One-Man Musical Herringbone with B. D. Wong Will Launch Williamstown Fest

News   One-Man Musical Herringbone with B. D. Wong Will Launch Williamstown Fest B. D. Wong will star in Herringbone, a one-man musical that will kick off this summer's Williamstown Theatre Festival season, beginning June 14.
B.D. Wong
B.D. Wong

Playing on the Center Stage, the musical will perform through June 24. WTF artistic director Roger Rees directs.

Herringbone centers on "the story of George, one of vaudeville's greatest child stars, who just happens to be possessed by the angry spirit of a tap-dancing dwarf," as production notes reveal.

Featuring a book by Tom Cone (based on his play), music by Skip Kennon and lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh, the work played Off-Broadway with David Rounds in 1982 and in Hartford with Joel Grey in 1993.

Darren Lee is the choreographer. Dan Lipton provides musical direction. The design team features Neil Patel (scenic), William Ivey Long (costumes), Frances Aronson (lighting) and Nick Borisjuk (sound).

Wong last appeared on Broadway in the 2004 revival of Pacific Overtures and at Williamstown in Chaucer In Rome. Television audiences may recognize him from his roles in the HBO series "OZ" and NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." The San Francisco-born actor made his Broadway debut in M. Butterfly — which earned him the Tony Award. He has also appeared onstage in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Shanghai Moon as well as on screen in "Jurassic Park," "The Salton Sea," "Seven Years in Tibet," "Father of the Bride" (and its sequel) and (in voice) on Disney's "Mulan." Rees, also an actor, has performed in A Man of No Importance, Trumbo as well as in Broadway's Uncle Vanya, The Rehearsal, Indiscretions and The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby — for which he received a Tony Award. The Welsh actor recently appeared on "Grey's Anatomy" and is also known for television roles on "Cheers" and "The West Wing."

The WTF season also includes Damian Lanigan's Dissonance starring Daniel Gerroll and Alicia Witt (June 27-July 8), Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur's The Front Page starring Richard Kind (July 4-15), Crispin Whittell's Villa America (July 11-22), Noel Coward's Blithe Spirit with Jessica Hecht (July 18-29), David Kirshenbaum and Daniel Goldfarb's Party Come Here with Hunter Foster, Malcolm Gets, Kaitlin Hopkins and Kate Reinders (July 25-Aug. 5), Emlyn Williams' The Corn Is Green starring Kate Burton (Aug. 1-12), James Kirkup's translation of Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Physicists starring Roger Rees (Aug. 7-18), Beth Henley's Crimes of the Heart with Sarah Paulson and Lily Rabe (Aug. 8-19) and Lillian Hellman's The Autumn Garden featuring Elizabeth Franz, Mamie Gummer, Allison Janney, Maryann Plunkett and Jay O. Sanders (Aug. 15-26).

Tickets go on sale June 1 by calling (413) 597-3400, at the Festival box office (June 4) and through the website at wtfestival.org.