Tag: musicals

Forever Plaid at Mac-Haydn Theatre

The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Forever Plaid. One of the most popular and successful musicals in recent memory, Forever Plaid is a deliciously fun revue, chock-full of classic barbershop quartet harmonies and pitch-perfect melodies!

Take a trip back to the 1950s as we follow four young singers as they take the stage for their final gig. When high school pals Sparky, Jinx, Smudge, and Francis – the “Plaids” – are killed in a car accident on the way to their first big gig, the young men linger in limbo as “astro-technical” phenomena allows them to return to Earth, perform their final concert, and hopefully win a place in Heaven – and the deluxe plaid dinner jackets of their dreams.

The “Plaids” are a guaranteed smash, and we are so excited to bring them back to the Mac-Haydn stage. With a program of beloved songs and delightful patter you will be rolling in the aisles when you’re not humming along to some of the great pop hits of the 1950s.

Written and Originally Directed and Choreographed by Stuart Ross
Musical Continuity Supervision and Arrangements by James Raitt

Production information from machaydntheatre.org

DATES/TIMES: September 22 – October 1, 2022
Sep 22 – 7:00PM Thursday
Sep 23 – 2:00PM Friday
Sep 24 – 2:00PM Saturday
Sep 28 – 7:00PM Wednesday (Pay What You Can)
Sep 29 – 2:00PM Thursday
Oct 1 – 2:00PM Saturday

TICKETS: $45
Tickets can be purchased through machaydntheatre.org by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

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Mac-Haydn Theatre Annual Event: ShowStoppers

The Mac-Haydn theatre’s annual fundraising event returns and this time you have four chances to see it! Join your favorite Mac-Haydn cast members as they deliver show stopping performances of musical theater’s greatest hits. From classic to contemporary, it’s the ultimate show tunes revue.

Producing Artistic Director John Saunders will lead the performance, curating an hour-long program. “Showstoppers is a chance to celebrate the extraordinarily talented company members of our 2022 season,” said Saunders. “With hit numbers from hit shows, Showstoppers promises to be a program packed with songs both old and new to delight audiences.”

“Showstoppers” will feature the 2022 Resident Company, as well as various surprise special guests, performing solo and group numbers from all corners of the musical theatre canon. Eric Shorey leads from the pit as the Music Director.

Saunders spoke further about the contribution this program makes to the Mac-Haydn’s season: “Every season, this show gives us the chance to do what the Mac-Haydn does best – and that’s to present both great classical and contemporary musical theatre. You won’t want to miss this chance to see this eclectic selection of songs featuring Mac-Haydn favorites and the new stars of the 2022 resident company.”

Director John Saunders
Music Director Eric Shorey
Lighting Designer Kevin Gleason
Sound Designer Sean McGinley

Production information from machaydntheatre.org

DATES/TIMES: September 3, 14, 21, 28, 2022

Sep 3 – 12:00PM Saturday
Sep 14 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Sep 21 – 7:00PM Wednesday
Sep 28 – 2:00PM Wednesday

TICKETS: $45
Tickets can be purchased through machaydntheatre.org by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

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‘The Full Monty’ at Mac-Haydn Theatre, Aug 18 – Sep 4

The 2022 season continues at Mac-Haydn theatre with The Full Monty opening this week.

Based on the internationally-acclaimed hit film of the same name, The Full Monty, a ten-time Tony Award nominee, is filled with honest affection, engaging melodies and possibly the most highly anticipated closing number of any show in history…

This grin and bare-it comedy tells the story of six average-looking, unemployed steelworkers on the verge of a bold plan to get themselves out of debt, and make amends with those they love. When the men spy their wives going crazy over a group of male strippers, they decide to make some quick cash by forming their own act – a team of male strippers with ‘real’ bodies. As they conquer their fears, self-consciousness and prejudices, the men come to discover that they’re stronger as a group, and the strength that they find in each other gives them the individual courage to “let it go.”

After its smashing Mac-Haydn debut in 2014, The Full Monty is back to bare it all for three weeks! This highly-anticipated return is guaranteed to have you on your feet and feeling inspired to embrace your true self.

Book by Terrence McNally
Music and Lyrics by David Yazbek

Production information from machaydntheatre.org

DATES/TIMES: Thursday, August 18 – Sunday, September 4, 2022

Aug 18 – 2:00PM Thursday
Aug 18 – 8:00PM Thursday
Aug 19 – 8:00PM Friday
Aug 20 – 4:00PM Saturday
Aug 21 – 2:00PM Sunday
Aug 21 – 7:00PM Sunday
Aug 24 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Aug 25 – 2:00PM Thursday
Aug 25 – 8:00PM Thursday
Aug 26 – 8:00PM Friday
Aug 27 – 4:00PM Saturday
Aug 27 – 8:00PM Saturday
Aug 28 – 2:00PM Sunday
Aug 28 – 7:00PM Sunday
Aug 31 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Sep 1 – 2:00PM Thursday
Sep 1 – 8:00PM Thursday
Sep 2 – 8:00PM Friday
Sep 3 – 4:00PM Saturday
Sep 4 – 2:00PM Sunday
Sep 4 – 7:00PM Sunday

TICKETS: $45
Tickets can be purchased through machaydntheatre.org by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

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‘Next To Normal’ at Mac-Haydn Theatre Aug 4 – 14

The Mac-Haydn theatre presents the regional premiere of Next to Normal. The show opens on Thursday, August 4th and runs through Sunday, August 14th.

Winner of 3 Tony Awards and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama, Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt’s Next to Normal has taken Broadway, and the musical theater world by storm over the past decade. An emotional powerhouse of a musical with a thrilling rock score, the show takes an honest look at the sometimes harsh realities of “normal” life.

