musical theater http://wamc.org en "Smokey Joe's Café" At Capital Rep http://wamc.org/post/smokey-joes-caf-capital-rep <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Smokey Joe’s Café</em> - a musical revue featuring primarily the songs of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. It has the distinction of being longest running revue on Broadway.</p><p>Better than that, though, it has just a ton of incredibly fun and iconic songs.</p><p><a href="http://www.capitalrep.org">Capital Repertory Theatre</a> in Albany, NY presents <em>Smokey Joe’s Café</em> Tuesday, July 15 to Sunday, August 10 and we are fortunate to be joined at The Linda by that production's musical director, Benet Braun and cast members Christopher Brasfield, Justin Scott Brown, Laura D’andre, Lulu Fall, Gizel Jimenez, Jannie Jones, Benjamin Mapp, Correy West, Jason Veasey.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 94651 at http://wamc.org "Smokey Joe's Café" At Capital Rep Berkshire Theatre Group Presents "A Little Night Music" Through July 19th http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-theatre-group-presents-little-night-music-through-july-19th <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>One of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved and award-winning musicals, <em>A Little Night Music</em> offers an amusing and farcical tale of unexpected liaisons, relentless desire, and ill-fated heartbreak in the life of acclaimed actress, Desiree Armfeldt.</p><p>In <a href="http://www.berkshiretheatregroup.org/">The Berkshire Theatre Group</a> production of <em>A Little Night Music</em>, currently running at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA, Desiree Armfeldt is played by renowned actress, vocalist and Berkshire native, Maureen O’Flynn, and is directed by Ethan Heard.</p><p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:34:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94245 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Theatre Group Presents "A Little Night Music" Through July 19th Tanglewood - Jason Alexander http://wamc.org/post/tanglewood-jason-alexander <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Singer, dancer, and master of comedic timing, Jason Alexander is best known for his appearances on television and in film. <em>Seinfeld</em>’s George Costanza is also a Broadway veteran who won the Tony-Award for Best Actor in <em>Jerome Robbin’s Broadway</em>.</p><p>He will join The Boston Pops on Sunday, July 13th at 2:30pm at Tanglewood in Lenox, MA. With the pops he will perform selections from <em>The Music Man</em>, <em>Pippin</em>, and <em>Merrily We Roll Along</em>, plus a few surprises.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 15:25:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 94075 at http://wamc.org Tanglewood - Jason Alexander Weston Playhouse 2014 Season http://wamc.org/post/weston-playhouse-2014-season <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.westonplayhouse.org/">Weston Playhouse</a> is Vermont’s oldest professional theatre. This season they present four shows on their Mainstage and three shows on their Other Stages. Two of the Mainstage shows are <em>Analog and Vinyl</em> – a new musical by by <a href="http://paulgordonmusic.com/paulgordonmusic.com/Home.html">Paul Gordon</a> which is currently running in its world premier production, and <em>Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike</em> by Christopher Durang which won The Tony Award for Best Play in 2013 and runs at Weston July 17-26.</p><p><em>Analog and Vinyl</em> is set in a vintage record store and follows struggling storeowner Harrison and his quirky co-worker, Rodeo Girl, when a mysterious customer makes them a devilish offer they can’t refuse.</p><p>In <em>Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike</em>, three middle-aged siblings grapple with their lives in the company of a soothsaying cleaning woman, a sexy boy toy, and a star-struck ingénue.</p><p>Sarah Stiles plays Rodeo Girl in <em>Analog and Vinyl</em> and David Bonanno plays Vanya in <em>Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike</em>. They join us now along with Steve Stettler - Producing Artistic Director at Weston Playhouse.</p><p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 93765 at http://wamc.org Weston Playhouse 2014 Season "Kiss Me Kate" At Barrington Stage Through July 12 http://wamc.org/post/kiss-me-kate-barrington-stage-through-july-12 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.barringtonstageco.org">Barrington Stage Company</a> the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA kicks off their 20th Anniversary Season with <em>Kiss Me, Kate</em> - with music and lyrics by Cole Porter and book by Sam and Bella Spewack.</p><p>We are joined at The Linda by the production’s director, Joe Calarco, musical director, Darren Cohen and cast members Elizabeth Stanley, Paul Anthony Stewart, Mara Davi, Carlos Lopez, and Michael Dean Morgan.</p><p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 92352 at http://wamc.org "Kiss Me Kate" At Barrington Stage Through July 12 Park Playhouse And The Palace Are Side By Side http://wamc.org/post/park-playhouse-and-palace-are-side-side <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>There is a special benefit for the <a href="http://palacealbany.com/EventsandTickets/EventTickets/event.aspx?eid=ee8e8c86-59b2-439a-9644-a8dd47dbb79e">Palace Performing Arts Center &amp; Albany's Park Playhouse</a> taking place on Thursday, May 29th.