Candlelight Dinner Playhouse Concert
They don’t really burn real candles at the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse. Really.
What the name is meant to do (and I think you probably already figured it out) is
seduce the imagination with the image of “an evening spent in the company of
fine entertainment, and held in the surroundings of a warm and inviting
atmosphere .. ya,da,ya,da,ya da.” The slam dunk truth of the matter is, that’s what
they do. Really.
Every year, almost year ’round, the Candlelight Dinner Playhouse puts on a half dozen very good productions of past and present Broadway musicals. And, as in the old school tradition of “the art of living well”, they always offer a full menu of fine dinners, drinks, and deserts to enhance the over all experience.
If I was a wealthy man, I’d just buy the place, keep the chef, and live there. In my
case, being that I do what I do, I figured the next best alternative would be to take
our broadway girl out for a swingin’ night. And that’s what I did, twice.
As Frank used to love to say; “Now w-a-i-t a minute!”
Let’s roll this story back a year.
I’d been living here in the Northern Colorado area for six months, when I met
Jim and Pam Lutey. Having been board directors, as well as current active
members, they helped get me the opportunity to be the entertainment for their
Annual Northern Colorado Chamber of Commerce Dinner to be held (guess
where) at the Candlelight. Well, the show went over well, and Dave Clark, the
owner and manager, graciously invited me to return in the future.
And so it happened, exactly one year later to the day. On February 20th, I took
the stage with the John Mills Orchestra, and told the audience; “If you don’t mind,
I’d like to be Frank with you.”
My friend, Jerry Long was there, as he has been for all my shows, capturing the
footage for future promotional use.
We stormed through Sinatra’s signature songs to the enthusiastic applause of the
the audience, and I never had a better time. Really.