A typical American family to the outside world, the Goodmans secretly struggle in their suburban home as they deal with the effects of their mother’s worsening mental health. As they navigate their changing world, they deal with the pressing contemporary issues of trauma, loss, mental health treatment, and what it means to be a family.

Making its debut at the Mac-Haydn, Next to Normal promises to be an artistic highlight of the 2022 season and is unlike anything you have seen on our stage. Trust us when we tell you, this show is not to be missed. Prepare yourself to be overwhelmed by the raw and exhilarating reality of what it means to care for yourself, and for one another.

At the helm of the premiere production is Mac-Haydn Artistic Director John Saunders, who has earned numerous Berkshire Theatre Award nominations for his direction in recent years, as well as a win for Outstanding Production of a Musical for Ragtime (2019).

“Knowing that Next To Normal has not been really seen in the region, it feels like a tremendous honor to be presenting the show,” said Saunders. “While some may not consider it “Summer Stock” fare, I believe the show magically does what theatre is intended to do; it holds up a mirror for the viewer and offers an incredibly truthful look at a real family facing very real issues. Though the material is, at times, heavy, the show is written so beautifully to encompass great moments of levity, humor, and above all else, hope.”

Saunders is joined by Music Director Eric Shorey and Assistant Music Director Emily Croome. The production will feature scenic design by Emma Cummings, who will bring the Goodmans’ home to life on the Mac-Haydn stage, along with lighting design by Andrew Gmoser, costume design by Bethany Marx, sound design by Nick Caburis, wig design by Caitlin Maxwell, hair and makeup design by April Gerbode, and props design by David Tankersley, who will also assist Cummings.

Broadway’s Beth Kirkpatrick (Les Miserables, Hello Dolly) makes her Mac-Haydn debut as Diana. She is joined by Eric Van Tielen (Broadway: Les Miserables, A Tale of Two Cities) as Dan. Rounding out the cast are Mac-Haydn favorites Amber Mawande-Spytek (Pippin) as Natalie, Kylan Ross (Pippin, Urinetown) as Gabe, Andrew Burton Kelley (Little Shop of Horrors, She Loves Me) as Henry, and Gabe Belyeu (Man of La Mancha, A Chorus Line) as Dr. Madden.

“My goal is to really surprise our audience with this extraordinary piece and tell them a story that is even more relatable than some of the good old classic musicals,” said Saunders. “The score is both contemporary and classic at the same time which I know our audiences will enjoy tremendously and I just know the Mac-Haydn audiences will genuinely appreciate their experience with the show.”

Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music by Tom Kitt

Production information from machaydntheatre.org

DATES/TIMES: Thursday, August 4 – Sunday, August 14, 2022

Aug 4 – 2:00PM Thursday
Aug 4 – 8:00PM Thursday
Aug 5 – 8:00PM Friday
Aug 6 – 4:00PM Saturday
Aug 7 – 2:00PM Sunday
Aug 7 – 7:00PM Sunday
Aug 10 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Aug 11 – 2:00PM Thursday
Aug 11 – 8:00PM Thursday
Aug 12 – 8:00PM Friday
Aug 13 – 4:00PM Saturday
Aug 13 – 8:00PM Saturday
Aug 14 – 2:00PM Sunday
Aug 14 – 7:00PM Sunday

TICKETS: $45
Tickets can be purchased through machaydntheatre.org by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

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Kiss Me, Kate Opens Thursday at Mac-Haydn Theatre, Jul 21

Up next at the Mac-Haydn theatre is Kiss Me, Kate. The show opens on Thursday, July 21 and runs through Sunday, July 31.

The sophisticated, romantic and delightfully hilarious Broadway classic that earned the very first Tony award for Best Musical. Kiss Me, Kate combines the irreverent humor of four brilliant writers: Sam and Bella Spewack, Cole Porter and William Shakespeare.

The battle of the sexes takes center stage as former spouses feud onstage and off during a musical presentation of The Taming of the Shrew. Egotistical leading man, director, and producer Fred Graham and his ex-wife, Lilli Vanessi profess to hate each other. However, it soon becomes clear that their relationship is a little more complicated. Throw in some cases of mistaken identity and a few legendary comedic routines and you get Kiss Me, Kate.

Returning to the Mac-Haydn for the first time in 10 years, this production of Kiss Me, Kate is sure to be a blockbuster addition to the 2022 season. You will hear the Mac-Haydn musicians at their absolute best in this timeless score which features hits like “Another Op’nin’, Another Show”; “Always True To You In My Fashion” and “It’s Too Darn Hot”. Cole Porter’s exceptional musical will burst off the stage in our intimate setting and promises to leave you feeling so in love.

Book by Sam and Bella Spewack
Music and Lyrics by Cole Porter

Production information from machaydntheatre.org

DATES/TIMES: Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 31, 2022

Jul 21 – 2:00PM Thursday
Jul 21 – 8:00PM Thursday
Jul 22 – 8:00PM Friday
Jul 23 – 4:00PM Saturday
Jul 24 – 2:00PM Sunday
Jul 24 – 7:00PM Sunday
Jul 27 – 2:00PM Wednesday
Jul 28 – 2:00PM Thursday
Jul 28 – 8:00PM Thursday
Jul 29 – 8:00PM Friday
Jul 30 – 4:00PM Saturday
Jul 30 – 8:00PM Saturday
Jul 31 – 2:00PM Sunday
Jul 31 – 7:00PM Sunday

TICKETS: $45
Tickets can be purchased through machaydntheatre.org by clicking here.

LOCATION: Mac-Haydn Theatre
1925 NY-203
Chatham, NY 12037

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Box Office Phone: 518-392-9292

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