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Make sure you visit us in Boston this Fall!

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To my fellow BWWers,

Just got my Broadway in Boston mailer, and for those planning to visit us here in Boston this Fall to experience an "old tradition out of town try-out" at the Historic Colonial Theater.

Here's some more info, which includes Performance Schedules for both Brigadoon & Nice Work if You Can Get It! It has two 2 matinees on weekends..so all you New Yorkers can do what I am doing (a day trip~in reverse) and experience a Try-Out at the Colonial. They say..Youre not a true Broadway enthusiast-if you never seen a try-out at the Colonial! Make sure you visit us in Boston this Fall!

Make sure you visit us in Boston this Fall!

Make sure you visit us in Boston this Fall!

Make sure you visit us in Boston this Fall!

Make sure you visit us in Boston this Fall!



Updated On: 5/24/08 at 06:11 PM
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lucky. Can't go to any.
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If only Brigadoon and Nice Work overlapped at the two venues, that would be a perfect weekend in Boston! (Though Brigadoon and Blonde would still make a perfect excuse to visit some friends up there!)
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I'll be there!!! For only one more year though. re: Make sure you visit us in Boston this Fall!
"We like to snark around here. Sometimes we actually talk about theater...but we try not to let that get in our way." - dramamama611
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I'll be here, and there's no way I'm missing out on either show, let alone any of the shows coming to Boston this season.

Except for Dirty Dancing. I have no desire to see that one.
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Notable shows which were previewed at the Colonial before opening on Broadway include:

Anything Goes
Red, Hot and Blue
Porgy and Bess
Oklahoma! (called Away We Go! in Boston)
The Merchant of Yonkers
Born Yesterday
Carousel
Annie Get Your Gun
La Cage aux Folles
Grand Hotel
Follies
A Little Night Music
The Diary of Anne Frank
Fosse
Sweet Charity Revival
High Fidelity

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For those who wont have the chance to go to Boston and visit the Colonial Theater: Here's some photos from my Colonial Theater Photo Thread:


The Colonial Theater
106 Boylston Street
Boston, Massachusetts

(1900- )

The oldest Boston theater to survive intact and one of C.H. Blackall's finest creations, the the Colonial Theatre opened on December 20, 1900. Apart from the Tremont Theatre, it was the first playhouse to be erected in the Boston theater district that originated around the turn of the century around the Southern end of Tremont Street. Outwardly relatively modest in appearance, the Colonial's interior is in the Rococo style, featuring lavishly carved detail and paintings in the style of Francois Boucher. An extensive sequence of murals by Blackall and H.B. Pennell are unique within Boston. The Colonial opened with the production of Ben Hur, which featured William Farnum and W.S. Hart in the principal roles. Both actors later became silent film stars. This was also where Flo Ziegfeld launched his follies; playbill examples of which can be found in the library's collection. The Colonial is also notable for its association with Irving Berlin, Sigmund Romberg, Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein.

The Athenĉum owns an intact copy of the Colonial's opening night program of Ben Hur. In fact, several of the theater's earliest programs can be found here. Playbills follow the basic quarto booklet format. Intact programs dating from 1912 and on feature colorful cover illustrations with characters in 18th century costume, and additional advertisements; perhaps an indication of the Colonial's growing prosperity.

George Bernard Shaw's acclaimed play Pygmalion was first produced in Vienna in 1913 with the part of Eliza Doolittle expressly written for the British actress Mrs. Patrick Campbell (nee Beatrice Stella Tanner, 1865-1940). Mrs. Campbell performed the part at the Colonial in 1915 (See Jenks, Box 7, folder #42). Enamored of the actress, Shaw maintained a correspondence with her, which was published after his death. American actor, Jerome Kilty created a dramatic dialog of extracts from the correspondence entitled Dear Liar, which was successfully performed in the United States and London between 1959 and 1960. (from bostonathenaeum.org)

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Exterior of the Colonial Theater
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Back of the Colonial Theater

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Lobby

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Stairs to the Mezzanine & Balcony
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Inside the Colonial Theater
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Stage Proscenium ( Curtains- the musical, anyone?)
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They recreated this proscenium at the Al Hirchfield Theater for Curtains

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View from the Stage
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The Box Office & Entrance
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it needs to be noted that the seats at the Colonial have not changed since "Away We Go!" premiered so if you are thinking about that lunch you might wanna eat before a matinée, i would skip it or else you might not be able to fit in your spot for the show!
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If that's not enough of a reason to visit Boston, you can also see regional productions of Follies, Grey Gardens and The Light in the Piazza.

