John Davidson Headlines “Saturday Night Liv” This Weekend [Berkshire on Stage]

September 15th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
John Davidson

John Davidson

Lenox resident John Davidson – well known star of stage and TV – brings his singer-songwriter side to “Saturday Night Liv” (hosted by Liv Cummins) at the Spectrum Playhouse in Lee on Founder’s Day weekend, September 16 & 17. “SNLiv” is a long-running, live variety show that combines elements of SNL and the classic variety shows like Carol Burnett and Ed Sullivan. Also performing are magician Carl Seiger, a Tyringham resident; comic Danny Bloom; Berkshire Children’s Theater; and sketch comedy troupe the Really Convincing Players: Sarah Mitchell, Andrew Joffe, Tony Carrano, Lora Lee Ecobelli and Katelyn Pekrul.

Davidson is well known to TV viewers as the host of “That’s Incredible,” “Hollywood Squares” and his own talk shows, as well as many appearances as guest host of “The Tonight Show,” filling in for Johnny Carson. He is a Broadway stalwart and is seen in Las Vegas showrooms regularly. He now writes and performs his own original songs and will do so at the Lee shows.

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Festival Fever: Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend, 7/26-28/13

July 25th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
The Greg Caputo Big Band

The Greg Caputo Big Band

The Berkshire Gateway Jazz Weekend is back again, transforming Lee into a jazz destination this weekend. In addition to performances around the town by local musicians, there are two main concerts on tap for jazz fans.

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Review: Susan Dworkin’s “The Old Mezzo” Review (Now to Oct. 28) [Berkshire on Stage]

October 19th, 2012, 2:30 pm by Sara
The cast of the Old Mezzo by Susan Dworkin in a photo by Joe Schuyler.

The cast of The Old Mezzo by Susan Dworkin in a photo by Joe Schuyler.

In The Old Mezzo, Alyssa (Eileen Schuyler) is conducting a Master Class for her students, and it is more about what she has experienced in life than about the music she sings. Only slightly similar to Terrence McNally’s Master Class, which won the 1996 Tony as Best Play, Susan Dworkin’s take is quite different. All of us can find parallels in this story to our own experiences. While no two lives are the same, we all share similar ups and downs. Dworkin likes to write about ordinary lives crashing into history.

In this new play Dworkin gives us insights into how power, politics and money can change the nature of art. In peacetime the subtle process of grant making and government support can influence the direction that creative organizations take, just look at how the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) and PBS have become the sadistic straw men that the Republicans and their candidates pretend will solve the nation’s debt problem.

In The Old Mezzo, most of the story takes place during wartime under a repressive government. Regardless of their talent, beloved singers, conductors, teachers and instrumentalists are forbidden to work or perform. Many of them are disappearing, never to be seen again. How you talk to people with government connections can change the course of a career, or even end it. The country all this is happening in is not stated specifically and left to your imagination. But the story itself is based on historic truth, for this has occurred in the old Soviet Union, in Europe under the Nazis; and with Argentina’s Desaparecidos and in today’s Middle East.

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Jazz Up Your Weekend

August 10th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

There are an awful lot of festivals stacked up this weekend, including moe.down at Snow Ridge Ski Resort in Turin; WordXWord Festival in Pittsfield; and the Hudson Music Festival, the Basilica Music Festival and Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival, all in Hudson.

And if you’re a jazz fan, you can put together your own festival this weekend, but you’d better gas up before you head out ’cause there’s some driving involved.

Here are some of your A-list jazz destinations for the weekend:

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