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BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY ANNOUNCES MR. FINN’S CABARET 2019 SEASON
MARILYN MAYE, BILLY STRITCH, JIM CARUSO, DAVID LUTKEN, KAREN MASON AND MORE
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(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, announces the 2019 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 8th season with an eclectic mix of performers from June through August.
Mr. Finn’s Cabaret 2019 Season is sponsored by Renee & Steven Finn.
June 1 and June 3
GAIL NELSON SINGS BILLIE HOLIDAY
Kick off the Cabaret season in style! Gail Nelson offers a poignant glimpse behind the life of an American icon. Audiences can expect to hear such Holiday classics as “God Bless the Child,” “When a Woman Loves a Man” and “Strange Fruit.” Tickets: $45. June 1 at 9:30 p.m. and June 3 at 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). Sponsored by Mike and David Faust & Karen and Bob Youdelman. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org/mrfinns/
You Could Drive a Person Crazy: Songs of Obsession
Join the fabulous Musical Theatre Conservatory participants as they sing about their favorite passion, preoccupation or uncomfortable urge! Pure unadulterated fun! 9:30 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). Sponsored by Judith Goldsmith. Tickets: $20. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org/mrfinns/
June 30 – July 1
Woody Guthrie: America’s Greatest Folk-Ballad Songmaker
Singing the songs of America’s great balladeer Woody Guthrie, it will be a rousing evening of hit songs and sing-alongs! “There’s something about David Lutken that makes him fill some might big American shoes—or cowboy boots—as comfortably as a pair of familiar slippers.” —Showriz. 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). Sponsored by Sydelle and Lee Blatt. Tickets: $35. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org/mrfinns/
JIM CARUSO’S CAST PARTY WITH BILLY STRITCH AT THE PIANO
Think American Idol meets The Tonight Show. Legendary showman Jim Caruso guides the entire affair with razor-sharp humor and the unbridled enthusiasm of an uber-fan while the legendary Billy Stritch holds court at the ivories. 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). Tickets: $30. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org/mrfinns/
July 14 – 15
100 Years of Nat King Cole
We are honored to celebrate the centennial birthday of the unforgettable Nat King Cole. Timeless songs and intimate stories told and sung by two-time Grammy nominee Clint Holmes, accompanied by award-winning pianist and vibraphonist Christian Tamburr. 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). Tickets: $45. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org/mrfinns/
August 4 – 5
I Wish I Were 90 Again!
Back by popular demand! In I Wish I Were 90 Again! marvelous Marilyn Maye carries the torch from her peers who originated tunes of the Great American Songbook to the singers who perform these songs today and will carry them on to future generations. Ms. Maye is an artist for connoisseurs and her powerhouse delivery and chatty rapport with the audience is what holds the evening together and electrifies the proceedings. This will be a night you do not want to miss! Sponsored by Joseph Deleo and Lawrence Levinson. Tickets: $50; $65 VIP seating and post-show reception/meet & greet. 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org/mrfinns/
August 11 – 12
Join celebrated singer/pianist Billy Stritch and his trio for a very special evening of music to celebrate summertime and travel. This show, specially created for this appearance at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, will include such great songs like “Come Fly With Me”, “Summer Breeze”, “The Summer Knows” and many other jazz standards and Brazilian Bossa Nova selections. 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). Sponsored by Eda and Stephen Sorokoff. Tickets: $45. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org/mrfinns/
GRACE McLEAN LIVES IN CONCERT
Called “electrifying” by The Huffington Post and “phenomenal” by The New York Times, Grace McLean is a multi-hyphenate actress-singer-writer on the rise. Manhattan User’s Guide writes, “this pop and jazz singer writes seriously infectious melodies with seriously antic lyrics. Her voice can raise the roof, or she can slide off a note and break your heart.” 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). Tickets: $25. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org/mrfinns/
August 25 – 26
Kander & Ebb & All That Jazz
Broadway star and Cabaret Legend Karen Mason shares her love of the music of songwriters John Kander & Fred Ebb. As one of the original stars of And the World Goes ‘Round, Mason has a personal connection to these legends and their music. Featuring unique show stopping numbers, the show highlights Mason’s vocal prowess, moving charisma and overall versatility. Says The New York Times, “Giving everything and more is what she does best.” 8 p.m. Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center (36 Linden Street). Tickets: $45. 413-236-8888, barringtonstageco.org/mrfinns/
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 Company offers 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/
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 as Best New Play by an Emerging Playwright in 2016 and recently concluded a Broadway run, starring Kerry Washington. American Son was later made into a Netflix movie, and will soon be released nationally. 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 two years. 2019 marks BSC’s 25th Season Anniversary.
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