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I apologize if this has already been posted. I did do a half hearted search.
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I'll be here anyway re: Make sure you visit us in Boston this Fall!
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Jay, you guys have an incredible season.

Enjoy!
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Jay, I still can't believe we missed each other on Halloween when I came up to see Sweeney. At least I'll see ya again on Sunday. Oh- and I think I'm coming up by you this summer to see Theresa Rebeck's new play, "The Understudy."
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Are shows at Lyric Stage Company usually good?
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Yes, they are. I've seen quite a few shows at Lyric over the past few seasons, and have never been disappointed.
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Great PIX JayBird!!!
Is that Theatre where HER FIRST ROMAN played?
I gotta pull out my program.

The Megabus costs 1 yes 1 dollar to get there frpm NYC and the chowder is delish.
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Steve-Yeah pls do come to visit us in Boston this Summer ~ you are definitely welcome to stay with us, though just wanna remind you that the play is in the Berkshires (Williamstown) not Boston.


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Updated On: 5/23/08 at 11:49 PM
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Oh, I totally forgot about that. That's like a three hour drive away isn't it?
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Yup. Its actually by the border of New York State. lol!

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I wish Chi-town got Spring Awakening or Legally Blonde.
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"Are shows at Lyric Stage Company usually good?"

For the small amount of space they have, they sure know how to use it. I only saw Urinetown and Man of La Mancha there, and they were good quality.

Fun Fact: Veronica Kuehn, who played Little Sally in the Lyric Stage's production of Urinetown, is currently playing Ali (one of Sophie's friends) in the Broadway production of Mamma Mia, and I believe she also understudies Sophie.
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BTW: speaking of our regional theaters..here are the list of the shows:

SPEAK EASY:
First show (9/19-10/1- To Be Announced soon
The Seafarer (11/14-12/13)
The Light in the Piazza (1/16-2/14)
Blackbird (2/20-3/21)
Jerry Springer: The Opera (5/1-5/30)

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HUNTINGTON Theater Company

How Shakespeare Won The West
by Richard Nelson
Directed by Jonathan Moscone
October 10 - November 15, 2008
B.U. Theatre
September 5 - October 5, 2008
WORLD PREMIERE


Boleros for the Dischanted
by Jose Rivera
Directed by Chay Yew
Wimberly Theatre
October 10 - November 15, 2008

Rock N' Roll
by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Carey Perloff
B.U. Theatre
November 7 - December 7, 2008

Kate Burton in The Corn Is Green
by Emlyn Williams
Directed by Nicholas Martin
B.U. Theatre
January 9 - February 8, 2009

The Hinge of The World
by Richard N. Goodwin
Directed by Edward Hall
B.U. Theatre
March 6 - April 5, 2009
AMERICAN PREMIERE

The Miracle at Naples
by David Grimm
Directed by Peter DuBois
Wimberly Theatre
April 3 - May 9, 2009
WORLD PREMIERE


Pirate of Penzance
Book and lyrics by William S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur S. Sullivan
Conceived by Gordon Greenberg, Nell Benjamin, and John McDaniel
Additional book and lyrics by Nell Benjamin
Directed by Gordon Greenberg
B.U. Theatre
May 15 - June 14, 2009

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LYRIC STAGE:
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (w/ Spiro Veloudos as Big Daddy!)
- Grey Gardens
- Speech & Debate
- The Year of Magical Thinking
and two more shows TBA

(per BOSTON Board)



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It looks like a great line up of shows in some beautiful theatres. Wish I could be there re: Make sure you visit us in Boston this Fall!
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