Barrington Announces Presto Change-O and Broadway Bounty Hunter World Premieres

News   Barrington Announces Presto Change-O and Broadway Bounty Hunter World Premieres
 
Pittsfield's Barrington Stage Company has announced that its 2016 season will include two world premiere musicals: Joel Waggoner and Eric Price's Presto Change-O and Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams' Broadway Bounty Hunter.

Helmed by Marc Bruni of Broadway's Beautiful The Carole King Musical, Waggoner and Price's Presto Change-O will follow three generations of magicians in a story about family and magic. Performances are set to begin in May. 

Jonathan Larson Award-winning composer Iconis will debut his newest work – about a 60-year-old unemployed actor and her quest to capture Broadway's biggest criminal – under the direction of Leah Gardiner. Featuring an R&B and funk score, and a book co-written by Williams and Rubin, performances are slated to begin in August.

In addition to the premiere musical theatre works, BSC will present the world premiere of American Son, a play by Christopher Demos-Brown, directed by Julianne Boyd.

Other highlights of the season include the company's staging of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzancerevived 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 complete season line-up, as billed by BSC, is outlined below:  In the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage will be: 

American Son
By Christopher Demos-Brown
Directed by Julianne Boyd
Previews begin June 17
Opens June 22, running through July 9

When a recently estranged biracial couple is called into a police station after their son's car is found, their differing views on parenting boil to the surface. This timely and thought-provoking new play tackles issues of race, bias, and culture in present-day America.

Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance
Directed by John Rando 
Choreographed by Joshua Bergasse 
Previews begin July 15
Opens July 20, running through Aug. 13

Twenty-one year-old innocent Frederic, born on Leap Year, falls madly in love with Mabel, the simple but beautiful daughter of the fast talking Major General.  Love isn’t easy as they find themselves surrounded by a host of raucous characters, including a band of incompetent but fun-loving pirates and a group of bumbling policemen.

Tribes
By Nina Raine
Directed by Jenn Thompson
Previews begin Aug. 18
Opens August 21, running through Sept. 3

Billy was born deaf into a fiercely idiosyncratic and politically incorrect family. While he has adapted brilliantly to his family's unconventional ways, they've never bothered to return the favor. It's not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to “speak up” for himself.

Camping With Henry and Tom
By Mark St. Germain
Previews begin Oct. 5
Opens Oct. 9, running through Oct. 23

In 1921, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and President Warren G. Harding took a camping trip together into the Maryland woods to escape civilization; what they couldn't escape was each other. Inspired by an actual event, Camping with Henry and Tom is an exploration of friendship, politics and leadership—a comedic and dramatic clash of two great minds and one great heart of the twentieth century.


In the Germain Stage will be: 

Presto Change-O
Music by Joel Waggoner
Book and lyrics by Eric Price
Directed by Marc Bruni 
Previews begin May 18
Opens May 25, running through June 11

This new musical tells the story of three generations of magicians who find themselves under one roof for the first time in years. When the grandfather patriarch starts causing real magic to happen, they must confront their past mistakes and re-examine what it means to be a family.

Kimberly Akimbo
By David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Rob Ruggiero
Previews begin June 16
Opens June 19, running through July 9

Set in the wilds of suburban New Jersey, Kimberly Akimbo is about a teenager with a rare condition causing her body to age faster than normal. When she and her family flee Secaucus under dubious circumstances, Kimberly is forced to reevaluate her life while contending with a hypochondriac mother, a rarely sober father, a scam-artist aunt, her own mortality and, most terrifying of all, the possibility of first love.

Broadway Bounty Hunter
Music and lyrics by Joe Iconis
Book by Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin, and Jason SweetTooth Williams
Directed by Leah Gardiner
Previews begin Aug. 12
Opens Aug.19, running through Sept. 3

Inspired by the Blaxploitation movies of 1970’s (think Shaft), this new musical follows 60-year-old unemployed actor Annie (“a woman of a certain age”) as she’s asked to become a bounty hunter and capture one of the most dangerous criminals alive. With a score rich with R&B and Funk (and a splash of 80’s Rock ‘n’ Roll), the musical follows Annie as she tries to find the inner-strength she needs to save theater itself and realize her true badass identity.

An additional production, as well as casting and further creative teams, will be announced at a later date. For more information visit Barringtonstageco.org.

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