It's a Wonderful Life Radio Play Will "Air" at Bucks County Playhouse in December
By Kenneth Jones
Bucks County Playhouse's third 2012 production since being renovated and reopened as a nonprofit resident Equity theatre will be a Dec. 13-30 run of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry.
BCP, once a star-filled popular summer stock theatre in New Hope, PA, is now under the leadership of Broadway producer Jed Bernstein (Driving Miss Daisy).
Directed by Gordon Greenberg, choreographed by Lorin Latarro, and inspired by the classic American film of the same name, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a "studio audience." According to BCP notes, "This beloved American holiday classic, that tells the story of idealistic George Bailey as he considers his demise one fateful Christmas Eve, comes to captivating life with the help of an ensemble that brings over two dozen characters to the stage. It premiered in 1996 and has since been produced countless times around the country to critical acclaim."
The cast of It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play will be announced shortly.
Director Greenberg staged producer Bernstein's revised revival of Working in regional theatres in recent years.
Bucks County Playhouse is at 70 South Main Street. For more about BCP, which is currently presenting Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, a property that premiered at the playhouse prior to Broadway, visit bcptheater.org.
Located 90 minutes from New York City, the Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 on the site of a grist mill dating from the late 18th century. The structure was at that time in danger of demolition, but playwright Moss Hart and the local community rallied to save the building and re-opened it as a theatrical venue, which quickly became one of the country's most famous regional theatres. It remained in continuous operation (under a number of operators) until December 2010. Bridge Street Foundation, the non-profit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty with Tanya Cooper as president, reopened the venue on July 2, 2012, exactly 73 years and day from when it originally opened in 1939. The Rodgers & Hammerstein revue A Grand Night for Singing launched the 2012 season.
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