Bucks County Playhouse Hosts Farewell Revue and Reception for Jed Bernstein Today

The Bucks County Playhouse (BCP) team invites Playhouse enthusiasts to join them for a one-time exclusive musical Farewell Revue and Reception celebrating the dramatic impact of Producing Director Jed Bernstein on the Bucks County Playhouse!

Earlier this year, Jed Bernstein announced to the community his planned departure from The Playhouse to become President of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts commencing in January 2014. "Jed did an amazing thing here, bringing Broadway back to The Playhouse. He's a true artist and we look forward to the opportunity to celebrate what he accomplished in his short time with us," said Kevin Daugherty, founder of the Bridge Street Foundation, which funded the acquisition and renovation of The Playhouse.

The Bucks County Playhouse team will officially host a commemorative, complimentary Farewell Revue performance to ticket holders of the 2pm performance of Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play today, December 15th. The musical revue is generously sponsored by avid Playhouse supporters Patty and Adolf Herst.

To further celebrate new beginnings for Mr. Bernstein, while reminiscing and rejoicing in a theatrical victory, patrons are invited to a festive reception immediately following at the Logan Inn for an added $100.00 per ticket. This price includes a tax-deductible contribution to The Playhouse of $70. This reception is generously sponsored by Jones Lang LaSalle and the Logan Inn.

For ticket and participation information, go to www.bcptheater.org or contact Isabella Formento at (267) 740-2090 x110 or isabella@bcptheater.org.

The Bucks County Playhouse, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is committed to providing the finest in theatrical entertainment for visitors and residents of New Hope and the Bucks County area. The mission of the Bucks County Playhouse is to present first class professional entertainment and regain The Playhouse's historic place in the national theatrical landscape; and to stimulate, support, inspire and celebrate the performing arts in New Hope and Bucks County via our involvement with community programs, partnerships and arts education.

Located 90 minutes from New York City, the Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 on the site of a gristmill 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, with a veritable who's who of American theatrical royalty including Kim Hunter, Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, Colleen Dewhurst, Shirley Booth, Lillian Gish, June Lockhart, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Bert Lahr, Leslie Nielsen, Walter Matthau, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, Rob Reiner, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Mike Nichols, Liza Minnelli, and Audra McDonald and remained in continuous operation until December 2010.

Terrence McNally's Mothers and Sons, starring Tyne Daly, received its world premiere at the Bucks County Playhouse and will make the leap to Broadway this spring, returning The Playhouse to its roots as an incubator for Broadway (starting with Harvey starring Jimmy Stewart and Neil Simon's Barefoot in the Park starring Robert Redford and Elizabeth Ashley).

Thanks to the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty, this beloved theatrical landmark was re-opened and celebrated on July 2, 2012, exactly 73 years and a day from when it originally opened in 1939. The Bucks County Playhouse is located at 70 South Main Street in New Hope, PA.

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