities: bread, love and life. A baker and his young, lovely wife come to a village that has been without bread. The villagers question the pairing – surely she is too young for him, and so it proves as the wife is wooed away. Tender love overcomes tempestuous romance in the end, life becomes different and new for all. “Meadowlark” and “Proud Lady” highlight the beautiful score. The Baker’s Wife will be performs through May 31.

The Drowsy Chaperone – A wistful man’s favorite musical recording comes to life in the ‘play within a play’ The Drowsy Chaperone, which won Tony’s for Best Score and Best Book. ‘Drowsy’ in this case means ‘tipsy,’ as the chaperone describes in “As We Stumble Along.” She’s in charge of keeping the bride and groom-to-be apart until the wedding, but instead falls under the spell of a gigolo sent to stop the nuptials who thinks he’s seducing the bride. Meanwhile, the happy couple share a kiss – but the blindfolded groom thinks he’s kissing someone else. Add in gangsters disguised as pastry chefs, a Follies producer who wants to keep the bride in his show, a ditzy hopeful star, an aviatrix to perform the wedding(s) – well, you get the idea, it’s nothing but fun from start to finish, with tap dancing, roller skating, non-stop laughter – and “Love Is Always Lovely in the End.” New this year, The Drowsy Chaperone plays June 4-14.

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Mac-Haydn Theatre Continues with the “All Night Strut,” Sept. 5-14 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
Strutting onto The Mac-Haydn Theatre stage in nearby Chatham, NY September 5 through 14. are Phil Sloves, Sarah Talbot, La’Nette Wallace and Don Seldon.

Strutting onto the Mac-Haydn Theatre stage in nearby Chatham, September 5-14 are Phil Sloves, Sarah Talbot, La’Nette Wallace and Don Seldon.

Labor Day doesn’t mean the end of the fun at the Mac-Haydn Theatre. No sir. In fact, this energetic theater invites you to strut back in time to the music of the 1930’s and 1940’s in The All Night Strut, playing a special schedule September 5-14. The All Night Strut is a classy and sassy musical bonanza that has all the special sounds from the depression and lowdown Harlem jive to WWII and stage door canteens to the sophistication of both uptown and downtown night club elegance. You’ll tap your toes and go home humming as jazz, blues, bop and classics bring back the romance, dance and delight of this inimitable musical era.

Starting with the full-throttle welcome of “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and ending with the excitement of “Lullaby of Broadway,” the over two dozen songs in between range from the plaintive depression anthem “Brother Can You Spare A Dime” to happier times of getting “In the Mood” and the syncopations of “Fascinating Rhythm.” There are reflections on the emotions of war with “G.I. Jive,” “White Cliffs of Dover” and “I’ll Be Seeing You.” You’ll also hear “Ain’t Misbehaving,” “Beat Me Daddy Eight to the Bar,” “A Fine Romance,” “Tuxedo Junction,” “Jukebox Saturday Night,” “As Time Goes By” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing if It Ain’t Got That Swing” plus many more as the show goes swinging and strutting along.

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“Housewives of Columbia County” Returns to Mac-Haydn [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, July 7th, 2014

The Real Housewives of Columbia County

Mac-Haydn Monday shows return to the theater, with four performances this summer offering even more musical entertainment during the theatre’s 46th season beginning with The Real Desperate Housewives of Columbia County and ending with Side by Side.

Carl Ritchie’s original musical The REAL Desperate Housewives of Columbia County will prove that “Country Life’s a B**ch” on three Monday nights beginning tonight (July 7), followed by July 14 & 28. The tongue-in-cheek take off on the “Real Housewives” shows, described in a Backstage review as “a fun, fizzy, fast cocktail” with “wit, sparkle and pizazz,” tells it like it is about locals, weekenders, divorce, marriage, parties – all the things that make country life a desperate delight!

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Radio, Radio: Live On Stage

Friday, May 9th, 2014

On The Radio

Radio has been making the leap from the airwaves to the stage in recent years, and folks who love to watch live radio – rather than just listen to it – have a wealth of options during the summer performance season. Here are a few live radio presentations that fans might want to check out:

SATURDAY (MAY 10), 7pm
“Hudson Air: Static Cling”
Hudson Opera House, Hudson
$15; $10 students
Original comedies by Andrew Joffe, Byron Nilsson, Lora Lee Ecobelli, Sandy McKnight and a radio adaptation of a Christopher Durang play. Directed by Andrew Joffe with live sound effects by foley artist Bob Hanley and music by renowned pianist Lincoln Mayorga.

