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New York Stage and Film and Vassar College present Powerhouse's production of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's play, Abigail/1702, directed by David Esbjornson and starring Chloë Sevigny, Patrick Heusinger, Laila Robins, Paxton Whitehead, and Millbrook, NY 4th grader Lucas Pfeifer. The show runs through July 8. 

The Berkshire Theatre Group presents the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, A Chorus Line this summer at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA. The show will have previews July 2–6, open July 7, and run through July 21.

Andrew Rannells

Jun 22, 2012

Andrew Rannells originated the role of Elder Price in the Tony Award winning musical, The Book of Mormon. He left the show recently, after more than a year on Broadway, and will appear on the NBC comedy, The New Normal, which premieres in September, and in the second season of Girls when it returns to HBO. The first season's finale aired on June 17th. We spoke with Andrew Rannells about all three of these projects, and more, in April.

Music - "You And Me (But Mostly Me)" and "I Believe" from The Book of Mormon (Original Broadway Cast Recording)

On Friday, June 22, at 1 p.m., WAMC will debut Playing on Air – a new program featuring short plays by America's greatest playwrights, performed by America's greatest actors. It will air each fourth Friday the month at 1 p.m.

Each one hour episode will feature two or three short plays. Playing on Air is produced and hosted by Columbia County resident Claudia Catania. She spoke with WAMC’s Brian Shields.

Stephanie J. Block plays Reno Sweeney in the Tony Award winning revival of Anything Goes currently running on Broadway. The show is produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company and will close on August 5th.

One Man, Two Guvnors is a rollicking farce by Richard Bean – based on the classic, Servant of Two Masters. The show currently running on Broadway was first produced in London and has earned enthusiastic reviews and hearty audience applause and guffaws on both sides of the pond. Here, we speak with charming actor, Oliver Chris. He plays Stanley Stubbers – one of the guvnors.

Steve Stettler, a Producing Director at Weston Playhouse, joins us with a preview of this season's theatrical offerings.

Fiddler on the Roof runs on the BSC Mainstage in Pittsfield, MA through July 14th. Director/Choreographer Gary John La Rosa; Music Director Darren R. Cohen; and actors Brad Oscar, Joanna Glushak, Rebecca Kuznick, Stephanie Lynn Mason, Dawn Rother, and Colin Israel join us at The Linda for a preview of the production.

Bruce Dow plays King Herod in the multi-award nominated revival of Jesus Christ Superstar currently running on Broadway. Here, we speak with him about that role, what he likes about working at Stratford Shakespeare Festival (where this production of Superstar began), and more!

The Berkshire Playwright's Lab 5th Season multi-media Gala Celebration will take place on June 9th at 7:30pm at The Mahaiwe in Great Barrington. We welcome Jay Thomas back to the show to talk about his work with BPL and more.

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Will Eno's new one-man play, Title and Deed is running at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre in New York City through June 17th. The show is produced by Signature Theatre in association with Gare St Lazare Players Ireland. It is directed by Judy Hegarty Lovett and features Conor Lovett. Here, we speak with Conor Lovett about the show, Gare St. Lazare, his training, and more.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival’s 2012 performing season will run from June 26th to August 19th and here are some of the names attached: Bradley Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, David Hyde Pierce, Jessica Stone, David Byrne, Blythe Danner and Bob Balaban – just to name a few. The festival’s Artistic Director, Jenny Gersten, joins us this morning with a full preview of her second season at the helm.

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Adam James stars as Bernard in the John Tillinger directed farce, Don't Dress For Dinner (written by Marc Camoletti, adapted by Robin Hawdon, produced by Roundabout Theatre Company) currently running at The American Airlines Theatre on West 42nd Street in New York City. Here we speak with Adam James about his stage career, some notable TV spots, and the tricks of successfully performing farce.

We speak with Monica Kapoor, company member in Broadway's Mamma Mia!, about balancing motherhood and 8 shows a week. Monica was recently featured in the Cafe Mom series, "On Broadway with Kids." 

Kecia Lewis-Evans plays Ida Mae Sturdevant in the Tony Nominated musical, Leap of Faith, now running at The St. James Theatre on W44th Street in New York City. Here with speak with her about the show, her previous roles, and how she thrives on rejection.

Emmy and Obie Award winning actress, Marilyn Sokol, is one of five actors in Old Jews Telling Jokes facing the enjoyable task of paying homage to and reinventing jokes (and performing comic songs) off-Broadway at The Westside Theatre. The show, inspired by the website of the same name, created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent and directed by Marc Bruni, is in previews now and opens on May 20.

Improv Nation

May 3, 2012

Denny Dillon and David Smilow join us - they are performing at Shadowland Theatre in Ellenville, NY on Saturday, 5/5.

Lea Salonga

May 3, 2012

Lea Salonga is a star of the stage (Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Flower Drum Song) as well a Disney Legend for her work in Aladdin and Mulan. She will perform at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall on 5/5.

This week, Cristin Milioti was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Leading Roll in a Musical for her work in Once. Once is based on the 2006 movie of the same name and features a book by award-winning Irish playwright and screenwriter, Enda Walsh, the Academy Award-winning music and lyrics of Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, and is directed by acclaimed Scottish director, John Tiffany.

Here, we speak with Cristin Milioti about her memorable guest appearance on NBC's 30 Rock, her work in the upcoming movie, Sleewalk with Me, and, of course, playing The Girl in Once.

Aaron Sorkin, creator of The West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip as well as Golden Globe and Oscar winning writer for The Social Network is also the author of the play, The Farnsworth Invention, which details the invention of television. The Albany Civic Theatre is producing the play and we speak with director, Aaron Holbritter and by the actor playing the title character, Philo T. Farnsworth, Tom Templeton.

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Mike Birbiglia

Apr 27, 2012
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We welcome comedian, writer, and actor, Mike Birbiglia, to the show and speak with him about his two one-man shows (Sleepwalk with Me and My Girlfriend's Boyfriend); the development of his work, and the film adaptation of Sleepwalk with Me.

Mike Birbiglia is bringing My Girlfriend's Boyfriend to The Egg in Albany, NY on 5/2 and The Calvin in Northampton, MA on 5/5.

Kat Koppett (co-director of improve group Mopco, Mark Fleisher (Producing Artistic Director, Adirondack Theatre Festival), Leigh Strimbeck (WAM Theatre co-founder and Artistic Advisor) tell us about the second 24hr Berkshires/Capital Region Theatre Project.

Joe Donahue speaks with Buddy Hackett's son, Sandy Hackett about his Rat Pack Show which re-creates one of the famous "Summit at the Sands" hotel shows. The show will be at The Colonial in Pittsfield, MA on Saturday 3/24 at 8pm.

Albany, NY – Morgan James is in the new Broadway revival of Godspell - the show is running at Circle in the Square Theatre in New York City.

New York, New York – Cole Porter's Anything Goes is enjoying amazing reviews for its Broadway Revival at The Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Adam Godley plays Evelyn Oakleigh in the production, which is directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall.

David Lindsay-Abaire

Feb 10, 2011

Albany, NY – Pulitzer Prize Winning playwright, David Lindsay-Abaire, speaks with Sarah LaDuke about his career and the film adaptation of Rabbit Hole.

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