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…

The Mac-Haydn Theatre Presents “Mamma Mia!”

Chatham, NY—The Mac-Haydn Theatre continues its 50th celebration season with the international smash hit Mamma Mia! dazzling audiences on stage from July 5 through July 22. This sunny, funny, international sensation unfolds on a Greek island paradise when on the eve of her wedding, a young woman’s quest to discover the identity of her father…

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…