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Combining professional players and proficient chefs, Murry's Dinner Playhouse has been a premier venue to witness edible dramatics for more than 40 years. Theater-going tongues can resolve hungry soliloquies in style with the buffet, which pairs proteins including chicken and freshly carved roast beef with an assortment of vegetable and dessert options. The dinner buffet also includes one nonalcoholic beverage. While dining, feast your eyes on Room Service, a classic American farce that brings the madcap energy of Golden Age Broadway to the halls and corridors of the White Way Hotel. During the show, audiences can root for the scheming protagonist while marveling at the immobile accuracy of the set's trained furniture impersonators.
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Singer-songwriter Kate Voegele’s compulsion for crafting jaunty, elegant pop music rewards fans as she teams with teen indie-rocker Conor Flynn for a rollicking showcase of fresh, emerging talent. Known for her mesmerizing voice and her role as Mia on the prison drama One Tree Hill, Kate’s addiction to music began at age 15. Now 24 and touring behind her third album, Gravity Happens, the multifaceted chanteuse unveils a collection of rock- and folk-tinged songs that strum the heartstrings and warm the ears like a snug pair of ear pants. Sharing the stage, crooner Kevin Hammond performs anthems that serve as the perfect soundtrack for uniting friends or untying acquaintances from railroad tracks.