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PS21 in Chatham Announces Bold, Diverse 2014 Schedule of Events [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

PS 21 Summer Schedule

By Larry Murray

There is a lot to recommend in Columbia County, but perhaps the most beautiful outdoor venue there is PS21. The Performance Spaces for the 21st Century has announced its diverse 2014 summer array of dance, music, theater and film events, making some bold choices in the process. This is PS21’s ninth season and highlights include classical and jazz music performances, live theatre, a fashion show, Just For Fun (an afternoon program for kids), plenty of foot-tapping film and the first ever Chatham Dance Festival.

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Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham to Stage Eight Musicals in 2014 [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Musicals in the round at the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

Musicals in the round at the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

“Sondheim Putting it Together”
May 22-25, May 28–June 1
You’re gonna love this show — travel near and far with over 30 songs from “Forum,” “Company,” “Sunday in the Park,” “Follies” and more!

“The Music Man”
June 5-8, 11-15
A slick salesman tries to sell River City, Iowa, “76 Trombones” but instead finds love he’s been able to resist “Till There Was You” — “Marian, The Librarian.”

“Fiddler on the Roof”
June 19-22, 25-29
Warm, loving, humorous story of a family’s closeness and struggles as old world Russia changes around them. “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man.” “Matchmaker”…

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Larry Gelbart’s Play “Better Late” Unusual Offering at Theater Barn [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
(L to R) Joan Coombs and John Noble in “Better Late” at the Theater Barn.

(L to R) Joan Coombs and John Noble in “Better Late” at the Theater Barn.

Theater review by Gail M. Burns & Larry Murray

Larry Murray: In the world of theatre we don’t get to see many plays like Better Late, which is about older people and their relationships. So three cheers for the Theater Barn taking on this Larry Gelbart play. It’s a sort of a “dramedy,” isn’t it?

Gail M. Burns: It is a remarkably solemn little play for the Theater Barn, which generally offers up light comedy, murder mystery, and bijou musicals.

Larry: What I was amazed at was the opening night audience in what is now the shoulder season for tourism, with the summer folks gone and the leaf peepers still weeks away. At the Theater Barn, it is strictly a local audience, and they turned out for the opening in respectable numbers, and while I saw some grey hair, I was surprised at the amount of blonde, brunette and every shade in between that dotted the audience in front of me. It seems that Gelbart’s story has a universal appeal. I suppose that is because we all have aging members in our family.

Gail: None of us are getting any younger, that’s for sure. But I think most of the audience thought they were attending a very different kind of play from what was presented. The Theater Barn has tackled profound subjects before – their top-notch production of Stones in His Pockets, which filled this fall slot a few seasons back, springs to mind – but they have been more satisfying dramatic journeys.

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“Young Frankenstein” the Mel Brooks musical at The Theater Barn [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
The cast poses for a rehearsal photo of Young Frankenstein.

The cast poses for a rehearsal photo of Young Frankenstein.

Theatre Review by Gail M. Burns

Okay gang, buy tickets to see Young Frankenstein at The Theater Barn, fire up the Way Back Machine, set your sense of humor to “Junior High,” and you’ll have a ball. Set it any higher and you may be disappointed (high brow it ain’t!) but there are many worse ways to spend a summer evening than laughing your ass off at the stuff you used to find hilarious back in the day.

After Mel Brooks had a Broadway mega-hit in 2001 with his musical stage adaptation of his film The Producers, it was only natural that people would clamor for an encore. Blazing Saddles had too many horses and Silent Movie didn’t have them leaving the theatre humming, so Brooks and co-author Thomas Meehan (Brooks and Gene Wilder had written the screenplay) settled on Brooks’ iconic 1974 film Young Frankenstein. It opened on Broadway in 2007 and had a respectable 15 month run, but it was not the sensation that The Producers was.

Young Frankenstein is a VERY faithful adaptation of the film, so all your favorite jokes are there. “Put the candle back.” “Walk this way.” “My name is Frau Blücher (horse whinnies)” “Abby normal.” “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” etc. Of course the stage at The Theater Barn is tiny and the 15-person cast is large for this venue. But director Bert Bernardi makes excellent use of every inch of Abe Phelps’ two-story set and scene melts into scene effortlessly and convincingly.

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