Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Wed August 7, 2013

"Woody Sez" at The Guthrie Center

David M. Lutken in the Lyric production of "Woody Sez"
Credit Wendy Mutz

    Woody Sez is a toe-tapping theatrical concert event that uses the words of Woody Guthrie, and over twenty-five of his songs to transport the audience through his fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life.

Performed by a talented group of four versatile actor/musicians who not only play 15 instruments ranging from guitar and fiddle to jaw harp and dulcimer, but they also bring to life the many people who are the fabric of Woody Guthrie's amazing story.

Woody Sez will be at The Guthrie Center in Great Barrington on August 14th and 16th and David Lutken joins us now to tell us more.

David studied at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts in London. He has performed in Europe and the United Kingdom, at Lincoln Center, the 92nd Street Y and Carnegie Hall. His debut in the West End was the 2011 production of Woody Sez.

Arts & Culture
11:35 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Tanglewood - Shakespeare & Company - Mother Courage

    Considered by many to be one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children is set against the backdrop of the Thirty Years War and follows the fate of Mother Courage, an artful canteen woman with the Swedish Army, intent on keeping her business and family alive amid the destruction of war.

Mother Courage and Her Children still resonates today as a profound insight into the moral implications of war. The show is running in the Tina Packer Playhouse as part of Shakespeare and Company’s season through August 25th.

The production is directed by Shakespeare and Company’s Artistic Director, Tony Simotes and features Olympia Dukakis, Apollo Dukakis, and John Douglas Thompson.

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.

Arts & Culture
10:05 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Lin-Manuel Miranda on Working at the Pleasure of the "President" - and the First Treasury Secretary


    In 2008, the musical In The Heights was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won Best New Musical, Choreography, Orchestrations, and Score. It was also nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for Drama and it introduced the world at large to the diverse and impressive talents of its writer, composer, lyricist, and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The writer, composer, actor worked with Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents on the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story - specifically swapping out English lyrics for Spanish in portions of songs sung by the Puerto Rican characters; he performed in the City Center Encores presentation of Merrily We Roll Along in 2012; and he co-wrote the music and lyrics for Bring it On: The Musical - which was nominated for a Tony Award for Best New Musical this past Broadway season.

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Arts & Culture
11:12 am
Thu July 25, 2013

The Woodstock Playhouse's 75th Anniversary Season

    The Woodstock Playhouse is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The Playhouse has gone through several incarnations. It began as an offshoot of the bohemian theater scene of the Maverick Arts Colony, with founder Robert Elwyn's vision that the Playhouse become on of the first rural extensions of Broadway. Larry Hagman and Dick Van Patten, along with Mary martin and Diane Keaton, started their careers on the Playhouse stage.

Woodstock Playhouse Company Manager and Co-Founder Doug Farrell joins us this morning along with Mary Mullaney – Director of PR, and actor Robby Haltiwanger who was in Fiddler on the Roof this season and will be playing the lead role in Tommy.

The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival's 27th Season

  The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival is celebrating its 27th season with three shows - The Three Musketeers, All’s Well That Ends Well and King Lear.

Shakespeare’s masterpiece about an aging king’s attempt to divide his kingdom between his three daughters. Deceived by misplaced affection and flattery, the king makes a series of terrible decisions, tearing his family and kingdom apart, and is pushed to the brink of madness.

The festival's founding Artistic Director, Terry O’Brien joins us this morning along with Stephen Paul Johnson, who plays Lear, and Jason O’Connell who is in both Lear and All’s Well.

Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Mon July 22, 2013

A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company at Powerhouse

New York Stage and Film and Vassar College present A Musical Inspired by the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company as their second Martel Musical this Powerhouse season.

Trey Swieskowski, an idealistic young Brooklynite, fantasizes about becoming a superhero. Meanwhile, Astrolass (AKA “Astroman’s daughter”) is desperate to pack in her cape and escape the burden of her father’s legacy. When the two of them cross paths, they hatch a plan to change their lives forever.

Director Michael Mayer returns to Powerhouse to develop this exciting new musical and he joins us along with Peter Lerman (music and lyrics) and Simon Rich (book).

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
12:50 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Filming O'Keefe"

Bob Goepfert, Arts Editor for the Troy Record, discusses the Adirondack Theater Festival production of Filming O’Keefe.