Bristol Riverside Theatre in Bristol, PA, outside Philadelphia, sings the praises of Broadway for its summer concert, Broadway Love Affair, Aug. 15-25.
The Barrymore Award-nominated theatre presents an annual summer "musicale" concert in addition to its five-show mainstage season the rest of the year. Broadway Love Affair, directed by Edward Keith Baker, includes show tunes from film, Broadway and cabaret. Songwriters range from David Friedman to Dietz and Schwartz, from Cole Porter to Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh, from Leiber and Stoller to Menken and Ashman, and more.
The company includes Philip Chaffin (known for his CD of big band-style movie-musical tunes, "Where Do I Go From You?," on the PS Classics label), James Donegan (a Bristol vet), Joy Franz (a regional trouper and veteran of Sondheim shows on Broadway), Paul Lincoln (of the national tour of Cabaret), Barbara McCulloh (Wendy and Mrs. Darling in Cathy Rigby's Peter Pan) and Lois Anne Sach (a musicale vet since 1995).
Designers are Charles S. Reece (lighting) and David Abers (set and costume). Bristol Rep is at 120 Radcliffe Street in Bristol, PA. Broadway Love Affair tickets are $25. For information, call (215) 785-0100.
* BRT has been nominated for seven 2002 Barrymore Awards, celebrating the best of Philadelphia theatre. The upcoming 2002-2003 season includes Forget Herostratus, Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol, Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill, Hamlet and Smokey Joe's Cafe.
For information about the theatre, which operates under and LOA contract with Actors' Equity, visit www.brtstage.org.
— By Kenneth Jones