Bucks County Playhouse is marking the opening of its 75th season May 3 with an evening benefit featuring Tony Award-winning actress Betty Buckley.
Buckley won a Tony Award for her performance as Grizabella, the Glamour Cat, in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. She received her second Tony Award nomination for Triumph of Love, and was acclaimed for her portrayal of Norma Desmond in the London and Broadway productions of Sunset Boulevard. Her other Broadway credits include 1776, Pippin, Song and Dance, the Mystery of Edwin Drood, and Carrie. Buckley made her film debut in Brian de Palma’s 1976 screen version of Stephen King’s Carrie.
In addition to Buckley’s concert, guests will be treated to cocktails, dinner, and a live auction by Rago Art and Auction Center, followed by dessert and dancing. Tickets range from $150 to $1,000. Among the items to be auctioned are vacation homes on Block Island, Fire Island and in New York City; a golf foursome at the exclusive Lookaway course; and a bevy of beautiful items generously donated by area merchants.
The event represents a major fundraising platform for the Playhouse and all proceeds will go toward fulfilling the theater’s mission to present first-class professional entertainment, say organizers. Tables are available starting at $5,000, and include seating for 6-10 guests, as well as an array of benefits for sponsors. The lead sponsors for this event are Cathryn and Richard Zega, Gregory Kammerer, Tonamora Foundation, and Delaware Investments.
“This event will be a beautiful time to gather and celebrate not only the original founders of the Playhouse, but also our current, expanding family of patrons and friends who have made the theater’s rebirth a reality,” said Robyn Goodman, Executive Producer.
The Bucks County Playhouse is located at 70 South Main Street in New Hope, PA.