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Tony Award-winning Jukebox Musical Million Dollar Quartet Opens BTG’s 2017 Summer Season

Gabriel Aronson  as Jerry Lee Lewis
Christy Coco as Dyanne
Brycen Katolinsky as Elvis Presley
Ben Nordstrom as Sam Phillips
Bill Sheets as Johnny Cash
Colin Summers as Carl Perkins

Berkshire Theatre Group presents Tony Award-winning jukebox musical and epic night of rock 'n roll, Million Dollar Quartet, directed and music direction by James Barry (Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; BTG: A Thousand Clowns, Tommy, The Caretaker). Million Dollar Quartet runs from June 14 through July 15 at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA. Opening night is set for Saturday, June 17 at 8pm.

Director James Barry says, "I'm thrilled to be making my debut as a director at BTG, specifically in The Unicorn Theatre, where I made my professional acting debut 18 seasons ago in The Einstein Project. Coming back to the Unicorn to direct a show that I have been involved with for years is an honor. I performed the role of Carl Perkins in the first National Tour of Million Dollar Quartet for two years, and since then, I have reprised the role many times, and provided musical direction. I am honored to take a seat in the director's chair for this production!"

Million Dollar Quartet brings you into the recording studio with icons, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins. Based on a true story, set on December 4, 1956, Million Dollar Quartet follows the tale of these four legendary musicians, as they come together for one monumental night of music at Sun Records in Memphis. Directed and music direction by James Barry (Broadway: Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson; BTG: A Thousand Clowns, Tommy, The Caretaker), this smash-hit musical includes classic tunes such as: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield; at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street, Stockbridge; by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sundays 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.

The Million Dollar Quartet Southern Barbecue is scheduled for June 29th. The barbecue dinner will take place prior to performance, and will be available to anyone who purchases the dinner ticket with their performance ticket. Dinners will hold a $60 cost in addition to the performance ticket. All proceeds will benefit BTG Education Programs.

Million Dollar Quartet book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux original concept and direction by Floyd Mutrux

Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins directed and music direction by James Barry at The Unicorn Theatre The Larry Vaber Stage BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street

Previews: Wednesday, June 14 through Friday, June 16
Press Opening/Opening Night: Saturday, June 17 at 8pm
Talkback: Monday, June 19 after 7pm performance
Barbecue Fundraiser: Thursday, June 29th prior to 7pm performance

Closing: Saturday, July 15 at 8pm
Tickets: Preview: $55
Tickets: $65


Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Additions to their 2017 Colonial Theatre Programming

Janeane Garofalo
at The Colonial Theatre
Saturday, August 12 at 8pm
Tickets: $39.50

Emmy Award-nominated Actress and comedian, SNL alum Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. Janeane has had many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in films, such as: The Truth About Cats and Dogs, Wet Hot American Summer, Ratatouille, Steal This Movie, Reality Bites, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, Mystery Men, The Ten and The Cable Guy. Janeane co-authored the bestseller Feel This Book, with Ben Stiller. 

In addition to acting in film and television, Janeane is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer, and stand-up comedy entertainer, known and respected around the world. She was instrumental in the successful launching of the first liberal radio network, Air America Radio, where she hosted her own talk show, The Majority Report. A lightning rod for controversy, Janeane's well informed opinions and unflinching honesty have inspired laughs, as well as striking a chord with the left, right and everyone in between. 

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes
at The Colonial Theatre
Thursday, August 17 at 8pm
Tickets: A: $50 • B: $30


"For I've always wanted to be a Juke...and I still do." –Jon Bon Jovi

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes are legends in the rock n' roll scene. For over thirty years they have been delighting audiences and recording music in their hard-driving style. They have turned out more than thirty albums, thousands of live performances around the globe and produced a legion of dedicated and enthusiastic fans. These musical giants of the Jersey Shore influenced musicians from Bruce Springsteen to Bon Jovi and are still going strong today.

Just last year, the iconic Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes released the highly-acclaimed Soultime!, their first new studio CD of all original material in five years.

