Project Description

The Hills Are Alive with Rodgers & Hammerstein

Conceived by JULIANNE BOYD and DARREN R. COHEN
Music & Lyrics by RICHARD RODGERS & OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II
Musical Direction by DARREN R. COHEN
Choreographed by SHEA SULLIVAN
Directed by JULIANNE BOYD

AUGUST 19–29
The Tartell Family Outdoor Stage at the former Polish Community Club — Opposite the Blatt Center, at the corners of Linden and Center Streets (55 Linden Street, Pittsfield)

 

The Berkshire hills will be alive with the music of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II when our fabulous cast will sing some of the greatest musical theatre songs ever written — South Pacific, Oklahoma!, Carousel, The King and I, The Sound of Music and many more!

Presented in a tent outdoors at the parking lot of the Polish Community Club, at the intersection of Linden and Center streets in downtown Pittsfield — opposite BSC’s Blatt Center. Please note that the seats are not padded and guests are welcome to bring their own pillow or cushion to sit on. Click here to see parking options.

Sponsored in part by The Feigenbaum Foundation
Additional sponsorship provided by Dr. William and Jo Ann Hajjar & Carol and Al Maynard
Sponsorship of first responders’ tickets: Greylock Federal Credit Union
Presented with social distancing guidelines.

“If you are interested in spending a summer evening the way we remember it, take a ride to Pittsfield, Mass. to experience “The Hills Are Alive” at Barrington Stage Company. What was until recently, a simple night of song is now a luxury… listening to young, gifted theater artists…transports you to the world for which we all long. Go see it. It will make you feel better.”
—WAMC

“Once again Director Julianne Boyd has gone above and beyond to create theater under extraordinary circumstances and it feels like a gift, a benediction and a warning as she sends us out into the night after a mega-mix encore of a dozen R&H hits with the exhortation that we should take the love and support we’ve experienced and spread it out into the rest of the world.”
—Nippertown

“a fresh, interesting, and new feel… Each member of the ensemble…demonstrates their impressive skills both individually and in various combinations.”
—Broadway World

CAST

ALAN H. GREEN Associate Artist. BSC: American Underground, The Royal Family of Broadway, Broadway Bounty Hunter, Romance in Hard Times. Original Broadway Casts: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, School of Rock, Sister Act, Play On!. 1st National Tours: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Swing!, Smokey Joe’s Cafe. Off Broadway: Broadway Bounty Hunter (Greenwich Street Theatre), Happiness (Lincoln Center), Rockette’s Christmas Spectacular (Radio City). International: Miss Saigon. TV: Almost Family, Murphy Brown, Unforgettable, Peter Pan Live!, 30 Rock, Law & Order: SVU, Guiding Light. Lots of National Commercials. Deacon at Metro Baptist Church. Rice University Graduate. IG: @alanhgreen ALANHGREEN.com
STORM LEVER Broadway: Duckling Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical. Off Broadway: Dorothy in The Wringer (City Center). Regional: Wendy in Fly (La Jolla Playhouse); Polexia in Almost Famous (The Old Globe); Freaky Friday (Signature Theater, Alley Theater, Cleveland Playhouse, La Jolla); Duckling Donna in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical (La Jolla Playhouse) Love to my B.F.A.mily, University of Michigan and BRS/Gage. @_stormieweather
NICHOLAS RODRIGUEZ TV: One Life to Live (ABC: Nick Chavez—GLAAD Award), Tommy (CBS), Madam Secretary (CBS). Film: Sex in the City II (also soundtrack), Still Here, Double Exposure. Broadway/Nat’l Tour: Tarzan, The Sound of Music (Captain Von Trapp—dir. Jack O’ Brien). Off Bway: Toxic Avenger, Almost Heaven, Death For Five Voices, Collette Collage, Bajour. Carnegie Hall: Guys and Dolls. Tours: Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Hair. Regional: Carousel (Helen Hayes nom), Destiny of Desire, Mother Courage and Her Children, Oklahoma! (Helen Hayes Award), My Fair Lady (Helen Hayes nom) & Light in the Piazza at Arena Stage; The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre. His debut CD The First Time… is available at psclassics.com and thenickrod.com
ALEXANDRA SILBER BROADWAY/NYC: Fiddler on the Roof, Master Class, Arlington, Hello Again, Einstein’s Dreams. WEST END/LONDON: Indecent, Kiss Me, Kate (BBC Proms); Carousel (TMA Award), Fiddler on the Roof, The Woman In White. SCREEN: Elementary, Mysteries of Laura; three Law & Orders; 1408. TRAINING: Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. REGIONAL: Cabaret, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Camelot, My Fair Lady, Love Story, Murder on the Orient Express. Alexandra is a Grammy-nominee for her portrayal of Maria in the symphonic recording of West Side Story, with San Francisco Symphony. Her debut novel “After Anatevka,” and memoir “White Hot Grief Parade” are both published by Pegasus Books and also available on Audible.com.
ALYSHA UMPHRESS BSC: On the Town, Funked Up Fairytales and countless concerts. Broadway: On the Town; American Idiot (OBC); On a Clear Day You Can See Forever; Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Bring it On!. OFF BROADWAY: Scotland, PA; Smokey Joe’s Cafe (Lortel Nominee and Chita Rivera award winner); Make Me a Song (The Music of William Finn). TV: Bonding, The Climb, Law & Order: SVU, Royal Pains, Nurse Jackie. RECORDINGS: On the Town, Wonderful Town (with the London Symphony Orchestra) American Idiot, Bring it On!, Fugitive Songs and I’ve Been Played: Alysha Umphress Swings Jeff Blumenkrantz. Love to Joby and Diz.

