34west Theater's new musical "Speakin' Easy" opens Wednesday at Das Dutch Village Inn in Columbiana.
An homage to classic Broadway musicals and movies, "Speakin' Easy" is filled with whimsical stock characters and classic radio tunes such as "Puttin' on the Ritz" and "The Charleston" as it tells the story of the lovesick receptionists at the Acme Hot Air Balloon Company and one dimwitted gangster.
Following the local premiere, 34west will take "Speakin' Easy" to New York in October for performances at Stage 72, formerly the Off-Broadway theater The Triad, the original home of such shows as "Forever Plaid" and "Forbidden Broadway."
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Maria Householder, left, and Jeffrey Querin star in 34west’s all-new musical comedy “Speakin’ Easy.”
According to Artistic Director Jeff Querin, "It's a great opportunity for us and a fun way of showing the rest of the country the art scene coming out of Youngstown."
The theater company received a playwriting award at the 2010 New York International Fringe Festival for its play "My Name Is Ruth."
"Speakin' Easy" will be staged at noon Wednesday and Aug. 1 and 7 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 at Das Dutch Village Inn, 150 E. State Route 14. Additional performances are scheduled Sept. 18-21 and Oct. 23-26.
Tickets are $45 for evening performances and $40 for matinees and include a four-course dinner. For reservations or more information, call 866-482-5050, Ext. 310.