tony award http://wamc.org en "In Your Arms" At Powerhouse http://wamc.org/post/your-arms-powerhouse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>In Your Arms</em> is a new play with love-themed vignettes written by Douglas Carter Bean, Nilo Cruz, Christopher Durang, Carrie Fisher, David Henry Hwang, Rajiv Joseph, Terrence McNally, Marsha Norman, Lynn Nottage and Alfred Urhy.</p><p>Christopher Gattelli, the Tony Award-winning choreographer of <em>Newsies</em> and <em>South Pacific</em>, and composer Stephen Flaherty (<em>Ragtime</em>, <em>Once on This Island</em>) bring the vignettes to life through music and dance - using the stories penned by the playwrights but not their words.</p><p><em>In Your Arms</em> is the second Mainstage show of this summer’s New York Stage and Film <a href="http://www.powerhouse.vassar.edu">Powerhouse Theatre</a> season at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, NY.</p><p>Christopher Gattelli joins us.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 94619 at http://wamc.org "In Your Arms" At Powerhouse Randy Graff "Made In Brooklyn" At Club Helsinki http://wamc.org/post/randy-graff-made-brooklyn-club-helsinki <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.randygraff.com/">Randy Graff</a> won the 1990 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her work in <em>City of Angels</em>. Graff’s other Broadway credits include roles in <em>Falsettos</em>, <em>Moon Over Buffalo</em>, <em>High Society</em>, and <em>A Class Act</em>. She was the origal Fantine in <em>Les Miserables</em> on Broadway and starred opposite Alfred Molina in the 2004 revival of <em>Fiddler on the Roof</em>.</p><p>She is bringing her cabaret show “Made in Brooklyn” to <a href="http://www.helsinkihudson.com/schedule.html#140525">Club Helsinki</a> in Hudson, NY this Sunday, May 25th, at 8pm and she joins us now.</p><p> Mon, 19 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 90760 at http://wamc.org Randy Graff "Made In Brooklyn" At Club Helsinki Judy Kaye Shares "An Evening With Lenny & Steve" At Club Helsinki http://wamc.org/post/judy-kaye-shares-evening-lenny-steve-club-helsinki <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Two-time Tony Award winner <a href="http://www.judykaye.com/">Judy Kaye</a> performs a solo cabaret act at <a href="http://www.helsinkihudson.com">Helsinki Hudson</a> next Saturday on March 22nd in an event entitled:<em> An Evening With Lenny &amp; Steve</em> – featuring the music of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.</p><p>Kaye recently performed on Broadway in <em>Nice Work If You Can Get It</em>. Her previous Broadway credits include <em>The Phantom of the Opera</em>, <em>Grease</em>, <em>Ragtime</em> and <em>Souvenir</em>. Her stage experience also includes leading opera roles with companies such as The Santa Fe Opera.</p><p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85564 at http://wamc.org Judy Kaye Shares "An Evening With Lenny & Steve" At Club Helsinki Ben Vereen at Belleayre Music Festival http://wamc.org/post/ben-vereen-belleayre-music-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Actor, singer, dancer Ben Vereen will display his full-range talents at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.belleayremusic.org/music-festival-concert.php?id=149">Belleayre Music Festival</a> during his one-man show, <em>Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen</em>.</p><p>Ben's performance is a unique blend of artistry, combining a tribute to Broadway, Frank Sinatra, and a very special tribute to Sammy Davis Jr. Featuring hit songs such as "Defying Gravity," "Mr. Bojangles," "Something's Coming" and "Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries," Ben Vereen's "Steppin' Out" is a contemporary and timeless journey through the Broadway songbook.</p><p>After formally studying his craft and earning steady work on Broadway, Ben earned critical recognition for his dazzling performance in <em>Jesus Christ Superstar</em>, <em>Pippin</em> (Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical) and&nbsp;in <em>Funny Lady</em>. Ben was introduced to a more mainstream audience with his crafty portrayal of Chicken George in the landmark TV miniseries <em>Roots</em>, receiving an Emmy nomination.</p><p>He joins us to talk about his impression on the revival of <em>Pippin</em>, Bob Fosse, and more.</p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 71532 at http://wamc.org Ben Vereen at Belleayre Music Festival Jason Robert Brown - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival http://wamc.org/post/jason-robert-brown-bridges-madison-county-williamstown-theatre-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.jasonrobertbrown.com">Jason Robert Brown’s</a> first musical, <em>Songs for a New World</em> played off-Broadway in 1995 and has since been seen in more than two hundred productions around the world. He won the Tony Award for Best Original Score in 1999 for <em>Parade</em> and won Drama Desk Awards in 2002 for Best Music and Best Lyrics for <em>The Last Five Years</em> - which has been adapted for film by Richard LaGravenese and produced by <a href="http://www.luckymonkeypictures.com/">Lucky Monkey Pictures</a>, <a href="http://www.sh-k-boom.com/">Sh-K-Boom Records</a>, and Grand Peaks Entertainment.</p><p>Jason is the composer and lyricist of the new musical adaptation of <em>The Bridges of Madison County. </em>The book is by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman and it's directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.bridgesofmadisoncountymusical.com/">Broadway-bound</a> show begins its run on <a href="http://www.wtfestival.org">The Williamstown Theatre Festival</a> Mainstage this week.</p><p>Jason Robert Brown joins us to discuss the show, working with Marsha Norman, and how it was time for him to write something grand and romantic.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 70228 at http://wamc.org Jason Robert Brown - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival Bartlett Sher and Steven Pasquale - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival http://wamc.org/post/bartlett-sher-and-steven-pasquale-bridges-madison-county-williamstown-theatre-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.wtfestival.org">The Williamstown Theatre Festival's </a>Broadway-<a href="http://www.bridgesofmadisoncountymusical.com">bound</a> production of <em>The Bridges of Madison County</em> musical, starring Steven Pasquale and Elena Shaddow opens on August 1st.