The Royal Family of Broadway, the new musical from composer-lyricist William Finn and book writer Rachel Sheinkin, officially opened June 13 at Barrington Stage. The project reunites the writers who previously collaborated on The 25th Annual Putman County Spelling Bee, which premiered at Barrington prior to its Broadway arrival.
The world-premiere musical is adapted from George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber’s 1920 play The Royal Family, which concerns three generations of Cavendishes—a theatrical family loosely based on the legendary Barrymore family.
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The company is headed by Arnie Burton (Machinal) as Bert, Kathy Fitzgerald (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Kitty Dean, Alan H. Green (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) as Gil, Tony Award winner Harriet Harris (Thoroughly Modern Millie) as Fanny, Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly (Mary Poppins) as Julie, Hayley Podschun (Hello, Dolly!) as Gwen, AJ Shively (Bright Star) as Perry, Tony nominee Will Swenson (Waitress) as Tony, and Chip Zien (Falsettos) as Oscar.