“The Mahaiwe is becoming known as
Broadway’s home in the Berkshires”
- Beryl Jolly
In announcing additions to their already busy calendar, Executive Director Beryl Jolly demonstrated the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center’s commitment to live theatre and cabaret with the addition of half a dozen new events that should please local followers of the Broadway scene. Music lovers, too, have much to look forward to.
In the new lineup are Donna McKechnie (pictured in lead photo above) in My Musical Comedy Life, Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in He Said/She Said, Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts presentation of Readings on Fatherhood with Isaiah Sheffer, Christine Ebersole, and Denis O’Hare.
Also scheduled are an Evening with Christine Ebersole, and a “Live in HD” encore broadcast of Roundabout Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed Broadway production of The Importance of Being Earnest starring Brian Bedford.
In the realm of rock and roll will come legend Dr. John and the Lower 911 and acoustic guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola and the Hot Club Trio.
And as always, the Mahaiwe has scheduled Family Movies during school vacation week, and Baobab by Theatre Motus.
“We look forward to welcoming these world-class theater artists to our stage, along with fabulous rock and roll and jazz musicians, and a variety of fun family events,” proclaimed Jolly. “The Mahaiwe is becoming known as Broadway’s home in the Berkshires,” she said.
Details – Selected Shorts
The hit public radio series Symphony Space’s Selected Shorts returns to the Mahaiwe on Saturday, June 11 at 8pm with Readings on Fatherhood. The performance will feature Tony-winning actors Christine Ebersole (Grey Gardens) and Denis O’Hare (Take Me Out, True Blood) and host Isaiah Sheffer performing funny, moving and surprising tales about fatherhood. This event is co-presented by the Mahaiwe and 88.5 FM WFCR/640AM WNNZ – Western New England’s NPR News and Music Stations and sponsored by Wheatleigh. Selected Shorts can be heard on that station every Saturday at 10am. Tickets are $27 to $42.
The Tony Award-winning star of the original cast of A Chorus Line, Donna McKechnie, will perform My Musical Comedy Life, on Sunday, July 10 at 7pm.
Directed by Richard Jay-Alexander, with musical direction by Alex Rybeck, the show encompasses music from some of Broadway’s most celebrated composers, including Stephen Sondheim, Ed Kleban and Marvin Hamlisch, Rodgers and Hammerstein, and Cy Coleman, as well as more contemporary artists, including Francesca Blumenthal and Ann Hampton Callaway.
McKechnie is regarded internationally as one of Broadway’s foremost dancing and singing leading ladies. She recently choreographed the highly acclaimed Guys and Dolls at the Hollywood Bowl and was featured in the documentary film, Every Little Step, which was released last year. Tickets are $40 to $60.
Together and individually, Broadway’s golden couple Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley, who recently starred on Broadway in Next to Normal, have delighted audiences around the country with their glorious voices, moving interpretations, and comic timing. They will perform He Said/She Said on Sunday, July 31 at 7pm. This sexy new show is a hot-hearted, cool-headed musical conversation between lovers that spotlights some of the swingin’est composers of the Great American Songbook, including brand new arrangements of tunes by Jimmy Van Heusen, Johnny Mercer, Dorothy Fields, Harold Arlen, and Sammy Cahn. Mazzie’s Broadway credits include Monty Python’s Spamalot, Kiss Me, Kate, Ragtime, Passion, and Man of La Mancha; she has also performed individually in concert venues from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. Danieley may be most recognized from his performance as Lt. Joe Cable in the PBS Great Performances airing of South Pacific from Carnegie Hall. Broadway credits include Curtains, Candide, and The Full Monty, and he has also performed in concert with many of the country’s leading orchestras, appearing on multiple concert albums with the Boston Pops. Tickets are $40 to $55.
Singer and two-time Tony Award-winning actress Christine Ebersole will perform a no holds barred cabaret-style evening of songs about love and sex on Friday, August 12 at 8pm. She has enchanted audiences throughout her performing career, from the Broadway stage to television series and specials, films, concert appearances, and recordings. Ebersole received virtually every Off-Broadway award and her second Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical for her “dual role of a lifetime” as Edie Beale and Little Edie Beale in Grey Gardens. Other memorable New York stage performances include her Tony Award-winning performance as Dorothy Brock in the smash hit revival 42nd Street, Steel Magnolias, On the Twentieth Century, Oklahoma, Dinner at Eight (Tony and Outer Critics Circle nominations), The Best Man, and the recent revival of Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit. In concert, she has appeared in numerous halls throughout the country. Most recently, she performed in the concert version of the opera The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall. Ticket prices will be announced and go on sale in June.
