Montgomery College Summer Dinner Theatre may seem a long way
from the stages of Broadway, but there is more that connects the
two than just the coincidence that the Tony-award winning
42nd Street is one of the two musicals being performed in
Rockville this summer.
This year’s revival of 42nd Street was greeted with
honors during the recent Tony awards in New York City, taking
the award for the Best Revival of a Musical. But the decision to
mount the classic musical here in Rockville was made long before
the revival got under in New York City.
The more interesting and more exciting connection for
long-time Summer Dinner Theatre fans and participants was the
Tony competition for Featured Actor in a Musical, which included
a former member of the summer troupe – Brad Oscar.
Oscar, who plays the Nazi playwright in the run-a-way hit
The Producers, lost out to fellow cast member, Gary Beach.
Nonetheless, the thrill of having one of their own on Broadway
was not diminished by the results of the competition.
"It is an exciting thing to watch someone develop over the
years into Tony-award nominated performer," says Rick Pevey,
managing director of the Summer Dinner Theater. "It is a rare
Like Oscar, who spent three summers honing his craft on a
Montgomery College campus stage, nearly one hundred students
from around Montgomery County will block scenes, learn lines,
create costumes and set light cues, as well as attend classes in
voice, stage make up techniques and movement for musical
The ten-week intensive course in musical theater arts,
offered by the College’s Department of Music, has produced must
see theater for county audiences for the past 24 years. More
importantly, the students, who come from local high school and
other college theater programs, learn first hand the craft of
musical theater from veteran teachers and professionals in the
In addition 42nd Street, the Summer Dinner Theatre
will mount a production of another classic Broadway musicals
Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.
Coincidentally, the original "Pirates," which opened in New York
City in December 1879, was given its own revival in 1981, the
year 42nd Street took the Tony for Best Musical.
Come to Montgomery College and enjoy the conundrums Frederick
faces as he gives up his pirate-ways and tries to win the heart
of the fair lady in this Gilbert and Sullivan classic. Or
experience the thrill of "those dancing feet" and the rise of
small-town girl Peggy Sawyer to stardom on Broadway in 42nd
Each performance will run for three weekends with one Sunday
matinee. The dates for Pirate of Penzance are June 22,
23, 29 30, July 6 and 7 with the Sunday matinee on July 1.
Performances of 42nd Street will run on July 13, 14, 20,
21,28 and 29. There is a Sunday matinee on July 22. Tickets cost
$28.50 for adults and $21.50 for children under 12. There is a
10 percent discount on the purchase of tickets both productions.
The buffet dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and the curtain rises
on the performance at 8:15 p.m., except for the Sunday
performances. On days of the matinee, the buffet opens at
12-noon and show time is 2 p.m. For more information about
ticket sales, call 240-567-7676 or visit the college’s web site
www.montgomerycollege.edu and click on Summer Dinner