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Dennis D. Hennessy and Richard Carrothers
Dinner theatres are wonderful venues which can have a loyal following and provide work
for local thespians. Financially, most are lucky to stay open.
The small town of Overland Park, Kansas has a dinner theatre - The New Theatre Restaurant -
that attracts household name stars and brings in patrons from around the country. Financially, they
are one of the most successful in the country.
Gary Burghoff is currently at the venue starring in Marvin and Me, with performances
through April 13.
Broadway To Vegas spoke with theatre officials about their success.
"The two gentleman that own the company, President and Co-Artistic Director
Richard Carrothers and Chief Executive Officer and Co-Artistic Director
Dennis D. Hennessy, started working together in the early 70's and owned two other dinner
theaters in Kansas and Missouri," explained
network and marketing administrator Jeff Metzger, referring to the pair's first ventures
- Tiffany's Attic Dinner Playhouse and the Waldo Astoria.
Morgan Fairchild appeared there when she was Patsy Calmes
The first show at Tiffany's
was Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers and in the show was a young actress named
Patsy Calmes - who later made a name for herself as Morgan Fairchild. There would be 121
productions at Tiffany's Attic during its 18-year history. Waldo Astoria, the companion theater
Hennessy and Carrothers opened the following year was the site of 98 shows.
Hennessy and Carrothers prospered to the extent that they were able to take their profits from
their original investment of $120,000 in
Tiffany's Attic and put money into Broadway and off-Broadway shows including Tribute
and Elephant Man.
"They also spent quite a few years in Los Angeles producing films and they made quite a few
contacts there," said Metzger. That period included the 1985 movie Movers and Shakers
co-produced by Carrothers and Hennessy which starred; Walter Matthau, Charles Grodin,
Tyne Daly, Bill Macy, Penny Marshall, Steve Martin, Gilda Radner, Earl Boen, and Michael
The pair preferred the dinner theatre to a sound stage and returned to Kansas. Hennessy was
and raised in Kansas City. Carrothers was born in Iowa and spent his childhood and adolescence
on a farm near Liberty, Kansas. Both had been students at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
In Overland Park, Hennessy and Carrothers found a site. A developer put together a partnership
raised $3.5 million for the building and $1 million for the property, which included a parking area
for 300 cars. Carrothers and Hennessy raised another $1.5 million for furnishings and
Tiered seating, name stars and great food
The New Theatre Restaurant, featuring an exterior designed by noted New York artist Greg
whose designs can be seen throughout Broadway's theatre district, opened as a 602-seat facility
with a revolving stage, orchestra pit,
computer-controlled light and sound systems, and spacious rehearsal and production
The theater sold
10,000 subscriptions before the first show in August, 1992.
"One of the main things that happened was once people came - like Don Knotts,
Marion Ross, Jamie Farr - from there the networking of those stars helped us
bring in more and more people," Metzger elaborated.
"Dennis and Richard have spend a majority of their time on
building those relationships and treating people extremely well, to make sure that they are happy
and have a good time when they come here," emphasized Metzger.
"We provide kind of a unique environment because we are typically sold out. Between the name
of the star
and the marquee value of the shows that we perform, we have acquired a little over 22,000
season ticket holders.
It's a great chance for these bigger stars of TV and film to come to a place where they know
they are going to have a packed house. It's not an extremely long run. Typically, they are only in
town for 10 weeks. The ones I've talked to - Tom
Poston for instance - really enjoy doing theatre. If you go to into a Broadway show, you are
there for months on end. This is a nice
escape for them as well as a chance for them to get back on stage. It really has worked out
Great food is also a big plus. "The food is exceptional quality," he stressed. "I don't think you'd
find another dinner theater in the country that provides this good of a meal and
Executive Chef Wayne Cox is responsible for the mouth watering fare. Served as a country
club-style buffet that changes with each show, there is table service for salads, beverages and
the award winning pastries, created under the direction of pastry chef Damian Fraase. Fresh
are from their in-house bakery.
