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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Ben Vereen at Belleayre Music Festival

    Actor, singer, dancer Ben Vereen will display his full-range talents at the Belleayre Music Festival during his one-man show, Steppin' Out with Ben Vereen.

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.

After formally studying his craft and earning steady work on Broadway, Ben earned critical recognition for his dazzling performance in Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippin (Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical) and in Funny Lady. Ben was introduced to a more mainstream audience with his crafty portrayal of Chicken George in the landmark TV miniseries Roots, receiving an Emmy nomination.

He joins us to talk about his impression on the revival of Pippin, Bob Fosse, and more.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Bartlett Sher and Steven Pasquale - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

    The Williamstown Theatre Festival's Broadway-bound production of The Bridges of Madison County musical, starring Steven Pasquale and Elena Shaddow opens on August 1st.

Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, Bridges 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.

Based on Robert James Waller’s 1992 bestselling novel, The Bridges of Madison County features a score by Tony winner Jason Robert Brown and a book by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman. 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.

Sher’s Broadway credits include Golden Boy, South Pacific, Awake and Sing!, The Light in the Piazza, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. Steven Pasquale - a series regular on the seven-season FX hit Rescue Me - last appeared on Broadway in the Neil LaBute play Reasons to Be Pretty and was here at Williamstown last season in Far From Heaven.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Berkshire Theatre Group's production of "Same Time, Next Year"

    The Berkshire Theatre Group presents Bernard Slade’s Same Time, Next Year at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge through August 10th.

In the show, George and Doris are married, but not to each other. After a passionate chance meeting, the two decide to meet once a year to rekindle their relationship. Encompassing twenty five years of reunions, manners and morals, this Tony-nominated and Drama Desk Winning play is a hilarious and touching look at unconventional love and changing times.

In the BTG production, directed by Kyle Fable, Corinna May plays Doris and David Adkins plays George.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Richard Schiff in "The Chosen" at Barrington Stage

Richard Schiff and Joe Donahue

    Actor Richard Schiff is probably best known for playing White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler on NBC’s The West Wing.

He made his Broadway debut this past season Glengarry Glen Ross with Al Pacino and he is now at Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield in The Chosen.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri July 19, 2013

"Pygmalion" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Heather Lind, Joe Donahue, Robert Sean Leonard

    

  George Bernard Shaw's classic, Pygmalion is running on the Main Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Directed by Nicholas Martin and starring Robert Sean Leonard and Heather Lind, Shaw's story of linguistics and love (and of course class structure in English society) runs through July 27th.

We welcome Robert Sean Leonard and Heather Lind to the show.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon July 15, 2013

"When the Lights Went Out" at Powerhouse

Laura Innes and Cotter Smith in rehearsal for "When The Lights Went Out"
Credit Buck Lewis / © Vassar & New York Stage and Film / Buck Lewis

    On the night of the Northeast blackout of 2003, six New Yorkers connect through interwoven stories. In the darkness, two strangers fall in love during an epic walk across Manhattan; an older couple marooned in their apartment must finally grapple with their past; and a conflicted Iraqi immigrant makes her way across the Brooklyn Bridge chasing memories of her lost son and her homeland through the shadows.

The play, by Mozhan Marnò is the second New York Stage and Film Mainstage show this Powerhouse season at Vassar College. Kate Whoriskey directs and Laura Innes stars. They joins us to discuss the piece.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Kate Burton in "Hapgood" at The Williamstown Theatre Festival

Jake Weber (Kerner) and Kate Burton (Hapgood)
Credit T Charles Erickson

    Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood opened at The Williamstown Theatre Festival last night.

It stars WTF favorite and two-time Tony Award nominee Kate Burton, who returns to Williamstown for her 18th season to take on the tour-de-force title role.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Thu June 27, 2013

"Downtown Race Riot" at Powerhouse

Rehearsal photo - Downtown Race Riot - Left to Right: Annabella Sciorra, Molly Carden
Credit Buck Lewis / Vassar & NY Stage and Film's Powerhouse Theater

    There’s a riot on in Washington Square Park and a motley band of feckless, funny young men are spoiling for a fight. Against this backdrop of tribal loyalties and petty beefs, 18-year old Pnut McPartland has to pick sides and hustle his family and his friends just to stay alive.

Downtown Race Riot is a new play by Seth Svi Rosenfeld and it’s running at New York Stage and Film and Vassar College’s Powerhouse Theatre through July 7th. 

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Mon June 24, 2013

The Hyde Collection - Adirondack Theatre Festival

    The Adirondack Theatre Festival is such a special theatre company offering new, interesting, fun and world premiere works of theatre. Their season this summer includes everything from Judy Garland, to Avenue Q, to – of course – Georgia O’Keeffe.

Mark Fleischer is the Producing Artistic Director of ATF and has been since 2007. He joins us to tell us about their upcoming productions, including their opening production: Heartbreaker: Two Months with Judy Garland.

In 1968, when he was 26, songwriter John Meyer met Judy Garland. The next two months were an emotional roller-coaster, but his life was changed forever. Inspired by his acclaimed memoir, Meyer brings to the stage the true story of his romance with a star whose flame was dying and how he attempts to rescue her from her self-destructive demons. John Meyer and the show’s director, Michael Bush, and star, Christine Andreas join us along with Mark Fleischer.

Arts & Culture
10:30 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Brynn O'Malley in "Annie: The Musical" on Broadway

Credit David Gordon

    Annie: The Musical is hard-knock life-ing to sun’ll come out tomorrow-ing again on Broadway. The cast recording is available today from Shout! Broadway.

The original production of this iconic American musical ran from April 1977 to January 1983. The show is, of course, based on the comic strip created by Harold Gray (which was based on a poem by James Whitcomb Riley). This is the second Broadway revival and it’s directed by James Lapine.

Brynn O’Malley plays Grace Farrell, Oliver Warbucks tireless assistant. Brynn's Broadway credits include WickedSunday In the Park with GeorgeHairspray, and Beauty & the Beast. Regionally, Brynn has starred in Avenue Q and numerous other 1st national and regional productions. She joins us to talk about working with kids and dogs, working with James Lapine, and doing Avenue Q in Las Vegas.

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