Browsing: Musical Theatre

REVIEW: of the Berkshire Opera Festival production of Giuseppe’s Verdi’s Rigoletto (August 25 at 1 p.m.; August 28 at 7:30 p.m. and August 31 at 7:30 p.m., at the Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Massachusetts). Sex, power, seduction, revenge, and a dazzling lightning storm. Verdi’s gutsy 1851 operatic melodrama, Rigoletto, gets a fascinating, stylish, and unflinchingly close study in the Berkshire Opera Festival’s new production, running through August 31 at the Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts (viewed here at the August 25 opening). Under director Jonathon Loy (who is also the festival’s co-founder), Verdi’s tale of a deformed court jester who seeks…

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PROFILE/REVIEW: of the 2018 Glimmerglass Festival Season: Silent Night by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell; West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim; Cunning Little Vixen by Leoš Janáček; and The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini and Cesare Sterbini. “It’s remarkable how many important things happened in 1918,” observes Glimmerglass Festival artistic and managing director Francesca Zambello, speaking at a recent pre-show audience address in Cooperstown. “The end of World War I. The birth of Leonard Bernstein. And the premiere of this piece” – this last a reference to Igor Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, which was…

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PREVIEW: of the 2018 dell’Arte Opera Ensemble Summer Festival Season, “Mozart & Salieri,” at New York City’s LaMaMa (66 East 4th Street), August 11 through 26; and INTERVIEWS: with company founder and artistic director, maestro Chris Fecteau, and dell’Arte 2018 creative team members Brittany Goodwin and Catherine O’Shaughnessy. This company is ready to rumble. Call it the Thrilla from Vienna: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri, that most bruited matchup of 18th Century musical titans, is slated for a redux this month – this time in 21st Century New York, courtesy of the dell’Arte Opera Ensemble. Grab a ringside seat.…

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INTERVIEW: with renowned composer John Rutter. Mark it a red-letter day in the Canadian classical music calendar: on Friday the 13th of July, John Rutter – among the world’s most beloved and widely performed living composers – arrives in Ottawa. “I feel very much at home in Canada,” Rutter says from his home in Great Britain. “I was quite a regular visitor in past years, when I was patron of the Toronto Mendelsohn Youth Choir. But this will be my first trip to Ottawa, and I’m very much looking forward to it.” It’s a journey occasioned by the two back-to-back…

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REVIEW/PROFILE: of the Opera Saratoga 2018 mainstage production season: Franz Lehar’s The Merry Widow, David T. Little’s and Royce Vavrek’s Vinkensport, Gareth Williams’ and Anna Chatterton’s Rocking Horse Winner, and Gian Carlo Menotti’s The Consul; at the Spa Little Theater, Saratoga Springs, New York, through July 15. You’ve still got all of August for those good pulpy beach reads. Why not set aside a bit of July to savor a different delectus of juicy plotlines during the all too brief lyric holiday afforded by Opera Saratoga’s summer 2018 season, running only through July 15? This year’s programming is (almost) completely…

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SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by James Lapine. Directed by Dave Steakley. Musical Direction by Allen Robertson. Scenic Designer: Cliff Simon. Projection Designer: Stephanie Busing. Cast: Cecil Washington, Jr. (George/George); Jill Blackwood (Dot/Marie). Janis Stinson (Old Lady/Blair Daniels), etc. Zach Theatre Austin, Texas June 24, 2018 Later this week in Austin, Peter Bay and the Austin Symphony will present two full-scale performances of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass. More than 300 performers will be taking part in what will surely be Austin’s major contribution to the worldwide celebration of the composer’s 100th birthday. Coincidentally,…

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Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical In the Wings Promotions reprises their hugely successful ‘mane’ event this fall, at Montreal’s MainLine Theatre. Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical turns 50 this year, yet the hippest Broadway smash still resonates. The iconic show that spawned an entire genre of rock musicals, Hair revisits the 1960s USA, the ubiquitous hippie movement, peace protests, anti-capitalism, Vietnam War’s conscientious objectors and America’s sexual revolution. Hair’s composer is Montreal-born Galt MacDermot; he attended Upper Canada College and Bishop’s University. Book and lyrics are by James Rado and Gerome Ragni. Happily, the grooviest play produced mega-hit…

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RETROSPECTIVE: of Opera Saratoga’s 2017 Summer Mainstage Season (July 1 through 16) – Verdi’s Falstaff; Grétry’s and Marmontel’s Zémire et Azor; Blitzstein’s The Cradle Will Rock. The end-days of summer are high horse-racing season in Saratoga, with turfites and extravagant millinery abounding; but, while much of the city lives for the thrill of beating hooves, Saratoga’s culture caters broadly. For many, summer’s highlight was long before a single bay bolted its stall, and the city swayed to different beats entirely – the two-week July mainstage season at Opera Saratoga. This year’s performances ran from July 1 through 16. Save the…

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NEW YORK, NY, July 26, 2017 – The August 3, 2017 performance of the Off-Broadway production The Crusade of Connor Stephens will be live-streamed, allowing theater-lovers to experience the critically-acclaimed production from anywhere in the world. The live stream, which begins at 8pm, can be accessed by visiting www.Crusade2017.com/livestream. Advance registration is on sale for $1.99 through August 2nd, and then $3.99 for day-of admission and subsequent viewings. Purchase once, view the recording multiple times. “We are so thrilled to utilize this new technology to allow people from across the globe to experience The Crusade of Connor Stephens in a groundbreaking way,” said Dewey Moss, author and director. “The live-streaming of a new Off-Broadway…

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Montreal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival Montreal, until June 18 The most convivial and bilingual event of the season, the Montreal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival takes place in the heart of the city on the Main. What makes it different? A program determined by lottery! Theatre, comedy, dance, music, and drag…no less than 153 talented companies from all over the world will be battling for your attention. The best way to pick is by reading the audience reviews posted in Parc des Amériques ­– an exercise that’s sure to make you a real fringier. My bets are on inVitro, by Pretium Doloris, the…

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