Masschusetts' Barrington Stage Company has revealed the first two shows the company will present in its upcoming 30th anniversary season: La Cage aux Folles and Next to Normal. Artistic Director Alan Paul will helm the latter, a co-production with Bethesda, Maryland's Round House Theatre. Dates, casting, and further creative teams are to be announced.
"I have been thinking about the many variations of what constitutes a family, which is an element I feel that is explored, in very different ways, in both the ebullient La Cage aux Folles, and the gripping Next to Normal,” says Paul in a statement. "We are really thrilled to announce these two sensational musicals as the tentpoles of our 30th anniversary season, with a lot of exciting news still to come."
La Cage aux Folles, based on Jean Poirot's play, features a book by Harvey Fierstein and a score by Jerry Herman, and centers on a gay couple running a French drag club who find themselves having to play pretend to fall under the good graces of their son's fiancé's ultra-conservative family. The musical, a Best Musical Tony winner, shares source material with the 1995 film The Birdcage. Barrington's production will be presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.
Next to Normal features a book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. A Pulitzer winner, the 2009 musical follows the mental health struggles of Goodman family matriarch Diana. Barrington's production is licensed by Music Theatre International.
Season tickets are already on sale at BarringtonStageCo.org. Single tickets will become available in March 2024.