(Pittsfield, MA) — National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $80 million in grants as part of the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2018. Included in this announcement is an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Barrington Stage Company for The Royal Family of Broadway. The Art Works category is the NEA’s largest funding category and supports projects that focus on the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and/or the strengthening of communities through the arts.
Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, gratefully acknowledges a $10,000 Art Works Grant by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in support of BSC’s Boyd-Quinson Mainstage world premiere musical, The Royal Family of Broadway by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin (June 7 – July 7).
“We are honored to have received an NEA Art Works grant for our World Premiere musical, William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s The Royal Family of Broadway. This distinguished recognition by the NEA further supports our mission of developing new work, especially the most difficult of all, new musicals,” said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.
A brilliant musical comedy, The Royal Family of Broadway is a masterful love letter to the Great White Way. Set in the 1920s and loosely based on the legendary Barrymores, it centers around the Cavendish family of actors: an aging imperious grande dame, a Broadway star looking for love, a self-centered boozy leading man who has fled from Hollywood, and a promising ingénue – each having to make pivotal choices in their lives. Featuring Harriet Harris (BSC’s Sweeney Todd) and Will Swenson (BSC’s The Pirates of Penzance).
“The variety and quality of these projects speaks to the wealth of creativity and diversity in our country,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Through the work of organizations such as Barrington Stage in Pittsfield, MA, NEA funding invests in local communities, helping people celebrate the arts wherever they are.”
For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, visit arts.gov/news.
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, BSC premiered Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session which 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 2013. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical, On the Town, was originally produced at BSC in 2013. In 2014, it opened on Broadway 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 and produced the much-lauded revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit.