BRINGS SIZZLE THIS SUMMER TO BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE
Star of TV, Stage and Screen Debuts
Her New Revue in New Hope, PA
through August 15
Photo by Joan Marcus
New Hope, PA (August 3, 2021) — Stage and screen star, Marilu Henner, debuted her all-new club act, “The Marilu Henner Show,” in front of an enthusiastic audience at Bucks County Playhouse, Saturday, July 29. The autobiographical show, which includes songs, dances, and stories from her life and career, runs through August 15, 2021. Production photos by Joan Marcus can be found via the link provided above.
Direct from New York City, Henner’s new show grows out of her sold-out cabaret engagement at New York’s 54 Below and has been expanded for the Playhouse stage. Henner, the star of TV’s “Taxi,” seven Broadway shows, 23 Hallmark movies and more brings her super-hero memory to the Playhouse in an all-new revue. The show also features singers-dancers, Julius Williams (Bucks County Playhouse’s “Mamma Mia!”) and Adam Vanek (Bucks County Playhouse’s “Guys and Dolls”), with Michael Orland (“American Idol”) leading the band. The show is directed by Bob Garrett.
Calling this show “a homecoming,” Henner has appeared at Bucks County Playhouse several times in the past, and currently serves as a member of the Playhouse Artists Board. Henner made her Playhouse debut with Marsha Mason in “The Tale of the Allergist’s Wife” and followed up that appearance playing Masha alongside playwright Christopher Durang in his Tony Award-winning play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike.” In 2019, Henner served as host for the Playhouse Gala which featured a performance by her friend Tony Danza.
“I am so excited to return to my second home, Bucks County Playhouse, and be backed by two incredibly talented and fabulous dancing fellow alums,” says Henner. “Most exciting is a new section of the show that features my expansive and unusual memory, which means there’s something new to hear and see every performance! I love sharing this show with the Bucks County audiences that mean so much to me.”
With the energy of a teenager, the wisdom of a sage, and the memory of a superhero, Marilu Henner has done it all! Along with starring in 68 films, seven Broadway shows, and two hit classic sitcoms, “Taxi” and “Evening Shade,” this five-time Golden Globe Nominee is also a “New York Times” Best Selling author of ten books on health, parenting, memory, and lifestyle improvement. Marilu has hosted and executive produced her own nationally syndicated talk shows (Marilu and Shape Up Your Life) and her own radio show, “The Marilu Henner Show.” As a two-time competitor on “Celebrity Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice All-Stars,” Marilu made it to the Final Five and played for The Physicians’ Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and the Alzheimer’s Association. She also competed on the 23rd season of “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC reaching the quarterfinals. Henner currently co-stars with Candace Cameron Bure in the ongoing Hallmark Murders and Mysteries series Aurora Teagarden written by Charlaine Harris. As one of only twelve people documented with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory, Marilu was the subject of a three-part special on “60 Minutes” and on “60 Minutes Australia,” as well as news programs and newspaper articles around the globe. She also served as the consultant on the CBS series “Unforgettable” for all four seasons. Marilu has spoken before Congress on ten occasions on everything from dietary supplements to women’s cardiovascular disease, to The Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, to deadbeat parents, to funding for Alzheimer’s. Marilu is a keynote speaker throughout the country on topics including memory, diet and fitness, women’s health issues, cardiovascular disease, cancer survival, and child-rearing, as well as lifestyle, entertainment, and business organization strategies.
The show plays Wednesdays through Sundays. A full performance calendar is available at BucksCountyPlayhouse.org. Special VIP experiences are on sale for select performances that include a Meet and Greet with Marilu. Please note: this production is being sold at full capacity. Masks/face coverings are required for unvaccinated patrons and encouraged for those who are fully vaccinated. Tickets start at $45. For complete details, and to purchase tickets, please visit buckscountyplayhouse.org or call 215-862-2121.
ABOUT BUCKS COUNTY PLAYHOUSE
Bucks County Playhouse is a year-round, nonprofit theatre that has grown to a $6 million producing organization with an annual audience of more than 80,000. Founded in 1939 in a converted 1790 gristmill, Bucks County Playhouse quickly became “the most famous summer theatre in America,” featuring a roster of American theatrical royalty including Helen Hayes, George S. Kaufman, Moss Hart, Kitty Carlisle, Angela Lansbury, Alan Alda, Tyne Daly, Bernadette Peters, and Liza Minnelli and remained in continuous operation until 2010. In 2012, the Playhouse re-opened after a multi-million-dollar restoration thanks to the efforts of the Bridge Street Foundation, the nonprofit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty. The Playhouse recently unveiled The Deck Restaurant and Bar, a 4,000 square foot Delaware-river facing addition to the back of the Playhouse.
In 2014, Tony Award-winning producers Alexander Fraser, Robyn Goodman, and Josh Fiedler took the helm of the Playhouse, and today the Playhouse has reclaimed its reputation of attracting Broadway and Hollywood artists. Its productions of “Company” starring Justin Guarini, and William Finn’s “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” were named by Wall Street Journal to its “Best of Theatre” list for 2015. In 2018, the Wall Street Journal again hailed the Playhouse and Artistic Associate Hunter Foster in its Best of the Year listings for its production of “42nd Street.” The 2017 season included four world premieres and audiences grew by over 34%. Box office record has been repeatedly broken by signature productions of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” “Steel Magnolias” directed by Marsha Mason, and “Million Dollar Quartet,” “42nd Street,” and “Guys and Dolls” directed by Hunter Foster. “Mamma Mia!” directed by John Tartaglia and choreographed by Shannon Lewis, broke the box office records again. The creative teams who come to create new productions at the Playhouse are among the most talented artists working in the professional theatre today and relish the opportunity to work on the historic stage where Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, and Jessica Walter began their careers.