The new dinner theatre series is dedicated to the memory of Auburn native Thommie Walsh, the late two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award winner. The producers of the new series are A Chorus Line's Baayork Lee, director/choreographer Merete Muenter and Barbara Walsh, sister of the late Thommie Walsh. The series will launch March 26-27 with Kooky Tunes, which is described as a "special mélange of comic tales and tunes." The cast boasts Patrick DeGennaro, Vanessa A. Jones, Perry Payne, Jay Rogers and Keith Thompson.
April 9-10 will feature Tony winner Donna McKechnie's latest one-woman show, My Musical Comedy Life. Les Miserables's Richard Jay-Alexander (Guys in Dolls in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Barbra Streisand and Bernadette Peters concerts) will direct the evenings, which will feature musical direction by Eugene Gwozdz. Plans are underway to bring the original A Chorus Line star's new show to Australia.
Celebrated vocalist Julie Budd will conclude the series, playing April 23-24. Budd has graced the stage of Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and The Kennedy Center, among others.
Springside Inn and Restaurant (at 6141 West Lake Road), owned and operated by Sean Lattimore, plays host to the productions. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.springsideinn.com.
Walsh was attached to all three upcoming performances before passing away from complications of lymphoma in June 2007.