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Mainstreet.com names Bucks County Playhouse’s Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play as One of Ten “Top Holiday Shows”, Performances through December 29, 2013

Garth Kravits, Victoria Cook, Geoff Packard, Chelsea Packard, Lauren Molina and Jay Russell in Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa.(MANDEE KUENZLE/Bucks County Playhouse)

Garth Kravits, Victoria Cook, Geoff Packard, Chelsea Packard, Lauren Molina and Jay Russell in Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa. (MANDEE KUENZLE/Bucks County Playhouse)

Garth Kravits and  Lauren Molina in Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa. (MANDEE KUENZLE/Bucks County Playhouse)

Garth Kravits and Lauren Molina in Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa. (MANDEE KUENZLE/Bucks County Playhouse)

Mainstreet.com names Bucks County Playhouse’s Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, featuring Garth Kravits, Lauren Molina, Geoff Packard, Jay Russell, Chelsea Packard and Victoria Cook at the Bucks County Playhouse, 70 South Main Street in New Hope, PA, as one of their ten top picks of holiday shows across the country. Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, helmed by Playhouse alumni Gordon Greenberg, with choreography by Lorin Latarro, has 7 performances through December 29, 2013.

Cast members Garth Kravits and Lauren Molina spread holiday cheer and chatted about the show when they appeared on Good Day Philadelphia on Fox29 with co-hosts Sheinelle Jones and Mike Jerrick, and visited with John McDevitt at KYW Newsradio 1060, on Christmas Eve.

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Based on The Kensington Stories by Sally Benson and the MGM motion picture Meet Me In St. Louis starring Judy Garland, Meet Me In St. Louis: A Live Radio Play features songs by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blaine, including the classics such as: “The Boy Next Door,” “Skip To My Lou,” “The Trolley Song,” “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” and “Meet Me in St. Louis.” The 2013 Radio Play is adapted by another Playhouse veteran, Joe Landry from the book by Hugh Wheeler.

Garth Kravits in Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. Photo courtesy of Bucks County Playhouse

Garth Kravits in Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, PA. Photo courtesy of Bucks County Playhouse

Garth Kravits returns to the Bucks County Playhouse after appearing as Harry Bailey and Hank “Jazzbo” Heywood in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play last Christmas with Justin Guarini, Lauren Molina, Jill Paice and Mark Price. A gifted comic actor, Kravits is also a versatile singer, a songwriter, a composer and a musician who has an affinity for tackling a variety of musical genres. He traveled the globe for seven years as a member of The House Jacks, an A capella rock band, and made his Broadway debut working in tandem with his brother Jason Kravits, as part of The Tall Brothers, a 1920’s-era comedy team playing gangsters disguised as pastry chefs, in the Broadway production of The Drowsy Chaperone in 2006. Kravits has appeared in the Off-Broadway productions of Old Jews Telling Jokes and Toxic Audio Loudmouth; regionally in The Producers (Gateway Playhouse) and Happy Days: A New Musical (Goodspeed Opera House), and as Benny Southstreet in the regional tour of Guys and Dolls. He guest starred on the television shows “30 Rock” (NBC), “The Carrie Diaries” (CW), “Nash Bridges” (USA), and most recently on “Hostages” (CBS) as a polygraph expert.

From left, Mark Price, Jill Paice, Justin Guarini, Lauren Molina, and Garth Kravits in "It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play." (MANDEE KUENZLE / Bucks County Playhouse)

From left, Mark Price, Jill Paice, Justin Guarini, Lauren Molina, and Garth Kravits in “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.” (MANDEE KUENZLE / Bucks County Playhouse)

Lauren Molina in Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa.(MANDEE KUENZLE/Bucks County Playhouse

Lauren Molina in Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play at Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope, Pa.(MANDEE KUENZLE/Bucks County Playhouse

