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    Derby Dinner Playhouse announces their 40th anniversary as Kentuckiana’s leading dinner theatre and entertainment center and is excited to celebrate 40 years with over 6 million in attendance. With a record 8,800 season subscribers on the main stage and 2,600 Children’s Theatre subscribers, Derby Dinner is one of the most successful dinner theatres in the country.  

    And they have an exciting array of shows, just announced for their 40th anniversary season.

    Derby Dinner’s  season will open with the fast-paced comedy, “Cash on Delivery” (May 20–June 29, 2014), about a con artist who has duped the welfare authorities for years by claiming every type of benefit for the innumerable people he claims live at his address. Things get a bit risky when the welfare investigators show up and he tries to outwit them by enlisting the help of family. This comedy was written by Michael Cooney.

    Derby Dinner’s summer family musical is Disney’s “Mary Poppins” (July 2–August 16, 2014). Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, this musical includes a score filled with timeless classics and is perfect for the entire family.   

    The Church Basement Ladies are back in the all-new musical comedy, “A Mighty Fortress is our Basement” (August 19 –October 5, 2014). With more new songs and more life lessons reluctantly learned, the Church Basement Ladies stand strong in their faith and friendships.  

    Ken Ludwig’s comedy/thriller, “The Game’s Afoot” (October 7 –November 16, 2014) is on tap for fall. A Broadway star admired for his leading role playing Sherlock Holmes has invited fellow cast members to his castle for a weekend of revelry. But when one of the guests is stabbed to death the festivities in this house of tricks and mirrors quickly turns dangerous. 

    Just in time for the holiday season is Sheldon Harnick’s “A Wonderful Life” (November 18–December 31, 2014). Frank Capra’s film classic is brought to vibrant theatrical life! An uplifting chronicle of the extraordinary lives of ordinary folk, this musical exhilarates the mind and heart and celebrates the innate goodness in us all. 

    Start your new year with laughter! The warm-hearted and romantic comedy, “Skin Deep” (January 6-February 15, 2015), follows a large, lovable, lonely-heart named Maureen who gives romance one last shot on a blind date. 

    Making its Derby Dinner debut is a new musical about the most notorious couple of the 20th century, “Bonnie and Clyde” (February 17 – March 29, 2015). This thrilling and electrifying story of love, adventure, and crime features a score full of fabulous blues, gospel, and rock-a-billy music.

    A rip-roaring stage version of the MGM classic, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” (March 31 – May 10, 2015), will finish out the 40th Anniversary season. This dance extravaganza is all boisterous fun and romance that will take you back to the glory days of the movie musical.  

    So--from Mary Poppins to murder mysteries, Derby Dinner's 40th Anniversary Season promises something for every theatre-goer. 

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    About Ashlie Danielle Stevens

    I am a freelance food, arts and culture writer. Among other publications, my work has appeared at The Atlantic’s CityLab, Eater, Slate, Salon, The Guardian, Hyperallergic and National Geographic’s food blog, The Plate.

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