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“Give My Regards to Broadway,” performance this weekend in Wellsville

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Friday and Saturday night at Grace United Mission Center

By Mary Gardner-Ruch

Starlight Theatre Company is performing a musical comedy, “Give My Regards to Broadway” on May 5th and 6th at 7:00 pm both nights at the Grace United Mission Center located at 99 Maple Avenue in Wellsville.  Admission is $6 at the door.  There are no presale tickets.  Doors open at 6:30 pm.  Included with the price of admission, are desserts.  

According to Ryan Kein, Producer, “This is our 13th show since the group was created, and it is a real crowd-pleaser”.   It features the music of George M. Cohan. Many will recognize some of the songs from the show such as “It’s a Grand Old Flag” and “Yankee Doodle Boy”, “Give My Regards to Broadway”, and “Mary’s a Grand Old Name”.  According to Ryan, they chose the show because they wanted to provide the community with a fun and affordable night out at the theater, where people can laugh, enjoy some tasty treats, and see a light family-friendly show.

“Give My Regards to Broadway” is about a struggling off-Broadway theater director in the 1940s who is trying to mount a new show, but he has no money, no leading lady, and no hope.  Suddenly an aspiring actress fresh from a small town appears, and a mysterious benefactor gives the funding for the show.  In the meantime, an on-the-run gangster is hiding out in the theater, with his pursuers hot on the trail. It’s a real ensemble piece, with tons of colorful characters who are connected in hilarious and surprising ways.

Their director is Heidi Lawton, and they have a 24-person cast.  Taking place in the 1940s, there are period costumes, a detailed set design, and a bevy of 1940s-style characters such as gangsters, chorus girls, and Broadway starlets. 

Come on out for a toe-tapping, laughter-producing good time.  This is a show in the true tradition of 42nd Street and the great Broadway musicals – an audience pleaser for sure.

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