Posts Tagged ‘The Colonial Theatre’

A Stripped-Down Rick Springfield Headed to Colonial Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

By Larry Murray

The best butt in the business is no longer being sued for assaulting a member of the audience with his buttocks in Syracuse. (News Report) It happened at the 2004 New York State Fair while Rick Springfield was singing his 1983 single “Human Touch,” shaking his rear end and interacting with his audience. The artist says he doesn’t remember the incident, and his fans supported him online, while the gossips had a field day with his “buns of death”. But all that is in the past. Springfield hasn’t slowed down since that incident, and still loves the personal touch of singing and interacting with those who come to his concert.

Usually he takes to the road with a band, but this time it is just the man and his guitar, which makes for a very up-close-an-personal show which arrives at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Wednesday (March 26).

It is Rick Springfield’s first-ever solo acoustic tour which means that in addition to playing unplugged versions of many of his memorable tunes, Springfield will share stories about the songs and his life during the performances and do a Q&A session with fans after the performance.

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“A Christmas Carol” Returns to Pittsfield, December 14-29 [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, December 13th, 2013

A Christmas Carol

Berkshire Theatre Group will reprise its popular annual production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, adapted by Eric Hill and directed by Eric Hill and Travis G. Daly and presented for the third time at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield. A Christmas Carol is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union, Guardian Life Insurance and founding sponsors: Blantyre, Country Curtains and the Red Lion Inn.

Revel in the joy and redemptive power of Christmas as told in the timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge, the infamous miser who is reformed and shown the error of his ways by four spirits. Journey back to Victorian England and experience the classic story filled with terrific turns and infused with holiday music.

This year’s production marks the biggest cast for BTG’s A Christmas Carol with 42 local talented actors. Eric Hill will return as director and in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge, and Associate Education Artist, Travis G. Daly, co-directs. Returning BTG company members include Kathy Jo Grover, Ralph Petillo, Brian Plouffe, Gail Ryan, E. Gray Simons III, Christopher-Michael Vecchia, Jeff Wojcicki and Jonathan Young with Reggie Cooper and Courtney McLaren. Joining the community cast this year will be three of Berkshire Theatre Group’s Artists-in-Residence: Madeline Calandrillo, Lily Edward Christie and Jacob Gold with 28 Berkshire County children.

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One Night Only with Three Dog Night at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Three Dog Night

The iconic band Three Dog Night will celebrate over 40 years of their chart-topping pop music hits at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield on Thursday, November 21, 2013 at 8pm. Four of the original members are still with the group. Few great bands survive from that period. And certainly not any with as original a name. Some think it comes from the original three lead singers, but there’s a far more interesting legend. The band is named after a phrase used by aborigines in the Australian outback to describe how cold it could get; a “three dog night” meant a very cold night requiring huddling with three dogs for warmth.

With four decades of memorable hit songs Three Dog Night has accumulated some of the most astonishing statistics in popular music. In the golden years 1969 through 1974, no other group achieved more Top 10 hits, moved more records or sold more concert tickets. Three Dog Night’s hits wind through the fabric of pop culture today, whether on the radio where they are heard day in and day out, in TV commercials or in major motion pictures: songs like “Mama Told Me (Not To Come),” “Joy to the World,” “Black and White,” “Shambala” and “One” serve to heighten our emotions and crystallize Three Dog Night’s continuing popularity.

Boasting chart and sales records that are virtually unmatched in popular music, Three Dog Night had 21 consecutive Top 40 hits, including three #1 singles, 11 Top 10′s, 18 straight Top 20′s, 7 million-selling singles and 12 straight RIAA Certified Gold LPs. Their hits appeared on best-selling charts in all genres (pop, rock and country). Their records continue to sell around the world, reaching beyond the borders of the U.S. into Japan, Canada, Holland, England, Germany, Spain and elsewhere. Tens of millions of Three Dog Night records have been sold through the years. Three Dog Night recorded the music of the best (and mostly undiscovered) new songwriters of their time including Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, John Hiatt, Elton John, Laura Nyro, Paul Williams and Hoyt Axton among many others. The group’s eclectic taste, combined with their ability to recognize and record hits in a unique, distinctive and appealing style, resulted in Three Dog Night dominating the charts for years.

