Published On: Sat, Sep 28th, 2013

Angela Lansbury to be inducted into Bucks County Playhouse Hall of Fame at Oct. 28 gala

Angela LansburyBucks County Playhouse has created its own Hall of Fame to honor theatrical greats who have graced the New Hope stage. The inaugural inductee will be five-time Tony® Award winner and Playhouse alumna Angela Lansbury.

“We are delighted to be cementing the legacy of the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope history by the creation of the Bucks County Playhouse Hall of Fame,” said Producing Director Jed Bernstein. “Angela Lansbury appeared at the Playhouse in 1952’s Affairs of the State, years before she graced the Broadway stage, making her the perfect first honoree.”

American theatrical producer and director Harold Prince will present Angela Lansbury with her Bucks County Playhouse Hall of Fame honoree award. Harold directed Ms. Lansbury in the original production of Sweeney Todd, for which they both received Tony® Awards. The induction ceremony will include a tribute performance by some of Ms. Lansbury’s Broadway colleagues.

Angela Lansbury has enjoyed a seven-decade career, as a screen star and as an award-winning stage actor in New York and London. She made her Broadway debut in 1957 as Bert Lahr’s wife in Hotel Paradiso. Her other Broadway credits include A Taste of Honey (1960), Anyone Can Whistle (1961), Mame (1966, Tony Award), Dear World (1968, Tony Award), Gypsy (1974 revival, Tony Award), Sweeney Todd (1979, Tony Award), Blithe Spirit (2009 revival, Tony Award), A Little Night Music (2009 revival), and The Best Man (2012). Recently, she appeared with James Earl Jones and Boyd Gaines in the 2013 Australian tour of Driving Miss Daisy. From 1984-1996 she starred as Jessica Fletcher on “Murder She Wrote,” the longest running detective drama series in the history of television. Named a Commander of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth in 1994, she received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2000. In addition to her five Tony Awards, she is also the winner of 6 Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for 3 Oscars and 18 Emmys.

Tickets are $100 for the induction ceremony, $150 for the gala reception, and $250 including both induction ceremony and gala reception.

Casting of the performance will be announced shortly.

To purchase tickets and for more information on the Playhouse call 215-862-2121 or visit the box office at 70 S. Main St. New Hope, PA (Seven Days noon-5 p.m.).

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