Barrington Stage Company, the award-winning theatre in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has announced two productions for its 2018 season: the world premiere of The Royal Family of Broadway, a new musical comedy based on George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber's The Royal Family, and West Side Story, in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins' 100th birthdays.
The first comes from the Tony-winning creators of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee: composer William Finn (Falsettos) and book writer Rachel Sheinkin. The musical will begin previews June 7, 2018, prior to an official opening June 13 on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage. Directed by Tony winner John Rando and choreographed by Tony nominee Joshua Bergasse, performances will continue through June 30.
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.
West Side Story, helmed by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, will follow, playing July 27–August 26 with an official opening August 1. Tony nominee Robert La Fosse will choreograph the classic musical, which is based on a conception by Robbins and features a book by Arthur Laurents, music by Bernstein, and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim.
Season Passes are now on sale and available at BarringtonStageCo.org, by calling (413) 236-8888, or visiting the Mainstage box office (30 Union Street, Pittsfield). Single tickets will be available in March 2018.