She "charmed the husk right off of the corn"
Playhouse Hall of Fame inducts Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury, the enduring star of Broadway and Hollywood, came to New Hope Monday to be the first theatrical luminary inducted into the Bucks County Playhouse’s newly created Hall of Fame.
In 1952 she appeared at the Playhouse in “Affairs of State,” a play by Louis Verneuil that had debuted on Broadway in 1950.
Lansbury was on her way to Broadway herself when she first appeared at the Playhouse.
The induction ceremony included a tribute performance by some of Lansbury’s Broadway colleagues and laying a brick on the Playhouse sidewalk.
The Central Bucks High School West Choir sang a rousing “Mame” at the close of the show. It was one of Lansbury’s many roles.Producer and Director Harold Prince was expected to be on hand to present an award to the actress but the honor went to Playhouse Producing Director Jed Bernstein. Prince directed Lansbury in the original production of “Sweeney Todd.” They both received Tony Awards for that show.
Before adjourning to the Logan Inn, Nita Crowley, daughter of John Crowley, Playhouse general manager from 1951 to 1970, presented Lansbury with a framed poster listing her as the star of “Affairs of State.”
And Hal Prince showed up at the Logan Inn in time to join the festivities.
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