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April 28, 1988 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
Tammy Grimes, that most individual of entertainers, swept regally into New Hope Tuesday night to give the Bucks County Playhouse's new era a stylish send-off. Grimes is a two-time Tony Award-winning actress (for The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Private Lives) and a chanteuse of formidable flair. The singer always has the actress with her, as can be verified at An Evening With Tammy Grimes, which opened the Playhouse's 1988 season. The program is a rare treat - a demonstration, in part, of how to turn almost any ditty into an art song.
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November 6, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two veteran Broadway producers will join the Bucks County Playhouse in January to replace the theater's current producing director, who is leaving to lead Lincoln Center in New York City. Robyn Goodman, who produced the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q and is currently lead producer for Broadway's Cinderella , will be the playhouse's executive producer, its owners announced Monday. Alexander Fraser, who won a Tony Award in 2011 for producing The Normal Heart and has worked on more than 70 shows, will be producing director.
NEWS
July 8, 1988 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
Educating Rita - the play, not the movie made from it - is making its first appearance in these parts at the Bucks County Playhouse in a production distinguished by some trenchant comic acting by Brian Bedford. Bedford plays the professor who educates Rita, a working-class girl with an insatiable hunger for high culture, portrayed by Kitty Sullivan. A hit in London in 1980, the two-character play is a funny variation on the Pygmalion theme by Britain's Willy Russell, a working-class bloke who dropped out of school in Liverpool at the age of 15 to join a rock group.
NEWS
May 25, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Almost immediately after opening, the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope became known as one of the nation's top summer theaters. More than 1,000 people vied for about 300 tickets on the night of its first show, according to newspaper accounts, and along Main Street, "children peered from trees as Broadway and Hollywood celebrities attended the premiere performance. " The theater, in a converted mill along the Delaware River, became a proving ground for young actors such as Grace Kelly and Angela Lansbury.
NEWS
January 17, 2012 | By Bill Reed, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After rescuing the iconic Bucks County Playhouse from a year of dormancy, the new owners and operators are aiming to light up the New Hope stage for a May fund-raiser, two summer plays, and a Christmas holiday show. "I can't imagine what it was like in 1939," when playwright Moss Hart put on the first show, Springtime for Henry, after converting the decaying 18th-century gristmill, Broadway producer Jed Bernstein said Tuesday. "It will be pretty exciting when the lights blaze on again.
NEWS
July 11, 2014
WITH THE wonderful Marilu Henner heading the cast, there's already enough of a reason to see Christopher Durang 's 2013 Tony-winning comedy, "Vanya and Masha and Sonia and Spike" at New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse. But if you still need a nudge, know that you'll also be seeing Durang's debut in the role of Vanya. The July 17 to Aug. 10 run marks the first time that Durang, 65, who has sporadically performed for decades, will be on the boards since 2005, when he co-starred with Tony recipient Debra Monk in a Boston production of his two-person "Laughing Wild.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
A funny thing happened on the way to the 21st century: The definition and importance of marriage shifted, gayness came out of the shadows and proliferated in public, pop cultural, and political life, and Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company turned into a period piece. Bucks County Playhouse's current production brings out the bright side of single-and-searching 35-year-old Bobby-baby-bubi and his well-intentioned married friends. But not even the casting of Bucks County celeb Justin Guarini in that central role can mask the fact that the time may have passed for this version of the show.
NEWS
September 30, 1988 | By Douglas J. Keating, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Bucks County Playhouse has canceled two productions, the musical Company and An Evening With John Raitt and Anna Maria Alberghetti, that had been scheduled to run through Nov. 6. Playhouse producer Hal Grossman said the productions were canceled because of poor advance ticket sales. "It became apparent it was financially unfeasible to bring both shows to the playhouse," he said in a recent news release. The playhouse's season ended Sunday with the final performance of a female version of The Odd Couple, starring Sandy Dennis and Kaye Ballard.
NEWS
June 27, 2014 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
Remember Deathtrap , Ira Levin's 1978 murder-mystery thriller? The one that lasted four years on Broadway and was adapted into a Sidney Lumet film starring Dyan Cannon, Michael Caine and Christopher Reeve? The one broadcast on a perpetual loop during HBO's early years? Bucks County Playhouse's current production sparks another mystery: How do you murder a sure thing? Let's examine the clues. Exhibit A: Plot. This is a story about scaring a woman to death so her husband, a playwright of mysteries whose successes are on the wane, can live off her fortune, shacking up and writing a new thriller with his young lover, a former student.
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January 30, 2016
Theater A Moon for the Misbegotten 2 lost souls find solace with one another on a Connecticut farm. Closes 2/7. Walnut Street Theatre - Independence Studio on 3, 825 Walnut St.; 215-574-3550. $30-$35. A Taste of Things To Come New musical about 4 women participating in a baking contest in '50s-era Illinois. Closes 2/21. Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St., New Hope; 215-862-2121. $30. A Taste of Things To Come New musical about 4 women participating in a baking contest in '50s-era Illinois.
