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Tommy Tune, Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway Headed to Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Broadway’s legendary song and dance man, Tommy Tune, hits the stage high stepping through his nine-time Tony Award winning career celebrating 50 years on the Great White Way. He sings, dances, and laughs his way through those glorious musical moments that made him a Theatre Legend.

Broadway’s legendary song and dance man, Tommy Tune, hits the stage high stepping through his 9 time Tony Award winning career celebrating 50 years on the Great White Way. He sings, dances, and laughs his way through those glorious musical moments that made him a Theatre Legend.

Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theater in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, is proud to present the 2014 Summer Concert Series on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage featuring Tony Award-winner Tommy Tune in Taps, Tunes, and Tall Tales on Monday, July 28 at 8pm, and the return of Tony Award nominees Liz & Ann Hampton Callaway in the Berkshire debut of their all-new show Here Come the Callaways on Monday, August 11.

Single tickets to Tap, Tunes and Tall Tales and Here Come the Callaways will go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 24 at 10am.

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MCLA and Barrington Stage Team Up for “Dancing Lessons” in North Adams [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, March 7th, 2014
John Cariani is featured in Mark St. Germain’s "Dancing Lessons."

John Cariani is featured in Mark St. Germain’s “Dancing Lessons.”

Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theater in downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of artistic director Julianne Boyd and managing director Tristan Wilson, travels to North Adams to present a staged reading of “Dancing Lessons,” the new romantic comedy by playwright Mark St. Germain, on Saturday (March 8) at 7pm at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts’ Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium (corner of Church and Porter Streets), North Adams.

Directed by Julianne Boyd, “Dancing Lessons” stars John Cariani and Brenna Palughi. Cariani made his BSC debut as Dogberry in last summer’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” Cariani is also the playwright of the popular play “Almost, Maine” and is currently starring in the play’s Off-Broadway revival. Recently seen in John Grisham’s “A Time to Kill” on Broadway, Palughi is making her BSC debut.

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Burns and Murray Discuss and Dissect Barrington Stage Company’s 20th Season [Berkshire on Stage]

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Julianne Boyd in front of her company’s Union Street theatre, Photo by Larry Murray.

Julianne Boyd in front of her company’s Union Street theatre, Photo by Larry Murray.

by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Larry Murray: I have long described Barrington Stage Company (BSC), as a tenacious little theatre company that started life twenty years ago in Sheffield. But over two decades, both their budget and reputation has grown to make them arguably the leading theatre company in the Berkshires. They’ve sent shows to New York, the latest being 2013′s On the Town which is being prepared for a fall Broadway opening. The company has come a long way, don’t you think, Gail?

Gail M. Burns: My first visit to BSC was in August of 1998, their fourth year. After that I never missed a season, lured in by both the chance to see top-notch productions of seldom-seen musicals – Mack and Mabel, On the 20th Century, Falsettos, The Human Comedy – and the very reasonable ticket prices. I have followed them from the Consolati auditorium at Mt. Everett Regional High School, through a variety of guest stints and make-shift spaces, to their current facilities in downtown Pittsfield. There have been many more hits than misses, but there has always been a sense of adventure, excitement, and professionalism. The common denominator has been the vision and energy of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.

Larry: Sitting on the Boyd-Quinson stage for the season announcement was a revelation. I had never set foot on the actual stage, and was shocked at how little wing and crossover space there was to work with. It made me doubly appreciative of the miracles BSC’s production teams accomplish every time they mount a big brassy musical like On the Town or West Side Story.

Gail: Most of our regional stages are remarkably tiny. It felt crowded with all of us lunching. Keeping frantically dancing bodies from colliding in that confined space seems unthinkable.

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Barrington Stage and Williamstown Festival Make Major 2014 Season Announcements [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, January 31st, 2014
One of the great heroes of WWII is Alan Turing who broke the Nazi’s enigma code and whose riveting personal story will be presented by Barrington Stage Company this summer.

