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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.

Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Audra McDonald at The Colonial 6/15

  In the seven years since her last album, Audra McDonald 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 Private Practice. 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 kindergartener to a middle-schooler.

Last year, McDonald returned to New York, starred in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and won a fifth Tony Award. All the ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies are reflected on her new album, Go Back Home. She will be performing at The Colonial in Pittsfield, MA tomorrow night at 8pm.

Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu June 13, 2013

Bill Army in "Old Jews Telling Jokes" Off-Broadway

Bill Army, Tom Susman, Marilyn Sokol in "Old Jews Telling Jokes"
Credit Joan Marcus

    Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, Old Jews Telling Jokes showcases five actors in a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes of the past and present. The show also features comic songs—brand-new and satisfyingly old—as well as tributes to some of the giants of the comedy world and to the Old Jews Telling Jokes website, which inspired the show.

Old Jews Telling Jokes has been cracking up off-broadway audiences for more than a year - having opened at the Westside Theatre on 43rd street in May of 2012.

Our guest, Bill Army plays Reuben in the show - here with speak with him about that, his other work, and his goals.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Brandon Victor Dixon in "Motown: The Musical" on Broadway

  Motown: The Musical is the real story of the one-of-a-kind sound that hit the airwaves in 1959 and changed our culture forever. This exhilarating show charts Motown founder Berry Gordy's incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye and so many more.

Featuring all the classics you love, the show tells the story behind the hits as Diana, Smokey, Berry and the whole Motown family fight against the odds to create the soundtrack that changed America.

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Arts & Culture
10:10 am
Wed May 29, 2013

Berkshire Playwrights Lab Gala - Tony Shalhoub

    Emmy and Golden Globe award winner (and Tony nominee), Tony Shalhoub will participate in the Berkshire Playwrights Lab’s Sixth Annual Gala Celebration at The Mahaiwe 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.

The short film, Food for Thought, written and directed by Joe Cacaci and starring Minnie Driver, Meeghan Holoway, and Tony Shaloub will screen at BIFF this Thursday.

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