Berkshire Theatre Group Season Includes Jayne Atkinson, Noah Racey, Jackie Hoffman, Jill Eikenberry and More
By Adam Hetrick
The Berkshire Theatre Group's summer season will feature A Chorus Line, A Thousand Clowns and the premiere of Kelly Masterson's Edith, with appearances by Jayne Atkinson, Noah Racey, Jackie Hoffman, Jill Eikenberry and Dan Butler.
The season will launch with the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning dance musical A Chorus Line by Michael Bennett, Marvin Hamlisch, Edward Kleban, James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante. Eric Hill will direct, with choreography by Gerry McIntyre and musical direction by Steven Freeman, (running July 2-21).
Racey (Curtains, Never Gonna Dance) will play Zach, in a cast that also features Nili Bassman (Chicago, Never Gonna Dance) as Cassie, as well as Sara Andreas, Ashley Arcement, Matthew Bauman, Giovanni Bonaventura, Natalie Caruncho, Alex Chester, Chris Chianesi, Warren Curtis, Eddie Gutierrez, Andrew Hodge, Bryan Thomas Hunt, Julianne Katz, Tim McGarrigal, Neil Totton, Margaret Wild, Karley Willocks and Dana Winkle.
Kyle Fabel will stage Herb Gardner's A Thousand Clowns, featuring James Barry (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Jordan Gelber (All My Sons), Rachel Bay Jones (Women on the Verge...), Andrew Polk (The Accomplices), Russell Posner (Lost in Yonkers) and CJ Wilson (The Lady from Dubuque), (running July 16-28).
The premiere of Masterson's Edith, directed by Michael Sexton, will include Tony nominee Atkinson (Enchanted April, The Rainmaker), Butler (Twentieth Century, "Frasier"), Jack Gilpin (The Elephant Man), Walter Hudson (Welcome to the Club), Stephen Skybell (Pal Joey, Wicked) and Samantha Soule (The Philanthropist, Coram Boy), (running July 31-Aug. 11).
Tony Award winner James Naughton (Chicago, City of Angels) will direct the premiere of David Epstein's Brace Yourself, starring Eikenberry (Moonchildren, "L.A. Law"), Hoffman (The Addams Family, Xanadu), Keira Naughton (The Rivals), David Ross (Vengeance), Wrenn Schmidt (Temporal Powers) and Michael Tucker (The Goodbye People, "L.A. Law"), (running Aug. 14-25).
Gilles Segál's The Puppetmaster of Lodz, directed by Brian Roff, will include Joby Earle (War Horse), Julia Gibson (Stanley), Jesse Hinson and Lee Sellars (West Side Story, Talk Radio), (running June 21-July 7; Sept. 13-Oct. 7).
The Edward Kleban musical A Class Act, featuring a book by Linda Kline and Lonny Price, will be directed by Robert Moss, with musical direction by Mark Gionfriddo, (running July 10-Aug. 4).
The cast includes Rachael Balcanoff, Ross Baum, Marie Eife, Brian Scannell, Eddie Shields, Robbie Simpson, Tessa Hope Slovis and Anya Whelan-Smith.
Kyle Fabel will direct William Donnelly's Homestead Crossing, with cast members David Adkins (Next Fall), Ross Cowan, Corinna May (The Graduate) and Lesley Shires, (running Aug. 7-Sept. 1).
Tickets may be purchased in person at The Colonial Theatre box office at 111 South Street Pittsfield, MA, or by calling (413) 997-4444 or online at BerkshireTheatreGroup.org.
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