Coming Back Like A Song

Relax back in time at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage of the Berkshire Theatre Group. It is Christmas Eve in 1956 when three of the iconic songwriters of the time are relaxing after an ASCAP meeting. Jimmy Van Heusen and Harold Arlen are with Irving Berlin in Berlin’s apartment pondering the impact of rock and roll on their careers among other things. While doing so they share many of their songs and stories. The play runs Monday through Sunday through July 21.

Listen to what Bob and I have to say about the play.

Discussion of Coming Back Like A Song

Then click on the Berkshire Theatre Group website or call 413.448.8084 x 50

Berkshire Theatre Group Website

Read the reviews at the

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

                      Coming Back Like A Song!, 2018. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware

 

                  Coming Back Like A Song!, 2018. Photo by Emma K. Rothenberg-Ware

Mamma Mia


Mamma Mia 
runs at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, New York until July 22. This musical  is the most requested musical in the company’s history. Since the play opened in London in 1999 with its ABBA music, it has been a long-running hit everywhere. It was the eighth longest running show on the West End in London and the ninth longest running show on Broadway. It was also made into a movie with Meryl Streep. There are songs like Dancing Queen that stick with you. Besides that it does celebrate women’s independence.

Bob and I had the chance to interview three of the principal performers on opening night. Betsy Padamonsky who plays Donna Sheridan, Kelly Gabrielle Murphy who plays her daughter Sophie, and Gabe Belyeu who plays Sam Carmichael

Click below to hear the interview.

Mama Mia Interview

Order tickets by clicking on the theatre’s website  or by calling  (518) 392-9292

Mac-Haydn Theatre website

Read what the reviewers say

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Watch this video

The Royal Family of Broadway

The Royal Family of Broadway by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin is playing at Barrington Stage’s  Boyd-Quinson Mainstage until July 7. This is a musical adaptation of the play, The Royal Family by George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. The family of actors is based on the Barrymore family which spanned many generations.  John and Ethel are represented in the play by Tony and Julie Cavendish.  Lionel of the famous sibling trio is not represented although he had a distinguished career on stage and in film, most notably as Mr. Potter in It’s A Wonderful Life.

Bob and I talk some about the Barrymores connection to the original play in our discussion which you can hear by clicking on the link below.

Royal Family of Broadway Discussion

Then click on the link below to hear Julianne Boyd’s interview with William Finn

Julianne Boyd’s Interview with William Finn

Click below for some of the highlights of the show.

Highlights of The Royal Family of Broadway

For tickets, click on the website

Barrington Stage web site

And for reviews click once again below.

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

 

                         Harriet Harris as Fanny Cavendish and Laura Michelle Kelly as Julie Cavendish
                                                         Will Swenson as Tony Cavendish

 

                        Hayley Podschun as Gwen Cavendish and A. J. Shively as Perry Stewart

Cabaret

                Pat Moran and Emily Kron

The Mac-Haydn Theatre offers its audiences the unique opportunity to see a variety  of outstanding musicals through the summer. Bob and I have the added pleasure of interviewing talented and interesting performers before the opening nights.  Talking with Emily Kron, Pat Moran and Dakota Dutcher, who have major roles in Cabaret, was enlightening.

Cabaret, by Kander and Ebb, is one of the great American musicals. The Kit Kat Klub promises its patrons escape from the problems of a Germany that is about to change. Come to this Cabaret and you will see a fresh and vibrant production of a theatre classic thanks to the work of director John Saunders, choreographer Sebastiani Romagnolo and their talented cast. The show runs through July 1.

Click below to hear our interview with the lead players

Cabaret Interview

Order tickets on line by going to the theatre’s website or phone (518) 392-9292

Mac-Haydn Theatre website

On the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association website you can read reviews of the play.

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

Anne of Green Gables

Each year The Weston Playhouse auditions students at some of the outstanding music programs in the country to select its Young Company. This group  performs a family show, takes part in the Main Stage musical and does the nightly cabarets. Bob and I always enjoy talking with the Young Company. They bring energy and talent to all they do during the summer.

This year the family show is Anne of Green Gables, based on the popular character from the novel of the same name by Lucy Maud Montgomery, a Canadian novelist. Besides the fifty million copies of the novel that have been published, Anne is also familiar to young people through film and television shows. The one hour production will be presented Tuesdays through Sundays at 4 pm until June 30 at the new Walker Farm Theatre.

Click below to hear our interview with the Young Company where we talk about Anne of Green Gables and their other activities

Interview with Young Company

Then click below for tickets and more information

Weston Playhouse

        Megumi Nakamura and Grace Martini
               The Young Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                    Grace Martini, David Alea and Marissa Hecker

 

 

 

Funny Girl

 Funny Girl is a musical based on the life of Fanny Brice, a Ziegfield Follies singer and comedienne. The musical catapulted Barbra Streisand to stardom. The music is by Jule Styne, the lyrics by Bob Merrill and the book by Isobel Lennart. Hit songs such as People and Don’t Rain on My Parade are still popular.

Although we have often listened to the music, Bob and I had never seen the play. We had the good fortune to interview three of the major players on opening night of the Mac-Haydn production. Lauren Palmeri who plays Franny, Colin Pritchard who is Eddie Ryan, and Chris Cherin who is Nick Arnstein.  After the interview, we had a wonderful time enjoying the acting, the music, the choreography and every aspect of the show.

Listen to our interview with the actors by clicking below.

Funny Girl Interview

Then go to the Mac-Haydn website for tickets

Mac-Haydn Theatre website

    Funny Girl video

Chris Cherin and Lauren Palmeri

Colin Pritchard, Laura Palmeri and Judith Wyatt 

Lauren Palmeri and chorus

 

 

Damn Yankees

The Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, New York is beginning its 50th year of musical theatre with an outstanding production of Damn Yankees. (May 24-June 3) This is one of those musicals where every number works; the tender love ballads, the rousing chorus numbers, are  all memorable. Before the show on opening night, we had the opportunity to talk with three of the principal  actors; Mark Hardy who plays Mr. Applegate, Corinne Tork who is Lola, and Julie Galorenzo who is Meg Boyd. We learned so much about the experience of theatre from the actors’ point of view, we felt we knew them even in this brief conversation. Then when we saw them on stage, they were totally transformed into their characters.  This is the magic of theatre.

Click below to listen to the interview.

Damn Yankees Interview

Then buy your tickets for the show below.

Mac-Haydn web site

or call the Box Office at 518-392-9292

Video

“Heart Encore”- Chris Hendricks ( Rocky) Charlie Munday (Eddie) Megan Hasse ( Gloria Thorpe) Hale (Smokey) Nathianial Dolquist ( Veron/Mickey) Atsushi Eda (Bouley) Gabe Belyeu (Van Buren

“A Little Brains, A Little Talent”- Corinne Tork ( Lola) Mark Hardy ( Applegate) 

                                                  The Game (The Ensemble)