Oscar Hammerstein Festival “Hammerstein in Hollywood” Benefit Concert only

April 22, 2017

Bucks County Playhouse



Oscar Hammerstein Festival’s
One Night Only Benefit Concert: Hammerstein in Hollywood
Featuring the Playhouse Hall of Fame induction of Shirley Jones

Saturday • April 22 • 8pm

This concert is the featured presentation in a weekend of events celebrating the importance of lyric writing in the creation of new musicals. Join Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Ted Chapin and a roster of Broadway stars as they explore Oscar Hammerstein’s remarkable contributions to film and television and honor film and stage icon Shirley Jones. . . One night only!

Don’t miss this special benefit concert created and hosted by Ted Chapin and featuring Ashley Brown (Mary Poppins), Patrick Cassidy (42nd Street), Carmen Cusack (Tony nominee for Bright Star), Malcolm Gets (Tony nominee for Amour), Andrea McArdle (Annie), Zachary Prince (Honeymoon in Vegas) and Max von Essen (Tony nominee for An American in Paris). From “Show Boat” to “Carousel” and beyond, Hammerstein’s contributions to some of Hollywood’s great movie musicals is staggering. With stories and songs from a talented cast of Broadway stars, Ted Chapin illustrates Hammerstein’s complex relationship with Hollywood-guaranteeing you an evening of story and song you will never forget.

Shirley Jones will also be inducted into the Playhouse Hall of Fame, and the award will be accepted on her behalf by her son Patrick Cassidy.

Musical Direction is by David Dabbon (Broadway’s Disaster); Josh Rhodes (Broadway’s Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) is the director.
VIP and passholder reception follows the performance in the Playhouse courtyard.




(Shirley Jones)        (Shirley Jones in Oklahoma!)

Shirley Jones
No performer is more indelibly linked to the great American movie musical than Shirley Jones. In an extraordinary career that spans more than six decades, Jones starred in over 30 motion pictures, including three of the most iconic film musicals of all time. After being awarded the title of “Miss Pittsburgh,” she traveled to New York to audition for the chorus of South Pacific, but instead was personally selected by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein to star in the film version of “Oklahoma!”. Jones next appeared in their film adaptation of Carousel. She also memorably played opposite Robert Preston in Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man.” At the age of 25, she received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Elmer Gantry.” Jones gained fame with a new generation as the star of the classic musical sitcom, “The Partridge Family.” Jones made a triumphant return to Broadway opposite her son, Patrick Cassidy, in the revival of 42nd Street.


Ashley Brown originated the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress.  Ms. Brown also starred as Mary Poppins in the national tour of Mary Poppins where she garnered a Garland Award for “Best Performance in a Musical.” Ms. Brown’s other Broadway credits include Belle in Beauty and The Beast, and she has starred in Jack O’Brien’s national tour of The Sound Of Music and Disney’s On The Record. Ms. Brown has starred in both Oklahoma! and Showboat at Chicago’s Lyric Opera. Ms. Brown has performed with virtually all of the top orchestras in North America including the Boston Pops, the New York Philharmonic, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at Disney Hall, The Pittsburgh Symphony, the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall (four times), Fort Worth Symphony, the Cincinnati Pops, Philadelphia Orchestra (two times), etc. Ms. Brown’s PBS special called “Ashley Brown: Call Me Irresponsible” received a PBS Telly Award.  Other television credits include NBC’s “The Sound of Music.”  Ms. Brown is the voice of Disneyland celebrating its 60th anniversary singing the newly penned Richard Sherman song, “A Kiss Goodnight.”  Ms. Brown’s long awaited album of Broadway and American Songbook standards is available on Ghostlight/Sony. 


Patrick Cassidy
recently appeared in A Little Night Music at A.C.T, and starred opposite Patti Lupone in Annie Get Your Gun (dir. Lonny Price). He also recreated the role of his father, Jack Cassidy, in It’s a Bird It’s a Plane It’s Superman (Dallas Theater Center). Other Broadway credits: Julian Marsh in 42nd Street, Elton John’s Aida (and nat’l tour, 2002 National Broadway Theater Award for Best Actor), Annie Get Your Gun, The Pirates of Penzance, and Leader of the Pack. Patrick originated the role of the Balladeer in Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins at Playwrights Horizons and appeared in Lady in the Dark at City Center’s Encores! National tours include Joseph in Joseph…Technicolor Dreamcoat (2000, 2006). Regional: The Music Man (Sacramento Music Circus), Footloose (PCLO), Conrack (Ford’s Theater, Helen Hayes nom.), Martin Guerre (Hartford Stage), The End of the Day (Williamstown Theatre Festival), I Love My Wife and Threepenny Opera (Reprise, Garland Award for Best Actor in a Musical), Bobby in Company with Carol Burnett, Love Letters, and Assassins (LATC). Film/TV: “Longtime Companion,” “I’ll Do Anything,” “I Won’t Dance,” “Love at Stake,” “Dress Grey” (Emmy nom.), “Napoleon & Josephine, “Oklahoma City,” “Something in Common,” “Christmas Eve,” and more. Patrick was also a series regular on ABC Family’s “Ruby & The Rockits,” NBC’s “Bay City Blues,” CBS’ “Dirty Dancing,” HBO’s “Perversions of Science” and the WB’s “Smallville.


Carmen Cusack received a Tony Award nomination for her Broadway debut in Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star. Most recently, she performed the one-woman show, Do This (Gulfshore Playhouse), after starring in Sunday in the Park with George (City Center). Off-Broadway: Carrie. National tours: Wicked, South Pacific. Regional: For the Record: Scorsese (The Wallis), The First Wives Club (Oriental Theatre), and Sunday in the Park with George (Chicago Shakespeare Theater). West End: Over the RainbowLes MisérablesThe Secret GardenPersonals, Phantom of the Opera. Ms. Cusack studied opera at the University of North Texas.


