In The Visit, her Williamstown Theatre Festival debut, Broadway legend Chita Rivera embodies Claire Zachanassian, the oft-widowed richest woman in the world, who returns to the hardship-stricken town of her birth. The locals pray that her wealth will bring them a new lease on life, but the carefully plotted renewal she offers carries a dreadful price.
Sardonic and morally complex, The Visit asks: What can your heart afford?
Rivera is joined by Roger Rees, Jason Danieley, and Judy Kuhn and directed in this Kander and Ebb musical by John Doyle.
Here she speaks with Joe Donahue about working on the show, her reverence for a productions creative team, and keeping her sense of humor - always.
Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitemore is currently running on Barrington Stage Company’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage in Pittsfield, MA through August 2nd.
Starring Mark H. Dold and directed by Joe Calarco, Breaking the Code tells the true story of famed mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing, who solved the German Enigma code during World War II, not knowing that, as a gay man, he’d fight a much harder personal battle at home.
Samuel D. Hunter’s award-winning and critically acclaimed new play, The Whale, opens tonight at The Charles R. Wood Theater in Glens Fall, NY last night as part of The Adirondack Theatre Festival’s 2014 season. The production is directed by Kristen Van Ginhoven.
Charlie, a 600-lb man is slowly eating himself to an early grave. His caretaker and friend, Liz, has been trying to get Charlie to see a doctor for years, to no avail. Charlie teaches online writing courses from his Idaho apartment; his weight keeps him isolated from the physical world outside. His daughter, Ellie, a teenager who’s pushing against the adults in her life, suddenly shows up at his door. So does Elder Thomas, a young Mormon on his two-year mission. Charlie deals with more than weight issues; issues from his past have brought him to a crisis in the present.
We are joined now by two actors from the production, Timothy Carter who plays Charlie and Brenny Rabine who plays Liz.
Born Lyova Haskell Rosenthal in New York City, actress Lee Grant spent her youth accumulating more experiences than most people have in a lifetime: from student at the famed Neighborhood Playhouse to member of the legendary Actors Studio; from celebrated Broadway star to Vogue “It Girl.”
At age twenty-four, she was nominated for an Academy Award for Detective Story, and a year later found herself married and a mother for the first time, her career on the rise. And then she lost it all. Her name landed on the Hollywood blacklist, her offers for film and television roles ground to a halt, and her marriage fell apart.
She has just written a new memoir entitled I Said Yes To Everything.
One of Stephen Sondheim’s most beloved and award-winning musicals, A Little Night Music offers an amusing and farcical tale of unexpected liaisons, relentless desire, and ill-fated heartbreak in the life of acclaimed actress, Desiree Armfeldt.
In The Berkshire Theatre Group production of A Little Night Music, 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.
After decades as the gentle-natured leader of a Christian retreat that endeavors to “cure” gay teens, Walt is packing up his life and preparing for a reluctant retirement. But when his final client quietly disappears into the remote Idaho wilderness, Walt discovers that his previously unwavering moral compass no longer points the way.
A Great Wilderness is a play by Obie Award winner, Samuel D. Hunter. It is directed at Williamstown Theatre Festival by Eric Ting and stars Jeffrey DeMunn. The three join us to talk about the play, which runs on the Nikos Stage at WTF July 9-July 20.
Singer, dancer, and master of comedic timing, Jason Alexander is best known for his appearances on television and in film. Seinfeld’s George Costanza is also a Broadway veteran who won the Tony-Award for Best Actor in Jerome Robbin’s Broadway.
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 The Music Man, Pippin, and Merrily We Roll Along, plus a few surprises.
Weston Playhouse 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 Analog and Vinyl – a new musical by by Paul Gordon which is currently running in its world premier production, and Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang which won The Tony Award for Best Play in 2013 and runs at Weston July 17-26.
Analog and Vinyl 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.
In Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, 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.
Sarah Stiles plays Rodeo Girl in Analog and Vinyl and David Bonanno plays Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike. They join us now along with Steve Stettler - Producing Artistic Director at Weston Playhouse.
Named one of the best plays of the 20th Century by the New York Times and Time Magazine, The Mystery of Irma Vep: A Penny Dreadful is currently running on The Berkshire Theatre Group’s Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge, MA.
Aaron Mark directs Charles Ludlam’s campy comedy for BTG - which tells the tale of Lady Enid and Lord Edgar who arrive one stormy night at a haunted and dreary estate to investigate the sudden disappearance of Irma Vep. Sidesplitting antics and mysteries unfold as the two journey from the London manor to the ancient pyramids in Egypt with vampires, werewolves, mummies and more in tow in this satire of Victorian melodrama, Gothic horror and classic films.
Broadway Actor, Bill Bowers and Tony Award-nominated, Tom Hewitt take on eight characters in this classic romp of a gothic spoof.