Thursday, February 27, 2020

Pioneer Valley Radio Review: Jesus Christ Superstar

Pioneer Valley Radio review of "Jesus Christ Superstar" at Hartford's Bushnell through Sunday. Segment starts at: 1:35.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Westfield News Review: Jesus Christ Superstar at The Bushnell

My Westfield News Review of Jesus Christ Superstar, at Hartford's Bushnell through March 1. Hard to believe it's 50 years old.

Westfield News ArtsBeat 2/26/20

Westfield News ArtsBeat 2/26/20. Review of Hartford Stage's "Jane Eyre"; a preview of "The Pitch", a world premiere at The Majestic, and arts news for WMass and No.CT.

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Client Newsletter / MArch 2020

March, 2020

Dear Clients, Colleagues, and Friends,

We’re pleased to share our clients’ activities.

The Big Broadcast! returns to Mount Holyoke College’s Chapin Auditorium for its 15th edition on Saturday, March 7 at 2PM and 7:30PM. (Snow date is Sunday, March 8). This signature event at Mount Holyoke, created by and directed by Mark Gionfriddo, who also stars as “Matt Morgan”., and WWLP-TV22’s Brian Lapis, returning as emcee “Fred Kelley”. Caitlin Jaene Mercer, MHC02, a founding member of the Jazz Ensembles of Mount Holyoke College, appears with that ensemble in the recreation of a live radio broadcast from 1942. Caitlin, a bass player and chanteuse, fronts the band Hippopotamous. For details on her career and links to her YouTube: Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at the UMass Fine Arts Center Box-Office and The Odyssey Bookshop in South Hadley. For details: 413-545-2511, 800-999-UMASS, or Mark Gionfriddo was interviewed by Brad Shepard for Pioneer Valley Radio.

The Capitol Steps continue their 39th season of political musical satire, putting the “mock” in democracy. In addition to their weekly Friday and Saturday performances in Washington, DC; their touring companies are playing coast-to-coast this month. You can check their national tour schedule: And, they post new material weekly on their website: The Chicago Tribune interviewed veteran Steps member Bari Biern.

Westfield Concerts, powered by Gaslight Entertainment, is off to a great New Year. Their March music weekend features  The Screaming Orphans, Celtic rock band on March 13; and Robbie Fulks on March 15. For details:

More Shameless Self-Promotion

I’m looking forward to participating in marketing and public relations workshops at Western New England University on March 24, and at Westfield State University on April 3.

My weekly ArtsBeat column runs online every Wednesday in The Westfield News. Theatre reviews post generally a day or two after I review the performance. Find them at:

ArtsBeat Radio/TV airs every Friday at 8AM on both 89.5fm/WSKB and WCPC15 in Westfield. They post to WSKB Community Radio’s YouTube shortly after they air. Check out one of my favorite programs: a Valentine’s Day chat with regional actors/directors and spouses, Tara Franklin and James Barry.

Pioneer Valley Radio’s Brad Shepard—Today airs my theatre previews and reviews, mostly on Tuesdays. Stream at:

My February article for Succeeding in Small Business, about state resources for start-ups, was prompted when I learned that Matt Pugliese, a colleague of mine at Connecticut Repertory Theatre and the Nutmeg Summer Stage, left the arts to work with small business development.

Here’s to Spring!

Pioneer Valley Radio / Review of Jane Eyre at Hartford Stage

Pioneer Valley Radio review of Hasrtford Stage's "Jane Eyre". Segment begins at 1:16.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Westfield News ArtsBeat 2/19/20

Westfield News ArtsBeat 2/19/20. Review: 10x10 New Play Festival; summer season announcements at Williamstown Theatre Fwstival, Berkshire Theatre Group, Chester Theatre, and Shakespeare & Company and arts news for WMass and No.CT.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Media Release: Mike Thornton to Perform Jazz Benefit in Pittsfield, MA on February 25


The Mike Thornton Agency presents
starring vocalist Mike Thornton, with Kelley Love on keyboard
Tuesday, February 25 6:30PM
Flavours of Malaysia, 75 North Street, Pittsfield, MA
Washington, DC based jazz singer Mike Thornton, best known as the veteran Capitol Steps member who has played US Presidents from Reagan to Trump during his two decades of as a member of The Capitol Steps, joins forces with local pianist Kelley Love to perform an evening of pop and jazz standards.
Thornton regularly performs in clubs around Washington, DC in between his Capitol Steps performances, and after releasing his new DC, Homeward, last year, part of which was recorded before a live audience in The Berkshires, he made his London, England, debut.

The concert is a benefit for two local charities, The Elizabeth Freeman Center and Berkshire County Kid’s Place. 

For information on Mike Thornton:
For information on Flavours of Malaysia.
For information on The Elizabeth Freeman Center:
For information on Berkshire County Kids Place:
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