By Brad Segall

NEW HOPE, Pa. (CBS) – The musical “Summer of 42” opens tonight at the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope and theater officials are using the show to honor the men and women who have put their lives on the line protecting our freedoms as Americans.

The production is based on the iconic movie from the early 1970s and is a coming of age story involving a teen on summer vacation who gets involved with a war bride. It’s set against the backdrop of World War Two — six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Playhouse producing director Jed Bernstein says a veteran will be honored before each performance.

“These are folks who have made an ultimate commitment to our safety and our freedoms and this moment in time that the show focuses on I think is an inspiration to all of us in terms of service,” Bernstein said.

The show opened off-Broadway in late 2001 but closed quickly because of the uncertainty surrounding the theater atmosphere after September 11th.

The show runs at the Playhouse through August 11th.


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