(PITTSFIELD, Mass.) – Suzanne Vega — one of the most literate and poetic singer-songwriters of the rock era – will perform on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage at Barrington Stage Company on Friday, September 12, 2014, at 8pm.
Suzanne Vega is an American singer/songwriter of rare poetic genius. Her profound insight on the human experience has earned her followers of all ages and walks of life over a nearly 30 year career yielding critical acclaim and hit songs like “Luka,” “Tom’s Diner” and “Marlene On The Wall” among many others. Vega’s performance will include songs from her first new album in seven years – “Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles.”
Vega is also a folk-pop craftsman, with a string of radio-ready hits that began with “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” and have continued throughout her career, though “Book of Dreams,” “99.9F,” “(I’ll Never Be) Your Maggie May” and “Pornographer’s Dream.” She’s also as edgy an observer of New York City street life as Lou Reed, a committed music activist, and a towering figure of influence on the entire folk-pop scene since the early 1980s.
Vega is widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, emerging as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls.
Suzanne Vega is an artist that continues to surprise. In 2011 in New York City she premiered Carson McCullers Talks About Love, an original play written and performed by Vega with songs she wrote with Tony Award-winner Duncan Sheik (“Spring Awakening”). Vega has also embarked on a project to re-imagine her own songbook in a stripped down and intimate manner, creating 4 new thematic albums that were released over the course of 2010-2012 called the Close-Up series.
Vega continues to tour constantly, playing with artists as diverse as Moby and Bob Dylan. “Tales from the Realm of the Queen of Pentacles” was hailed by the Boston Globe as “a marvel of intelligent lyrics and folkish experimental textures.”
Regular priced tickets to Suzanne Vega are: $45-$35. For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 (or toll-free at 855-TIX-2BSC) or visit www.barringtonstageco.org.
VIP Tickets: BSC will host an Education Benefit in conjunction with the Suzanne Vega concert. VIP Benefit tickets are available for $150 and $75. The $150 VIP ticket includes a pre-show dinner, priority seating at the concert and a post-show VIP reception with Ms. Vega. The $75 VIP ticket includes reserved concert seating and a post-show VIP reception with Ms. Vega. Proceeds from the VIP tickets will benefit BSC’s Education programs for underserved youth. The Education Benefit is sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union. For ?VIP ticket information, call Janie LaBrasca at 413-997-6118.
Barrington Stage Company, a professional award-winning Equity regional theatre located in the heart of the Berkshires, in Pittsfield, MA, was co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd. Barrington Stage’s mission is three-fold: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways to bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it workshopped, and premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway, where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009/2010 Barrington Stage produced the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which later moved Off-Broadway and played for two years. St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth (which premiered at BSC as Dr. Ruth, All the Way in 2012) played Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre in fall 2013. Barrington Stage was voted “Best Live Theatre” by The Berkshire Eagle readers in 2011 and 2012 and was named “Best Theatre Company” in Metroland’s Best of the Capital Region 2009-2012.