B. D. Wong Launches Williamstown Theatre Fest in Musical Herringbone June 14

News   B. D. Wong Launches Williamstown Theatre Fest in Musical Herringbone June 14
Broadway and television star B. D. Wong stars in the one-man musical Herringbone, which kicks off the Williamstown Theatre Festival season June 14.
B.D. Wong
B.D. Wong

WTF artistic director Roger Rees directs the show, which plays on the Center Stage through June 24.

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."

Tickets are available by calling (413) 597-3400, at the Festival box office and through the website at wtfestival.org.


The Williamstown season at a glance follows:

Starring B.D. Wong
Book by Tom Cone, Music by Skip Kennon, Lyrics by Ellen Fitzhugh, Based on the play by Tom Cone
Directed by Roger Rees
June 14 – 24 Center Stage
"B.D. Wong stars as one of vaudeville's greatest child stars in this unconventional, hilarious and ultimately heart-breaking one-man musical."

Starring Daniel Gerroll and Alicia Witt
By Damian Lanigan – World Premiere
Directed by Amanda Charlton
June 27 – July 8 Nikos Stage
"Members of the Bradley String Quartet may have their artistic differences, but those issues pale when a rock star invades their classical comfort zone."

The Front Page
Starring Jason Butler Harner, Richard Kind and Wayne Knight
By Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur
Directed by Ron Daniels
July 4 – 15 Main Stage
"It's the hottest story since the Chicago Fire. And they're sitting on it!"

Villa America
Starring David Deblinger, Karl Kenzler, Jennifer Mudge and Chandler Williams
By Crispin Whittell – World Premiere
Directed by Crispin Whittell
July 11 – 22 Nikos Stage
"They migrated to France in the 1920's, and their names are still legend – Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Picasso – and at the center of their circle were Gerald and Sara Murphy."

Blithe Spirit
Starring Jessica Hecht and Wendie Malick
By Noel Coward
Directed by Maria Mileaf
July 18 – 29 Main Stage
"While conducting research for a new book, author Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth invite the local mystic, Madame Arcati, to hold a séance. The unfortunate result is that Charles' first wife Elvira is summoned from beyond the grave to rally all the powers of heaven and hell to darken Charles and Ruth's lives."

Party Come Here
Starring Hunter Foster, Malcolm Gets, Kaitlin Hopkins and Kate Reinders
Book by Daniel Goldfarb, music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum World Premiere
Directed by Christopher Ashley
July 25 – Aug. 5 Nikos Stage
"Part farce, part fable, Party Come Here is a musical comedy that promises a collision of cultures as tantalizing as the sexiest city in the world."

The Corn Is Green
Starring Becky Ann Baker, Dylan Baker, Kate Burton, and Ginnifer Goodwin By Emlyn Williams
Directed by Nicholas Martin
Aug. 1 – 12 Main Stage
"Shocked by conditions in a Welsh mining town, schoolteacher Lilly Moffat is hell-bent on offering the illiterate locals the fundamentals of a decent education."

The Physicists
Starring Rob Campbell and Roger Rees
By Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Translated by James Kirkup
Directed by Kevin O'Rourke
In Association with the Williams College Summer Theatre Lab
Aug. 7 – 18 Center Stage
"Three inmates at the Cherry Trees Sanatorium believe themselves to be Einstein, Newton and Möbius. Are they madmen? Murderers? Or exactly who they claim they are?"

Crimes of the Heart
Starring Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe and Kali Rocha
By Beth Henley
Directed by Kathleen Turner
Aug. 8 – 19 Nikos Stage
"Ancient feuds bubble to the surface when the Magrath sisters are forced to cope with the latest disaster to disrupt their lives.

The Autumn Garden
Starring Elizabeth Franz, Mamie Gummer, Jessica Hecht, John Benjamin Hickey, Allison Janney and Maryann Plunkett
By Lillian Hellman
Directed by David Jones
Aug. 15 – 26 Main Stage
"In a summer resort in 1949, seven friends confronting middle age assess the choices they have made and the lives they have led, clinging to the hope that they will once more be at peace."

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