A Message From John SaundersDecember 15, 2021
A Message from John Saunders
Writing this annual greeting to you, I find myself so completely struck with gratitude for the home the Mac-Haydn Theatre has given so many artists for more than 50 years. And welcoming these thousands of artists has been YOU—loyal, supportive, and above all, determined to keep the magic alive year after year. I’m also incredibly grateful to be able to report that we made it through what seemed like an insurmountable crisis with the success of the 2021 season. So, first, a big thank you for making the impossible possible once again.
Together we have faced the many challenges of the last two years and have landed squarely on our feet to be able to plan for the 2022 season. From our Covid-19 protocols to our reconfigured stage, we had many new obstacles to overcome and we did just that. We had zero cases of Covid-19—our hard work and planning paid off. And here I will add yet another THANK YOU for your flexibility and cooperation as we navigated a summer we will never forget. We may not have had the usual crowds, but the theatre was alive and thriving and it was amazing to see everyone again. We also managed to successfully present even more exciting shows with our special events and Summer in September series which I am so happy to report will be coming back in 2022!
We have so many exciting things on the horizon and we cannot wait to share another season of exceptional music theatre together—especially from our new seats! That’s right, the floors are painted and the new chairs are being installed. We are working especially hard through the winter to make this happen and we just can’t wait to see you sitting in them next summer!
Now comes that time of year when we ask for your support once again for our Annual Fund. As many of you know, this end of the year push is what propels us through the spring and gets us to Opening Day. As things return to sort-of-normal, we now have to plan for the ever rising costs of almost everything, from lumber to printer ink. It is my mission to always keep Mac-Haydn financially accessible to everyone and without your help every year, this would not be possible.
A very happy patron stopped by the office last summer and said, “Wow! The Mac didn’t just come out of the pandemic, the Mac exploded out of the pandemic!” It meant the world to the entire staff to hear these remarks all summer long and it truly kept us going day in and day out. It has also inspired us to work even harder this winter to make 2022 the most spectacular season yet! Please have a safe and wonderful holiday season and we can’t wait to welcome you home for the summer again next year!
My Best Always,
John Saunders, Artistic Director
2021 Berkshire Theatre Award NominationsOctober 22, 2021
We’re Nominated for 13 “Berkies!”
On 10/20, The Berkshire Theatre Critics Association announced the nominees for the 5th Berkshire Theatre Awards, known colloquially as “The Berkies”. This year’s awards recognize shows that opened in the greater Berkshire region between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2021.
Nominations for the Mac-Haydn are as follows:
Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play or Musical
Andrew Gmoser, Man of La Mancha, Mac-Haydn Theatre
Bryan Knowlton, Beehive, Mac-Haydn Theatre
Outstanding Direction of a Musical
John Saunders, She Loves Me, Mac-Haydn Theatre
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical
Erin Spears Ledford, She Loves Me, Mac-Haydn Theatre
Amber Mawande-Spytek, The World Goes Round, Mac Haydn Theatre
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical
Mikel Hunter, Pippin, Mac-Haydn Theatre
Andrew Burton Kelly, She Loves Me, Mac-Haydn Theatre
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical
Kelly Gabrielle Murphy, She Loves Me, Mac-Haydn Theatre
Maya Cuevas, Man of La Mancha, Mac-Haydn Theatre
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical
Gabe Belyeu, Man of La Mancha, Mac-Haydn Theatre
Kylan Ross, The World Goes Round, Mac-Haydn Theatre
Outstanding Production of a Musical
Man of La Mancha, Mac-Haydn Theatre
She Loves Me, Mac-Haydn Theatre
The purpose of the BTCA and the Berkshire Theatre Awards is to promote and celebrate the quality and diversity of theatre in the region. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on the evening of November 15 at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield.
Beehive an “excellent mix of joy and optimism”September 25, 2021
Emily Edelman praises Director Bryan Knowlton’s work in her review for Berkshire On Stage
“Under the direction of musical supervisor David Maglione, the band never missed a note and were often joined on the risers by the performers, who sang to them, joked with them and made them part of the story.”
The World Goes ‘Round a “Sheer Delight”September 15, 2021
J. Peter Bergman: “You Can’t Go Wrong” Seeing The Mac-Haydn’s Production of The World Goes ‘Round. Read his review for The Berkshire Edge
“I saw this revue in New York in 1992 and rode home on the 104 bus with its star, Karen Ziemba. This time, at the Mac-Haydn Theatre, I relived that experience and loved everything about this new, re-thought production.”
