Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Spring 2014 Season; Sets A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC as Summer Musical

Berkshire Theatre Group Announces Spring 2014 Season; Sets A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC as Summer Musical

Berkshire Theatre Group and Artistic Director/CEO, Kate Maguire are excited to announce the 2014 spring schedule of events and the 2014 summer season musical. Tickets are available for purchase to members and pass holders on Friday, December 13 and to the general public on Monday, December 16.


Berkshire Theatre Group's spring season is filled with chart-topping musical artists and internationally acclaimed comedians. Kate Maguire comments, "This spring season brings programming for a variety of tastes, interests, and budgets in music and comedy. We believe that great live performances and entertainment, presented by the most talented artists, provides a sense of fun that is inherent within the arts. All of our spring events, we hope, will put a smile on your face. We are also thrilled to announce our summer musical, Stephen Sondheim's A Little Night Music directed by Ethan Heard featuring Maureen O'Flynn at The Colonial Theatre!"

The season holds an array of talented musical performances: Indie-folk quartet Darlingside, Pop-Rock Idol Rick Springfield, and Moody Blues Frontman Justin Hayward. BTG is also is excited to partner again this year with the Boston Symphony Orchestra in presenting their community chamber concert.

For comedic productions: The number one girls' night out SPANK! Harder, The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe, Colin Quinn in Unconstitutional, and Loni Love of Chelsea Lately. During February's school vacation week, DiNO-Light, the family production seen on NBC's hit talent show America's Got Talent, is at the Colonial.

"The spring season will bring entertaining shows for all!" says Berkshire Theatre Group Programmer, Simon Shaw. "We have a great lineup of internationally-known comedians and musicians along with locally grown and up and coming talent. My intent when booking this season was to plan events that would offer a fun night for all in music and comedy while displaying the quality of area artists alongside influential and celebrated musicians and performers."

BTG is also very pleased to announce the summer musical for the 2014 Summer Season. Stephen Sondheim's, A Little Night Music, will be performed at The Colonial Theatre featuring the incomparable vocalist, actress, and Berkshire native, Maureen O'Flynn. This charming and witty musical features one of Sondheim's greatest hit show tunes, "Send in the Clowns" and is sure to be a wonderful musical theatre offering that celebrates love and the entanglements of it all.

Tickets are available for purchase to members and pass holders on Friday, December 13 and to the general public on Monday, December 16. Contact the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South Street, Pittsfield by calling 413-997-4444. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.berkshiretheatregroup.org. The Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm, Saturdays 10am-2pm and on any performance day from 10am until curtain. All plays, schedules, casting and prices are subject to change.

CALENDAR OF SPRING SEASON 2014:
Darlingside: The Garage: Friday, January 24 at 8pm
The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe: The Garage: Friday, January 31 at 8pm
SPANK! Harder: The Colonial: Saturday, February 8 at 8pm
Rev Tor's Dead of Winter Jam: The Garage: Thursday, February 13 at 8pm
The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe 10 x 10 Festival: The Garage: Sunday, February 23 at 2pm
Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional: The Colonial: Sunday, February 16 at 7pm
DiNo-Light: The Colonial Theatre: Friday, February 21 at 2pm (School Vacation Week)
Loni Love: The Colonial: Friday, March 7 at 8pm
Rick Springfield: Stripped Down: The Colonial Theatre: Wednesday, March 26 at 7:30pm
Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber: The Colonial: Sunday, April 6 at 3pm
Justin Hayward: The Colonial: Tuesday, May 13 at 7:30pm

SPRING SEASON 2014 OVERVIEW

Darlingside
at The Garage
Friday, January 24 at 8pm
Tickets: $15 Advance, $18 Day of Show

Darlingside is a Massachusetts-based indie folk quartet. With four distinct voices clustered around a single microphone, their tightly-arranged tunes draw from the unexpected, featuring strains of bluegrass, classical and barbershop. Accompanied by an arsenal of classical strings, guitars, mandolin and percussion, these four close friends swap instruments from song to song, keeping audiences across the country on The Edge of their seats. Members include: Don Mitchell: guitar, vocals; Auyon Mukharji: mandolin, violin, vocals; Harris Paseltiner: cello, guitar, bass, vocals; David Senft: vocals, bass guitar, guitar.

The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe
at The Garage
Friday, January 31 at 8pm
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT), the funniest thing in the Berkshires since roundabouts, is a comedy improv group that has been delighting audiences with its own brand of unscripted comedic mayhem since June 2001. Performing a mix of theater games reminiscent of the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the group models its work on the teachings of renowned theater games/improvisation instructor Keith Johnstone. Through audience participation, RBIT's mission is to create entertaining scenes which explore the boundaries of theater improvisation.

SPANK! Harder
at The Colonial Theatre
Saturday, February 8 at 8pm
Tickets: A: $47.50 (premium seating) B: $37.50 C: $27.50

The original SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody was last year's #1 show across the country, delivering naughty and hilarious fun to women in over 150 cities. Now, the ALL NEW, SPANK! Harder picks up where the original left off, parodying not only Fifty Shades but taking aim at a variety of issues facing women in today's pop culture. Gather your girlfriends and buy your tickets now for the funniest show this year!

Rev Tor's Dead of Winter Jam Celebrating the Music of the Grateful Dead
at The Garage
Thursday, February 13 at 8pm
Tickets: $10 Advance, $12 Day of Show

Since its conception in the mid-90s, The Rev Tor Band, led by singer and lead guitarist Tor Krautter, has become one of the most compelling and exciting acts on the blues and jam-band circuit. This show will be a mid-winter celebration of the music of The Grateful Dead featuring a multitude of guest artists. Pulling inspiration from a variety of influences, Tor and his band have shared the stage with members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, The Allman Brothers and The New Riders of the Purple Sage.

The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe Presents 10 Musicals: Unscripted
Presented as a part of the 10x10 Upstreet Arts Festival
at The Garage
Sunday, February 23 at 2pm
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door

The Royal Berkshire Improv Troupe (RBIT) explores the boundaries of theater improvisation through audience participation and the use of theater games reminiscent of the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway? For this special 10X10 performance, RBIT will collaborate with musician Carlton Maaia to perform 10 unscripted short musicals providing the greatest spontaneous musical theatre ever seen!

Colin Quinn: Unconstitutional
at The Colonial Theatre
Sunday, February 16 at 7pm (President's Day Weekend)
Tickets: A: $35 B: $25

Comedian, Colin Quinn, became a household name in the '80s with television roles as co-host of MTV's popular game show Remote Control and spots on Saturday Night Live and Comedy Central's Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn. Film roles followed including: A Night at the Roxbury, Comedian, and Adam Sandler's Grown Ups. In 2010, Quinn starred in the hit Broadway show Colin Quinn Long Story Short directed by Jerry Seinfeld. Quinn will be back on the upcoming season of HBO's Girls and returns to the stage in Unconstitutional where he tackles 226 years of American Constitutional calamities in 70 minutes. From predator drones to the Kardashians, he pulls no punches in asking if this is what the founding fathers planned.

DiNO-Light
at The Colonial Theatre
Friday, February 21 at 2pm (School Vacation Week)
Tickets: A: $20 B: $15

Lightwire Theater presents DiNO-Light as created by Corbian Visual Arts and Dance where electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in a heart-rending original tale. Truly unique and visually dazzling, DiNO (formally known as Darwin) has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance by audiences all over the world.




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