Currently on stage is Marvin & Me starring Gary Burghoff, who became a household
name in his Emmy
Award-winning role as Cpl. Walter "Radar" O'Reilly in the TV series
classically trained actor received his off-Broadway breakthrough in 1967 as the title
character in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, for which he won the Outer Circle
That led to his role as the ESP-gifted Radar in Robert Altman's 1970 film,
M*A*S*H - Altman's anti-war comedy about an irreverent
outfit of Army medics during the Korean War.
Philip Le Strange as Mel Weiner, Jennifer Aguilar as Marie Gomez
and Gary Burghoff as Marvin Durbin in Marvin & Mel
As Marvin Durbin in Marvin & Mel, Burghoff plays a formerly successful veteran TV
comedy writer who discovers that age bias of younger TV network executives prevent him and
his longtime partner, Mel Weiner (Philip LeStrange), from getting jobs. It seems network executives want youth, not
experience. Even the duo's longtime agent, Arnold Rotham (Jim Korinke), isn't much
Desperate to resuscitate their careers, Marvin and Mel ask young and pretty Marie Gomez
(Jennifer Aguilar), a service industry worker with no writing experience, to become a "front" for them and
pitch their scripts to the networks. What transpires is both funny and soul-searching as Marvin and Mel come
to terms with Hollywood and each other.
Eye to Eye II - part of the Gary Burghoff Eye to Eye Series
"We provide housing for the stars," continued Metzger. "They have a nice house they stay in. We
try to make it as easy on them as possible to be here," he said of the pet friendly accommodations.
"A lot of people bring their pets. Gary Burghoff, for instance, has at least one of his dogs with him right now."
The actor who is also a gifted artist also has with him a collection of his art work.
"We have it displayed in the lobby," Metzger related. "They are excellent. All the paintings in the
lobby are for sale and I think we have sold almost half of them."
"We are privately owned. Dennis and Richard have spent 30
years building relationships and making this company into what it is today. They are on site every
day. Their offices are right here in the theater and they are very involved in every aspect of the
company. So, nothing gets missed. They are here all the time to make sure that the stars are happy
that the shows are going well - that the staff stays up and interested in everything that is going
Next on board is Catch Me If You Can, a
comedy thriller by
Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert starring
Jamie Farr, who may be co-directing with Dennis Hennessy. "Jamie doesn't mind directing a
show that he is in, but he prefers to have a second eye there to kind of keep an
eye on his performance, while he is busy directing other people."
"Dennis and Richard are two of the most open minded gentlemen that I've run across, especially
in the business world," emphasized Metzger. "Since we are a for profit theatre company they have
to keep the business in mind."
In a time of economic turmoil many dinner theatres are suffering from financial indigestion.
"Our season members have really helped us not feel as much of the pain as probably some of the
other arts companies in this country are feeling," reasoned Metzger. "When you figure that
we have a little over 22,000 season ticket holders. That's about 110,000 or
115,00 seats a year that are sold even before the season begins. Our capacity is only about
250,000. So, we only have to fill half the place going into a season. Our groups' department is eager to reach out to different groups, get out there to
sales conferences and let people know about the company and draw people. The marketing of the
shows is very important. We have people come in from Nebraska and Iowa on bus tours," continued Metgzer.
The theatre also has a strong patronage from tourists who fly to Kansas City and stop at The New Theatre Restaurant on
their way to Branson.
"We have one season member who flies his own plane from Florida. He comes five times a year - flies into town, sees the show, stays the
week-end and goes back home."
"I really just attribute all of the success of the company to the two owners who make sure that
everything is looked out for."
JIGGS UP ON
Planning on celebrating St. Patrick's Day by chowing down on corned beef and cabbage? Maybe
wash it down with a little green beer? Don't
Irish. Although the origin of corned beef goes back to the 16th century, its traditional use on St.
is more recent. Give a tip of the bowler to a corned beef eating comic strip character - the
beloved Jiggs, in the popular comic strip Bringing Up Father. Because of him Americans
adopted corned beef and
cabbage as the holiday's official dish.