One of the great heroes of WWII is Alan Turing who broke the Nazi’s enigma code and whose riveting personal story will be presented by Barrington Stage Company this summer.

by Larry Murray

Theater news is in the air as Pittsfield’s Barrington Stage Company announced its full season of 2014 offerings and the Williamstown Theatre Festival dropped the names of the shows and stars to light their main stage marquee. A detailed look at the Barrington Stage offerings is in the works here at Berkshire on Stage as Gail M. Burns and I report on the kick-off lunch and our discussions with Julianne Boyd and others later this week. For now, the Barrington Stage Company offerings are:

Kiss Me, Kate will be from June 11-July 12. This classic musical which mixes Shakespeare with a traveling troupe of theatrical folks was first announced last September. The popular musical recounts the backstage and onstage antics of two feuding couples during a touring production of The Taming of the Shrew. Sparkling with 18 classic Cole Porter songs, Kiss Me, Kate includes “Another Op’nin’, Another Show,” “So in Love,” “Always True to You in My Fashion,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare”.

Breaking the Code, Hugh Whitemore’s biographical drama about the true story of Alan Turing, the famed mathematician and computer science pioneer and the primary designer of the Turing Machine, an early computer used to solve the German Enigma code during World War II, a solution many believe was instrumental in the Allied victory. The title refers to both the solution of the Enigma code and Turing’s open admission to his homosexuality, which at the time violated not only the codes of polite society but British law. To star BSC Associate Artist Mark H. Dold, and will be directed by Joe Calarco. Performances of Breaking the Code are from July 17-August 2.

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Three Transgender Couples Find Love in “Southern Comfort,” a Touching New Musical [Berkshire on Stage]

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
Annette O’Toole and Jeff McCarthy. Photo by Scott Barrow.

Annette O’Toole and Jeff McCarthy. Photo by Scott Barrow.

Review by Gail M. Burns and Larry Murray

Gail M. Burns: Most people think that the musical Oklahoma! was so innovative that it changed the course of musical theater, and I think Southern Comfort may end up doing the same. What do you think, Larry?

Larry Murray: This intimate production for Bill Finn’s Musical Theatre Lab certainly explores new ground not only for musicals, but for theater in general. The story of Lola and Robert, a transgender couple, is Shakespearean in its scope, sweeping in its complexity and has an unusual hybrid score that is part musical theatre, but because of its instrumentation, more bluegrass and country than Broadway. The story was incredibly unusual, and down-to-earth in a human, people-next-door way, though few of us can claim such interesting neighbors. There are basically three couples, though their identities and relationships are far from standard. You are good at following the family trees in Shakespeare, can you run down who is who, who was who and who will be who?

Gail: Well, with the exception of Lola (Jeff McCarthy), all the characters have transitioned and are living as the gender with which they identify. Robert (Annette O’Toole), Sam (Todd Cerveris) and Jackson (Jeffrey Kuhn) are men and Carly (Natalie Joy Johson) and Melanie (Robin Skye) are women, although only Melanie is using the gender assigned her at birth (this is called cisgender). Once a trans person announces their gender then they expect to be referred to and treated as such, even if they never make any further cosmetic change to their appearance. But in this case all the trans folks appear to be the gender they claim to be. Except for O’Toole and McCarthy, these are cisgender actors playing their own gender, in other words biological men are playing Sam and Jackson and biological women are playing Melanie and Carly.

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Musical About Transgender Friends in Rural Georgia, “Southern Comfort” Premieres at Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Thursday, July 18th, 2013
Jeff McCarthy (l) and Annette O’Toole will play the couple from Georgia in Southern Comfort the new musical at Barrington Stage.

Jeff McCarthy (l) and Annette O’Toole will play the couple from Georgia in Southern Comfort, the new musical at Barrington Stage.

A musical with fascinating characters and a folk/bluegrass score, Southern Comfort is a true story based on Kate Davis’ 2001 Sundance Award-winning documentary about two unique friends in rural Georgia.

Winner of the Jonathan Larson Award, Southern Comfort is the story of male transgendered Robert Eads (Annette O’Toole) and his trans girlfriend Lola Cola (Jeff McCarthy) as they navigate life and its challenges in the back hills of ‘Bubba Land’ Georgia. A celebration of a uniquely American family living life openly, honestly and courageously in the community they have grown to love.

