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BARRINGTON STAGE MR. FINN’S CABARET 2014 SEASON
AT THE SYDELLE AND LEE BLATT PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
New This Year: Reserved Seating
(PITTSFIELD, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, is proud to announce the 2014 season of performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, 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 third season with an eclectic mix of performers from May through October as part of Barrington Stage Company’s 20th Anniversary Season.
All cabaret performances will be presented at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Barrington Stage is now offering reserved seating for all cabaret performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret.
Let’s Fall in Love
Starring Amanda McBroom with Michele Brourman
May 16 & 17 at 8pm; May 18 at 5pm
Back by popular demand! Amanda McBroom, considered by many to be the finest cabaret performer of her generation, returns with her accompanist extraordinaire Michele Brourman. Together they’ll present a consummate musical evening filled with songs of romance by such fabulous songwriters as Cole Porter, Jacques Brel, Sammy Cahn, Jerome Kern, and – of course – Amanda McBroom. Tickets: $45
Bringin’ Down the House
Starring Wanda Houston
A world class performer, Wanda Houston will take you on a soul-stirring journey from Gospel to Jazz, Musical Theatre to R&B. An artist The New York Times calls “terrific,” Wanda Houston and Music Director Robert Kelly will share an evening of toe-tapping music from the American Songbook. Tickets: $25
Benny Rides Again: An Evening of Benny Goodman’s Swingin’ Hits
Virtuoso clarinetist Paul Green channels his inner Benny Goodman (with whom he studied) and assembles a group of musicians to recreate the magic of Goodman’s vibrant jazz quartet of the 40s and 50s. With Corrine Manning taking the Peggy Lee/Helen Ward/Anita O’Day role on lead vocals, the group swings the tunes that are Benny Goodman’s legacy to the world of jazz. Tickets: $35
Songwriters Cabaret #1 Featuring Will Aronson & Noel Carey
Composers Will Aronson and Noel Carey lend their remarkable talents to an evening featuring two new musicals in-the-making. Accompanied by a superb cast of singers, Carey will floor you with songs from Marjoe, based on the child evangelist who was the subject of a well-known documentary. Aronson will dazzle you with music, including a modern-day comedy based on a classic fairy tale. Be there at the beginning! Tickets: $20
Emmy Award-winning (Picket Fences) stage and screen legend Fyvush Finkel celebrates the great songs and humor of show business. Accompanied by his two sons – Ian Finkel, the World’s Greatest Xylophonist, and Elliot Finkel, concert pianist extraordinaire – 91-year-old Fyvush offers a first-hand account of his incredible career spanning English and Yiddish roles, from Second Avenue to modern-day television stardom. Tickets: $45
Let’s Misbehave: A Tribute to Cole Porter
Enjoy the outstanding talents of BSC’s 2014 Musical Theatre Apprentices as they sing your favorite Cole Porter tunes. From “All of You” to “It’s DeLovely,” anything goes in this one-night only tribute to one of America’s greatest composers. Tickets: $10
July 5- 6
Joe Iconis & Family
July 5 at 9pm; July 6 at 8pm
Back By Popular Demand! Musical theater rabble rouser Joe Iconis (The Black Suits) is back with his unique mash-up of showtune, cabaret and rock-and-roll jamboree! Join Joe and his band as they roar their way through a set of incendiary songs. Grease up your kazoo, fill your whiskey glass, and stay for a while – it’s going to be a helluva night! Tickets: $25
Colored Lights starring KT Sullivan
KT Sullivan is one of the most in-demand singers in cabaret and concerts in the country. Her show Colored Lights takes audiences on “a journey from the sticks to the Broadway stage…no one in recent memory has turned it into the kind of thrill ride that the singer KT Sullivan makes of it in her new cabaret show” (Stephen Holden, The New York Times). It includes her hilarious take on “World Weary” and the classic songs “Try to Remember” and “Autumn in New York.” Tickets: $30
Songwriters Cabaret #2 One Man Band: The Songs of Joel Waggoner
July 20 at 7pm; July 21 at 8pm
Joel is a one man band! Join this multi-talented ASCAP Award-winning musical theater composer as he fiddles you a tune, tickles you an ivory, strums you a ballad and tells you a joke. Get ready for a witty evening of heart, soul and shenanigans! Tickets: $20
Doin’ What Comes Naturally starring Alix Korey
After years of glowing reviews for her Broadway and cabaret performances nationwide, Alix Korey and Music Director Christopher Marlowe created a tribute to the great Ethel Merman: songs she made famous, songs you never knew she sang and stories you’ve never heard before. Tickets: $30
2nd Annual 10-Minute Musicals
Starring BSC’s Musical Theatre Apprentices
August 16 at 10pm; August 17 at 7pm
If you love our 10×10 New Play Festival, you’ll adore our 10-Minute Musicals, written by a group of young and very talented songwriters and performed by our equally talented Musical Theatre Apprentices. Tickets: $10
One Woman Show starring Shakina
Shakina returns for one night only with “One Woman Show,” recounting in song and story the exploits and misadventures that led to her gender transition, a story of surviving the 90s and creating a new life in a new millennium. Tickets: $20
Eli’s All-Stars: Contemporary Classic Jazz
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong
Banjo virtuoso Bo Winiker, vocalist Jimmy Mazzy, and the brilliant Boston Pops pianist Bob Winter join four other dynamite jazzmen to form this All-Star band. They’ll bring to life delicious Armstrong rarities, side by side with the greatest jazz and pop hits, from “Black and Blue” to “Hello, Dolly!” and “It’s a Wonderful World.” Tickets: $35
Eli’s All-Stars: Contemporary Classic Jazz
George Gershwin’s Romantic Jazz featuring Rebecca Sullivan
George Gershwin, one of the greatest composers of the 20th century, raised popular music theatre to a new level of sophistication. Hear the swirling of “Fascinatin’ Rhythm” and the glorious “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” as well as songs that spoke to every yearning heart in “The Man I Love” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.” Tickets: $35
No Place to Go
Featuring Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra
October 10 & 11 at 8pm; October 12 at 3pm
The company where he’s worked for the past ten years is moving to another planet, and playwright Ethan Lipton doesn’t want to go. Part love letter to his co-workers, part query to the universe, part protest to his company and country, No Place to Go delivers a hilarious, irreverent and personal musical ode to the unemployed. Ethan Lipton & His Orchestra perform this OBIE Award-winning theatrical song cycle steeped in musical traditions including jazz, blues, folk, country and lounge. “A marvelous piece of cabaret theatre.” –The London Times Tickets: $35
All cabaret performances will take place at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield. Barrington Stage is now offering reserved seating for all cabaret performances at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.
Cabaret Special: The more you see, the more you save! Purchase tickets to 3 or more cabarets at one time and take 10% off your cabaret order OR purchase tickets to 5 or more cabarets and save 15% on your cabaret order (Available by phone or in-person only. Offer not valid for No Place to Go.).
The 2014 Mr. Finn’s Cabaret Series is sponsored by Renee and Steven Finn.
About Barrington Stage Company
Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it workshopped, and premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway, where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009/2010 Barrington Stage produced the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which later moved Off-Broadway and played for two years. St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth (which premiered at BSC as Dr. Ruth, All the Way in 2012) played Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in fall 2013. Barrington Stage was voted “Best Live Theatre” by The Berkshire Eagle readers in 2011 and 2012 and was named “Best Theatre Company” in Metroland’s Best of the Capital Region 2009-2012.
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