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Rock and Roll Is Here To Stay

Theater: ‘Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story’

It was the 1950s. America was growing up. Although we were snarled in “The Korean Conflict,” World War II was over. Suburbia was created. The endless rivers of concrete that became the Interstate Highway System rolled — “sea to shining sea.” And, rock and roll was born.

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Beauty and The Beast Opens In Sharon

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Actors (back row, left to right)  Geoffrey Emmett, James Rose and (front row, left to right), Aidan Farren Catellier, Daniel Pahl in rehearsals for “Beauty and The Beast.” The play is based on the Academy Award winning animated feature and is filled with spectacular costumes, dazzling scenery and familiar songs such as “Be Our Guest,” “Belle,” “Gaston” and the well loved title song. The show begins on Friday, July 19 at The Sharon Playhouse. For tickets and information go to www.sharonplayhouse.org.

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An Irish Blessing

Theater: “Outside Mullingar”

It takes only a few brief moments as “Outside Mullingar” unfolds before an appreciative audience at the Berkshire Theatre Group’s Unicorn Theatre for them to realize that they have been transported to Ireland, and the story that is about to unfold is going to be filled with pure Irish magic.

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In ‘The Tempest’ Prospero Can Be A Woman

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Prospero comes in all shapes, sizes and dispositions. The powerful and sometimes vengeful magician in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” can be athletic, he can be remote, he can be cruel, he can be forgiving.
He can be a woman. 

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The Splendor of Sondheim at Barrington Stage

Theater: ‘Into the Woods’

Its creators are celebrated: Stephen Sondheim for the music and lyrics; James Lapine for the book; Jonathan Tunick for the spare and revealing orchestrations. Barrington Stage Company’s  production of “Into the Woods” is  gorgeous. The actors know what they are about. Some of them, like Mykal Kilgore, who plays the witch, know much more than that.
Still, there are flaws in this production, and, maybe, in every production of “Into the Woods.”

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Celebrating 60 Years Of Local Theater

Theater: A History of The Sharon Playhouse

In the 1930s a group of Sharon residents decided to form a play-reading group for their own enjoyment. Soon, however, it was attracting a neighborhood audience.  This fledgling effort was the first indication that Sharon’s destiny was to become a theater town.

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Song, Dance And Backflips In ‘Crazy for You’

Theater: ‘Crazy for You’

These are hallowed moves on Broadway: reworking shows,  dumping the iffy spots, and sliding in great songs from other musicals. In this case, some of the most touching numbers from the Gershwins’ playbook, have made “Crazy for You,” with its lengthy history of tinkering, renaming and rewriting, a charmer.  Now The Sharon Playhouse has made “Crazy for You,” directed by the inventive Sarah Combs and fabulously costumed by Kurt Alger, a joy.

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Song and Dance Light Up Sharon’s Summer Season

Theater: ‘Crazy for You’

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’70s Songs Served Up With Sparkle In New Musical

Theater: ‘Disaster!’ A ’70s Disaster Movie Musical

‘Disaster!” A ’70s Disaster Movie Musical,” now playing at the Warner Stage Company’s Nancy Marine Studio Theatre in Torrington, may be the ultimate “jukebox musical.” For Seth Rudetsky and Drew Geraci, this was a “concept,” and the ultimate production is best left in that amorphous category.

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The Season Begins Brilliantly At Shakespeare & Co.

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There is a “pre  condition” for experiencing “The Waverly Gallery,” currently in production at Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, Mass. You must love great theater.

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