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Audra McDonald

by The Staff October 8, 2015


  Following her triumph this summer in A Moon for the Misbegotten at Williamstown, Audra McDonald returns to Western Massachusetts this weekend for a gala performance at one of Great Barrington’s jewels, the Mahaiwe Performing Arts ...

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Funny Man

by B.A. Nilsson March 12, 2014


  We were given a look at a typical day for Christopher Durang in his 1987 video biography, a short, Showtime-commissioned film directed by Jerry Zaks and featuring cameos by Sigourney Weaver and Julie Hagerty, and ...

University at Albany PAC Recital Hall

Prescription for Happiness

by James Yeara October 17, 2013


  “It does what a musical is supposed to do; it takes you to another world . . . a little something for when you’re feeling blue.”—Man in Chair Home Made Theater’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone ...

Spa Little Theater

It’s the Top

by B.A. Nilsson July 10, 2013

Anything Goes Tour

  “Admit it: you’re nuts about me,” says sassy Reno Sweeney (Rachel York) in the opening scene of Anything Goes. From the moment she enters, she radiates star charisma. And as her character sings and dances ...


Million Dollar Quartet

by The Staff January 16, 2013

Million Dollar Quartet Tour

  Million Dollar Quartet, rolling into Proctors on Tuesday, is one of those so-called jukebox musicals—and what a jukebox. The Tony Award-winning Broadway smash imagines what happened at the legendary recording session at Sam Philips’ Sun ...



by The Staff April 11, 2012


Loosely based on the story of real-life DJ Dewey “Daddy-O” Phillips, Memphis, the hit musical coming to Proctors this week, brings to life the story of a young white man who becomes a popular radio personality ...


Long Live Rock

by John Rodat July 14, 2011


  Originally a double album of conceptually linked songs released by the Who in 1969, Tommy was the first music to be popularly designated a “rock opera.” Though some work in that vein had been done ...

Colonial Theatre

Mamma Mia!

by The Staff June 29, 2011


There are a number of reasons why Mamma Mia!—which opens this Tuesday (July 5) at Proctors—works so well. The plot has the sturdy romantic-comedy mechanics of an old Broadway show; the characters are outsized and ...


A Natural

by B.A. Nilsson June 23, 2011


It’s a fully formed but imaginary universe that book writer Abe Burrows crafted when he adapted two Damon Runyon stories (and several ancillary characters) into one of the most successful musicals of 1950. Runyon’s genius ...

Barrington Stage Company

Hakuna Matata

by B.A. Nilsson March 10, 2011


Stage spectacle has become a maelstrom of lights and props, loud music and gimmicks, but the most compelling entertainment still needs humans—human figures and voices and conflicts. Which is why the mask-and-puppet imagery of The ...


The Lion King

by The Staff February 16, 2011


Director Julie Taymor made Broadway history in 1997 when she became the first woman to win a Tony Award for direction of a musical. Her victory? The Lion King. Adapted from Disney’s animated film, the visually ...