Line-up Announced for Mr. Finn’s Cabaret [Berkshire on Stage]

April 13th, 2017, 2:00 pm by Sara

Barrington Stage Company has announced the 2017 season of performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center in Pittsfield.

Named for William Finn, the two-time Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist of Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Artistic Producer of BSC’s Musical Theatre Lab, Mr. Finn’s Cabaret celebrates its fifth season with an eclectic mix of performers from May through August.

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LIVE: Berkshire Theatre Awards Show @ Barrington Stage Co.’s Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, 11/13/16 [Berkshire on Stage]

November 16th, 2016, 11:00 am by Sara
At the Berkshire Thaetre Awards: (l to r) William Finn, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Larry Murray and Debra Jo Rupp.

At the Berkshire Theatre Awards: (l to r) William Finn, Elizabeth Aspenlieder, Larry Murray and Debra Jo Rupp

By Larry Murray

This past Sunday night at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret in Pittsfield, something wonderful happened. With just about every theater company from miles around in attendance, the Berkshire theater community honored its own at the Berkshire Theatre Awards. The event ran for some two hours, with plenty of socializing before and after the awards themselves. With just two brief moments on stage to welcome everyone and to present the Larry Murray Award to Julianne Boyd of Barrington Stage Company, I was able to watch what a committee of theater critics, with a little help from their theater friends, was able to throw together. It was pretty impressive.

Those in attendance laughed heartily as emcees Peter Bergman and Macey Levin made jokes and engaged in funny bits of stage business as they doled out their precious plaques to some 25-plus recipients in record time. But it was the non-stop applause for all the nominees, each of whom was mentioned, that brought joy to my heart. So it is this brilliant collection of theater people that get my first thanks, for giving us such a wonderful choice of great plays and musicals to choose from.

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Celebrating the Winners of the Berkshire Theatre Awards [Berkshire on Stage]

November 11th, 2016, 2:00 pm by Sara
(left) J. Peter Bergman and (right) Elizabeth Aspenlieder

(left) J. Peter Bergman and (right) Elizabeth Aspenlieder

The winners of the inaugural Berkshire Theatre Awards will gather at 5pm on Sunday (November 13) at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Co. in Pittsfield. Along with members of the Berkshire Theatre Critics Association, they will raise a glass of bubbly in celebration of the exciting 2016 theater season nearing its conclusion, and the genesis of these awards in recognition of its importance to the community and economy of the region.

Headlining the evening’s entertainment are Elizabeth Aspenlieder and Debra Jo Rupp, award-winning actors who also make their homes here in the Berkshires. Hosts for the ceremony are J. Peter Bergman from The Berkshire Edge and Macey Levin from Berkshire on Stage, members of the Founders’ Committee.

The event has drawn the Berkshires’ theatrical community together in a show of support that is rare for the off-season. Making an appearance are the four major Berkshire theater companies, and the half-dozen smaller troupes who contribute so much to our year-round cultural life. Among the winners who will claim their awards are Julianne Boyd, Nehassaiu deGannes, Chris Demos-Brown, Jess Goldstein, Dana Harrison, Debra Jo Rupp, Tamara Tunie and Andre Ware.

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Leslie Kritzer Returns to Barrington Stage Co. [Berkshire on Stage]

May 27th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Sara


The fabulous Leslie Kritzer is returning to Barrington Stage Co. in Pittsfield with her new show, “Leslie’s Back!,” at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at 9pm on Sunday (May 29) and 8pm on Monday (May 30).

Yhe Broadway veteran and award-winning actress Leslie Kritzer, currently featured in the hit Off-Broadway revival of The Robber Bridegroom, returns to BSC where she previously starred in the world premiere The Memory Show, the hit revival of Guys and Dolls, and her Mainstage concert, Hello, Gorgeous!

This time with Leslie’s Back!, it’s up close and personal at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret. Leslie will share stories of her life on and Off-Broadway and belt out some killer tunes, accompanied by her husband – and BSC music director – Vadim Feichtner on piano.

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Joe Iconis and Friends Rock & Dazzle Sold Out House as Mr. Finn’s Cabaret Opens in Pittsfield [Berkshire on Stage]

May 30th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Sara
Joe Iconis and Jason “Sweet Tooth” Williams.

Joe Iconis and Jason “Sweet Tooth” Williams.

On May 25 and 26, 2012 , Mr. Finn’s Cabaret opened to the public with Joe Iconis and Family as the opening act. It is located in the lower level of the new Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (formerly Stage 2), 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. It is named in honor of William Finn, artistic director of the Barrington Stage Musical Theatre Lab and the “godfather” to many of the performers who will appear there. Finn seems to be the mentor of choice for many developing musical theatre writers.

Burns and Murray were tickled to be among the few press people seated among the glitterati at the sold-out opening night on May 25, 2012. Sydelle and Lee Blatt were there and got the biggest round of applause of the evening.

For our insatiable coterie of Gail-stalkers we can report that she fearlessly wore the satin floral top that makes her look like an over-stuffed settee, with red pants, despite the advice of the Southern Berkshire Chamber of Commerce that she wear a full linen skirt and a fitted jacket.

Gail Burns: BSC Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, also stylish in red, was just beaming when we arrived. She and Bill Finn did this cabaret up right. If you are going to have an opening night, forget the fancy stuff, all you need to do is focus on what happens on stage, everything else is window dressing.

Larry Murray: Bill Finn was there, too, decked out in tasteful black. He was nearby, watching over the birth of his baby. We were even closer, so close to the singers in fact, that I was afraid if I stretched out my arms they would hand me the microphone or a tambourine.

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