Be Here Now: June Brings Lots of Variety to Colonial and Mahaiwe Theatres [Berkshire on Stage]

June 2nd, 2011, 3:30 pm by Sara
Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (photo by David Hou)

Brian Bedford as Lady Bracknell in The Importance of Being Earnest (photo by David Hou)

At the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, it is three dramatic productions. The hit public radio series “Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts” will perform Readings on Fatherhood on Saturday, June 11 at 8pm. Then an encore “Live in HD” broadcast of Roundabout Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed Broadway production of “The Importance of Being Earnest” (with Brian Bedford who is seen in the photo above as Lady Bracknell. Photo by David Hou) on Thursday, June 9 at 7pm and the “Live in HD” broadcast of London’s National Theatre production of “The Cherry Orchard” on Thursday, June 30 at 2pm.

The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield will see the return of the Golden Dragon Acrobats from China, a Bobby Sweet CD release party, God’s Trombones and this week, Sherri James Buxton & Friends. All of this leading up to the much anticipated Berkshire Theatre Festival musical “Tommy,” directed by Eric Hill early in July.

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Interview: Theater Still Matters to Kate Maguire at the Berkshire Theatre Festival

April 14th, 2011, 3:00 pm by Sara
Kate Maguire (photo by Larry Murray)

Kate Maguire (photo by Larry Murray)

Grabbing a coffee from Dottie’s, I charged down North Street to the Colonial Theatre with a hundred questions for Kate Maguire. Now in charge of both the Berkshire Theatre Festival and the Colonial Theatre operation, everyone is curious as to how she was doing now that she was wearing two hats.

Larry Murray: Does it feel a bit schizophrenic having two offices, two sets of responsibilities?
Kate Maguire: At the beginning I thought I might be somewhat schizophrenic, but it hasn’t happened. It’s been OK so far. The coming summer is an unknown, but I think it is going to be good. I’ve never done this before. But there has not been a single moment where I thought, “This is a mistake.” I find that interesting.

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Live: Blue Oyster Cult @ the Colonial Theatre, 10/8/10

October 12th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

For the sake of full disclosure, let me say upfront that I’m a Blue Oyster Cult fan, having traveled all over the Northeast to catch them. Last Friday night they brought their high-energy show to Pittsfield’s beautiful Colonial Theatre for a sold-out concert. The venue first opened in 1903, and gazing around at its wonderful, recent restoration started the evening off on a perfect note.

With the roughly 700 seats filled with a nice mix of young and old, BOC set the tone with “The Red and the Black.” It was clear from the beginning that the two original members, Eric Bloom and Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser were not merely going through the motions. They were there to have a good time and bring the audience along with them. They may not run around the stage like they used to, but they can still rock.

Throughout the night, Buck and Richie Castellano (the replacement for the ailing Alan Lanier) traded leads on such songs as “Burnin’ For You” and “Then Came the Last Days of May,” with Richie’s high-energy solos nicely contrasting with Buck’s more subdued, but always mesmerizing style.

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Live: Ute Lemper @ the Colonial Theatre, 8/27/10

August 30th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

She owned the stage – slinking and strutting, whirling and waltzing, singing and singing and singing in that sensual, conspiratorial contralto that drew you in close and closer.

There’s nothing like that deliciously decadent Weimar cabaret music, and while popsters from Tom Waits to Nick Cave and beyond have all mined the style in recent years, no one has such a total command of it today as German chanteuse Ute Lemper.

On Friday night, Lemper brought her cabaret show, “The Last Tango in Berlin,” to the intimate yet glamorous Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, and it was masterful, a stunning performance sung in a half-dozen different languages.

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Michael Glabicki, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

June 7th, 2010, 11:15 am by Greg

Michael Glabicki

(photo by Duane Reider)

“That would be Cat Stevens’ ‘Greatest Hits.’ That’s still a great album.”

Michael Glabicki and the other members of the world-beat rockers Rusted Root step into the spotlight at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield at 7:30pm on Wednesday in support of their new album, “Stereo Rodeo.” Tix are $30, $45.

New Concerts: Karen O, Rosanne Cash, Ute Lemper and More @ the Colonial Theatre

April 2nd, 2010, 11:25 am by Greg

The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. has announced its new 2010-2011 performance series, and it kicks off with a most unexpected show – vocalist Karen O and guitarist-keyboardist Nick Zimmer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs playing an acoustic concert on Monday, May 24.

A benefit for the theater, the show will also feature former Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Imaad Wasif as the opening act. Priced at $25 and $45, tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am Wednesday.

But that’s not all that’s going on in the fifth season of the intimate 810-seat jewel of a theater. Among the other prime concerts on tap this year are the area debut of Los Lonely Boys (Thursday, June 17), superb singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash (Tuesday, June 29), a tribute to Joni Mitchell (Saturday, August 21), sublime cabaret singer Ute Lemper (Friday, August 27) – and that’s just the summer season of shows.

Tickets are slated to go on sale for all performances on Wednesday. Here’s the full slate:

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Tom Rush, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

March 25th, 2010, 1:05 pm by Greg

Tom Rush

Photo: Bruce W. Bedford

“Hmmmmm, the first record album that I bought?

Well, I remember being given Pete Seeger’s ‘Cotton Needs a Pickin’ So Bad’ on 78 when I was a kid. And the year that Tennessee Ernie Ford had a hit with ‘Sixteen Tons,’ I think about eight different people gave me a copy of that 45 for Christmas.

But the first album that I ever bought might have been Presley’s first album. That might have been it. I also bought a lot of Josh White albums very early on, but, no, Presley would have pre-dated that.”

Veteran folksinger Tom Rush teams up with Roger McGuinn for a double-bill at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. on Saturday night.

George Millar, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

March 8th, 2010, 2:15 pm by Greg

The Irish Rovers

The Irish Rovers

“The first one I bought was by Buddy Holly, and as I recall, I bought it just shortly before he was killed, actually. I think it was ‘That’ll Be the Day’ or one of those, but back in Ireland in those days, they were big, heavy 78 RPM records.

That’s what really sparked my interest in music. I was about 11 or so when Buddy Holly came out, and right away I started playing a cheap guitar. That type of rockabilly music like Buddy Holly and Rick Nelson was what I quite liked.”

George Millar and the other members of the Irish Rovers step into the spotlight at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Mass. on Thursday (March 11).

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