Because of her illness, the July 22 performance at the Massachusetts venue was canceled. Broadway actress Christianne Tisdale (Beauty and the Beast, Triumph of Love), who is also currently in rehearsal for the Barrington production of the musical The Game, stepped into Abramovitz's role. Tisdale rehearsed five hours July 22, and performed July 23 and 24. She will continue through the end of the run.
The quirky new musical with book and lyrics by Sam Salmond and music by Will Aronson officially opened July 20 and is scheduled to continue through July 31 at BSC Stage 2 (36 Linden Street, Pittsfield). Adrienne Campbell-Holt directs.
The cast also features Taylor Trensch, Stanley Bahorek and Adam Monley.
Mormons, Mothers and Monsters is written by Mormon-reared librettist/lyricist Salmond. In the musical, according to Barrington notes, "a Mormon boy and his mother smile their way through three shattering divorces. As he grows, the boy hides under his bed-sheets, prays fervently and tries to figure out just who is responsible for his crappy, crappy life."
The production also features sets by Brian Prather, costumes by Paloma Young, lighting by Grant Yeager, sound by Ryan Peavey and music direction by Vadim Feichtner. Shakina Nayfack is the Drama League Directing Fellow; Rose Marie Packer is production stage manager.
Show times are Tuesday-Friday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 4 PM and 8 PM and Sunday at 3 PM.
Tickets are $15-$39 (all seats reserved) by calling (413) 236-8888, at the Barrington Stage box office (30 Union Street), or online at www.barringtonstageco.org.