‘Exiled’ at the Mac-Haydn is a tour through Kurt Weill’s finest music

September 2, 2021 | TheBerkshireEdge.com

The first thing you need to know is this: Kurt Weill is my very favorite composer. Whether it is music for the German stage or the French stage or the American stage, he is my favorite. Whether it is song, show, opera, orchestral, or concert piece, it is my favorite. This is just something you need to know. The second thing you need to know is I am a perfectionist and I cannot abide, nor will I accept, a slapdash or in any way inferior presentation of his music. There is one more thing you have to understand about me and Kurt Weill: I will travel just about anywhere to hear his work performed; I have traveled to Washington, D.C., London, Germany, Italy, and South Carolina so far and who knows where my obsession may take me next. Last night I traveled through the aftermath of Hurricane Ida, all the way to Chatham, New York to hear a concert/lecture recital of Weill’s work on stage at the Mac-Haydn Theatre, performed by James Benjamin Rodgers. The New Zealand native has me beat. He traveled all the way here to sing Kurt Weill.

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Columbia County Fair returns with 6 days of fun for the whole family

The Berkshire Eagle | August 28, 2021

CHATHAM, N.Y. — After a year’s absence, the 180th Columbia County Fair comes roaring, oinking and mooing back to life.

The fair, in nearby Chatham, N.Y., runs Wednesday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 6.

“It’s the end of summer, the last big hurrah,” said Angelo Nero, longtime manager of the Columbia County Fair. ”We’ve got something for everybody, it’s a lot of fun for the whole family.”

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REVIEW: Mac-Haydn Theatre’s ‘Pippin’ a ‘robust and spirited’ production

Berkshire Eagle | August 24, 2021

CHATHAM, N.Y. — Pippin, the eponymous “hero” of Stephen Schwartz’ bouncy 1972 musical, is a young man on a mission. The eldest son of King Charlemagne, Pippin is after nothing less than an “extraordinary” life. He tries to find it on the battlefield — without success; in orgiastic sex; as a usurping monarch who assassinates his father, assumes his throne only to find that ruling a kingdom is much, much easier said than done. So, since there is theater magic to do, Pippin manages to reverse course. His father comes alive and all proceeds as if nothing had happened.

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Crandell Theatre to Reopen Thursday, July 1

June 4, 2021 | IMBY.com

Crandell Theatre reopens its doors on July 1-4, 2021, welcoming familiar friends and new visitors back to the movies with a new program format and thorough cleaning, following the 15-month closing caused by the COVID-19 virus. Each week, eight screenings of four curated commercial and independent films are shown from Thursday through Sunday. The sale of concessions is delayed until the theatre is able to accommodate health requirements. Tickets are sold on line at the Crandell website, crandelltheatre.org, and at the box office. Admission is $8 members, $9 nonmembers, and $7 for children 12 and under.

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Mac-Haydn Theatre Returns in July with Performances

Berkshire Eagle | June 17, 2021

The Mac-Haydn Theatre, one of the country’s few theatres in-the-round, will reopen its doors for live performances on July 29 after more than a year of closure, bringing summer theatre back to Chatham.

Main Stage musical productions include “Pippin,” “She Loves Me,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Beehive: The ’60s Musical,” and “The World Goes ’Round.” The Mac-Haydn Theatre will also host a series of limited events, including “Exiled: The Evolution of Kurt Weill” and “Still Within The Sound of My Voice: The Songs of Linda Ronstadt.” Tickets for main stage productions and limited events are $42.

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