Playhouse Live!, the 30-minute, free Virtual Variety Show produced by Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, streams again this Sunday night, Aug. 16, at 7 p.m., with an all-new program and added musical performances.
Hosted by the Playhouse’s trio of Tony Award-winning producers, including producing director Alexander Fraser, executive producer Robyn Goodman and producer Josh Fiedler, this week’s installment will be co-hosted by television, stage and film actress Patricia Richardson (TV’s Home Improvement and BCP’s Steel Magnolias and Other Desert Cities).
Now in its fourth month, the Playhouse’s Virtual Variety Show features performances and interviews with notable writers, directors, designers and actors, as well as acoustic performances from Playhouse artists and remembrances from Playhouse alumni.
Highlights of this week’s show include Richardson hilariously recalling how she was cast as the understudy in the 1974 revival of Gypsy, which starred Angela Lansbury. Broadway choreographer and Playhouse artistic associate Lorin Latarro (Waitress, Mrs. Doubtfire) finishes her conversation with Philadelphia-based actor and Broadway star Rob McClure (the lead in the coronavirus-postponed Mrs. Doubtfire). McClure and his wife, actress Maggie Lakis (BCP’s It’s A Wonderful Life), will also perform.
The broadcast will also include a high-energy dance performance by choreographer Jeremy Dumont (BCP’s 42nd Street and Guys and Dolls), and musical performances by Carter Calvert (BCP’s Always…Patsy Cline) and Soara-Joye Ross (BCP’s Rock and Roll Man).
Plus, viewers will get another look at some of Broadway actors’ “special skills.”
Playhouse Live! is line-produced by Jeremy Ehlinger and Michael Traupman and made possible with support from the Playhouse Annual Fund and Re-opening Campaign donors. The Playhouse is especially grateful to season support from Bank of America. Visit BucksCountyPlayhouse.org for upcoming dates and the Virtual Variety Show, which is also available on Facebook @BCPTheater and YouTube @BCPTheaterInfo.