Ursinus to present ‘Dinner and a Show' promotion with first large-scale musical

Pictured is Ursinus' "Wonderful Town" cast with director Beverly Redman, left to right: Travis Maider (Baker); Allie Rohr (Ruth); Director Beverly Redman; Jordan Ostrum (Apopolous); Erica-Anne Bossman (Eileen); and seated, Quinn Gilman-Forlini (Helen and various roles). Photo courtesy of Ursinus College

Ursinus College is getting set for its “Dinner and a Show” event, which will be a run of the Broadway musical “Wonderful Town” from Feb. 26 through March 2.

This is the first time the music, theater and dance departments at Ursinus College have collaborated on a large Broadway musical production.

The evening is a joint program with the Collegeville Economic Development Corporation (CEDC), which organizes the participating restaurants involved with the event.

Attendees can get discounts to local restaurants by purchasing tickets to the show. There are 16 local restaurants that are participating in the Collegeville and Phoenixville areas.

Catherine Kerner, President of the CEDC, said they are partnering with Ursinus College to offer the “Dinner and a Show” program to area residents.

“‘Dinner and a Show’ is a win-win-win for Ursinus College, our local restaurants and Collegeville area residents,” said Kerner. “The promotion showcases the quality of the performing arts at the college, encourages residents to patronize our local independent restaurants instead of big chains, and residents can enjoy a fun night on the town without the hassle of center city traffic.”

Kerner continued, “You can’t beat the price. Not only are theater tickets for a great play $5 for adults and $2 for students and seniors, but those attending also enjoy a discount or special appetizer at the participating restaurants.”

The musical will be directed by Ursinus Theater professor Beverly Redman and will be choreographed by Karen Clemente, who is the Dance professor at Ursinus. Music professor Holly Hubbs will be directing the musical score. The show will be the first performed in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center, as well as the first to use the pit orchestra space in the Lenfest Theater on campus.

“Wonderful Town” director Redman explained why the musical was chosen.

“‘Wonderful Town’ was selected because of its American musical theater roots and it is a true American musical, from the music to the story. Two sisters from Ohio venture to New York City in the Depression, find diversity in Greenwich Village and learn how to fend for themselves,” noted Redman.

“Like all 1950s musicals, someone finds love,” he added. “The show celebrates young people fulfilling their aspirations, set to spirited dance and music by one of America’s, indeed, the world’s, great composers, Leonard Bernstein.”

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. For more information, a list of participating restaurants, and to purchase tickets, visit www.ursinus.edu/tickets.