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HBO to Telecast U2 Concert Live from Paris on Saturday [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, November 13th, 2015


UPDATE: Both the HBO broadcast and the U2 concert have been cancelled due to the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday (November 13).

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Now appearing in Paris on their Innocence and Experience tour, U2 brings a live show unlike anything seen before to HBO. The special has its first airing at 9pm on Saturday (November 14). The exclusive presentation will also be available on HBO GO and HBO NOW simultaneous to its world premiere on HBO.

The U2 touring show showcases the inventive stage set that allows U2 to explore the concepts of Innocence and Experience through a performance that literally moves throughout the venue via multiple stages, a one-of-a-kind interactive floor-to-ceiling arena-length LED screen and a radical new approach to surround sound that ensures everyone in the audience sees, feels and hears the show with maximum impact from every seat in the house. U2: Innocence and Experience – Live in Paris will be shot live and air exclusively on that same day.

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PBS-TV’s “Act One” Is Stunning! [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015
Act One on PBS, Live from Lincoln Center.

“Act One” on PBS’ Live from Lincoln Center on Friday

Review by Larry Murray

Coming up soon on the PBS “Live from Lincoln Center” series is the play Act One, and it proves to be simply brilliant in its concept, execution and transition to the home theater. I can not remember another play that has survived the perilous journey from the stage to the living room with such class and élan.

It is featured as part of the 2015 PBS Arts Fall Festival and premieres on Friday (November 13) at 9pm on most PBS stations, including WMHT-TV. It runs close to two and a half hours, though they pass far too quickly.

I have seen a lot of live theatre, and theatrical productions filmed for television, but Act One is the first theatrical piece that works as well on screen as it does on stage. The actors are flawless, the script masterful, and never has a stage set worked so well on television. It is clear that enormous amounts of time and creativity were invested in making sure this play worked as well on a flat screen as it did in person in a theater, not an easy transition to pull off.

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New Work-in-Progress Musicals on Tap at MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, November 9th, 2015
Working on a new musical at Mass MoCA: Adam Guettel, grandson of Richard Rodgers of Rodgers and Hammerstein fame, and son of writer/composer Mary Rodgers.

Working on a new musical at MASS MoCA: Adam Guettel, grandson of Richard Rodgers of Rodgers & Hammerstein fame and son of writer/composer Mary Rodgers

Sundance Institute continues to develop new theater pieces with its two-week residency at MASS MoCA in North Adams. The Sundance Theatre Lab for 2015 has a sharp focus on musical theater.

The Sundance Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA supports three musical theater and ensemble-generated projects. Obie Award-winning writer Kirsten Childs’ Buffalo Bella is a musical tall tale exploring the African-American experience in the Old West. Cory Hinkle, Victoria Stewart, Jeremy Wilhelm and David Wilhelm’s Clandestino investigates immigration reform, small-town politics and religious fundamentalism within the context of the 2008 ICE raid of Agriprocessors, Inc., a Kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa. And Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist Adam Guettel and Obie Award-winning playwright Craig Lucas are working on as-yet-untitled work that tells the story of a love affair between two average Americans, torpedoed by alcoholism. These projects are cast individually and rehearse daily – with the creative support of Sundance dramaturgs.

Artistic Director Philip Himberg said, “The Theatre Lab at Mass MoCA provides unique opportunities for artists to develop their projects, uninhibited, in inspiring environments. The Theatre Lab at MASS MoCA gives musical and ensemble theater-makers the first opportunity to see their work brought to life on its feet.”

The residencies will culminate in a public performance of selections from these work-in-progress musical theater projects with these exceptional artists in MASS MoCA’s Club B10 on Saturday (November 14) at 8pm. Tickets are $10 in advance; $5 for students and members; $15 day of; and $22 preferred.

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Theater Preview: Logan Black Brings “BOND: the story of a soldier and his dog” to Bridge St. Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015


Logan Black will tell you that 2006 was one of the bloodiest years in Operation Iraqi Freedom. He knows because he was there. And he will recreate the experience on stage at the Bridge Street Theatre in Catskill with his one-man, one-dog show, “BOND: the story of a soldier and his dog,” opening on Friday (November 6) and running through Sunday, November 15.

You’ve read about that war: Iraqi society fractured and eventually devolved into sectarian violence, Saddam Hussein was executed, and this young man with a yellow Lab at his side found himself right in the middle of it. Now you can experience it as well.

