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Curtains Is A Hit!

June 7, 2019

J. Peter Bergman wants to see our new production of Curtains again! The Berkshire Edge

“Every performer in every role in this show was just about as good and as right as could be.”

“Pritchard is an excellent Cioffi, stiff but melting in this atmosphere he adores – one of his best roles.”

“Wemitt is singing so lyrically and beautifully in this show that she is a perfect example of a musical comedy star like the one her character would like to have in her show.”

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Sunset Boulevard Casting

June 3, 2019

We are so excited to announce that the captivating Elizabeth Ward Land will appear with the Mac-Haydn Theatre for the first time in the groundbreaking role of Norma Desmond. Elizabeth is a veteran of the stage and screen with numerous appearances on and off Broadway, on National Tours and on Film and Television. We are honored to have her with us this season and can’t wait to see her bring this remarkable character to life.

Also making his debut with us is James Zannelli in the pivotal role of Max Von Mayerling. James has numerous regional and touring credits and was featured as the Bishop of Digne in the 25th Anniversary Touring Production of Les Misérables. His powerful intensity will bring a magnificent dynamic to our production.

Returning to our stage after his triumph as the Emcee in last years Cabaret is Pat Moran in the role of Joe Gillis. Pat is no stranger to our audiences and we are delighted to have him back.

The elegant Rachel Pantazis takes on her second role of the summer as Betty which promisses to be a highlight and Mac-Haydn legend Gabe Belyeu returns for his third role of the summer Sheldrake.

We told you it was an incredible cast! Sunset Boulevard opens June 20th and promises to be a transformative experience. Get your tickets today.

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Camelot Shines Mightily

May 25, 2019

J. Peter Bergman applauds Camelot in his review for the The Berkshire Edge

“The company’s opening show for the 2019 season is a thriller… a show that is truly worth every minute….”

“Madison Stratton is a gorgeous singer and a splendid actor… she brings out things (Julie) Andrews never divulged.”

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Camelot Cast 2019

May 20, 2019

We are delighted to announce the cast for our first show of the season, Camelot.

Stepping into the role of King Arthur is Mac-Haydn favorite Gabe Belyeu, kicking off his tenth season in Chatham. Last summer, audiences enjoyed Gabe in Damn Yankees, Mamma Mia, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Annie. Some of Gabe’s career highlights include the National Tours of Showboat and Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley.

Madison Stratton returns to The Mac-Haydn as the beautiful and spirited Guenevere after her performance as Tonya in last season’s fan-favorite production of Mamma Mia. Madison’s New York theatre credits include Baby, A New Musical Off-Broadway and the National Tour of Ragtime.

Nick Miller makes his Mac-Haydn debut as Sir Lancelot. Nick was recently seen as Falstaff in Mixed Precipitation’s Merry Wives of Windsor, Plunkett in Utopia Opera’s Martha, and Judd in the Engeman Theatre’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, which he will reprise in Mac-Haydn’s production in August.

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Oklahoma! Creative Team 2019

May 8, 2019

John Saunders directs this incredible Rodgers and Hammerstein classic to close out our season. He is joined by Music Director Jillian Zack who’s known well to Mac-Haydn audiences. Jillian can’t wait: “I’m very excited to bring this expansive score to the intimate space of the Mac-Haydn. The show is packed full of hits and the chance to dissect them with fresh eyes and ears is thrilling!”

Katie Johannigman joins us as choreographer for the first time this season as does Costume Designer Bethany Marx.

Saunders is excited to have the great team of Kevin Gleason and Andrew Gmoser together again for the final time this year. “Kevin and Andrew know our space so well that it is always exciting to see what we can come up with when recreating something from the classic repertoire.

Sound Designer Corbin White, Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver complete the task of bringing the farmers and the cowmen to life.

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Little Shop of Horrors Creative Team 2019

May 7, 2019

We are heading to skid row with a dynamic team led by Erin Spears Ledford whose direction Mac-Haydn audiences will remember from the fantastically fun Wedding Singer last season. “Little Shop of Horrors has long been a favorite of mine as it pairs my love of both musical comedy and the horror genre. I couldn’t think of a better venue to put up this show than the Mac- Haydn stage!”

She is joined by David Maglione, who Music Directs his fifth and final main stage show of the season. No doubt David will have to work closely with Sound Designer Corbin White on this one who is excited to build the sound world of the plant: “Crafting the sound for the monster plant in Little Shop will be a rewarding challenge as it has to be very refined, but it’s sure to be a lot of fun!”

