Will Swenson, Scarlett Strallen, Kyle Dean Massey & More Set for Barrington Stage Company's Summer Season!

Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd and Managing Director Tristan Wilson, is proud to announce initial casting for the 2016 season.

The world premiere new musical Presto Change-O will star Tony Award winner Michael Rupert (Broadway's Falsettos, On The Town) as "Lance," Tony Award nominee Jarrod Spector(Broadway's Beautiful The Carole King Musical) as "Michael," Jenni Barber (Broadway's Wicked) as "Tina," Tony Award nominee Barbara Walsh (Broadway's Company) as "Mary," Lenny Wolpe (Broadway's The Drowsy Chaperone, Wicked) as "Sheldon," and Bob Walton (Broadway's 42nd Street) as "Arthur." Presto Change-O features a book and lyrics by Eric Price, music byJoel Waggoner, choreography by Chris Bailey, and direction by Marc Bruni of Broadway's Beautiful The Carole King Musical. Performances begin May 18, 2016, with an opening night set for May 25, and closing on June 11, 2016.

Debra Jo Rupp ("That 70's Show") will star as the titular character in Kimberly Akimbo by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, which begins performances June 16, 2016, opens June 19, and runs through July 9, 2016.

Tamara Tunie ("Law and Order") will star as "Kendra Ellis-Connor" in the world premiere of American Son by award-winning playwright Christopher Demos-Brown, winner of the prestigious Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play of 2016. American Son begins previews June 17, 2016, opens June 22, and runs through July 9, 2016.

Starring in Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance is Tony Award nominee Will Swenson (Broadway's HAIR) as "The Pirate King," Scarlett Strallen (Broadway's Mary Poppins) as "Mabel," Kyle Dean Massey (Broadway's Pippin, Next To Normal) as "Frederic," Tony Award nominee David Garrison (Broadway's Wicked) as "The Modern Major General," Jane Carr(Broadway's A Gentleman's Guide To Love and Murder) as "Ruth," and Tony Award winner Phillip Boykin (Broadway's Gershwins' Porgy and Bess, On The Town) as "Samuel." Choreographed by Emmy Award winner Joshua Bergasse, and directed by Tony Award winner John Rando, the team behind the acclaimed and Tony Award nominated Broadway revival of ON THE TOWN, Gilbert & Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance begins performances July 15, 2016, opens July 20, and runs through August 13, 2016.

SAG Award winner Annie Golden ("Orange is the New Black") stars as "Annie Golden" and Jeff McCarthy (Broadway's Chicago, Urinetown) as "Mac Roundtree" in the world premiere of Jonathan Larson Award winning composer Joe Iconis's Broadway Bounty Hunter, featuring a book by Joe Iconis, Lance Rubin and Jason SweetTooth Williams, choreography by Jeffrey Page, and direction by Leah C. Gardiner. Broadway Bounty Hunter begins performances August 12, 2016, with an opening night set for August 19, and runs through September 4, 2016.

Joshua Castille (Broadway's Spring Awakening) will star as "Billy" in the acclaimed Drama Desk Award winning play Tribes by Nina Raine. Previews for Tribes begin August 18, 2016, with an opening night set for August 21, and running through September 3, 2016.

Rupp and Mark H. Dold ("All My Children") will star as "Melissa Gardner" and "Andrew Makepeace Ladd III" respectively in Pulitzer Prize finalist Love Letters, written by A.R. Gurney.Performances for Love Letters begin September 22, 2016, with opening night set for September 23, running through October 2, 2016.

The 2016 Barrington season will also include Peerless by Jiehae Park (Hannah and the Dread Gazebo, Wondrous Strange), and directed by Louisa Proske (Engagements), direct from its world premiere at Yale Rep. Peerless begins previews July 21, 2016, with an opening night set for July 24, and runs through August 6, 2016. Mark St. Germain's Camping with Henry and Tom, the recipient of both the Outer Critics Circle Award and the Lucille Lortel Award, will begin performances October 5, 2016, opens October 9, and will run through October 23, 2016.

The 2016 Boyd-Quinson Mainstage season will begin on June 10 and 11, 2016 with Songs by Ridiculously Talented Composers and Lyricists You Probably Don't Know, But Should..., hosted by Tony Award winner William Finn. BSC also recently announced the 2016 lineup for its nightlife hotspot, Mr. Finn's Cabaret, named after the composer/lyricist. Among the performers scheduled to perform are Tony Award winner Donna McKechnie, Leslie Kritzer, and Christina Bianco.

In addition to the theatrical productions, BSC recently announced two special one-night-only performances for the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. On Monday, July 25, 2016 at 8pm, Ann Hampton Callaway and Amanda McBroom will appear in Divalicious, accompanied by Michele Brourman; and on Monday, August 8, 2016 at 8pm, married stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley return to BSC in Broadway and Beyond: Reprise Edition after their tremendously successful concert at BSC last summer.

Additional casting and creative team for all productions will be announced shortly.

Performance schedules for all productions are available by visiting www.barringtonstageco.org.

Both single tickets and 2016 season passes are now on-sale and available at www.barringtonstageco.org or by calling 413-236-8888 or visiting the MainStage box office (30 Union Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201). Tickets range from $25 to $69.

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 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. BSC's all-time record-breaking musical, On the Town, originally presented in 2013, opened on Broadway in 2014 with BSC as a co-producer, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. 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.

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