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Gordon Lightfoot’s “50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour” to Stop in Pittsfield Nov. 8 [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot

Gordon Lightfoot has been on the road for some 50 active years of hit-song-making and audience pleasing. By now his international album sales are well into the multi-millions, too. So it’s safe to say that esteemed singer-songwriter and musician Gordon Lightfoot shares the top of quite of few lists of all-time greats in the music business. His song catalog is incredibly vast and includes such immortals as “Early Morning Rain,” “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Carefree Highway,” “Sundown,” “(That’s What You Get) For Lovin Me,” “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald,” “Cold on the Shoulder,” “Canadian Railroad Trilogy,” “Ribbon of Darkness,” “Beautiful,” “Song for a Winter’s Night,” “Shadows,” “Rainy Day People,” “Did She Mention My Name” and “Summertime Dream,” to name a few.

He refers to his current series of concerts as the “50 Years on the Carefree Highway Tour” and each stop lets him feature his well-known hits as well as some deep album cuts for the die-hard fanatics – all of which are woven together with some of Lightfoot’s own behind the scenes stories and personal anecdotes about his historic 50-year musical career. The event is sure to be a great thrill for live audiences and anyone who enjoys hearing great music and seeing a living legend in person.

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Colonial Theatre Plans Acoustic Evening with Lyle Lovett & John Hiatt [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, October 21st, 2013
Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt take the COlonial Stage on October 23, 2013.

Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt take the Colonial Stage on October 23, 2013.

The singer-songwriter team of Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt have almost become living legends, and will perform at the Colonial Theatre on Wednesday (October 23) at 7:30pm. Lovett and Hiatt have been touring together periodically since 1989, and have become known for delivering one of the most compelling and spontaneous concerts on the road.

Lyle Lovett has four Grammy Awards to his credit which include Best Male Country Vocal Performance in 1989 and Best Country Album for The Road to Ensenada in 1996. Lovett’s newest album, Release Me, was released last year. He’s known for his hits “If I Had a Boat,” “She’s No Lady” and “Long Tall Texan.”

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Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Winning “Anna Christie” at BTG Aug. 20-31 [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Anna Christie at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage. Opening Night is August 24 at 8pm. Preview performances begin on August 20 at 8pm and the production closes August 31 at 8pm.

Tickets to Anna Christie are $38-$58, all preview tickets are $38. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield; at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street, Stockbridge; by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.

“It’s an extremely gripping and suspenseful story, very human and gritty,” says Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning director, David Auburn. “The sexual politics are surprisingly modern, radical even. Anna is a former prostitute who’s trying to leave her past behind, but when she’s rejected for that past she defends herself in some very surprising ways. The play still has the capacity to shock – to make the audience gasp. That’s pretty remarkable 90 years on.”

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Seven New Concerts Announced for the Colonial Theatre

Monday, August 19th, 2013

The Berkshire Theatre Group has announced seven new concerts headed into the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield during the fall season. From Rock & Roll Hall of Famers to the traditional holiday concerts, the Colonial has a diverse musical line-up slated for the autumn months.

Tickets for the newly announced concerts will go on sale to BTG members and passholders on Tuesday (August 20) and will be available to the general public on Thursday (August 22).

Here’s the schedule of new shows at the Colonial Theatre:


“Look, Mom, They’re Flying!” – Peter Pan Takes to the Stage and the Air at the Colonial, Aug. 8-18 [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Cast of Peter Pan in rehearsal. Photo: Abby LePage

Cast of Peter Pan in rehearsal. Photo: Abby LePage

It will be a magical moment when Peter, Wendy, John and Michael go on an adventure to Never Land as they literally fly across the stage at the Colonial Theatre. This classic tale of pirates, fairies, mermaids and lost boys, filled with beloved songs such as “Never Never Land,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” and “I’m Flying,” will have audiences of all ages believing in magic. This production marks the first time actors have been flown through the Colonial Theatre. BTG hired Hall Associates Flying Effects, a division of Nunnally Enterprises, Inc. to create flying stunts for the principal actors: Peter, Wendy, John and Michael. Peter will be flown over head, across the audience and onto the stage in every performance. Wendy, John, and Michael will also fly in the Colonial Theatre all with the help of specially trained technicians.

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