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

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

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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

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    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.

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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.

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                                       Hello Dolly 2017

 

 

Hello, Dolly

Jerry Herman’s classic musical Hello, Dolly plays at the Mac-Haydn Theatre until September 3. The music is infectious . This is a musical to make you feel happy about the world. Dolly is a force of nature in her making everything turn out right.

Bob and I had the chance to talk with Dolly,  aka Monica M. Wemitt, Rachel Rhodes-Devey who plays the other widow, Irene Molloy, and Bethany Marx who created the lovely costumes. Along the way we learned something of the history of Mac-Haydn.

Hello, Dolly is a lovely conclusion to a wonderful season of varied musicals. This was our first season at Mac-Haydn, but it won’t be our last. Everyone should put this gem of a theatre on their list of theatres not to be missed. Each musical  has been a joy with the company capturing the unique quality of its particular story and score.

Click below to hear Monica, Rachel and Bethany talk about the show.

Hello, Dolly Interview Part 1

Hello, Dolly Interview Part 2

Then click on the website to get tickets.

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Click below to see video

Hello, Dolly video

Spamalot

“Always look on the bright side of life”.  Eric Idle transformed the film Monty Python and The Holy Grail into a wonderful musical, Spamalot which is playing at the Mac-Haydn Theatre until August 20. Our sons saw the film twelve times. They would probably wish to see this production that many times as well. The score is wonderful, the book full of laughs and the production at Mac-Haydn a delight to see and hear. The joy in Python jokes is that you relish hearing them over and over until you can almost say the lines with the actors. Each time you hear them they are as fresh as the first time. This production builds on that as the actors transform into various characters just as the Pythons did. Arthur, King of the Britains and The Lady of the Lake are always themselves, of course. Hard to choose highlights, but “Whatever Happened to My Song?” and “I Am All Alone” and “You Won’t Succeed on Broadway…” come to mind.

The Mac-Haydn Theatre is a gem for lovers of musicals. To transform from Anything Goes to Saturday Night Fever to  Sweeney Todd to Spamalot  every two weeks on a tiny arena stage is incredible.  Bob and I are in awe of the exhilarating performances we have seen there. Fortunately, each production for us has been preceded by an interview with people involved with the particular show. This time it was  Neal Kowalsky, the director, Jillian Zack , music director and John Anker Bow who plays.Arthur, King of the Britains. Click below to hear the interview.

Spamalot Interview

Click the website for tickets and information about the rest of the season.

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Madison Stratton as The Lady of the Lake
John Anker Bow as Arthur, King of the Britains

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is playing at the Mac-Haydn Theatre until August 6. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, the play  won many awards including a Tony as Best Musical and the Olivier for Best Musical when it opened in London. Over eighty percent of the production is musical with songs ranging from the macabre to the humorous to the lyrical. Given the Mac-Haydn’s intimate arena stage, all the aspects of the show are intensified. The audience is literally in the set with London buildings painted on the walls  and the ensemble in the aisles.

Bob and I had the pleasure of interviewing John Saunders, Artistic Director at the Mac-Haydn  and David Maglione, director of this production.

John Saunders
        David Maglione

 

 

 

 

 

Click below to listen to the interview

Interview with John Saunders and David Maglione

Click the website to order tickets and find out about the rest of the season.

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Click on the photo below to hear the actors talk about their parts.

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And then on this one to get a sense of the performance.

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