(Pittsfield, MA – December 7, 2021) – Barrington Stage Company (BSC) (Julianne Boyd, Founder and Artistic Director) is pleased to announce that A Little Night Music, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by Hugh Wheeler, will be presented in the company’s 2022 season. The production will be choreographed by Robert La Fosse, musically directed by Darren R. Cohen, and directed by Ms. Boyd, who previously collaborated on the company’s acclaimed 2018 production of West Side Story.
The 2022 season also marks Ms. Boyd’s final season after 27 years as Artistic Director. Earlier this year, Ms. Boyd announced plans to retire following the completion of BSC’s 2022 season. The Board of Trustees is conducting a national search for her successor.
BSC has a long history of staging works by Stephen Sondheim, the great Broadway songwriter who died last month at the age of 91. Sondheim’s distinguished and singular career included such landmark shows as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and Passion, in addition to West Side Story and Gypsy, for which he contributed lyrics. BSC has previously staged A Little Night Music (1998), Company (2000, 2017), Follies (2005), West Side Story (2007, 2018), Sweeney Todd (2010) and Into the Woods (2019).
“A Little Night Music is my favorite Sondheim musical. I’ve been planning for months to have it as a centerpiece in my final season at BSC. The combination of love and foolishness, youthful angst and witty repartee, or as Hal Prince once described it, ‘all whipped cream and knives,’ is the perfect musical for a midsummer’s night,” commented Ms. Boyd, who previously directed the musical at BSC in 1998. “We hope our production will serve as a fitting tribute to and celebration of the genius of Stephen Sondheim.”
Sondheim’s 1973 masterpiece A Little Night Music, originally produced and directed on Broadway by Harold Prince, won six 1973 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score. Suggested by the film Smiles of a Summer Night by Ingmar Bergman, Sondheim’s lustrous score is written in variations of three-quarter time and features one of the songwriter’s most beloved and well-known songs, “Send in the Clowns.”
Production dates for A Little Night Music and additional shows for the 2022 season will be announced in coming weeks.
ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC’s mission is to produce top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to engage our community with vibrant, inclusive educational outreach programs.
BSC attracts over 60,000 patrons annually and has gained national recognition for its superior-quality productions and comprehensive educational programming, including the award-winning Playwright Mentoring Project, the Musical Theatre Conservatory, Youth Theatre, KidsAct! and other initiatives. The company has become integral to the economic revitalization of downtown Pittsfield.
BSC’s reputation for excellence began with a smash revival of Cabaret that moved to Boston in 1997 for an extended run. The theatre’s prominence grew with the world premiere of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee by William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin (BSC 2004; Broadway 2005-2008, winner of two Tony Awards). Other notable productions include the world premiere of Christopher Demos-Brown’s American Son (BSC 2016; Broadway 2018); Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session (BSC 2009; Off-Broadway 2010-2012); Leonard Bernstein, Comden & Green’s On the Town (BSC 2013; Broadway 2014, four Tony Award nominations); Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit (2017); and West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ centenaries (2018).
BSC develops and commissions new work with two programs: PlayWorks, which supports the creation of new plays, and the Musical Theatre Lab, which develops new musicals. Since 1995, BSC has produced 38 new works, 19 of which have moved to New York and major US regional theatres. Following the industry-wide shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, BSC was the first Equity theatre in the US to return to live performance with its critically acclaimed production of Harry Clarke, starring BSC Associate Artist Mark H. Dold and directed by Ms. Boyd.
The 2021 season, featuring a series of critically acclaimed indoor and outdoor productions, included Chester Bailey by Joseph Dougherty starring father and son Reed and Ephraim Birney, which won four Berkshire Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Play; Eleanor by Mark St. Germain and starring Tony Award winner Harriet Harris, who received a Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding Solo Performance; the world premiere of Sister Sorry by Alec Wilkinson; the revue Who Could Ask for Anything More? The Songs of George Gershwin and the world premiere of Boca, a collection of short comedies by Jessica Provenz. The season concluded with the world premiere of A Crossing: A Dance Musical, created in association with Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, choreographed by Joshua Bergasse and Alberto Lopez and directed by Bergasse, which won eight Berkshire Theatre Awards including Outstanding Production of a Musical.