Annie Golden, Jason Hite, Ben Platt, Harrison Chad, Will Roland and Sarah Cetrulo appear in a workshop production of The Black Suits, the musical by Joe Iconis and Robert Emmett Maddock, in the Barrington Stage Company Musical Theatre Lab series. Performances play Aug. 16-Sept. 2 in Pittsfield, MA.
Directed by John Simpkins and designed by Tony Award winners Derek McLane (set) and Paloma Young (costumes), the show has music and lyrics by Iconis and book by Iconis and Maddock.
The Black Suits "is a rock musical about a high school garage band on suburban Long Island trying to win the St. Anne's Battle of the Bands," according to BSC. "Two teens struggle to learn how to be real friends as the inevitability of adulthood threatens to pull them apart. A musical about dreams, blood, Pop Tarts, records, drug runs, blue hair and the transformative coolness of rock and roll music."
Making their BSC debuts in The Black Suits are Golden (Broadway's Xanadu and The Full Monty) as Mrs. Werring, Hite (Giant at Dallas Theatre Center) as John, Ben Platt (national tour of Caroline, or Change) as Chris, Chad (Caroline, Or Change) as Brandon, Roland as Nato and Sarah Cetrulo as Lisa.
The production team also includes lighting designer Jason Lyons, sound designer Brad Berridge, music director James Sampliner, production stage manager Kate J. Cudworth and associate producer Shakina Nayfack.
William Finn is artistic producer of The Black Suits. Performances play BSC's St. Germain Stage (formerly Stage 2), located on the upper level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield.
Iconis performed his Hell Raisers cabaret at BSC last summer and opened Mr. Finn's Cabaret in May with Joe Iconis & Family. He has been nominated for two Drama Desk Awards, a Lucille Lortel Award, and is the recipient of an Ed Kleban Award, a Jonathan Larson Award, and an ASCAP Harold Adamson Award. He is the author of Bloodsong of Love, ReWrite and Theaterworks USA's The Plant That Ate Dirty Socks and We The People. The original cast recording of Things To Ruin, his theatrical rock concert, is available on Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight records.