With “Mrs. Doubtfire’s” Rob McClure and Lorin Latarro
“Dynasty’s” Elaine Hendrix, “Glow’s” Kevin Cahoon and more!
“Playhouse Live!,” the 30-minute, Virtual Variety show produced by Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA, streams again this Sunday night, July 19 at 7 p.m. with an all-new program featuring a star-studded lineup.
Hosted by the Playhouse’s trio of Tony-award winning producers (Producing Director Alexander Fraser, Executive Producer Robyn Goodman and Producer Josh Fiedler), this week’s installment will be co-hosted by television, stage and film actress, Elaine Hendrix (BCP’s “Steel Magnolias”).
Now in its third month, the Playhouse’s Virtual Variety Show features performances and interviews with notable writers, directors, designers, and actors as well as acoustic performances from Playhouse artists and remembrances from Playhouse alumni.
Highlights of this week’s show include an interview by Broadway choreographer and Bucks County Playhouse Artistic Associate Lorin Latarro (“Waitress,” “Mrs. Doubtfire”) with Philadelphia-based actor and Broadway star Rob McClure (the lead in the Coronavirus-postponed “Mrs. Doubtfire”). Latarro and McClure cover a variety of topics, including what it was like to be ready to open a big new Broadway musical — until the pandemic changed their plans.
Special co-host Hendrix returns to the Playhouse family where she gave an acclaimed performance as Truvy in Marsha Mason’s production of “Steel Magnolias” in 2016. Hendrix currently stars as Alexis Carrington (made famous in the original series by Joan Collins) on the “Dynasty” reboot on CW. She is also known for the TV series “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” opposite Denis Leary and for her breakout role as Meredith Blake in the remake of “The Parent Trap” with Lindsay Lohan.
The Sunday broadcast will also feature musical performances by Bucks County Playhouse favorite Maximillian Sangerman (“Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story” and “Rocky Horror” at the Playhouse; “Smokey Joe’s Café” Off-Broadway, “Footloose” at Kennedy Center) and Kevin Cahoon, another veteran of the Playhouse’s “The Rocky Horror Show” and currently a star on Netflix’s “Glow.” Nicole Rosales, a recent graduate of North-Hunterdon-Voorhees High School and a participant in the 2020 Bucks County Playhouse Student Theater Festival, will also perform. Plus, viewers will get another look at some of Broadway actors’ “special skills.”
“Playhouse Live!” 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. Please check the website for upcoming dates and the Virtual show at BucksCountyPlayhouse.org; on Facebook @BCPTheater; on YouTube @BCPTheaterinfo.
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.
(L-R) Elaine Hendrix, Lorin Latarro, Rob McClure, Kevin Cahoon