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Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre

by Terrance McArthur


This has become my year of changing opinions. I always hated the song “Tomorrow” from Annie because I associated it with small children singing loudly off-key…until I saw the Good Company Players’ production, and now I love it. Now, I have to admit something I never expected to say…Mamma Mia! is a great show!

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by Terrance McArthur



Did you ever get a Christmas present that was so good you wished you could get it next year, too? The Good Company Players just gave me that wish. A Christmas Story: the musical returns to Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater through January 8, and what a Christmas present it is!

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


Janet Glaudé has been a go-to performer with the Good Company Players for many years, and she finally has a leading role she can claim for hers—Dolly Gallagher Levi in Hello, Dolly! Dolly is a woman who is good at meddling in the lives of others, and Janet will be meddling in the hearts of her audiences at Roger Rocka’s through July 17.

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Shenandoah On Stage At Roger Rocka’s

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by Terrance Mc Arthur


“Shenandoah, I long to see you, A-a-way, you rolling river…”
Enjoy the Junior Company rendition of that classic song in the pre-show, because the song isn’t part of the musical Shenandoah, based on the 1965 Jimmy Stewart movie, now being staged at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre through November 8.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



Elvis Presley was the King of Rock-and-Roll, charting 149 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, with 18 #1 hits. Imagine making a musical out of nothing but Elvis songs, with some plots from Shakespeare thrown into the mix, and you’d have the Good Company Players’ production of All Shook Up: the Elvis Presley Musical, now playing at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre through September 13.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



It stands as a massive monument of musical theatre: Fiddler on the Roof. At one time the longest-running Broadway show (over 3,000 performances), this adaptation of the stories of Sholem Aleichem transcends time and cultures to speak of change and family. The music by Jerry Bock, the lyrics of Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein’s script have entertained audiences around the world for almost fifty years. Now, the Good Company Players at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre have brought it back with Dan Pessano reprising the starring role of Tevye.

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by Terrance Mc Arthur



The Lerner & Loewe Paint Your Wagon, with most of its 1951 plumage intact, is onstage at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre. The Good Company Players’ production is filled with energy and life, with all the texture and deft touches you would expect from Dan Pessano’s direction. Tough goldminers look longingly at pictures and letters from loved ones during the mournful “They Call the Wind Maria (pronounced Mariah, like Carey).” One man’s shakes from being near Jennifer (Alyssa Gaynor), the only female in the camp, reach near-weight-reducing intensity. A lively dance number during the curtain call keeps the audience clapping in time. Pessano’s name on a show is a good indication of a quality production.

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