‘Well-Strung’ Violinist Plays a Special Benefit Performance at Catskill’s Bridge Street Theatre

CATSKILL — Get ready to swoon! Catskill’s adventurous Bridge Street Theatre launches its 2020 Season with a special Valentine’s Day Weekend benefit performance of Edmund Bagnell’s “He Plays the Violin”. This wide-ranging autobiographical solo cabaret act will be presented on Saturday evening February 15, 2020 at 7:30 in the theatre’s Mainstage, located at 44 West Bridge Street in the Village of Catskill.

Bagnell remains first violinist (and vocalist) for the internationally-acclaimed all-male singing string quartet Well-Strung. But a chance to step out on his own became the first act in Art House producer Mark Cortale’s “New Works Provincetown” entertainment development plan last summer and the show went on to a highly successful debut at Feinstein’s/54 Below, one of NYC’s premier cabaret venues, last November.

The show’s broad reach encompasses music by (among others) Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Justin Beiber, Stephen Sondheim, and even includes a new song written especially for Bagnell by Tony Award nominee Scott Frankel, composer of Broadway’s “Grey Gardens” and “War Paint”. It also focusses on the performer’s own story and on his roots as an actor, with credits that include the role of Tobias in the First National Tour of John Doyle’s production of “Sweeney Todd”. The idea for the show’s title (which is also the name of a song from the musical “1776”), came from Cortale, but Bagnell says he immediately thought it was a perfect fit. While he sings, acts, and plays a little clarinet and piano, Bagnell says, “it feels like everybody’s always known me as the kid who plays the violin.”

Tickets for this special benefit performance of “He Plays the Violin” are $60, $50 for 2020 BST Season Subscribers, and include a post-show reception at the near-by Spring Street home of Edmund’s parents, Gil and Mary Ann Bagnell. Reservations can be obtained at [https/violin.brownpapertickets.com]violin.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006. And further information on the show (and on how to become a 2020 BST Season Subscriber and receive substantial discounts on virtually every event held at the theatre throughout the year) can be found at BridgeStreetTheatre.org.

In his BroadwayWorld review of “He Plays the Violin” at Feinstein’s/54 Below, Stephen Mosher raved, “Edmund Bagnell is dreamy. Let’s get that out of the way, so we can focus on other things. His looks are dreamy, his personality is dreamy, his singing voice is dreamy, and his violin playing is dreamy. The man seated next to me was so besotted by Bagnell that he sighed repeatedly throughout the entire performance, an endearing comment on the violinist’s ability to charm. It is a pleasure to watch this man at work.” This is an ideal romantic night out for Valentine’s Day weekend! However, the theatre is ‘intimate’ (only 84 seats) and this one’s bound to sell out quickly. Better grab your significant other and get your tickets NOW!

Performance Calendar:

A Special One-Night-Only Performance to Benefit Bridge Street Theatre

Edmund Bagnell (of the acclaimed string quartet Well-Strung) in


Written and Performed by Edmund Bagnell

Conceived by Mark Cortale

Directed by Michael Schiralli

with Pianist/Musical Director Mark Aument

Valentine’s Day Weekend, Saturday February 15, 2020 @ 7:30pm

Bridge Street Theatre Mainstage

44 West Bridge Street, Catskill, NY


Advance tickets available online at https://violin.brownpapertickets.com or by calling 800-838-3006

$60, $50 for 2020 BST Season Subscribers, which includes a post-show reception at the Catskill home of Edmund’s parents, Gil and Mary Ann Bagnell

Tickets may also be purchased at the door one half hour prior to the performance (subject to availability)

Further Information:

To contact Bridge Street Theatre directly, email contact@bridgest.org or call their offices at 518-943-3894. For more information on Bridge Street Theatre visit BridgeSt.org.

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