to the golden age when “girl groups” ruled the pop music
universe with Capital Repertory Theatre’s presentation of
The Marvelous Wonderettes.
This regional premiere takes place on one high school’s
prom night, when a group of local singers have to fill in
when the scheduled musical act cancels. There’s plenty of
backstage, teenage drama and plenty of familiar songs: “It’s
My Party,” “Stupid Cupid,” “It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop
Shoop Song)” and many more.
The Marvelous Wonderettes opens for previews tonight (Thursday,
May 27) at 7:30 PM at Capital Repertory Theatre (111 N.
Pearl St., Albany). Opening night is Wednesday (June 2)
and the show will run though Aug. 1. Performances will run
Tuesday through Sunday with shows at 7:30 PM on Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday; 8 PM on Friday; 3 and 7:30 PM Saturday;
and 3 PM Sunday. For ticket info and additional showtimes,
visit capitalrep.org or call 462-4531.
Taylor Dance Company
Pillow will open its season soon enough, but dance comes
to the Berkshires this weekend with two performance
by the legendary Paul Taylor Dance Company at the Mahaiwe
in Great Barrington. Paul Taylor is celebrating is 80th
birthday by unveiling his two newest dances.
Saturday evening’s show will feature performances of Public
Domain, the “erotic” Brief Encounters, and a
“red-hot” tango, Piazzolla Caldera.
Sunday afternoon’s show will feature performances of the
“blissful” Brandenburgs, the vaudeville-styled Also Playing,
and Piazzolla Caldera.
Paul Taylor Dance Company will perform Saturday (May 29)
at 8 PM and Sunday (May 30) at 3 PM at the Mahaiwe Performing
Arts Center (14 Castle St., Great Barrington, Mass.). Tickets
are $22-$62; call the box office at (413) 528-0100 for the
various price offers for each performance.
This all-day musical event, sponsored by local radio station
WGNA-FM, is a country music lollapalooza. That’s right,
this Sunday at SPAC, there will 19 performers on two stages
and more cowboy hats than anywhere else east of Texas.
mainstage headliner is Montgomery Gentry; there will also
be performances by Jamey Johnson, Little Big Town, Jack
Ingram, Eric Church, Eli Young Band, the Lost Trailers,
Heidi Newfield, Oscar-winning songwriter Ryan Bingham (pictured),
Emily West and Jonathan Singleton & the Grove.
On the Bluebird Café stage—fashioned after the legendary
music nightspot in Nashville—the performers will include
Ashley Ray, Brad Tursi, Cory Branan, Dave Pahanish, Jedd
Hughes, Sarah Buxton, Troy Olson and Walker Hayes.
The Country Throwdown will be happening at the Saratoga
Performing Arts Center (Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga
Springs) beginning at 1 PM on Sunday (May 30). Inside seats
are $46 and $36; lawn tickets are $27; and a special lawn-ticket
four-pack (which must be purchased in advance) is available
for $65. For tickets, call (800) 745-3000.