Bringing Up Father (1946) Jiggs (Joe Yule, right) sits down to a
big plate of corned beef and cabbage with pal, Dinty Moore (Tim Ryan)
Bringing Up Father was a conceptual burlesque of American life in the early part of this
century. It told the story of Irish-American Jiggs, a former bricklayer, and his wife Maggie, an
ex-laundress, who achieved sudden wealth, supposedly by means of a lucky sweepstakes ticket. While the snobbish
Maggie and their beautiful daughter, constantly try to "bring up" Father to his new social position, Jiggs can
think of nothing finer than sitting down at Dinty Moore's restaurant to finish off several helpings of corned beef
and cabbage, followed by a night out with the boys from the old neighborhood. The clash of wills that ensued
often resulted in flying rolling-pins, smashed crockery, and broken vases, all aimed in the general direction of
Jiggs' love for corned beef and cabbage - a dish not generally known in Ireland - is because
poor Irish families always had it for Sunday dinner when cartoon creator George McManus was a
boy growing up in St. Louis. It was cheap and filling, but stunk up the place when it was cooking.
The reason Jiggs
is so fond of corned beef and cabbage, and the reason Maggie so thoroughly detests it, according
to social historians, is
because it's a reminder of what they were compelled to eat before their sudden wealth - a
lifestyle that Maggie would rather forget.
In the 1890's when cartoonist George McManus was a boy in St. Louis, several times he saw a
touring production of The Rising Generation when it played at the Grand Opera House in
St. Louis, where his father served as manager. The Rising Generation, a musical comedy written by popular librettist
William Gill, told the story of Martin McShayne, played by comedian Billy Barry, about an Irish family's difficulty
coping with sudden riches. McManus remembered it years later, when trying to come up with a theme for his new King
Features comic strip.
On January 2, 1913, he debuted Bringing Up Father, about an Irishman
named Jiggs, who doesn't understand why his ascension to wealth means he can't hang out with
his friends, and his nagging, social-climbing wife, Maggie. Although the freely acknowledged debt
owed to Gill's play is apparent from the basic premise of
Bringing Up Father, McManus imbued his characters with recognizable human traits and
foibles, albeit in exaggerated form. Jiggs' nostalgia for the simplicity of his working-class roots
and Maggie's often misguided attempts to gain acceptance among the social elite were situations
that practically everyone could identify with, or at least understand, regardless of their own social
Bringing Up Father began in 1913 as an intermittent daily strip before establishing
permanent status in 1916. The first Sunday episode appearing on April 14, 1918. Bringing Up
Father, one of the most popular comic strips of all time, appeared on the first
page of Hearst's comic section for many years. It is reported to be the first comic strip that
achieved fame world wide.
The strip was an instant hit, inspiring reprint books, several films, and stage
plays. The most unusual spin-off was done by restaurateur James Moore, whose eatery
one of McManus' favorites, and who was convinced he was the inspiration for Jiggs' friend,
tavern keeper Dinty Moore. He changed the name of his establishment to "Dinty Moore's", and
made a fortune from the connection to the popular comic. Later, the name was applied to a line of
canned foods, now owned by Hormel.
Not too surprisingly, given the theatrical inspiration for Bringing Up Father, one
the first and most popular adaptations of McManus' strip was on the musical comedy
In 1914, Bringing Up Father opened on Broadway.
The composer was Frank H. Grey, lyrics by Elven E. Hedges, the libretto by John P.
Mulgrew and Thomas Swift, the choreographer was Edward Hutchinson, and the show was
directed by Frank Tannehill, Jr. Songs included Adam and Eve; All the Girls are Lovely at the
Seaside; Beautiful Girl; I'm Proud to Be a Yankee; The Irish Suffragette; Love is a Gift; Love,
Love, Love; Moving Picture Mary; The Tango Moon; Way Back in Old Dubuque; When I Was
Twenty-One and Wild Irish Rose. The cast included John E. Cain, Grace Hanson,
Lyda Kane Tom Meade, Blanche Newcombe, and Harry Truax.
Produced by Gus Hill, there were five more shows in this series, three of which played on
Broadway. While the Bringing Up Father shows didn't made theatrical history, the touring
productions were extremely popular.
In the 1920's, a play called Father toured and McManus played the lead in some
Jiggs was even involved in the World War II war effort. A characterization of Jiggs carrying a
bomb adorned B-25's in the 11th Bomb Squadron.
McManus died October 22,
1954 in Santa Monica, California.
President Grover Cleveland loved corned beef
As for corned beef, Jiggs wasn't the only character who loved the dish.
