Regional's return season starts in July
The Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Penn. — the once-defunct regional theater getting a big push from Gotham legiters in its reopening — with relaunch programming this year with a couple of summer shows including a Rodgers and Hammerstein revue helmed by Lonny Price.Also on tap is a production of Neil Simon’s 1963 play “Barefoot in the Park” directed by Sheryl Kaller (“Next Fall”) as well as a third production, skedded for December, still to be set. The Rodgers and Hammerstein revue, “A Grand Night for Singing,” incorporates some 30 of the songsmiths’ tunes into a show that opened on Broadway in 1993. Price helmed the Rialto revival of “110 in the Shade” as well as the recent, starry New York Philharmonic production of “Company.” The new programming at the Playhouse, which shuttered in 2010 after a mortgage foreclosure, is spearheaded by producing director Jed Bernstein, a Rialto commercial producer (“Driving Miss Daisy”) who is the former topper of the Broadway League. The theater is also reupping its relationship with legit thesps unions Actors Equity, with the new shows produced under an Equity contract. “Grand Night for Singing” runs July 2-July 22, with “Barefoot” following Aug. 7-26. A cabaret series of summer dates also is poised to join the slate.