CREATIVES

RICHARD RODGERS & OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II (Music & Lyrics) After long and highly distinguished careers with other collaborators, Richard Rodgers (composer) and Oscar Hammerstein II (librettist/lyricist) joined forces to create the most consistently fruitful and successful partnership in the American musical theatre. Prior to his work with Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers (1902–1979) collaborated with lyricist Lorenz Hart on a series of musical comedies that epitomized the wit and sophistication of Broadway. Among their greatest musicals are On Your Toes, Babes in Arms, The Boys from Syracuse, I Married an Angel and Pal Joey.

Throughout the same era Oscar Hammerstein II (1895–1960) brought new life to a moribund artform: the operetta. His collaborations with such preeminent composers as Rudolf Friml, Sigmund Romberg and Vincent Youmans resulted in such operetta classics as The Desert Song, Rose-Marie and The New Moon. With Jerome Kern he wrote Show Boat, the 1927 operetta that changed the course of modern musical theatre. His last musical before embarking on an exclusive partnership with Richard Rodgers was Carmen Jones, the highly-acclaimed 1943 all-black revision of Georges Bizet’s tragic opera Carmen.

Oklahoma!, the first Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, was also the first of a new genre, the musical play, representing a unique fusion of Rodgers’ musical comedy and Hammerstein’s operetta. A milestone in the development of the American musical, it also marked the beginning of the most successful partnership in Broadway musical history, and was followed by Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream, Flower Drum Song and The Sound of Music. Rodgers & Hammerstein wrote one musical specifically for the big screen, State Fair, and one for television, Cinderella. Collectively, the Rodgers & Hammerstein musicals earned 35 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. In 1998 Rodgers & Hammerstein were cited by Time Magazine and CBS News as among the 20 most influential artists of the 20th century and in 1999 they were jointly commemorated on a U.S. postage stamp.

JULIANNE BOYD (Director) is the Founder (1995) and Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company (BSC) where she has directed many productions, including the critically acclaimed West Side Story (2018) and the 2017 hit production of Company, starring Aaron Tveit. She also directed the world premieres of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son, Mark St. Germain’s Dancing Lessons, The Best of Enemies and Dr. Ruth, All the Way and the critically acclaimed revival of Goldman and Sondheim’s Follies.

Boyd conceived and directed the Broadway musical Eubie!, a show based on the music of Eubie Blake which starred Gregory Hines and garnered three Tony nominations. She also co-conceived and directed (with Joan Micklin Silver) the award-winning Off Broadway musical revue A…My Name Is Alice (Outer Critics’ Award) and its sequel A…My Name Is Still Alice.

From 1992 to 1998 Ms. Boyd served as President of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, the national labor union representing professional directors and choreographers in the U.S.

SHEA SULLIVAN (Choreographer) Select credits include: BSC: Ragtime (Berk Theater Critic Award Nom), Southern Comfort. Off Broadway: R.R.R.E.D, Neurosis (Chita Rivera Award Nomination), Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical (Off Broadway Alliance Award), Pageant! (Drama Desk Nomination Best Revival), I’ll Say She Is. For Westchester Broadway Theatre: Newsies. PACE University: Pete (Her) Pan. Cape Playhouse: The Drowsy Chaperone; Sweet Charity; Legally Blonde; Crazy for You; Kiss Me, Kate. Maltz Jupiter Theatre: The Producers, Will Roger Follies, The Music Man (Carbonell Award), Crazy for You (Carbonell Award). Arts Center of Coastal Carolina: Newsies, White Christmas. Pan Am (ABC), A Christmas Carol (Fords Theatre), Dames at Sea (Bay Street Theatre), DanceBreak ‘08. Proud member of SDC. Board member of the Ziegfeld Club. SheaSullivan.com

