The musical premiere of a Jason Robert Brown musical based on the novel "The Bridges of Madison County" is one of the highlights of the 2013 summer season at the Williamstown Theatre Festival.
The show, directed by Bartlett Sher and with a book by Marsha Norman, will be the third and final show on the main stage, running Aug. 1 to 18.
No casting has been announced but Kelli O'Hara is reportedly attached to the project. O'Hara starred last summer at WTF in the world premiere of the musical "Far From Heaven." That show is now slated for May 8 to June 30 at off-Broadway's Playwrights Horizons. O'Hara starred in Broadway's "The Light in the Piazza"," also directed by Sher.
The 2013 season, announced Monday morning, runs from June 26 to Aug. 18, with a three-show Main Stage lineup that opens with a revival of the farce "Animal Crackers," by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, running June 26 to July 14. The show, which also features music and lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, is adapted and directed by Henry Wishcamper.
Also in the main stage series is George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion," starring Robert Sean Leaonard, directed by Nicholas Martin. That show runs July 17 to 27. The production just completed a run at the Old Globe in San Diego. Charlotte Perry, Don Sparks, Paxton Whitehead, Kandis Chappell and Deborah Taylor are featured in that production.
On the smaller Nikos Stage, audiences will see the world premiere of Bess Wohl's "American Hero," directed by Leigh Silverman (June 26 to July 7); a revival of Tom Stoppard’s "Hapgood" starring WTF fave Kate Burton, directed by Evan Yionoulis (July 10 to 21); and the new musical "Johnny Baseball," with a book by Richard Dresser, music by Robert Reale and lyrics by Willie Reale. (July 24 to Aug. 4). Marc Bruni, who was originallly slated to stage "Hello, Dolly!" at Goodspeed Opera House, now directs the WTF musical.
"Johnny Baseball" had its world premiere in 2010 at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass, directed by Diane Paulus.
The season will have a fourth show Aug. 7 to 18, at the Nikos, still to be annoumnced
WTF will also present Bram, Stoker's "Dracula" as part of its Free Theatre, playing July 10 to 10. Steve Lawson directs.
Single tickets will be available startig in April on the theater's website and by mail. The WTF box office opens June 4 for phone or in-person purchases.
Information: www.wtfestival.org and 413-597-3400.
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