Berkshire's 2013 Lineup Includes Audra McDonald, The Fifty Shades Parody, Oklahoma! and More
07 Dec 2012
Five-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, The Fifty Shades Parody and the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic Oklahoma! are among the lineup for Berkshire Theatre Group's 2013 spring season at The Colonial Theatre.
McDonald, a 2012 Tony Award winner for her performance in last season's The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, will return to the Colonial stage June 15 at 8 PM. The concert promises and "evening of favorite show tunes, classic songs from movies and original pieces written for this extraordinary artist who is at the height of her expressive powers."
McDonald, who starred as Bess in The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, won her first Tony Award in 1994 for Carousel, in which she played the role of Carrie Pipperidge. In 1996 she took home the Featured Actress Tony Award for her performance as Sharon in Master Class. She also received Featured Actress Tonys for Ragtime, in which she played Sarah, and A Raisin in the Sun, for the role of Ruth Younger. The 2012 Tony for her role of Bess was her first Best Actress Tony Award.
Other offerings at Berkshire include Power Balladz: The Ultimate '80s Sing-a-long! (Feb. 9 at 8 PM); The Official Blues Brothers Revue (Feb. 17 at 7:30 PM); Popovich Comedy Pet Theater, a family-oriented blend of comedy and juggling skills (Feb. 19 at 2 PM); SPANK! The Fifty Shades Parody, the unauthorized musical satire on the best-selling series by E.L. James (March 14-16 at 8 PM); The Hit Men, about the hitmakers of the '60s, '70s and '80s (March 21 at 7:30 PM); Joan Rivers (March 10 at 8 PM); Oklahoma! (dates TBA); and more.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.