Friday, September 29, 2017

Toby’s Dinner Theater, Columbia, Plumbs American Classics

Written by  Frankie Kujawa

Toby’s Dinner Theater, Columbia’s crown-jewel, will excite and entertain fans with their new roster of 2017-2018 productions. “Audiences are so excited about our upcoming season,” explained Toby’s Associate Producer Mark Minnick. “It’s such a fresh, exciting season with something for everyone.”

Miracle on 34th Street – November 16th to January 7th, 2018 – the musical adaptation of the classic film, follows the holiday tale of a young girl who doubts the existence of Santa Claus until a very special, white-bearded old man changes her mind. Recreating the magic of the classic story, Miracle on 34th Street is a joyous, heartwarming musical, the perfect holiday treat for the entire family. Dreams do come true, if you believe!

Young Frankenstein – A Mel Brooks Musical – January 11th to March 11th, 2018 –  is the electrifying adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film will leave you in stitches. The musical re-imagining of the Frankenstein legend follows young Dr. Frankenstein (that’s Fronkensteen) and Igor (that’s Eye gor) as they attempt to create a monster, but not without scary and hilarious complications. Young Frankenstein is scientifically proven, monstrously hysterical entertainment – Mel Brooks style.

Newsies – A Disney Musical – March 15th to June 10th, 2018 – based on the Disney movie, and set in New York City at the turn of the last century, the Tony Award-winning, high-energy musical is the rousing tale of Jack Kelly, the leader of a ragged band of “newsies.” Jack dreams of a better life but when publishing titans raise distribution prices at the newsboys’ expense, he rallies “newsies” from across the city to strike for what’s right.

Mamma Mia! – June 15th to September 16th, 2018 – On a Greek island paradise, on the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover her father’s identity brings three very different men from her mother’s past back to the island. The magic of ABBA’s timeless hit music (“Dancing Queen,” “Winner Takes It All,” and many, many more) tells this story of love, laughter, and friendship.

Ain’t Misbehavin’ – September 20th – November 4th, 2018 – The inimitable Thomas “Fats” Waller rose to international fame during the Golden Age of the Cotton Club with his infectious swing music. Ain’t Misbehavin’ evokes the delightful humor and powerful energy of this American original with music made famous from uptown clubs to Tin Pan Alley to Hollywood.

The Little Mermaid – November 8th, 2018 to January 13th, 2019 – In a magical kingdom beneath the sea, the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above with Prince Eric. Based on the classic animated film with music by eight-time Academy Award-winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), this show will capture your heart with its irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”

Gypsy – January 17th, 2019 to March 17th, 2019 – is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters’ success while secretly yearning for her own. Set in the 1920s, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, Gypsy explores the world of show business with brass, humor and heart featuring the hits “Everything’s Coming up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You.”

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