Historic Pennsylvania Playhouse Gets New Lease on Life

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By: Joann Loviglio, Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA, PA (AP).- A theater revival of a different sort is being staged at a historic playhouse that was facing the final curtain. The Bucks County Playhouse in the Philadelphia suburb of New Hope, which went into foreclosure and closed last month after more than 70 years in business, will be managed by a nonprofit comprising local residents, government officials, and a consortium of Broadway professionals. “The entire theater community was aghast at the idea of permanently losing this legendary venue,” said Jed Bernstein, producer of “Driving Miss Daisy” on Broadway and a lead figure in the preservation effort. A new nonprofit called the Bucks County Playhouse Conservancy is raising funds to buy the property from the bank and renovate and reopen the theater. Bernstein said he and his Broadway