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

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.

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

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.

Sunset Boulevard

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.

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Sunset Boulevard Interview

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     Pat Moran, Elizabeth Ward Land

 

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               James Zannelli, Elizabeth Ward Land, Pat Moran

Curtains

The Mac-Haydn Theatre is presenting  Curtains by Kander and Ebb through June 16.  This musical offers mystery, comedy and music in one delightful package. Bob and I interviewed three of the main members of the cast on opening night.  We learned about them, the musical, and the magic  of performances at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, New York.  After you listen to the interview, by clicking below,

Curtains Interview

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Camelot – Mac-Haydn Theatre

Mac-Haydn Theatre begins its 51st season with Lerner and Lowe’s landmark musical Camelot. The musical was one of John Kennedy’s favorites, particularly the last song when Arthur instructs a young boy, “Don’t let it be forgot.,That once there was a spot, For one brief shining moment, That was known as Camelot”

Bob and I had seen the original production in New York. Richard Burton and Julie Andrews were no longer in the cast at that point.  Robert Goulet still was. To be honest, we liked the Mac-Haydn production better. Camelot is running Wednesday to Sunday until June 2. You don’t want to miss it.

After clicking on the link below and listening to our discussion, you can click on the link to the theatre below or call 518-392-9292 for tickets.

Discussion of Camelot

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Annie

The Mac-Haydn Theatre is ending its season with a production of Annie which will run through September 2. This is an outstanding conclusion to an outstanding  50th Anniversary season. The musical score is filled with great songs.  Most people will remember Tomorrow,  but Easy StreetIt’s The Hard Luck Life,  Little Girls, and N.Y.C . are also great and that is just the first act. Whether you have seen a stage production, or one of the movies or the television show. there is something special seeing it on the Mac-Haydn arena stage where the audience surrounds the fourteen little girls that drive Miss Hannigan crazy and the chorus comes singing down the aisles.

On opening night Bob and I had the pleasure of  talking with George Dvorsky who plays Daddy Warbucks, Corrine Tork who plays Grace Farrell, and Gabe Belyeu who plays FDR.

Listen to our discussion by clicking below

Annie discussion with the actors

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