Mame, Starring Andrea McArdle, Will Kick Off Bucks County's 2013 Season; World Goes Round Also Among Titles
By Michael Gioia
Bucks County Playhouse, under the producing direction of Jed Bernstein, will kick off its 2013 season with the Jerry Herman classic Mame, starring Tony Award-nominated Annie actress Andrea McArdle in the title role.
"Our inaugural season has ended but we have so many exciting things coming in this New Year," said Bernstein in a statement. "We are thrilled to announce that the upcoming season will be made up of six summer productions, one holiday show in December and a roster of other special events."
McArdle previously told Playbill.com that her run in BCP's Mame will follow a month-long engagement from April 17-May 19 in the same role at Pennsylvania's Media Theatre for the Performing Arts. The Bucks County Playhouse production in New Hope, PA, will run May 23-June 9.
The BCP 2013 season will also include the Kander and Ebb musical revue The World Goes Round (June 27-July 21); Really Rosie, featuring a book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak with music by Carole King (July 5-21); a holiday show (Dec. 4-29); a new play (June 13-23); a new musical (July 25-Aug. 11); and an additional production to be announced (Aug. 15-Sept. 1). Titles and additional information will be announced at a later date.
Bucks County Playhouse is located at 770 South Main Street in New Hope, PA. For more information and tickets, call (215) 862-2121 or 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 from when it originally opened in 1939. The Rodgers & Hammerstein revue A Grand Night for Singing launched the 2012 season.
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