President Grover Cleveland once noticed the smell of corned beef and cabbage coming from the
servants quarters at
the White House. He
asked to trade his dinner for that of the servants. He commented that this New England Boiled
dinner was "the best
dinner I had had for months.....this Boeuf corne ay cabeau!"
From that point on corned
beef and cabbage with brown bread was considered his meal
At 5 feet-11 inches with a weight of 260 pounds, there are
some that speculate the second helpings of corned beef helped establish the girth.
3oz of corned beef has 199 calories, 14g of fat with 5 grams of that being
There are also 73 mg of cholesterol.
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YOU DON'T HAVE TO
UP an Oscar dress up party benefiting the Theatre Building
Chicago Music Theatre Workshop. Sunday, March 23. Dress Code: "Creative Black-Tie; See if you can outdo
Bjork & that gawd-awful swan dress or Lara Flynn Boyle's pink tutu!" Attendees will be interviewed by their
own "Joanne Rivers" on their own Red Carpet. Watch the Academy Awards show on a giant screen T.V.
Prizes awarded for every Oscar announcement, surprise raffle, Complimentary food and open bar included! $25
12th ANNUAL ACADEMY AWARDS BENEFIT
MONTEREY COUNTY AIDS PROJECT
Sunday, March 23 at
Suites, Seaside, California.
The theme of this year's event will be a tribute to Carmen
There will be a look-alike contest and a silent auction. Guests can sample foods and wines from local
MAE WEST'S THE PLEASURE MAN has a special performance on Monday, March 17. The gala staged reading of Mae West's notorious 1928 play to benefit The Actors' Fund and The Hourglass Group starring
Charles Busch, Cynthia Darlow, David Drake, Peter Jacobson, Alice Playten, Flotilla
deBarge and many others. At The Culture Project. Ticket price: $50, includes a post-show dessert
reception with the cast.
NAME THAT TUNE COSTUME PARTY AND BENEFIT
The Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs (MAC) with Bradley Whitford and Jane Kaczmarek present the Come Dressed As Your Favorite Song Title benefiting the MAC Outreach Fund.
Sunday, March 30, at the New Copacabana Club, NYC. Guests should dress as their favorite
song title and compete for prizes in Best Individual, Best Couple and Best Group categories. free vacations,
auctions and raffles, silent art auction, souvenir photo booth, food, beer, wine and dancing to
the top tunes of the past 8 decades all night long.
Celebrity judges include;
Thoroughly Modern Millie
composer Dick Scanlan, Up the Week Without a Paddle creator Amanda Greene,The Producers' stars Brad Oscar and
Jennifer Smith, Emmy Award-winning Saturday Night Live hair and wig
designer Bobby Grayson, cabaret legend Julie Wilson, club manager Lola del Rivero, casting
director Tara Rubin, former Village People Cowboy Randy Jones, and comic Yakov Smirnov
Tickets to this benefit event range from $125.00 to $5,000.00
All proceeds benefit the MAC Outreach Fund, founded in 1999, which promotes the art of live
performance, and introduces the Great American Songbook to young audiences through educational programs
and community organizations. As schools continue to eliminate their music curriculum, the MAC
Outreach Fund works hard to insure that these programs continue to educate and entertain audiences both young
TO FOOL THE EYE
Katherine Helmond, Tony Danza and Judith Light on Who's The Boss
Helmond, teams up with director John Miller-Stephanie, Associate Artistic Director of
The Guthrie, for one-night-only in To Fool the Eye, a stage reading to
benefit The Acting Company on Monday, March 24, at The Culture
Helmond may be best known for her role as Jessica
Tate in ABC's groundbreaking sitcom, Soap, after which followed an eight-year run as Mona on
Who's the Boss, three seasons on Coach, and can currently be seen in her
recurring role on Everybody Loves Raymond as Raymond's mother-in-law.
Joining Helmond in the cast are Bryan Cogman, Brian Reddy, Erika
Rolsfrud, and Erik Steel. The Acting Company, founded in 1972 by John Houseman and Margot
Harley and considered America's foremost touring classical repertory company
and arts education program. Its 30th national tour has just begun a
17,000-mile journey to 65 under-served and disadvantaged communities in 34
states. The tour culminates at The Lucille Lortel Theatre in New York in May.
