J. Edgar Hoover

"Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story" is the new musical about the incredible rise and fall of Alan Freed, the man who coined the phrase rock and roll and brought its sound to the world. He discovered black artists and got them record deals. He traveled the country and got them heard from coast to coast. He spoke to the younger generation and brought them to their feet. By the dawn of the ’60s, he was the biggest name in music until scandal made him the biggest target in America.

To learn more about The Berkshire Theatre Group production of "Rock and Roll Man," which runs at The Colonial Theatre in Pittsfield, MA through July 21, we welcome BTG's Artistic Director and CEO Kate Maguire, producer and co-writer Rose Caiola, Tony Award-nominated actor Alan Campbell who plays Alan Freed and multiple-Emmy Award-nominated George Wendt who plays J. Edgar Hoover.

1933 was a banner year for lawlessness in America. Gangsters who honed their skills fighting the law during prohibition year threw their efforts into new schemes, bank robbing, extortion, and kidnapping on a nationwide scale; evading the police was often just a matter of cross a state line, but then one kidnapping changed everything. Joe Urschel tells the story in his new The Year Of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly And The Manhunt That Changed The Nation.