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Arts Summer Preview/Theater: From tent to playhouse to barn

Arts Summer Preview/Theater: From tent to playhouse to barn

Some theaterical productions that stand out on the summer schedule.

Productions that stand out on the summer schedule:

Remember the big top at the Colonie Coliseum/Tent/Starlite? Who could forget Jim Nabors in “The Music Man,” Ann B. Davis in “The Girls in 509,” or Ken Berry in “George M?” Who would like to?

The childhood memory of the ever-smiling Mr. Berry topped with a red, white and blue boater, hands clutching effervescent sparklers and heartily singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag” still haunts me. Where did this brand of theater go?

Tastes change and tents fold. But there are plenty of other shows to entertain, move and enthuse — ample ways to make memories.

-- If the time-honored classic musical is your thing, Mac-Haydn Theater in Chatham is serving up “42nd Street,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Guys and Dolls.” But they opened their season last week with something new, a seldom seen Sondheim revue, “Putting it Together,” running through June 1.

-- Need more Sondheim? Berkshire Theatre Festival in Stockbridge, Mass., ventures into the country with Sondheim’s brilliant “A Little Night Music” (June 30-July 19) starring Broadway vets Kate Baldwin, Greg Edelman and Penny Fuller.

-- Need some Rodgers and Hammerstein and a corn dog? Not-So Common Players in Clifton Park will stage “State Fair” July 18-27.

-- If new and quirky is your musical taste, Albany’s Park Playhouse has “Hands on a Hardbody” opening July 1 at the Lakehouse in Washington Park.

-- The Theater Barn in New Lebanon has the area premiere of the hilarious and clever “Gutenberg, the Musical.” (Hint: It is not about the actor Steve. It is about the guy with a printing press.)

-- What would the summer be without some star power? Quite a bit of talent is taking a working holiday at Williamstown Theatre Festival this summer, starting with opera diva Renee Fleming in a newly reworked Garson Kanin comedy now named “Living on Love.” Even more eagerly anticipated is the arrival of “The Visit.” Based on Durrenmatt’s darkly comic morality tale of corruption and revenge, this musical adaptation by Broadway veterans Kander and Ebb (“Chicago,” “Cabaret”) has been announced for a New York production for years. Maybe the time is right: Broadway legend Chita Rivera will be starring when the musical visits Williamstown in August.

And if you haven’t already, get your tickets for Lauren Ambrose and Chris Pine in a revival of Sam Shepard’s “Fool for Love” on the smaller Nikos stage.

There is so much great stuff to see. But I do miss the Tent. Come on, you do too. You know you would slap down the cash again to see Melissa McCarthy in “Hello Dolly” — in a heartbeat.

— Gazette theater critic Matthew G. Moross


Adirondack Theater Festival, Glens Falls. 798-7479.

June 23-28: “Fully Committed”

July 1-3: “Spontaneous Broadway”

July 10-19: “The Whale”

July 24-Aug. 2: “Ring of Fire — The Music of Johnny Cash”

Albany Civic Theater, Albany. 462-1297.

Aug. 29-Sep. 14: “Man From Nebraska”

Bard College Summerscape, Annandale-on-Hudson. 845-758-7900

July 10-20: “Love in the Wars”

Barrington Stage Company, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-236-8888.

May 21-June 14: “The Other Place”

June 11-July 12: “Kiss Me Kate”

July 17-Aug. 2: “Breaking the Code”

Aug. 7-24: “Dancing Lessons”

June 18-July 6: “Working on a Special Day”

July 16-Aug. 10: “The Golem of Havana”

Aug. 14-31: “Romance in Hard Times”

Sep. 18-28: “Character Man”

Berkshire Theatre Group: Colonial Theatre, Pittsfield, Mass. 413-997-4444; Fitzpatrick Main Stage and Unicorn Theatre Stockbridge, Mass. 413-298-5576,

Fitzpatrick Main Stage:

June 24-July 19: “The Mystery of Irma Vep”

July 23-Aug 9: “Cedars”

Aug. 13-30: “A Hatful of Rain”

Unicorn Theater:

July 9-26: “Benefactors”

July 30-Aug. 16: “Design for Living”

Aug. 23-30: “A Lover’s Tale”

The Colonial:

June 30-July 19: “A Little Night Music”

Aug. 7-17: “Seussical”

Capital Repertory Theatre, Albany. 445-7469,

July 11-Aug 10: “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”

Chester Theater Company, Chester, Mass. 413-354-7771,

June 25-July 6: “Madagascar”

July 10-20: “Annapurna”

July 20-Aug. 10: “A Number”

Aug. 14-24: “The Amish Project”

Circle Players, Sand Lake Center for the Arts, West Sand Lake. 674-2007,

May 30-June 7: “Great Expectations”

Classic Theater Guild, Schenectady. 387-9150,

June TBA: “Inspired — a New Play Festival”

July 18-27, Aug. 2: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Confetti Stage, Albany.

