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…

REVIEW: “Sweeney Todd” at the Mac-Haydn

by Macey Levin Stephen Sondheim, as the western world knows, is one of the musical theatre’s giant figures especially during the last half of the 20th century.  His works, even the weak ones, are celebrated as being innovative and challenging. Think of Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, Into…