Posts Tagged ‘The Colonial Theatre’

Le Vent du Nord Blows into the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

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Considered a driving force in progressive folk, Le Vent du Nord captures the energy and mirth of a Saturday night kitchen party, infusing old Québec with a breath of fresh, cosmopolitan air, as they blow into the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Thursday (May 26).

Since its founding in 2002, Le Vent du Nord have become compelling Francophone ambassadors, winning critical acclaim and audience adoration across Europe, Oceania and America. The quartet has performed well over 1,400 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.

The band delivers catchy songs and tunes, some taken from the Québec traditional folk repertoire, while others are original compositions. The group has a rich and varied instrumentation, well-polished musical arrangements, and wonderful vocals.

Both the Quebec folk music quartet and its audience, will share the Colonial stage Thursday, May 26 at 8pm, as part of the theatre’s “On the Stage” Series.

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Comedian Kevin Meaney Brings the Laughs Tonight @ The Garage [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Meaney – who steps into the spotlight at The Garage in Pittsfield tonight (Wednesday, May 11) – had known since he was a teen that he was gay, but like so many in that era, had been afraid he might be shunned or worse if he came out. As reported by Nick A. Zaino III in the Boston Globe, it was in the ’80s, that Meaney felt he might finally be ready, but then the AIDS crisis hit. It wasn’t until he got to Broadway in 2002 that he started to feel safe.

“That turned me around,” he says. “I got a job doing the gayest musical of all time, ‘Hairspray,’ and everybody in the cast and everybody in the crew and everybody in the audience, they were all gay. So it just gave me the courage. People say, ‘Does Broadway make you gay?’ Yes, it does. OK? It does. Even going to see a show, you can become gay. So you’ve got to be careful.”

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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
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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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And the Kids Deliver Apocalyptic Pop @ The Garage on Friday [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, November 16th, 2015

Berkshire Theatre Group has added celebrated indie pop band And the Kids to their fall line-up at 8pm on Friday (November 20), along with opener Anonymous Animal. The music will emanate from the intimate Garage stage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, one of the Berkshire’s most comfortable listening spots for the best of regional pop, rock and comedy.

Recently called one of “the Western Mass. indie scene’s brightest creative lights” by Pitchfork, Northampton’s And The Kids recently released their debut full-length album, Turn to Each Other (Signature Sounds). Turn to Each Other is more than an album title: it’s a statement of fact for the band, whose bond—as musicians, friends and creative foils is as tight as they come. The album features 11 tracks full of ringing guitars from Hannah Mohan, knotty rhythms from drummer Rebecca Lasaponaro and bold accents from synthesizers and percussion by Megan Miller. Together, they create “apocalyptic pop,” a dizzying stop-start ride with lush, intricate soundscapes that frame Mohan’s lively lead vocals. Taliana Katz made her debut as the And The Kids bassist at their NPR Tiny Desk Concert earlier this year, and continues to carry the energy of the album to the stage.

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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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Paula Poundstone Brings the Laughs to the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Paula Poundstone

Berkshire Theatre Group presents An Evening with Paula Poundstone on Saturday (September 26) at 8pm at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. With a history of making people laugh that stretches back almost half a century, she is known as a master of stand-up comedy.

In the early ’80s, Paula Poundstone packed up her belongings, hopped on a Greyhound bus and traveled across the country performing at open mic comedy clubs. Poundstone went on to become one of the great humorists of our time. You can hear her through your laughter as a regular panelist on NPR’s popular weekly news quiz show, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. She tours regularly, performing stand-up comedy across the country.

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REVIEW: “Bells Are Ringing” @ the Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, July 16th, 2015
James Ludwig (center) in Bells Are Ringing at Berkshire Theatre Group. (photo: Reid Thompson)

James Ludwig (center) in “Bells Are Ringing” at the Colonial Theatre (photo: Reid Thompson)

Theater review by Gail M. Burns and Roseann Cane

Roseann Cane: Currently on stage at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Bells Are Ringing originally opened on Broadway in 1956 – the same year that Candide, The Most Happy Fella and My Fair Lady premiered (Oh, to have a time machine!) – and ran for 924 performances. With a book and lyrics by Comden and Green, music by Jule Styne and choreography by Jerome Robbins and Bob Fosse, what a pedigree it boasts. Its star, the magnificent Judy Holliday, won a Tony for her performance, as did her co-star Sydney Chaplin.

Gail M. Burns: This is certainly a musical of its era, right down to the setting at a telephone answering service. For the young and unenlightened, back in prehistoric times when phones had rotary dials and plugged into the wall, if you weren’t home when a call came in, you missed it. Or if you were on the phone and another call came in, the caller got a busy signal. There was no way to leave a message. This was a problem, especially for the rich and famous, so the answering service was invented. Your number rang at a central switchboard where an actual human (invariably a woman) answered it and wrote down (with a pen on a piece of paper) your message. Then you called in, were read your messages, and you could return the calls, or receive important pieces of news, like “you got the job!” or “your uncle died.”

Judy Holliday’s first job was as an assistant switchboard operator at Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre in the 1930’s, and in 1956 a woman named Mary Printz opened Belles Celebrity Answering Service in New York. (Astoundingly, in this electronic age, the agency is still in business!) Comden and Green were clients of Printz’s and long-time friends and theater colleagues of Holliday’s, who by this point had won an Oscar to go with her Tony. They created Bells Are Ringing and the leading role of Ella Peterson for her.

Roseann: Which explains why this charming and paper-thin story, about a switchboard operator for an answering-service who falls in love with a client she has never seen, is more of a star vehicle and musical showcase than the more complexly plotted aforementioned shows, but so what?

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