Bucks County Playhouse announces casting for Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “A Grand Night For Singing”
Local Contact: Mandee Kuenzle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE
THE BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE
ANNOUNCES CASTING FOR
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S
“A G R A N D N I G H T F O R S I N G I N G”
PROFESSIONAL THEATER RETURNS TO NEW HOPE:
CAST MEMBERS WITH OVER 4,000 BROADWAY PERFORMANCES AMONG THEM TAKE THE STAGE
COURTNEY BALAN, RON BOHMER,
GREG BOSWORTH, ERIN DAVIE AND KENITA R. MILLER
TO KICK OFF 2012 SEASON ON JULY 2ND
New Hope, PA (5/30/12) –The Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) in New Hope, Pennsylvania, has announced the casting for its first production of the summer, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing. The cast will feature a line-up of some of Broadway’s most seasoned performers including Courtney Balan (Broadway: [title of show], Cry-Baby), Ron Bohmer (Broadway: Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime), Greg Bosworth (Atlanta: Xanadu, Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale), Erin Davie (Broadway: A Little Night Music, Grey Gardens), and Kenita R. Miller (Broadway: Xanadu, The Color Purple). Performances begin Monday, July 2 at 8:00 p.m.
These top Broadway performers have appeared in critically acclaimed New York productions and have collectively played over 4,000 Broadway performances, underlining the Playhouse’s commitment to featuring the best performers available.
Directed by Tony® Award nominee and Emmy Award® winning Lonny Price, Rodgers & Hammerstein’s A Grand Night for Singing Hammerstein features over 30 of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest hits, from “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” to “Some Enchanted Evening.” This 1994 Tony® Award-nominated musical revue is “something wonderful” for all lovers of classic musical theater. Performances are Monday, July 2 through Sunday, July 22.
A Grand Night for Singing will celebrate on Thursday, July 5th at 8:30 p.m. with a special gala performance. Proceeds from this evening will support the continued restoration of the Playhouse and the effort to bring it back as a centerpiece of the New Hope and Bucks County community. A pre-show cocktail party will be held at Martine’s RiverHouse Restaurant (14 East Ferry Street) and a post-show reception at Marsha Brown (15 South Main Street). Tickets for the pre-show cocktail party, the show, and post show reception range from $275 – $350, with the show and post-reception from $200 – $275. Tickets for the performance only are $150, $75.00 for the pre-show cocktail party only and $175 for the post-show reception only. Tickets are available at bcptheater.org or by calling 215-315-7788.
The summer will continue with Barefoot in the Park by Neil Simon. First seen on the BCP stage nearly 50 years ago prior to its original 1963 Broadway run, this iconic and beloved play about the trials and tribulations of two newlyweds on the top floor of a New York brownstone has been leaving audiences breathless with laughter for generations. Directed by Tony® Award nominee Sheryl Kaller (2010’s Tony® Award-nominated new play, Next Fall) this timeless comedy provides a breath of fresh air for the dog days of summer. Performances are Tuesday, August 7 through Sunday, August 26.
The third production of 2012 will run from Tuesday, December 4 through Sunday, December 30. Full details for this production are forthcoming.
In addition to the summer and holiday productions, Bucks County Playhouse will present a cabaret series Thursday, July 19 – Saturday, July 21 at 11:00 p.m., and Thursday, August 16 – Saturday, August 18 at 11:00 p.m. at Havana Restaurant & Bar (105 South Main Street). December dates will be announced soon. The series will invite Playhouse cast members, etc. to step outside their traditional roles to perform in a 45 minute cabaret style show. The July edition will be hosted by award winning playwright Christopher Durang, a long time Bucks County resident.
Tickets are on sale now! Regular single ticket prices range from $29 to $54, subscription prices range from $55 to $153, and groups of 10 or more range from $21 to $41. Members will receive discounts on both subscriptions and single tickets along with other benefits. For full details, and to purchase tickets, please visit bcptheater.org or call 215-315-7788.
Week one of A Grand Night for Singing will play Monday at 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at 8:00 p.m., Thursday at 4:00 and 8:30 pm (Gala), Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 4:00 and 8:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The regular performance schedule for the rest of the summer will be: Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m., Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m., Thursdays at 4:00 and 8:30 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4:00 and 8:30 p.m., and Sundays at 2:00 p.m.
A Grand Night for Singing has music by Richard Rodgers and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II. Musical arrangements are by Fred Wells with orchestrations by Michael Gibson and Jonathan Tunick. It was originally produced at Roundabout Theatre Company, New York City in 1993 and conceived by Walter Bobbie.
