Westchester Broadway Dinner Theatre is one of the reasons I love living here. Why trek all the way to Manhattan when you can see Broadway actors perform Broadway-style shows? This month WBT is having a special deal: a complimentary dinner when you call to purchase tickets to their new comedy, Lend Me a Tenor.
As in most WBT shows, the ticket that you buy includes dinner and typically it’s close to $100 per person, which is a good deal anyway based on the quality of the shows. This time you pay about half and you still get the free dinner, so it’s really a no-brainer. I recently went to see the Lend Me a Tenor to check out for myself and find out just how good this deal is.
The multi-award-winning show, which opened on Broadway in 1989, has been translated and performed in numerous countries all over the world. The show is a comedy of errors set in 1934 in a hotel suite in Cleveland. It is a traditional farce with physical comedy and plenty of comical scenarios.
In the story, Tito, a famous Italian opera singer, is scheduled to perform at the Cleveland Grand Opera but due to a mix-up, the manager thinks he is dead and quickly finds a replacement. Hilarity ensues as Tito, along with his replacement, are courted by various women.
I found this performance incredibly funny, especially during the second act, when things really got out of hand. The eight-person cast was perfect in their roles. I was especially impressed with Joey Sorge, in the role of Tito and Kathy Voytko, in the role of his wife, Maria. They personified the bickering couple seamlessly and were an absolute delight to watch. And whenever Philip Hoffman was on stage everything was even funnier; Hoffman, in the role of Saunders, is a Broadway and TV veteran and it shows: his angst-filled character added the perfect spark to an already very funny show.
My thirteen-year-old daughter also loved the performance and I was very relieved that the sexual jokes were more implied than explicit and I felt comfortable having her watch it. I would recommend this show for kids ages 12 and up.
As always, food at Westchester Broadway Theatre is consistently delicious and fresh. That, together with the fun performance, made for a wonderful afternoon outing.
Lend me a Tenor is playing until January 26th in both evening and matinee performances. To get the complimentary dinner (for either daytime or evening performance) you must call the box office and mention DINNER DEAL. Ticket prices are $57 per person. (914) 592-2222.
Photos by John Vecciolla
I was not compensated for this post. I received tickets.
Senior Reviewer Maytal Wichman is a freelance writer and has written for several blogs, including The Huffington Post. She has been living in the New York City area for nineteen years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature as well as a Law Degree. Maytal is a stay-at-home mom to three kids, ages 13, 10 and 7.