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BCP to open its 82nd Season with Five-Time Tony Award Winning Musical, The Drowsy Chaperone

The Bergen County Players have announced its 2014-15 season, an ambitious, passionate and playful year of audience pleasing musicals, innovative plays and special events for its 82nd consecutive season. From toe-tapping musicals to hilarious comedies to intense dramas, BCP has garnered a reputation for outstanding quality productions at affordable prices. As audiences have been anxiously anticipating, the new season kicks off with The Drowsy Chaperone, the five-time Tony Award winning musical.

Tickets for The Drowsy Chaperone and the rest of the 2014-15 season are available online or by phone. The box office, located at the Little Firehouse Theatre, 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, NJ, will open on Thursday, August 14th for walk up sales or by calling 201-261-4200. Tickets will be available online at www.bcplayers.org starting Monday, July 28th. Special discounts for groups of 20 or more are also available by calling the box office number (extension 6) or by emailing groups@bcplayers.org.

ON THE MAINSTAGE
The Drowsy Chaperone - September 6 – October 11, 2014
Music and Lyrics by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison, Book by Bob Martin and Don McKellar,
Directed by Steve Bell
Tickets are $24 Friday, Saturday & Sunday

“I just want a story and a few good songs that will take me away. I just want to be entertained. I mean, isn’t that the point?” asks the ‘Man in Chair’ as he introduces you to 100 minutes of pure musical theater enjoyment. With a story revolving around a Broadway star and her stylish bridegroom, his tap-dancing best man, two gangsters posing as pastry chefs, an over-the-top Italian matinee idol, an eccentric wealthy woman, her snooty butler, a producer, his dimwitted girlfriend and an aviatrix (whew!), this spoof of classically silly 1920’s musicals won five Tony Awards and seven Drama Desk Awards, including Best Musical of 2006. “…this refreshing cocktail of a show gets the audience on its side in the opening minutes and keeps them there for the duration.” VARIETY

45 Seconds from Broadway - October 25 – November 15, 2014
Written by Neil Simon, Directed by Iris Weinhouse
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday/ $17 Sunday

Author of perhaps more comedy classics than anyone in theater history, Neil Simon takes an affectionate look at the “Polish Tea Room”, the nickname the Broadway community has given to the thoroughly unpretentious coffee shop of the Hotel Edison. With outlandish characters interacting throughout numerous hilarious plotlines that are woven together with Borscht Belt humor, Simon has created “…an affectionate…exercise in a show-biz language descended directly from vaudeville” with “…the rat-a-tat pace of a Marx Brothers movie.” NY TIMES

Freckleface Strawberry, The Musical - November 29 – December 21, 2014
Music and Lyrics by Gary Kupper, Book by Gary Kupper and Rose Caiola
Based on the Books Written by Julianne Moore, Directed by Jerry Hurley
Tickets are $14 (all performances)

Freckleface Strawberry was just like every other girl – except she had bright red hair and something worse…FRECKLES! Now in Freckleface Strawberry The Musical, based on the incredibly popular New York Times bestselling book by celebrated actress Julianne Moore, you and your family can step inside the book’s pages with Freckleface and friends as they learn to love the skin they’re in. With the help of her loveable schoolmates, Freckleface learns that everyone is different - and that’s what makes everyone special! With fun music, awesome dancing and a freckleface full of laughs, your whole family will love this brand new 70 minute musical for all ages . . . freckles or not! “Fantastic! Loads of fun! An interactive sparkle fest that delights children, amuses adults, and teaches both groups a li’l something about self-esteem and image.” BACKSTAGE

Clybourne Park - January 10 – January 31, 2015
Written by Bruce Norris, Directed by Alan Demovsky
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday/ $17 Sunday

An ingenious plot promotes this award-winning play (Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Play of 2012, and the 2011 Pulitzer Prize) to “instant classic” status. Continuing from Lorraine Hansberry’s 1959 play A Raisin in the Sun, the show is set at 406 Clybourne Street, the “sunny home with a garden” in a white neighborhood where the African-American Younger family plans to move in order to escape Chicago’s South Side poverty. Act I takes place just before that move, while Act II takes place in the same living room 50 years later, as the neighborhood gentrifies. Incredibly sharp and funny dialogue “…raises smart ideas about great divides between races, classes and sexes, while also landing some stinging swats at lame political correctness.” NY DAILY NEWS

Bell, Book and Candle - February 14 – March 7, 2015
Written by John Van Druten, Directed by Jerry Pettinati
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday/ $17 Sunday

