The Scene: BSC/NYC Gala Raises $110K for Julianne Boyd New Works Fund

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NEW YORK — Barrington Stage Company closed out its 25th anniversary season in style with its annual BSC/NYC Gala on Nov. 11.

The one-night-only cabaret, held at the popular New York City nightspot, The Green Room 42, was chaired by Eda Sorokoff, along with co-chairwomen Violet Eagan, Leslie Jerome and Clara Londoner. BSC favorite Alysha Umphress ("On The Town," "Funked Up Fairy Tales"), who is currently featured Off Broadway in Roundabout Theatre's "Scotland, PA," headlined the evening's entertainment with Jeff Blumenkrantz on piano.

Audiences were treated to a sneak peek of the new Youth Theatre musical "The Supadupa Kid," based on the book of the same name by Pittsfield author Ty Allen Jackson. The preview was performed by Melvin Tunstall III, Anastasia McCleskey and Joel Waggoner.

A silent auction that raised $12,000, was run by BSC associate artists Mark H. Dold and Debra Jo Rupp.

A total of $110,000 was raised for Barrington Stage's Julianne Boyd New Works Fund.

The New Works Fund supports the ongoing development and production of original plays and musicals. Most recently, the initiative produced "American Underground," "America v. 2.1: The Sad Demise & Eventual Extinction of the American Negro," and "Well Intentioned White People." "American Son," which premiered at the theater in 2016, recently concluded a Broadway run and was made into a movie released by Netflix earlier this month.

Since its inception in 1995, BSC has produced 36 new works, 19 of which have moved on to New York and major regional theaters around the country.

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