Music and laughter in store this fall at The Colonial Theatre

PITTSFIELD — Berkshire Theatre Group is adding a number of music and comedy events to its previously announced fall schedule at the Colonial Theatre and the Comedy Garage in the Colonial lobby.

New music events include Melvin Seals and JGB (Oct. 11), The Glen Campbell Xperience (Oct. 12), Pittsfield CityJAZZ Festival featuring Christian McBride (Oct. 13), and Start Making Sense: A Talking Heads Tribute (Nov. 17).

Seals, known for his Hammond B-3 organ and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band, has been a presence in the music industry for over 30 years. Seals performed with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years. In addition to Seals, his band includes Zach Nugent (electric guitar and lead vocals), John-Paul McLean (bass), Pete Lavezzoli (drums), Sunshine Becker (backup vocals) and Lady Chi (backup vocals).

The Glen Campbell Xperience honors the life and work of country music legend Glen Campbell with a live performance featuring Campbell's most memorable hits. The show will also include a glimpse at his career with highlights on a multimedia presentation. The Glen Campbell Xperience features a live trio with Jimmy Mazz on guitar and vocals. The 90-minute performance also includes classic tunes by Campbell's friends John Denver, Johnny Cash, Roger Miller and Conway Twitty.

Joining six-time Grammy Award-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride for his performance for PittsfieldJAZZ is his New Jawn quartet with Josh Evans (trumpet), Marcus Strickland (saxophone), Ed McBride (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums).

The musicians in the seven-piece Talking Heads Tribute faithfully recreating the music of the Talking Heads entire career. The band consists of Jon Braun (lead vocals and guitar), Jon Fadem (lead guitar and backing vocals), Ryan Berg (percussion and backing vocals), Brad Murray (keyboards), Michael Davidson (bass), Jesse Braun (drums), Jenny Founds (backing vocals) and Kathleen Weber (backing vocals).

Previously announced music at The Colonial Theatre includes Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience (Sept. 19); Harvest & Rust: A Neil Young Experience (Oct. 5); and BonJourneyNY: A Tribute to Bon Jovi and Journey (Nov. 10).

On Thursday nights, The Comedy Garage will present comedian Jenny Zigrino (Sept. 27), Katie Goodman (Oct. 25) and Catherine Cohen (Nov. 15).

Zigrino made her late night debut on Conan, and was a recent guest on the hit shows @Midnight and Adam DeVine's House Party Season 3 on Comedy Central. She's been featured on TBS, Oxygen, TruTV, MTV, Fox and IFC. Debuting this summer is Jenny's first comedy special, which she just filmed in April 2017 for Comedy Central.

Goodman is an award-winning musical comic, actress, author and speaker. Her show, "Broad Comedy," recently ran Off Broadway at the Soho Playhouse. She also is a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, and has contributed to O, The Oprah Magazine.

Cohen is a comedian and voiceover artist living in Brooklyn. She was named by Time Out New York as one of "Five Comedians to Watch For" in 2018. She hosts a weekly show at Alan Cumming's new East Village cabaret, as well as the monthly variety show, "It's A Guy Thing." Cihen appeared in the last season of "Difficult People" on Hulu, and starred in an episode of Comedy Central's digital series, "Someone's in Here."

This year's BTG PLAYS! 2018-2019 Educational Touring Show is "Showtime with Shakespeare: A Magic Tree House Adventure," a new hip-hop musical directed by Travis Daly, based on "Magic Tree House: Stage Fright on a Summer Night" by Mary Pope Osborne, beginning in October and running through the school year.

Berkshire Theatre Group's 13th annual "A Christmas Carol" will be presented at The Colonial Theatre Dec. 8 through 22. A special community and sensory-friendly performance of "A Christmas Carol" will be held at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12. A "sensory-friendly" performance is a production that is slightly modified to accommodate individuals with sensory-input disorders, such as people on the autism spectrum.

Complete ticket, program and schjedule inforkationm is avguilable online at BerkshireTheatregroup.irg; by phone at 413-997-4444 or in person at the Colonial box office, 111 Siouth St.




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