Dr. John and the Lower 911 will perform on Saturday, July 23 at 8pm. A 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Malcolm John “Mac” Rebennack, Jr. (better known by the stage name Dr. John) is an American singer/songwriter, pianist, and guitarist whose music combines blues, pop, and jazz, as well as Zydeco, boogie woogie, and rock and roll. Rebennack gained fame as a solo artist, beginning in the late 1960s. In the 70s, Dr. John expanded his career beyond the psychedelic voodoo music and theatrics that had driven his career since he took on the Dr. John persona, although it has always remained an integral part of his music and identity. By the mid-1970s, he began focusing on a blend of music that touched on blues, New Orleans R&B, Tin Pan Alley standards, and more. Dr. John is a true legend on the American music scene, who, in addition to a tremendously successful solo career, has contributed his musical talents to dozens of famous American recordings. Tickets are $50 to $70.
On Friday, August 19 at 8pm, acoustic guitar virtuoso Frank Vignola and his band, the Hot Club Trio, will give a concert that melds gypsy jazz, bluegrass, toe-tapping swing, and front porch picking into an eclectic, upbeat sound all their own. The late Les Paul named Vignola “one of my Five Most Admired Guitarists.” He has toured and recorded with everyone from Madonna, Elton John, and Ringo Starr to Lionel Hampton, Donald Fagen, Queen Latifah, David Grisman, and Bucky Pizzarelli (with whom he performed at the Mahaiwe last August). Expect Vignola and his trio to deliver white-hot versions of American standards, gypsy jazz jams, and even jazzified covers of Mozart and Black Sabbath. He will teach a guitar master class open to any interested musician in the community from 3pm to 5pm before the performance. Tickets to the evening concert are $27 to $32. Ticket holders to the evening show can watch the afternoon master class for free; Tuition to participate in the class is $20.
Brian Bedford in The Importance of Being Earnest
The Mahaiwe has added a “Live in HD” encore broadcast of Roundabout Theatre Company’s critically acclaimed Broadway production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest starring Brian Bedford on Thursday, June 9 at 7pm. Tickets are $18 to $25. Not too much information is available on the Roundabout’s entry into the high definition theatre performance telecast race. The National Theatre of Great Briton also provides events for the Mahaiwe, expanding the choice of area residents to see the theatre of the world without leaving the area.
The Mahaiwe and the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute team up for a fifth season to present a free slide lecture on the Clark’s major summer exhibition Pissarro’s People on Thursday, July 7 at 7pm.Tickets are free.
Families get classic movies on the big screen, plus Baobab
During the local school vacation week, the Mahaiwe will screen three Family Movies: Black Beauty (1994) on Tuesday, April 19 at 6pm, Happy Feet (2006) on Wednesday, April 20 at 5pm, and the Marx Brothers’ Animal Crackers (1930) on Thursday, April 21 at 6pm. Mahaiwe Family Movies are sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. Tickets are $6 (general admission) and free for members of the Greylock Youth Club.
On Monday, October 24 at 10am and 12:30pm, the Mahaiwe will present Baobab, a West African tale told through puppetry by Quebec-based Theatre Motus. Recommended for children age 4+, this production is sponsored by Cain Hibbard & Myers and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation. Please call the Mahaiwe Box Office for field trip pricing.
The Mahaiwe has added several community events to the schedule to be presented by Fairview Hospital, Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, and Project Native. Calendar details on all newly-announced events follow below.
Please note as well that the previously announced Mahaiwe Movie of the Month screening of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown (1974, starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston) on April 22 at 7pm has been rescheduled for Friday April 15 at 7pm. Tickets are $6 (general admission). Mahaiwe Movies of the Month are sponsored by Don Buchwald & Associates.
Tickets to all newly announced Mahaiwe Presents events go on sale to Mahaiwe Members on March 30 and to the general public on April 6. Join Friends of the Mahaiwe and receive special discounts and benefits now accessible online. Membership begins at $65 and all Friends receive priority ordering for first access to the best seats for most Mahaiwe Presents events, along with other benefits. The Mahaiwe Box Office is located at 14 Castle Street in Great Barrington, Mass. Box Office Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 6pm and three hours before show times. For tickets and information, see www.mahaiwe.org or call 413.528.0100.