James Naughton and family - son, Greg; daughter, Keira; daughter-in-law Kelli O'Hara - set for Colonial Theatre's tent

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The Berkshire Eagle

PITTSFIELD — The Naughton Family — Tony Award-winning actor James Naughton; singer-songwriter Greg Naughton; Broadway actress Keira Naughton; and Tony Award-winner Kelli O'Hara; all of whom have appeared on and/or directed productions at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Group (Festival), and Chester Theatre Company — will be performing in concert 8 p.m. July 24 and 25 in the open-air tent in the Colonial Theatre parking lot, 111 South St.

Featuring an extensive songbook of wide-ranging genres, the evening will have group numbers, duets, comedic originals and solos.

Individually, the four have appeared in and/or directed frequently at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Berkshire Theatre Group, and Chester Theatre Company.

"My family has a very strong attachment to summer in the Berkshires," James Naughton said in a statement released Wednesday. "We are thrilled to be able to bring our music to our friends there-especially during this time. Music has healing power."

Naughton's son. Greg, is a singer-songwriter and founding member of folk-rock group The Sweet Remains (2007 to current), an all-independent band to with over 40 million Spotify plays. Greg is also an accomplished actor, producer and director. He founded the Obie Award-winning Off Broadway theater group, Blue Light Theater Company, where he served as artistic director from 1995 to 2001. Greg has since focused most of his energies on music, but has continued to act, write and direct for TV, film and theater projects, most recently writing and directing his first feature film, "The Independents," a musical comedy/drama inspired by his experiences in the music business and with his bandmates of The Sweet Remains.

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James Naughton is the winner of two Tony Awards as Best Actor in a Musical, for his portrayal of media-savvy lawyer Billy Flynn in the Broadway hit "Chicago" (1997) and for his role as a film-noir era detective in "City of Angels" (1990), which also earned him a Drama Desk Award. He won the 1999 MAC Award as best male vocalist for his one-man concert show, "Street of Dreams."

He directed Broadway revivals of Arthur Miller's "The Price," which was nominated for a Tony, and Thornton Wilder's "Our Town" starring Paul Newman, which he also shot for Showtime. He has directed extensively in the Berkshires and in Westport, and played Off Broadway and in regional theaters.

Naughton's film credits include "Equity," "Factory Girl," "Childless," "The Devil Wears Prada," "First Wives Club," "The Glass Menagerie" with Joanne Woodward, "The Good Mother," "The Paper Chase" and "Cat's Eye." His television credits include "Planet of the Apes," "Who's The Boss?," "Brooklyn Bridge," "Making the Grade," "Ally McBeal," "The Cosby Mysteries," "Blue Bloods," The Blacklist" and "The Affair."

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Naughton's daughter, Keira, is a New York-based actress, director and singer/songwriter. Her Berkshire Theatre Group acting credits include "Church & State," "I Saw My Neighbor on the Train ....," "Faith Healer," "The Book Club Play," "Macbeth" and "Birthday Boy." Her BTG directing credits include "Cedars" by Frank Tarloff, and Eric Hill's stage adaptation of Edith Wharton's "Roman Fever." Her production of "Curve of Departure" last summer at Chester Theatre Company earned her a Berkshire Theatre Critics Association "Berkie" Award nomination.

Her Broadway acting credits include "The Rivals" directed by Mark Lamos at Lincoln Center; "Dance of Death," directed by Sean Mathias with Ian McKellen, Helen Mirren and David Strathairn; "Three Sisters," directed by Scott Elliot at the Roundabout; and "All My Sons," directed by Barry Edelstein, also at the Roundabout Theater.

Her regional theater credits include roles in productions at Old Globe, McCarter Theater, Yale Rep, Geffen Playhouse, Huntington Theater, Westport Playhouse, and Arena Stage.

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Stage and screen star Kelli O'Hara — who is married to Greg Naughton — is considered one of Broadway's prominent leading ladies. Her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in "The King and I" garnered her the 2015 Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, along with Grammy, Drama League, Outer Critics, and Oliver nominations. She reprised the role while making her West End debut, and performed a limited engagement at Tokyo's Orb Theatre. She starred in the musical "The Bridges of Madison County" at Williamstown Theatre Festival and again on Broadway.

In 2015, she made her Metropolitan Opera debut in Franz Lehar's "The Merry Widow" and returned as Despina in Mozart's "Cos fan tutte." She is a frequent performer on PBS's live telecasts, The Kennedy Center Honors and with the New York Philharmonic.

Along with two Grammy nominations, her solo albums, "Always" and "Wonder in the World," are available on Ghostlight Records.

BTG has outlined procedures and protocols in a manner that is consistent with current Actor's Equity Association and state and local mandated health and safety guidelines.

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Colonial Ticket Office at 111 South St.; online at BerkshireTheatreGroup.org; or by phone at 413-997-4444.

The ticket office is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Saturday.


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