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BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES THE TONY AWARD-WINNING MUSICAL
TO PLAY BOYD-QUINSON MAINSTAGE
AUGUST 13-SEPTEMBER 6
DIRECTED AND CHOREOGRAPHED BY CAMILLE A. BROWN
CO-PRODUCTION WITH WESTPORT PLAYHOUSE
(Pittsfield, MA – December 2019) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in the Berkshires under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, has announced the third Boyd-Quinson Mainstage production for its upcoming 2020 season – the Tony Award-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’, directed and choreographed by Camille A. Brown from August 13 through September 6.
A sassy, sultry musical celebration of legendary jazz great Fats Waller, Ain’t Misbehavin’ will be a co-production with Connecticut’s Westport Playhouse. Originally conceived and directed by Richard Maltby, Jr., Ain’t Misbehavin’ has been reimagined by noted director/choreographer Camille A. Brown (Met Opera’s Porgy and Bess, the Tony-winning revival of Once on This Island and Choir Boy). Gia Kourlas, the dance critic of The New York Times, recently wrote that “Ms. Brown is one of the most expressive, genuine and deeply felt choreographers working today.”
Ain’t Misbehavin’ is one of the most popular, well-crafted revues of all time and winner of the 1978 Tony Award for Best Musical. The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Harlem Renaissance with a jumpin’ jazzy new beat music. Although not quite a biography, Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the delightful humor and infectious energy of this American original. A versatile cast struts, strums and sings the songs that he made famous in a career that ranged from uptown clubs to downtown Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood and concert stages in the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Ain’t Misbehavin’ joins the previously announced musical masterpiece South Pacific by Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II and Joshua Logan, The Assembled Parties by Richard Greenberg on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage and Anna in the Tropics, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Nilo Cruz, on the St. Germain Stage.
New in 2020: The Ultimate Flexible Subscription – Mix and Match Passes. BSC is offering ticket buyers the flexibility that they’ve been asking for. Pick any show, any theatre, any time, matinee or evening. Plans change, no problem, free exchanges. 2020 Season Passes are now on sale and available at www.barringtonstageco.org or by calling 413-236-8888 or visiting the Wolfson Center box office (122 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201). Single tickets for South Pacific, The Assembled Parties, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Anna in the Tropics will be available in March 2020.
ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning regional theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC has a three-fold mission: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage commissioned and produced the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son, which also won the Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright in 2016 and recently concluded a Broadway run, starring Kerry Washington. Barrington Stage first garnered national attention in 2004 when it 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, BSC premiered 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) played Off Broadway at the Westside Theatre. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical On the Town was originally produced at BSC in 2013 before transferring to Broadway, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. In 2016, Barrington Stage swept the first annual Berkshire Theatre Awards by winning 20 out of the 25 awards. In 2017, BSC produced the much-lauded revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit. In 2018, BSC produced the critically-acclaimed production of West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ 100th birthdays. BSC has won the Best of the Berkshires Readers’ Choice for Best Live Theatre for the past three years. 2019 marked BSC’s 25th Season Anniversary.
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