In his award-winning one-man show writer/performer Logan Black tells the story of his experiences as a Specialized Search Dog Handler, training and later working alongside his bomb-sniffing K-9 partner Diego in Al Anbar province. It’s a true narrative of monotony, boredom and daily searches of cars, streets and buildings, interspersed with harrowing episodes when actual weapons caches were discovered, when approaching cars wouldn’t obey commands to stop, and when their convoy was hit by an IED (improvised explosive device).

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Troy Chromatic Concerts Welcomes Munich Orchestra and More [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
The Munich Symphony Orchestra

The Munich Symphony Orchestra

Troy Chromatic Concerts kicks off its 119th season with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, with conductor Philippe Entremont, and guitar soloist Pepe Romero and his quartet, the Romeros. This performance will take place at the historic Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on Wednesday (November 4) at 7:30pm. Tickets are $45 & $55. There will be a pre-concert talk, starting at 6:30pm, in the Music Hall. Ticket holders are encouraged to come early to learn about the performance.

Founded in 1945, the Munich Symphony Orchestra is one of the most distinguished ensembles of the Bavarian capital. Its numerous tours have been presented on leading concert stages across Europe, the U.S. and Asia. Philippe Entremont, the orchestra’s honorary conductor, has had a celebrated career both as a conductor and as one of the world’s major pianists. This will be Mr. Entremont’s third appearance for Chromatic Concerts. The Troy Chromatics also welcome back, for a second time, Pepe Romero & the Romeros, a veritable institution in the world of classical music, and widely regarded as the Royal Family of the Guitar.

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Katie Workum & Kimberly Bartosik Bring “Black Lakes” to MASS MoCA [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
Katie Workum brings her new piece Black Lakes to Mass MoCA.

Katie Workum brings her new piece “Black Lakes” to MASS MoCA.

Jacob’s Pillow Dance and MASS MoCA join together again to present the New York-based contemporary dance artists Katie Workum and Kimberly Bartosik in a one-night-only performance at 8pm on October 24 at MASS MoCA’s Hunter Center in North Adams.

Workum brings her new work Black Lakes to the stage, a piece that is full of improvisation, risk and humor. The second half of the program spotlights “Bessie” Award winner Kimberly Bartosik’s Ecsteriority4 (Part 2), which constructs a landscape of power and desire as it explores violence in American culture today.

Workum’s Black Lakes (2014) is both adventurously intimate and whimsically human. The hour-long work utilizes a set structure of solos, duets and trios with improvised movement performed by Workum’s collaborators, “Bessie” Award-winning artist Weena Pauly and “Bessie” Award nominee Eleanor Smith. Derived from an improvisational practice called Authentic Movement, the choreography is rooted in kinesthetic awareness and the natural, instinctive responses of bodies in space. Black Lakes is set to a minimalist score comprised of ambient sound, subtle excerpts of indecipherable conversation and musical bells by James Lo.

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Hit Musical “Billy Elliot” to Air on PBS-TV on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015
Ballet Girls, Ruthie Henshall and Elliot Hanna. Billy Elliot the musical. Photo by Adam Sorenson

Ballet Girls, Ruthie Henshall and Elliot Hanna. Billy Elliot the musical. Photo by Adam Sorenson

By Larry Murray

Based on the popular 2000 film, Billy Elliot the Musical took the West End and Broadway by storm, and won the 2009 Tony Award for Best Musical. Featuring a rousing score by Elton John, Billy Elliot takes place during North East England’s contentious mining strike of 1984, and tells the inspirational story of a young boy’s journey from the boxing ring to the ballet barre, where his life-changing passion for dance transforms his family along with his entire mining town community. Now seen by over 10 million people worldwide, Billy Elliot comes to PBS-TV’s “Great Performances” in a special tenth anniversary production from London’s West End. I was fortunate to be able to preview this program, and it’s simply spectacular, every bit as mesmerizing as the live performance I saw on Broadway.

Still playing in London’s West End, it comes to the PBS Great Performances series at 9pm on Friday (October 23). The acclaimed musical airs as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival. The Elton John and Lee Hall’s adaptation of the acclaimed 2000 film, written by Hall and directed by Stephen Daldry, won multiple awards on both sides of the Atlantic, including 10 Tony Awards.

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

Monday, October 19th, 2015


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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