Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theatre in Pittsfield, MA, will host its annual New York City Benefit, BSC In NYC, October 13 at ViceVersa Restaurant (325 West 51st Street) to celebrate the company's 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 5:30 PM with a cocktail reception and an informal Q&A with Finn at ViceVersa followed by the 8 PM performance of the Broadway revival of the Tony-winning musical Falsettos, which features music and lyrics by Finn and a book by Finn and James Lapine, at the Walter Kerr Theatre.
“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 Julianne Boyd in a statement.
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.
“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 Finn, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watch performances from the recent media day for the Broadway revival of Falsettos: