New musical “A Little More Alive” in the works at Barrington Stage Company

The Cast of Barrington Stage Company’s “A Little More Alive” (l-r): Daniel Jenkins, Nicolette Robinson, Van Hughes, Michael Tacconi, and Molly Ranson. Photo credit: Stephen Sorokoff

Preparations for this year’s Musical Theatre Lab production at Barrington Stage Company continue to move forward. Founded in 2006, the BSC Musical Theatre Lab is overseen by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Artistic Producer William Finn. In 2015 they will present Nick Blaemire’s new musical A Little More Alive, from July 17 through August 8 on the St. Germain Stage. The press opening is Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30pm.

Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller and composer/lyricist Nick Blaemire. Photo by Stephen Sorokoff.

Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller and composer/lyricist Nick Blaemire. Photo by Stephen Sorokoff.

A Little More Alive features book, music and lyrics by actor and writer Nick Blaemire (Glory Days) with direction by Tony nominee Sheryl Kaller (Next Fall, Mothers and Sons). Lisa Shriver is choreographer, Vadim Feichtner is music director, with orchestrations by Charlie Rosen.

In this heartfelt and original folk-pop musical, two estranged brothers reunite at their childhood home after their mother’s funeral. An unexpected revelation distorts every memory they have as they uncover secrets that had been hiding in plain sight their whole lives. Brothers Nate and Jeremy find that no one is exempt from the grey area between right and wrong.

The cast features Van Hughes (Nate), Michael Tacconi (Jeremy), Tony nominee Daniel Jenkins (Gene), Nicolette Robinson (Lizzie), and Emily Walton (Molly).

The production team includes Kris Stone (Scenic Designer), China Lee (Costume Designer), Tony winner Jeff Croiter (Lighting Design), Lindsay Jones (sound Design), Caite Hevner Kemp (Projection Designer). Mark Dobrow is production stage manager.

Produced in 2014 at Kansas City Repertory Theatre, A Little More Alive was called a “touching, original story by one of America’s most exciting young playwrights… imbued with undeniable human warmth,” by the Kansas City Star.

A Little More Alive is sponsored by Judith Goldsmith & Carrie and David Schulman and sponsored in part by Drs. Judith and Martin Bloomfield.

Performances of A Little More Alive are Tuesday through Saturday at 7:30pm, Thurs/Sat/Sun at 3pm (excluding 7/18, 7/23). Press Opening: Wednesday, July 22 at 7:30pm. Tickets start at $40. Low priced previews July 17-18 are $15. Youth ages 6-18, tickets $15 all performances (subject to availability). Barrington Stage Company’s St. Germain Stage is located at the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street in Pittsfield, MA. For ticket and performance information, call the BSC Box Office at (413) 236-8888 or visit

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