Barrington Stage sets annual New York gala

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PITTSFIELD — Barrington Stage Company will honor composer Joe Iconis and celebrate its New Works Initiative program Monday night at its annual fund-raising gala, "BSC/NYC," at the Friars Club, 57 E. 55th St. in New York.

President of Rodgers & Hammerstein musical theater organization Ted Chapin, Tony Award nominee Marin Mazzie, Jason Danieley, and president of Sh-K-Boom Records Kurt Deutsch will serve as honorary chairs. Eda Sorokoff is benefit committee chair.

The evening will begin at 6 with a cocktail reception followed by a 7:30 cabaret with performances by, among others, Jeannette Bayardelle, Allison Blackwell, Ellen Harvey, Lauren Marcus, Kyle Dean Massey, Jeff McCarthy, Anastacia McCleskey, Anne L. Nathan, Will Roland, Scarlett Strallen, Will Swenson, and Stephanie Umoh.

Through the New Works Initiative, BSC has produced several new works, including "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Freud's Last Session," "Dr. Ruth — All the Way," "Dancing Lessons," "American Son" and Joe Iconis' "Broadway Bounty Hunter."

"New Works are the heart and soul of Barrington Stage," BSC founding artistic director Julianne Boyd says in a news release. "There's nothing more important we do than work with writers to develop, and then to produce their plays and musicals in a totally supportive environment."

Iconis is a musical theater writer and a fixture in the New York/Pittsfield cabaret scene, whose musicals "Broadway Bounty Hunter" (five 2016 Berkshire Theater Awards including Best Musical) and "The Black Suits" have played Barrington Stage Company. Other musicals include "Be More Chill," "Bloodsong of Love," and an upcoming Hunter S. Thompson musical for La Jolla Playhouse.

"I am humbled and ecstatic to receive this gorgeous honor from Barrington [Stage], a theatrical home that has provided me and my family of collaborators support, inspiration, and transportation reimbursement stipends for many years," said Iconis, who will be receiving the William Finn Award for Innovation and Excellence in Musical Theatre. "I am particularly honored to receive the award in the name of William Finn, one of my all-time favorite writers, musical theater or otherwise."

Tickets for "BSC/NYC" begin at $375. All proceeds benefit BSC's New Works Initiative.

Reservations and complete information are available through Collette Simkins at 413-499-5446 x125 or csimkins@barringtonstageco.org.


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