Hunter Foster's Summer of '42, Directed by Lonny Price, Added to Bucks County Summer Season
By Michael Gioia
Bucks County Playhouse, under the producing direction of Jed Bernstein, has announced Summer of '42, featuring a book by Tony Award nominee Hunter Foster (Hands on a Hardbody) and music and lyrics by David Kirshenbaum (Vanities), as the final piece in its first full summer season.
Tony Award nominee Lonny Price (A Class Act), who directed Bucks County Playhouse's A Grand Night for Singing — the first show of last year's grand re-opening — will helm Summer of '42, based upon the novel and screenplay by Herman Raucher.
Performances will begin July 25 for a run through Aug. 11. Casting and a creative team will be announced at a later date.
"Summer of '42 was a seminal piece of literature and filmmaking, and we are glad to be bringing this story to the stage," said Bernstein in a statement. "We are also proud to be continuing the legacy of bringing in top-class theatre artists to the Bucks County Playhouse."
Based on the 1971 film, Summer of ’42, according to BCP, "is a coming of age story about three teenage boys living on a tiny island off the coast of Maine during the time when America was in the middle of a full-scale war and men were lining up to join the army. It becomes a summer they will never forget."
As previously announced, the season will also include Mame, starring Andrea McArdle (May 23-June 9); a new, yet-to-be titled play by Terrence McNally, starring Tyne Daly (June 13-23); The World Goes 'Round, featuring the songs of Kander and Ebb (June 27-July 21); Really Rosie, a family classic with book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music by Carole King, directed by Marcia Milgrom Dodge (July 5-21); and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, directed by Tony Award winner Boyd Gaines (Aug. 15-Sept. 1).
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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