VIVA LA DIVA!

Carter Calvert, Star of Bucks County Playhouse’s production of “Always … Patsy Cline”,  presents her one woman show at the Playhouse on Wednesday, September 4

 

Carter Calvert, the Broadway actress-singer who is currently wowing audiences at Bucks County Playhouse as the iconic country music legend in “Always .. Patsy Cline,” will present her one-woman show, “Viva La Diva” at the historic playhouse on Wednesday, September 4 at 7:30 pm.

In her act, “Viva La Diva,” Calvert floats effortlessly between Broadway, Pop, Jazz, and Country. Her hilarious yet heartfelt take on “making it in the biz” and the Divas that inspired her along the way will delight audiences of all ages.

Calvert is best known for originating her role in the Tony®-nominated Broadway musical “It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues” alongside Grammy® winning jazz vocalist Gregory Porter. The New York Times wrote, “Carter Calvert effervesces: her voice echoes chimes in the night” and “Her smoldering grip on ‘Fever’ is positively dangerous.” She is featured on the cast recording and starred in the show’s national tour. Other tours include the title role in “Always…Patsy Cline” opposite Sally Struthers, the featured role of ‘Grizabella’ in the Broadway National touring company of “Cats,” the European tour of “Smokey Joe’s Café,” and an international tour of Neil Berg’s “100 Years of Broadway.”

She’s received raves for her Off-Broadway work in “Forbidden Broadway: Comes Out Swinging” and appeared in “The Thing About Men” opposite Tony nominee Marc Kudisch. She has originated World Premiere roles in the musicals “Forbidden Vegas,” “Sparkley Clean Funeral Singers” and the “Great American Trailer Park Musical.” Her regional credits include “It Ain’t Nothin’ But The Blues” at Denver Center Theatre Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Crossroads Theatre Company, New Victory Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theater; “Annie Get Your Gun” (Title Role), “Evita” (Title Role) at Algonquin Arts, “Sunday in the Park with George” at Arena Stage, “Unsung Cole (And Classics Too)” and “A Grand Night for Singing” at Cleveland Playhouse; “Honky Tonk Angels” at Cincinnati Playhouse at the Park; “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” at Theatre By The Sea; “Kiss Me Kate” at Theatre Under The Stars; and “Pump Boys and Dinettes” in Branson, Missouri. Calvert has opened for iconic performers including Liza Minnelli, Marilyn McCoo, Chubby Checker and The Temptations. Her television credits include “The David Letterman Show,” “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” and “The Today Show.”

Calvert is an accomplished actress, as well as a popular voice-over artist.  She’s been featured in numerous national television and radio commercials. While still in high school, Downbeat Magazine named Calvert “Best Female Jazz Vocalist” and Starsong Records hailed her as “Best Female Vocalist of the Year.” Ms. Calvert has been touring the globe as a headliner on the prestigious Crystal Cruise line as well as a headliner in clubs and theaters across the country with her solo shows, “Viva La Diva,” “Natural Woman: A Carole King Celebration” and “Walkin’ After Midnight: A Tribute to Patsy Cline.”

As a recording artist, Carter Calvert and the Roger Cohen Trio debuted at number 13 on the CMJ jazz charts (beating out Paul McCartney!). Her CD “It’s A Man’s World” is climbing the charts, receiving rave reviews and extensive radio play.

Tickets for “Viva La Diva” start at $40. They are available at the Playhouse’s website at www.BucksCountyPlayhouse.org, at the New Hope Visitors Center or by calling the Box Office at 215.862.2121.

Carter Calvert continues to appear in “Always … Patsy Cline” with co-star Sally Struthers at Bucks County Playhouse through September 7. Tickets to Always … Patsy Cline vary in price by performance and are available at the Playhouse’s website at www.BucksCountyPlayhouse.org, at the New Hope Visitors Center or by calling the Box Office at 215-862-2121.

 

About Bucks County Playhouse

Bucks County Playhouse has grown to be the largest cultural organization in the county with an annual audience of more than 80,000. Founded in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill, Bucks County Playhouse quickly became “the most famous summer theatre in America,” featuring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, Kitty Carlisle, Angela Lansbury, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli and remained in continuous operation until 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened after a multi-million-dollar restoration thanks to the efforts of the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty. The Playhouse recently unveiled The Deck Restaurant and Bar, a 4,000 square foot Delaware-river facing addition to the back of the Playhouse.

In 2014, Tony Award-winning producers Alexander Fraser, Robyn Goodman and Josh Fiedler took the helm of the Playhouse, and today the Playhouse has reclaimed its reputation of attracting Broadway and Hollywood artists. Its productions of “Company,” starring Justin Guarini, and William Finn’s “The “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” were named by Wall Street Journal to its “Best of Theatre” list for 2015. In 2018, the Wall Street Journal again hailed the Playhouse and Artistic Associate Hunter Foster in its Best of the Year listings for its production of “42nd Street.” The 2017 season included four world premieres and audiences grew by over 34%. Box office records have been repeatedly broken by signature productions of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” “Steel Magnolias,” directed by Marsha Mason, and “Million Dollar Quartet,” “42nd Street,” and “Guys & Dolls,” directed by Hunter Foster. This summer, “Mamma Mia!,” directed by John Tartaglia and choreographed by Shannon Lewis, broke box office records again.

The creative teams who come to create new productions at the Playhouse are among the most talented artists working in the professional theatre today and relish the opportunity to work on the historic stage where Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, and Jessica Walter began their careers.

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