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My View: John Rando To Be Honored by Barrington Stage Co. Friars Club Event

My View: John Rando To Be Honored by Barrington Stage Co. Friars Club Event

BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY TO CELEBRATE

TONY AWARD WINNER

JOHN RANDO

AT ANNUAL BENEFIT EVENT

BSC/NYC

HOSTED BY

ROGER BART & HARRIET HARRIS

WITH PERFORMANCES AND TRIBUTES BY

CLYDE ALVES, ARNIE BURTON, JANET DACAL,

WILLIAM FINN, DAVID GARRISON, DAVID IVES,

DANIEL MARCUS, JEFF McCARTHY, JILL PAICE, ELIZABETH STANLEY, SCARLETT STRALLEN,

WILL SWENSON & MORE

The Event is chaired by Eda Sorokoff, Jamie deRoy, co-chair, Rosita Sarnoff, co-chair Clara Londoner, co, chair

HONORARY CHAIRS

THE ARACA GROUP

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2018

AT THE FRIARS CLUB

(New York – November 16, 2018) Barrington Stage Company (BSC), the award-winning theatre in Downtown Pittsfield, MA, under the leadership of Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, will host its annual New York City Benefit, BSC/NYC, on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, to honor director and BSC Associate Artist John Rando with the William Finn Award for Innovation and Excellence in Musical Theatre. This one-night only cabaret will take place at the Friars Club (57 East 55th Street).

Barrington Stage celebrates John Rando for his extraordinary talent and his contributions to BSC. John has directed two of the most popular musicals in BSC history, The Pirates of Penzance and On the Town, which transferred to Broadway and received four Tony Award nominations, including Best Director. At BSC, John also directed The Royal Family of Broadway and Guys and Dolls and on Broadway, he won a Tony Award for his direction of Urinetown, The Musical.


“I am deeply humbled and grateful to the Barrington Stage Company to be selected as the 2018 honoree of the William Finn Award for Excellence In The Musical Theatre,” said honoree John Rando. “Between Barrington Stage’s commitment to developing new musical works, as manifest with its New Work Initiative, and its unparalleled practice of brilliantly reviving the classics of the musical theater, BSC provides a wonderful home to writers, composers, performers and directors alike. And frankly, I am simply honored to be a member of the BSC family.”

The Araca Group will serve as Honorary Chairs of the event. The evening will begin at 6:00pm with a cocktail reception followed by a 7:30pm cabaret hosted by Tony Award winners Roger Bart (Broadway’s You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown) and Harriet Harris (BSC’s The Royal Family of Broadway, Broadway’s Thoroughly Modern Millie) and featuring performances and tributes by some of Broadway and Barrington’s most beloved stars, including Clyde Alves (BSC & Broadway’s On the Town), Arnie Burton (BSC’s The Royal Family of Broadway, Broadway’s Machinal), Janet Dacal (Paper Mill Playhouse’s The Sting), William Finn (BSC’s The Royal Family of Broadway, BSC & Broadway’s The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee), David Garrison (BSC’s The Pirates of Penzance, Broadway’s The Visit), David Ives (Lives of the Saints), Daniel Marcus (Broadway’s Urinetown), Jeff McCarthy (BSC’s Kunstler, Broadway’s Urinetown), Jill Paice (The New Group’s Jerry Springer: The Opera), Elizabeth Stanley (BSC & Broadway’s On the Town),  Scarlett Strallen (BSC’s The Pirates of Penzance, Broadway’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Will Swenson (BSC’s The Pirates of Penzance & The Royal Family of Broadway, Broadway’s Waitress) and more. The evening will feature musical direction by BSC Associate Artist Darren R. Cohen (BSC’s West Side Story & The Pirates of Penzance).

Tickets for BSC/NYC begin at $400. All proceeds benefit BSC’s New Works Initiative. For tickets and more information contact Jessica Provenz at 413-997-6110 or jprovenz@barringtonstageco.org.

ABOUT THE NEW WORKS INITIATIVE

BSC believes that new work is the heart and soul of theatre. If theatre is to thrive and create meaningful and new experiences for audiences, then it is vital to support playwrights and their visions of the world we live in. BSC has enjoyed great success with several new works, including: The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Freud’s Last Session, Dr. Ruth–All the Way, Dancing Lessons, American Son, Broadway Bounty Hunter, The Royal Family of Broadway, The Chinese Lady and Well Intentioned White People.

