Philly Fan, New Play Readings, Foreigner Will Punctuate Bristol Season in PA

News   Philly Fan, New Play Readings, Foreigner Will Punctuate Bristol Season in PA Bristol Riverside Theatre's 2009–2010 season in Bristol, PA, will include the second year of a new-play reading series, the annual popular Winter Musicale concert plus the regional favorite, The Philly Fan.

The season kicks off with Bruce Graham's one-man play, The Philly Fan, a comic and heartfelt look at the struggle of the long-suffering Philadelphia sports fan. This marks the play's Bucks County debut. Two-time Barrymore Award winner Tom McCarthy (who conceived the work) will star in the play by Philadelphia playwright Graham, Sept. 15-Oct. 4.

The popular marital musical I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, with book and lyrics by Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts, will follow, Nov. 3–22.

The Winter Musicale (Dec. 3–20) will feature favorite classic and contemporary holiday songs for the family.

The new year will begin with Larry Shue's comedy The Foreigner (Jan. 26–Feb. 14, 2010), followed by the Philadelphia-area premiere of Bridget Carpenter's Up (March 16–April 4, 2010), about a man who attaches balloons to his lawnchair and flies.

The latter is the first mainstage production to emerge from the "America Rising: Voices of Today" reading series. The season closes May 4-23, 2010, with the musical Closer Than Ever (a co-production with Queens Theatre in the Park) with music by David Shire and lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr.

"America Rising: Voices of Today," a reading series "that showcases some of the country's brightest up-and-coming playwrights," will also continue, in its second season. It's a collaboration with Temple University.

The 2009-10 series includes staged readings of new works by Jennifer Tuckett, Sarah Saltwick, Stephanie Zadravec, and a new musical by Jenny Giering and Laura Harrington.

The BRT season will also include programming for all ages with a series of family shows from Theatre Arts Center and Hedgerow Theatre. The productions include Cinderella's Birthday Party, That's What Kids Do!, Tiny Tim's Christmas and Snow White and the Little People.

Bristol Riverside Theatre is located at 120 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, PA. For more information call (215) 785-0100 or visit www.brtstage.org.