2016 Oscar Hammerstein Festival

April 29, 2016 — May 1, 2016

Bucks County Playhouse

Bucks County Playhouse is thrilled to invite you to join us for the Second Oscar Hammerstein Festival, our musical development program inspired by the mentorship Oscar Hammerstein offered the young Stephen Sondheim at Highland Farm.

We celebrate with a special weekend bringing artists, experts, and enthusiasts to New Hope for three days of seminars, workshops, special concerts and a farewell brunch.

 

PURCHASE LINKS

Click here to purchase a FESTIVAL PASS

*Festival Passholders will have a ringside seat to all the events of the weekend.

Click here to purchase a pass for FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY

Click here to purchase a pass for SATURDAY NIGHT ONLY

 

OUR FEATURED PRESENTATIONS

(The following two events are available for individual ticket purchasing.)

FRIDAY, April 29
New Songwriters Tonight! (The Playhouse) • 7:30PM
An evening concert of new work focusing on the award-winning, rising musical theatre writer Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days, String, Cake Off), joined by Broadway singers Jessica Fontana, Santino Fontana and Kate Wetherhead, showcasing new songs and the writer’s take on how musicals are created.  The evening will also feature a sneak peek at Gwon’s new work, “Cake Off” which closes our summer season this August.

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Jessica Fontana         Santino Fontana           Adam Gwon         Kate Wetherhead

 

SATURDAY, April 30th
Don’t Ever Leave Me: The Love Songs of Oscar Hammerstein II
(The Playhouse) • 7:30PM
A special benefit concert created and hosted by Ted Chapin and featuring Victoria Clark, Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and Lewis Cleale.  Hammerstein’s masterful use of words, in shows like South Pacific, Carousel, Show Boat and The King and I created some of the most indelible moments in musical history. Musical direction is by Andy Einhorn (Broadway’s hit production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella); Sarna Lapine is the director.  A reception follows the performance in the Playhouse courtyard.

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Victoria Clark             Lewis Cleale          Santino Fontana          Laura Osnes

 

FESTIVAL PASSHOLDERS’ WEEKEND ITINERARY

(Festival Passholders will have access to all of the events listed below.)

FRIDAY, April 29
Festival Kick-Off (Playhouse Riverview Café)
Passholders are welcome to register for the weekend and enjoy a cocktail on the Playhouse back deck overlooking the Delaware River.

New Songwriters Tonight! (The Playhouse) • 7:30PM
An evening concert of new work focusing on the award-winning, rising musical theatre writer Adam Gwon (Ordinary Days, String, Cake Off), joined by Broadway singers Jessica Fontana, Santino Fontana and Kate Wetherhead, showcasing new songs and the writer’s take on how musicals are created.  The evening will also feature a sneak peek at Gwon’s new work, “Cake Off” which closes our summer season this August.

SATURDAY, April 30th
New Works Panel Discussion (Lambertville Hall)
A conversation with Tony Award-winning Broadway composer/lyricist William Finn (The 25th Anniversary Putnam County Spelling Bee, Falsettos, A New Brain), Ted Chapin, president of Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, Playhouse Producers Robyn Goodman and Alex Fraser and composer/lyricist Adam Gwon about the importance of great lyrics in story-telling.

Out of Her Dreams: Agnes de Mille & The Modern American Musical (Lambertville Hall)
Agnes de Mille led a revolution in mid-20th century choreography by transforming the highly stylized and demure ballets of the concert stage into the narrative dances and rip-roaring production numbers of such hit shows as Oklahoma!, Carousel, and Brigadoon.  Video lecture presented by choreographer and Steps On Broadway founder Patrice Soriero.

Oscar Hammerstein: His Life and Times (Lambertville Hall)
Noted Hammerstein biographer and Grammy Award-winning record producer Hugh Fordin discusses the life and times of Oscar Hammerstein II, contrasting his tumultuous early life in Manhattan with the tranquil home he found with his wife Dorothy at their beloved “Highland Farm” in Bucks County.

Don’t Ever Leave Me: The Love Songs of Oscar Hammerstein II (The Playhouse) • 7:30PM
A special benefit concert created and hosted by Ted Chapin and featuring Victoria Clark, Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana and Lewis Cleale.  Hammerstein’s masterful use of words, in shows like South Pacific, Carousel, Show Boat and The King and I created some of the most indelible moments in musical history. Musical direction is by Andy Einhorn (Broadway’s hit production of Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella); Sarna Lapine is the director.  A reception follows the performance in the Playhouse courtyard.

SUNDAY, May 1
A Farewell Brunch
Join Ted Chapin, the artists from the Festival, and fellow passholders at BCP Producing Director Alex Fraser’s home (a former 18th century barn) for a buffet brunch and lively conversation with the team that made OHF possible.  A flavorful way to end an enlightening and entertaining weekend.

 

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OHF 2014, photos by Margaryta Kenis