- $69 for two tickets to Midtown Productions’ Pippin, including dinner (a $99 value)
- When: March 21, 22, or 27–29
- Where: Midtown Cabaret
- Section: general admission
- Door time: 6:30 p.m.; dinner begins at 7 p.m.
As if an intergalactic circus had exploded, bizarrely costumed characters tumble onto the stage and right through the fourth wall. Their chief, the Leading Player, takes center stage to explain the plot of Pippin: there will be a boy prince, the Candide-esque son of the great emperor Charlemagne, questing after the meaning of life. Throughout his journey, the surprisingly powerful and possibly sinister Leading Player prods the young man into trying his hand at warfare, revolution, unabashed hedonism, and bloody court intrigue, with decidedly mixed results. Winner of eight Tony Awards over its two Broadway runs, the show is propelled along by the pop-rock melodies of Stephen Schwartz, the ear-worm farmer also responsible for the songs in Godspell and Wicked.
Founded in 1989, Midtown Productions has a long history with restaurants. The group originally performed dinner theater in local eateries before making its first permanent home in a former Hardee’s. Though the company stages its productions in more theatrical venues nowadays, they haven’t lost sight of the unbeatable combination of dinner and a show—they’ve recently partnered with the low-country chefs of Duvall Catering to give their dinner-theater productions a permanent home at Midtown Cabaret. When not busy staging new productions, the company’s staff repair to the Charleston Acting Studio, where they help train the next generation to become talented thespians or pretend to know what they’re doing for decades as bank directors.