Mr. Finn continues to shine spotlight on Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists


Barrington Stage Company (BSC) announced the return of Tony Award-winner William Finn’s popular Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know, But Should… on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage June 10 and 11 at 8:00pm. As usual Mr. Finn will at as emcee. The slate of cabaret performers was also announced by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson.

Kicking off BSC’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage season will be two-time Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist William Finn and the next generation of talented musical theatre writers in Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know But Should. This brilliant group of young writers will share some of their newest songs with the help of four extraordinary singers, ridiculous talented in their own right. Mr. Finn walks us through what makes these songs and songwriters stand out! A funny, charming and insightful evening! Directed by Stephanie Yankwitt. Tickets to Songs by the Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists you Probably Don’t Know, But Should… are $40-$30. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit

Barrington Stage Company also announced the 2016 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 fourth season with an eclectic mix of performers from May through August.

Donna McKechnie

Donna McKechnie

MAY 22 & 23
Donna McKechnie in Same Place: Another Time – May 22 & 23 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $52.
The Tony Award-winning star of A Chorus Line returns to BSC in her new show, a musical déjà vu celebrating the scintillating 70’s in New York City – the heyday of Studio 54. She takes a personal spin on the “ingénue” coming to NY, finding love and success and losing her innocence, perhaps, but never her spirit.

MAY 29 & 30
Leslie Kritzer in Leslie’s Back! – May 29 at 9:00pm & May 30 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $40.
You loved her in The Memory Show, Guys and Dolls and her Mainstage concert… now Leslie Kritzer is back at BSC and this time it​’​s ​up-close and ​ intimate ​at ​Mr. Finn’s. Leslie will share stories of her life on and off Broadway, belt out some killer tunes and make it one memorable Memorial Day weekend. Join Leslie with the amazing Vadim Feichtner at piano and get ready to see a one-of-a-kind star!

Christina Bianco

Christina Bianco

JUNE 5 & 6
Christina Bianco in Diva Moments June 5 & 6 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $35.
“Tour de force … Bianco’s work is something to see,” hailed The New York Times. Christina’s show is filled with iconic songs that made divas out of the women who sang them; from Barbra to Celine to Britney, no celebrity is safe! Christina performs this beloved music in her own voice, as well as impersonating the great divas including a diva “megamix” that was featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

JUNE 19 & 20
Niko Tsakalakos in The Niko Songbook June 19 & 20 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $35
Our audiences loved his rockin’ score in the Musical Theatre Lab premiere of Pool Boy, Songs of a Night Owl, and Late Nite with Niko. Niko’s work is a mixture of rock, pop and jazz with lyrics that will delight you, excite you and show you why we think Niko is a triple-threat (he’s also an amazing singer!) talent.

JUNE 28 & 30
MTC Cabaret – Let the Sun Shine In: The Fabulous ‘60’s Musicals, June 28 at 9:30pm & June 30 at 12pm. Tickets: $20.
Our Musical Theatre Conservatory Ensemble will present a cabaret filled with great songs from the decade that started with Bye, Bye, Birdie and ended with Hair, with shows like The Fantasticks, Camelot, …Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Sweet Charity, and more. Don’t let the parade pass you by and join us for this special BSC cabaret.

JULY 3 & 4
David Lutken and the Seat of the Pants Band in Yankee Doodle Folkie: Music for Independence Day – July 3 at 8:00pm & July 4 at 7:00pm. Tickets: $35.
We feel we need a little down-home, real Americana patriotism this year and we found the man and the band to deliver it. David Lutken and his banjo-stringing, harmonica-playing band will treat you to a treasure trove of American Folk music guaranteed to get your hands clapping and your feet stomping. Audiences will remember David as the musical virtuoso in our Musical Theatre Lab world premiere musical, Southern Comfort (which he is currently featured in Off Broadway at the Public Theater). Fiddilicious good times guaranteed. Sponsored by Sydelle and Lee Blatt.

Fyvush Finkel

Fyvush Finkel

JULY 17 & 18
Fyvush Finkel – July 17 & 18 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $52.
Back by popular demand! Emmy Award-winning (Picket Fences) stage and screen legend Fyvush Finkel performs an evening of comedy and songs along with his virtuoso sons, xylophonist Ian Finkel and pianist Elliot Finkel, and their band. Fyvush offers a first hand account of his incredible life over the last 93 years, from Second Avenue to television stardom!

Lillias White in The Lillias White Effect – July 31 & August 1 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $45.
“Ms. White is a one-of-a kind performer who combines the sass of a classic blues mama with the skills of a Broadway star. What sets her above, and apart, from, most Broadway pop-blues shouters is a ruthless honesty and self-awareness…” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times. Tony Award-winner and Broadway veteran (The Life, Barnum, Dreamgirls) Lillias White will pull back the show curtain to tell humorous, poignant and inspiring stories from both her personal and show business life

AUGUST 6 & 7
MTC Musical Shorts – August 6 at 10:00pm & August 7 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $20.
A BSC favorite, join our Musical Theatre Conservatory Ensemble performing a selection of short musicals by emerging writers. Discover tomorrow’s talent today!

Wanda Houston

Wanda Houston

Wanda Houston in No Tune Like a Show Tune! – August 22 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $25.
A 90-minute celebration of the most popular songs from musicals we know and love. This ensemble of 5 performers, featuring singer Wanda Houston and Michael Berkeley at the piano, will have you singing and dancing on your seats!

AUGUST 28 & 29
The Marcy and Zina Show – August 28 & 29 at 8:00pm. Tickets: $35.
Award-winning songwriters Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler’s (Taylor the Latte Boy, Alto’s Lament, Ever After) show is a vivacious, eclectic, romantic, and seriously funny songbook. Their work has been performed on The Today Show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and in concert at Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Opera House, and The White House. With award-winning singer Scott Coulter. Sponsored by Shirley and Ira Yohalem

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

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