Oklahoma!

The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents  Oklahoma! through September 1. This last production of a successful season of outstanding productions of a variety of musicals should not be missed. There have been many productions  recently of this American classic, first performed in 1943. This one must be among the finest thanks to the wonderful performers, the  intimacy of the arena stage at the Mac-Haydn and the fine direction by John Saunders.   Bob an I had the pleasure of talking to the three  principals who play Curly, Laurie, and Jud before the opening night performance. Once again, we were awed by the transformation that takes place when actors become different people on stage. Listen to the thoughtful discussion by clicking on this link, Oklahoma! Discussion

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Rob Brinkmann (Jud) Meredith Lustig (Laurey) and James Benjamin Rodgers (Curly)

Cathy Lee Visscher (Aunt Eller) and other cast members
James Benjamin Rodgers (Curly) and Meredith Lustig (Laurey)

 

 

Fall Springs

Barrington Stage Company presents a world premiere musical, Fall Springs at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage through August 31. This musical shows that tackling contemporary problems through music can be entertaining while conveying a message. Gimmie Science is a delightful song that should be heeded.  Given the environmental issues we face, this is a timely reminder that even small towns have choices to make for their own welfare. The talented cast makes these points through the lively music and dialogue so that even as disaster strikes, there is hope. Click on link

Fall Springs Discussion for our thoughts about the production.

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The Little Shop of Horrors

Mac-Haydn presents The Little Shop of Horrors through August 18. The play opened on Broadway in 1982, but it still engages audience in its science fiction fantasy about what can happen with plants. On opening night before the show, Bob and I interviewed three of the leads. Emily Kron who plays Audrey, Andrew Burton Kelley who plays Seymour Krelborn, and Pat Moran who plays the dentist, Orin Scrivello. We have enjoyed their performances in past productions, but it still amazes us that three, pleasant, articulate actors can so completely become other people.  on stage. It is also amazing how many musical worlds audiences can enter during a season at Mac-Haydn Theatre. From King Arthur’s court to Sunset Boulevard’ and along the way  a Boston Theatre, a, Chicago high school, and on to 19th century America, and with this show  to a run-down flower shop with Oklahoma as the last stop on the journey. Seeing the ensemble transform as they sing and dance  through the many  different costumes, sets and  music is  as exciting as the transformation of the leading actors in their various roles. Little Shop of Horrors is funny, sweet and sad with wonderful music.  After you listen to our interview by clicking on Little Shop of Horrors Interview 

Watch this Little Shop of Horrors video

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Andrew Burton Kelley, Emily Kron and George Dvorsky
Andrew Burton Kelley and Emily Kron
Maya Cuevas, Madi Cupp-Enyard, Angel Harrison and Pat Moran

 

Ragtime

The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Ragtime, a musical based on E. L.  Doctorow’s  novel., through August 4th. Bob and I saw the original Broadway production and have seen several productions since. However, this production creates a unique experience.  The intimacy of the Mac-Haydn Theatre brings the audience into the play as the large and diverse cast surrounds the audience just as the audience surrounds the stage.  John Saunders’ direction and the choreography of Sebastiani Romagnolo evoke this moment in American history with a reality and grace that transports you back in time, while the play seems more relevant than ever. The score by Flahery and Abrens and the book by Terrance McNally are as wonderful as one remembers.  However, some of the scenes such as those with the immigrant Jewish Father and his daughter bring tears, not only about what was happening back then, but what is happening now.  When the character of Mother sings, “We can’t go back to before,.” or Coalhouse Walker sings, “Make them hear you,” the songs have new meaning.

Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing Rachel Fhodes-Devey, Gabe Belyeu and Tryrell Reggins before the show. Click on this link to hear the interview  Ragtime Interview

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Ragtime video

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Rqachel Rhodes-Devey as Mother, Gabe Belyeu as Tateh amd Tyrell Reggins as Coalhouse Walker

 

New Rochelle chorus with Fachel Fhodes-Devey and Steve Hassmer

 

Tyrell Reggins and Maya Cuevas

 

Clementine Kline and Gabe Belyeu

Working

The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Working,  a musical based on the book by Studs Terkel, through August 24 at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA. Given the size of the Unicorn Theatre, the audience  feels close to the performers.  This ensemble of ten performers skillfully act, sing and dance as they celebrate the experience of the diverse workers emerging from Terkel’s interviews. The variety of composers whose music enhances the stories, makes the hour and forty-five minutes glide by.  This tribute to working people is a satisfying and enjoyable experience.

Discussion of Working

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The cast of “Working” at Berkshire Theatre Group. (MTG publicity photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware.)

 

Grease


Grease, 
the exuberant musical about teenagers in the 1950s, is playing at the Mac-Haydn Theatre through July 21. Bob and I had the pleasure on opening night of interviewing Anthony DaSilva who pays Danny Zuko, Emma Flynn who plays Sandy Drumbrowski and Madi Cupp-Enyard who plays Cha-Cha Digregorio and is assistant choreographer on this production.  Not having seen a production of this musical before, Bob and I were completely engaged by the energetic and talented performers.  Director/choreographer Sebastiani Romagnolo  did an outstanding job with this musical.  Click below to listen to our interview.

Grease interview

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Anthony DaSilva and Emma Flynn
At the prom photos by Ann Kielbasa.

Into The Woods

Barrington Stage presents Into The Woods by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine through July 13 at their Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.  This landmark musical is as enchanting as ever in this outstanding production. None of its magic is lost as this fairy tale world unfolds with its joys and challenges. From the first production we ever saw at Barrington Stage of Mack and Mabel quite a few years ago, Bob and I have always enjoyed this company’s musicals. Listen to our discussion by clicking below,

Into the Woods discussion

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