Lauren Taslitz (book/lyrics) and Danny Ursetti (music) are pleased to announce that their new project REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING (formerly titled THINGS WE THINK, BUT DON’T DARE SAY) will make its debut with a special two-night run as the final installment of this year’s “Artists on the Horizon” emerging musical theater artists series at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret at Barrington Stage Company, starring Broadway veterans Anne L. Nathan and Jeff Blumenkrantz.
REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING premieres at 8pm Sunday August 6, 2017, with an encore performance at 8pm Monday August 7, 2017. All performances will be at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt PAC, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield.
A mature love story, REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING combines humor, honesty, and compassion to deliver a seldom-seen musical look at life from the perspective of late middle age.
“Most theatre tickets are purchased by older people like me,” states writer Taslitz, a recent graduate of Tisch’s MFA Musical Theatre Writing Program. “A long marriage and raising kids are very relatable experiences for many people, yet they’re rarely written about. But it’s perfect material for a musical. Those endeavors are both emotional and complex, and – with some perspective – highly entertaining.”
Adds Ursetti, “It’s every composer’s dream to have performers like Jeff and Anne sing their music. They’re smart, funny, and deeply truthful performers. It’s a joy to watch them bring our songs to life.”
William Finn, two-time Tony Award winner and Artistic Producer of the Musical Theatre Lab at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret says, “Lauren and Danny are a sensational team. They write songs that are outrageous, wise, and honest. What they’re coming up with is always interesting and often thrilling. You take two really talented people and ask them to write a piece specifically for the cabaret, and get two extraordinary actors like Jeff and Anne to sing it – anyone who cares about the future of musical theatre would be well advised to see this.”
REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING stars Jeff Blumenkratz as Clay Cabbage and Anne L. Nathan as Anne Stein, with Musical Direction by Benji Goldsmith. The orchestra is Emily Chiu (violin, bells, guitar) and Jacob Fjeldheim (cello, keyboard), with student members of Barrington Stage Company’s Music Theatre Conservatory Ensemble serving as chorus.
About Mr. Finn’s Cabaret
Named for two-time Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist William Finn, Mr. Finn’s Cabaret is Barrington Stage Company’s 99-seat cabaret space, now in its 5th year of presenting work by established Broadway stars, cabaret artists, and up-and-coming musical theater performers.
For more information about Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, please visit https://barringtonstageco.org/MrFinns
About the REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING artists and creative team
Jeff Blumenkrantz (Clay Cabbage) – Broadway: INTO THE WOODS, THREEPENNY OPERA, DAMN YANKEES, HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS, A CLASS ACT, and BRIGHT STAR. Off-Broadway: MURDER FOR TWO (Lortel nomination), FOREVER PLAID, and THE GOLDEN APPLE, ANYONE CAN WHISTLE, and GOD BLESS YOU MR. ROSEWATER for City Center Encores. Regional work includes La Jolla Playhouse, Old Globe, Geffen Playhouse, Kennedy Center, Long Wharf, and Asolo. TV credits include The Detour, Difficult People, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Ugly Betty, Just Shoot Me, Caroline in the City, Will and Grace, Law & Order, and the PBS concert telecasts of CANDIDE and SWEENEY TODD. Film includes Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Big Sick, and The Thirteenth Floor.
Benji Goldsmith (Music Direction) – Musical Direction credits include The Yale Dramatic Association (THE DROWSY CHAPERONE, HAIR), Acting Manitou (SWEENEY TODD, 13, INTO THE WOODS, ANNIE, HAIR,) and the acapella groups The Yale Whiffenpoofs and The Duke’s Men of Yale – with whom he produced Busted (co-winner Recorded Acappella Review Board 2012 Best Album). Musicals include THE AVERAGE ACHIEVERS (Acting Manitou), SCORCHED (American Theatre of Actors), and SWAMPLANDIA!. He is a recipient of multiple ASCAP Foundation awards and Yale’s Beekman Canon ‘Friends of Music’ Prize. He holds a BA in Music from Yale, and an MFA from the Graduate Musical Theater Writing program at The Tisch School of the Arts, NYU.