Southside's first three albums, I Don't Want To Go Home, This Time It's for Real, and Hearts of Stone were produced by Steven Van Zandt (E Street Band, The Sopranos) and featured songs written by Van Zandt and Bruce Springsteen. "I Don't Want To Go Home” became Southside's signature song, an evocative mix of horn-based melodic riffs and soul-searching lyrics. Rolling Stone Magazine voted Hearts of Stone among the top 100 albums of the 1970s and 1980s.

With a decades-long successful career, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes continue to deliver their soul-searing brand of raucous blues and R&B, with material mined from their many albums, featuring hits like "I Don't Want To Go Home,” "Love On The Wrong Side Of Town,” "The Fever,” "This Time It's For Real,” "Talk To Me,” and their definitive fun-time cover of "We're Having A Party.” The Jukes' legendary high-energy live performances always satisfy with their classic blend of Stax-influenced R&B and gritty, rock and roll.

New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players I've Got A Little Twist
at The Colonial Theatre
Friday, August 18 at 8pm
Tickets: Premium: $45 • A: $35 • B: $25

Take Gilbert & Sullivan, add a twist of Broadway, and stir! It's where The Mikado meets The Music Man. Where the HMS Pinafore sets sail for Brigadoon. Where The Pirates of Penzance take shore leave On The Town. It's a one-of-a-kind show that proves the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire is as fun, fresh and full of life as, well, three little maids from school! See for yourself as New York Gilbert & Sullivan Players celebrates the legacy of Gilbert & Sullivan in American musical theater, featuring favorites from Rodgers & Hammerstein, Bernstein, Sondheim, Lerner & Loewe, Meredith Willson, and Jerry Herman. 


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at The Unicorn Theatre 
The Larry Vaber Stage 
BTG's Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street 
Wednesday, now through  Saturday, July 15 

Sponsored by: Lead Sponsor, Bobbie Hallig and Furlano and Arace, PC

Tony Award-winning jukebox musical, and epic night of rock 'n roll, Million Dollar Quartet brings you into the recording studio with icons, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis. Based on a true story, set on December 4, 1956, Million Dollar Quartet follows the tale of these four legendary musicians, as they come together for one monumental night of music at Sun Records in Memphis. This smash-hit musical includes classic tunes such as: "Blue Suede Shoes,” "Fever,” "Walk the Line,” "Sixteen Tons,” "Who Do You Love?,” "Great Balls of Fire,” "Folsom Prison Blues,” "Hound Dog,” and more.

at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage
BTG’s Stockbridge Campus, 83 East Main Street
Thursday, now through Saturday, July 22 


Sponsored by: Blantyre, Country Curtains and Red Lion Inn, Natalie and Howard Shawn, David and Susan Auerbach

After joining the staff at a school for the deaf, speech therapist with an unorthodox approach to education, James, played by Joshua Jackson (TV: The AffairDawson's CreekFringe; Film: Cruel IntentionsLay The Favorite; West End: A Life In The Theatre; Off-Broadway: Smart People), becomes infatuated by Sarah, a vivacious, yet delicate, deaf woman, played by Lauren Ridloff (Former Miss Deaf America; Film: Wonderstruck). James tries to help Sarah, a school dropout, navigate her way through the hearing world, however Sarah finds solace in her sphere of silence. Yearning to understand each other, yet set in their ways, a romance unfolds as the two attempt to communicate their heart’s desires not only to one another, but with the world around them. Select performances will include an ASL interpreter. Please visit our website for more information, www.berkshiretheatregroup.org.

at The Colonial Theatre 
BTG's Pittsfield Campus, 111 South Street
Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, August 6 

Sponsored by: Greylock Federal Credit Union, Greylock Insurance Company, Lyon Aviation, Dr. Richard Ziter, Phyllis Parvin and The Berkshire Eagle

The Music Man is about a con-man who ultimately does good by a community. "Professor" Harold Hill's heart opens up through the course of one of America's most beloved musicals. In the magical number "'Till There Was You," we all recognize that the power of love is greater than all else, and change is always possible. In fact, Harold Hill and the children of River City, Iowa, remind us that the ordinary can indeed be changed to the extraordinary.

