Geva Summer Hit Five-Course Love, the Restaurant-Themed Musical, Returns in Fall

By Kenneth Jones
July 22, 2004

Five-Course Love, the new restaurant-set musical by Gregg Coffin, sold out three of its four weeks at Geva Theatre's Nextstage June 16-July 11, but will return for a second helping there in September.

Due to popular demand, the show, in which three versatile actors play 15 different roles in five different restaurant settings, will be repeated with the summer cast and band Sept. 21-Oct. 10 on the intimate Geva Nextstage in Rochester, NY. People were turned away at the door due to sold-out houses this summer.

According to production notes, Five-Course Love depicts "five hysterical scenes in five different style restaurants. The style of each restaurant dictates the music the actors sing, so when Matt and Barbie show up in a down-home rib joint, you can bet the honky-tonk music is coming right up. Later, Gino, Sofia and Carlo have an impassioned, 'Sopranos'-esque encounter in an Italian restaurant; two Mexican brothers praise the beauty of the bonita Rosalinda; and Kitty dons her bobby socks and dreams of malt shop love. Five-Course Love charts love attempted, love gone bad, love mismatched, love misguided, love denied and, inevitably, love achieved."

Emma Griffin, artistic director of New York City's Salt Theatre, directed Five-Course Love.

The June cast included John Bolton (Broadway's Contact), Heather Ayers (Forbidden Broadway) and Jeff Gurner (The Lion King on Broadway).

The creative team includes Terry Berliner (choreographer), G.W. Mercier (scenic and costume design), Annie Wrightson (lighting design), Lindsay Jones (sound design), David Labman (musical director). The musicians are Linda Boianova, Benjamin James Gateno and Kristen Shiner McGuire.

For tickets, visit the Geva Theatre Center box office, call (585) 232-GEVA or visit www.gevatheatre.org.

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Coffin's musical Convenience premiered on Geva's Nextstage in 2000 and moved to the Mainstage in 2003. Convenience is published by Dramatist Play Service and has enjoyed successful productions at Sacramento Theatre Company, Human Race Theatre in Ohio and Houston's Stages. It is slated for production at Kansas City's Unicorn Theatre in the coming year.

Now in its 31st season, Geva Theatre Center is Rochester’s leading professional theatre and the most attended regional theatre in New York State. All productions are created for Rochester, drawing upon talented actors, designers, writers and directors from around the country. Over 150,000 people – including more than 16,000 students – attend Geva Theatre Center each season.