Mame, Starring Andrea McArdle and Lea DeLaria, Kicks Off Bucks County's 2013 Season May 23
By Michael Gioia
Bucks County Playhouse, under the producing direction of Jed Bernstein, kicks off its 2013 season with the Jerry Herman classic Mame, starring Tony Award-nominated Annie actress Andrea McArdle in the title role. Performances begin May 23 in New Hope, PA.
Directed by Jesse Cline, performances continue through June 9. Lea DeLaria (On the Town, The Vagina Monologues) co-stars as Mame's best friend Vera Charles.
McArdle previously told Playbill.com that her run in BCP's Mame follows a month-long engagement in the same role at Pennsylvania's Media Theatre for the Performing Arts.
Mame features a book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee with music and lyrics by Jerry Herman.
According to BCP, "Broadway's original Annie, Andrea McArdle returns to the Bucks County Playhouse in Mame, one of Jerry Herman's most celebrated musicals. She plays a fun-loving, wealthy eccentric whose independent lifestyle is interrupted when she is left to care for her young nephew. With a razor sharp wit and her own view of the world, she is anything but the traditional caregiver. Lea DeLaria (On the Town, The Vagina Monologues) takes the stage as Mame's best friend and 'world's biggest lush' Vera Charles."
The score includes musical comedy classics such as "Bosom Buddies," "We Need A Little Christmas" and "If He Walked Into My Life."
Other members of the creative team include choreographer Dann Dunn, music director Tom Fosnocht, scenic designer Todd Craft, costume designer Nikki Moody, lighting designers Travis McHale and Troy Martin O'Shia, sound designer JJ Booker and projections designer Emily O'Keefe.
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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