Tickets for all readings are $35 and $55 and include a post-performance
reception with the director and cast.
ALMA AND MRS. WOOLF in
French. The Blue Heron Theatre is currently presenting the world premiere of
French-Canadian playwright Anne Legault's Alma and Mrs. Woolf
translated into English by Daniel Libman. A special reading in the original
French will take place Saturday, March 29. Studio Theatre at the Blue Heron Arts Center,
The reading will be directed by Lucie Tiberghien and feature Veronique Harvey as Alma Rattenbury and Emanuela Villorini as Virginia Woolf.
Author Anne Legault will be present.
SHEAR MADNESS by Paul Portner. World-renowned concert pianist Isabel Crzney has been murdered in a unisex hair salon
somewhere on Buffalo's Elmwood Avenue.
It's up to the audience to decide whodunit in this mad-cap mystery romp.
The audience gets to take center stage, interrogating suspects and crushing alibis, as the crime
is reconstructed and solved.
Shear Madness is the longest running non-musical play in the country's history, and
Studio Arena in Buffalo, New York. March 16 to April 13.
TEA AT FIVE by Matthew Lombardo
starring Kate Mulgrew in a one woman performance that is certain to garner her several award nominations.
Although Mulgrew has never
met, or even spoken with Katharine Hepburn, she conveys the emotional highs and lows of
Hepburn's tempestuous career and personal life in a stunning manner. Sets by Tony Straiges. Costumes
Goldstein. Directed by John Tillinger. At the Promenade Theatre, NYC.
STOMP March 18-30 at the
Theatre, Los Angeles.
DOORS a comic thriller by Alan Ayckbourn. Last night's
champagne opening performance was followed by a reception with the director, cast, crew, and playhouse staff.
Steven Fiorillo directs the production, which features Reed Boyer, Juliet Granger, Pamela Nicholson, Allen
Sewell, Gina Torrecilla and Jozeph Wise.
Scenic design is by Vincent Roca; Sound Design by Barry Schwamm; Costume Design by Donna
Fritsche and Lighting Design is by Vincent Roca.
Performances through April 19 at the Long Beach Playhouse Studio Theatre in Long Beach,
As for Ayckbourn, he is polishing his latest effort Sugar Daddies, a bittersweet comedy
about a Father Xmas, who is nearly run down on a street by a young, innocent catering student.
The author calls it "a play about role-playing and first impressions."
by Maxwell Anderson,
directed by Richard Clifford, starring Michael Learned - perhaps best known as Olivia Walton
from TV's The Waltons.. The stormy relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and the
Earl of Essex is the focus of Anderson's 1930 verse drama. In a sea of political posturing and
assorted self-interests, schemes are hatched to undo a relationship already strained by conflicting forces. Elizabeth is forced to choose
between her love as a woman and her duties as a Queen. Michael Learned stars in the title role.
Recreating one of the most important eras in western history, Elizabeth the Queen is part of the
Folger's multidisciplinary celebration of the 400th anniversary Elizabeth I's reign.
Elizabeth I, Then and Now is a blockbuster exhibition, drawn from the Folger's extensive
collection -- the largest on the Tudor monarch outside the UK, exploring the reign of Elizabeth I
exactly 400 years after her death.will be celebrated March 21 - August 2
Elizabeth The Queen starring Michael Learned is at the Folger Theatre, Washington, D.C.
March 22-May 4.
Anton Chekhov's classic The Seagull inspires this Redmoon Theatre production that
explores the limits of art, fame and desire. March 20 - April 20 at Steppenwolf
AMBASSADOR SATCH THE LIFE AND TIMES OF LOUIS ARMSTRONG by James Mirrione and Andre De Shields.
Ambassador Satch tells the exciting story of an American icon his triumphs, his heartaches
and how he
changed the world of music forever. Broadway's Andre De Shields (The Full Monty, Play On!,
Misbehavin', The Wiz) is Louis Armstrong. Featuring a live five-piece jazz band. March
22-April 6 at the
Helen Hayes Theatre Company in Nyack, New York.