Barefoot in the Park is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
For more information about employment, internships or auditions at the Bucks County Playhouse please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Located 90 minutes from New York City, the Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 on the site of a grist mill dating from the late eighteenth century. Ironically, the structure was at that time in danger of demolition; however playwright Moss Hart and the local community rallied to save the building and re-opened it as a theatrical venue, which quickly became one of the country’s most famous regional theaters. In continuous operation until December 2010, a veritable who’s who of American theatrical royalty has trod its boards, including Kim Hunter, Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, Colleen Dewhurst, Shirley Booth, Lillian Gish, June Lockhart, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Bert Lahr, Leslie Nielsen and Walter Matthau.
Courtney Balan. Broadway: [title of show] (stand-by), Cry-Baby (Hatchet-Face), and In My Life (understudied and performed Jenny).Off-Broadway: [title of show] (stand-by); Rated P for Parenthood (Woman 1), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Woman 1), The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy Miller), The Extraordinary Ordinary (Karen), How To Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes (Violet & Julie stand-by) and I Love You Because (NYC Woman; recording on PS Classics). Regional: Into the Woods (Baker’s Wife) at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia, Oklahoma! (Ado Annie) at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Rated P for Parenthood (Woman 1) at Midtown Direct Rep, The Marvelous Wonderettes (Missy Miller) at Capital Rep. Funny Girl (Fanny u/s); Fiddler On the Roof (Tzeitel) and The Pajama Game (Poopsie) at Music Theatre of Wichita.Love: My family and fiance Jason. Graduate: University of Michigan Musical Theatre. Jersey girl. Member: AEA.
Ron Bohmer. Broadway/national tours: Ragtime (Father), A Little Night Music (Frid), The Phantom Of The Opera (Phantom), Sunset Boulevard (Joe Gillis; Jefferson Award nomination), The Scarlet Pimpernickel (title role; National Broadway Theatre Award nomination), Aspects Of Love (Alex; LA Robby award), The Woman in White (Sir Percival Glyde), Les Misérables (Enjolras), Fiddler on the Roof (Fyedka), and Disney’s High School Musical (Coach Bolton). Off-Broadway/regional: Around the World in 80 Days (Phileas Fogg), The Thing About Men (Sebastian), Forbidden Broadway (2005 Drama Desk award), Sunday in the Park With George (George), Bed & Sofa (Volodya ; Best Actor nomination—Barrymore Award),The Fantasticks (El Gallo; Acclaim Award, Best Actor). As a concert soloist, Ron has sung at Radio City Music Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and with numerous Symphonies and Pops orchestras across the country. Recordings include two solo CD’s. Ron is married to actress/author Sandra Joseph and is the father of two daughters, Cassidy and Austin. www.ronbohmer.com
Greg Bosworth is excited to make his out-of-town debut with A Grand Night for Singing. For the past two years, he has lived in Atlanta, where he has taken part in many shows and premieres. He recently finished playing Terpsicore, the muse of dance, in Xanadu. Other credits include the world premiere of Clyde and Bonnie: A Folktale (also directed by Lonny Price and choreographed by Josh Rhodes), Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom, 1940's Radio Hour, Spring Awakening (Atlanta premiere), Academy (Atlanta premiere), Pageant: The Musical, and the world premiere of Musical Dramatic Arts' I Dream. Greg is a regular entertainer at both Stone Mountain Park and KidStuf Live! Last summer he toured Argentina, Uruguay, and Paraguay with ArtSpot Educational Theater, teaching English theater to Spanish students. He graduated with a BFA in musical theater from Jacksonville University, where he was in Chess, Così fan tutte, Ragtime, and Oklahoma! Many thanks to my very supportive family, my friends up and down the east coast who always cheer me on, and Olivia, who I love dearly for holding down the fort.
Erin Davie. Broadway: Countess Charlotte Malcolm in A Little Night Music, Young Little Edie in Grey Gardens (Theatre World Award for Outstanding Broadway Debut), Niki Harris in Curtains. Off-Broadway: The Glorious Ones (Lincoln Center Theater), Applause (Eve Harrington; Encores). Tours: Swing!, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Guys and Dolls. Regional: A Time to Kill, Sunday in the Park with George, 90 Years of MUNY Magic, Camelot, The Apple Tree, Carousel, Jekyll & Hyde, The Student Prince. TV: Law & Order, The Good Wife.
Kenita R. Miller. Broadway/Off-Broadway: Merrily We Roll Along at Encores, Xanadu (Erato/Kira Cover), The Color Purple (Celie), Dessa Rose (Dessa), Langston In Harlem (Zora Neale Hurston; Drama Desk nomination/Audelco Award). National Tours/Regional: The Color Purple, The Civil War, Woody Guthrie American Songbook, Ragtime (Sarah), Once On This Island (Timoune), Ragtime in Concert in Cardiff, Wales (Sarah). Film/TV: Liberty City Is Like Paris To Me (Sundance), Sesame Street. LOVE. www.kenitamiller.com