The Umbrella Stage Company kicks off its 2019-2020 in a newly constructed theater, with a new name, and a new status — as Greater Boston’s newest professional theater — with a buoyant production of the classic musical, 42nd Street (Sep 27-Oct 20).
The story of aspiring chorus girl Peggy Sawyer (played by Gillian Mariner Gordon*) who comes to the big city and lands a spot in a glitzy Broadway show is a perfect way to introduce the new company and space, says Brian Boruta, The Umbrella Stage Company’s Producing Artistic Director.
“The grand opening production in our new space is a moment to celebrate,” Boruta says, “and 42nd Street is nothing short of the greatest celebration of musical theatre and the people who make it happen. Splashy and grand, this tap-dance fueled musical is a visual feast, and is the ultimate showcase for the capabilities of our new main stage.”
The show features both fresh faces and established talent, including Elliot Norton Award-winner Aimee Doherty* who makes her debut at The Umbrella as Dorothy Brock. The cast also includes IRNE nominee Todd Yard who last appeared on The Umbrella’s stage as Albin in La Cage Aux Folles. The cast also includes Mickey T. White as Billy Lawlor, Daniel Forrest Sullivan as Andy Lee, Barbara Pierre as Maggie Jones, Ryan Malyar as Bert Barry, Ashley Nicole Martin as Anytime Annie, Temma Beaudreau as Lorraine, Rachel Tata as Phyllis, with, John Breen, Chris DiOrio, Cara Guappone, Gordon Ellis, Will Fafard, Alden Gagnon, Jackson Jirard, Thom Hardy, Erica Lundin, Nick Osborne and Hannah Shihdanian. Directed by Brian Boruta with music direction by James Murphy, choreography by Lara Finn, Scenic Design by
Benjamin D. Rush, Lighting Design by SeifAllah Sallotto-Cristobal, Sound Design by Elizabeth Havenor and Costume Design by Brian Simons.
More About Brian Boruta & The Umbrella Stage Company
As Director of Performing Arts for The Umbrella, Brian Boruta has pioneered its quest to produce Bold, Daring, and Innovative theatre. Since 2012, his productions have amassed over 100 award nominations including Best Production nods for Equus, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Red, Angels in America – Millennium Approaches, and Bonnie and Clyde, winning 4 times for Parade, Big Fish, To Kill A Mockingbird and True West.
The Umbrella Stage Company is part of the expansive Umbrella Community Arts Center (formerly Emerson Umbrella), a multifunction 501(c)3 nonprofit arts organization founded in 1983 in Concord, MA. Its expanded, six-show season ranges from high-kicking spectacle to punk rock musical to socially urgent drama. With shows alternating between a 344-seat mainstage and flexible 100-seat blackbox, it will be the first season staged in The Umbrella’s brand-new, state-of-the-art, multi-theater performing arts facilities at 40 Stow Street. Season, Flex Pass, Group and Individual tickets are available. Learn more at TheUmbrellaStage.org .