NEWS
December 20, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
It's another holiday season, and that means another Bucks County Playhouse production of a Joe Landry holiday classic. This time, it's a reprise of 2012's It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play . Though some of the credits have changed, traditionalists needn't fear. Rob Bissinger's set, with backdrop highlighting important Bedford Falls landmarks, and Nicole Moody's warm costumes, the cranberry velvet and warm, woolen plaids, remain. Broadway veteran Hunter Foster directs, and although the show lacks the shimmer of star power that American Idol 's Justin Guarini brought last time, this cast carries with aplomb the spirit of George Bailey, guardian angel Clarence Odbody, and the rest of those friendly upstate neighbors.
TRAVEL
September 14, 2015 | By Mary Mooney, For The Inquirer
Fixed income? I had no idea what those words really meant until we retired and were there. Like many baby boomers, we've taken our share of financial hits. We've also made a few "great decisions at the time" that have come back to bite us in our fixed incomes. Neither of us got the 30-year handshake, which would have given us the financial freedom to play in Europe like many of our friends. We play anyway. The other day, we went on a European road trip . . . in Bucks County and New Jersey.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 15, 2015 | By Jim Rutter, For The Inquirer
Can you revisit the magic, and perhaps repair the frustrations, of a childhood at once idyllic and a persistent source of contemporary stress? The folks at Bucks County Playhouse must have thought so when they decided to produce Ernest Thompson's On Golden Pond, which features the finest performances I've seen on stage this season. Thompson's 1979 play portrays a lost slice of Americana in its story of Norman and Ethel Thayer, spending their 48th summer in a secluded cabin on Golden Pond in Maine.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2015 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
A funny thing happened on the way to the 21st century: The definition and importance of marriage shifted, gayness came out of the shadows and proliferated in public, pop cultural, and political life, and Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's Company turned into a period piece. Bucks County Playhouse's current production brings out the bright side of single-and-searching 35-year-old Bobby-baby-bubi and his well-intentioned married friends. But not even the casting of Bucks County celeb Justin Guarini in that central role can mask the fact that the time may have passed for this version of the show.
NEWS
June 1, 2015 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
WHEN IT comes to local theater, "summer season" is something of a misnomer. That's because the prior year's "season," in this case the 2014-15 theater season, often wraps by late June as companies and theaters wind down to gear up for the next season's fall presentations. But there are still plenty of noteworthy productions to catch up on - "The Lion King" and "Memphis" are the two big, ongoing musical attractions - and a handful of summer openings ahead. As for star power, the warm weather isn't bringing much our way . . . other than first-season "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini.
NEWS
May 31, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
The former longtime owner of the historic Bucks County Playhouse was found guilty Friday by a federal jury of claiming more than $200,000 in fraudulent insurance payments after a 2006 flood devastated the property, prosecutors said. Ralph Miller could face up to 30 years in prison for convictions on counts of money laundering and mail fraud, said Assistant U.S. Attorney K.T. Newton. Miller, who for three decades owned the theater along the Delaware River in New Hope, was accused of submitting false invoices for expensive theater lights and emergency repair work after the 2006 flood, Newton said.
NEWS
May 29, 2015
THE FIRST thing you notice about Justin Guarini is that he looks nothing like he did when he spent several months as a national obsession on the first season of "American Idol. " Gone is the halo of tight, reddish curls that crowned his boyish, clean-shaven face. Today, the 36-year-old Doylestown native sports black hair cut relatively short, a slightly scruffy black beard and a mustache (all of which give him a passing resemblance to 1950s actor Sal Mineo ). And his professional focus, at least for the time being, is no longer mainstream pop music but show tunes from such works as "Wicked" and Stephen Sondheim 's "Company," in which he is starring, tonight through June 21, at New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 8, 2015 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
NEW HOPE - National Pastime , Bucks County Playhouse's brand new musical about Depression-era baseball, all but promises to be an insufferably inspirational story about big-hearted athletes, America triumphing over economic adversity, and that eternal source of sentimental hero worship, Babe Ruth. And yes, it's all there - but comically contextualized in a different set of all-American values: lies, deceit, and mercantile ethics in small-town Iowa. The plot hangs by a slender thread: A small radio station is about to go belly up, so it invents a local sports team, has it constantly playing games on the road (and in improbable places like Helsinki and Barcelona)
NEWS
March 27, 2015
THE BASEBALL season doesn't commence in South Philadelphia until April 6, when the Phillies host the Boston Red Sox. But in New Hope, Thursday will be Opening Day as "National Pastime" debuts at the Bucks County Playhouse. "National Pastime," which runs through April 19, is billed as a musical love letter to baseball. The plot of the set-in-Depression-era-Iowa comedy centers on a struggling radio station that broadcasts the "games" of a make-believe team in order to boost ratings.
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