Bucks County Playhouse has announced its new season, which will kick off with Tony nominee Andrea McArdle starring in Mame. The 2013 Playhouse Productions summer season will also include Tyne Daly leading a new play by Terrence McNally, a Boyd Gaines-helmed production of The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife and more.
McArdle (best known as Broadway’s original Annie) will star as the eccentric title character in the previously reported revival of Mame. The Jerry Herman classic tells the story of orphan Patrick Dennis, who grows up in 1920s New York with his one-of-a-kind Aunt Mame. Lea DeLaria will co-star as Mame's best friend, the hard-drinking Vera Charles. The musical will run at the Pennsylvania venue May 23 through June 9.
Up next is the world premiere of a new play by four-time Tony-winning playwright Terrence McNally and starring Emmy and Tony winner Tyne Daly. The currently untitled production will run June 13 through 23. No plot details about the show have been revealed at this time.
John Kander and Fred Ebb's The World Goes ‘Round will follow from June 27 through July 21. The musical revue follows five individuals as they experience love, drama and music. Classic songs featured in the show include "All That Jazz," "Maybe this Time," "New York, New York" and more.
Really Rosie, a family show featuring a book and lyrics by Maurice Sendak and music by Grammy winner and soon-to-be Broadway musical subject Carole King, is slated to play July 5 through 21. Based on a series of books by Sendak, the musical tells the story of Rosie, the sassiest kid on her block of Brooklyn's Avenue P, who entertains herself and her friends by acting out show biz fantasies.
A yet to be announced musical show will follow July 25 through August 11.
Four-time Tony winner Boyd Gaines, who is currently starring in Driving Miss Daisy in Australia, will direct the previously reported The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife. The revival of Charles Busch’s comedy will begin performances August 15, and play a limited engagement through September 1. The play follows Marjorie Taub, a middle-aged Upper West Side doctor’s wife, who's plunged into a mid-life crisis when a former childhood friend reappears. Casting will be announced shortly.