Anne L. Nathan (Anne Stein) – Broadway: RAGTIME, IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, ONCE, SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE, ASSASSINS, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and CHICAGO. Off-Broadway: ONCE, WINGS, SWINGTIME, CANTEEN, MUSIC IN THE AIR, SUNDOWN, YELLOW MOON, TAMING OF THE SHREW, and ROAD SHOW. National tours: CHICAGO (Carbonell Award), LES MIS, and ASPECTS OF LOVE. Regional work includes Barrington Stage Co., Blue Heron, Huntington Theatre Co., La Jolla Playhouse, Kansas City Rep, George Street Playhouse, and Asolo. Film and TV credits include Baby Mama, King of California, The Good Wife, Dirt, Veronica Mars, What I Like About You, Bull, and Law & Order Trial by Jury, Law & Order Special Victims Unit, and Law & Order Criminal Intent. Other TV includes three Tony Award telecasts, Late Night With David Letterman, The Rosie O’Donnell Show, and The Today Show.
Lauren Taslitz (Book/Lyrics) – received her MFA in Musical Theater Writing from The Tisch School of the Arts, NYU in 2017. Her JOIN THE CLUB (co-bookwriter/lyricist) has been produced twice in Chicago, and AFTER THEY’VE GONE/EMPTYNESTERHOOD, with music by two-time Richard Rodgers Award winner Paul Libman, was presented in concert at NYTB at the Cell. YOU GAVE ME A SHEEP, with music by Emily Chiu, was awarded a staged reading by the National Asian Artists Project’s 2016 “Discover: New Musicals” series, and her 10-minute musical THE QUALMS was produced at Barrington Stage, where her songs were also featured in William Finn’s “Songs By” series. Her thesis project, THE QUANTIFICATION OF RELATIVE HUMAN INSIGNIFICANCE, with music by Jacob Fjeldheim, was a finalist for the Sigworks Musical Theater Lab. In addition to an MFA from Tisch, Lauren holds degrees from Princeton University, Harvard Law School and the Second City Writing Program.
Danny Ursetti (Music) – Musical theater composition includes I WANT TO EAT BRAINS (2016 Fresh Grind Festival), and the in-development works CHARLIE BUILDS A FLYING MACHINE TO THE AFTERLIFE, A GAME TO SAVE THE WORLD, and YOUR BRAND NEW INCURABLE DISEASE. Conducting work includes Asst. Conductor on The David Rose Centennial Recording, Principal Conductor on Remembering The Platters: Songs Of My Fathers for Capitol Records, and conducting an orchestral concert of his music and arrangements at Master’s College in California. He served as Music Assistant to William Finn on the Broadway revival of FALSETTOS, and his songs have been featured in Finn’s “Songs By” series at Barrington Stage. Film/TV credits include THE DRAKES! (composer, theme song), HILL’S IDEAL BALANCE PET FOOD (composer, music), GATCHAMAN (conductor/additional music), and THE ACTIVIST (orchestration). He received an MFA in Musical Theater Writing from The Tisch School of the Arts NYU in 2017, and holds a BFA with honors from California State University, Northridge School of Music.
About Barrington Stage Company
Barrington Stage Company is a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA. It was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and 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 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, Mark St. Germain’s FREUD’S LAST SESSION ran more than ten weeks on Stage 2 and 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 in 2012) played Off Broadway at the Westside Theatre in fall 2013. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical, ON THE TOWN, was originally produced at BSC in 2013. In 2014, it opened on Broadway with BSC as a co-producer, 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 2016, BSC produced three World Premieres; PRESTO CHANGE-O, BROADWAY BOUNTY HUNTER, and AMERICAN SON, which won the Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play.
Fact Sheet – REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING
Title: REGRETTING ALMOST EVERYTHING
Presented by: Barrington Stage Company at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret, as part of the 2017 “Artists on the Horizon” emerging artists series
Written by: Lauren Taslitz (book and lyrics), Danny Ursetti (music)
Music Direction by: Benji Goldsmith
Cast: Jeff Blumenkratz (Clay Cabbage) , Anne L. Nathan (Anne Stein)
Dates: Sunday August 6, and Monday August 7, 2017
Times: All performances 8:00pm
Approx Run Time: 75 minutes, with no intermission
Location: Mr. Finn’s Cabaret
36 Linden Street
Prices: $25 (General Admission only)
Box Office: Tickets available
Online at – https://barringtonstageco.org
In person at the box office – 30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA
By phone at – 413 236 8888