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    Last night, I went to the Derby Dinner Playhouse to see the production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.  It was simply one of the best theatrical experiences I’ve ever had.  I love the theater, ballet, orchestras, and all manner of performances.  The problem I’ve always had is trying to squeeze in dinner plans before or after a show.  Most of the time if you try to eat before a show it’s incredibly early and you potentially show up late to the performance.  On the other hand if you try to eat after a show it’s too late to find anywhere still open and you end up going home to make a sandwich.  Derby Dinner Playhouse takes care of all the necessities for you.

    Only a few minutes away from the bridge in Indiana, this delightful theater opens its buffet promptly at 6 p.m.  The Derby Dinner staff is incredibly accommodating, drinks are immediately placed in front of you and are refreshed so diligently that it seems like your glass never empties.  The buffet was full of simple, home cooked dishes like fried chicken and scrod, scalloped potatoes, corn pudding, sliced ham, and a generous salad bar.  Prices vary depending on the night you attend, check their website for details and discounted ticket opportunities.

    After your belly is full and your glass is refilled the entertainment starts.  I was wonderfully surprised at the Broadway-style show performed in front of me on a thrust stage.  If you’ve never seen a production of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (or the 1954 film) here is a brief synopsis: seven brothers living in a remote Oregon cabin in 1850 decide to sneak into town and steal away their sweethearts, with hilarious hijinx ensuing. It’s a throwback to the golden age of Hollywood musicals, a fun romp.

    The cast of Seven Brides for Seven Brothers danced around in pastel color-coordinated outfits that I found delightful and reminiscent of the centaurs from Disney’s Fantasia.  You can’t help but be impressed by the performers’ ability to execute gymnastic-style dance moves while belting out their musical numbers.  The fresh faces, pleasing smiles, and at one point shirtless physiques of the handsome seven brothers were reminiscent of a singing, dancing lineup of the Twilight cast.

    It was simply a terrific evening: the excitement of a live show without the pomp and circumstance of other, more formal venues. I highly recommend the Derby Dinner Playhouse, it’s a place where you can have your dessert and eat it too.


    Photos Courtesy of Derby Dinner Playhouse Facebook page and Elizabeth Myers.


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