The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The splendid musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame is playing at the Mac-Haydn Theatre through August 5. Based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel with music from the Disney film by Alan Menken and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, this play has been produced  at regional theatres and abroad.. Once again the designers of the arena stage at the Mac-Haydn Theatre bring the audience into the world of the musical with, the costumes, the stained glass windows, the choreography and the direction.  This production portrays the world of the novel, more than the Disney version.

Bob and I interviewed three of the leading actors in the show.

Michael Brennan
Laura Helm






Quinto Ott

Click below to listen to the interview.

Interview with Hunchback of Notre Dame cast members.


After you listen to the interview, click on the theatre’s website below for tickets.

Mac-Haydn Theatre web site

Video of cast members from Hunchback of Notre Dame

For reviews, click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association


The Berkshire Theatre Group is presenting Hair at the Unicorn Theatre through August 11. This landmark musical was originally performed in the 1960’s when social change was happening against the background of an unpopular war. Contributing to the war’s unpopularity was  television coverage which brought the war into people’s living rooms. Since then, our wars have been depicted with less carnage.  Watching Hair, one is aware of difference and similarities between then and now.

Bob and I talk about  some of this in our discussion.

Discussion of Hair

For tickets and to learn more about the rest of Berkshire Theatre Group;s season, click below.

Berkshire Theatre Group

For reviews click below

Berkshire Theatre Critics  Association


Fun Home

The Weston Playhouse is presenting Fun Home at the Walker Farm Theatre through July 28. This play is based on the graphic novel of the same name by Alison Bechdel. The musical. with book and lyrics by Lisa Kron and music by Jeanine Tesori,  opened at the Public Theatre in 2013 and went  on to  Broadway in 2015 at the Circle in the Square Theatre and that year won five Tony awards. This musical has played in small theatres and  fits into the intimate space of the Walker Farm Theatre as though made for it.

Bob and I were absorbed by the performances and the story throughout the performance. Click below for our discussion about it.

Fun Home Discussion

For tickets, click on The Weston Playhouse website

Weston Playhouse

For reviews check out

The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association



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


                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