Guys and Dolls at Barrington Stage Company
Musical Opens Pittsfield Season June 22
By: Barrington - Nov 09, 2010
Barrington Stage Company, under the leadership of Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, will present the musicals Guys and Dolls and a new production of The Game as part of its summer 2011 Mainstage Season.
A Musical Fable of Broadway.
Guys and Dolls, the Tony Award-winning musical by Frank Loesser, Abe Burrows and Jo Swerling, based on characters and stories created by Damon Runyon, will open Barrington Stage Company’s 2011 Mainstage season from June 22 through July 16. Press Opening is Sunday, June 26 at 5pm.
Featuring one of the greatest musical scores in the history of the American theatre - “Luck Be a Lady,” “A Bushel and a Peck,” “I’ve Never Been in Love Before,” and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat,” "Guys and Dolls" tells the tale of Nathan Detroit, the organizer of the oldest established permanent floating crap game in New York, who bets fellow gambler Sky Masterson that he can't make the next girl he sees fall in love with him.
The original 1950 production of "Guys and Dolls" won eight Tonys in 1951, including Best Music and Lyrics. It also won a Tony for Best Revival for the 1992 production starring Faith Prince and Nathan Lane. The musical received international attention thanks to the 1955 MGM motion picture adaptation featuring Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons and Frank Sinatra.
Seduction. Betrayal. Revenge.
“The Game,” based on the 18th century scandalous novel “Les Liaisons Dangereuses,” returns to Barrington Stage where it received its world premiere in 2003 to critical raves and audience acclaim. Directed by Julianne Boyd, “The Game,” features a musical score by Megan Cavallari, and book and lyrics by Amy Powers and David Topchik. The show is inspired by the Cholderos de Laclos novel of aristocratic sexual games in 18th-century France.
Performances of “The Game” are from August 11 through August 29, with a press opening on Wednesday, August 17 at 7pm.
“Of all of the musicals we have done in our sixteen-year history, “The Game” has been the one most requested by our patrons to revive,” said Julianne Boyd in a prepared statement. “The Game” also marked the first world premiere musical produced at Barrington Stage.”
"Les Liaisons Dangereuses" caused a scandal when it was published in 1782; for many years, even after attempts to ban and destroy it, it remained one of the most sexually explicit books ever circulated, until the 20th century. Several film versions were made, including "Dangerous Liaisons" (with Glenn Close and John Malkovich) and "Valmont."
Christopher Hampton penned a popular stage version, using the book's French title that played London (a Royal Shakespeare Company production) and Broadway (and later regional theatres). It was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play in 1987. Lindsay Duncan and Alan Rickman were also Tony nominated for their leading performances.
A second Mainstage show, Stage 2 and Musical Theatre Lab season will be announced by January.
Affordable Theatre For All Continues In 2011.
BSC will once again offer the popular Pay What You Can Performances for each Mainstage and Stage 2 show during the summer season. Low-priced previews continue at $15 and $20 for the first two performances on the Mainstage and $15 on Stage 2. $15 tickets for youth 21 years and younger will be offered again for all performances except Saturday evenings. Single tickets will go on sale March 1, 2011. FlexPass subscriptions for the Mainstage and Stage 2 season are now available with no handling fees through December 31, 2010. Groups of 15 or more should contact Group Sales at 413 236-8888. For information on shows, FlexPasses and tickets call 413-236-8888 or www.barringtonstageco.org