(Pittsfield, MA–April 27, 2023) – Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is pleased to announce full casting for the world premiere of Mark St. Germain’s new play The Happiest Man on Earth(May 24-June 17) and a new production of the legendary Kander & Ebb musical Cabaret (June 14-July 8).
Kenneth Tigar (Broadway: Fish in the Dark; Amazon Prime: “The Man in the High Castle;” The Post, Lethal Weapon 2 & 3) will star as Holocaust survivor Eddie Jaku in The Happiest Man on Earth, based on his extraordinary 2020 memoir of the same name, published when Jaku was 100 years old.
Directed by Ron Lagomarsino (BSC: Chester Bailey), The Happiest Man on Earth opens the 2023 St. Germain Stage season. The production features scenic design by James Noone, costume design by Johanna Pan, lighting design by María-Cristina Fusté, and sound design by Brendan Aanes. The Production Stage Manager is Leslie Sears.
Joining previously announced Cabaret cast members Krysta Rodriguez, Alysha Umphress, and Richard Kline are Nik Alexander (Broadway: Ain’t No Mo’, Motown the Musical; Hamilton 2nd National Tour)as the Emcee, Dan Amboyer (“Younger,” “Uncoupled,” “William & Katherine: A Royal Romance”) as Cliff Bradshaw, Candy Buckley (Broadway: Roundabout Theater Company’s 1998 Cabaret revival, Thoroughly Modern Millie; Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shrew) as Fraulein Schneider, and Tom Story (Berkshire Theatre Group: Arsenic and Old Lace, Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You and The Actor’s Nightmare; Signature Theatre VA: An Act of God) as Ernst Ludwig. The ensemble cast features Julia Harnett, Kimberly Hudman, Evan Kinnane, Lina Lee, Charles Mayhew Miller, Ryland Marbutt, Fred Odgaard, and Tiffany Topol.
With a book byJoe Masteroff, John Kander & Fred Ebb’s Tony Award-winning musical Cabaret will open the Boyd-Quinson Stage season in new production directed by BSC Artistic Director Alan Paul and choreographed by Katie Spelman. The production also features music direction by Angela Steiner, scenic design by Wilson Chin, costume design by Rodrigo Muñoz, lighting design by Philip Rosenberg, sound design by Ken Travis, and wig design by Mary Martin. The Production Stage Manager is Jason Brouillard.
As previously announced, the Boyd-Quinson Stage season also includes a revival of Blues for an Alabama Sky (July 18-August 5) by Pearl Cleage, directed by Candis C. Jones, followed by BSC Associate Artist and Tony Award winner William Finn’s A New Brain (August 16-September 9), produced in association with Williamstown Theatre Festival. The musical is co-written by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner James Lapine and directed by BSC Associate Artist Joe Calarco, with music direction by Vadim Feichtner. The final production will be Steinberg Playwright Award winner Sanaz Toossi’s Lucille Lortel and Obie Award-winning play English (September 27-October 15).
The St. Germain Stage season also includes Mike Lew’s tiny father (June 25-July 22), a co-world premiere play produced by Chautauqua Theater Company and BSC, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel. The season concludes with a revival of Brian Friel’s Faith Healer (August 1-27), directed by Julianne Boyd and starring BSC Associate Artists Christopher Innvar, Mark H. Dold and Gretchen Egolf.
BSC casting is by McCorkle Casting (Pat McCorkle, CSA; Rebecca Weiss, CSA).
Please call the Box Office for more information at 413-236-8888 or visit www.BarringtonStageCo.org/Tickets.
ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY
Barrington Stage Company (BSC), under the leadership of Artistic Director Alan Paul and Managing Director Meredith Lynsey Schade, is an award-winning theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by 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. Alan Paul succeeded Ms. Boyd as the company’s Artistic Director in 2022.
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 45 new works, 22 of which have moved to New York and major US regional theatres.
The Happiest Man on Earth
By Mark St. Germain
Based on the memoir of the same name by Eddie Jaku
Starring Kenneth Tigar
Scenic Design by James Noone
Costume Design by Johanna Pan
Lighting Design by María-Cristina Fusté
Sound Design by Brendan Aanes
Production Stage Manager Leslie Sears
Directed by Ron Lagomarsino
May 24-June 17
Opening Night: Sunday, May 28
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and Stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander
Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Scenic Design by Wilson Chin
Costume Design by Rodrigo Muñoz
Lighting Design by Philip Rosenberg
Sound Design by Ken Travis
Wig Design by Mary Martin
Production Stage Manager Jason Brouillard
Musical Direction by Angela Steiner
Choreography by Katie Spelman
Directed by Alan Paul
June 14- July 8
Opening Night: Sunday, June 18
Ticket Information: Barringtonstageco.org/Tickets