June 6-14: “Bent”

Aug. 1-10: “The Tempest”

Curtain Call Theatre, Latham. 877-7529,

May 16-June 21: “The Dixie Swim Club”

July 11-Aug. 2: “The Outgoing Tide”

Dorset Theater Company, Dorset, Vt. 802-867-2223,

June 18-July 6: “Red”

July 10-19: “Out of the City”

July 24-Aug. 9: “All in the Timing”

Aug. 14-30: “The Mousetrap”

The Egg, Albany. 473-1845,

June 22: Tracy Morgan

Aug. 1: Cheech & Chong

Fort Salem Theater, Salem. 854-9200,

June 20-22: “The Phantom of the Opera”

June 27-29: “Echoing Back, The Lyrics of Johnny Mercer”

July 11-20: “The Women in My Life”

Aug. 1-10: “Can You Hear Me Now?”

Aug. 15-17: “Signature Songs”

Aug. 23-24: “Earthbound”

Glove Theatre, Gloversville. 773-8255,

June 20-28: “Avenue Q”

July 25-Aug. 2: “Gypsy”

Aug. 21-23: “Honk Jr.”

Mac-Haydn Theatre, Chatham. 392-9292,

May 22-June 1: “Putting it Together”

June 5-15: “The Music Man”

June 19-29: “Fiddler on the Roof”

July 3-20: “42nd Street”

July 24-Aug. 3: “Young Frankenstein”

Aug. 7-17: “Guys and Dolls”

Aug. 21-31: “The Full Monty”

New York Stage & Film, Poughkeepsie. 845-437-7400,

June 25-July 6: “The Babylon Line”

July 5-13: “In Your Arms”

July 16 -27: “The Danish Widow”

No So Common Players, Clifton Park.

July 18-27: “State Fair”

Oldcastle Theater Company, Bennington, Vt. 802-447-0564,

June 6-22: “Doubt”

July 11-27: “4000 Miles”

Aug. 15-31: “My Fair Lady”

Palace Theatre, Albany. 465-4663,

June 14: “Million Dollar Quartet”

Park Playhouse, Albany. 434-0776,

July 1-26: “Hands on a Hardbody”

Aug. 2-16: “Oliver!”

Proctors, Schenectady. 346-6204,

May 28-June 8: “The Phantom of the Opera”

Shakespeare & Company, Lenox, Mass. 413-637-1199,

Elayne P. Bernstein Theater:

May 24-Aug. 24: “Shakespeare’s Will”

June 27-Aug. 30: “Julius Caesar”

Aug. 6-Sep. 14: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

Tina Packer Playhouse:

June 21-Aug. 30: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

July 4-Aug. 24: “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”

Aug. 2-31: “Henry IV” Parts 1 & 2

Rose Footprint Theater/Bankside:

June 20-Aug. 23: “A Servant of Two Masters”

The Dell at The Mount:

July 17-Aug. 23: “Romeo and Juliet”

The Theater Barn, New Lebanon. 794-8989,

June 27-July 6: “You Should Be So Lucky”

July 10-20: “Black Coffee”

July 24-Aug. 3: “Gutenberg The Musical”

Aug. 7-17: “I Love a Piano”

Aug. 21-31: “The Addams Family”

Weston Playhouse, Weston, Vt. 802-824-5288,

Main Stage:

June 26-July 12: “Analog and Vinyl”

July 17-26: “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike”

July 31-Aug. 23: “A Chorus Line”

Aug. 28-Sep. 6: “Uncle Vanya”

Other Stages:

June 19-July 12: “The Three Little Pigs”

July 24-Aug. 3: “Stoop Stories”

Aug. 14-Sep. 7: “The Marvelous Wonderettes: Caps and Gowns”

Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, Mass. 413-597-3400,

Main Stage:

July 2-July 13: “June Moon”

July 16-July 26: “Living on Love”

July 31-Aug. 17: “The Visit”

Nikos Stage:

July 9-July 20: “A Great Wilderness”

July 23-Aug. 3: “Fool for Love”

Aug. 6-Aug. 17: “The Old Man and the Old Moon”

Free Theater:

July 16-25: “Robin Hood”

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