Quirky “Mormons, Mothers and Monsters” will get Barrington Stage Premiere

Will Aronson

Composer Will Aronson caught my attention last Labor Day with several songs from his work in process Mormons, Mothers and Monsters. Shown above are some of the thousands of Mormon missionaries, many of whom live conflicted lives that can provide great fodder for musical comedies. Conformity is not a natural state for the young.

Aronson debuted several of the songs for the proposed new musical at William Finn’s annual Labor Day revue of promising composers which took place just six months ago. It was mentioned over this past weekend’s V Day Cabaret performances, and is now officially on the Barrington Stage Company schedule, slated for a Stage 2 production July 14-31. The book and lyrics are by Sam Salmond, the music by Will Aronson. He has also written music with lyricist Bill Nelson.

It was two-time Tony winner William Finn who first spotted Aronson and included him in the annual Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don’t Know but Should. Here is what I wrote at the time:

The purpose of these annual songfests is to put a spotlight on up and coming composers and lyricists. To that end, two teams – Nikos Tsakalakos-Janet Allard (Pool Boy) and Will Aronson-Bill Nelson (All Male Revue) are becoming very popular with area audiences. A sneak peek into a new musical that Will Aronson and Sam Salmond are working on was a real treat, since its subject matter fascinates, revolving around the theme of Mormons, Mothers and Monsters. “God Made Everything Good” was sweet, while other songs chosen from the work in progress were slightly satiric or mildly acidic.

In a notice sent out to its ticket buyers earlier today, they made it official. Tickets go on sale tomorrow for the show which is “A quirky new comedy about a boy and his Mormon mother who smile their way through three shattering divorces. As he grows, the boy hides under the bed sheets, prays fervently and tries to figure out just who is responsible for his crappy, crappy life.”

Director and cast will follow. There is also one other opening on the Stage 2 schedule which is in the works and is likely to be announced later this month.

Performances are scheduled for July 14-31 on the following schedule: Tuesdays and Fridays at 7:30pm, Saturdays at 4pm and 8pm and Sundays at 3pm with an additional matinee on Thursday, July 28 at 3pm. Tickets are $15-39. The performances will all take place on Stage 2 located at 36 Linden Street in Pittsfield. Tickets can be had by calling the BSC Box Office at 413-236-8888 or online at www.barringtonstage.org. The winter Box Office is located at 58 Union Street (the Octagon House) in Pittsfield and is open Mon 10am-3pm and Tues-Fri 10am-5pm.

Mormons, Mothers and Monsters is a production of the Musical Theatre Lab which is sponsored in part by Elayne Bernstein and Sol Schwartz and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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