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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.
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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
July 7, 1988 | By ROSE DeWOLF, Daily News Staff Writer
Maybe you remember "Educating Rita" - the movie. It came out about five years ago and starred Michael Caine and Julie Walters. A delightful movie. It was based on a play that had been a smash hit in London. You can now see that play at the Bucks County Playhouse and it's even better than the movie. The plot consists of a series of meetings between two characters - Rita, played by Kitty Sullivan, and Frank, played by Brian Bedford. Rita is a hairdresser - her working-class origins obvious in every word she utters.
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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.
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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.
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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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 14, 2015 | By Michael D. Schaffer, For The Inquirer
The Irish first marched through Philadelphia to honor St. Patrick in 1771, starting a local tradition that goes on to this day. The 245th edition of the Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade will step off at noon Sunday from 16th Street and JFK Boulevard, then head up the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The parade is a celebration of Irish identity, "a good time for all our people to come together through our faith, our...
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February 2, 2015 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
Odette's was once the gateway to New Hope, a lively cabaret bar on the edge of town that for decades epitomized the ebullient spirit of the famously gay-friendly borough. But lately, it's been an eyesore. After being ravaged by floods in 2008, the historic building along the Delaware River has sat vacant with boarded-up windows. A group of local investors is planning to change that. In about two months, they say, work will begin on the Riverhouse at Odette's, a $25 million facility that will bring luxury hotel rooms, a banquet hall, restaurant, and rooftop bar to the 40,000-square-foot property.
NEWS
December 19, 2014
SO WE HAVEN'T yet sung "Auld Lang Syne. " That doesn't mean we can't do a little future-gazing to check out what lies in store for the local theater scene in 2015: 'Motown the Musical' The new year launches on a high note as the touring version of the Broadway smash boogaloos into town as part of the Kimmel Center's "Broadway Philadelphia" series. The "jukebox" musical surveys the classic pop 'n' soul from the Detroit-based home of such megastars as Stevie Wonder, the Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson, the Supremes, the Four Tops and the Temptations.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 25, 2014 | BY JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer takiffj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5960
'TIS THE NEW era of the emancipated fairy-tale princess. The immensely popular "Frozen" has the queenly heroine Elsa going it alone, and her princess sister Anna wisely freezing out a bad suitor (before finally finding Mr. Right). And a fresh stage revamp of "Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella" - on Broadway and opening here in a new touring version tomorrow - features a rags-to-riches heroine with lotsa backbone and ambition, as well as magic at her disposal. "She's not the typical doormat Cinderella, just suffering abuse from her wicked stepmother and stepsisters" said Douglas Carter Beane, the Reading-born script writer.
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