Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre

Elf: The Musical On Stage at Roger Rocka’s

by Terrance McArthur

Once upon a time…an orphaned baby crawled into Santa’s sack and was carried to the North Pole, where he grew up thinking he was an elf…Oh, you’ve heard this one? A Will Ferrell movie called Elf, you say? (A movie everyone seems to have seen—except me.) Well, in 2010, a musical version opened on Broadway, and it usually plays at Christmastime. Elf: The Musical is now onstage in a Good Company Players production at Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theater through January 9, and that’s a good thing. You should be glad.

Mamma Mia! On Stage At Roger Rocka’s

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!

Hello Dolly! On Stage at Roger Rocka’s

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.

All Shook Up On Stage At Roger Rocka’s

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.

Fiddler on the Roof On Stage AT Roger Rocka’s

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.

Paint Your Wagon On Stage At Roger Rocka’s Dinner Theatre

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.