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Larry Landsman - BCP Public Relations
201-341-6476 - Publicity@bcplayers.org
Oradell, NJ, October 26, 2016 -- To help kickstart its upcoming 85th sapphire anniversary season, the Bergen County Players (BCP) is pleased to present acclaimed Tony Award-nominated and BCP alum Rob McClure (currently starring on Broadway as Nick Bottom in Something Rotten!) in a special one-night-only benefit concert performance on Sunday, December 11th at 7:30 PM. McClure returns to his roots at the Little Firehouse Theatre in Oradell to celebrate his own personal journey through story and song, special guests (both people and puppets!), and lots of laughs and memories from McClure's leading roles in Something Rotten!, Chaplin: The Musical, Honeymoon in Vegas, Noises Off and Avenue Q! James Sampliner, veteran music director of New York and regional theater, will provide musical accompaniment and supervision. Tickets, priced at $65 and $50, can be purchased online at www.bcplayers.org, or by calling 201-261-4200, or by visiting the box office at 298 Kinderkamack Road in Oradell during regular box office hours. Included in the ticket price is a special dessert reception immediately following the performance where audience members can mingle with the artist! All net proceeds will go toward the purchase of new, comfortable seats and other décor renovations.
Emerging over the last decade as one of the top stars of Broadway, Rob McClure has been described as "an immensely likeable star" (USA Today), "a gifted physical comedian" (Entertainment Weekly), a "Broadway star" (NY Newsday) and who, as Chaplin, provides "an enigmatic, career-making performance" (Chicago Tribune).
McClure is perhaps best known for his Tony-nominated portrayal of Charlie Chaplin in Chaplin: The Musical which earned him not only a Tony Nomination but Drama League, Astaire and Outer Critics Circle nominations and Theatre World and Clive Barnes awards. His additional Great White Way credits include starring roles in the critically-acclaimed Broadway musical Honeymoon in Vegas opposite Tony Danza, which garnered him a 2015 Drama League Award nomination, the acclaimed revival of Noises Off, the Tony Award-winning best musical Avenue Q, and the City Encores' production of Where's Charley?.
Born and raised in New Milford, McClure got his start on stage at New Milford High. He then branched out with the Bergen County Players, where he performed from 1998 to 2000 in Gypsy, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Oliver!, before being recognized with the Rising Star Award from the Paper Mill Playhouse. He got his professional start at the Paper Mill in the 2002 revival of I’m Not Rappaport, which later transferred to Broadway. With this benefit performance, McClure finds himself coming "home" to share some of his favorite songs and stories with those who helped him make his mark.
A favorite on the Philadelphia theater scene, McClure won two Barrymore Awards for Best Actor in a Musical for his performances at the Arden Theatre and 11th Hour Theatre Company, and he starred as Mozart in Amadeus at the Walnut Street Theatre. He made his film debut in the award-winning short, “Recursion,” directed by Sam Buntrock, for which he won Best Actor at The Queen’s World Film Festival and The Williamsburg Independent Film Festival. He made his TV debut guest starring on the CBS series, “Person Of Interest.”
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The Bergen County Players has grown tremendously from its roots as a small community theater when it was founded in 1932 by a small group of actors, including John Travolta’s mother, Helen Burke Travolta. Today, nearly 300 volunteer members, working on and off stage, make possible the seven main stage and two second stage productions presented each season. In addition to Tony Award-nominee Rob McClure, the company's professional alumni include Tony Award-winning actor Robert Sean Leonard (FOX’s House, The Invention of Love), and international best-selling suspense author Mary Higgins Clark, just to name a few. In May 2001, Tony Award-winning playwright and composer Rupert Holmes (Curtains, The Mystery of Edwin Drood) collaborated with the Bergen County Players to premier his new play at the Little Firehouse Theatre, the comic mystery Thumbs.
The Bergen County Players, Inc. is non-Equity, non-profit community theater company dedicated to presenting quality productions for the enrichment of the community.