Press Conference, April 2012

April 24, 2012

Bucks County Playhouse

3:00 pm

Jed Bernstein, Producing Director of the Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) in New Hope, Pennsylvania, has announced the Summer 2012 Season for the reopening of this legendary and beloved landmark.

The season will launch with A Grand Night for Singing by Rodgers and Hammerstein, directed by Tony® Award nominee and Emmy Award® winning Lonny Price. From “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” to “Some Enchanted Evening,” this 1993 Tony® Award-nominated musical revue features over 30 of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest hits. A Grand Night for Singing is “something wonderful” for all lovers of classic musical theater. Performances are Monday, July 2 through Sunday, July 22.

“Bucks County was such an important place in the life of Oscar Hammerstein II,” commented Ted Chapin, President and Executive Director of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization. “In Highland Farm he had a retreat where he did much of his creative work. The fact that a Rodgers & Hammerstein show – and one that celebrates the whole collaboration – is reopening the legendary Bucks County Playhouse is a thrill to us all. Congratulations!”

The summer continues with Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon. First seen on the BCP stage nearly 50 years ago prior to its original 1963 Broadway run, this iconic and beloved play about the trials and tribulations of two newlyweds on the top floor of a New York brownstone has been leaving audiences breathless with laughter for generations. Directed by Tony® Award nominee Sheryl Kaller (2010’s Tony® Award-nominated new play, Next Fall) this timeless comedy provides a breath of fresh air for the dog days of summer. Performances are Tuesday, August 7 through Sunday, August 26.

“I am so delighted that the Bucks County Playhouse, such an important place in my creative life, will be up and running again. For it to feature in its renaissance season, one of my own plays is icing on the cake,” commented Neil Simon.

The third production of 2012 will run from Tuesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 30. Full details for this production are forthcoming. Casting for both productions will announced at a later date.

Jed Bernstein commented that, “In planning the 2012 launch, we wanted to accomplish three very important goals: return live music to our stage, return to the BCP legacy of producing plays, and raise the quality of the performers and performances. These two productions allow us to accomplish that, as does our return to an Actors’ Equity contract.

“We are so delighted that the Bucks County Playhouse has decided that a critical part of its revival will be its return to Actors’ Equity contract status,” added Mary McColl Executive Director of the Actors’ Equity Association. “What a clear example of the advantage of using the most talented actors in the world. We are thrilled for Bucks County and our membership.”

In addition to the summer and holiday productions, Bucks County Playhouse will present a cabaret series Thursday, July 19 – Saturday, July 21 at 11:00 p.m., and Thursday, August 16 – Saturday, August 18 at 11:00 p.m. at Havana Restaurant & Bar (105 South Main Street). December dates will be announced soon. The series will invite Playhouse cast members, etc. to step outside their traditional roles to perform in a 45 minute cabaret style show. The July edition will be hosted by award winning playwright Christopher Durang, a long time Bucks County resident.