Sophie Tucker Musical Last of the Red Hot Mamas Will Make World Premiere at Bucks County Playhouse | Playbill

Regional News Sophie Tucker Musical Last of the Red Hot Mamas Will Make World Premiere at Bucks County Playhouse

The New Hope, Pennsylvania theatre's upcoming season includes new stagings of Grease, Anastasia, and more.

Bucks County Playhouse

Pennsylvania's Bucks County Playhouse has revealed their 2024 mainstage season, promising the return of their hit Rocky Horror production, a world premiere musical, and some familiar favorites.

That world premiere will be the Sophie Tucker musical Last of the Red Hot Mamas, running June 28-July 27. Directed and choreographed by Shea Sullivan and featuring a book by Susan Ecker, Harrison David Rivers, and Lloyd Ecker, the work explores the life of Sophie Tucker, a full-figured teenager determined to conquer vaudeville, whatever the cost. The work held a private industry reading in NYC last summer.

The season will kick off with Michael Frayn's Noises Off. Hunter Foster will direct the physical comedy farce, following a ground of mediocre actors blundering from a bad dress rehearsal to disastrous performance. The cast will include Jennifer Cody, John Bolton, and Marilu Henner as Belinda. It will play the New Hope venue May 17-June 15.

Following Last of the Red Hot MamasGrease will close out the summer, playing August 9-September 8. The longtime theatre favorite will be directed by Foster (who starred as Doody in the musical's 1994 Broadway revival) and choreographed by Shannon Lewis. With a book, music and lyrics by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, the hit follows Danny and Sandy following a summer romance when they reunite at Rydell High.

Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show will return in time for Halloween, running October 11-November 3. The all-new production directed by Foster and featuring choreography by Lewis premiered at the venue last year with Frankie Grande starring.

The season will conclude with Anastasia: The Musical. Adapted from the beloved children's animation of the same title, it features songs from the film plus new songs by Stephen Flaherty, with a book by Terrence McNally and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. It will play into the new year, running November 22-January 5, 2025.

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