Singer, actor, and game show host John Davidson will be appearing on July 29 at the Rrazz Room in New Hope.
Best known for hosting TV’s “That’s Incredible,” “Time Machine,” “Hollywood Squares,” and “$100,000 Pyramid,” Davidson typically performs solo these days, playing guitar, singing original songs and American favorites, and spinning yarns in an intimate concert setting.
Born in Pittsburgh, television producer Bob Banner was responsible for broadening Davidson’s career as a television variety host (“The Entertainers”, “Kraft Summer Music Hall,” and the Golden Globe Awards), and motion picture singer/actor (“Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire,” and “The One and Only Genuine Family Band”).
Davidson co-starred with Sally Field in the TV sitcom “The Girl With Something Extra,” and played the role of Matt in “The Fantasticks” on Hallmark Hall of Fame. Davidson has recorded twelve albums, including “John Hamilton Davidson Is a Funny Guy ” in 2006.
He debuted on Broadway playing the juvenile lead in “Foxy,” starring Bert Lahr, and received a Theater Guild award for Curly in “Oklahoma!” Recently, Davidson returned to Broadway starring as Able Frake in Rogers and Hammerstein’s “State Fair.” Off-Broadway, he starred with Morgan Fairchild in “High Infidelity” and as Old Henry & Bellamy in “The Fantasticks.”
In regional theater, Davidson’s roles have included the Wizard in “Wicked”, father in “Ragtime,” Cervantes in “Man of La Mancha,” Harold Hill in “The Music Man,” Teddy Roosevelt in “Bully!”, King Arthur in “Camelot,” and Billy in “Carousel.”
As a television host, Davidson’s credits include numerous beauty pageants, as well as the aforementioned “That’s Incredible,” “The New Hollywood Squares,” and the “100,000 Pyramid,” along with 10 weeks of guest hosting “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”
Aside from hosting a revival of “Hollywood Squares” in the late 1980s, Davidson made numerous appearances on the original “Hollywood Squares” from the mid-1960s until its cancellation. There, he gained a reputation for long, rambling bluffs aimed at convincing contestants of some far-fetched answer to a question posed by Peter Marshall.
Davidson will take to the stage on Saturday, July 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the Rrazz Room, 6426 Lower York Road, in New Hope. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP seating.
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