williamstown theatre festival http://wamc.org en Northern Berkshire Cultural Organizations Aim For Shared Success http://wamc.org/post/northern-berkshire-cultural-organizations-aim-shared-success <p>The cultural attractions of the northern Berkshires have laid out their plans for the upcoming summer.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 86277 at http://wamc.org Northern Berkshire Cultural Organizations Aim For Shared Success New Director Excited For Next Chapter http://wamc.org/post/new-director-excited-next-chapter <p>The <a href="http://wtfestival.org/" target="_blank">Williamstown Theatre Festival</a> has named a new artistic director.</p><p>Come September 2014, the festival will be under new artistic guidance. Mandy Greenfield will take over for Jenny Gersten, who’s been at the helm since 2010. Greenfield is currently the artistic producer of the <a href="http://www.manhattantheatreclub.com/" target="_blank">Manhattan Theatre Club</a>, where she has been since 2003. She says she hopes to make it to Williamstown this summer, a place she’s been to many times as a tourist, fan and ticket buyer.</p> Thu, 05 Dec 2013 23:40:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 79255 at http://wamc.org New Director Excited For Next Chapter Williamstown Theatre Festival Names New Artistic Director http://wamc.org/post/williamstown-theatre-festival-names-new-artistic-director <p>In western Massachusetts, the <a href="http://wtfestival.org/" target="_blank">Williamstown Theatre Festival</a> has named a new artistic director.</p><p>Come September 2014, the Festival will be under new artistic guidance. Mandy Greenfield will take over for Jenny Gersten, who has served in the role since 2010. Before Gersten takes on a new position as executive director of <a href="http://www.thehighline.org/" target="_blank">Friends of the High Line</a> in New York City in January, she will program the upcoming season, the Festival’s 60<sup>th</sup>.</p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 21:33:13 +0000 Jim Levulis 79160 at http://wamc.org Williamstown Theatre Festival Names New Artistic Director "Blood Play" at Williamstown Theatre Festival http://wamc.org/post/blood-play-williamstown-theatre-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Blood Play</em> is the final show on the Nikos Stage at<a href="http://www.wtfestival.org"> The Williamstown Theatre Festival </a>this season. The show is created by <a href="http://www.thedebatesociety.org/">The Debate Society</a> - a Brooklyn based company that creates new plays through the collaboration of Hannah Bos, Paul Thureen, and Oliver Butler.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:45:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 71330 at http://wamc.org "Blood Play" at Williamstown Theatre Festival Herbert Wolff Reviews WTF's Bridges of Madison County http://wamc.org/post/herbert-wolff-reviews-wtfs-bridges-madison-county <p>Theater reviewer Herbert Wolff takes a close look at the Williamstown Theatre Festival production of <em>The</em>&nbsp;<em>Bridges of Madison County</em>.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 11 Aug 2013 16:50:00 +0000 Herbert Wolff 71134 at http://wamc.org Herbert Wolff Reviews WTF's Bridges of Madison County Bob Goepfert Reviews "Johnny Baseball" http://wamc.org/post/bob-goepfert-reviews-johnny-baseball <p>“Johnny Baseball” playing at the Nikos Theatre of the Williamstown Theatre Festival is both a musical about baseball and an interracial love story. The two are connected through the racism of baseball, specifically the Boston Red Sox, who were one of the last team in major league baseball to sign a black ballplayer.</p><p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 16:53:00 +0000 Bob Goepfert 70504 at http://wamc.org 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 Bob Goepfert Reviews WTF Production Of "Pygmalion" http://wamc.org/post/bob-goepfert-reviews-wtf-production-pygmalion <p>If you only know of the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmallion” as the source material for the musical “My Fair Lady,” you really don’t know the work.&nbsp; “Pygmailion” is a biting, funny social satire about women’s rights and class distinctions.</p><p> Sat, 27 Jul 2013 16:39:00 +0000 Bob Goepfert 70104 at http://wamc.org "Johnny Baseball" at Williamstown Theatre Festival http://wamc.org/post/johnny-baseball-williamstown-theatre-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Red Sox musical <em>Johnny Baseball</em> is now running on the Nikos Stage at the <a href="http://www.wtfestival.org">Williamstown Theatre Festival</a>.</p><p><em>Johnny Baseball</em> brings to life the "Curse of the Bambino" through the stories of three orphaned souls -- hard-luck 1919 Red Sox right-hander Johnny O'Brien; his idol, Babe Ruth, and Daisy Wyatt, a dazzling African-American blues singer. Their intertwining fates reveal the source of the curse and the secret to its triumphant end in 2004, while also examining social and racial undertones that have impacted the team throughout its history.</p><p>Willie Reale wrote the lyrics and conceived the story of <em>Johnny Baseball</em> with playwright Richard Dresser.</p><p> Fri, 26 Jul 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 70065 at http://wamc.org "Johnny Baseball" at Williamstown Theatre Festival