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New Musical The New World Premiers at Bucks County Playhouse

New Musical The New World Premiers at Bucks County Playhouse

 

Ann Harada

Ann Harada and cast photos by Sharla Feldscher

Pilgrims wash ashore in Massachusetts — turning North American life on its ear — in the world premiere production of the new musical comedy, The New World. Performances begin November 7 and run through December 2, with an official opening on November 11 at 7:30 pm.

Clyde Alves

Clyde Alves and Cast photos by Sharla Feldscher

Producers Robyn Goodman, Alexander Fraser, Stephen Kocis, and Josh Fiedler recently announced the cast and creative team of the musical, which received its first reading at the Playhouse’s Oscar Hammerstein Festival in 2014. “The New World” includes a book by Regina DeCicco and L.F. Turner, music by Gary Adler (Altar Boyz) and lyrics by Phoebe Kreutz. Stafford Arima (Broadway’s Allegiance and newly appointed Artistic Director of Theater Calgary) will direct with choreography by Bucks County Playhouse Artistic Associate Lorin Latarro (Waitress).

Ann Sanders, Rod Singleton, Ginna LeVine, Ann Harada

Ann Sanders, Rod Singleton, Ginna LeVine and Ann Harada photos by Sharla Feldscher

The New World reimagines the myth of the first meeting of the Pilgrims and Native Americans. The year is 1620. The Native Americans are enjoying a gluten free, low carb, artisanally happy life when they are invaded by the nation’s first immigrants — Pilgrims! There goes the neighborhood, but in the tradition of all musical comedies, love wins!

Ann Harada

Ann Harada and cast photos by Sharla Feldscher

“We’re thrilled to present this original musical comedy developed for and by Bucks County Playhouse.  Our talented creative team has reimagined an important moment in history when love and food brought disparate cultures together and created the great melting pot we call America today,” says Executive Producer Robyn Goodman.

Julius Thomas III, Jillian Gottlieb

Julius Thomas III and Jillian Gottlieb photos by Sharla Feldscher

The cast includes a mix of Broadway veterans and newcomers led by Ann Harada (Avenue Q, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella) as Chief Massasoit and featuring Julius Thomas III (Broadway’s The Scottsboro Boys, Motown the Musical) as Squanto, Jillian Gottlieb (Theater Under the Stars Into the Woods, The Golden Bride Off-Broadway) as Susanna Standish, and Jennifer Perry (Broadway’s Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia!) as Joan.

New World

New World Cast and Creative Team photos by Sharla Feldscher

The cast also features Ginna Le Vine (Picnic Off-Broadway). Le Vine is the grand-niece of Oscar-winning actress Grace Kelly, who made her professional stage debut in 1949 at Bucks County Playhouse, where she was a member of its famed apprentice program. She is joined by Clyde Alves (Broadway’s On the Town, Bullets Over Broadway) as Tago, Eddie Cooper (Encores Assassins, Little Shop of Horrors) as Miles Standish, Ann Sanders (Disney’s Frozen and Broadway’s The King and I) as Mrs. Corn, Rod Singleton (Ogunquit Playhouse’s “Ragtime”) as Colonel Corn and Tyler Maynard (Broadway’s The Little Mermaid, Altar Boyz Off-Broadway) as Carl.

New World

photos by Sharla Feldscher

Adena Ershow, Yael Rizowy, Kiet Tai Cao, Danny Bevins, Brandon Weber and Annelise Cepero round out the ensemble.

 Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz, Regina DeCicco,L.F. Turner

Creative Team — Composers Gary Adler and Phoebe Kreutz, writers Regina DeCicco and L.F. Turner photos by Sharla Feldscher

The New World is the third of four world premiere productions presented at Bucks County Playhouse this year. The summer season launched in May with the debut of “Clue: On Stage.” Last month, the Playhouse hosted a world-premiere musical, “Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story.” The year will end with a new comedy by Gordon Greenberg and Steve Rosen, “Ebenezer Scrooge’s Big Playhouse Christmas Show,” which resets Dickens’ classic tale “A Christmas Carol” in New Hope.

Stephen Kocis, Josh Fiedler, Robyn Goodman

Producers Stephen Kocis, Josh Fiedler and Robyn Goodman photos by Sharla Feldscher

Tickets to “The New World” are on sale now and range from $40 – $75. Special rates for groups of 10 or more. For complete details, and to purchase tickets, please visit buckscountyplayhouse.org, call 215-862-2121, or visit the box office at 70 South Main Street, New Hope, PA.

Stafford Arima

Director Stafford Arima photos by Sharla Feldscher

Ann Sanders, Rod Singleton, Ginna LeVine, Ann Harada

Ann Sanders, Rod Singleton, Ginna LeVine, Ann Harada photos by Sharla Feldscher

 

 

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Magda Katz has been in the entertainment world for most of her life as a child actress, assistant to the head publicist of Avco Embassy Pictures, theatrical print agent. She went on to manage the show business career of her 2 children for over 15 years. For the last five years Magda has been filming and editing video trailers of live performances as well as celebrity interviews. Broadway After Dark was the first website to feature her video trailers. She contributed in creating a star studded 90th birthday party for Mickey Rooney at Feinstein’s at the Regency Hotel. Her video trailers have a large international following. Videos are featured on www.t2conline.com. All of Magda’s videos can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/user/MagdaCorrespondent

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