December 11, 2013 |
After her Sound of Music live television performance Thursday, Carrie Underwood defenders took to social media to declare, "At least she had the guts to do it live. " Bucks County Playhouse's world premiere production, Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play , also takes a beloved classic and - much like other theaters, everywhere, all the time - performs it live, with far more consistent results, and without the budget and backing of a major network. So there. This year marks the second time a Joe Landry radio play has landed on BCP's stage, this time commissioned for the company.
November 20, 2013 |
IF YOU'RE schlepping out to Doylestown to take in the Grace Kelly exhibit at the Michener Art Museum, make sure you leave an hour or so to check out another multimedia historical exhibit there, dedicated to something that is as much a part of the region's pop-culture history as Her Serene Highness. The program's title, "Local Mill Makes Good," may be a little jokey, but its subject and the scores of pieces contained within are nothing less than fascinating. The display, which runs through March 2, tells the story of New Hope's 75-year-old Bucks County Playhouse.
November 6, 2013 |
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.
October 16, 2013 |
THE RUMORS were true. I reported last week that Rush Limbaugh would be back at 1210 WPHT, and now sources are confirming it. And Sean Hannity is joining him. Morning-show host Chris Stigall is expected to announce Rush's return at 7:30 a.m. today. My sources at the station say the hosts are "really psyched" to have Limbaugh back on WPHT. Hannity was more on the "meh" scale, but I heard they had to take one to get the other. While Rush will get his noon-to-3 p.m. spot, Hannity won't be broadcast live, instead appearing on tape delay from 9 p.m. to midnight.
August 21, 2013 |
THE BUCKS COUNTY Playhouse opened in July 1939, as a summer project of some of the biggest names in American theater history, among them author Moss Hart. It spent the better part of three decades as one of the most celebrated venues in the nation, attracting show business giants (many before they attained such exalted status) from Harpo Marx and Helen Hayes to Alan Alda, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford and George C. Scott. Unfortunately, that golden age was followed by a period of slow, steady decline - artistically, physically and financially - until, in 2010, the converted grist mill smack dab in the middle of New Hope was forced to shut its doors, ostensibly forever.
August 17, 2013 |
Grace Kelly, the East Falls native who won an Academy Award and later became princess of Monaco, was an international icon, revered around the world for her elegance and style. But in many ways, according to her nephew Christopher Le Vine, she was always a Philly girl who enjoyed childhood vacations at the Jersey Shore and later brought tinfoil-wrapped scrapple back to the Monegasque palace. "She had her Philadelphia roots with her wherever she went, from Hollywood to Monaco," he said Thursday.
August 16, 2013
TO HEAR Marilu Henner tell it, for her, "The Tale of the Allergist's Wife" isn't so much a theatrical endeavor as it is a live-action reality-TV show. In the Charles Busch comedy that runs through Sept. 1 at the Bucks County Playhouse, Henner - whose formidable resume includes long-running stints in the sitcoms "Taxi" and "Evening Shade" (opposite Burt Reynolds), as well as a Playbill full of Broadway and national-tour gigs - plays Lee, a free spirit who decides that her best friend, Marjorie (played by four-time Oscar-nominee Marsha Mason )
August 16, 2013 |
NEW YORK - Luxurious rehearsal was not in the cards for the cast of Charles Busch's The Tale of the Allergist's Wife two weeks before its Thursday opening at Bucks County Playhouse. As Manhattan studio time to prepare the densely comic play dwindled, the cast was spending long days feeling its way when the script's warped magic unexpectedly took hold. "That's obnoxious and crazy! In a really good way," Boyd Gaines, who is making his directorial debut, said at that turning point.
July 31, 2013 |
Summer of '42 - the musical? The well-remembered but not-exactly-classic film would not seem to cry out for song, since so much of it was seashore scenery and long, dialogue-free passages except when its teenage characters berated themselves for all the dopey things they say. Yet the musical exists, and opened over the weekend at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, having originated roughly a decade ago, though its Off-Broadway presence reportedly...
June 18, 2013 |
Terrence McNally has a long history with Philadelphia-area audiences, premiering several of his plays here (he opened four at Philadelphia Theatre Company). For his newest, Mothers and Sons , he partners with a theater having its own sort of world premiere this season, Bucks County Playhouse. In a way, it's an ideal partnership for this work - a theater revisiting its history as a tryout house, and a playwright revisiting his characters. In 1990, McNally wrote a short drama, "Andre's Mother," about Andre Gerard, a promising young actor dead of AIDS, his mother Katharine, his partner Cal, and the uneasy connection among them.