Barrington Will Stage West Side Story, Shaffer and Chekhov in 2007

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Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield, MA, will open its 2007 summer season June 13 with a 50th anniversary production of West Side Story, artistic director Julianne Boyd announced Dec. 8.

The summer Mainstage season will also include Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy (director to be announced) and Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya (directed by Boyd, who will also stage West Side Story).

By the summer season, the company's fully renovated theatre at 30 Union Street in Pittsfield will be ready for action: Barrington will complete renovation of its 520-seat venue in April 2007 and reopen in June with a new mezzanine. The renovation makes it possible for BSC to reach a wider audience, with the addition of 220 mezzanine seats.

The summer lineup is preceded by a Stage II season of the comedy Fully Committed (Feb. 7-18, 2007) by Becky Mode (directed by Andrew Volkoff) at The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, followed by Jeffrey Hatcher's A Picasso (May 9-27, 2007) at a venue to be announced.

The BSC Musical Theatre Lab's Stage II summer productions will be announced in February. The program develops new works under the guidance of Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist William Finn.

The BSC Youth Theatre (at First Congregational Church, 27 East Street, Pittsfield, MA) will present Disney's High School Musical July 11-Aug. 12, 2007. Due to the demand for tickets, West Side Story will run five weeks (instead of four), launching the season one week earlier than usual.

Single tickets can be purchased with FlexPass subscriptions orders beginning Jan. 2, 2007. The box office will be open for all single ticket orders March 5, 2007. Here's the BC 2007 rundown:

  • June 13-July 14: West Side Story, the famed groundbreaking musical that re-sets "Romeo and Juliet" in the gang-infested streets of Manhattan. Book by Arthur Laurents, music by Leonard Bernstein, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
  • July 19-Aug. 4, 2007: Peter Shaffer's Black Comedy, the farce set during a power outage, from the author of Amadeus and Equus.
  • Aug. 9-26, 2007: Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov. The Russian masterpiece about dashed dreams and unrequited love. For more information, including special offers, including discounts for children and students, visit www.barringtonstageco.org.

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    Barrington Stage Company, a professional Equity theatre, located in the heart of the Berkshires, was co-founded in 1995 by artistic director Julianne Boyd. BSC's mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre. BSC earned national attention with William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin's Tony Award-winning musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which began as a workshop at BSC in February 2004, was produced in its world premiere to critical acclaim that summer season, prior to its move to Off-Broadway and Broadway (with some new creative team members attached).

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