NONE OF THE ABOVE
Alison Pill and Kel O'Neill in None of the
Above Photos by Carol Rosegg.
by Jenny Lyn Bader, directed by Julie Kramer is a modern
romantic comedy set in a penthouse on the Upper East Side. Jamie (Alison Pill) goes to the most expensive
private school in New York City. Clark (Kel O'Neill) is her high-priced S.A.T.
tutor. And, as they first meet, Jamie is unaware that Clark has entered into
a morally impossible bargain with her father. In a society obsessed with
numbers, from stock quotes to bank balances to test scores, Jamie and Clark's
bold and lively rapport raises questions about entitlement, intelligence, the
pressure to succeed and the nature of risk.
Previews begin at the Ohio Theatre in New
York City on March
15, with the official opening night on March 19. Performances through April 5, which
to be the
date S.A.T tests will be given.
CLEO LAINE & JOHN DANKWORTH Friday,
March 21 Pepperdine University, Center for the Arts, Malibu, California.
SHEENA EASTON on stage at the
Casino in Milwaukee Wisconsin on March 20.
GREGORY HINES brings his
talents to the Marsee
Auditorium in Torrance, California on March 21. On March 22 he'll be in the spotlight at the
Marin Center in San Rafael, California.
CAVALCADE Richard Skipper as Carol Channing
with Ken Lundie on piano featuring Lynne Charnay, John DeMarco & Joe Agosta, Joan Jaffee, Leslie Orofino,
Dana Lorge at The Triad in N.Y.C on March 18. Skipper has a busy schedule. On March 21 at
8:30 am New York time on WB Channel 11 morning news, it's Richard Skipper as Carol Channing delivering
the weather with Linda Church, followed by schmoozing with the anchors.
On March 22 at the Rockland Center for the Arts in Nyack, New York Richard Skipper's
performance as Carol Channing will feature John Bowen on piano. On March 27 at The Triad
in New York City Carol's Cabaret Cavalcade with Michael Levine on piano, featuring Frans
Bloem, KimCea, Wendy Coates, The Decibelles, & Stu Sagen is a benefit performance for
Broadway To Vegas. We sincerely thank Richard Skipper and all those who participate and
PEKING OPERA entertaining
March 19-20 at
Centennial Hall in Tucson, Arizona. On March 21 the troupe is center stage at the Macey
Center in Socorro,
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN in
Australia on Thursday
at the Telstra Dome in Melbourne. On Saturday at the Cricket Grounds in Sydney.
STEVE & EYDIE performing
Thursday at the Barbara B. Mann Hall in Fort Myers, Florida. They close out the week, Saturday, at the
Maxwell C. King
Center in Melbourne, Florida.
MIKE SMITH keyboard player
and vocalist of the
Dave Clark Five. From 1964-1971, Smith's distinctive voice dominated the international
airwaves as the
Dave Clark Five accumulated 30 global hit singles, most written by Smith & Clark, including
Glad All Over and Bits & Pieces. He performs a rare solo gig Sunday at B.B. King's Club
STEVE ROSS currently performing at
the Stanhope in NYC is the in studio guest tonight on David Kenney's Everything Old Is New Again radio
program WBAI 99.5 FM.
BARBARA COOK center stage at the
Flynn Center in Flynn, Michigan on March 21.
HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH
perform tonight, March 16 at the Wild Adventures Theme Park in Valdosta, Georgia.
DIANNE REEVES AND TRUMPETER TERENCE
their powerhouse brand of jazz to the Terrace Theater at the Kennedy Center for the Performing
Arts in Washington, D.C. The music includes selections from the Grammy-nominated recording Let's Get Lost.
This program is part of the Louis
Armstrong Legacy Series. March 21
ANA GASTEYER the
alumnus who plays the role of Debra in Kimberly Akimbo at the Manhattan Theatre Club,
telling Conan O'Brien that she paid $65 to a pet psychic to communicate with her cat. After Ana gave
birth to a daughter the feline ignored the litter box and began using an expensive rug. The pet psychic - or
as Ana told Conan they like to be called - the "pet communicator" explained to the tabby that it didn't need to
be jealous of the baby.
HANK WILLIAMS, JR has a lot
of fans stationed with a tank company of the 3rd Infantry in the Kuwaiti desert. The troops have
named an M1A1 tank in his honor.
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