Girl meets Boy. Girl loses Boy. Girl gets Boy. Sure, that’s a classic plot device, but what’s so special about it? Well, how about because the girl is a witch and the boy is a mortal! Sound familiar? It should, because this magical rom-com, which originally starred Rex Harrison on Broadway and then Jimmy Stewart and Kim Novak in the popular film, eventually became the genesis of television’s memorable comedy “Bewitched”. Seen for the first time on the BCP stage and sure to fit in with the Valentine’s season, this “enchanting and charmingly funny mid-century bewitching romantic comedy is sure to beguile!” THEATREMANIA.COM

August: Osage County - March 21 – April 18, 2015
Written by Tracy Letts, Directed by Dottie Fischer
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday/ $17 Sunday

Winner of both the Tony and Oliver awards in 2008, as well as that year’s Pulitzer Prize, “It is, flat-out, no asterisks and without qualifications, the most exciting new American play Broadway has seen in years. Watching it is like sitting at home greedily devouring two, three, four episodes of your favorite series in a row on DVR or DVD.” NY TIMES. Mr. Letts has reached a tremendous achievement in American playwriting by fashioning a tragicomic portrait of a family in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Filled with biting humor, it explores relationships between mothers and daughters, sisters, and husbands and wives. An entertaining and searing ensemble play, filled with family complexities…you have probably never met anyone like the Westons!
** Warning: Mature Content and Language.

God of Carnage - May 2 – May 31, 2015
Written by Yasmina Reza, Translated by Christopher Hampton, Directed by Alyson Cohn
Tickets are $21 Friday & Saturday/ $17 Sunday

Set in contemporary Brooklyn, two couples meet to discuss a playground fight between their children. Over the next 90 minutes, this sharply-fanged comedy that lies somewhere between “The Honeymooners” and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? takes on the topics of class, morality and marital control as alliances among the men and women constantly shift. Winner of both the Tony and Olivier Awards for Best Play of 2009, “…Ms. Reza’s streamlined anatomy of the human animal incites the kind of laughter that comes from the gut, as involuntary as hiccups or belching.” NY TIMES

SECOND STAGE SHOWS
Let’s Murder Marsha - February 28 - March 1, 2015
Written by Monk Ferris, Directed by Noel Schoonover
Tickets are $11 (all performances)

Marsha is a happy housewife who is hopelessly addicted to reading murder mysteries. One day she overhears her loving husband discussing her upcoming birthday surprise with an interior decorator, but to her ears it sounds like they are planning to murder her! A great show for family audiences who like their comedy broad, fast and nonstop.

The Mouse That Roared - June 6 - June 7, 2015
Written by Christopher Sergel, Directed by Lynne Lupfer
Tickets are $11 (all performances)

Originally based on a series of articles in the Saturday Evening Post and then turned into a fantastically funny film starring the immortal Peter Sellers, the story revolves around the efforts of a small European country declaring war on the United States in order to collect the inevitable post-war aid provided to the defeated. But along the way, something goes horribly wrong—they win! Enjoy this Cold War fable, “a quirky classic of world literature, a poignant tale of political morality, and a hilarious, ultimately triumphant portrait of international relations from the perspective of the little guy.” GOOGLEBOOKS

TICKET AND SCHEDULE INFORMATION
• All performances take place at The Little Firehouse Theatre at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell, home to the Bergen County Players since 1949. All tickets for the musical The Drowsy Chaperone are $24 (all performances). Tickets for the family holiday show, Freckleface Strawberry, The Musical, are $14 (all performances) All other tickets are $21 on Friday and Saturdays and $17 on Sundays.
Second Stage tickets are $11.
• As it has for the past few seasons, the Players will continue to offer a Q & A ("Questions & Artists") discussion following select performances. These popular "talk-backs" will take place on the first Friday evening of each Mainstage show. Admission is included in the cost of the ticket.
• Those interested in schedules, discount offers and purchasing tickets for the 2014-15 season can log onto BCP's website at www.bcplayers.org, visit the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell or call (201) 261-4200. Visa, Master Card, and American Express accepted.
• Those interested in Group Sales or benefit theater parties can call (201) 261-4200 (mailbox #6)
• Student Rush tickets are available for $5 for students age 25 and under with valid ID, 30 minutes prior to curtain. One ticket per ID. Cash only. Students can also guarantee their seats in advance through the box office for the special student price of just $14.00. Student Rush tickets are not available for the family holiday show.
• Parking is free for our patrons at the Park Avenue municipal lot, across the street, one-half block north of the theater, as well as street parking on Kinderkamack Road and various side streets, all within easy walking distance.