Tovah Feldshuh's Rose Will Bloom in Gypsy This Fall in Pennsylvania

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Four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh will climb the Everest of musical theatre this fall, playing Mama Rose in Gypsy at Bristol Riverside Theatre. The Bucks County, PA, theatre announced its 2011-12 season on April 12.

Tovah Feldshuh
Tovah Feldshuh Photo by Aubrey Reuben

A new play by Jon Marans (The Temperamentals) will premiere at BRT in the coming year.

Feldshuh, who earned Tony nominations for Golda's Balcony (2004), Lend Me a Tenor (1989), Saravà (1979) and Yentl (1976), is a Drama Desk Award winner for Yentl, Lend Me a Tenor and Golda's Balcony. Her most recent Broadway appearance was in 2009's Irena's Vow.

She's no stranger to musicals, having appeared in the Broadway musicals Saravà and Rodgers & Hart, plus the title role in Hello, Dolly! for Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey. She's also sung in her self-titled one-woman shows Off-Broadway. In February and March, she appeared with Betty Buckley in Arsenic and Old Lace at Dallas Theatre Center.

Gypsy, the musical fable of Broadway inspired by the life of stripper-actress-author Gypsy Rose Lee, has book by Arthur Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Performances will play Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, PA, Dec. 6, 2011-Jan. 15, 2012.

Feldshuh last appeared at BRT in Golda's Balcony in 2010. On television, she received her first Emmy nomination for playing Czech freedom fighter Helena in "Holocaust." In 2004, she was nominated for her second Emmy for her work on "Law & Order" as defense attorney Danielle Melnick.  

Jon Marans
photo by Krissie Fullerton

The new BRT season will also include the world-premiere production of A Raw Space by Jon Marans, author of Old Wicked Songs and The Temperamentals. Performances will play Jan. 31-Feb. 19, 2012.

According to BRT, "A Raw Space tells the story of two high-powered couples during a private design competition. When a woman masterminds a cat-and-mouse game in which her husband, her best friend, and her best friend's husband unknowingly participate as competitors, the shocking end results in an elegant interplay between architectural design and marriage."

The season kicks off with the biographical play Barrymore by William Luce, Oct. 11-30. BRT's artistic director Keith Baker will portray the legendary actor John Barrymore as he prepares for his return to the stage as Richard III.

The 2011-12 season also includes productions of Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias March 20-April 8, 2012; and the rock musical Rent, by Jonathan Larson, May 8-June 3, 2012. For season tickets and information, visit brtstage.org or call (215) 785-0100.

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Since 1986, BRT has brought professional theatre to Bucks County and maintained a long-term commitment to finding and developing new plays. The theatre is the recipient of over 60 Barrymore Award nominations for Excellence in Theatre, given annually by the Theatre Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. In addition to its mainstage productions, the theatre serves as a cultural hub for the community, with such programs as children's theatre, community concerts and exhibitions of local visual arts.

BRT is under the direction of artistic director Keith Baker, founding director Susan D. Atkinson and managing director Amy Kaissar.

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