Oscar Hammerstein Festival Weekend Pass (includes benefit concert)

April 22, 2017 — April 23, 2017

Our 3rd Annual Oscar Hammerstein Festival will be on April 22 and 23.
Please join us as we celebrate our mission of developing new musicals, inspired by Oscar Hammerstein’s mentorship of Stephen Sondheim at Highland Farm.

Festival Schedule

Saturday, April 22

    Passholder Events include…

Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway
New York Post theater columnist Michael Riedel, expert extraordinaire on all things backstage, gives insight into the current and past state of Broadway with a talk based on his book, “Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway.” Riedel’s book tells the tale of the men whose contentious battle for the Broadway theater district turned 1970s Times Square into today’s mecca for theatergoers and tourists.

Toward the Oscar Hammerstein Museum
Join Kristine Lewis, Christine Cole, and Donna Rhodes as they give an overview of plans to preserve Highland Farm in nearby Doylestown and create a museum and learning center to celebrate Hammerstein’s legacy of extraordinary achievement in the creation of musical theatre, social engagement and mentorship.

Creating The New World 
This workshop featuring excerpts from The New World, an outrageously funny new musical that will debut at the Playhouse this fall. Composer Gary Adler and lyricist Phoebe Kreutz will take Festival passholders into the evolution of their new musical and chat about how the show has changed since it was first debuted at the 2014 Oscar Hammerstein Festival.

    Special Benefit Concert: Hammerstein in Hollywood • 8pm
    (featuring the Playhouse Hall of Fame induction of Shirley Jones)

    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.

    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 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.


Sunday, April 23

    Festival Finale
    Passholders are invited to mingle with the Festival’s creative team at an informal brunch
    at the historic home of Producing Director Alexander Fraser.


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




     (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 DramaDesk 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 Rainbow
    Les 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
, Bash and The Apple Tree, all for the Encores! series. Regional: Little Miss
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
. Other New York credits include The Mint Theater’s production of Yours
, 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.