Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center: Bernadette Peters set for gala


GREAT BARRINGTON -- Tony Award-winning Broadway megastar Bernadette Peters is coming to the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in October.

Tickets go on sale in late summer.

Peters will perform material from her extensive Broadway songbook at the Mahaiwe's annual fall gala on Oct. 12. This year's honoree is Jane Iredale, founder, president and CEO of Iredale Mineral Cosmetics and a longtime board member of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center.

Peters' performance is among several additions to the Mahaiwe's 2014 schedule announced Tuesday by Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center executive director Beryl Jolly. Highlights include concerts by bluesman Buddy Guy, jazzmen The Bad Plus and Joshua Redman, and pop singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant.

"Our 2014 season will celebrate legendary stars from the blues to Broadway ," Jolly said in a news release. "We're very happy that our audiences have been responding so strongly to this range of programming."

Tickets to Guy, Redman, and Merchant go on sale to Mahaiwe members at noon on Friday and to the general public at noon on March 20. Tickets for all other shows are on sale now.

Peters recently starred on Broadway in the revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's "Follies." Prior to that, she starred opposite Elaine Stritch in a revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's Tony Award-winning "A Little Night Music."

She received both the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award for Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Song and Dance" and went on to earn a Tony Award, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award for her starring role as Annie Oakley in the Tony-Award winning revival of "Annie Get Your Gun."

Peters also received Tony nominations for her work in "The Goodbye Girl," "Sunday in the Park with George," "Mack and Mabel" and "On the Town" and earned a Drama Desk nomination for her portrayal of the Witch in Sondheim's "Into the Woods."

She is the co-founder, along with Mary Tyler Moore, of Broadway Barks!, an organization that promotes the adoption of shelter animals.

Merchant and her band will be at the Mahaiwe at 8 p.m. on July 5. She began her musical career as the lead vocalist and lyricist of the pop music band 10,000 Maniacs and released two platinum and four gold records with the group. She has also collaborated both on stage and in the studio with a wide range of artists, including Philip Glass, Wynton Marsalis, David Byrne, The Chieftains, Mavis Staples, REM, Daniel Lanois, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Tracy Chapman, Dan Zanes, Billy Bragg, and Wilco. She performed at the Mahaiwe last summer with the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.

Blues pioneer Buddy Guy -- Rock and Roll Hall-of-Famer, six-time Grammy winner and guitar hero to Jimi Hendrix -- comes to the Mahaiwe at 8 p.m. on July 11. With nearly 50 years in the music industry, Guy's long list of achievements includes dozens of awards, among them the Presidential National Medal of Arts and Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime contribution to American culture. The bluesman recently released "Rhythm & Blues," the first double-set album of his career.

At 8 p.m. Aug. 8, the Mahaiwe will present a double bill featuring contemporary jazz artists The Bad Plus (Reid Anderson, Ethan Iverson and David King) and modern jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman.

In addition to these concerts, Jolly announced a screening of the 1968 film "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" starring Dick Van Dyke (Sunday afternoon at 4); an encore broadcast of the London's National Theatre in HD production of "War Horse"; and public tickets for the previously-announced school matinee concert by the Martha Redbone Roots Project.

Martha Redbone Roots Project will perform as part of the Mahaiwe's arts and educational programming for both schools and families at 10 a.m. April 11. Redbone's music flows equally from her award-winning blend of Native American elements with funk and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues. The Roots Project is Redbone's tribute to her heritage and reflects a deep communion with the spirits of her ancestors.

Redbone will give a concert and include a cultural talk with students incorporating her Native American, African-American, and Appalachian roots.

Online ticketing is unavailable for this event. Tickets may be purchased only by phone at (413) 528-0100 or by visiting the box office during box office hours.

There will be two encore broadcasts of the London's National Theatre in HD stage production of "War Horse" -- 1 p.m. on March 19 and 7 p.m. April 19.

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, "War Horse" has become an international smash hit. Based on Michael Morpurgo's novel and adapted for the stage by Nick Stafford, the production takes audiences on a journey from the fields of rural Devon to the trenches of First World War France. The production features life-size puppets by South Africa's Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to life on stage.

Complete information is available online at or by phone at (413) 528.0100.


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