Barrington Stage sets NYC benefit with Tommy Tune for October 13

Barrington Stage Company (BSC) will host its annual New York City Benefit, BSC In NYC, on Thursday, October 13, 2016 to celebrate the acclaimed BSC Musical Theatre Lab and honor its co-founder and Artistic Producer William Finn.

Tony Award winner Tommy Tune will serve as Honorary Chair of the event, and Eda Sorokoff is Benefit Committee Chair. The evening will begin at 5:30pm with a cocktail reception and informal Q&A with William Finn at ViceVersa Restaurant (325 West 51st Street) followed by the 8:00pm performance of the groundbreaking Tony Award-winning musical Falsettos, with music and lyrics by William Finn, book by William Finn and James Lapine, at the Walter Kerr Theatre (219 West 48th Street).

“We are thrilled to be honoring William Finn at BSC In NYC. Through the Musical Theatre Lab, Bill has helped countless composers and lyricists develop and refine their work to ready it for the stage,” said Artistic Director of Barrington Stage Company Julianne Boyd.

The Musical Theatre Lab was established in 2006 to provide artistic guidance and a supportive environment for promising musical writing teams. In its first ten years, the Musical Theatre Lab has produced 18 new musicals. Of these musicals, seven have moved on to New York or major theatres around the country. In 2016 the MTL produced two world premieres: Presto Change-O and Broadway Bounty Hunter, “an outrageously entertaining new musical” (Albany Times-Union) and “one heck of a 10th anniversary celebration” (Boston Globe).

“Musicals, when they are good, soar. But what seems effortless is only achieved through a painstaking, exacting developmental process that asks and answers the hardest questions about what any musical is meant to be. Few people understand the complexity of the process because they don’t see the work being developed. They don’t see the talent of the unproduced,” said William Finn, Co-Founder & Producer, BSC’s Musical Theatre Lab, who workshopped and premiered The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at BSC before it transferred to Broadway and won two Tony Awards.

Tickets for BSC In NYC begin at $350. All proceeds benefit BSC’s Musical Theatre Lab and New Works Initiative. RSVP by October 3 to ensure seating. For tickets and more information contact Janie LaBrasca at 413-997-6118 or jlabrasca@barringtonstageco.org.

Now playing on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage is a limited return engagement of American Son, which had its world premiere at BSC earlier this summer. American Son is written by award-winning playwright Christopher Demos-Brown, winner of the prestigious Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play of 2016, and stars Tamara Tunie (“Law and Order: SVU”) and Michael Hayden (Broadway’s Carousel). Julianne Boyd directs. American Son runs through September 25, 2016.

The remaining 2016 season also includes Love Letters by A.R Gurney, starring Debra Jo Rupp and Mark H. Dold, running September 22 through October 2, 2016; and Mark St. Germain’s Camping with Henry and Tom, the recipient of both the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Lucille Lortel Award, directed by Christopher Innvar and running October 5 through October 23, 2016.

Single tickets for all remaining productions are on-sale and available at www.barringtonstageco.org or by calling 413-236-8888 or visiting the Mainstage box office (30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201).

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