This beloved musical features over 100 talented Berkshire youth, as well as Rylan Morsbach (BTG: Mary Poppins, The Homecoming), who was recently hailed as "terrific” by The New York Times in BTG's Off-Broadway transfer of Fiorello!. With eccentric characters and a warm, optimistic story, this charming musical is filled with memorable tunes such as, "Ya Got Trouble," "Gary, Indiana," and more.

at The Unicorn Theatre 
The Larry Vaber Stage 
BTG's Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street 
Wednesday, July 19 through Saturday, August 26   


Sponsored by: Lead Sponsor, Bobbie Hallig and Furlano and Arace, PC

Set in New York City, Act 1, Homelife opens with a look inside the isolated marriage of wealthy textbook company executive, Peter, played by David Adkins (BTG: Thoreau or, Return to Walden; Poe), and his articulate, Upper East Side wife, Ann, played by Tara Franklin (BTG: The Homecoming, Lion in Winter, Equus). Unable to communicate their feelings to each other, the foundation of their marriage is built on unspoken agreements. Somehow, they find comfort in their boring relationship, yet, they are never truly on the same page. Act 2, The Zoo Story, follows Peter to Central Park. While sitting on a park bench, Peter encounters forlorn and forsaken stranger, Jerry, played by Joey Collins (BTG: The Homecoming, Broadway: The Glass Menagerie). This stranger, who appears desperate for human contact and connection, forces Peter to listen to his stories, as he digs deeper into Peter's life, and his own.

at The Fitzpatrick Main Stage 
BTG's Stockbridge Campus, 83 East Main Street 
Thursday, July 27 through Saturday, August 19

Sponsored by: Blantyre, Country Curtains and Red Lion Inn

Good-hearted drama critic, Mortimer Brewster appears to lead a normal, happy life. Recently engaged to be married, Mortimer plans a trip to visit his charming, spinster aunts, Abby Brewster, played by Harriet Harris (Broadway:Thoroughly Modern Millie; TV: Frasier) and Martha Brewster, played by Mia Dillon (Broadway: Crimes of the Heart). However, shortly after Mortimer's arrival, he discovers that his innocent aunts have a deadly secret buried in the basement—about a dozen older gentlemen. To Mortimer's dismay, Abby and Martha deem their poisonous habits as charitable acts; convinced that they are putting these men out of their misery. Attempting to protect society without sending Abby and Martha to prison, hilarity and madness ensues as Mortimer tries to wrangle in his crazy aunts, along with his brothers—Theodore, who believes he is Theodore Roosevelt, and maniacal, murderous Jonathan, played by Harriet Harris’ real-life husband, Matt Sullivan.

at The Unicorn Theatre 
The Larry Vaber Stage 
BTG's Stockbridge Campus, 6 East Street 
Thursday, September 28 through Sunday, October 22   

Sponsored by: Lead Sponsor, Bobbie Hallig and Furlano and Arace, PC

Written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner, David Auburn (Proof), Lost Lake is an engrossing, evocative play. Part drama, part melancholy comedy, Lost Lake follows the story of Veronica and Hogan; imperfect strangers, tangled up in each other's lives by circumstance. Veronica, hopelessly in need of an escape from life's uphill battle, takes her children to a lakeside rental. Unfortunately for Veronica, not only is the property less than ideal, it also includes a bedraggled and secluded estate owner, Hogan. Both fighting their own battles, the two outcasts find complicated comfort in their shared isolation.



Tony Award-Winning The Music Man Featuring Over 100 Berkshire Youth Takes the Colonial Stage

Haley Aguero as Marian Paroo

Rylan Morsbach as Harold Hill

Travis G. Daly Director

Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) presents the Tony Award-winning The Music Man, directed by Travis G. Daly (BTG: Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Seussical), with music direction by Mark Gionfriddo (BTG: Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Seussical), and choreography by Avital Asuleen (The Queen Bees, The Rat Pack Undead), featuring over 100 talented Berkshire youth. The Music Man runs from July 6 through August 6 at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA.