DARREN R. COHEN (Musical Director) BSC Associate Artist. BSC: over 20 shows including Mack & Mabel, Follies, Sweeney Todd, The Pirates of Penzance, Ragtime, Company, West Side Story and Into the Woods. Broadway/Off Broadway: A Chorus Line, Chicago, Fosse, Make Me A Song (orig cast recording), Zombie Prom (orig cast recording), Anyone Can Whistle, A…My Name Is Still Alice, Carnival, The Fantasticks, And the World Goes ‘Round, Nunsense, Show Me Where the Good Times Are, Bar Mitzvah Boy. Regional favorites include: Sacramento Music Circus, Center Stage-Baltimore, Studio Theatre (DC), Goodspeed, North Shore Music Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse, The MUNY, Kansas City Starlight, Asolo. Author: The Complete Professional Audition (Random House), and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music. Mr. Cohen resides in New York City. darrenRcohen.com

DAVID D’AGOSTINO (Production Coordinator) BSC: American Underground. In the past decade, his work has taken him to every continental state and several Canadian provinces, working on a variety of national tours and regional productions. Favorite credits include the revival of Pippin, Finding Neverland, Million Dollar Quartet, Cabaret, The Producers, Memphis: The Musical and Man of La Mancha. David has previously worked with the Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival as manager of “The PiTCH!” playwright workshop, working on and facilitating several new plays and musicals. Wear your mask, wash your hands, stay safe!

WYLDER COOPER (Lighting Designer) BSC: 2019 Season Lighting Supervisor. Wylder is originally from Long Creek, South Carolina, and is a Graduate of Clemson University, where he earned his B.A. in Production Studies in Performing Arts, with a concentration in Lighting Design. This is his second season at BSC as Lighting Supervisor. He has also worked at Actors Theatre of Louisville and The Warehouse Theatre. When not in the theatre, Wylder enjoys mountain biking, hiking and whitewater kayaking. wyldercooper.com

EDDY MINEISHI (Sound Designer) BSC: Into the Woods (A1), Gertrude & Claudius (Systems Engineer), Fall Springs (A1). REGIONAL: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest at Flint Repertory Theatre (Sound Designer), Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre 2018 Season (A1) Bigfork Summer Playhouse 2017 Season (Sound Designer / A1). EDUCATION: The Secret Garden (Associate Sound Designer), 42nd Street (Associate Sound Designer), Yeast Nation (Sound Designer), Godspell (Assistant Sound Designer), Guys & Dolls (Associate Sound Designer), Love & Information (Sound Designer), Candide (Sound Designer).

MCCORKLE CASTING LTD; PAT MCCORKLE (Casting) (C.S.A.) Casting actors for Barrington Stage for 18 years. Pat McCorkle is pleased to be an Associate Artist at BSC. Broadway: Over 50 productions including On the Town, Amazing Grace, End of the Rainbow, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Amadeus, She Loves Me, A Few Good Men. Off Broadway: highlights — Clever Little Lies; Sheer Madness; Tribes; Our Town (Barrow Street); Freud’s Last Session; Toxic Avenger; Almost, Maine; Driving Miss Daisy. Feature film: Premium Rush, Ghost Town, The Thomas Crown Affair, Die Hard with a Vengeance, School Ties, etc. Television: Twisted, St. George, Sesame Street, Hack, Californication, Max Bickford, Chappelle’s Show, Strangers with Candy, Barbershop, etc. mccorklecasting.com

CHARLIE SIEDENBURG (Berkshire Press Representative/Associate Artist) (16th Season) joined the BSC family in 2005 and has represented over 130 BSC productions. His work has led to features in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, USA Today and American Theatre Magazine. His many PR credits include the Metropolitan Opera (Live in HD), Paper Mill Playhouse (1999–2004), George Street Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Goodspeed Musicals, Long Wharf Theatre, Surflight Theatre and Two River Theater Company. He serves as Press Rep for Wagner College Theatre, The Minty Awards, Ghostlight Productions and In The Wings Productions. Charlie is a 1995 Theatre/Arts Administration graduate of Wagner College on Staten Island, where he currently teaches Theatre Appreciation. Last year he was appointed Director of Alumni Relations for his alma mater, Moore Catholic High School.

THE PRESS ROOM (National Press Representatives) Broadway: Hamilton, The Book of Mormon and upcoming productions of The Brothers Size, Chasing Rainbows, Born for This, Paradise Square and Working Girl: The Musical. Recent Broadway credits: The Waverly Gallery, Three Tall Women, Farinelli and the King. Off Broadway: Gloria: A Life, Beyond Babel. Other clients include: Vineyard Theatre, The Wooster Group, Shakespeare’s Globe, Theatre Row, Rosie’s Theater Kids, Hunter Theater Project, NY Classical Theatre, Southern California’s 3-D Theatricals, the award-winning web series “Indoor Boys,” actor/pianist Hershey Felder, Why Not Theatre’s Mahabharata for the Shaw Festival, and Miami New Drama’s world premiere musical, A Wonderful World.

The Hills Are Alive with Rodgers & Hammerstein — 2020