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Eight Musicals – Including “Rent,” “Hairspray,” “The Producers,” “Xanadu” – Primed for Mac-Haydn Theatre [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
The Mac is where you find big musicals in an intimate space.

The Mac is where you find big musicals in an intimate space.

Music, action, excitement and fun are all part of the freshly announced Mac-Haydn Theatre 2015 season. It’s a summer that includes eight musicals. Five of them – yes, FIVE – are brand new to MHT shows! The most requested show from several past seasons and two other favorites are also in the schedule, which includes six Tony Award winning musicals.

Music and musicals are what Mac-Haydn is all about, and this year the sounds will range from 1920’s crooning to 1960’s musical theater hit songs to contemporary sounds. Action: from tempestuous romance to tipsy plot twists to gang rivalries to integration to roller skating – yes, we said roller skating right on Mac-Haydn’s theatre-in-the-round stage. Excitement: just in case roller skating isn’t exciting enough, there will be plenty of dynamic dancing and tap numbers, plus non-stop laughs and delightful romance. Fun: add all of that together on an oversized pizza-platter shaped stage and you get a summer full of fun – and hair-raising adventure, too – at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham.

The Baker’s Wife – The season begins with sweet music on May 21 with The Baker’s Wife, a story that serves up a tasty mix of life’s necessities: bread, love and life. A baker and his young, lovely wife come to a village that has been without bread. The villagers question the pairing – surely she is too young for him, and so it proves as the wife is wooed away. Tender love overcomes tempestuous romance in the end, life becomes different and new for all. “Meadowlark” and “Proud Lady” highlight the beautiful score. The Baker’s Wife will be performs through May 31.

The Drowsy Chaperone – A wistful man’s favorite musical recording comes to life in the ‘play within a play’ The Drowsy Chaperone, which won Tony’s for Best Score and Best Book. ‘Drowsy’ in this case means ‘tipsy,’ as the chaperone describes in “As We Stumble Along.” She’s in charge of keeping the bride and groom-to-be apart until the wedding, but instead falls under the spell of a gigolo sent to stop the nuptials who thinks he’s seducing the bride. Meanwhile, the happy couple share a kiss – but the blindfolded groom thinks he’s kissing someone else. Add in gangsters disguised as pastry chefs, a Follies producer who wants to keep the bride in his show, a ditzy hopeful star, an aviatrix to perform the wedding(s) – well, you get the idea, it’s nothing but fun from start to finish, with tap dancing, roller skating, non-stop laughter – and “Love Is Always Lovely in the End.” New this year, The Drowsy Chaperone plays June 4-14.

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Families, Gardens, Love in Bloom, the Mac-Hayden Returns to Its Roots with “The Fantasticks” [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013
Showing their new-found togetherness is struck by Bellomy (Derrick Jaques), Luisa (Stephanie Granade), Matt (Andrew McMath), and Hucklebee (Gabe Bleyeu) in The Fantasticks. Even as they celebrate newfound happiness, El Gallo (Patrick Heffernan) wonders how long they will stay that way.

Showing their new-found togetherness is struck by Bellomy (Derrick Jaques), Luisa (Stephanie Granade), Matt (Andrew McMath), and Hucklebee (Gabe Bleyeu) in The Fantasticks. Even as they celebrate newfound happiness, El Gallo (Patrick Heffernan) wonders how long they will stay that way.

Everyone loves The Fantasticks, the tale of interfering fathers, a swashbuckling rogue, charm and comedy which opens May 23, 2013 and plays until June 2 at the Mac-Hayden Theatre in Chatham, New York. The Fantasticks, the world’s longest running musical, opens the 45th anniversary season at The Mac-Haydn Theatre.

“Since the show was part of our very first summer in 1969, it seemed right to put it into an anniversary season”, Artistic Director/Producer Lynne Haydn said about the perennial favorite show, adding “especially since several of our people have performed in the show Off-Broadway: Tom Flagg as the Mute, Jim Charles as the Mute, the Boy and El Gallo and Christine Long as the Girl.”

Mac-Haydn’s newest presentation of the show stars past season favorites Patrick Heffernan as El Gallo, Andrew McMath as the Boy, Gabe Belyeu and Derrick Jaques as the Fathers, and David Beditz and Monk Schane-Lydon as Henry and Mortimer. Newcomers this season, Stephanie Granade will be the Girl, and the Mutes are Lea Nardi and Scott Caron.

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Dazzling Musical “Hello Dolly” in Cohoes stars Monica M. Wemitt from 1995 B’way Revival [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012
Monica M. Wemitt as Dolly Levi (photo: The Mac-Haydn Theatre)

Monica M. Wemitt as Dolly Levi (photo: The Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham, NY)

Everyone remembers Carol Channing’s last Broadway revival of Hello Dolly back in 1995. It turns out that it also happens to be the same production in which Monica M. Wemitt not only made her Broadway debut in the role of Ernestina Money but was also charged with being Carol’s standby. Both on Broadway, and then on the road with Channing, she came to know this classic Jerry Herman musical inside out. She now brings the role of Dolly Levi to life at the Cohoes Music Hall from November 1-11. She is sure to make Dolly as memorable and joyous a character on stage as you have ever met. Wemitt is an incredible talent with the sort of polish that comes from performing with (and filling in for) Dolly’s most beloved interpreter.

To quote Berkshire on Stage critic Gail Burns who travels all over to see Wemitt: “She is an actress with the gift to seem completely relaxed and spontaneous on stage. She establishes an instant rapport with her audience so that you feel every joke is a little secret between just the two of you. And she sings Jerry Herman wonderfully well.” From this review found on her site Gail Sez.

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