Audra McDonald, Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, OKLAHOMA! and More Set for Berkshire Theatre Group's Spring 2013 Season

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody
at The Colonial Theatre
March 14-16 at 8pm
Tickets: A: $47.50 B: $37.50 C: $24.50

SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody is the hilarious unauthorized musical satire that brings the naughty fun of the saucy best-selling book to life in one laugh-filled high-energy show. Enjoy a Spanktini at intermission and after the show, stay for a photo with the handsome devil himself. SPANK! promises a fun night out for adventurous adults with an appreciation for farce at its best. SPANK! is not associated with, nor authorized by, author E.L. James or Vintage Press. Mature audiences only.

The Hit Men
at The Colonial Theatre
Thursday, March 21 at 7:30pm
Tickets: VIP: $44.50 A: $39.50 B: $24.50

A group of amazing performers, superb musicians, superior vocalists, great arrangers and creative composers, The Hit Men are the hitmakers of the '60s, '70s and '80s-including original performing members of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons and Tommy James and the Shondells, The Critters, and band-mates who played and performed with Jim Croce, Cat Stevens, Carly Simon and other mega-star acts. Performing hits such as "Oh What a Night," "Who Loves You," "Marianne," "Bad, Bad LeRoy Brown," "You're So Vain," and "You Belong To Me," these guys are the real performers who traveled all over the world, creating music and memories.

Jimmy Sturr
at The Colonial Theatre
Sunday, April 7 at 2pm
Tickets: VIP: $45 A: $35 B: $25

Often called the King of Polka, Jimmy Sturr, recipient of eighteen Grammy Awards, is the hottest musical attraction in the polka field. No one has done more for polka than this talented man from the Little Village of Florida, NY. Sturr has performed with the likes of Willie Nelson and Arlo Guthrie, as well as appeared on Fox News, Saturday Night Live and Grand Ole' Opry's Backstage. When you see Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra in person, you know why they draw huge crowds, have been voted #1 in the country and are considered the best in polka music.

Joan Rivers
at The Colonial Theatre
Friday, May 10 at 8pm
Tickets: VIP: $125 A: $100 B: $75 C: $50

A force of nature and one of the hardest-working celebrities in the world, Joan Rivers is an entertainment legend of unparalleled accomplishments. A woman of many talents, Joan is perhaps best known as an internationally renowned comedienne. Joan has also appeared in many movies and television shows including, WEtv's Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?-now in its third season, and E!'s Fashion Police. Don't miss Joan as she performs her uncensored, uninhibited standup comedy for one night only at the Colonial.

Audra McDonald in Concert
at The Colonial Theatre
Saturday, June 15 at 8pm
Tickets: A: $125 B: $95 C: $50

Broadway legend Audra McDonald returns with a solo show to the Colonial stage after winning a record-tying fifth Tony Award for her unforgettable performance in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess and after four seasons on ABC's Private Practice. The two-time Grammy Award-winner will perform an intimate evening of favorite show tunes, classic songs from movies and original pieces written for this extraordinary artist who is at the height of her expressive powers. "Ravishing of voice and Olympian of stature, she's an overwhelming presence," (New York Times). She has performed at The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall and with virtually every major American orchestra. Blessed with a luminous soprano and an incomparable gift for dramatic truth-telling, she is truly a unique force; known for her singing voice, respected for her passion, and celebrated for her distinctive ability to weave a musical portrait that envelops audiences.

Oklahoma!
music by Richard Rodgers
book & lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
based on the play "Green Grow the Lilacs" by Lynn Riggs
original dances by Agnes De Mille
at The Colonial Theatre
Dates and Tickets: TBA

Set in the heart of America, where the corn is as high as an elephant's eye, comes Oklahoma!, one of Rodger's and Hammerstein's most cherished musicals. Follow the beloved story of Laurey Williams and her suitors, Curly McLain and Jud Fry; as well as spitfire, Ado Annie and her patient beau, Will Parker. Featuring timeless songs such as "Oh What a Beautiful Mornin,'" "The Surrey with the Fringe on Top," "I Cain't Say No," "People Will Say We're in Love," and of course "Oklahoma!" and performed at the iconic Colonial Theatre, this landmark, Pulitzer Prize winning musical will have you saying, "Oklahoma O.K.!"

For more information about the performance, visit the website at www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org.

The Colonial Theatre, founded in 1903, and Berkshire Theatre Festival, founded in 1928, are two of the oldest cultural organizations in the Berkshires. Having united in November of 2010 under the leadership of Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, these two institutions are providing the Berkshires and beyond with the finest in live theatre, music, dance and the visual arts on five stages in Stockbridge, MA, Pittsfield, MA and Lenox, MA. The Fitzpatrick Main Stage (400 seats), cataloged by The National Register of Historic Places, was originally designed and built by Stanford White as the Stockbridge Casino in 1888. The intimate Unicorn Theatre (122 seats) is a home for emerging artists and new theatrical ideas. The Colonial in Pittsfield (780 seats) re-opened in August of 2006, following a $21 million restoration, and boasts pristine acoustics, classic gilded age architecture and state-of-the-art technical systems. BTG also performs at the newly built outdoor Neil Ellenoff stage at the Mount and at The Garage, a music venue located in the lobby of The Colonial. Together they serve over 100,000 patrons per year and reach over 17,000 students through their educational and outreach programs.

For more information on BTF call (413) 298-5536 and on The Colonial call (413) 448-8084. To purchase tickets, call (413) 997-4444 or (413) 298-5576 or go online to www.BerkshireTheatreGroup.org.




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