(Pittsfield, MA) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, announces the 2018 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 7th season with an eclectic mix of performers from June through September.
Mr. Finn’s Cabaret 2018 Season is sponsored by Renee & Steven Finn.
June 3 & 4 at 8:00pm
Ella in Concert
Jazz vocalist extraordinaire Tina Fabrique brings to Mr. Finn’s a musical journey through Ella Fitzgerald’s Great American Songbook – a celebration of the timeless music of Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, the Gershwins and more. One of the greatest interpreters of Ella Fitzgerald’s music you will ever hear. Sponsored by Shirley and Ira Yohalem. Tickets: $35.
June 17 & 18 at 8:00pm
New Songwriters Cabaret: Benji Goldsmith & Stefan Melnyk
Lies We Tell Ourselves
An evening of songs about how we lie to ourselves about…everything! Each song provides a piercing insight into these lies, but always with a wry sense of humor and a surprising twist. Stefan’s literary style and wit pair with the momentum and panache of Benji’s music to form a set of funny, striking, and even occasionally heartbreaking songs. Tickets: $20.
June 24 & 25 at 8:00pm
My Kinda Sixties
“Whether singing or dishing about his life or celebrities he has known, Charles Busch is always the epitome of entertainment and class.” – Cabaret Scenes.
Weaving tales of his Manhattan childhood and adolescence raised by his indomitable Aunt Lillian through the lens of the tumultuous decade of the 1960’s, Charles regales us with hilarious stories and songs from Broadway to Pop, featuring the work of Burt Bacharach, Jimmy Webb, the Beatles, Henry Mancini, Bob Dylan, Stephen Sondheim, and Kander and Ebb. Songs include “Two for the Road,” “Anyone Who Had a Heart” and “The Times They Are A-Changin’.” Tickets: $45; $60 VIP seating and post show reception/meet & greet.
July 2 at 9:30pm
2018 Music Theatre Conservatory:
Best of Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know, But Should
The best songs from Bill Finn’s Songs By Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know, But Should will be sung by ridiculously talented performers you probably don’t know but should. Tickets: $20.
July 3 at 9:30pm & July 4 at 8:00pm
David Lutken and The Seat of the Pants Band
Give Me Liberty, 2018
Back for the annual ‘4th of July American-a-rama’, with songs of Myth and Legend, History and Humor, Patriotism, Rebellion and Resistance—banjo, bass, mandolin, fiddle, dobro, harmonica and guitar. Stephen Foster, James Bland, Joe Hill, Jimmie Rodgers, Maybelle Carter, Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly and Pete Seeger, an American Folk Musical Mt. Rushmore. Come and sing along to America’s great music again. Sponsored by Sydelle & Lee Blatt. Tickets: $35.
July 8 & 9 at 8:00pm
Half Jew, All Guilt
Critics rave, … “can we just assign her all the comic female theatre leads in musical theatre!” Leslie Kritzer (BSC: Guys and Dolls, The Memory Show; Broadway: Sondheim on Sondheim, Legally Blonde, Something Rotten!) returns to Barrington Stage with another hilarious unapologetic evening of stories and songs about her life. She already feels guilty about it. Sponsored by The Gregory E. Bulger Foundation/Gregory Bulger and Richard Dix. Tickets: $35.
July 29 & 30 at 8:00pm
Jason Robert Brown
An Evening with Jason Robert Brown
For this unique performance, Tony Award-winning composer and lyricist Jason Robert Brown (Parade, The Bridges of Madison County, 13, The Last Five Years) will incorporate an eclectic mix of material, featuring music from throughout his acclaimed career, along with works from his new album How We React and How We Recover. Tickets: $35.
August 5 & 6 at 8:00pm
The Songs of William Finn
Tony Award nominee Brandon Uranowitz makes his debut at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret. Fresh off his acclaimed turn as Mendel in the Broadway revival of Falsettos, Uranowitz gets up close and personal with audiences while sharing songs by the one-and-only Tony Award-winning William Finn. Expect everything from In Trousers to Falsettos to A New Brain to Elegies and beyond, as Uranowitz lends his unstoppable talent to a selection of work from one of our greatest living Broadway writers. At turns hilarious and soaringly emotional, this is one evening you won’t want to miss. Sponsored by Arleen and Shelley Weiner. Tickets: $35.
August 19 & 20 at 8:00pm
A Cabaret with Marilyn Maye
We are thrilled to have one of the greatest nightclub singers of all time – Marilyn Maye – perform at Mr. Finn’s Cabaret. Rex Reed says it all: “Marilyn Maye has everything. She can belt, she can sing ballads with the kind of warmth that makes your heart smile. She has theatrical flair that captivates and enthralls, and jazz-spiced chops that can reach notes most singers a third her age can’t even hit in their dreams. She’s the real deal, the surviving artist of the American popular singer.” Sponsored by Eda and Stephen Sorokoff. Tickets: $50; $65 VIP seating and post show reception/meet & greet.
September 21 & 22 at 8:00pm
Wheels of a Dream
You saw him as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. in last season’s Ragtime. Now you can see him light up Mr. Finn’s Cabaret with his signature charm, style, and soaring vocals. From pop to classical to jazz and the blues, Abraham has something for everyone. Come and celebrate the final cabaret of the season! Sponsored by Cheryl and Michael Zaccaro. Tickets: $35.
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/mrfinns/.
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. In 2017, BSC won the Best of the Berkshires Reader’s Choice for Best Live Theatre.