The RRazz Room in New Hope will be hosting an evening with TV, Broadway, film and concert star John Davidson on Sunday, Sept. 16.
Davidson’s career has taken many twists and turns over the years, and now he has returned to his true love, entertaining America as a traveling singer and storyteller with his original tales, jokes and songs, accompanied by his backup singers, the fabulous Inflatables.
Most of us remember Davidson as the host of TV’s “That’s Incredible,” “Time Machine,” “Hollywood Squares,” and “$100,000 Pyramid.”
Born in Pittsburgh, Davidson was pushed by television producer Bob Banner into stints 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 Sunday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Rrazz Room, 6426 Lower York Road (within The Clarion Inn & Suites) in New Hope. Tickets are $35 for general admission and $45 for VIP seating.
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