Bucks County Playhouse has announced that Angela Lansbury, a five-time Tony Award winner and veteran of the New Hope theater, will be the first-ever inductee into its newly established Bucks County Hall of Fame. The legendary, 21-time Tony Award-winning director/producer Harold Prince, who directed Lansbury in the original production of Sweeney Todd (which earned them both Tony Awards), will present the actress with the honor at an induction ceremony and gala scheduled for October 28. Some of Lansbury's Broadway colleagues, who have not yet been announced, will offer a tribute performance during the ceremony.
"We are delighted to be cementing the legacy of the Bucks County Playhouse in New Hope history by the creation of the Bucks County Playhouse Hall of Fame," said Producing Director Jed Bernstein. "Angela Lansbury appeared at the Playhouse in 1952's Affairs of the State, years before she graced the Broadway stage, making her the perfect first honoree."
Lansbury made her Broadway debut in 1957 as Bert Lahr's wife in Hotel Paradiso. She earned a record-breaking five Tony Awards (tied with Audra McDonald for the second-most ever won by a performer) for her performances in Mame, Dear World, Gypsy, Sweeney Todd, and Blithe Spirit. She is best known to television viewers as Jessica Fletcher from the mystery show Murder, She Wrote, and has earned a total of three Oscar nominations, 18 Emmy nominations, and six Golden Globe Awards throughout her illustrious career.