The Music Man is about a con-man who ultimately does good by a community. "Professor" Harold Hill's heart opens up through the course of one of America's most beloved musicals. In the magical number "Till There Was You," we all recognize that the power of love is greater than all else, and change is always possible. In fact, Harold Hill and the children of River City, Iowa, remind us that the ordinary can indeed be changed to the extraordinary.

Sound the Seventy-Six Trombones, the Tony Award-winning musical, The Music Man comes to The Colonial Theatre! Directed by Travis G. Daly (BTG: Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Seussical), with music direction by Mark Gionfriddo (BTG: Beauty and the Beast, Mary Poppins, Seussical), and choreography by Avital Asuleen (The Queen Bees, The Rat Pack Undead), this beloved musical features over 100 talented Berkshire youth, as well as Rylan Morsbach (BTG: Mary Poppins, The Homecoming), who was recently hailed as “terrific” by The New York Times in BTG’s Off-Broadway transfer of Fiorello!. With eccentric characters and a warm, optimistic story, this charming musical is filled with memorable tunes such as, "Ya Got Trouble," "Gary, Indiana," and more.

Director Travis G. Daly says, "The Music Man is a musical love letter. An uplifting history lesson with great ideals, this production shows how infectious the power of love is. Harold has a metamorphosis throughout the play, and as he begins to grow, he inspires this entire community, bringing them together to be a part of something bigger than themselves."

This year, Berkshire Theatre Group is partnering with Patrick's Pub in Pittsfield, and offering sandwiches, salads and wraps at The Garage in The Colonial Theatre lobby. Come early, and enjoy a bite before the show!

Berkshire Theatre Group is happy to announce new Summer Thursday Barbecues, including The Music Man All-American Barbecue on July 20th. The barbecue dinner will take place prior to performance, and will be available to anyone who purchases the dinner ticket with their performance ticket. Dinners will hold a $50 cost for adults and $30 cost for children in addition to the performance ticket. All proceeds will benefit BTG PLAYS!, Berkshire Theatre Group's year-round education program.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield; at the Fitzpatrick Main Stage Ticket Office at 83 East Main Street, Stockbridge; by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org. Ticket Offices are open Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-2pm or on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.

BTG's production of The Music Man is dedicated to the late Gabrielle Corbett. Gabrielle, 11 years-old, had one primary dream in life, to become an actress. She participated in Berkshire Theatre Group’s after-school program in a production of Greek Myths, and got the bug. From that point forward, she signed up for every opportunity she could, including more after-school programs, the annual church nativity play, BTG summer camp, and most notably, the summer productions of Mary Poppins and Beauty and The Beast. She loved the process and the people she worked with, making many friends along the way and looking up to the stage veterans as examples of who she wanted to become. While she left this earth too soon, she will be remembered for her big smile, bubbly personality and kind heart. Last summer, she was featured on the front page of The Berkshire Eagle in an article touting the future of The Colonial Theatre.

The Music Man
book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson
story by Meredith Willson and and Franklin Lacey
directed by Travis G. Daly
music direction by Mark Gionfriddo
choreography by Avital Asuleen

at The Colonial Theatre
BTG’s Pittsfield Campus, 111 South Street

Previews: Thursday, July 6 through Friday, July 7

Opening Night: Saturday, July 8 at 7pm

Closing: Sunday, August 6 at 2pm

Barbecue Fundraiser: Thursday, June 20th prior to 7pm performance

Special Note: There is no press night for The Music Man

Tickets: Adult A: $42; Adult B: $32 • Child A: $27; Child B: $22

Golden Circle Tickets: Adult: $52 • Child: $37

Sponsored by: Greylock Federal Credit Union, Greylock Insurance Company, The Shubert Foundation, Lyon Aviation, Dr. Richard Ziter, Phyllis Parvin and The Berkshire Eagle

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