William Finn

Each year Barrington Stage has at least one musical production on its Main Stage. These are revivals of some of the great classics of the American musical theatre such as Kiss Me Kate, On The Town and Carousel among many others. Actually, we started going to Barrington Stage when it was in Great Barrington because they were doing a production of Mack and Mabel, a musical Bob had directed at Southern Vermont College and found challenging. We fell in love with the company, its dramatic, as well as its musical productions, and kept on going. We were very happy when it moved to Pittsfield. We also fell in love with their second stage, particularly the music workshop under the direction of William Finn, a composer of such wonderful musicals as The March of the Falsettos and The 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee. Fortunately, Spelling Bee had two wonderful productions in our area this past fall At Barrington Stage’s musical lab, we saw new musicals that literally blew us away. At the urging of one of our granddaughters, we had seen Spring’s Awakening. at Proctor’s Theatre and enjoyed it. However, the intimacy of the productions on the St. Germain stage was so much better.Yet what really caught us up was the richness of the these new musicals with such wonderful talents. We keep talking about Southern Comfort which was not only a wonderful theatrical experience, but which was a mind changing event. Then this season, we saw Romance in Hard Times by William Finn and were completely enchanted. We loved every minute of it. We had been wanting to interview William Finn and finally did.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

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