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Broadway comes to Phoenix with church production

People can get in a patriotic mood before July 4th by going to see "Give My Regards to Broadway," presented in dinner-theater style at Clynmalira United Methodist Church in Phoenix.

The toe-tapping show that features  George M. Cohan's music will be presented June 8-10 and 15-17 in the church hall.

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The play's action starts when entrepreneur Dick Foster, played by Josh Adams, wants to put on a Broadway show. His temperamental leading lady, Mona Monroe, played by Alverta Hester, gives him trouble and aspiring actress Mary Collins, played by Dori Griffey, arrives and just may save the day — and the play.

"I think our audience will particularly enjoy this play because it is about a time in our history that most of them will remember," Hester said. "Some of us have enjoyed the great nostalgia of songs like 'Give My Regards to Broadway', 'Yankee Doodle Dandy' and 'It's a Grand Old Flag.'"

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The play has colorful characters, such as the gangster Mugsy, played by Andrew Luby, his moll, Babs, played by Linda Jones, and a line of chorus girls.

Clynmalira United Methodist Church members and friends of the church have been performing musicals for 20 years.

"I love how the Clynmalira plays get everyone involved and builds new friendships and bonds with everyone," said Morgan Zinkhan, who plays a chorus girl's niece.

Director Robin Hester said the play has been fun for the actors since they are so familiar with the music. And Clynmalira has put on so many shows that the actors have always joked about doing a show about what it is like to put on a show.

Doors open for the evening shows at 6:15 p.m. Dinner is served at 6:45 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Those shows are June 8, 9, 15 and 16.

For matinee performances, doors open at 2:45 p.m. Dinner is served at 3:15 p.m. and the show starts at 4:30 p.m. Those shows are June 10 and 17.

Tickets are $27.50 and include buffet meal, dessert and show. Call 410-592-2630 or 410-319-5147 to reserve seats.

Clynmalira United Methodist Church is located at the intersection of Stockton and Old York roads, in Phoenix.


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