An evening billed as a “spaghetti musical” dinner theater experience is coming to Weston.
Garlic the Musical, an interactive Italiano musical comedy, written by Westonite Elizabeth Fuller, the crowned “Queen of spaghetti musicals,” will be performed on one night only, Sunday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m., at La Roue Elayne at Cobb’s Mill Inn on Old Mill Road.
More than just an interactive show, the event will also feature a full-course dinner, including dessert, and marks the first dinner show of its kind held at La Roue Elayne.
Garlic the Musical tells a humorous love story about an Italian vampire and the attractive and wacky daughter of Mama Aglio, owner of a sprawling garlic farm in Calabria. The situation is complicated by the daughter’s protective brother, Tony Bob, who tries to save his sister from becoming a victim of the suave vampire. In doing so, he becomes a concert promoter and holds a three-day musical festival called Garlicstock.
Throughout the dinner and show, the audience is drawn into joining the fun by singing, clapping, and dancing along to songs of the ’50s and ’60s.
Theater critic Susan Granger said Elizabeth Fuller has carved her own niche with “spaghetti musicals.” Ms. Fuller has written the Italiano trilogy: The Luigi Board, Nonna’s Summer Wine Party, and Garlic The Musical.
Ms. Fuller also penned the play, Me & Jezebel, which recounts her real-life experience with her famous houseguest, Bette Davis. That show is currently playing in five European countries and is soon to be made into a major motion picture.
Appearing in Garlic the Musical are members of a New Haven acting troupe, including: Gary Cavello, who regularly performs in old time radio recreations at Fairfield University Quick Center for the Arts; Laura Papallo, who has performed with the Connecticut Opera Chorus and the Brattleboro Opera Theatre; PJ Letersky, the music instructor for the hit Fox TV show Fringe, and can also be seen in the film Hope Springs with Meryl Streep and Tommy Lee Jones; and Michael Sayers, whose entertainment career spans over 35 years as an actor, director, producer, stage manager and is currently appearing in several national TV commercials.
What could be more enjoyable for a show called Garlic The Musical, than a delicious Italian dinner? With the show, guests will start the evening off with a cash bar and garlic bread to munch on, followed by a family-style dinner, featuring Caeser salad, Mama’s spaghetti and meatballs, Chef Achille’s chicken, and vegetables du jour. After dinner, the show begins. At intermission, dessert and coffee will be served, followed by the show’s second act.
Doors open for Garlic The Musical at 4, with dinner starting at 4:30. Tickets for the show and dinner are $65 per person plus tip and tax; $32.50 for children 12 and under, and free for children under six.
Advance reservations with payment are required as space is limited. To make a reservation, call 203-227-7221 or email [email protected]