Lauren Molina returns to the Bucks County Playhouse after appearing as Janet in Rocky Horror Show and where she originated the role of Lana Sherwood in It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play last Christmas. Her Broadway credits include Johanna in the critically acclaimed actor-musical revival of Sweeney Todd and Regina in the original cast of Rock of Ages. She has appeared Off-Broadway in Marry Me A Little (Her) at Clurman Theatre and is featured on the revival cast album released October 2013; and in Nobody Loves You (Megan) at Second Stage. Her regional credits include Candide (Cunegonde) at Goodman, Huntington, Shakespeare Theatre DC (Helen Hayes Award Winner),Ten Cents A Dance (Miss Jones 1), Williamstown. She was a featured singer in the Ladies Who Sing Sondheim at the Westport Theatre with Barbara Cook and Patti LuPone. In addition to being a singer song-writer (her latest solo album entitled Sea For Two), co-creator of the mocumentary webseries Rock of Ages Productions, she is half of the comedy-pop duo the Skivvies.

Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, has performances through December 29, 2013. For a complete schedule and to purchase tickets for Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play visit www.bcptheater.org, call 215-862-2121 or visit the box office at 70 South Main Street New Hope, PA (7 Days : 12pm-5pm). Ticket Prices: Front Orchestra: $57.50, Middle Orchestra: $39.00 and Rear Orchestra: $29.00. All tickets are subject to a $2.25 Restoration Fee & $1.75 Transaction Fee per ticket. Group discounts are available for parties of 10 or more. For group rates, please call the box office at (215) 862-2121.

Performance Schedule:
Thursday, Dec 26, 2013, 2:00PM
Thursday, Dec 26, 2013, 7:30PM
Friday, Dec 27, 2013, 7:30PM
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013, 2:00PM
Saturday, Dec 28, 2013, 7:30PM
Sunday, Dec 29, 2013, 2:00PM
Sunday, Dec 29, 2013, 6:00PM


Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play is generously sponsored in part by ShopRite and licensed by Tams-Witmark Music Library.

Located 90 minutes from New York City, the Bucks County Playhouse opened in 1939 on the site of a grist mill dating from the late eighteenth century. Ironically, the structure was at that time in danger of demolition; however playwright Moss Hart and the local community rallied to save the building and re-opened it as a theatrical venue, which quickly became one of the country’s most famous regional theaters, with a veritable who’s who of American theatrical royalty including Kim Hunter, Helen Hayes, Kitty Carlisle, Colleen Dewhurst, Shirley Booth, Lillian Gish, June Lockhart, Grace Kelly, Robert Redford, Bert Lahr, Leslie Nielsen and Walter Matthau and remained in continuous operation until December 2010. Thanks to the Bridge Street Foundation, the non-profit family foundation of Kevin and Sherri Daugherty with Tanya Cooper as President, this beloved theatrical landmark was re-opened and celebrated on July 2, 2012, exactly 73 years and day from when it originally opened in 1939. The Bucks County Playhouse is located at 70 South Main Street in New Hope, PA.

Lia Chang. Photo by Charles Richard Barboza

Lia Chang. Photo by Charles Richard Barboza

Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia recently starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, Lorey Hayes, Marcus Naylor and Phynjuar.

Other articles on Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play:
Dec. 24: Garth Kravits and Lauren Molina, Stars of Bucks County Playhouse’s Holiday Show Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play, to Appear on Good Day Philadelphia
The Reporter: Bucks County Playhouse presents a flawless, picturesque “Meet me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play”
The Morning Call: Bucks Playhouse’s ‘Meet me in St. Louis’ is delightfully nostalgic
New Hope Free Press: Review: ‘Meet Me In St. Louis’ At Bucks County Playhouse
phindie.com: MEET ME IN SAINT LOUIS: A LIVE RADIO PLAY (Bucks County Playhouse): 60-second review
philly.com: Review: Meet Me in St. Louis, A Live Radio Play

Other articles on Garth Kravits:
Q & A with Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play’s Garth Kravits
Dec. 4 – 29: Garth Kravits Returns to Bucks County Playhouse for Meet Me in St. Louis: A Live Radio Play
centraljersey.com: Clang Clang Clang!’Meet Me in St. Louis’ in Bucks County
BWW Interviews: Garth Kravits Talks about Bucks County Playhouse’s MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS: A RADIO PLAY
nj.com: Jersey actor Garth Kravits sings the praises of appearing on Broadway and closer to home

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