Sunday, August 30, 2015

Bucks Playhouse to open with musical, Neil Simon play

Iconic theater will reopen July 2 with Rodgers and Hammerstein revue, followed by "Barefoot in the Park."

Bucks Playhouse to open with musical, Neil Simon play

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The Bucks County Playhouse is getting a facelift and undergoing renovations that are scheduled to be completed in time for the July 2 gala and opening. (Bill Reed/Staff)

After being dark for 18 months, the Bucks County Playhouse will reopen on July 2 with A Grand Night for Singing, featuring more than 30 of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest hits.

The playhouse also will offer Neil Simon’s classic play, Barefoot in the Park, which debuted in the New Hope theater nearly 50 years ago, during its shortened summer season, producing director Jed Bernstein said Tuesday.

“Bucks County was such an important place in the life of Oscar Hammerstein II,” said Ted Chapin, president and executive director of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, in a written statement.  “The fact that a Rodgers & Hammerstein show … is reopening the legendary Bucks County Playhouse is a thrill to us all.”   

A Grand Night for Singing, with such hits as “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’ ” and “Some Enchanted Evening,” will run July 2 through July 22. It will be followed by Barefoot in the Park, from Aug. 7 through Aug. 26.

“I am so delighted that the Bucks County Playhouse, such an important place in my creative life, will be up and running again,” Simon said in the statement. “For it to feature in its renaissance season, one of my own plays is icing on the cake.”

The playhouse also will present a cabaret series July 19-21 and Aug. 16-18 at Havana Restaurant & Bar at 105 S. Main St.

Subscription tickets are on sale for $55 to $153, and single tickets costing $29 to $54 will go on sale Friday. To buy tickers, go to or call 215-315-7788.

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Chris Palmer covers Bucks County for the Philadelphia Inquirer. His previous work has appeared in the New York Times and on several Times blogs, including City Room, the Local East Village and SchoolBook (which has since been taken over by WNYC). Contact him at, 610 313 8212 or on Twitter, @cs_palmer.

Ben Finley covers Bucks County for The Philadelphia Inquirer. He previously worked for The Associated Press, and the Bucks County Courier Times, where he won more than a dozen journalism awards from organizations including the Education Writers Association, the Society for Features Journalism and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with honors from The Ohio State University with a degree in journalism. Contact him at, 610-313-8118 or on Twitter, @Ben_Finley.

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