By Brad Segall

By Brad Segall

BUCKS COUNTY, Pa. (CBS) — Renovation work is underway on the Bucks County Playhouse, and the legendary theater is expected to reopen in time for the summer season after sitting empty for more than a year.

Organizers say theater fans can look forward to two summer productions and then a holiday show later this year. Information on the shows and a spring gala to benefit the theater will come later, but right now they are hoping to bring back live music in various productions. Producing director Jed Bernstein says it was important to save the legendary New Hope landmark.

“It’s got historical significance; it’s got economic significance…the number of people that it brings in…We expect to welcome upwards of thirty thousand audience members, and that’s going to have an impact on restaurants, hotels, retail stores,” Bernstein explains.

The theater also plans to introduce a theater membership program to give the community a chance to be a part of the revival of the playhouse, which dates back more than seventy years.

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