By Brad Segall

By Brad Segall

NEW HOPE, Pa. (CBS) – The holiday season comes to life at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope this month with performances of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play featuring a former American Idol star with local ties.

Justin Guarini, who is now raising his family in Doylestown, grabs the lead in the show which premiered 16 years ago and was inspired by the classic film.

The show is performed as a 1940s live radio broadcast in front of a live studio audience.

Growing up in Bucks County, Guarini says he’s proud to play the Playhouse especially at this time of year.

“You know it’s a perfect show for the perfect time, it’s a classic tale that people know and are going to get to see a really unique spin on,” says Guarini.

The show runs from Thursday, December 13th through Sunday, December 30th and tells the story of George Bailey as he considers his demise one fateful Christmas Eve.

The ensemble will feature more than two dozen characters on stage.

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