Perched on the Sawkill Creek in one the region’s most picturesque streamside settings, the Bearsville Theater property also includes two restaurants, The Little Bear and the renowned Bear Café, and the offices of WDST and Radio Woodstock — both housed in Utopia, Todd Rundgren’s former video studio.
The Bearsville Theater is the brainchild of Albert Grossman, the music industry visionary and magnate whose stable included Peter, Paul & Mary, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, The Band and Todd Rundgren. Years in the planning and building — using the region’s finest craftsmen — the theater was opened in 1989 by Albert’s widow, Sally Grossman.
Since then, the theater’s stage has been graced by the likes of Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Edward Albee’s Tony Award-winning Three Women, The Band, The Pretenders, Natalie Merchant, Pearl, Astrud Gilberto, Bela Fleck, Jimmy Cliff, Taj Majal, Richie Havens, Warren Zevon, Artie Traum, and Bruce Cockburn — to name just a few.
Among the world-class artists that live in and around Woodstock and play the theater on a regular basis are Jack deJohnette, David Sancious, Robbie Dupree, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta, Warren Bernhardt, Peter Schickele, and Happy Traum.