</p><p><em>Side By Side By Sondheim</em> honors the genius of one of Broadway's foremost composer-lyricists. The showcase is an array of songs from Sondheim's hit shows includes: <em>Company</em>, <em>Follies</em> and <em>A Little Night Music</em> to name a few, plus collaborations with Leonard Bernstein (<em>West Side Story</em>), Jule Styne (<em>Gypsy</em>) and Richard Rodgers (<em>Do I Hear a Waltz?</em>).</p><p>Simple staging, a small cast and two pianos allow the songs to shine. To tell us more, we welcome Sean Allen, Director of Marketing for the <a href="http://www.palacealbany.com/">Palace Theatre</a> in Albany and Owen Smith is the producing Artistic Director of the <a href="http://www.parkplayhouse.com/">Park Playhouse</a>.</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 91334 at http://wamc.org Park Playhouse And The Palace Are Side By Side Flashdance: The Musical At Proctors http://wamc.org/post/flashdance-musical-proctors <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Celebrating its 30th Anniversary, the pop culture phenomenon of <em>Flashdance</em> is now live on stage!</p><p>With electrifying dance at its core, <em>Flashdance: The Musical </em>tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night with dreams of one day becoming a professional performer.</p><p>David R. Gordon and Ginna Claire Mason play Jimmy and Gloria in <a href="http://www.flashdancethemusical.com/"><em>Flashdance: The Musical</em></a> – which is running at <a href="http://www.proctors.org">Proctors</a> in Schenectady this week.</p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 89875 at http://wamc.org Flashdance: The Musical At Proctors A Pineapple For Danny - Roundabout Theatre Company's "Cabaret" http://wamc.org/post/pineapple-danny-roundabout-theatre-companys-cabaret <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Kander<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Ebb’s classic Tony Award winning musical drama, </span><a href="http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/shows-events/cabaret.aspx" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Cabaret</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, is currently in previews in New York City - directed by Sam Mendes and co-directed and choreographed by Rob Marshall, the production stars Alan Cumming as the Emcee of the Kit-Kat </span>Klub<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Those of you who are particularly Broadway savvy may think I’m introducing a segment from 1998 - when those three men worked together with </span><a href="http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Roundabout</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on the same show - which ran until 2004.</span></p><p>But no - we’ve not figured out how to go back in time to see the critically acclaimed and much lauded production again - Roundabout is re-mounting the show at Studio 54. The official opening date is April 24th … 2014.</p><p>In addition to Mr. Cumming donning his suspenders and blood-red lipstick again, this revival stars Michelle Williams as Sally Bowles, Bill Heck as Cliff, Linda Emond as Frau Schnieder, and Danny Burstein as Herr Shultz.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:11:10 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 88470 at http://wamc.org A Pineapple For Danny - Roundabout Theatre Company's "Cabaret" Paul Nolan In "Once" On Broadway http://wamc.org/post/paul-nolan-once-broadway <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Actor, Paul Nolan has returned to Broadway as the “Guy” in the musical, <a href="http://www.oncemusical.com/"><em>Once</em></a>. Based on the 2006 movie of the same name, <em>Once</em> has a script by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, was directed for the stage by John Tiffany and won 8 statuettes (including won for Best New Musical) at the 2012 Tony Awards.</p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 87068 at http://wamc.org Paul Nolan In "Once" On Broadway Joshua Henry In Roundabout Theatre Company's "Violet" http://wamc.org/post/joshua-henry-roundabout-theatre-companys-violet <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/Shows-Events/Violet.aspx">Violet</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, begins previews at The American Airlines in New York City tonight. </span><a href="http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">The Roundabout Theatre Company</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> production marks the Broadway debut of the musical, following the acclaimed concert performance at </span><a href="http://www.nycitycenter.org/Home" style="line-height: 1.5;">City Center Encores!</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Off-Center last year. Winner of the Drama Critics’ Circle Award and Lucille </span>Lortel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Award for Best Musical when it premiered Off-Broadway at </span><a href="http://www.playwrightshorizons.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Playwrights Horizons</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in 1997, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Violet</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> features music by Jeanine </span>Tesori<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and book and lyrics by Brian </span>Crawley<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>The Roundabout production is directed by Leigh Silverman and stars two-time Tony Award winner, Sutton Foster in the title role. The stellar cast of Broadway regulars also contains Colin Donnell, Alexander Gemignani, and Joshua Henry.</p><p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 86917 at http://wamc.org Joshua Henry In Roundabout Theatre Company's "Violet"