musical

Carol Rosegg

  FELA! is the story of legendary Nigerian musician Fela Kuti, whose soulful Afrobeat rhythms ignited a generation.

Inspired by his mother, a civil rights champion, he defied a corrupt and oppressive military government and devoted his life and music to the struggle for freedom and human dignity.

Grammy winner and former member of Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams, is in town to perform in the run of the musical FELA! at Proctor’s in Schenectady tonight and for two shows tomorrow.

    In the grand tradition of the English Rock opera, a la Tommy, The Wall and The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway – there is a new rock opera for the 21st century: A Wall Street Odyssey.

Yossarian, (from Joseph Heller's seminal book, Catch 22) is reborn as a burned out stockbroker on a path of self-destruction, rebirth and transcendence. The show includes live music, costumes, narration and videos on a giant screen.

Songwriter Sean Bigler and wife Bonnie Lykes live in the Woodstock area of upstate NY formed Epigene in 2000 and are the creators of A Wall Street Odyssey. They bring their show to The Linda in Albany, NY on Saturday, February 23rd.

Lyricist, Lorenz Hart, together with composer Richard Rodgers, wrote some of the most memorable songs ever created. Gary Marmorstein’s new book, A Ship Without A Sail: The Life of Lorenz Hart is a revelatory biography that includes many of the lyrics that define Hart’s legacy.

The Two Of Us Productions is an affiliate of Roving Actor's Repertory Ensemble. The company is based in Copake, NY and they produce full-scale musicals, drama & comedies, and murder mystery evenings. 

Their upcoming production of A Tale of Two Cities is the Northeast regional premiere of the musical adaptation of the work by Charles Dickens.

Kevin Sprague

The Black Suits is a musical with music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and book by Iconis and Robert Emmett Maddock. The show is presented as part of Barrington Stage’s Musical Theatre Lab (William Finn, Artistic Producer). Directed by John Simpkins, with musical direction by James Sampliner, The Black Suits runs September 2 at BSC’s St. Germain Stage in Pittsfield, MA.

Myriam Santos

Stage superstar, Betty Buckley, will perform Ah, Men! The Boys of Broadway at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington, MA on Sunday, August 19th.

Here we speak with her about that show, her memories of Marvin Hamlisch, and her upcoming performance with The Boston Pops at Tanglewood.

Cool things have been happening all Summer at the Weston Playhouse and they continue with the World Premiere (opening later this month) of the new musical, Pregnancy Pact. Inspired by the real-life story of a group of teenage girls who decided to become single mothers together, it is an entertaining and hard-hitting pop-rock musical about the realities of love, responsibility, and growing up in America.

Tony Award-winning star of A Chorus Line, Donna McKechnie, is bringing her cabaret show, My Musical Comedy Life, to The Colonial in Pittsfield this weekend.

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Based on the popular 2002 film, Far From Heaven is now a musical that is having a preview production on the Williamstown Theatre Festival's Main Stage. The show stars 4-time Tony Nominee, Kelli O’Hara. She was nominated for her work in The Light in the Piazza, The Pajama Game, South Pacific, and most recently for Nice Work I f You Can Get It, which she will return to following her work in Williamstown.

Ella, conceived by Rob Ruggiero and Dyke Garrison with a book by Jeffrey Hatcher, is running at Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, NY July 24th through August 12th.

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