Barrington Stage Company recently announced three productions for their upcoming 25th season – Into the Woods, the musical classic by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine; the world premiere new musical Fall Springs, by Niko Tsakalakos and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb; and Gertrude and Claudius, a new play by Mark St. Germain.

 

Presented on the Boyd-Quinson Mainstage, Into the Woods features music and lyrics by 13-time Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim, a book by James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George) and was originally directed on Broadway by James Lapine. Musical direction is by BSC Associate Artist Darren R. Cohen (BSC’s West Side Story) with direction by BSC Associate Artist Joe Calarco (BSC’s Ragtime).

BSC’s 2019 Season will also include the world premiere of the musical Fall Springs, featuring music and lyrics by Niko Tsakalakos (BSC’s Pool Boy), book and lyrics by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb (Boom) 

and direction by Stephen Brackett (Be More Chill).  

In 2019 Barrington Stage will also present a new play by BSC Associate Artist Mark St. Germain (Dancing Lessons, Freud’s Last Session), Gertrude and Claudius, based on the novel by John Updike, featuring direction by Julianne Boyd (BSC’s West Side Story, Company).

2019 Season Passes are now on sale and available at www.barringtonstageco.org or by calling 413-236-8888 or visiting the box office (122 North Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201). Single tickets for Into the Woods, Fall Springs and Gertrude and Claudius will be available in March 2019.

ABOUT BARRINGTON STAGE COMPANY

Barrington Stage Company (BSC) is an award-winning regional theatre located in Pittsfield, MA, in the heart of the Berkshires. Co-founded in 1995 by Artistic Director Julianne Boyd, BSC has a three-fold mission: to present top-notch, compelling work; to develop new plays and musicals; and to find fresh, bold ways of bringing new audiences into the theatre—especially young people. Barrington Stage garnered national attention in 2004 when it premiered William Finn and Rachel Sheinkin’s musical hit The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, which later transferred to Broadway where it won two Tony Awards. In 2009, BSC premiered Mark St. Germain’s Freud’s Last Session, which later moved Off Broadway and played for two years. St. Germain’s Becoming Dr. Ruth (which premiered at BSC as Dr. Ruth, All the Way) played Off Broadway at the Westside Theatre. BSC’s all-time record-breaking musical On the Town was originally produced at BSC in 2013 before transferring to Broadway, where it was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. In 2016, Barrington Stage swept the first annual Berkshire Theatre Awards by winning 20 out of the 25 awards. Also in 2016, BSC produced the world premiere of American Son, which won the Laurents/Hatcher Award for Best New Play and is now playing on Broadway. In 2017, BSC produced the much-lauded revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s Company, starring Aaron Tveit. In 2018, BSC produced the critically-acclaimed production of West Side Story in honor of Leonard Bernstein and Jerome Robbins’ 100th birthdays. BSC has won the Best of the Berkshires Readers’ Choice for Best Live Theatre for the past two years. 2019 marks BSC’s 25th Season Anniversary.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT

WWW.BARRINGTONSTAGECO.ORG

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Mary Ann Quinson, Board Chair, Julianne Boyd, Artistic Director, Marita Glodt, President

Rosita Sarnoff, co-chair, Juliane Boyd, Eda Sorokoff, Chair, Jamie deRoy, Clara Londoner, co-chair (not in photo)

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Stephen studied at the Manhattan School of Music. Besides being a pianist, Stephen’s business career was in the Fashion Industry. He was CEO of a textile manufacturing facility and President of an international textile machinery company. Stephen was on the Board of Directors of the “First All Children’s Theatre” which brought the Stephen Schwartz musical The Trip and Captain Louie to the Kennedy Center in Wash DC. His wife Eda, an interior space designer and classical pianist was on the Board of Barrington Stage Company and is still active at BSC. Stephen’s photographs, videos and articles appear on Broadwayworld.com, T2Conline.com and The New York Observer. He is active in the entertainment events at the Friars Club, where he is a member. Stephen is thrilled to be the cabaret/ music and co-theatre editor. email: stephensorokoff@gmail.com

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