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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
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 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
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
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.
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September 22, 2012 | By Howard Shapiro, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 21, 2014 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
IF LESLIE Uggams feels that she's been underappreciated as a show-business pioneer, she is too gracious and humble to make a big deal about it. "I have no control over that," said the 70-year-old singer-actress, who Saturday presents "An Evening with Leslie Uggams" at the Bucks County Playhouse, in New Hope. "I've done what I've done in my career to push things forward. It's really up to others to do their research and find out what I've done. " What Uggams did was considerable and significant, although she's not necessarily thought of in the same way as such groundbreakers as Bill Cosby ("I Spy")
ENTERTAINMENT
December 11, 2013 | By Wendy Rosenfield, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 20, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 16, 2013 | By Molly Eichel
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | BY CHUCK DARROW, Daily News Staff Writer darrowc@phillynews.com, 215-313-3134
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.
NEWS
August 17, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
NEWS
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 )
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 31, 2013 | By David Patrick Stearns, Inquirer Music Critic
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...
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