At the Barrington Stage Company (BSC), Southern Comfort is a world premiere and part of the BSC Musical Theatre Lab (William Finn, Artistic Producer) role of mentoring new musicals onto the stage. Southern Comfort has book and lyrics by Dan Collins and music by Julianne Wick Davis, and is directed by Thomas Caruso (Associate Director of Broadway’s Matilda).

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Sexy, Thrilling “Muckrakers” Gets Its World Premiere at Barrington Stage [Berkshire on Stage]

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013
Muckrakers

Muckrakers at Barrington Stage with Kahan James (l) and Katre Regal, (r) (photo: Kevin Sprague)

Review by Larry Murray and Gail M. Burns

Gail Burns: Barrington Stage couldn’t ask for better timing for the opening of this world premiere of Zayd Dohrn’s “Muckrackers,” a fast-paced play about the ethics and responsibilities of investigative journalists in the internet age. The leaking of National Security Agency surveillance activities by Edward Snowden is still front page news, Snowden has sought political asylum in China, and President Obama is “troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable.”

Larry Murray: I agree it wasn’t the usual theatrical formula at all, it was a jigsaw puzzle with lots of different pieces all fitting together, and until they were all in place, you never really saw the full picture. So for me “Muckrakers” was partly a thriller, and partly a mating dance between two very interesting characters, both involved in investigative journalism and ferreting out secrets the government tries to keep us from seeing.

Gail: Dohrn has created two fascinating characters here. Mira is a graduate student in journalism at NYU, and Stephen is an investigative journalist who, like Snowden, has made public information that has international ramifications. She is putting him up in her crummy student digs somewhere in Brooklyn after he has spoken at and received an award from the University. While it is highly implausible that NYU would allow an award-winning journalist, particularly one whose life is in imminent danger, to be housed by a grad student, once you allow Dohrn the poetic license of that set-up, he provides 80 minutes of intellectual and sexual cat-and-mousery between these two intelligent individuals who are passionately involved in their work. The casting couldn’t be better. Kahan James and Kate Rogal embody Stephen and Mira to perfection. James maintains a wonderfully consistent British accent.

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Review: “On the Town” and finding love, sex, adventure and hilarity at Barrington Stage Company [Berkshire on Stage]

Friday, June 21st, 2013
Elizabeth Stanley, Clyde Alves, Deanna Doyle, Tony Yazbeck, Alysha Umphress and Jay Armstrong Johnson. photo by Kevin Sprague.

Elizabeth Stanley, Clyde Alves, Deanna Doyle, Tony Yazbeck, Alysha Umphress
and Jay Armstrong Johnson (photo: Kevin Sprague)

You know how damned good this production of On the Town is? The cast boasts a Tony winner (Michael Rupert) and a Tony nominee (Nancy Opel) in SECONDARY roles! The director, John Rando, has a Tony (for directing Urinetown) and the choreographer, Josh Bergasse, has an Emmy (for his work on the recently canceled Smash). The leads, well they are just picture perfect triple threats who will no doubt be winning their own trophies soon. In fact everyone on the stage is just fabulous, and Rando manages to find a little spotlight for them all as he peoples Adolph Green and Betty Comden’s 1944 New York City with singing shipyard workers, crotchety old ladies, office gossips, doddering paleontologists, giggling schoolgirls, subway strap-hangers, policemen, Coney Island hucksters, nightclub MCs, crabby cabbies…and sailors with 24 hours leave to see it all.

“10:30 AM – Bronx Botanical Gardens. 10:40 am – Statue of Liberty” says Jay Armstrong Johnson as the naïve and detail oriented John “Chip” Offenblock as he plans the trio’s itinerary. But his pal Gabey (Tony Yazbek) only wants to see one thing in New York City, Ivy Smith (Deanna Doyle), Miss Turnstiles for June, whose poster he has stolen from the subway. Ozzie (Clyde Alves) convinces Chip to put down the guide book and help Gabey find his woman, and the game is on. By the end of the day all three men have found love, sex, adventure and hilarity. And as their ship pulls out of New York Harbor, taking them off to the certain horrors of war, another three sailors disembark and sing Leonard Bernstein’s classic “New York, New York.”

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