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Tis the Season for Summer Stock: Theater and Dance Beckon in the Berkshires

The Berkshire Hills are alive with new music, movement and dramas this summer, studding the festival schedules with world premieres. From Williamstown to Pittsfield to Lenox to Lee, musicals, plays, and dance performances will fill the stages to introduce works by the most innovative contemporary creators.

Julianne Boyd, in her 24th year as artistic director of Barrington Stage Company in Pittsfield has shepherded many past premieres on their way to New York. Although she “loves doing musicals,” she said is also determined to produce “more new plays.” The season’s opener is a world premiere musical, “The Royal Family of Broadway,” running through July 7, by William Finn (score and lyrics) and Rachel Sheinkin (book), who produced the hit show, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” one of a long list of works incubated at Barrington Stage. Finn is a Barrington Stage Company Associate Artist and heads its Musical Theatre Lab. Read more >>