Opening Night at Old Town Playhouse, Nearing End of Season

It’s opening night at the Old Town Playhouse in Traverse City. Doors open for the musical [title of show] Thursday night at 7:30.

Sot00 00 26 08still001The Artistic Manager for the Old Town Playhouse, Phil Murphy, says they are anticipating a big night.

“We’re very excited, tonight is going to be a wonderful evening,” Murphy says.

The excitement they have for opening night has been amplified after being closed for nearly two years. Old Town Playhouse returned to the stage in the fall with reduced circumstances given COVID restrictions. Now that restrictions have eased up they’ve been able to welcome back audiences.

“After having been closed for nearly two years, we were finally able to reopen this past fall with the production of Escanaba in da Moonlight,” Murphy recalls.

Although things have been getting back to normal for awhile, Murphy says he still gets that excited feeling seeing everyone back in the seats.

“Everything shutdown for awhile. Now you restart and you got to get back up to speed, and it’s amazing to discover what we were doing on a regular basis that now we have to build that gusto up,” Murphy says. “[It’s easy] enough when you’re working on a show, and you have an audience, and bam, all of a sudden it’s showtime.”

[title of show] is a musical about two guys writing a musical about two guys writing a musical. It had a Broadway production around five years ago and was “fairly successful.”

The show runs from March 31 to April 10, Thursday through Sunday. Show starts at 7:30p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2p.m. matinee showings on Sundays.

Tickets are $28 for adults and $15 for kids under 18.