The Mac-Haydn Theatre Presents “Little Shop of Horrors”

CHATHAM, NY—The Mac-Haydn Theatre presents Howard Ashman and Alan Menken’s sci-fi hit Little Shop of Horrors, running August 8 through 18. Get ready for this beloved and out-of-this-world comedy. Down on Skid Row we meet the meek and loveable Seymour Krelborn, where he discovers a carnivorous plant that needs more than just plant food to grow; it…

REVIEW: “Mamma Mia!” at the Mac-Haydn

by Barbara Waldinger The local go-to venue for big, splashy summer musicals is usually Chatham’s Mac-Haydn Theatre.  The tiny stage is  characteristically populated with dozens of talented young singers/dancers/actors, energetic and beautifully costumed.   However, the latest production, Mamma Mia!, despite showcasing all the usual ingredients, is largely a disappointment. Part of the problem may be…

REVIEW: “Funny Girl” at the Mac-Haydn

by Roseann Cane A small number of American musicals seem inseparable from the actors who originated the lead roles. For devotees of musical theater, Yul Brynner is The King and I; Robert Preston, The Music Man; and of course, Barbra Streisand is Funny Girl. Contemporary actors cast in these roles have a special burden in…

REVIEW: “Damn Yankees” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Barbara Waldinger The Mac-Haydn Theatre, celebrated for its spectacular musical revivals, opened its 50th season with the Tony-award winning Damn Yankees. The performance delivered on its promise of outstanding singer/dancers directed (by John Saunders) and choreographed (by Brian Knowlton) to a fare-thee-well. Damn Yankees first opened in 1955, written by George Abbott and Douglas…

REVIEW: “Hello, Dolly!” at the Mac-Haydn

by Macey Levin Hello, Dolly!, an American classic, is receiving a terrific revival on Broadway with Bette Midler.  It is also receiving a terrific revival at Chatham, New York’s Mac-Haydn Theatre with a marvelous Dolly and a spirited and talented cast. Based on Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, the original production, directed by Gower Champion, opened…