Malcolm Gets
New York: Steve; Allegro; Irma La Douce; Macbeth; The Vigil; The Story of My Life; Amour (Tony and Drama Desk nominations); A New Brain; The Molière Comedies; Merrily We Roll Along (Drama Desk nomination, Obie Award); The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Obie); Hello Again; Boys and Girls; Finian’s Rainbow; Polish Joke; Juno; and The Boys From Syracuse, Bash and The Apple Tree, all for the Encores! series. Regional: Little Miss Sunshine at La Jolla Playhouse; also productions at Williamstown, The Kennedy Center, Yale Rep, Hartford Stage, ACT, Goodspeed and Westport Playhouse. He was Richard, the tortured artist, on NBC’s “Caroline in the City.” Other TV credits include “Godless;” “Suits;” “Elementary;” “The Good Wife;” “Blue Bloods;” “Law & Order;” “Remember Wenn;” “Incredi-Girl: Leaps and Bounds” and “South Beach.” Films include the HBO film “Confirmation,” “Miles,” “Outliving Emily,” “Thirteen Conversations About One Thing,” “Love in the Time of Money,” “Adam and Steve,” “Sex and the City,” “Mrs. Parker & The Vicious Circle,” “A Flash of Green” and HBO’s “Grey Gardens.” Gets sings on many original cast CDs, including Barbara Cook’s “Mostly Sondheim,” his Carnegie Hall debut. His first solo CD, “The Journey Home,” is available from PS Classics on iTunes and Amazon.


Andrea McArdle
first captured the hearts of theatergoers everywhere in 1977  when she originated the title role in the Broadway mega-musical ­Annie (Tony nom.,Theater World, Outer Critics’ Circle Awards). She also starred in the show in London’s West End, and years later at North Carolina Theatre and Musical Theatre West as Miss Hannigan. Other starring Broadway credits: Jerry’s Girls with Carol Channing and Leslie Uggams, Starlight Express, State Fair, Les Miserables and, most recently, in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. She toured nationally in Cabaret and Les Miserables. Off- Broadway: Newsical; Mame; Hello, Dolly!. Other theatre credits include: Meet Me in St. Louis, Blood Brothers, Urinetown, They’re Playing Our Song, The Fantasticks, Evita, Oliver!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie Get Your Gun, Grease, Gypsy. Film/TV: “Rainbow,” PBS’ “The Leading Ladies of Broadway,” “All My Children” and as the headliner in her own special “Andrea McArdle on Broadway.” She has performed in concert halls from Carnegie Hall to the Hong Kong Philharmonic and casino hotels in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City. She has worked with some of the great legends of the entertainment industry such as Ethel Merman, Liza Minnelli, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope, Liberace, Frank Sinatra, Steve Martin and Martin Short, among others. 


Zachary Prince: Broadway: Honeymoon in VegasOn A Clear Day You Can See ForeverBaby It’s You. Off-Broadway: Himself & Nora (Priest), The Last Five Years (Jamie standby) at Second Stage (dir. Jason Robert Brown). National Tour: Jersey Boys (Frankie Valli). Regional credits include: The Glass Menagerie (Tom Wingfield) at Pioneer Theatre Company, Triangle (Ben/Vincenzo; Theatre Bay Area Award – Best Actor) at Theatreworks Silicon Valley, Parade (Leo Frank) at Theatre Raleigh, Into The Woods (Baker) at Kansas City Rep (dir. Moisés Kaufman), and Mann & Wife (Henry) at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma. Zachary has also performed as a guest artist with symphonies across the continent, including the Cincinnati Pops, Sun Valley Summer Symphony, Carolina Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and Pittsburgh Symphony. Film: “Pittsburgh.” BFA, Carnegie Mellon University. 


Max von Essen
recently finished a run on Broadway in An American in Paris as Henri Baurel, a role which earned him a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor. He previously appeared in the revival of Evita as Agustin Magaldi, the first revival of Les Miserables as Enjolras, Dance of the Vampires as Alfred, the closing company of the original Les Miserables, and the first revival of Jesus Christ Superstar. Other New York credits include The Mint Theater’s production of Yours Unfaithfully, Maury Yeston’s Death Takes a Holiday at the Roundabout Theatre Company, The Transport Group’s revival of Michael John LaChiusa’s Hello Again (Drama League nomination), Jerry Springer: The Opera at Carnegie Hall, and Finian’s Rainbow at the Irish Repertory Theatre. He led the first national tour of Xanadu as Sonny Malone, appeared as Mary Sunshine in the national tour of Chicago, played Tony in West Side Story throughout Europe and performed as a back-up singer for the legendary Liza Minnelli. Television and film credits include “Law & Order: SVU,” “Elementary,” “Boardwalk Empire,” “The Good Wife,” “Royal Pains,” “Gossip Girl,” “The Beautiful Life,” “The Intern,” “Sex and the City 2,” “Seven Lovers” and the short film “Blonde.” He was also a regular on the hit web series, “Submissions Only.” Mr. von Essen’s recordings include “An American In Paris” (Grammy Nomination), “Evita,” “Death Takes a Holiday,” “Love Songs of Andrew Lloyd Weber,” and “Finian’s Rainbow.” Find Max on Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat as @maxizpad.


For more information please contact, Development Manager, Trevor Wise at 267.740.2090 x107 or by email at trevor@bcptheater.org.