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Bucks County Playhouse returns to full production


Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope launches its 2022 season on May 20.

The season marks the 10th anniversary of the Playhouse’s return after a multi-million-dollar refurbishment and reorganization in 2012. It also signals a return to a complete season of self-produced, fully staged theatrical productions following the pandemic.

“We are proud to announce a 2022 season that celebrates the Playhouse’s resurgence and the 10th anniversary of reopening with the kind of shows that we do best,” said Producing Director Alexander Fraser.

“We are particularly excited to do a full season of significant shows — each of which tells the story of individuals who may be labeled as outsiders, but ultimately demonstrate their power to triumph and make a difference.”

The season includes the new play, “American Jade,” the Tony-winning musical “Kinky Boots,” the tap-happy musical “Dames at Sea,” and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic musical, “Evita.” The Playhouse Youth Company will also produce a new musical, “Alien8” in July.

The Playhouse also will bring back the Oscar Hammerstein Festival, a weekend festival that celebrates the importance of lyric-writing, June 18 and 19. Details will be announced soon. Casting for the 2022 season is by Paul Hardt, Hardt Casting.

During the pandemic, the Playhouse kept going with live, in-person performances — not only keeping the doors open when legally allowed, but also by producing the world premiere of Candace Bushnell’s “Is There Still Sex in the City?” which recently debuted Off-Broadway and is embarking on an international tour.

The Playhouse also produced a new one-woman show by Marilu Henner and welcomed a plethora of visiting artists from Broadway and beyond, ranging from The Jazz at Lincoln Center Septet with Wynton Marsalis to John Lloyd Young to the play “Tommy and Me.”

The 2022 season will kick off May 20 with “American Jade,” written and starring Emmy Winner Jodi Long (Netflix’s “Dash and Lily”) and directed by Eric Rosen. In the show, Long looks back at her childhood touring with her parents in the 1950s through her rise on Broadway and Hollywood.

In June, the Playhouse will present a new production of “Kinky Boots” co-directed by Sheryl Kaller (BCP’s “Vanya … Sonia … Masha … Spike”) and Hope Boykin of The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

The Playhouse will round out the 2022 season with production of the Busby Berkley inspired “Dames at Sea” with Randy Skinner re-creating his recent work on Broadway; as well as a new production of “Evita” directed by Will Pomerantz.

Aside from the mainstage season, the Playhouse will produce its annual Oscar Hammerstein Festival in June will mount a holiday show in November and December.

Season tickets are now available and start at $216 for four shows. Single tickets also are on sale. All play titles, artists, and dates are subject to change. Details on casting will be announced soon. For tickets and information, visit or call 215-862-2121.