The Leonard Bernstein musical "On the Town," a stage adaptation of "The Chosen" and "Much Ado About Nothing" will be the three shows on the main theater at Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, Mass. this summer in the Berkshires
"On the Town," directed by John Rando, will run June 12 to July 13. Choreography will be by Emmy Award-winner (TV’s "Smash") Josh Bergasse, with music direction by Darren Cohen.
"The Chosen," a stage adaptation by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok of Potok’s novel will run July 18 to Aug. 3. Posner adapted Potok's "My Name Is Asher Lev," which was done at Barrington Stage in 2011. (Long Wharf Theatre did a version which transferred to off-Broadway.)
Aristic director Julianne Boyd will stage "Much Ado About Nothing, which will run Aug. 8 to 25. Christopher Innvar, Gretchen Egolf and Mark H. Dold are featured in the cast.
Opening the summer series at the theater's second stage, the Mark St. Germain Theater, is the American premiere of "Bashir Lazhar," by Canadian playwright Evelyne de la Cheneliere, in a translation by Morwyn Brebner. Staged by BSC Associate Producer Shakina Nayfack, the show will run May 22 to June 8.
Play centers on an Algerian immigrant "who is hurriedly hired as the teacher at an elementary school in Montreal for a class of distressed students. His unorthodox teaching methods draw him into surprisingly explosive territory." The play is the basis of the film "Monsieur Lazhar" and was nominated for a 2012 Oscar for best foreign language film.
It will be followed by a work, still to be announced, which will run June 13 to July 6.
Next up will be the musical "Southern Comfort," playing July 19 to Aug. 10, based on the award-winning documentary of the same name. It will receive its second production at Barrington Stage following stints in 2011 at off-Broadway's CAP21 Theatre Company, and a staged reading at the 2012 NAMT Festival of New Musicals.
The Barrington production will star Jeff McCarthy and Annette O’Toole, who will be reprising their 2011 roles. The show has a folk blue-grass score, with music by Julianne Wick-Davis and book and lyrics by Dan Collins. Wick-Davis and Collins are recipients of the 2012 Jonathan Larson Award for the show. Tom Caruso, associate director of the upcoming Broadway musical "Matilda," will direct.
The work centers on transgendered Robert Eads (O’Toole) and "his tight-knit community of individuals, including his trans girlfriend Lola Cola (McCarthy), living in the back hills of 'Bubba Land' Georgia. When Robert discovers that he has ovarian cancer, he refuses to let it dampen his spirits or his determination to live life fully."Playwright Germain will premiere his lastest work, "Scott and Hem in the Garden of Allah" at the theater, running Aug. 15 to Sept. 29. Germain premiered "Freud's Last Sessioon," "Best of Enemies" and "Dr. Ruth, All the Way" at Barrington Stage.The show, set in 1937, centers on F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway in Hollywood.Single tickets for shows go on sale March 1. Subscriptions are now on sale.Information: 413-236-8888 or www.barringtonstageco.org.
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