BWW Reviews: A GRAND NIGHT FOR SINGING and Lambertville Station Restaurant

With a rich American history dating back to 1700's New Hope Pa. was destined for grandiose things in the future.  From ferry boats, mills and canal boats to world-class artists, actors and writers and to the magnificent variety of galleries, shops and restaurants today, and of course, The Buck County Playhouse is once again "OPEN FOR BUSINESS".

Just a short walk over the Delaware River, Bridge St. connects the towns of New Hope Pa. to Lambertville, NJ.; Home to the historic Lambertville Station Inn and restaurant. Completed in 1867; the station initially served passengers traveling on the local lines from Belvidere to Trenton. In 1982, the current owners purchased the building and for fourteen months renovated and refurbished it, painstakingly preserving what could be saved.                                                                         

The massive exterior was totally restored to its original beauty. The interior became an elegant blend of yesterday and today. The etched glass, polished oak, gleaming brass and antiques of Lambertville's restored 19th century train station on the banks of the Delaware River across from New Hope PA make it a tasteful backdrop for the Lambertville Station's renowned variations on American cuisine restaurant. Their stone walled wine cellar is transformed into intimate sections of cozy couches and bistro tables where a special cuisine is served.

In their main restaurant we enjoyed probably the best lobster and crab chunk bisque soup ever, followed by their "small dish" of imported cheeses served with slim slices of Artisan bread and truffle honey for dipping. Our main course consisted of fresh broiled bass with creamy lemon sauce and herb risotto and gently cooked fresh vegetables along with prime choice cut of pork tenderloin with a rum mint sauce served with red rice, black beans and roasted plantains. Dessert was a decadent New York cheesecake drizzled in caramel sauce, topped with whipped cream and strawberries.

We anxiously made our way to the newly restored Bucks County Playhouse which is located in New Hope, Pennsylvania, at the site of a former grist mill on the banks of the Delaware River. The original structure was built in 1790. Facing demolition in the 1930s, the site was saved when a small band of artists, including Broadway playwright and Bucks County resident Moss Hart, helped rally the local community to renovate it as a theater. The Bucks County Playhouse opened on July 1, 1939.

Over the next 70 years, a veritable Who's Who of Hollywood and Broadway legends have played the stage of BCP-Grace Kelly, Angela Lansbury, Bea Arthur, Walter Matthau, Uta Hagen, Leslie Neilson, Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn (in their first stage production together), Liza Minnelli, Helen Hayes, Tovah Feldshuh, Andrea McArdle, June Lockhart, Colleen Dewhurst, Kitty Carlisle, Bert Lahr, and Robert Redford, to name a few.

BCP has also showcased some of the theatre's most beloved musicals and plays, including She Loves Me, West Side Story, Bye Bye Birdie, Annie Get Your Gun, The Glass Menagerie, The Odd Couple, Dial M for Murder, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The Playhouse has also launched many Broadway productions including the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy, Harvey, Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park, and James Whitmore's one-man show about Harry Truman; Give 'Em Hell, Harry!

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Pati Buehler Pati has been involved in various aspects of theater for about 25 years; from writing reviews and interviews for the past 10 years to producing theater events. Pati also runs PB Entertainment Agency working with several Broadway and Regional performers booking workshops/Master classes, concerts and theater programs for high schools, colleges and theater groups. She also works raising funds for non profit organizations.

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