After being dark for 18 months, the Bucks County Playhouse will reopen on July 2 with A Grand Night for Singing, featuring more than 30 of Rodgers and Hammerstein's greatest hits.
The playhouse also will offer Neil Simon's classic play, Barefoot in the Park, which debuted in the New Hope theater nearly 50 years ago, during its shortened summer season, producing director Jed Bernstein said Tuesday.
"Bucks County was such an important place in the life of Oscar Hammerstein II," said Ted Chapin, president and executive director of The Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization, in a written statement. "The fact that a Rodgers & Hammerstein show … is reopening the legendary Bucks County Playhouse is a thrill to us all."
A Grand Night for Singing, with such hits as "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' " and "Some Enchanted Evening," will run July 2 through July 22. It will be followed by Barefoot in the Park, from Aug. 7 through Aug. 26.
"I am so delighted that the Bucks County Playhouse, such an important place in my creative life, will be up and running again," Simon said in the statement. "For it to feature in its renaissance season, one of my own plays is icing on the cake."
The playhouse also will present a cabaret series July 19-21 and Aug. 16-18 at Havana Restaurant & Bar at 105 S. Main St.