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2021 Berkshire Theatre Award Nominations

October 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

Outstanding Choreography

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.

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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.”

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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.”

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Kander & Ebb Revue “The World Goes Round” Makes Mac-Haydn Debut

September 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.

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Exiled Earns Praise from Local Critics

September 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. “

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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.”

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“The Impossible Dream” Continues with Man of La Mancha

August 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.

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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.”

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She Loves Me Returns to the Mac-Haydn

August 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.

Vaccination is required for all patrons. For tickets and details on COVID-19 protocols, please visit www.machaydntheatre.org/covid-19 or call the box office at 518-392-9292.

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Pippin Brings The Magic

July 31, 2021

J. Peter Bergman Praises Pippin in his review for The Berkshire Edge

“Nothing freshens old theater quite like a new generation making it their own without reference to the original. This production is the proof of that theory.”

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