Bill Munn will lead a tour through the history of the gilded age Colonial Theatre, now owned by The Berkshire Theatre Group, to tell the story of the 1903 theatre.SEE EVENT
Le Vent Du Nord (the North Wind) rocks Quebeçois folk tunes with driving energy and a quick beat of foot percussion. The same stage a week later might see a Brooklyn comedian, or a tribute to Santana or Aretha Franklin. The Colonial Theatre acts as a year-round concert hall and 21st-century performance space, decked in gilt and red velvet out of another century.
The Colonial opened in 1903, and it hosted legendary traveling performances — ballerina Anna Pavlova, composer and pianist Sergei Rachmaninoff. Actors from John and Ethel Barrymore to Sarah Bernhardt played here, and Jazz pianist Eubie Blake — and in 1928, the Ziegfeld Follies with a cast of 100, including the Rockettes.
The theater closed in the Depression and remained quietly sealed for more than 50 years, but in in 2006, with the momentum of a massive community movement, it re-opened. It merged with the long-established Berkshire Theatre Festival to form the Berkshire Theatre Group and become a third stage in their summer theater season, beginning in 2011 with The Who’s Tommy.