March 14th Through April 26th
Also Sunday, March 30th at 2:00 PM
Midnight at Mel's is the second in a series of six productions during Off Broadstreet's 25 year anniversary season that celebrates "A half century of awesome music." Audiences will be transported back in time to 1959 to witness the after-hours goings-on of a group of misfits at a roadside diner in the obscure little desert town of Trona, CA who hope to be chosen to perform on a new TV variety show to be aired on ABC opposite CBS' Ed Sullivan. Nostalgic hit songs of the fifties abound as the group tries out several different musical and comedy ideas for their showcase act, even pioneering songs later made famous by other artists. The music and comedy punctuate a heartwarming story of hope and the "brass ring" ambitions of these after-hours wanna-be's in a town affectionately known by its residents as "The Screen Door to Hell." Highlights of the amateur act include a Cavalcade of Stars, featuring guest "appearances" by famous fifties entertainers and a send-up of the Sullivan show that boasts "thirteen really big acts in less than two minutes!"
Off Broadstreet co-owner Jan Kopp returns as starry-eyed "Rosie," who wants to "put Mel's of Trona on the map,." in spite of resistance from her conservative partner Mona (Sue LeGate). Jim Thornton is fry-cook Mel, who dreams of a standup comedy career as he romantically pursues reluctant waitress Char (Nancy Keith). Gary Epps makes his OBS debut as dishwasher Stan "The Piano Man," who longs to stage an original musical. Rounding out the cast are Danny McCammon as the revolutionary beatnik Roger and Darryl Stines as the crusty Korean War vet Skip.
Musical selections include songs by The Platters, The Coasters, Frankie Avalon, The Teddy Bears, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and others. Songs include Under The Boardwalk, At The Hop, Chances Are, Little Bitty Pretty One, The Great Pretender, Yakety-Yak, The Tennessee Waltz, Willie and the Hand Jive and many more. . With lots of laughs and plenty of upbeat songs, Midnight at Mel's is a foot-tappin', hand-clappin' fifties good time.