Harriet Harris, Will Swenson, Laura Michelle Kelly, More Star in Barrington’s The Royal Family, Opening June 13

Regional News   Harriet Harris, Will Swenson, Laura Michelle Kelly, More Star in Barrington’s The Royal Family, Opening June 13
The William Finn-Rachel Sheinkin musical is making its world premiere at the Massachusetts venue.
Harriet Harris in <i>The Royal Family of Broadway</i>
Harriet Harris in The Royal Family of Broadway Daniel Rader

A host of Broadway favorites populate Barrington Stage Company's world premiere of The Royal Family of Broadway, a new musical comedy based on George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's The Royal Family, which officially opens June 13 following previews that began June 7 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage.

Will Swenson Marc J. Franklin

The new musical comes from the Tony-winning creators of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: composer William Finn (Falsettos) and book writer Rachel Sheinkin. Directed by Tony winner John Rando and choreographed by Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse, performances continue through July 7.

The company is headed by Arnie Burton (Machinal) as Bert, Kathy Fitzgerald (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Kitty Dean, Alan H. Green (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Gil, Tony Award winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Fanny, Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins) as Julie, Hayley Podschun (Hello, Dolly!) as Gwen, AJ Shively (Bright Star) as Perry, Tony nominee Will Swenson (Waitress) as Tony, and Chip Zien (Falsettos) as Oscar.

The ensemble includes Holly Ann Butler, Michelle Carter, Tim Fuchs, Tyler Johnson-Campion, Tyler Matthew Roberts, and Jake Vacanti.


The musical has been long been in development, dating back to a February 2000 workshop. Finn had previously worked with librettists James Lapine (his Falsettos and A New Brain collaborator) and Richard Greenberg.

The Royal Family of Broadway is set in the 1920s and concerns the Cavendishes, who are loosely based on the legendary Barrymore family. The musical centers on three generations of actors: a grande dame, a lovelorn Broadway star, a boozing and Hollywood-bound leading man, and a promising ingénue.

For more information, visit BarringtonStageCo.org.

(Updated June 13, 2018)

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