REVIEW: “Oklahoma!” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Roseann Cane The first musical written by the team of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, Oklahoma! opened on Broadway on March 31,1943. An box-office smash from the get-go, it ran for more than 2,000 performances. During the nearly 76 years since, it’s a fair bet that this deservedly celebrated American musical has been…

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: “Cabaret” at the Mac-Haydn Theatre

by Macey Levin Cabaret, first produced in 1966, is set in 1929-1930 as the Nazi Party under the leadership of Adolf Hitler is growing into a major political/social force in Berlin.  This musical by John Kander (music,) Fred Ebb (lyrics) and Joe Masteroff (book) based on the play , was the Tony Award winner for…

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…