May 17, 2013 |
New Hope's Bucks County Playhouse has a long tradition of sending actors on to stardom, but this time the ascension starts backstage: Playhouse producing director Jed Bernstein on Wednesday was named president of New York City's Lincoln Center. He'll succeed Reynolds Levy in January. Bernstein was already an industry veteran when he reopened the dormant playhouse last year, having led the Broadway League for 11 years. Under his leadership, the playhouse announced a 2013 summer season that includes a new Terrence McNally play, Mothers and Sons , starring Tyne Daly, and a coproduction with the Media Theatre of Mame, starring Andrea McArdle.
November 27, 2012 |
Let's play a word association game: If I say "Mister Man," what image comes to mind? How about "hobbling?" "Dirty birdie?" For much of the moviegoing public, these associations end at the 1990 film adaptation of Stephen King's thriller Misery , with Kathy Bates' deranged nurse and "number-one fan" Annie Wilkes looming over James Caan as her bedbound prisoner, romance author Paul Sheldon. Bates' Oscar-winning performance also looms over Bucks County Playhouse's world premiere stage play Misery , also adapted from King's novel, and that's exactly the problem with this production.
November 23, 2012
Theater 1812 Productions: Dave & Aaron Go to Work Wordless comedy about 2 men sharing a tiny apartment. Closes 12/31. Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Pl.; 215-592-9560. www.1812productions.org . $22. A John Waters Christmas Critically acclaimed one-man show featuring monologues on holiday-themed topics. 11/29. Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.; 215-922-6888. $39.50 advance; $42 day of show. Aladdin: A Musical Panto The discovery of a magic lamp sets a young man off on a grand adventure.
September 22, 2012 |
The newly reopened Bucks County Playhouse is already planning a world premiere, and a high-level one, too: a production based on Stephen King's novel Misery , which the playhouse will produce along with two big backers, Warner Bros. and Castle Rock Entertainment. The playhouse, in New Hope, named no cast in an announcement of the premiere Thursday, but listed a creative team that is mostly Broadway-based. It's not unusual for the 50-plus professional stages in metropolitan Philadelphia to stage world premieres - about a fourth of all plays performed here are being done for the first time.
September 21, 2012 |
The newly reopened Bucks County Playhouse is already planning a world premiere, and a high-level one, too: a production based on Stephen King's novel Misery , which the playhouse will produce along with two big backers, Warner Brothers and Castle Rock Entertainment. The playhouse, in New Hope, named no cast in an announcement of the premiere Thursday, but it listed a creative team that is mostly Broadway-based. It's not unusual for the 50-plus professional stages in metropolitan Philadelphia to stage world premieres - about a fourth of all plays performed here are being done for the first time.
August 3, 2012 |
New Hope Mayor Larry Keller can see it now. It's Tuesday, opening night for Barefoot in the Park at the Bucks County Playhouse, and he's in the spotlight, delivering a line or two as the Delivery Person. For a few minutes, he's on the same stage where Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley starred in the debut of Neil Simon's play 49 years ago. "I think it will be fun," Keller says. "I'm sure a lot of my friends will come and get some giggles at seeing the mayor on stage for the first time.
July 10, 2012 |
Radiant in the first production of its new era, the once-celebrated and more recently dark Bucks County Playhouse has reopened in its former New Hope gristmill on the Delaware River. The theater itself is spiffy in an air-conditioned redo, the company is once again professional with an Actors' Equity contract — and the debut show is a winner. That musical revue, A Grand Night for Singing, is packed with more than 30 tunes by composer Richard Rodgers and lyricist Oscar Hammerstein II. Despite its simplicity as a basic song list and nothing more, the Playhouse production.
July 2, 2012 |
Broadway producer Jed Bernstein has a dream about the Bucks County Playhouse - "I'm sitting in an Adirondack chair in the gazebo, watching the people arrive for a show. " On Monday his dream will come true - minus the chair - when the theater overlooking the Delaware River in New Hope reopens after being dark for 18 months. Theatergoers will find a playhouse that's bright and buffed inside and out, after $3 million in renovations to restore its rustic look and charm while providing much-needed improvements.
February 21, 2012 |
Waiting for the curtain to rise, theatergoers could trace more than 60 years of Bucks County Playhouse shows from signs on the theater's walls listing each season's lineup. "What happened to the signs?" the Playhouse's new owners and operators were asked at last week's open house, when they announced plans to restore the closed theater to "its former glory. " Hugh Marshall has them - at least 20 of them - and he is willing to give them back. "It was after the 2005 flood, and stagehands were throwing out the signs," Marshall said Monday.
January 18, 2012 |
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.