Tony Award winner Robert Sean Leonard (Born Yesterday) as Henry Higgins in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, Tony Award nominee Kate Burton (The Constant Wife) in Tom Stoppard's Hapgood, and Jason Robert Brown and Marsha Norman's new musical adaptation of the classic novel The Bridges of Madison County are among the offerings of this summer's season at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts. The ambitious 2013 season runs from June 26-August 18 in the Festival's two theaters, the large Main Stage and the more intimate Nikos Stage.
First up on the Main Stage is Henry Wishcamper's new adaptation of the classic Marx Brothers' Broadway musical and film Animal Crackers. Featuring a score by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, with a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind, the screwball comedy about a womanizing African explorer and a variety of others caught in the search for a priceless, pilfered painting, runs June 26-July 14 under Wishcamper's direction. Nicholas Martin's revival of Shaw's Pygmalion, which recently concluded a run at San Diego's Old Globe, is next up on the Main Stage, running July 17-27, with Leonard repeating his performance as prickly linguist Henry Higgins.
Concluding the Main Stage season is the world premiere of Brown and Norman's The Bridges of Madison County, directed by Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (Golden Boy). Inspired by the romantic novel and film, the work, which features a score by Brown (The Last Five Years) and a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Norman (‘night, Mother), tells the story of an Italian woman who marries an American soldier in order to flee Italy, only to find herself drawn to a lonely National Geographic photographer.
The world premiere of Bess Wohl's sandwich shop-set comedy, American Hero, will hit the Nikos Stage from June 26-July 7, under the direction of Leigh Silverman (Chinglish). Also on the Nikos Stage: Evan Yionoulis' revival of Stoppard's Cold War comedy Hapgood (with Burton in the title role), running July 10-21; and the musical Johnny Baseball, with a score by Robert and Willie Reale, a book by Richard Dresser, and direction by Marc Bruni, running July 24-August 4. A fourth production for the Nikos will be announced in the future.
The season's Free Theatre at Poker Flats Fields production will be Bram Stoker's Dracula, adapted by Free Theatre co-founder Steve Lawson, running July 10-19. Geared at family audiences, the tickets are not only free, but garlic is expected to be provided.