(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Continuing with its successful track record of opening its summer performance season with a classic Broadway musical, Barrington Stage Company will open its 2013 season next June with a production of the landmark Broadway musical On the Town, with music by Leonard Bernstein, book and lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, based on an idea by Jerome Robbins. On the other hand, Barrington Stage will chart new territory in August 2013 with a stating of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, the first Shakespeare production ever by the award-winning theater company.
A rare revival, On the Town introduced to Broadway the genius talents of Leonard Bernstein, Jerome Robbins and Betty Comden and Adolph Green. Set in 1944, On the Town is the story of three sailors on a 24-hour leave in New York City. Squeezed for time, they somehow manage to find love and incredible adventures in the Big Apple. Inspired by Jerome Robbins’ ballet, Fancy Free, On the Town includes such memorable musical numbers as “New York, New York,” “Lonely Town” and the hilarious “I Can Cook, Too” as well as the famed Coney Island Ballet.
In August at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, BSC will stage its first-ever Shakespeare play, Much Ado About Nothing. Directed by Julianne Boyd and starring BSC veteran actors Christopher Innvar, Gretchen Egolf and Mark H. Dold, Much Ado About Nothing is one of the greatest romantic comedies ever written. The dazzling love story between the headstrong Beatrice (Gretchen Egolf) and the confirmed bachelor Benedick (Christopher Innvar) – both always ready to do combat with a “merry war” of witty insults – is set against a darker story of intrigue and deceit as the machinations of Don John (Mark H. Dold), an illegitimate half-brother of the reigning Prince, unfold.
“Our love for musicals continues as we look forward to producing On The Town, one of the ‘dancing-est’ musicals ever written, with the rapturous music of Leonard Bernstein,” said artistic director Julianne Boyd in a prepared statement. “And we’re tremendously excited about presenting Much Ado, a play we’ve wanted to do for a long time. Now the stars are aligned, the actors are available and we’re moving ahead with an August production.”
For the 2013 Season, Barrington Stage is introducing the Premium Combo Pass, which includes seven shows for the price of five. This pass is the best value of the season and provides a savings of up to 31% off the 2013 single ticket price. Combo passes include front orchestra section A seating at all three shows at the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage on any date, including On the Town and Much Ado About Nothing, plus tickets to any date at all four St. Germain Stage shows (to be announced). Stand alone Mainstage Passes can also be purchased at this time and are available for a range of prices and seating sections. Passes for St. Germain Stage alone are not for sale at this time, but may be available at a later date.
Patrons who order a 2013 pass by October 31, 2012 will get early access to the best seats beginning January 1, 2013, and the $5 per pass handling fee will be waived.