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Smells Like a Rose

by James Yeara March 27, 2014


  If Shakespeare had written a musical, it would have been Gypsy: A Musical Fable, a play with songs about theater, not a franchise collection of songs with some words between them. Gypsy has soul, and ...

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Man of La Mancha

by The Staff March 6, 2014


  The “impossible dream” musical returns to our region this weekend for two performances, as the all-new national touring company of Man of La Mancha takes the Mainstage at Proctors on Saturday. The not-so-foolish optimism of Don ...

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Green Day’s American Idiot

by The Staff February 13, 2014


  The smash-hit Broadway musical based on Green Day’s Grammy-winning, multi-platinum American Idiot release is coming to the Palace Theater on Valentine’s Day, so if your idea of a romantic evening is a rebellious, turbo-charged extravaganza, ...

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Kristin Chenoweth

by The Staff February 8, 2014


  Kristin Chenoweth will bring her wonderful voice and Broadway-sized personality to Proctors on Sunday for a very special concert performance. Chenoweth won a Tony for her career-making turn as Sally in a revival of You’re a ...

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We Will Rock You

by The Staff November 27, 2013


  Don’t be confused: We Will Rock You is not another Queen tribute show. It’s a full-blown, fully staged musical theater extravaganza featuring the hard-rocking, flamboyant, baroque and gleefully over-the-top music of Queen. You want hits? ...



by The Staff November 7, 2013


  Godspell opened Off-Broadway in 1971 and has never really gone away. Productions followed in London, where the cast included Jeremy Irons, and a legendary Toronto version that starred Victor Garber alongside a half-dozen future comedy ...


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

The Drowsy Chaperone

by The Staff October 10, 2013


  Home Made Theater opens the fall season this weekend with a production of that witty, award-winning Broadway musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone. When a theater maven falls asleep listening to the original cast album of ...

Spa Little Theater

Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story

by The Staff September 19, 2013


  It is mind-boggling to consider, given his wide and continuing musical influence, that Buddy Holly died more than a half-century ago at the age of 22. Yet here we are, in 2013, and Holly’s legacy ...


Ghost the Musical

by The Staff September 12, 2013


  Ghost was one of the first film phenomena of the 1990s. Unabashedly romantic, Bruce Joel Rubin’s screenplay married the supernatural to romance, and added a layer of comedy rich enough to help Whoopi Goldberg win ...


All Shook Up

by The Staff September 5, 2013


  Many summer theater companies have already packed it in for the season; a few have productions that will linger into the fall. Beginning this weekend, the Mac-Haydn Theatre rounds out a diverse offering of musicals—a ...

Mac-Haydn Theatre

Verdi It Ain’t

by Ralph Hammann August 7, 2013


  The success of Robert James Waller’s pretentious and ripe novel with its inane prose and cliche-ridden plot was baffling. More puzzling was why a director as discriminating as Clint Eastwood would want to wallow in ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival

Unamplified Glory

by B.A. Nilsson August 7, 2013


  The Lancelot problem keeps the Arthurian writers and scholars on their toes. According to Thomas (“Tom of Warwick”) Malory, he slavishly follows the Pentecostal Oath; by the time T.H. White gets hold of him, he’s ...

Glimmerglass Festival

Home Run

by Ralph Hammann August 1, 2013

  That this delight hasn’t yet made it to Broadway is perplexing, but perhaps this smash production will change its fortune. Certainly, it can’t be that a musical set in Fenway Park would not be welcome ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Nikos Stage

Avenue Q

by The Staff July 24, 2013


  “Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist.” That is but one of the many songs crooned by the potty-mouthed but endearing puppets of the Tony Award-winning Best Musical Avenue Q, which opens tonight at the Charles R. Wood ...

Charles R. Wood Theater

Fresh Ham

by Ralph Hammann July 18, 2013

  With Northern Boulevard, Oldcastle promises a new old-fashioned musical. If you’re expecting Berlin, Porter or Gershwin, this show won’t quite provide the trip back, but if you’ll accept lesser Loesser, it should do quite nicely. ...

Oldcastle Theatre Company

Hooray for Captain Spaulding

by James Yeara July 3, 2013


  Wedding Crashers fans, fans of any of the Hangover or Bridesmaids films, Stephen Colbert/Jon Stewart stalwarts, people obsessed with Mel Brooks movies, SNL groupies, lovers of Woody Allen’s writing/directing, or Three Stooges aficionados will love ...

Williamstown Theatre Festival Main Stage

Anything Goes

by The Staff July 3, 2013

Anything Goes Tour

  Roundabout Theatre Company’s acclaimed revival of Cole Porter’s Anything Goes opens at Proctors this week for a six-day run. Set on a glamorous transatlantic liner, this story of “lovers, liars and clowns” is a comic triumph ...


A Helluva Show

by James Yeara June 26, 2013


  Succinctly, “flat-out phenomenal” is the least that should be said about John Rando’s current staging of On the Town at Barrington Stage Company. As befits this late 1944 musical’s roots as a ballet by Leonard ...

Barrington Stage Company

Mining Your Emotions

by B.A. Nilsson June 6, 2013


  It’s often surprising how easily sentiment can go to work on you. While I’m immune to dead-mom sentiment and dad-realizes-what-a-shit-he’s been sentiment, Billy Elliot: The Musical got me with its coal-miners’ strike. It took place ...


Catharsis, Inc.

by B.A. Nilsson May 1, 2013


  I am the only musical theater fan in the world who has not been exposed to any form of the phenomenon that is Les Miz. The sprawling English-language musical version of the even-more-sprawling Victor Hugo ...

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Spank! The Fifty Shades Parody

by The Staff May 1, 2013


  After a decade or so of the biggest publishing phenomenon revolving around teenage wizards, it’s only fair that an adult-oriented trilogy—ahem, sex, ahem, BDSM—should take the pop-literary world by storm. And it was only a ...

The Egg

Get Up and Dance!

by B.A. Nilsson March 13, 2013


  That I had no interest in seeing this is an embarrassing reminder of the ever-narrowing sensibility to which middle-class white guys succumb as middle age takes over. But everything else broadcast from London’s National Theatre when ...



by The Staff March 6, 2013


  From Off-Broadway to Broadway to stages around the world, this Tony-winning musical celebration of the great Nigerian musician Fela Kuti has been a sensation since its 2009 debut. And, now, a road-company version rolls into ...


Spring Arts Preview

by The Staff February 28, 2013


    Pop Music Bearsville Theatre 291 Tinker St., Woodstock, (845) 679-446. March 8: Adam Ezra Group. March 9: Booker T. March 10: Frack Action Benefit featuring Natalie Merchant, John Medeski, Marco Benevento, Tracy Bonham, Jack DeJohnette, Amy Helm, Bethany ...