Mel O'Drama Theater

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In a Nutshell

Audiences savor hearty dinners as they unravel a murder mystery concerning a crime family in 1920s Chicago

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Redeem starting day of show for a ticket at venue. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon at the venue. Refundable only on day of purchase. Discount reflects Mel O'Drama Theater's current ticket prices-price may differ on day of the event. Doors open 30 minutes hour before showtime. For ADA seating, call box office promptly upon receipt of voucher - availability is limited. Gratuity and alcohol not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The Deal

  • Two tickets to The Alto’s…a Little Lower than the Sopranos with two T-shirts
  • Seating: general admission table seating
  • Door time: 30 minutes prior to showtime
  • Ticket values include all fees.
  • Click here to view the dinner menu. Purchasers must email their meal preferences prior to the performance.<p>

Available Performances and Locations

  • $99 for the performance on Thursday, February 13, at 7 p.m.; Woody’s Steakhouse in Madison (up to $171.50 value)
  • $99 for the performance on Sunday, February 16, at 5:30 p.m.; Corner Pub in Nashville (up to $170.50 value)
  • $99 for the performance on Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m.; Woody’s Steakhouse in Madison (up to $171.50 value)<p>

The Alto’s…a Little Lower than the Sopranos

The time: the Roaring ’20s. The place: Chicago. The game: organized crime. Mel O’Drama Theater transports audiences to the heyday of the mobster scene, where they meet the Altos, an uproariously dysfunctional crime family. Onlookers are welcomed into the retirement banquet for boss Big Lou Alto, who plans to name his successor that night. But since this is murder mystery dinner theater, the meal becomes a crime scene when a guest winds up wearing cement shoes. With forks in hand and clues tucked neatly into their collars, participants seek out the culprit—which isn’t easy when most of the Altos are suspects. There’s Big Lou’s girlfriend Scarlet, who has been clamoring for the throne, and harbors hatred for Lou’s cousin Spats. Then there’s flirtatious lounge singer Vikki, Lou’s seemingly sweet daughter Luccia, and even Lou’s chauffeur. It’s up to the diners-turned-detectives to discover whodunnit and cage every red herring, between bites of prime rib or portabella mushroom chicken.<p>

Mel O’Drama Theater

It’s not community theater, according to Melanie Roady, the architect and “Mel” of Mel O’ Drama Theater. That description implies that her theater company is bound to one place, but half of the Mel O’Drama Theater fun comes from its portable nature. Wherever there’s an audience and a space to perform, be it a restaurant, pub, or particularly spacious walk-in closet, Melanie brings the entertainment to the people. “Passion for the actors who want to act and passion for the patrons who want to watch,” is how she defines the drive behind her formula. “I am the one who puts the two together. That’s what I like to do. That is my passion.” That enthusiasm has been in full play since 2007, as Melanie and her traveling crews continue to deliver festive murder mysteries, full-length shows, and live music events directly to crowds.

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