What are you doing this weekend? Why not try something different? Start my taking a nice drive out to Pinckney and ending up at The Dio Dining and Entertainment for an immersive evening of dinner and musical theatre.
Earlier this month, the Livingston County professional theatre company opened its production of “Forever Plaid,” the hit musical comedy that made its off-Broadway debut almost 25 years ago and is a perennial favorite with theatre companies and audiences alike.
The story features four “heavenly” clean-cut crooners whose boy-band, “The Plaids,” was on the brink of making it big when they were involved in a fatal crash with a bus filled with Catholic schoolgirls on their way to see the Beatles' American debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Yeah, it doesn’t take itself too seriously. But now The Plaids are visiting from the afterlife for just one more shot at musical glory – singing and dancing just for you in a show they were literally dying to perform.
The Dio production of this close-harmony show features some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s, performed with the tight harmonies smooth moves that were a hallmark of that era. “Forever Plaid” features New York’s Steve DeBruyne as Frankie, the leader of The Plaids. Steve’s credits include the national Broadway tour of “The Full Monty,” as well as award nominated runs as Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors” and Joe in “Damn Yankees.” Steve will be joined by Thomas Mate as Smudge, Cody Musteffe as Sparky, and Jared Schneider as Jinx.
“Forever Plaid” runs through September 7 at The Dio, 177 E. Main St. in lovely little Pinckney. Performances take place on Friday and Saturday evenings, and Sunday afternoons. Arrive for evening performances between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. for dinner service. Arrive for matinee performances between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. for lunch service. There will be one weekday matinee on Thursday, September 4. Tickets are on sale at The Dio website or by calling the box office at (517) 672-6009. All tickets include dinner, dessert, a non-alcoholic beverage, taxes and the show – of course, you’ll want to be sure and tip your server! Prices are as follows: Adults - $4; Seniors (60+) - $37; Student - $37; Child (13 and under) - $35; Group (20+) - $35. It’s a great deal – and a fun night out.