williamstown theatre festival

Arts & Culture
12:53 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews "Johnny Baseball"

“Johnny Baseball” playing at the Nikos Theatre of the Williamstown Theatre Festival is both a musical about baseball and an interracial love story. The two are connected through the racism of baseball, specifically the Boston Red Sox, who were one of the last team in major league baseball to sign a black ballplayer.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Jason Robert Brown - "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Sarah LaDuke and Jason Robert Brown

    Jason Robert Brown’s first musical, Songs for a New World played off-Broadway in 1995 and has since been seen in more than two hundred productions around the world. He won the Tony Award for Best Original Score in 1999 for Parade and won Drama Desk Awards in 2002 for Best Music and Best Lyrics for The Last Five Years - which has been adapted for film by Richard LaGravenese and produced by Lucky Monkey Pictures, Sh-K-Boom Records, and Grand Peaks Entertainment.

Jason is the composer and lyricist of the new musical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County. The book is by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman and it's directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher.

The Broadway-bound show begins its run on The Williamstown Theatre Festival Mainstage this week.

Jason Robert Brown joins us to discuss the show, working with Marsha Norman, and how it was time for him to write something grand and romantic. 

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
12:39 pm
Sat July 27, 2013

Bob Goepfert Reviews WTF Production Of "Pygmalion"

If you only know of the George Bernard Shaw play “Pygmallion” as the source material for the musical “My Fair Lady,” you really don’t know the work.  “Pygmailion” is a biting, funny social satire about women’s rights and class distinctions.

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Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Fri July 26, 2013

"Johnny Baseball" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

James Snyder as Johnny O’Brien
Credit T Charles Erickson

    The Red Sox musical Johnny Baseball is now running on the Nikos Stage at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

Johnny Baseball brings to life the "Curse of the Bambino" through the stories of three orphaned souls -- hard-luck 1919 Red Sox right-hander Johnny O'Brien; his idol, Babe Ruth, and Daisy Wyatt, a dazzling African-American blues singer. Their intertwining fates reveal the source of the curse and the secret to its triumphant end in 2004, while also examining social and racial undertones that have impacted the team throughout its history.

Willie Reale wrote the lyrics and conceived the story of Johnny Baseball with playwright Richard Dresser.

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
11:45 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Dracula or The Undead - Free Theatre at WTF

Noah Averbach-Katz (Count Dracula) and Elsa Carette (Lucy Westenra)
Credit Paul Fox

    The Free Outdoor production of Dracula, or, The Un-dead plays tonight, tomorrow and next week at the Poker Flats Field in Williamstown.

The production is adapted by Steve Lawson and directed by Jordan Fein and the Dracula duo joins us.

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
Tue July 2, 2013

"American Hero" at Williamstown Theatre Festival

Credit Paul Fox

    The World Premier of American Hero is running on the Nikos Stage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival through July 7th.

In the play - seventeen-year-old Sheri and her co-workers at a new sandwich franchise have honed their skills making everything according to the corporate manual. But when the franchise owner mysteriously disappears, they are forced to improvise.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival production starts Erin Whilhelmi, Ari Graynor, James Waterston and Omar Metwally and is directed by Leigh Silverman.

The playwright, Bess Wohl, joins us. 

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Arts & Culture
10:45 am
Fri June 28, 2013

"Animal Crackers" at The Williamstown Theatre Festival

  Hooray for Captain Spaulding! The intrepid African explorer, inveterate womanizer, and interminable jokester hobnobs with high society as the guest of honor at a swanky soiree. But when a priceless painting is pilfered, he and the guests are swept up in a screwball search for the thief.

The Williamstown Theatre Festival production of Animal Crackers overflows with mirthful melodies, dynamite dancing, and seriously silly slapstick. Animal Crackers brings a new interpretation of the Marx Brothers’ hit Broadway musical and classic film to the Main Stage.

The show is adapted and directed by Henry Wishcamper and the nine-person cast portrays 21 roles. Henry Wishcamper joins us this morning.

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