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William Finn & Deborah Abramson's YOU'RE STANDING IN MY WAY Premieres Tonight at Barrington Stage Company


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, will present the premiere of You're Standing in My Way: A New Song Cycle by William Finn and Deborah Abramson, from tonight, August 14, through August 17 at Mr. Finn's Cabaret, located on the lower level of the Sydelle and Lee Blatt Performing Arts Center, 36 Linden Street, Pittsfield.

What are William Finn and Deborah Abramson up to these days? Bill has written some knock-down fabulous lyrics to Deborah's thrilling music. The results are funny harangues and skewed portraits in this brilliant new song cycle premiering at Barrington Stage.

You're Standing in My Way features Demond Green (BSC: Funked Up Fairy Tales, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee; Bway: Sister Act), Emily Walton (BSC: A Little More Alive), Rema Webb (Encores! A New Brain), Sally Wilfert (BSC: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), and Michael Winther (BSC: The Mysteries of Harris Burdick), along with Andre Goddard, Emily Reeves, Sara Kase, and Matthew Krob. Vadim Feichtner is the music director.

"It is tremendously exciting to be presenting a new group of fabulous songs by the ridiculously talented Tony-winning composer/lyricist William Finn and the equally talented Deborah Abramson," said Artistic Director Julianne Boyd.

Deborah Abramson At BSC, as music director: Elegies, The Burnt Part Boys. At BSC, as composer: Travels With My Discontent. Elsewhere, as composer: The History of War (with Amanda Yesnowitz and Chip Zien), Marco Polo (with Peter Mills), While I Wait (with Amanda Yesnowitz. Broadway, as Music Director or Associate: Matilda, Ghost, Spring Awakening and James Joyce's The Dead. Off-Broadway: The Glorious Ones, Bernarda Alba, Dessa Rose, and My Life with Albertine.

William Finn At BSC: Romance in Hard Times, 2014; created, workshopped and premiered The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee which moved to Broadway and won two Tony Awards, 2004, second production 2008; Falsettos, 2003. Under his mentorship, eight world premiere musicals and five workshops have been produced in the Musical Theatre Lab. He has written/composed In Trousers (L.A. Drama Critics Award), Falsettos (two Tony Awards: Best Book [with James Lapine] and Best Original Score), March of the Falsettos (Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Musical, L.A. Drama Critics Award),Falsettoland (two Drama Desk Awards and Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical), Romance in Hard Times (Public Theater), A New Brain (Lincoln Center/Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical) Elegies: A Song Cycle (Lincoln Center), and Little Miss Sunshine with James Lapine. He graduated from Williams College, where he was awarded the Hutchinson Fellowship in Musical Composition, and currently teaches a weekly master class at NYU's Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program.

Performances of You're Standing in My Way are tonight and tomorrow, August 14 and 15 at 9:30pm and August 16 and 17 at 8pm. Tickets: $45. Barrington Stage offers reserved seating for all cabaret performances at Mr. Finn's Cabaret. To purchase tickets or for more information, call the Barrington Stage Box Office at 413-236-8888 or visit

We love Sally Wilfert's voice too! Here she is singing a song from the songwriting team of Deborah Abramson and two time Tony Award winner William Finn. Their new song cycle will be featured at Mr. Finn's Cabaret on August 14-17! Get your tickets>>

Posted by Barrington Stage Company on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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