BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE PRESENTS
VIRTUAL VARIETY SHOW on
SUNDAY, JUNE 14 AT 7 P.M.
Marilu Henner returns with
Avenue Q’s John Tartaglia and Newsies’ Ben Fankhauser
Bucks County Playhouse, based in New Hope, PA, presents its second Virtual Variety Show as a part of their Sunday night at 7 p.m. Playhouse Live! series. “The show must go on”, and that’s what happens with this program of online entertainment every other Sunday. With stars from Broadway and television, this Sunday, June 14 features Marilu Henner reminiscing about her role in “Grease” in Chicago in 1971, one year before it opened on Broadway. Star of TV’s “Taxi” and “Evening Shade”, Henner performed in seven Broadway shows. John Tartaglia, a Tony Award nominee and star of TV’s “Johnny and the Sprites” who grew up in Upper Dublin, PA, shares behind-the-scenes stories about “Avenue Q” with Playhouse Executive Producer Robyn Goodman, who won a Tony for producing “Avenue Q”. Original cast member of Newsies’s Ben Fankhauser will entertain audiences by singing.
This week’s show will be hosted by the Playhouse’s producing team – Alexander Fraser, Producing Director, Robyn Goodman, Executive Producer, and Josh Fiedler, Producer. The Virtual Variety Show features performances and interviews with Playhouse writers, directors, designers, and actors, acoustic performances from Playhouse artists, remembrances from Playhouse alums and whatever else is concocted to keep in touch with Playhouse audiences.
The program is line-produced by Jeremy Ehlinger and Michael Traupman and made possible with support from the Playhouse Annual Fund and Re-opening Campaign donors. The Playhouse is especially grateful to season support from Bank of America. (There will be no program on July 5th due to the holiday weekend.)
About Bucks County Playhouse:
Bucks County Playhouse is a year-round, nonprofit theatre that has grown to a $6 million producing organization 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 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 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.” 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 and Dolls” directed by Hunter Foster, and “Mamma Mia!” directed by John Tartaglia and choreographed by Shannon Lewis. 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.