Kander & Ebb Revue “The World Goes Round” Makes Mac-Haydn DebutSeptember 10, 2021
THE MAC-HAYDN THEATRE PRESENTS KANDER & EBB REVUE THE WORLD GOES ‘ROUND
The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents The World Goes ‘Round from September 10 through October 3, 2021.
Instead of the usual two-week summer stock schedule, the theatre will rotate this debut mainstage show in a repertory schedule with Beehive: The ‘60s Musical. The two musicals will run simultaneously, in addition to the five Limited Performances presented in September, with two separate casts and creative teams.
Exiled Earns Praise from Local CriticsSeptember 5, 2021
J. Peter Bergman praises James Benjamin Rodgers and Jillian Zack for their performance of Exiled: The Evolution of Kurt Weill in his review for The Berkshire Edge
“When Zack plays these pieces, they instantly take us to those places and those years. It is as though she were born to play his work and I wish that Lenya had lived long enough to hear her play these Weill masterpieces. “
Man of La Mancha a “Stunning Production”August 28, 2021
J. Peter Bergman calls Man of La Mancha “stunning in so many ways” in his review for Berkshire Bright Focus
“Todd Underwood has directed and choreographed this show making the perfectly integrated work into one with a single vision. For the ultimate play-within-a-play experience this production is hard to beat, but the line is easy to follow as Underwood clearly understands.”
“The Impossible Dream” Continues with Man of La ManchaAugust 20, 2021
The Mac-Haydn’s Own “Impossible Dream” Continues with Man of La Mancha Opening August 26.
The Mac-Haydn’s own “Impossible Dream” continues with the long-awaited return of Man of La Mancha.
A moving tale about a man’s refusal to give up his impossible dream, inspired by Miguel de Cervantes’ masterpiece Don Quixote. Powerful, brutal, hilarious, and heartbreaking, it celebrates the perseverance of someone who refuses to relinquish his ideals or his passion.
She Loves Me a “Thoroughly Delightful Experience”August 13, 2021
J. Peter Bergman calls She Loves Me “a production to be proud of” in his review for Berkshire Bright Focus
“Director John Saunders has done a very good job with this special romantic comedy. He has employed a soft, delicate touch and not pushed sentiment in place of reality, a hard thing to make work in a musical like this one.”
She Loves Me Returns to the Mac-HaydnAugust 7, 2021
The Charming She Loves Me Returns To The Mac-Haydn Stage Beginning August 12.
The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents She Loves Me, the classic musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joe Masteroff, running August 12 through 22. Considered by many to be the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm, romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old-world elegance. Set in a 1930s European perfumery, two feuding shop clerks both respond to a “lonely hearts advertisement” in the newspaper. They now live for the love letters that they exchange, but the identity of their admirers remains unknown.
Alumna Kelly Gabrielle Murphy returns to the Mac-Haydn as soprano Amalia Balash, after touring with Fiddler on the Roof as Tzeitel nationally before the pandemic. Murphy returns following her fan-favorite performances at the Mac-Haydn as Sophie in Mamma Mia! (2018), Johanna in Sweeney Todd (2017), and Jolene in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (2017).
Newcomer Xander James makes his Mac-Haydn debut as Georg Nowack after a ten-year hiatus from live theatre. James currently works as a professional musician based in New York City, and his previous stage credits include Henry in Next to Normal, Chip in …Spelling Bee, and Jud in Oklahoma.
Rounding out the cast are returnees Erin Spears Ledford as Ilona Ritter, Andrew Burton Kelley as Steven Kodaly, Gabe Belyeu as Mr. Maraczek, William Taitel as Ladislav Sipos and Brian Wagner as Keller. Anthony Velez, continuing his debut season at the Mac-Haydn, is Arpad Laszlo.
She Loves Me is directed by Producing Artistic Director John Saunders, choreographed by Ashley DeLane Burger and music directed by David Maglione, with costume design by Bethany Marx, hair and makeup design by Matthew Oliver, lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, props by Emily Spateholts, sound design by Corbin White, and scenic design by Erin Kiernan.
Visit Our She Loves Me Show Page To Learn More About The Show
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