Lauren Monteleone Choreographs for us for the first time this season as does Emma Cummings in her capacity as Set Designer.

Kevin Gleason lights the show and Alison Zador designs costumes for her final production of the season.

Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver round out the team.

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Ragtime Creative Team 2019

May 6, 2019

It’s an epic, devastatingly touching adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s novel and our creative team are extremely conscious of how poignant the message of Ragtime is right now. An award winning team leads the largest cast in the history of the Mac-Haydn Theatre.

The Berkshire Award winning combination of John Saunders and Sebastiani Romagnolo join forces again to put their stamp on this majestic show. Romagnolo is very aware of the powerful messages Ragtime represents: “The American Dream, different for each of us, is defined by our race, our class, our origins. Ragtime is a gorgeous revelation of that fact. It reminds us that the struggle for equality is never finished and that ultimately, it is our differences that make a stronger and better world. If ever there were a time for this tale, now is it!”

Saunders is excited to bring Ragtime to the Mac-Haydn family: “I can’t wait to work with this all-star team on this epic show. I have no doubt that it will be the show event of the summer.”

Jimm Halliday returns to Ragtime, having won the Helen Hayes Award for Best Costume Design for his Kennedy Center production of the work. David Maglione carries the conductors baton, creating the musical world of this incredible score which he knows will leave a lasting impact on all that hear it.

Andrew Gmoser designs both sets and lighting for the first time this season, having created the visually stunning production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame last season.

Sound Designer Corbin White, Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver team up again to fill out the turn of the century world of Ragtime.

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Grease Creative Team 2019

May 5, 2019

Grease is the word and we welcome back the immensely talented Sebastiani Romagnolo to rock us back into the iconic 1950s.

“So many people know the story of Grease, the teenage epic of love, longing, and identity. I’m very excited to dig into this classic and find a fresh voice in it for a modern audience. Get ready for explosive dancing, heart pounding action, and the guttural power that is the story of the American Teen.”

Romagnolo, who received the Berkshire Theatre Award for his Hello Dolly! choreography two seasons ago, also choreographs the production and is joined by David Maglione as music director for the second time this season. Alison Zador costume designs her second show of the season and Kevin Gleason combines with Andrew Gmoser once again to produce the set and lighting designs.

Sound Designer Corbin White, Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver hit their stride for the fourth production of the season.

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Sunset Boulevard Creative Team 2019

May 4, 2019

The master director of the Mac-Haydn takes on Lloyd Webber’s masterpiece and surrounds himself with an incredible team to carry off the task. The Sunset Boulevard team is all aces.

John Saunders has taken our productions in directions many could not have imagined over the past decade and this will be no exception. “It’s high time we had the ultimate diva Norma Desmond on our stage and this season it’s finally happening! I am thrilled to present Sunset Boulevard for the first time to the Mac-Haydn audience. With Andrew Lloyd Weber’s soaring and beautiful score, alongside this compelling story, I hope to make it a new favorite here.”

John is is joined by our incredibly inventive resident music supervisor David Maglione and we are excited to see how he presents one of music theatre’s most fascinating scores.

Ashley DeLane Burger returns to choreograph and Jimm Halliday creates the costumes from this iconic period in Hollywood’s history. Erin Kiernan and Andrew Gmoser team up for the second time this season to design sets and lighting.

Sound Designer Corbin White, Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver continue their work with us this season.

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Curtains Creative Team 2019

May 3, 2019

Curtains is a brand new show for our audiences and we welcome a brand new director to lead the production.

Courtney Laine Self has directed and choreographed throughout the United States in both theatre and musicals. John Saunders said of Courtney: “We are really excited to have her here. Both our performers and our audiences are going to love her creative energy.”

Bruce De La Cruz leads the pit in this wonderful score. “I’m very excited to be returning to the Mac-Haydn this summer! Digging into this score over the past few weeks has been so much fun and I can’t wait to get started working on it with the always amazing talent at the Mac.”

Our costumes are designed by the legendary Jimm Halliday whose biography speaks for itself.

Andrew Gmoser lights the show and Erin Kiernan joins us for her 8th season as set designer. Theresa Alexander assits Courtney as associate choreographer.

Sound Designer Corbin White, Props Designer Joshua Gallagher and Hair & Makeup Designer Matthew Oliver reprise their roles in this hillarious show that we know will be a fun surprise for our audiences.

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