Happy An­niver­sary!

Broad­way Palm Din­ner The­atre’s 25-year cel­e­bra­tion

RSWLiving - - Explore - BY CRAIG GAR­RETT

Bill Clin­ton was pres­i­dent then and “Ear­ring Magic Ken” was Bar­bie’s new best friend.

But 25 years ago the land­mark im­pact in South­west Florida was the Prather fam­ily's con­vert­ing a closed gro­cery store into the Broad­way Palm Din­ner The­atre. The venue in 25 sea­sons has en­ter­tained more than a mil­lion of us, has in­tro­duced kids to per­for­mance art, has made hol­i­days and special events es­pe­cially mem­o­rable, has opened the door to promis­ing ac­tors and to back­stage crews, to­day is the cen­ter­piece of the re­vi­tal­ized Royal Palm Square re­tail dis­trict in Fort My­ers.

Start­ing in Septem­ber, Broad­way Palm this sea­son will run eight main­stage pro­duc­tions, five pro­duc­tions in The Off Broad­way Palm, four Chil­dren’s The­atre pro­duc­tions, five con­certs and three special en­gage­ments. The sea­son opens Sept. 7 with Groovin: The 60s and 70s Mu­si­cal, stages the mu­si­cal

Pip­pin in Oc­to­ber and the hol­i­day clas­sic A Christ­mas Story start­ing in late Novem­ber.

For sev­eral rea­sons, Broad­way Palm has transforme­d its neigh­bor­hood, cer­tainly the way many in South­west Florida view live theater, of­fer­ing di­rect Broad­way and New York-qual­ity stage per­for­mances with the op­tion of a chef 's meal, antrue

“Give our guests great en­ter­tain­ment at a great value.” ―Prather fam­ily phi­los­o­phy

Broad­way Palm Din­ner The­atre of­fers di­rect Broad­way and New York-qual­ity stage per­for­mances ( Chicago pic­tured) with the op­tion of a chef's meal, a true ex­pe­ri­ence.

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