Bucks County Playhouse, 70 S. Main St. in New Hope, announced a series of post-show talkbacks with Ray Didinger and guests, following Tuesday and Thursday evening performances of Didinger’s hit play Tommy and Me.
The talkbacks are free to anyone attending the Tuesday and Thursday performances. (Note: An additional talkback is scheduled following the 7:30 p.m. performance on Wednesday, June 14).
To date, the lineup includes a variety of Philadelphia sports journalism and broadcasting icons, including recently-retired WIP morning show host Angelo Cataldi, who for three decades was one of the dominant voices in Philadelphia sports radio. The series will also include the children of Hall of Fame Eagles player Tommy McDonald and more.
The current talkback schedule includes:
Thursday, May 25: Ray Didinger with Glen Macnow, WIP sports radio, and special guests Tommy McDonald’s children, Tommy Jr., Chris, Sherry and Patricia
Tuesday, May 30: Ray Didinger and cast
Thursday, June 1: Ray Didinger with Mike Sielski, Philadelphia Inquirer columnist and author of The Rise, the story of NBA great Kobe Bryant
Tuesday, June 6: Ray Didinger with Angelo Cataldi, the WIP sports radio host making a rare post-retirement appearance, and cast
Thursday, June 8: Ray Didinger with Jack McCallum, Sports Illustrated writer and author of the best-selling book Dream Team, the story of the 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team
Wednesday, June 14: Ray Didinger with Michael Barkann, from NBC Sports Philadelphia, and actor Gordon Clapp
Thursday, June 15: Ray Didinger and a guest to be announced
Directed by Nick Corley, Tommy and Me recalls a seminal time in Didinger’s life when he helped his idol, Philadelphia Eagles legendary wide receiver Tommy McDonald, gain his place in the NFL Hall of Fame. Emmy-winner and Tony-nominee Gordon Clapp, who played Detective Greg Medavoy for all 12 seasons on ABC’s NYPD Blue, stars as Tommy McDonald.
“I’m delighted to bring the story of Tommy and Me back to the Bucks County Playhouse,” said Didinger, playwright and award-winning journalist. “We had a wonderful run there last spring. We had full houses almost every night with many in the audience wearing Eagles green, but the story of my friendship with Hall of Famer Tommy McDonald connected with even non-football fans. It’s a story about little boys, their heroes and dreams coming true. Those are themes that will resonate with anyone.”
Tickets can be purchased at BucksCountyPlayhouse.org or by calling 215-862-2121.