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

Then go to The Mac-Haydn website to order tickets before all the shows are sold out

The Mac-Haydn Theatre website

Read what the critics have to say

Berkshire Theatre Critics Association

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

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

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

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)

 

 

 

Mac-Haydn Theatre 2018 Season

The Mac-Haydn Theatre is celebrating its 50th season with an exciting and varied selections of musicals. The theatre began  in 1969 when Lynne Haydn and Linda MacNish met and like Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland in an MGM musical, they said, “Let’s put on a show.”  Little did they know when they mounted My Fair Lady on the Chatham Fair Grounds that people would be putting on shows for  fifty years, moving from an improvised barn to a delightful arena theatre.

Bob and I had the pleasure of talking with John Saunders, the Artistic Director of the company about this season. Learning how he selects a season and puts together the company increased our appreciation of this unique company.

                    John Saunders

Click below to hear about the season.

Interview with John Saunders

Then click for their website for tickets and subscriptions.

Mac-Haydn website

 

 

                                       Hello Dolly 2017