Barrington Stage Company's Mr. Finn's Cabaret series continues July 6-7 at BSC’s Blatt Center with The Niko Songbook, featuring the songs of composer-lyricist Niko Tsakalakos.
The 9:30 PM performances feature Jeremy Morse (BSC’s Joe Iconis & Family; Drama Desk nominee Bloodsong of Love), Cassie Slater (BSC’s See Rock City) and Shaina Taub (TheatreWorks Seussical national tour).
The band includes Salomon Lerner (music director/piano), Nikos Tsakalakos (guitar) and Christos Tsakalakos (bass).
Audiences can expect to hear original songs by Niko Tsakalakos and his collaborators: Janet Allard, Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, Angelique Mouyis, Jess DiGiacinto and Jennifer Stafford.
Niko Tsakalakos is a composer-lyricist whose production credits include Pool Boy (NYC premiere at NYU Steinhardt, 2012; Barrington Stage Company [BSC], 2010), Litter (American Conservatory Theatre, 2011), Duck for President (TheatreworksUSA, 2010–2012), Driving West (Ars Nova reading, 2011), Songs of a Night Owl (Ars Nova, 2009; BSC, 2008) and Late Nite with Niko (BSC, 2007). His original scores include Rock, Paper, Scissors: The Way of the Tosser (Alliance Films, 2007). He is a two-time recipient of UCLA Barry Manilow Scholarship, sponsored by Barry Manilow and Concord Records, for “excellence in the art and craft of lyric writing.” He is an inaugural artist of the Rhinebeck Writers Retreat. He received his M.F.A. in musical theatre writing from New York University in 2008.
Blatt Center is located at 36 Linden Street in Pittsfield. Admission is $15. For more information, visit barringtonstageco.org.