Berkshire Theatre Group’s “Fiorello!” moving to off-Broadway

A victorious "Fiorello!" with Austin Lombardi as the memorable Mayor. Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware.

A victorious “Fiorello!” with Austin Lombardi as the memorable Mayor. Photo by Emma Rothenberg-Ware.

Berkshire Theatre Group (BTG) and Artistic Director/CEO, Kate Maguire announce that due to critical acclaim and record breaking attendance, BTG’s production of the Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning musical, Fiorello! is moving to New York City. This is the first time Berkshire Theatre Group will be producing a show Off-Broadway. The current production, playing at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, is being directed by Robert Moss, the founder of Playwrights Horizons in New York City.

Bob Moss says, “Mayor La Guardia was long gone by the time I moved to New York, so I never lived under his tenure in City Hall. But the “Little Flower,” as he was called, lives on in memory. The music is toe-tappingly delightful, the characters are richly drawn and a story about good guys is desperately needed in today’s jaded and vitriolic politics. It’s great to be reminded, as the music lifts us aloft, that good can triumph over selfishness.”

The current staging of Fiorello! continues in the Berkshires until July 23, 2016 at the Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge. For ticket information and show times go to www.berkshiretheatregroup.org

When Classic Stage Company is not in season it rents out this 199-seat space to other productions not affiliated with the troupe.

When Classic Stage Company is not in season it rents out this 199-seat space to other productions not affiliated with the troupe.

Fiorello! had only one production on Broadway (with Tom Bosley in the title role), from 1959 to 1961, with occasional productions elsewhere. Most recently it had a limited run at City Center’s Encores! program in 2013.

The off Broadway revival will also be directed by Bob Moss, with choreography by Michael Callahan and music direction by Evan Zavada. It is slated for the East 13th Street Theater, located at 136 East 13th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues in the East Village near Union Square in Manhattan, New York City. The run is scheduled from September 2 to October 6, 2016. An announcement with further details will be made in the coming weeks.

Berkshire Theatre Group’s production of Fiorello! will continue its sold-out run at The Unicorn Theatre in Stockbridge, MA, until July 23.

Sometimes political shows in political years fall flat, but this one has such an air of hope to it.” –Kate Maguire

About the show: What is a progressive politic? Look no further than Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning Fiorello!. A big-hearted look at Mayor LaGuardia and his battle for the people of New York City. This charming production has music and lyrics by Tony Award-winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler On The Roof, She Loves Me) and book by Tony Award and Drama Desk-Winner George Abbott (The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees) and Jerome Weidman (Tenderloin).

Tammany Hall is in dire need of an honest leader, and Fiorello La Guardia is just the man for the job. Battling against the corrupt, political puppets of New York City, Fiorello vows to clean up the Big Apple. A man of the people, Fiorello must use his wit and charm to fight for the right of the citizens. Based on the real-life rise to power of Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, Fiorello! is one of only eight musicals to have been awarded the esteemed Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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