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Broadway Comes to Reno
Every now and then on the current scene of entertainment locally a perfect marriage occurs between a show and a venue. Such is the case with the Broadway hit, "Hairspray", which is appearing in the retro-styled showroom of the Eldorado Hotel Casino now through November 13th.
For those localites who journeyed to San Francisco to see plays and performances at the old-style theaters there the entertainment experience at the Eldorado showroom is a trip back in time. While the Eldorado showroom's basic configuration is the same of those storied theaters it has the advantage of superior sound, lighting, staging and comfortable seats and easy in and out access. There are even old style boxes on the upper level that can accommodate large parties.
And, while the Eldorado venue can – and has – accommodated all sorts of productions in its brief history none seems to work quite as well as a true Broadway offering.The current rendition of "Hairspray" is making its maiden appearance at the Eldorado and from all reports, critics and fans alike, it is a highly professional, fast-moving musical extravaganza. This show is a big one with a cast of 25 that sing and dance their way through ten scenes and more than a dozen numbers. Authentic costuming is another big part of the production and it alone brings back many memories of the '60s era.
"Hairspray" also has some serious credits when it comes to its time on Broadway. The show ran for over 2,500 performances and was a Tony award winner. Many new fans were created when a movie version, starring John Travolta was produced in 2007.
Performance times at the Eldorado are 7 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday with an additional 9:30 p.m. showing on Saturday. Mondays are dark. Prices are reasonable, starting at $24.95, with dinner and show packages beginning at $34.95. The dinner/show package is very popular since the Eldorado is well known for its variety of top eateries, all under one roof. Many showgoers opt for the New York style of attending by seeing the show and then having a late dinner. Others like to hit the restaurants early and catch the show afterward. I recall years ago when going to a show on Broadway it was always best to visit the theater first and then late dine at Sardi's East or Sardi's West.
Barry Singer is the producer of the show and he was profuse in his complimentary appraisal of the Eldorado showroom facilities and its excellent stage crew. Singer himself was a rare Broadway phenom when he was just 22 years of age and produced a national tour of the show "Hair". Singer also had great praise for the lead performer in this production, Heather Gilles, who plays the role of Tracy Turnblad.
For an evening out that is reminiscent of the ones that were prevalent during Reno's "Golden Age" you can do no better than contacting the Eldorado at 775-786-5700 or www.eldoradoreno.com.