2011-12-02 / Community

Final Curtain Comes Down On‘The Rockaway Café’

After ten years the Rockaway Theatre Company has decided to end its annual production of the popular Rockaway Cafe, a song and dance revue which pays homage to a different genre in pop music each year. “While The Café has been a very popular part of our season line-up since it first opened in 2001, they feel the need to make room in the schedule for other traditional musicals. This season RTC has presented Irving Berlin’s ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ in July and ‘You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown’ in October. RTC finds that musical comedies are extremely popular with Rockaway audiences.”

For this year’s final production of The Rockaway Café, selections from all the Cafes of the past ten years have been dusted off and freshened up. All past choreographers and many of the RTC dancers have come back to take part in this event, as have original performers who have since gone on to other theatrical endeavors or given up performing altogether. Old and new cast members have united to make this the best Rockaway Café ever. “Rockaway Café 11 – A Decade of Dynamite,” presents favorite examples of doowop, Beatles, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Elton John, Supremes, Temptations and even Lady Gaga music. This year’s Café has been packing the house for the past two weekends. Audience members of all ages have been leaving the theater with smiles on their faces and favorite tunes still on their lips.

If you have never experienced RTC’s Rockaway Café you will want to catch the show on Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. or the final matinee on Sunday at 2 p.m. If you have seen Rockaway Café in the past, it is your last chance to experience this “Good-time” musical revue one more time. Reservations are very highly recommended as this weekend’s shows are already close to sold-out. Call 718-374-6400 or visit www.rockawaytheatrecompany.org and reserve your seats while there are still some seats left.

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