Mahaiwe adds three headliners to season schedule

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GREAT BARRINGTON — Concerts by two-time Tony Award-winner Sutton Foster, song stylist Michael Feinstein and the world music band Pink Martini have been added to Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center's lineup..

The venue also will collaborate with Shakespeare & Company, Jacob's Pillow Dance, and OLLI on pre-broadcast lectures before two upcoming screenings of HD productions by London's National Theatre and the Bolshoi Ballet.

"Mahaiwe events are about celebrating the power and beauty of collective experiences. We know that sharing an experience in a theater is very different from watching entertainment alone at home," Mahaiwe executive director Beryl Jolly says in a news release. "We invite everyone in to share these world-class treats with family, friends, neighbors, and newcomers."

Award-winning actor, singer, and dancer Sutton Foster will make her Mahaiwe debut at 8 p.m. on Aug. 14.

Foster has performed in 11 Broadway shows — including the 2014 revival of "Violet" — and she originated roles in the Broadway productions of "The Drowsy Chaperone," "Little Women," "Young Frankenstein," "Shrek the Musical," and her Tony Award-winning performances in "Anything Goes" and "Thoroughly Modern Millie." Her most recent stage appearance was off-Broadway in the New Group's production of "Sweet Charity" at the Signature Center. She currently is starring in TVLand's new series, "Younger."

Feinstein will perform selections from the Great American Songbook at 7 p.m. on Aug. 6.

Feinstein has built a career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American Songbook to the world. His recordings have earned him five Grammy Award nominations. He has performed on PBS, NPR and at such iconic venues as The White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, and Sydney Opera House.

Pink Martini will swing into the Mahaiwe at 8 p.m. on July 11.

Featuring a dozen musicians, Pink Martini performs its multilingual repertoire on concert stages and with symphony orchestras throughout Europe, Asia, Greece, Turkey, the Middle East, Northern Africa, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and North America. Pink Martini made its European debut at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997. In its 20th year, Pink Martini was inducted into both the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame and the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

The Mahaiwe is partnering with Jacob's Pillow Dance to present a special talk by Jacob's Pillow scholar-in-residence Brian Schaefer about Simon Morrison's book, "Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today" at noon on April 23. This event is co-sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and the Bookloft.

At 12:40 p.m., following his book talk, Schaefer will introduce the Bolshoi Ballet in HD's production of "A Hero of Our Time," which will begin at 1 p.m. Choreographed by Yuri Possokhov, with music by Ilya Demutsky, the ballet was adapted from Mikhail Lermontov's 1840 literary masterpiece. The story of this new dance follows the larger-than-life hero Pechorin on his tragic, poetic journey. This will be an encore broadcast of the production.

At 7 p.m. on April 8, Shakespeare & Company's new artistic director, Allyn Burrows, will give a talk in advance of the 7:30 p.m. HD broadcast of "Twelfth Night" from London's National Theatre. Tamsin Greig plays Malvolia in Simon Godwin's new production of Shakespeare's classic comedy of mistaken identity.

Tickets to the newly announced live shows will go on sale to Mahaiwe members on Feb. 24 and to the general public on March 10.

The Mahaiwe is at 14 Castle St.

Box office hours are noon-6, Wednesday through Saturday, and three hours before show times.

For tickets and information, see mahaiwe.org or call 413-528-0100.

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