Barrington Stage Company has announced initial casting for its 2016 season, which features two world-premiere musicals. The line-up includes Tony winner Michael Rupert (Falsettos, On The Town), Orange is the New Black star Annie Golden, Tony nominee Will Swenson (HAIR), Beautiful’s Jarrod Spector and Wicked’s Jenni Barber.
The season will kick off May 18 with the world premiere of Joel Waggoner and Eric Price's Presto Change-O. Helmed by Broadway director Marc Bruni with choreography by Chris Bailey, the new musical follows three generations of magicians in a story about family and magic. Joining Rupert, Spector and Barber, the cast also includes Tony nominee Barbara Walsh (Company), Lenny Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked) and Bob Walton (42nd Street). Performances are scheduled to run through June 11.
BSC’s second world-premiere musical will be Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams' Broadway Bounty Hunter, starring Golden in the lead role along with Jeff McCarthy (Chicago). Golden will star as a middle-aged, unemployed actor on a quest to capture Broadway’s most notorious criminal. Featuring an R&B and funk score, the musical is inspired by the Blaxpoitation films of the 1970’s. The new work features direction by Leah C. Gardiner and choreography by Jeffrey Page, with performances scheduled to run August 12-September 4.
BSC’s mainstage production will be a staging of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, revived by Tony-winning director John Rando and Emmy-winning choreographer Joshua Bergasse, the duo behind the most recent Broadway production of On the Town. The cast is set to feature Swenson as The Pirate King, along with Kyle Dean Massey (Pippin), Scarlett Strallen (Mary Poppins), David Garrison (Wicked), Jane Carr (A Gentleman’s Guide To Love and Murder) and Tony winner Phillip Boykin (On The Town). Performances are scheduled to run July 15-August 13.
Other casting announcements: Debra Jo Rupp (That 70’s Show) to star as the titular character in Kimberly Akimbo by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire; Tamara Tunie (Law and Order, Familiar) to star in the world premiere of American Son by award-winning playwright Christopher Demos-Brown; Joshua Castille (Spring Awakening) to star in Tribes by Nina Raine; and Rupp and Mark H. Dold (All My Children) to star in A.R. Gurney’s Pulitzer Prize finalist Love Letters.
For more information on the season and to purchase tickets, visit www.barringtonstageco.org or call (413) 236-8888.