For those of you on the East Coast (or interested in theatre history), we are continuing our tours of top Summer Theatres in the US. We started with the first one, which opened in 1927—The Cape Playhouse.
Today we are visiting another summer theatre—The Forestburgh Playhouse, which has just announced the show line-up for next season—that happens to be its 70th season!
It had humble beginnings as a barn just outside of Monticello, NY and with the popularity of other spots in the Catskills, there was some doubt as to whether it could handle all the competition:
Nevertheless, by July 8, 1947, enough work had been done to transform the barn into a theatre, and the Forestburgh Playhouse, then called the Forestburgh Summer Theatre, opened its first of more than 250 subsequent productions, Blithe Spirit.
Today–70 years later–it has over 30,000 patrons a year and is dubbed “The Miracle of the Forest.”
You can read more about it at http://www.fbplayhouse.org