</p><p>Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, <em>Bridges</em> will play the main stage through August 18th. The show then moves to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway, with performances beginning January 13th and officially opening in late-February.</p><p>Based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 bestselling novel, <em>The Bridges of Madison County</em> features a score by Tony winner <a href="http://www.jasonrobertbrown.com">Jason Robert Brown</a> and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner <a href="http://www.marshanorman.com/">Marsha Norman</a>. The musical tells the story of Robert Kincaid (played by Steven Pasquale) and his life-changing, four-day love affair with Iowa farm wife, Francesca Johnson.</p><p>Sher’s Broadway credits include <em>Golden Boy</em>, <em>South Pacific</em>, <em>Awake and Sing!</em>, <em>The Light in the Piazza</em>, <em>Joe Turner’s Come and Gone</em> and <em>Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown</em>. Steven Pasquale - a series regular on the seven-season FX hit <em>Rescue Me -&nbsp;</em>last appeared on Broadway in the Neil LaBute play <em>Reasons to Be Pretty</em> and was here at Williamstown last season in <em>Far From Heaven</em>.</p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 70227 at http://wamc.org Bartlett Sher and Steven Pasquale - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival Lin-Manuel Miranda on Working at the Pleasure of the "President" - and the First Treasury Secretary http://wamc.org/post/lin-manuel-miranda-working-pleasure-president-and-first-treasury-secretary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>In 2008, the musical <a href="http://www.broadway.com/shows/in-the-heights/"><em>In The Heights</em></a> was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won Best New Musical, Choreography, Orchestrations, and Score. It was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and it introduced the world at large to the diverse and impressive talents of its writer, composer, lyricist, and star,<a href="http://www.linmanuel.com"> Lin-Manuel Miranda</a>.</p><p>The writer, composer, actor worked with Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents on the 2009 Broadway revival of <em>West Side Story</em> - specifically swapping out English lyrics for Spanish in portions of songs sung by the Puerto Rican characters; he performed in the City Center Encores presentation of <em>Merrily We Roll Along</em> in 2012; and he co-wrote the music and lyrics for <em>Bring it On: The Musical</em> - which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Musical this past Broadway season.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:05:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 70064 at http://wamc.org Lin-Manuel Miranda on Working at the Pleasure of the "President" - and the First Treasury Secretary Audra McDonald at The Colonial 6/15 http://wamc.org/post/audra-mcdonald-colonial-615 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the seven years since her last album, </span><a href="http://www.audramcdonald.net/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Audra McDonald</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has kept busy…including singing the hook for Neil Patrick Harris' rap at the conclusion of Sunday’s Tony Awards. She spent several years in Hollywood, filming the television series </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Private Practice</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. She's gotten divorced and remarried, absorbed the shock of losing her father in a plane crash and watched her daughter, grow up from a </span>kindergartener<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to a middle-schooler.</span></p><p>Last year, McDonald returned to New York, starred in The Gershwins' <em>Porgy and Bess</em> and won a fifth Tony Award. All the ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies are reflected on her new album, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CB5ERVA/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B00CB5ERVA&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20">Go Back Home</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B00CB5ERVA" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>. She will be performing at <a href="http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/">The Colonial</a> in Pittsfield, MA tomorrow night at 8pm.</p><p> Fri, 14 Jun 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 67012 at http://wamc.org Audra McDonald at The Colonial 6/15 Tune for Today http://wamc.org/post/tune-today-123 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>"Go Back Home" - by Kander and Ebb from<a href="http://audramcdonald.net/"> Audra McDonald's</a> latest album.</p><p>The five-time Tony Award winner will perform at <a href="http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org">The Colonial Theatre</a> in Pittsfield, MA on Saturday, June 15th.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 15:26:00 +0000 65824 at http://wamc.org Tune for Today Berkshire Playwrights Lab Gala - Tony Shalhoub http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-playwrights-lab-gala-tony-shalhoub <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Emmy and Golden Globe award winner (and Tony nominee), Tony Shalhoub will participate in the <a href="http://www.berkshireplaywrightslab.org/">Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s</a> Sixth Annual Gala Celebration at <a href="http://www.mahaiwe.org">The Mahaiwe</a> in Great Barrington, MA on June 7th. They will present staged readings of new short plays by a roster of playwrights including Joe Cacaci, Richard Dresser, Mark Malone, Maddy Meyers and Anna Ziegler.</p><p>The short film, <a href="http://www.biffma.festivalgenius.com/2013/films/foodforthought_joecacaci_biffma2013"><em>Food for Thought</em></a>, written and directed by Joe Cacaci and starring Minnie Driver, Meeghan Holoway, and Tony Shaloub will screen at <a href="http://www.biffma.org">BIFF</a> this Thursday.</p><p> Wed, 29 May 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 65809 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Playwrights Lab Gala - Tony Shalhoub