Favorite year

Dan Morris of Williamsville plays “King Kaiser,” the host of the “King Kaiser Comedy Cavalcade” in the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild’s production of “My Favorite Year.”

The Broadway musical, “My Favorite Year” is being produced by the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild.

The play, based both on the motion picture starring Peter O’Toole and book by Joseph Dougherty, offers popular musical numbers by Tony Award-winning songwriters Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens including “Larger than Life,” “Rookie in the Ring,” “Professional Show Business Comedy” and “Shut Up and Dance.”

It is directed by Dan Zerpa of Buffalo, produced by Dianna Kolek of Clarence Center, choreographed by Dawn Marcolini Newton of Grand Island with musical direction by Lynda Williams of Niagara Falls. The stage manager is Paige Nuwer of North Tonawanda.

This play was picked by NRTG’s devoted actors and volunteers as a favorite to showcase their theater production talents. The plot involves a 1950’s film idol, Alan Swann, who joins a variety TV show where long-time fan and junior writer Benjy Stone has the job to keep Swann out of trouble. Stone must also woo his love, keep his family at bay, sort through the foibles of the staff and somehow save the show.

Nathan Andrew Miller of Amherst stars as Benjy Stone while Bob Brady of Tonawanda is Rookie Carroca.

A dinner theatre package is available on Sunday. The $30 ticket includes the performance and dinner at the Grapevine Restaurant on Niagara Falls Boulevard, just down the road from the theatre, immediately following the performance.

The show, which opened mid-March, continues at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and closes with a matinee at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Show tickets are $15 presale. To qualify for the presale, tickets must be purchased in advance of the show.

General admission is $18; tickets for seniors and students with ID are $16 and children 16 and under are $10. Groups of over 15 people and school performances have special pricing. All tickets are available by calling ahead and picking up tickets at the box office or purchasing tickets at the day of the performance.

All shows will be presented at NRTG’s new home at the Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott St. on the St. Edmund Campus. The theatre is totally handicapped accessible and there is plenty of free parking. Cal 260-2319 or go to NRTG’s website: www.niagaratheatre.com for reservations, tickets and more.

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