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Neal Zoren’s BEST OF PHILADELPHIA THEATER, 2016

Neal Zoren chose his favorite productions, directors, and actors from the last year.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (BCP): A wonderful holiday show

Bucks County Playhouse tackles this classic (adapted by Joe Landry) and finds a perfect way to ring in the holidays.

THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE (Bucks County Playhouse): Spelling good times

Take a few awkward adolescents, put them in a competition moderated by awkward adults, toss some words (or some formulation of one) at them, and you’ve got a spelling bee….

COMPANY (BCP): Settle down with Sondheim

Now that’s how you start off the summer! The beautiful Bucks County Playhouse opened to a full house with COMPANY. Based on the book by George Furth, music by Stephen…

NATIONAL PASTIME (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

It’s 1933 in the struggling radio station WZBQ in Baker City, Iowa. Owner Barry hatches an ingenious plan to resurrect a defunct baseball team, boost ratings, and save the station.

MENOPAUSE (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

A must-see musical about “the change”.

PLAID TIDINGS (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

A budding 50s guy group that met an untimely end in an accident find themselves out of their heavenly digs and back on Earth – in front of a live audience.

Erik Altemus and Kevin Cahoon in THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW at Bucks County Playhouse.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

In true B-movie fashion, the show provides it all – song, dance, drama, comedy, and of course, utterly enjoyable debauchery.

DEATHTRAP (Bucks County Playhouse): A 60-Second Review

One of the most successful plays in Broadway history makes its way to the iconic Bucks County Playhouse. DEATHTRAP is a mystery/thriller (brimming with bleak humor) by Ira Levin (“Rosemary’s Baby). DEATHTRAP is the story of a once-famous playwright Sidney Bruhl (Saxon Palmer) with an enormous case of writer’s block living with his beautiful wife Myra (Angela Pierce) in Connecticut.

CHAPTER TWO (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

Directed by Marsha Mason, the actress in the original film adaptation, Neil Simon’s CHAPTER TWO is a romantic comedy/drama in the spirit of the Hotel Suite.

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IN THE MOOD (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-Second Review

IN THE MOOD is more than a music revue—it’s a concert, a musical, a history lesson, a show of patriotism, and a celebration of one of the most important times in American history. The 1940’s was a time of significant change. In music, the whole nation was listening to the same big bands. Swing music, romantic ballads, and dancing shaped an entire cultural movement and most importantly became a prevailing icon of hope as we faced the reality of World War II. Proudly, the show takes a segment to recognize and honor the veterans in attendance. In its 20th year of touring, IN THE MOOD is an international success.

Chelsea Packard in MEET ME IN SAINT LOUIS.

MEET ME IN SAINT LOUIS: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review

MEET ME IN SAINT LOUIS: A LIVE RADIO PLAY is based on The Kensington Stories by Sally Benson and the MGM motion picture Meet Me in Saint Louis; the musical book written by Hugh Wheeler was expertly adapted to the unique radio play style by Joe Landry. Simply, this show is fun.