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
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
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
That this production has such a short run is too bad so click on Mac-Haydn Theatre website or call 418-392-9292 quickly for tickets.
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.
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.
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,
The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Sunset Boulevard through June 30th. Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing the three principal performers Elizabeth Ward Land, Pat Moran, and James Zannelli. Having an informative conversation with three nice people increased our anticipation of the performance. However, something happened when we went into the theatre. Those three people disappeared and on stage were three different people, Norma Desmond, Joe Gillis and Max von Mayerling. They were so completely those characters that we even forgot the actors who had played those roles in the movie upon which this Andrew Lloyd Weber musical is based. That is the magic of theatre and why we keep going.